Bliten Trapper’s newest video directed by Daniel Elkayam (Blitzen Trapper’s “Black River Killer” & “The Tree”) is a heartfelt and poignant video for American Golwing’s track, “Girl in a Coat”, which stars the band’s drummer Brian Koch and his grandfather, Arthur Koch. Brian Koch, who also wrote and produced the video, stated, "Four years ago I interviewed my grandfather at the age of 96 to talk about his life. I was struck by how, even though so much had become blurry, confused or completely fallen away from his memory, some things remained. Just shy of his 100th birthday, Daniel and I began to create a video from my grandfather’s perspective, blurring the boundaries of time and space in memory. “Girl In A Coat,” with its wearied narrative of retrospection, seemed the perfect match for the concept."
Blitzen Trapper are currently on a headline tour supporting American Goldwing and will immediately follow-up their late summer tour to act as main support for labelmates The Head and The Heart, for a tour that will begin on September 18th in Spokane, WA at Knitting Factory and wrap up October 10th in Eugene, OR at the McDonald Theatre. The band’s complete tour schedule is listed below.
Additionally, fans will be able to stream Blitzen Trapper’s upcoming set at the Newport Folk Fest on July 27th, via NPR. More details on that event available on the NPR website.
Blitzen Trapper on Tour:http://www.subpop.com/tours/blitzen_trapper
Jul 17 – Alexandria, VA – The Birchmere
Jul 18 – Richmond, VA – The National
Jul 19 – Charlotte, NC – Casbah at Tremont Music Hall
Jul 20 – Charleston, SC – The Charleston Pourhouse
Jul 21 – Wilmington, NC – The Soapbox
Jul 22 – Knoxville, TN – Cider House
Jul 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Taft Ballroom
Jul 25 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
Jul 26 – York, PA – Capitol Theater
Jul 27 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
Jul 30 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Centre
Jul 31 – Columbia, MO – Mojo’s
Aug 03-05 – Happy Valley, OR – Pickathon Festival
Aug 10 – Arlington, WA – Summer Meltdown Festival
Aug 11 – 12 – Olga, WA – Doe Bay Music Festival
Sep 01 – Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheatre ++
Sep 02 – Seattle, WA – Bumbershoot Festival
Sep 18 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory +
Sep 19 – Missoula, MT – Wilma Theatre +
Sep 20 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory +
Sep 02- Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot +
Sep 23 – Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater +
Sep 25 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater +
Sep 26 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue +
Sep 28 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre +
Sep 30 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom +
Oct 02 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre +
Oct 03- San Diego, CA – Spreckels Theatre +
Oct 05 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern +
Oct 07 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre +
Oct 10 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre +
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.
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
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”
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, BEHOLDTHESPIRIT! So awesome.
Coming To America
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows
Bedknobs & Broomsticks
Lady Sings the Blues
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
I’m Gonna Get You Sucka
The Nutty Professor
4.toyin odutola all her work
5.lob stop sta (feat Coco o.)
7.black bean burger zippy’s
8.the view from saul’s rooftop
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.
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. KXLU – KXLU 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
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
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
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
-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.
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.
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
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?
So we present-JAILL’s TOPTENTHINGSTHATJAMESFRANCOWAS IN 2011
10. The Broken Tower (never heard of it)
9. The Colbert Report as HIMSELF, JAMESFRANCO
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 THEPLANET OF THEAPES as something. didn’t see it, Vinnie says its good.
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.
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)
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.
Taco Zone taco truck – asada mullitas
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
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
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”
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.
The end of every year means wading through the “Best Of” lists of numerous internet jack-offs, both trusted and despised. Each year Sub Pop (that’s us!) contributes to this somewhat disgusting custom, but this year we’re doing things slightly differently. 2011 means that we’re in the fucking future, so this year we have created Spotify and Rdio playlists for you so that you can actually listen to the shit we like while you read about it. Like, whoa, right? Without further ado, here are the Top 10 lists by the staff and interns at Sub Pop Records. Check back next week for top 10 lists from some of our friends, and then check back the week after that for top 10s from our bands!
Yes, you need an account to listen, but a lot of time went into this, so just sign up already.
1-Pulp at Primavera
2-PJ Harvey-All and Everyone
3-Kurt Vile-Baby’s Arms
4-The Horrors-Still Life
5-The Kills-Future Starts Slow
9-Quimet y Quimet-Best meal of 2011.
10-Alex Turner-Stuck on the Puzzle (soundtrack super jam from Submarine)
01. The Sandwitches – Mrs. Jones’ Cookies
02. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
03. Shannon & the Clams – Sleep Talk
04. Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
05. Tim Cohen – Magic Trick – The Glad Birth of Love
06. Grave Babies – Deathface
07. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
08. Grouper – A I A : Alien Observer
09. A Winged Victory for the Sullen – s/t
10. Woods – Sun & Shade
11. Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler / The Dream
Best live shows: Ty Segall, Davila 666, Nu Sensae, White Lung, Thee Oh Sees, Pictureplane, Lovers, Big Freedia, Fucked Up, Fresh & Onlys.
Honorable mention: Demdike Stare, The Babies, Hunx & Tuffy, up all night in Austin, up all night in NYC, Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx, Factory Floor, Clap reissue, Bill Cosby & His White Pudding Pops, James Blake, A$AP Rocky, Iceage, Grass Widow, Case Studies… everything on Hardly Art and Sub Pop that I refrained from putting in the proper 10.
Adele – 21
The Antlers – Burst Apart
Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
Colin Stetson – New History of Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Gil Scott Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream
We Were Promised Jetpacks – In the Pit of the Stomach
Best of 2011, or whatever, in order of no order.
