Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Best Of 2011

Ok, maybe not the best, but certainly my favorites from 2011. It's been a good year, with exciting releases from new bands and old favorites, plus some archival releases thrown in. Along with this stuff I've delved deeper into the Nuggets box sets, Scott Walker, Brian Eno's ambient work, early Pere Ubu and Kevin Ayers in particular this year. The best thing about being a music obsessive is one never knows where one's ear will lead them - if you had shown me some of these entries a year ago I'd have scoffed, but here we are.

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Scott H. Biram – Still Drunk, Still Crazy, Still Blue (live) (V/A – No One Got Hurt, 2011)
Jon Langford – The Ballad Of Solomon Jones (Skull Orchard Revisited, 2011)
Joe Dash – Truth About Surgery (V/A – Messthetics #108, 2011 - originally released in the early 1980s)
The Diagram Brothers – I Didn't Get Where I Am Today By Being A Right Git (Peel session) (The Peel Sessions, 2011 – originally released in 1981)

David Kilgour – Diamond Mine (Left By Soft, 2011)
F In Math – Couch (Couch EP, 2011)
Ghost Wave – Sunsetter (Ghost Wave EP, 2011)
Cut Off Your Hands – Fooling No One (Hollow, 2011)

Punches – Hold Your Head (Etheria, 2011)
Wild Beasts – Loop The Loop (Smother, 2011)
Radiohead – Little By Little (The King Of Limbs, 2011)

Robyn Hitchcock – Old Man Weather (Tromso, Kaptein, 2011)
Shriekback – My Vast Behavior (Life In The Loading Bay bonus disc, 2011)
John Foxx And The Maths – Shatterproof (Interplay, 2011)

British Sea Power – We Are Sound (Valhalla Dancehall, 2011)
Puressence – Swathes Of Sea Made Stone (Solid State Recital, 2011)
Dead Guitars – Mesmerized (Stranger, 2011)

Dead Skeletons – Get On The Train (Dead Magick, 2011)
The Primitives – Rattle My Cage (Never Kill A Secret EP, 2011)
Astrid Williamson – Paperbacks (Pulse, 2011)

Thomas Dolby – 17 Hills (A Map Of The Floating City, 2011)
TV Smith – Man Down (Coming In To Land, 2011)
Peter Gabriel – The Rhythm Of The Heat (new version) (New Blood, 2011)

The Fall – I've Seen Them Come (Ersatz G.B., 2011)
The Black Watch – Meg (The End Of When, 2011)
David Sylvian – The Last Days Of December (Died In The Wool, 2011)

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