TUE, DEC 6, 2011 at 6:44 AM

Top 10 of 2011 – Artist Edition


Here is the final post in our top 10 of 2011 series, and, let’s be honest, it’s the one you came to see. Ever wonder what Robin Pecknold jams in between tweets? Curious about what caught Ernest Greene’s ear this year? Do you and Dulli watch the same shit on TV? Wonder how much sex will be in Alexei Perry Cox’s list? You will find out the answers to all this and more below, plus you’ll be able to listen to playlists by each artist while you do so!

If you can’t get enough lists please check out our staff top 10 lists here and lists made by friends of Sub Pop here.

As our loveable VP Megan Jasper STILL says on a seemingly daily basis, “See you on the flippity flop.” We’re hoping she finally lets go of the Grunge Lexicon in 2012, but I don’t know how we’re going to get that laminated New York Times article out of her purse. 2011, over and out.

Matt Korvette of Pissed Jeans

Top ten clothing purchases this year, ranked by stunningness:

10. Damir Doma asymmetrical t-shirt
09. Boris Bidjan Saberi sewn-sleeve t-shirt
08. Ann Demeulemeester pinstripe cropped pants
07. Rick Owens sleeveless tee
06. Faliero Sarti cotton scarf
05. Lumen et Umbra painted silk sweater
04. Maison Martin Margiela gladiator sandals
03. Boris Bidjan Saberi waxed druid-neck hoodie
02. Ann Demeulemeester Berlin jacket
01. Lost & Found leather/shearling coat

Ernest Greene of Washed Out

Ernest’s Playlist on Spotify
Ernest’s Playlist on Rdio

Araabmuzik – “Streetz Tonight”
Atlas Sound – “Terra Incognita”
Chairlift – “Amanaemonesia”
Cut Copy – “Hanging on to Every Heartbeat”
The Horrors – “Still Life”
John Maus – “The Believer”
Panda Bear – “Last Night At the Jetty”
Real Estate – “It’s Real”
Toro y Moi – “Go With You”
Tycho – “Hours”

Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes

Robin’s Playlist on Spotify

1. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo & Bill Callahan – Apocalypse – “I got… runner ups… YEEEAAH!” and the part in “Universal Applicant” where Bill does the flare gun sound effects.
2. The license plate that said “SNUTS
3. The section of “Codex” by Radiohead where he sings “Jump off the end” and the piano ascends but the vocal melody descends. And the drum sound that’s like tapping your finger on a chair at the airport.
4. Portishead in Poznan, Poland & Bill Callahan in Chorzow, Poland.
5. The Walkmen playing horns together in the basement of the Masonic Temple in Cleveland, recording it on my phone, and then watching it all the time.
6. Van Dyke Parks’ business card
7. The album “To My Long Lost Love” by an anonymous Portland musician. Easily the new album I’ve listened to most.
8. The show Breaking Bad
9. Etta James’ version of “God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)” by Randy Newman
10. William Tyler, BEHOLD THE SPIRIT! So awesome.


Ten Movies We Watched While Making awE naturalE

The Wiz
Coming To America
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows
Meteor Man
Mary Poppins
Bedknobs & Broomsticks
Lady Sings the Blues
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
I’m Gonna Get You Sucka
The Nutty Professor

Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces

2.all american/Weekend
3.kola boof
4.toyin odutola all her work
5.lob stop sta (feat Coco o.)
6.nov 5
7.black bean burger zippy’s
8.the view from saul’s rooftop
9.the mavs
10.the alien i saw working in a kebab shop in berlin. he looked like a slightly melting arab gary shandling. i knew something was funny watching him move something in the way it poured the tahini. then a weird incandescent light was poured out of his ears sort of like honey. a leak of sorts.he peeped me noticing it saw the confused horror explode through my expression and moved in a time folding way, like a film jumping. it looked shocked like a young boy discovered stealing quarters from his moms purse to play galaga at the corner store. i backed away into the door and almost broke through it but then it said something that sounded like “xeeulis” or something and i felt comfort like never before. we spoke for about an hour but everything it said i immediately forgot. except this, that kanye west was the greatest artist of any kind in the history of man.