1. Bon Iver- Bon Iver
2. Kurt Vile- Smoke Ring For My Halo
3. Gillian Welch- The Harrow and The Harvest
4. A.A. Bondy- Believers
5. Mr Gnome- Madness in Miniature
6. Yuck- Yuck
7. Porcelain Raft- Gone Blind
8. We put out some pretty good stuff too- J Mascis, Fleet Foxes, Male Bonding, Chad VanGaalen, Mogwai, Washed Out, Vetiver, The Head and The Heart, Mister Heavenly, Dum Dum Girls, Fruit Bats, these are a few of my favorite things.
9. I’ve listened to a lot of Allman Bros, Thin Lizzy and Lynyrd Skynyrd this year.
10. Got to see From Ashes Rise play again, it had been too long. They’re the best.
11. Starfucker- Reptillians
12. The new M83 has a couple jams on it.
13. Oh No Oh My- People Problems
14. My Goodness- My Goodness
Bakers 10 records both new & reissued that I bought & liked a lot this year. Alphabetically:
Mahmoud Ahmed – Jeguol Naw Betwa (Mississippi)
Bloodloss – Lost My Head for Drink (Dirty Knobby)
Broken Water – Peripheral Star (Perennial)
Condiminum – Warm Home 12" (Condominium)
Cruddy – Negative World (12xU)
Fungus Brains – Ron Pistos Real World (Load)
L’orchestre Kanaga De Mopti – Kanaga De Mopti (Kindred Spirits)
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (Sub Pop)
Shin Joong Hyun – Beautiful Rivers & Mountains (Light in the Attic)
Sonskull – Wiped Clean (Perennial)
Total Control – Henge Beat (Iron Lung)
Records from last year that hooked me this year:
Hype Williams – Find Out What Happens (De Stijl)
Kemialliset Ystavat – Ullakkopalo (Fonal)
No Balls – Less (Who Can You Trust/Streaks)
Something that I just got & think I am going to totally love end of ’11 & beyond:
Opika Pende Africa at 78 RPM Box
Other great stuff:
Camping w/ Cassidy
Tour w/ Uzi Rash
Getting rid of cable TV.
Living in a house again / playing records late etc.
Riding bike & ditching car.
Getting to know Vancouver
Lopez & Shaw Islands
1. CHEVEU- 1000 (Kill Shamen/Born Bad)
2. KURTVILE – Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador)
3. UV RACE- HOMO (In the Red)
4. THEBEETS- Should Have Stayed Home (Captured Tracks)
5. The RAPTURE- In the Grace of Your Love (DFA)
6. ALLLPS on KRAZYPUNX (Pudding Pops, German Measles, Silver Shampoo) duh.
7. WAXMUSEUMS- Eye Times (Trouble in Mind)
8. BLACKLIPS- Arabia Mountain (VICE…etc..)
9. TY SEGALL- Goodbye Bread (Drag City)
10. COPCITY/CHILLPILLARS – Held Hostage on Planet Chill (Florida’s Dying)
11. TOTALCONTROL- Henge Beat (Iron Lung)
12. OBN IIIs- The One and Only (Tic Tac Totally)
13. CASS McCOMBS- Wit’s End (Domino)
14. Magic Trick – every release this year.
15. Black Marble
Here’s my Top 10 list! I did songs instead of albums because this is like the 4th one of these I’ve had to put together recently and I wanted a change of pace. You might have a hard time spotify-ing some of the more obscure inclusions.
Food Pyramid – The Sundance Kid
Born Gold – Wrinklecarver
Big Spider’s Back – Black Chow
High Places – Altos Lugares
M83 – Steve McQueen
Jacuzzi Boys – Libras and Zebras
Shabazz Palaces – Recollections of the Wraith
Pictureplane – Trancegender
Weed – Release Party
WU LYF-Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
PJ Harvey-Let England Shake
Waters-Out in the Light
Fleet Foxes-Helplessness Blues
Cass McCombs-Humor Risk
Iron and Wine-Kiss Each Other Clean / Walking Far From Home EP
Woods-Sun and Shade
Kurt Vile-Smoke Ring for My Halo
Wild Flag-Wild Flag
Shabazz Palaces-Black Up
Smith Westerns-Dye it Blonde
Lord huron-Mighty EP
Random Axe-Random Axe
Blitzen Trapper-American Goldwing
Youth Lagoon-Year of Hibernation
Mikal Cronin-Mikal Cronin
10 things that Slayed me (Bekah Zietz) in 2011:
Zola Jesus Conatus
Kurt Vile Smoke Ring For My Halo
Bon Iver Bon Iver
Pure X Pleasure
Buying Syl Johnson’s Complete Mythology
Getting my Namaste on in India.
Seeing Charles Bradley at the Wild Buffalo in Bellingham, WA.
1) Clap – Have You Reached Yet? (Sing Sing) A lot of people have compared it to King Tuff. Best re-issue of 2011. Listen to “Get It While You Can”here
2) Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
3) Ishilan N’Tenere – Guitar Music From The Western Sahel (Mississippi Records) – I think this was maybe out December of 2010 at the record shop, but then out officially in 2011. Super rad comp. Kind of like Tinariwen. Listen here
4) Black Twig Pickers/Glenn Jones – Even To Win Is To Fail/EastMont Syrup (Thrill Jockey) – Limited edition RSD release. “Double A-side LP from modern primitive folk guitarist Glenn Jones and country blues/string band excellence from Black Twig Pickers with Charlie Parr.”
5) LAKE – Giving and Receiving (K Records) My favorite release of the year by far. Good good good good good.
6) Karl Blau – MAX EP (K Records) I actually get bummed every time I listen to this because I want it to last an hour longer. Probably my second favorite release of the whole year. Another favorite moment in 2011 musical memorylane was when Karl reached his $16,000 goal on Kickstarter for the Kelp Lunacy Advanced Plagiarism Society project.
