2011 – The Year in Music

I was thinking of putting together a traditional top 20 list of my favorite albums. But how the hell do you compare a garage rock album against a hip-hop album.  Fuck, comparing between albums within a single “genre” is already arbitrary enough (as are genres).  Plus, I know some of you come here to get just one type of music (maybe you don’t like the hip-hop, for example).  So for 2011, I decided to break it down.

Best Garage Rock Albums
Your soundtrack to getting shithoused, and/or driving way too fast.
1) Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler / The Dream
2) Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread
3) Mikal Cronin – Mikal Cronin
4) Mark Sultan – $
5) Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania

Most Surprisingly Great Live Show
Bloodshot Bill with King Khan, November 16 at Local 506

Best Local Garage Rock Band
Last Year’s Men – So young, but so good

Best Hip-Hop Albums
Get blunted and drive slow.
1) KD – G Fluid
2) A$AP Rocky – LiveLoveA$AP
3) G-Side – iSLAND
4) Danny Brown & Black Milk – Black & Brown
5) Rittz – White Jesus

Best Hip-Hop Show
Jackie Chain, Freddie Gibbs, and Big K.R.I.T. at Cat’s Cradle

Most Predictably Terrible Hip-Hop Album
You knew it was over as soon as he signed to Eminem’s label
1) Yelawolf – Radioactive

Best Drinking Wine on the Porch With Your Lady Albums
You know you’re getting old when you find yourself liking more and more bands who can sing and play instruments and shit.
1) The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
2) Yellowbirds – The Color
3) Cults – Cults
4) Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming
5) My Morning Jacket – Circuital
6) Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
7) Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
8) Real Estate – Days
9) Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

Most Disappointing Live Show
Smith Westerns – everyone but the lead singer looked bored as shit

Best Local Drinking Wine With Your Lady Band
The Love Language – the new songs they played at Hopscotch were INCREDIBLE, also I got to see them play live about seven times this year.

Other Crazy Shit I Loved
1) Quintron – Sucre Du Sauvage
2) Toro Y Moi – Freaking Out
3) Bosco Delrey – Everybody Wah
4) James Pants – James Pants

Most Disappointing Canceled Tour of 2011
Quintron & Miss Pussycat – I hope whatever personal issue caused him to cancel his tour wasn’t too terrible.

Most Disapoointing Shows I Had to Miss Because I Was Out of Town Or There Was Another Show I Went to That Night
Wavves / Best Coast
Girls
Sean Price
De La Soul

Acts I’ve Never Seen Before That I’d Most Like to See in 2012
Thee Oh Sees
Wavves
Girls
Sean Price

Best Music Festival of 2011
Hopscotch

Best Music Festival of 2012
Hopscotch (seriously, splurge for the VIP pass…it’s worth it)

Best Songs That Didn’t Make a Monthly Mix
Every month, there are all sorts of great songs that fail to make the monthly mixes. Here’s the best of the songs that almost made it.
1) Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Morning Thought
2) The War on Drugs – Brothers
3) Real Estate – It’s Real
4) Antibalas – Se Chifló
5) Charles Bradley – How Long
6) Black Lips – Noc-A-Homa
7) T.I. (feat. Pharrell) Here Ye, Hear Ye 
8) Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy – Nothin Lesser
9) Sir Michael Rocks – Wassup
10) Lil’ Boosie – Ratched It (Bird Peterson Remix)
11) Toro Y Moi – Freaking Out
12) 151 Feva Gang – Kush Groove
13) Meek Mill (feat. Rick Ross) Tupac Back
14) Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Lou Ferigno’s Mad
15) Fam-Lay – What’s My Name
16) E-40 – My Lil Grimey Nigga
17) Danny Brown – I Will
18) ESG – Dance
19) Future Islands – Tin Man
20) James Pants – Every Night
21) Thee Oh Sees – Corrupted Coffin
22) Mikal Cronin – Gone
23) Mind Spiders – Go!

Download the Entire Losers of 2011 Mix Here

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