Lou Barlow of Sebadoh

Lou’s Playlist on Spotify
Lou’s Playlist on Rdio

Top 10 Albums (and Radio Station and Podcast) of 2011, in no particular order
1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – UMO
2. Electric Wizard – Black Masses
3. George Jones – Ragged But Right: The Starday Years Plus
4. Webb Pierce – Fallen Angel/Cross Country ( 2-LP reissue)
5. Wye Oak- Civilian
6. Panda Bear-Tomboy
7. Weekend – Sports
8. WTF Marc Maron – probably the most popular podcast in the world right now
9. KXLUKXLU is freeform college radio in LA that plays all manner of current and happening indie rock throughout the day…it’s raw, brilliant and occasionally unlistenable like college radio is s’posed to be.
Britney Spears-’Til the World Ends

Rick from feedtime’s highlights of 2011:

hearing Useless Children in full roar
finding the shovelhead
S S Records’ invite (SS10)
Sub Pop’s invite
feeding beer to Kobuki Bnk
rolling with feedtime & Bruce Aberrant

Brandon Summers of Helio Sequence

Brandon’s Playlist on Rdio
Brandon’s Playlist on Spotify

My 2011 Top 10 (in no ranking order):
1.) Let England Shake- PJ Harvey
2.) Bon Iver-Bon Iver
3.) Black Up- Shabazz Palaces
4.) Build A Rocket Boys- Elbow
5.) Ravedeath 1972- Tim Hecker
6.) Mark Hollis (Reissue)- Mark Hollis
7.) Laughing Stock (Reissue)- Talk Talk
8.) Smoke Ring for My Halo- Kurt Vile
9.)James Blake- James Blake1
0.)King of Limbs- Radiohead

Greg Dulli of The Twilight Singers and The Gutter Twins

Greg’s Playlist on Rdio
Greg’s Playlist on Spotify

1. Louis CK at Mahalia Jackson Theater/New Orleans 10.6.11
2. The 2011 World Series
3. Breaking Bad/Season 4
4. Prince at the Forum/Inglewood 4.30.11
5. Vetiver/The Errant Charm
6. Drive
7. Blake Griffin/Los Angeles Clippers
8. Metronomy/English Riviera
9. Curb Your Enthusiasm/Palestinian Chicken
10. Dam Funk at One Eyed Jack’s/New Orleans 10.3.11

Daniel Martin Moore

Daniel’s Playlist on Rdio
Daniel’s Playlist on Spotify

My 10 (not in order) Favorite Things (that i can think of right now) of 2011 (so far),

-Circuital by My Morning Jacket
Their best album yet? I love these guys.

-Golder by Haley Bonar
HB does it again. This is a wonderful record. My favorite song is probably Wendy Bird.

-La Petite Mort by Russell Ihrig
Hilarious & gross. Read it!

-Family & friends all having babies!
Lots of new kidos around this year. People are tired & happy.

-Lullabies by Maiden Radio
Some dear friends released this breathtaking album full of quiet harmony. And it’s the first record to come out on my new label, Ol Kentuck. It’s very near to my heart.

-Finally saw the Movie 2001: A Space Odyssey
Hard to believe that all happened only 10 short years ago.

-Produced Someone Else’s Record For The First Time!
Joan Shelley, a good friend & artist from Louisville, KY, has a new record due out in 2012. I’m proud to have worked on it.

-Planted 3 Ginko Trees & 4 Magnolias
And a bunch of pines, too.

-Daniel Joseph Dorff’s New Album
I got to help Dan record his new solo piano album which will be coming out on Dec. 12, 2011!

-Finally Outsmarted The Squirrels That Have Been Eating The Cabin
By mixing tremendous amounts of cayenne pepper with common wood glue, and painting it onto the places they (for some mystifying reason) were bound & determined to chew up. It burned their little faces off, I bet. But they’ve stopped chomping holes in the walls. And it’s better than shooting them, right? Right.

Skye Skjelset of Fleet Foxes
Skye’s Playlist on Rdio
Skye’s Playlist on Spotify

Bill Callahan’s “Apocalypse.”
Marvel Comics’ “Uncanny X-Force” and “X-Men: Schism.”
South Brooklyn Pizza or Joe’s in New York City.
Thurston Moore’s “Demolished Thoughts.”
The movie “Martha Marcy May Marlene.”
Kurt Vile’s “Smoke Ring for My Halo.”
Gillian Welch’s “The Harrow & The Harvest.”
Samurai Mama in New York City.
Playing the bass clarinet.