7) Group Doueh (w/ Angelo Spencer and Arrington de Dionyso) at Nectar Lounge
8) Michael Hurley at 20/20 Cycle: I finally got to meet my musical hero, Michael Hurley! My fiance hosted the show at his bike shop and I giddily sold merch for him. He gave us an 8Track of his album Ancestral Swamp and some of his watercolors at the end of the night. Major life highlight.
9) Golden Boots – DBX N SPF (People In The Position To Know) Mike Dixon runs a rad label out of Olympia that presses crazy shaped records, records on plastic plates, etc. and this is one of the gems from this year.
10) Angelo Spencer – World Garage (K Records): This is kind of three rolled in one. One of my fav records and one of my fav performances this year at the best festival of the year: What The Heck? Fest in Anacortes, WA. He made a giant pinata and everyone tried to break it during his set, and there wasn’t any candy in it…just giant plastic ears.
Primavera Festival (most notably seeing Avi & friends perform interpretive dance during Deerhunter, Ewan from Peer Group’s massive crowd surf fail during Pulp, drinking champagne in the sea at 9am and jumping around like a fool to Pissed Jeans).
Two years at Sub Pop and not fired (yet)!
Mecca Bingo nights in Camden…cheap beer and hot ladies
Fergus & Geronimo “Unlearn”
Prince at Hop Farm Festival and then DJing afterwards with Blood & Biscuits and being booed at for having our set cut short by security…it wasn’t our fault!!!!
Finally getting a copy of “Pinkerton” on vinyl…Japanese vinyl at that
“Bones” by Male Bonding
Ishamel from Shabazz Palaces’ iPhone case
Meeting (and working with) J Mascis
No Age playing Wembley Arena
Carly Top 10 Things in 2011
3 Solo Hikes in 3 Days – So what if I checked my back every few steps for bears…I still did it.
California – Napa, Sonoma, Stinson Beach, San Francisco x 2.
Friends – YA YA!
Halloween Weekend – Tequila, 3 parties, and 2 visits to Smith in 1 night.
Kombucha / Synergy – same fussy.
Lake Washington / Denny Blaine – summer savior.
Montmarte – finally discovered this gem and it changed my entire opinion of Paris.
The Opera Bar – 3 nights in a row with great new friends and colleagues.
The Packers -Superbowl Champs and currently undefeated (knock on wood).
Portland – damn you and your food carts, awesome restaurants and shopping, rad people, and no sales tax.
Soundtrack to 2011 EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints – “California”
Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials – “Shake It Out”
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo – “Runner Ups”
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – “Intro”
Pure X – Pleasure – “Easy”
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up – “Are you…Can you…Were you? (Felt)”
The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient – “Come to the City”
WU LYF – Go Tell Fire to the Mountain – “Cave Song”
Yuck – Yuck – “The Wall”
Zola Jesus – Conatus – “Ixode”
Some things I quite enjoyed in 2011, in no particular order:
Total Control – Henge Beat LP
Human Eye – They Came From the Sky LP
The Vera Project turning ten years old
Soul Swallower – Devoured LP
Naked on the Vague – Abstract Figures 7" (and Heaps of Nothing LP, which came out in 2010 but I didn’t get until 2011)
The following musical acts in a live setting: True Radical Miracle, Rorschach, Useless Children, Iceage, Teargas, Cro-Mags, Self Com and Rose Tattoo. Dude Behind The Record Counter never-ending stream of (figurative) cool shit
Kreng – Grimoire LP, and generally listening to a bunch of droney music that 17-year-old me would have made fun of mercilessly SIFF reopening the Uptown Theater
Kim Phuc – Copsuckers LP
Well done, non-pixilated vinyl reissues of Void, Ratsia, Lama, Satan, Morbid, 13th Floor Elevators, Bastard, Svart Framtid
The distinguished gents of Wallaby Beat , and Burning Sands of Bondi
Honorable mention to the everlasting pleasures of The Larry Sanders Show, coconut water and the first three Blue Oeyster Cult LPs.
The Head And The Heart-working with this band at this label has been my biggest challenge literally since I started. To see all the band’s hard work pay off has been immensely gratifying. I learn something from every band I’ve worked with, but this one has been a blueprint for what’s possible.
Other Lives ‘Tamer Animals’- this music has played throughout the soundtrack to my life all year. A band that moves me and I never tire of. I absolutely love this record and this band. It was on repeat non-stop the entire time I drove from SF to Seattle in February.
Fleet Foxes ‘Helplessness Blues’ -again, a great band and one of the best records of the year.
Triumph Thruxton-deep down I’m a bad-ass white-trash biker and there isn’t a more beautiful bike than this in my opinion. Could use a few more cc’s, but I could do without the tickets too.
Seattle-not my first choice to live, but since moving here I’ve sort of fallen on love with this quirky, passive/aggressive mecca. The music scene is amazing and I actually like the weather. And coffee
Radiohead – ‘The King Of Limbs’/‘TKOLRMX 1234567, 8’.
Say what you want about this album/remix set Radiohead is unrelenting in it’s pursuit of music that challenges, entertains and ultimately influences a legion of admirers, imitators and haters. In the end it’s all about remaining true to yourself. I’m just glad they let us share in that journey.
Die Antwoord ‘$O$’-technically release in 2010, but i really played the crap out it in 2011. I’m not sure why I like this so much, but I do. I guess it’s the most punk-rock music out there right now. It’s hooky, well produced and so politically incorrect and trashy. It exists in the margins and is never at a loss for a point of view. Parody or serious musical expression, I like it.
Massive Attack live @ the Greek/Berkeley-breathtakingly good. Everything I wanted from their live show and more.
Portishead/WaMu Theatre, Seattle-again, an all-time favorite band bringing a live show that matches the sound with vision. Not an easy feat with analogue equipment and live singers. They delivered in a venue with less-than-impressive acoustics.
coffee wars-moving to Seattle I find myself drawn into a shared obsession with coffee. The snobbery rivals Napa whines and the irony of Starbucks is just too good not to appreciate. A lot of drama to justify $5.00 coffee drinks and really unhealthy bakery snacks if you ask me. Don’t get me started on Stumptown vs Hirkimer. Hats off to marketing genius, I’m hooked!
