Monday, December 19, 2011

TOP 5 of 2011

Well it is the end of another year. Wow that went fast! I seem to find myself with less and less time to do ANYTHING including (unfortunately) seeking out new music. 
So, I sent out an email last week to a few friends asking for help (a list of their "Top 5 albums" of 2011) Below is what they sent me back. There is some great stuff listed here. Hopefully you will find the time to check it out and please BUY MUSIC to help keep the artist alive.
Happy New Year-

Greg Dulli - Musician 

The Rapture  In The Grace of Your Love
Vetiver  The Errant Charm
The Antlers  Burst Apart
Trombone Shorty  For True
Gillian Welch  The Harrow and the Harvest

Metronomy  The English Riviera
David Lynch  Crazy Clown Time
A Winged Victory For The Sullen (Self Titled)
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys  Grand Isle

M83.  Hurry Up, We're Dreaming

1: The Roots Undun
2: Chelsea Wolfe Ἀποκάλυψις (Apokalypsis)
3: Immortal Technique The Martyr
4: Krallice Diotima
5: Cults Cults

David J - Musician/Writer/Director
Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, Jazz Butcher

Timber Timbre  Keep On Creepin' On 
Chrysta Bell  This Train 
Cass McCombs  Wits End 
Cat's Eyes  Cat's Eyes
The Antlers  Burst Apart 
David Lynch  Crazy Clown Time
Bill Callahan  Apocalypse 
Tom Waits  Bad As Me 
Bon Iver  Bon Iver 
Gillian Welch  The Harrow and the Harvest

Ian Rogers - CEO Topspin Media
Ian was the GM of Yahoo Music before heading to Topspin Media in April 2008 as CEO. Previously, Ian co-founded personal music sharing software provider Mediacode with Rob Lord. Mediacode was sold to Yahoo.  Ian worked for AOL’s Nullsoft unit. Prior to founding Mediacode, Ian worked as one of the principals at Grand Royal with the Beastie Boys. Ian has also been called the “fourth Beastie Boy” due to his relationship with the Beastie Boys.

Girls  Father Son Holy Ghost
James Blake   James Blake
Kurt Vile   Smoke Ring For My Halo
EMA   Past Life Martyred Saints
Kanye and Jay-Z   Watch The Throne

Patty Schemel - Musician/Teacher
HoleJuliette and the Licks, Imperial Teen

1. Belle Brigade   (Self Titled)
2. Dum Dum Girls   Only In Dreams 
3. M83 Hurry  Up We're Dreaming
4. The Weeknd   House of Balloons
5.  GroupLove   Never Trust A Happy Song 

Stacey Sher - Film Producer
Erin Brockovich, Contagion, Django Unchained

Album :The incomparable Greg Dulli makes another rich and infectious Twilight Singers record with Dynamite Steps the only  new album this year I find myself listening to over and over again...or as my daughter Maggie said Mom, can you play track 7, to which my son Tyler answers, and track, in their honor (and good taste) 
She Was Stolen
Blackbird And The Fox

Movies:  It would be too self serving to choose my film Contagion (though I do rate it one of the years very best as did Mahnola Dargis of the NY Times!) 
I found myself really enjoying 3 films about art, nostalgia and the fear of being past your artistic prime as the times are changing... so in no order other than alphabetical enjoy these three charming  explorations of the trials and tribulations of the life of an artist…all of them transport you into another  world the same way a great record does. 
The Artist
Midnight in Paris

Ok so one of these books came out last year but it continues with my theme of being transported and it is by a musician…
Just Kids by Patti Smith-
Wildly lauded and winner of the national book award, I think that it captures what it is like to be young and desirous of creating art as well and as palpably as anything ever has...

I also devoured -
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
I could not put this book down, even  though I felt like a whole spiritual level was missing in this bestseller about the life of the amazing inventor and innovator who changed our world. You have to love a person who thought people should go live on an ashram, listen to more rock and roll and drop acid if you want to make better products and a better world!  

Happy 2012!

@Studiodog (Kerry Brown) - Music Producer/ Starry Records

David Lynch  Crazy Clown Time
Tom Waits  Bad As Me
Twilight Singers   Dynamite Steps
David J   Not Long For This World
Damien Youth   Sunfield (reissued)

Ysanne Spevack - Musician
Ysanne string arrangements for rock music, film and TV scores are widely acclaimed. Her strings grace a wide musical terrain spanning filmscores, rock, pop and electronic music. Clients include Smashing PumpkinsDavid J (Bauhaus / Love & Rockets)Christina PerriElton JohnBrett Anderson (Suede)TiestoDub Gabriel feat. Michael StipeSister Bliss (Faithless)Asian Dub FoundationJesus and the Mary ChainMark Schulz (Public Image Limited)Imaad WasifChocolate GeniusAlex ParksT-PowerMJ ColeHBO’s Big Love, and The Sopranos title track composers, Alabama 3

David J   Not Long For This World
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
The Horrors Skying
TV On The Radio Nine Types Of Light
Gillian Welch  The Harrow and the Harvest
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Shadow on the Run (not yet released)

Damien Youth - Musician/Artist

The Clientele  Minotaur
The Black Keys  El Camino
David J  Not Long For This World
Tom Waits  Bad As Me
Black Lips  Arabia Mountain

What is your "Top 5" of 2011? Please leave it in the comments section.


Saeed said...

more than 5 but here's mine:

Secret Codes & Battleships - Darren Hayes
Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
Violet Burning - Story Of Our Lives ( Liebe Uber Alles, Black As Death and The Fantastic Machine) 3CD album
Joy Formidable - Big Roar
Incubus - If Not Now, When?
Lady Gaga - Born This Way
m83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Real Estate - Days
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Beyonce - 4
Boxer Rebellion - The Cold Still

Albums Worth mentioning but I didn't listen to enough:
Mastodon - Hunter
Washed Out - Within and Without
REM - Collapse Into Now
Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials
Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
The Whole Love - Wilco
Metals - Feist

Sietse Sowan said...

4)The Smashing Pumpkins: "GISH (Re-issue)"
5)The Smashing Pumpkins: "SIAMESE DREAM (Re-issue)"
*I'd also like to mention another Song (which I didn't get an Album for (because I couldn't find it, but I have listened to oodles of times on YouTube because it's Amazing Bliss): SHADOW BUREAU (featuring LINDA STRAWBERRY): "Don't Give Yourself Away".

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1) Steve EARLE: "I'll never get to leave this world ALIVE"
2) EVERLAST: "Songs of the South the ungrateful's life."
3) Jeff Martin 777: "to cry"
4) Smashing Pumpkins: genomic in situ hybridization (GISH) (retransmission)
5) Pumpkins: "Siamese Dream (retransmission)
I would also like to mention a song (I did not get the album (because I can not find it, but I listened to hard times on YouTube, because it is amazing bliss): SHADOW Bureau (LINDA strawberry) : "Do not give up."
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