Sohrab Habibion of Obits

Sohrab’s Playlist on Rdio
Sohrab’s Playlist on Spotify

Best of 2011 (no particular order):

1-3. Three albums most listened to at home: Angola Soundtrack – The
Unique Sound of Luanda (1968-1976); The Psychedelic Aliens – Psycho
African Beat; Those Shocking Shaking Days: Indonesian Hard,
Psychedelic, Progressive Rock and Funk 1970-1978

4-6. Three albums most listened to walking around my neighborhood:
Discharge – Hear Nothing, See Nothing, Say Nothing; The Skull Defekts
- Peer Amid; Abner Jay – Folk Song Stylist

7. Most popular van listening: Best Show Gems

8. Favorite Obits show – The Rivoli in Toronto with Metz

9. Best new band: Wrong Dots

10. Most fun Twitter reading: @jonwurster

11. New local restaurant I’m most excited about: Littleneck

12. Album happiest to have re-issued: Faith – Subject to Change plus
First Demo

Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel

Jimmy’s Playlist on Rdio
Jimmy’s Playlist on Spotify

FAVORITES OF 2011 (not including friend’s music!)

Andy Stott – Passed Me By EP (Modern Love)
Clams Casino – Rainforest EP (Tri Angle)
Morphosis – What Have We Learned (Delsin)
Leyland Kirby – Intrigue & Stuff (Vol. 2) (History Always Favours The Winners)
Robag Wruhme – Thora Vukk (Pampa)
Massive Attack vs. Burial – Four Walls EP (The Vinyl Factory)
Emmylou Harris – Hard Bargain (Nonesuch)
Ezekiel Honig – Folding In On Itself (Type)
Emptyset – Demiurge (Subtext)
Oneohtrix Point – Never Replica (Software)


Over here at Jaill Top Ten Productions, we can’t ever seem to get enough James Franco. Well, who can really?
10. The Broken Tower (never heard of it)
9. The Colbert Report as HIMSELF, JAMES FRANCO
8. General Hospital Episode #1.12270
7. Your Highness (never saw it, but we’re thinking its like a Game of Thrones, but more graphic?)
6.The Green Hornet
5. The Oscars as James Anne Hathaway is fucking obnoxious Franco
4. General Hospital Episode #1.12250
3. General Hospital Episode #1.12251
2. The Oscars as James Give me my check, this is bullshit Franco, (arguably the best Franco)
1. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES as something. didn’t see it, Vinnie says its good.

Alexei Perry Cox of Handsome Furs

Top “Ten” Great Things From 2011 In No Particular Order

Number one: Belgrade Punk band Repetitor’s debut album Sve Sto Vidim Je Prvi Put

Number two: Making out on a docked Ukranian gun ship/venue in Budapest prior to stage time

Number three: Crossing eight borders in sixteen hours touring through the Balkans with Bernays Propaganda

Number four: Terreneo Festival in Sibenik

Number five: Martinis in a can at 3am on day off in post-recession deserted Reno Nevada

Number six: Sweatiest backstage wardrobe change in chapel of First Unitarian church with Thee Satisfaction

Number seven: Onstage vs frontrow full frontal nudity at a squat show in Berlin

Number eight: PDX police bust us during “fake raping” of “What About Us?” director Scott Coffey

Number nine: Encore at Neumos in Seattle the band grows exponentially to include Suuns and Talk Demonic

Number ten: Four minute crowd surf at Palaty Kulturana in Warzaw

Number eleven: PJ Harvey sighting at show in London

Number twelve: After thirty minute “interrogation” by Swedish narcotics officers, realizing that merely raising your voice is an effective way to avoid a trip to the police station in Scandinavia

Number thirteen: The dingy that transported our uninsured gear to our show at Beach number five in Lake Ohrid Macedonia (plus naked nightswimming afterwards!)

Number fourteen: The amazing young man who came out to his parents immediately before coming to our show in Boston and then danced harder than anyone in attendance

Number fifteen: Our tourmanager eerily and robotically being able to sing every single word of every single song played on XM radio’s Back Spin… “She’s so fly she’ll drive you right out of your mind. Steal your heart when your blind. You’ll fall in love and you’ll be screaming dreaming. Never trust a big butt and a smile. That girl is poison.”