1. Maura and Mark’s wedding
2. Finally getting to work with J again
4. The water feature that Brian built
5. Vito Pepperoni’s ongoing cuteness
6. Biking Vashon
7. Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met
8. Gramercy Syrah 2009
9. Montmartre (thanks to Carly and Gabe!)
10. Tally, Coco and Mack
11. 2011 fall foliage in Seattle
12. Husky flake ice cream
13. The love triangle starring Vito Pepperoni, Chuy Pancakes and Chi Chi Coconuts
Jonathan Poneman OWS! OFF Festival 2011
anything by Total Control
watching Chris Jacobs’ pal attempt bumming a smoke from John Lydon in a Kotowice, Poland hotel lobby
the quality of releases from Hardly Art and Sub Pop
my brilliant coworkers
the rest of my coworkers
waiting for 2112…I mean 2012
1. Meeting and talking with John Taylor of Duran Duran
2. Seeing Duran Duran play for the first time ever. I’ve wanted this since I was 7, which is about 30 years ago. Dreams can come true, y’all!
3. UV Race Homo
4. HBO’s Enlightened and FX’s Louie
5. Pizza Fest 2!
6. Magic Trick live. Your mind will be blown.
7. Inviting famous people to the office. (If you are mildly famous and happen to be in Seattle, please come over! It’s fun.)
8. Shellac at VERA
9. Shabazz Palaces Black Up
10.Dogtooth and Bridesmaids
11. Kitsap County Haunted Houses + Halloween in general this year
Vito’s Top 10:
2. Stuart M
4. Sasha M
5. Sun spot near Chris’s desk
6. Summer in Worcester
7. Chi Chi
10. Short toenails
Cayle Sharrat intern & filler-inner
Banner Pilot Heart Beats Pacific
Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee, Part II
Fucked Up David Comes to Life
Future Islands On the Water
The Head and the Heart Self Titled
Into it.Over It.
Proper Lights _Siberia_
Mariachi El Bronx Mariachi El Bronx (II)
Nothington Borrowed Time
We Were Promised Jetpacks In the Pit of the Stomach
I think I’ve got my top ten things of 2011. It’s not really a top ten (specific to a topic) thing… is that ok? It’s just 10 things that rocked 2011 for me.
1. My new winter boots. Puddles can suck it.
2. Making a drinking game out of MarioKart N64.
3. The discovery of David James Duncan (PNW author).
4. The discovery of my macbook charger (seriously, lost it for 4 months).
5. The discovery that I can walk/bus/bum a ride anywhere. Parking can suck it.
6. Ok, let’s get honest. Red Box! You don’t even have to talk to people anymore.
7. Doe Bay Festival. I finally got hooked. Drinking in the wilderness while listening to Sera Cahoone & Damien Jurado? Yeah, ok.
8. El Cameon taco truck in Ballard. Nothing heals a broken heart like 6 tacos al pastor.
9. Buster Keaton movies.
10. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
1. The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions
2. Middle Brother – Middle Brother
3. Weezer’s Blue/Pinkerton Tour
4. Learning how to make eggs benedict and eating it for breakfast 2-4 times a week.
5. Bloody Marys
6. My turquoise ring I got at a flea market in Portland.
7. Iced coffee.
8. Pickwick (more specifically, experiencing Pickwick play at a wedding and end up being one of the better wedding bands I’ve seen)
9. Having the same tattoo as my grandpa.
10. The Fling – What I’ve Seen
The end of the year is time for deep reflection, and an opportunity to give thanks and lend an ear to the people in your life. It may come as a surprise to you, but it takes more than the actual staff of Sub Pop Records to run the beast that is Sub Pop Records. We rely on tons of different people including European promo folks, editors, filmmakers, music supervisors, fellow labels, artists, and delivery people to keep the label running, and it’s time we asked them what they like. You know, just this once. Without further ado, here are the top 10 lists from Friends of Sub Pop. Click each person’s name to find out what they do!
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Talk Normal, performing at Sonic City Festival, Kortrijk, Belgium
Deerhoof and Xiu Xiu, performing Joy Division’s Day of the Lords, Lee Palace, Toronto, Canada
Asian Women on the telephone (AWOTT), live at SKIF Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia KILLL, live at SKIF Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia
Sic Alps, live at Victoria Dalston, London, UK
Thulebasen, live at Sodra Theater, Stockolm, Sweden
The Ex & Brass Unbound live at Magasin 4, Brussels, Belgium
Movie Star Junkies, live at No Fest, Turin, Italy
Dead Western, performing at HUB, Sacramento, US
Monstro (i believe they changed their name to “Consort of the true drone”, anyway look for Ezra Buchla!) live at The Smell, Los Angeles, US
Dawn Sutter Madell
(personal favorites, in no particular order)
Bill Callahan Apocolypse Drag City
Reatards Teenage Hate Goner
Charles Bradley No Time For Dreaming Daptone
Wild Flag Wild Flag Merge
Mark Hollis Mark Hollis Ba Da Bing (vinyl reissue)
Tune Yards Whokill 4AD
PJ Harvey Let England Shake Island/Vagrant
Eleventh Dream Day/Come (Live show Bell House Brooklyn)
Dinosaur Jr.,Henry Rollins (interviewing), F’d Up, Off! (Live show Terminal 5, NYC)
Eleanor Friedberger Last Summer Merge
OK the best shit of 11. Here we go. For some reason this year I’m really struggling to break down the year so instead I’m just gonna ramble and hope it comes out in some semblance of order. No spell checks or rewrites… wish me luck.
