3hree Things: My 12 Favorite Albums Of 2011, Vol. 1 of 4

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Sangsouvanh Khounvichit

It's that time of year again. The time of year in which we are inundated with year-end lists; bests, worsts, mosts, leasts, blah, and blahs. Honestly, I'm a bit tired of lists (maybe some of that has to do with the fact that I make one for this column every week), but there's something to to be said for tradition. I've been writing and publishing "Best/Favorite Records of ..." for several years, and while I realize that some of you couldn't possibly give less of a damn which records were my favorites of 2011, I'm about to drop them on you anyway. Suck it up and read on, or do something else.

Now, a few things before we get started. 

These are not the "best" records. They are my "favorite" records. I really don't know what's "best." Neither do you. So save the "I can't believe (band name that probably has something to do with verbing a noun in it) isn't on your list" comments. This is my list. You're more than welcome make your own, and I'd encourage you to do so. I'm eager to read them in the comments. Let's get each other into some new bands.

The following twelve records (because I honestly couldn't narrow it down to nine like I did last year) are listed in order, but that order (especially at the back end) would probably change from week to week were someone to ask me to submit this list again. That order has also been determined by an admittedly unreliable way of assigning value to a record.

I checked out my total plays on Last.fm and iTunes, made a list, thought about potential replay value, took some notes, sat down and listened to all of the top records again to see what kind of staying power they had, flipped a coin, made a list of my top three tracks from each record and compared them to other top threes, put album covers on a dartboard, blindfolded myself, threw some darts in the direction of that dartboard, hit my dog with one, and realized that all of this is a horrible idea and why do I have so much fun driving myself nuts over something so inconsequential and unnecessary and oh yeah that's just because it's what I do with these list things.

Aaaaaaaand, deep breath.


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Jonathan Hopkins
Jonathan Hopkins

I totally back the "The Intersphere" reccomendation we toured with them in Germany, great band and great musicianship.

Just listening to the Tycho record, great stuff.

These are of my musical workings;

http://caesarsrome.bandcamp.co...

Jon

annika
annika

thank you i can say. i really liked David Bazan. I sure will look him up ;)

btw. the link for Trap Them - damage pose didnt work anymore http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...  this is another one. dont know if you can listen to it, whichever country you live in ;)

I dont listen to many new records, for im super bitchy and picky about my music, and i like to stay with the good ones i found already. Still this year i went back to a few old ones, that my mother used to make me listen to, and found new beauty.

in no order, for i love them all.

thrice - beggars and major/minor of course and "silver wings" ;)

cold - 13 ways how to bleed on stage - or the song "the rain song" (year of the spider album)

cindy lauper - just the song "true color" though it goes on my nerves now. heard it all year ;)

Paddy goes to Holyhead - Paddy Tales  --- this is usually not my music taste but i force listened to this when i was a kiddo and never understood a word of english. now i do, and im in love with it. cant always hear it, its folkish, but worth a listen, trust me. especially the tracks "Tales of Neverending days" "a day on the run" and " I dont want to say goodnight" they really have some good lyrics sometime :P maybe youll find one you like as well.

Rise Against - Endgame  (saw them luckily live performing this, although since giving birth i never had an hour off, some beautiful person made this possible-maybe the reason why i love it)

also appreciated YOUR songs

The Shoes - farewell in the rain (i tripped over them, they're awesome)

i think thats it and ill be quiet now ;) 

will be offline till jan 7th, so have a wonderfull christmas.

Rimfandango
Rimfandango

Nice list Riley. Curious to see the rest. I'm digging Tycho.My top 3: 1. Thrice - M/M ( I don't think a description for this is necessary)2. Giles Corey - Giles Corey (Quite dark and gloomy acoustic folk with some shoegaze influence. It's heavy hitting stuff (Both lyrically and musically) made by Dan Barrett of Have a nice life. Highly recommend it) 3. Amon Tobin - ISAM (Love this record. Tobin has always been my one my favorite electronica artists and ISAM might be his best work. Weird, dark, quirky and exciting) 

James
James

My favorite's this year (not sure of the order yet)

Fireworks - GospelLa Dispute - WildlifeYou Guys - Major/MinorThe Wonder Years - Suburbia...Bon Iver - Bon IverThe Devil Wears Prada - Dead ThroneManchester Orchestra - Simple Math

Jen Chatfield
Jen Chatfield

Super excited to see the rest of your list.

On the lighter side:Blitzen Trapper - American GoldwingCity and Colour - Little Hell

annika
annika

;) city and colour i likes too 

Nico_siberia
Nico_siberia

Riley, I don't know if you by any chance got a hold off Letlive's Fake history, the record was rerelased by Epitaph this year. Such a Heavy, fast, latino-&-glassJAw influenced record. It's flawless, from start to finish. You know, when sometimes you hear a record and feel like "This is gonna be a life partner"? Well, Fake history is.

by the way, enjoyed a lot Tycho &Trap them (for the opossite reasons).

John
John

Riley, I noticed that you had The Joy Formidable on your top 5 played on last fm posted on hermitology. If you're into them, I really would recommend checking out this band called Ume. They are pretty similar to tjf and their new album Phantoms is probably my favorite unknown release of the year. Also might I recommend checking out Monoculture by Sainthood Reps. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

TheNatedogg
TheNatedogg

Some cool records on this list. Can't wait to see the rest. 

My list would include (in no particular order) Fleet Foxes, Cloudkicker, O'Brother, Thrice, Thursday, Wye Oak, James Blake, Cold War Kids, J Mascis, Cave In (almost forgot that came out this year, feels like an eternity ago!), Pomegranates, and Washed Out.  

Marius
Marius

Sorry for the mess. Apparently I've done some HTML programming... :-/

Marius
Marius

Hey Riley,

ordinarily you would be one of my top sources exploring new bands but as you ask for suggestions I may present you another german band called "The Intersphere" which is one of my favorites around here. Their upcoming record "Hold On, Liberty" will be released at the end of january 2012 but I highly recommend to check out their last record "Interspheres Atmospheres" as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...Bye,Marius

annika
annika

any fav. song? im just listening to them now. not too bad ;) listening to prodigy composers atm that ones nice

Marius
Marius

Yeah, prodigy composers is definitely one great song. I truly like every song of "interspheres atmospheres" but other than pc, "ghostwriter", the title track and "state of the divine" are the most catchy ones...I'm glad you like them - they really should get some recognition :-)

annika
annika

thanks. ill listen to them tomorrow ;)

Marius
Marius

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Marius
Marius

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Christian Brandt
Christian Brandt

If you get back to the more "quiet" music please check out "Collapse Under The Empire" from Germany.

Collapse Under The Empire is an instrumental / post-rock duo from Hamburg / Germany. They formed 2007, when Chris Burda and Martin Grimm got together to develop their own music.

http://www.facebook.com/collap...

Other great instrumental band from Germany is "Long Distance Calling"

http://www.myspace.com/longdis...My favorite song is "Metulsky Curse Revisited" Awesome ending in this song!

@JstnBsn
@JstnBsn

Top albums (Not sure what order though): Thursday, Foo Fighters, Dance Gavin Dance, Childish Gambino, Taking Back Sunday, Fucked Up, Polar Bear Club, Griever, Thrice, and the Glassjaw EPs.

If you want more heavy, this EP by Griever that came out earlier this year is awesome: http://griever.bandcamp.com/ . Not sure how to accurately describe it, maybe sludge rock.

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