Number sixteen: The fact that Prince Hubertus is a real person and we met him and his shinily bejeweled and wildly patterned crew in the sketchiest back alley of East Hastings where a junkie was practicing his knife throwing skills at a telephone pole

Number seventeen: Epic Lord of the Rings style mushroom picking adventure followed by day long smoke sauna in the Finnish countryside

Number eighteen: Crazy ass May Day party in the hills above Sarejevo featuring live band on tiny porch and entire roast lamb

Number nineteen: Performing as punk rock karaoke super group with No Age after packed secret show in the basement of an Albanian restaurant in Skopje. Karaoke band begins covers of Black Flag, CCR, Bob Dylan and others four hours after show had officially ended.

Male Bonding

Male Bonding’s Playlist on Rdio"
Male Bonding’s Playlist on Spotify

Sun Araw – Ancient Romans
Ganglians – Still Living
Blanck Mass – Blanck Mass
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Metronomy – The English Riviera
Veronica Falls – Veronica Falls
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Half Man Half Biscuit – 90 Bisodol (Crimond)
Trash Talk – AWAKE (it’s an EP, I know.)
Milk Music – Beyond Living (it’s an EP, I know)
Diva Dompe

Dee Dee of Dum Dum Girls

Dee Dee’s Playlist on Rdio
Dee Dee’s Playlist on Spotify

I have only 2!! Kurt Vile and John Maus.

King Tuff

King Tuff Playlist on Rdio
King Tuff’s Playlist on Spotify

Crazy Band “fuck you” LP (teenage teardrops)
Magic Jake & the Power Crystals s/t cassette (burger records)

Kurt Vile – “Smoke Ring for my Halo”


Nocturnal Vermont winter- Last February I spent recording 40 or so demos in the middle of the night. I barely saw the sun for a month and I would take walks early in the morning in the blue light and the snow with no one around.
Moving to LA- I left Vermont and for 2 months I subletted a room in an amazing house in Laurel Canyon. It was the closest thing I could find to Vermont in LA. I wrote songs on the ancient piano there, drank coffee alongside Sebastian Bach in the mornings at the country store, and spied on Jack Osbourne through the brambles whilst he blasted NIN.
Detroit – after my time in laurel canyon I flew to Detroit to record with Bobby Harlow in an old abandoned elementary school. I got sick and Bobby made me drink lots of raw juice and I think I peed more than I ever have in my entire life.
playing guitar in Hunx & His Punx.
stick and poke tattoos with Emily Hexe.
Driving Abby Banks’ truck around LA.
Saturn Return?

Taco Zone taco truck – asada mullitas
Buzz beverages

Aaron Sperske of Beachwood Sparks

Aaron’s Playlist on Rdio
Aaron’s Playlist on Spotify


Dave Scher

Dave’s Playlist on Rdio
Dave’s Playlist on Spotify

a personal random and by no means comprehensive top ten love fd

1. Living at the beach (powerful sea energy, more emphasis on health + bicycles more than cars, and tons more surfing, also babe city )

2. Breathing through worry + anxiety, and letting the little naysaying babbling voice in the head play itself out rather than getting stuck believing it

3. old surf/skate/whale movies on the tv with no sound (good with sound on or off)

4. Having a monthly club nite … super fun, redunks (http://www.farmerdavescher.com/clubpacific)

5. Hanging out at Linda’s in Seattle around 1999 (?) (fire up your flux capacitors…I’ll meet y’all there)
now some music:

6. Mark Eric Midsummer’s Day Dream (whole album—rev old single pics think “Build Your Own Dream” or “Lynns Baby”)

7. Dirty Beaches “true blue” (like that song)

8. Spirit The Spirit of ’76…. (Tampa-recorded many gems-containing bicentennial double album, mental… if I had to pick songs, “Like a Rolling Stone” or “Feeling in Time”)

9. Pagliaro, “Some Sing Some Dance” (mental)

10. Boz Scaggs “the Low Down” ….. hearing it loud flipped my lid put me down one night in Austin, with me still. A molecule-changer. I’ll see y’all later

oh, and 10.5 BWS Returns… the Juggler’s last revenge, bustin’ domes for old times sake