First let’s confront the horrors of 2011 – clean the palate to really enjoy the frothy brew of goodness that is my 2011 best of list. So in no order whatsoever, the worst shit of 2011 was – Lakers out in the 2nd round like chumps, No NBA, Tea Party, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, Facebook, Herman Cain, Banks, George Lucas STOPMEDDLING, weird global warming weather, wars, The Dodgers, the insane price you pay for a 7" record these days and the death of Steve Jobs, oh – and no NBA. Exhale. Don’t you feel better? I do. Palate cleansed. Let’s do this thing.
The tenth greatest thing of this year is the Nigel Tufnel Day movement. It was close running but Tap just barely nudged out Occupy Wall Street for the number 10 spot. The ninth most amazing thing this year was Netflix adding all the original Star Trek episodes. Stoked on that. Number 8 goes to this last season of Curb Your Enthusiasm and especially to the Palestinian chicken episode. Best live show of the year for me aka number 7, I think was TV On The Radio and Charles Bradley at Stubb’s during SXSW but it could also be all six times I’ve seen Bass Drum of Death this year. I’ll give the nod to Charles Bradley but give Bass Drum of Death’s tune “Leaves” the Killer Riff of The Year Award otherwise known as NUMBERSIX (the whole GB City record is as they say in nashvegas “tight as hell”). I think my favorite movie this year was Submarine directed Richard Ayoade of the Mighty Boosh. So let’s give that the 5 spot. The grower not a shower award this year goes to The Decemberists’ record The King Is Dead, which I detested until there wasn’t any other cds in the car and now I can’t stop listening to. Fine, Tom DeSavia – you were right it probably IS the record of the year – but this is my list so it’s getting number 4. The third best thing this year is a fine concoction called The Thirsty Crow that i’ve been drinking at local booze house The Thirsty Crow. The bar has the same name as the drink. don’t be confused. it’s all kinds of good. The next two best things are kinda personal so if you’re uncomfortable or uninterested you can totally stop reading now. Coming in at number 2… my awesome wife’s killer design of the new High Bias offices. You’ll have to just trust me. It’s fucking bitchin’ in here. ANDFINALLYTHENUMBERONEGREATESTTHINGEVER IN 2011: My son Salinger’s love of Spiderman and his near constant insistence to be wearing at all times a Spiderman costume.
Top 10 ways to eat eggs in 2012:
10. sunny side-up
8. in bed
7. chopped into bits
6. hard boiled
-Married Joram Young 7/30/11!
-The overwhelming awesomeness of our family and friends who helped us have and celebrate said wedding
-Acoustic Black Mountain/Pink Mountain Tops/Lightening Dust basement jam at Deary’s
-Fleet Foxes, Montezuma
-The Rolling Stones at the Rondevouz Jewel Box Theatre, Seattle WA
-The amazing pizzas my friend Suzie made on the BBQ in June
-Stevie Nicks signing Landslide at Key Arena
-Hard Drugs and Jesse Lortz backyard performances
- The Rolling Stones at the Comet Tavern, Seattle WA
- All the trees, plants, animals and birds in The Washington Park Arboretum that provided the backdrop for countless hours of walking and talking
1. Going to CMJ Marathon 2011 in New York for the first time!
2. Becoming a music director at KWVA Eugene, and realizing radio is where I’m meant to be.
3. The Dum Dum Girls Only In Dreams vinyl looks like beautiful bubble gum I want to eat…
4. Hosting an in-studio with Chad Vangaalen and his band of merry men!
5. Discovering this audio phenomena known as “Post-Rock”
6. Sebadoh melting my face at Music Fest Northwest
7. Memory House live at the knitting factory!
8. Realizing my super fuzz hero J Mascis can still blow my mind with just an acoustic guitar.
9. The Fruit Bats poster from their latest album features a picture of clouds in the sky, this poster now hangs on the wall right by my office desk, I stare into it on boring days and wish I was Falcor from the never ending story.
10. Too busy listening to new music and studying to actually eat has forced me to champion the peanut butter taco ritual: taking a slice of bread jamming it full of peanut butter, folding it over and eating it, then waiting for that magical moment where I can’t breathe due to how much peanut butter I’ve consumed and washing it down with a cup of milk, this cup is in the shape of Spider-Man’s head.
Melyssa D. Hardwick
Music (alphabetical order):
1. Bon Iver Bon Iver
2. Cults Cults
3. Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
4. Florence + The Machine Ceremonials
5. Gardens & Villa Gardens & Villa
6. The Horrors Skying
7. M83 Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
8. Pete & The Pirates One Thousand Pictures
9. Ravenna Woods Valley Of The Headless Men
10.Spotify “officially” in the US (not an album, but one of my favorite music events of the year!)
Amon Tobin – ISAM Tour
American Horror Story
Zola Jesus – Stridulum EP
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Hunx & His Punx
Gorillaz – The Fall
Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler / The Dream
Beastie Boys – Make Some Noise Video
Washed Out – Within and Without
1.Cannonball Adderly – The Cannonball Adderly Quintet In Chicago
2. Booker Little – Out Front
3. Jackie McLean – Let Freedom Ring
4. Herbie Hancock – Sextant
5. Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream
6. Lee Morgan – Sonic Boom
7. Miles Davis – Someday My Prince Will Come
8. John Coltrane – “Live” At The Village Vanguard
9. Charles Mingus – Pithecanthropus Erectus
10. Ornette Coleman – The Shape of Jazz To Come
*Honorable Mention – Street Seats
1. Pie and Mash meal with The Who and Quadrophenia mania
2. Pete Townshend making me a cup of tea.
3. Black Lips Arabia Mountain album and fire extinguisher riot in Paris
4. Home Of Metal Exhibition in Birmingham with Tony Iommi
5. Flaming Lips/Dinosaur Jr and Deerhoof at Alexandra Palace
6. True Widow at the Macbeth – doom heaven.
7. Faith and Void cds on Dischord Records
8. The Last Supper – Crass Songs 1977-1984
10. Hitting 40 years old and still punk rocking and breathing
Primavera Sound 2011
Pete & The Pirates One Thousand Pictures album
Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost album
Smith Westerns Dye It Blonde album
Male Bonding Endless Now album
Atlas Sound Parallax album
PJ Harvey Let England Shake album EMAPast Life Martyred Saints album
Bill Callaghan Apocalypse album
Dum Dum Girls Only In Dreams album
1. Smile Sessions & eating Vega-tables with Brian Wilson
2. Wonderfulsounds: The Kramford Look & John Stammers
3. Mario Barwuah Balotelli: bully-beating, homeless-helping pyrotechnics genius. Good at darts. Plays football a bit too. See Man U 1:6 Manchester City FC, 23rd October. Why Always Me?
4. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
5. New series of Curb
6. Left Banke reissues (and Shindig! magazine’s seriously detailed overview)
7. New old Manchester hangouts – Kraak Gallery, The Castle Hotel & The Angel
8. The Shallows by Nicholas Carr
9. Discovering Ilkely Gold ale and for non alcholic refreshment Bundaberg Ginger Ale
10. Wells Moffat Funeral Directors
1. Death Grips – Exmilitary
2. Jurgen Muller – Sea Bed Meditation (the perfect bookend to anything noisy)
3. Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams LP
4. Felino Music Blog (thankfully Google Chrome has allowed me to read this amazing spanish blog, their monthly mix tapes are soo good)
5. The Antlers – Burst Apart LP
6. Ale (Why didn’t I drink this before??, find of 2011)
7. D/R/U/G/S – Connected EP
8. White Ninja – El Alfa (beautifully strange song and a ‘interesting’ video too
9. Fav youtube video of the year – Football Manager Mick McCarthy scared of nothing
10. Deerhunter @ Primavera (losing my wallet, phone and passport aside.. what a show!!!)
1. Best album of the year: EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
2. Food discovery of the year: Roast dinners from The Londesborough in Stoke Newington (BESTROASTDINNER IN THEWORLD)
4. Best festival of the year: Sonishpere
5. Boozy discovery of the year: Hot mulled cider with a shot of apple brandy at End of the Road. Warm/drunk/happy.
6. Best smelling music magazine: Clash
7. Best music video of the year: Chad VanGaalen – “Peace on the Rise”(this is not me sucking up, it’s just fkking brilliant)
3. Almost best album of the year: Peaking Lights 936
8. Best gig of the year: Dananananaykroyd’s last ever London show at Kings College last week That or Wye Oak at Hoxton B&K earlier in the year.
9. Best piece of art I’ve seen this year: Doug Foster’s Chimera at The Minotaur exhibition in the Old Vic Tunnels
10. Best moment of the year: meeting Hanson after they performed Middle of Nowhere back in June. My inner 11 year old found peace.
Feedy Frizzi—Part time chef to Sub Pop bands and lodger at Sub Pop UK HQ
The Cocks family
Making carbonara at 4am in Ewan’s home – whole pot of boiling water on the floor (reason why my next thing made it in the top 10)
Paint It Black
May Jesus Bless you – Happy Birthday remake
Bunga Bunga FISH!
“Feedy sleeps sometimes” – Avi’s creation in Bardolph HQ after Honey Vodka
Honey Vodka and Sharkey
Top 10 Albums of 2011 (in alphabetical order):
Active Child You Are All I See (Vagrant)
Azari & IIIAzari & III (Loose Lips)
DJ Quik The Book of David (Mad Science)
Dreamers of the Ghetto Enemy/Lover (Temporary Residence Ltd)
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop)
Iceage New Brigade (What’s Your Rupture?)
Invisible Conga People In a Hole / Can’t Feel My Knees EP (DFA)
James Blake James Blake (Atlas)
M83 Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (Mute)
Toro Y Moi Freaking Out (Carpark)
In no particular order…
M83 Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming The Tree of Life
Poutine Tater Tots
Major League Baseball the night of 9/28
Eleanor Freidburger Last Summer Martha Marcy May Marlene
Belatedly getting into records from 2010 (The National, Titus Andronicus)
Godspeed You! Black Emperor at The Metro
1. the birth of dancin’ anson
2. the ross flournoy experience
3. highline NYC
4. swimming at the quarry!
5. back-seat ribs at Hopscotch 2011
6. album of the year
7. biking around durham
8. dumplings in koreatown
9. friday night lights
10. planning my first vacations for 2012!
1. Raw kale smoothies
2. Power walks
3. Seats on the streets
4. New art by John Atkins
5. Music that everyone has already heard of
7. Taking the train to Portland
8. Movies at the Harvard Exit
9. Blue BloodsCBS
10. Laughs courtesy of smart, funny friends
best show: Thee Oh Sees at Radar Hair and Records
best hotel: Casa Cody – Palm Springs, CA
best mixtape: Clams Casino “Instrumentals”
best albums: Real Estate Days, Wolves in the Throne Room Celestial Lineage, Pure X Faded
best hip-hop single: ‘Peso’ by A$AP Rocky
best EP: Trash Talk Awake
best video: The Coathangers Hurricane
best television show: First 48
1. The Best Show on WFMU – The best thing of 2010. The best thing of 2011. The best thing of 2012…
2. Dum Dum Girls Only in Dreams – 100% perfect pop record. Easily my most played record of the year.
3. Pretty much everything put out by Acephale Records. Pure X, Elite Gymnastics, Korallreven. Great music with super ace packaging. Love it.
4. Batman Arkham City – If I won the lottery I’d probably go broke within six months because I was trying to be Batman
5. The movie Drive- SPOILERALERT! Nothing could have prepared me for seeing that dude’s head get stomped in.
6. The time I was trying to text a friend about a “Special Episode” of the Cosby Show but I am a horrible speller so my iPhone auto-corrected it to “Speculum Episode”. I live a thrilling life.