Brent Rademaker of Beachwood Sparks

Brent’s Playlist on Rdio
Brent’s Playlist on Spotify

here’s what I bought/downloaded/experienced
1. yuck lp
2. Girls- father, son, holy ghost
3. Washed Out
4. Sebadoh- live at the Social (Orlando)
5. Comet Gain- Howl of the Loney Crowd
6. Kurt Vile- Ghost Town
7. Neal Casal- Sweeten the Distance
8. Joshua Carpenter- Full Flight
9. Criss Angel- How to Levitate dvd
10.Buffalo Springfield- Rockin in the Free World at Bonnaroo

Memoryhouse’s Top 10 of 2011

Memoryhouse’s Playlist on Rdio
Memoryhouse’s Playlist on Spotify

1. Breaking Bad
2. Adele – 21
3. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
4. Floral Dresses (Denise)
5. LeBron/Wade/Bosh – Fail
6. Feist – Metals
7. Drive
8. Louie (T.V.)
9. Alela Diane – Alela Diane and Wild Divine
10. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972/Dropped Pianos E.P

Utrillo Kushner of Comets on Fire

Utrillo’s Playlist on Rdio
Utrillo’sPlaylist on Spotify

A typical day in Music – My Top Ten
10. 1. The kid is at pre-school and the wife is at work, time to blast Birds Of Maya Ready to Howl with my first cup of coffee of the morning.

2. Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington for the walk from home to the BART train station. More coffee.

3. Try to wrap my head around The Gift by Lewis Hyde during the commute from Oakland to San Francisco. The current trend of letting business types dress casual really pisses me off. It’s become increasingly hard to differentiate US vs. THEM at first glance. Come on people, back to briefcases and power suits. At risk of a $250 fine – more coffee.

4. Try to regain my psyche with Andy Kim’s 1968 debut How’d We Ever Get This Way. More coffee.

5. Power through the late morning / early afternoon with the Thin Lizzy Vagabonds, Kings, Warriors, Angels box set. At this point I think it’s safe to say I’ll love Thin Lizzy for the rest of my life. More coffee.

6. During my sanctioned 45 minute lunch break watch the MK Ultra CIA mind control documentary on YouTube: http://youtu.be/e8k0C88B0QE

7. After lunch pick-me-up with the Pumphouse Gang S/t reissue on Sing Sing. Last cup of coffee.

8. Oneohtrix Point Never Replica for the commute home.

9. Erik Satie Satie: 3 Gymnopedies for dinner jams with the fam. Switch to beer.

10. Scott Walker: 30 Century Man movie for late night entertainment. More beer and then to bed.

Jussi Lehtisalo from Circle

here is a list. just something…-Zouo – The Final Agony 7"-Roy Harper: Stormcock LP-Andre Breton: Nadja (book)-Lou Reed & Metallica Lulu 2CD-Crazy Spirit: I’m Dead 7"-Messiah: Final Warning CD-Condominium:Warm Home 12"-Theodor Adorno-Satantango (Bela Tarr, 1994) DVD-Antisect (Live concert in Puntala, Finland 2011) take care.jussi

Nick Thorburn of Mister Heavenly

Nick’s Playlist on Rdio
Nick’s Playlist on Spotify

Blood Orange “I’m Sorry We Lied”
Dum Dum Girls “Coming Down”
Handsome Furs “Serve the People”
Cass McCombs “County Line”
Das Racist “Power”
Sandro Perri “changes”
Random Axe “the Hex”
PJ Harvey “The Last Living Rose”
Nick Waterhouse “Some Place”
Raphael Saadiq “Good Man”

Guy Maddison (daughter) from Mudhoney

Guy’s Playlist on Rdio
Guy’s Playlist on Spotify

How about top ten songs baby Coco (six months old) likes to dance to?
1. Top of the Pop, by the Rezillos
2. Constantinople by The Residents
3. Concrete Jungle, By the Specials
4. Reet Petitie by Jackie Wilson
5. I Can’t Lose by Obits
6. Blue Snow by Orange Goblin.
7. Here comes your Man by the Pixies
8. Get off the Phone by Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers
9.Neat Neat Neat by the Damned.
and of course #10 Papa’s got a brand new Bag, by James Brown.