7. Destroyer, Telekinesis and Wye Oak records on Merge. INDIEROCK.
8. New cats!
9. Ty Segall live at The Crocodile. Just incredibly powerful. Dude did a Sabbath cover WHILE crowd surfing.
10. Yogurtland. Nothing like non-fat yogurt covered in Reese’s Pieces. HEALTHZONE.
Andreas S. Trolf TOP 10 of 2011, by me, Andreas Trolf, Los Angeles, CA, as of today, Thursday, November 10th, 2011:
1. The Occupy Wall Street (and everywhere else) Movement. And the finest moment of solidarity was when I saw photos of young Egyptians holding up signs in support of OWS. The shittiest moment was when Fox News broadcast some idiots overlooking the protests from their offices (on Wall St.) while drinking champagne. Go fuck yourselves please.
2. A Visit From the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Although it came out in 2010, I didn’t have a chance to read it then because of being busy for the whole year and having not yet finished reading some other book. I managed to read it earlier this year and have now elevated Ms. Egan into a tier of writer heretofore reserved for modern American masters such as David Foster Wallace, George Saunders, John Barth, Joseph Heller, Don DeLillo, and John Gardner. Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award well earned. Congratulations also to my friend and mentor Darin Strauss on his own National Book Critics Circle Award for his memoir, Half a Life.
3. TV is good again: New episodes of It’s Always Sunny, The Walking Dead, Super Jail, Boardwalk Empire, and Louie. Plus the Arrested Development reunion (2012?).
4. The film Drive. Best car chase scene since Bullitt, brilliantly filmed and acted, and one or two perfect moments of violence.
5. Born Free 3 custom motorcycle show in Oak Canyon Ranch, CA. Getting together with half a dozen good friends and riding out into the hills on a motorcycle way older than you are is certainly one of the best feelings in the world. Looking forward to BF4 and the Brooklyn Invitational in 2012.
6. GBV, Descendents, Dead Milkmen, and No Age at FYF in Los Angeles. I haven’t enjoyed (or attended) a music festival since high school because those things are for dusty retards who love getting sunburns and alcohol poisoning, but this one was excellent.
7. Paul Krugman’s continued bombardment of common sense and common decency in his New York Times op-ed columns.
8. The Arab Spring in general. Here’s to hoping that Syria is next.
9. Some folks died, some folks got born.
10. I thought I had an STD, but it turns out I didn’t. So that was good. (It was a gummy bear stuck to my wang, in case anyone was wondering.)
Things that kept me SANE in 2011(In other words..my best of 2011)and in no particular order btw..
1. Housewives of Beverly Hills
2.Ozark Mountain Daredevils station on Pandora
3.Smoke Shop Brandy Hot Toddys
4. Smoke Shop, in general
5.Michelle Bachmann and her corndog artistically and wonderfully displayed via City Market’s sandwich board
6.Heart/Def Leppard show at the Minnesota State Fair
7.Witnessing the daily freak shows that took place on the bus starting out at the lovely 3rd and Pike and stopping approx. 1 1/2 blks. down 3rd, which I lovingly dubbed “the stretch limo to DSHS”.
8.The “2 orders of toast” rap in process, soon to be the ultimate highlight of 2011.
9. Hail Merry chocolate tarts washed down with a dubbly bubbly Cosmic Cranberry Kombucha AND
10. Seeing my lovely ladies Alissa, Carly, and Lacey on a regular basis during the ridiculous sandwich/soup/hotbar craziness. Thanks for keeping me sane my angels of lunch rush! Bring on 2012!!!
Fair Ohs Everything is Dancing. I certainly was, it’s about time you did too.
Learning and discovering: you’re never too old (or young!) – Fixing ipods and learning how to use a saw and a drill probably fall into this bracket as well, though it’s debateable if i can do the latter two properly judging by my husband’s face. Saying that, perhaps ‘the look’ is more to do with me doing ‘his jobs’. this would fall in line with how he feels when i use an axe.
The ever wonderful Vivian Girls’ Share The Joy. They did you know. Share the Joy that is. They even dedicated a song to me in Bristol.
Discovering Mikal Cronin. so should you.
(I’m so) Agitated (Records) and the return of Icarus Line
In The Red’s continued mission to spread joyous SCUZZ far and wide
The year that was Beirut The Riptide — Hot dog!
Reading books (that is a whole BOOK and not just the same page over and over) again after an 8 year hiatus. Go me.
Merlin back on BBC TV. Love magic. And dragons. And knights. Merlin has all three: the most magical of all magicians, the noblest of all knights and John Hurt as the almost-last-remaining dragon
Log fires. nothing quite like it.
St. Vincent Strange Mercy (4ad)
The Coathangers Larceny & Old Lace (Suicide Squeeze)
Dirty Beaches Lone Runner (Suicide Squeeze) and Badlands (Zoo Music)
Nu Sensae Tea Swamp Park EP (Fast Weapons)
Shabazz Palaces Black Up (Sub Pop)
tUnE-yArDs whokill (4ad)
The Beets Let The Poison Out (Hardly Art) USFThe Spray (Circle Into Square)
Feist Metals (Cherry Tree)
Holiday Shores New Masses For Squaw Peak (twosyllable)
Ten Lists I Considered, But For Various Reasons Decided Not To Go With, Before I Settled On A Reverse Alphabetical List Of Ten Albums That Will Make It Look Like You Know What The Fuck You’re Talking About When Someone Asks What Your Favorite Albums Of 2011 Are.
Ten used albums I tried to sell to Amoeba in 2011, but couldn’t because they wouldn’t take them.
Ten artists you didn’t hear in 2011, but should have and probably will once everyone else’s lists are published.
Ten female music artists I asked permission from my wife to sleep with, only if the opportunity were to present itself.
Ten albums that, if mentioned in the context of best albums released in 2011 in my presence, would result in me punching you in the face.
Ten artists or bands that released an album in 2011 and whose name rhymes with a fruit or vegetable.
Ten reasons the Metallica and Lou Reed collaboration is one of the worst albums in the history of music.
Ten albums released in 2011 that I tried to sync with The Wizard of Oz.
Ten albums I decided to add to my own top of 2011 list, only after reading other people’s lists.
Ten albums I added to my top of 2011 list but never actually listed to.
Ten albums released in 2011 that I’m embarrassed to say I like.
A Reverse Alphabetical List Of Ten Albums That Will Make It Look Like You Know What The Fuck You’re Talking About When Someone Asks What Your Favorite Albums Of 2011 Are.
Washed Out Within And Without
Kurt Vile Smoke Ring For My Halo
Jessica Lea Mayfield Tell Me
The Horrors Skying
Fucked Up David Comes To Life
Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues
Elbow Build A Rock Boys!
James Blake James Blake
Atlas Sound Parallax
A.A. Bondy – Believers
“New History Warfare, Vol2: Judges” by Colin Stetson
“Building Waves” by The Glockenwise
“Black Up” by Shabazz Palaces
“Eye Contact” by Gang Gang Dance
Oneida live at OutFest
“Kerosene” cover by St Vincent
“Offside” and “This This Is Not a Film” by Jafar Panahi
“The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu” by Andrei Ujica
“Lemmy” by Greg Olliver and Wes Orshoski
01. Tom Waits Bad As Me (Anti)
02. Forest Swords Dagger Paths (No Pain In Pop)
03. Destroyer Kaputt (Dead Oceans)
04. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (Island)
05. Mogwai Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (PIAS)
06. Dum Dum Girls Only In Dreams (Sub Pop)
07. Bonnie “Prince” Billy Wolfroy Goes To Town (Domino)
08. Jim Sullivan U.F.O. (Light In The Attic)
09. Fucked Up David Comes To Life (Matador)
10. Jeff Bridges Jeff Bridges (Blue Note Records)
Peter @ Rhythmethod
Top Ten New Zealand Vinyl finds this year:
Victor Dimisich Band – EP
Double Happys The Others Way 7"
The Pin Group Go To Town EP
Look Blue Go Purple This Is This EP
The Clean Late Last Night 7"
Peter Jefferies/Stephen Kilroy Crossover 7"
Various Solid Krypton Hits LP
The Clean Vehicle LP
The Builders Schwimmen In Der See 7"
Tall Dwarfs Canned Music LP
Sperm Wails Lady Chatterley 7" (SS Records)
Mind Over Mirrors The Voice Rolling (Digitalis)
Tabou Combo Respect (Secret Stash)
Astral Social Club Generator Breaker (Dekorder)
Bloodloss Lost My Head for Drink (Dirty Knobby)
Fungus Brains Ron Pistos Real World (Load Records)
Feeling of Love Dissolve Me (Kill Shaman)
Annapurna Illusion Life Is An Illusion (Rocket Records)
High Wolf Atlas Nation (Holy Mountain)
Parasites of the Western World s/t (De Stijl)
Being a Downtown UPS driver has a special array of daily annoyances!
Here are my top ten..
1. The person who always asks, “What am I signing for?” Really?!! How would I know? You are just one of more than a hundred deliveries I make during my day. Do you really think I know-or care- what is in that package? You are signing for the right to open that box and see for yourself. I also hate, “who is that from?” and “But I didn’t order anything!”
2. The person who feels they need to park two inches away from my back bumper even when there is no other car on the entire block. Is there a giant magnet on my bumper that pulls your car so close to my truck that I am now unable to open my back door without climbing on your hood?
3. ZAPPOS. Why don’t I just wait for you to try on your new shoes? Then we can just put the ARS label on so I don’t have to come back to pick them up tomorrow.
4. CODs. God, how I hate them. Why, in the age of online shopping and credit cards, do we still have them? The people who get them are like the ones in the grocery checkout who don’t pull out there cheque book and start to write until they have been completely rung up. Worst are the old-men business owners with the new cheque printer software they don’t know how to use.
5. When it’s raining, please don’t tell me I look like a drowned rat…
6. To you drivers who speed up to prevent me from merging into you lane of traffic. I realize my truck is very large and may impede your vision but would you be that rude if you weren’t in the anonymity of your car? To those of you who did let me merge in front of you, I wish I could jump out of my truck give you five dollars and a hug!
7. The people who think by turning on their four-way flashers they have carte blanch to park wherever they please, including my very limited truck zones. A parking enforcement officer once told me they are a beacon to illegally parked cars.
8. When I am making a huge delivery, as soon as I have finished unloading my hand truck, the customer who has the audacity to ask if I can put those packages in another location. No problem; just ask while they are still on the hand truck!
9. To all the people who see a big UPS truck blocking the alley… do you really think I’m going to be there a second? I’m probably delivering at least a hundred packages to 20 or 30 offices. I’m going to be there a while. When you start laying on your horn all it does is piss me off and really you want me to believe you have a sick kid at home you are rushing to see?
10. Lastly, THEJOKE… “Did you hear that FedEx and UPS are merging? They are going to be called Fed Ups” I have heard the joke hundreds of time. ALLUPS drivers have heard that joke hundreds of time. ALL FedEx drivers have heard that damn joke too. Please STOP!!! ( but when you see Todd, your FedEx driver, be sure to tell him this joke and see if he laughs)
the new ayler CD “Stockholm, Berlin 1966”: you kidding me?
luxardo fernet (this magic reduces branca to the realm of junior mints, fuck)
this new fahey boxset Your Past Comes Back to Haunt You: The Fonotone Years (1958-1965)
monday morning mushrooms
2 copies of jean dubuffet on finnadar came into the store used in 3 months, unreal !!
olivia wyatt’s staring into the sun @spectacle
blank realm deja what? LP
my kid playing “beat on the brat”
nylon string gtr stare case at PS1