Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The Best of 2011

The Best of 2011!!!

Amazing to think the record industry made it through another year (mostly) without completely collapsing and dragging us all down with it. It certainly wasn't from lack of trying, am I right? Luckily music fans are made of sterner stuff, and our continued love affair with actual, physical vinyl records, CDs, wax cylinders, and what-have-you shows no sign of abating. So, here's to you - all the record junkies who love to moon over cover art, deconstruct the acknowledgements in the liner notes, and use gate-folds for their primary purpose *cough, cough*. As per custom we've confabulated a list of crispy contenders for the honor of best jams of the year, and as usual via strong-arm tactics and threat of revealing embarrassing old photographs our good friends have joined the fray and submitted lists and screeds of their own. Please to enjoy the year that was.

Happy Holidays from Desolation Row!

Desolation Row's Hottest Wax of 2011

1. Destroyer - Kaputt
2. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
3. Josh T. Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen
4. St. Vincent - Stange Mercy
5. Atlas Sound - Parallax
6. Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter - Marble Son
7. Wye Oak - Civilian
8. Girls - Father, Son, and Holy Ghost
9. Boca Chica - Get Out of Sin City
10. Tom Waits - Bad As Me
11. Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer
12. Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck
13. Host Skull - Totally Fatalist
14. Gillian Welch - The Harrow and the Harvest
15. Youth Lagoon - Year of Hibernation
16. Shannon & The Clams - Sleep Talk
17. Wild Flag - Wild Flag
18. The Cynics - Spinning Wheel Motel
19. Times New Viking - Dancer Equired
20. Wooden Shjips - West
21. Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolfroy Goes to Town
22. Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
23. Shimmering Stars - Violent Hearts
24. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Time!
25. Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts

Reissues, etc.

1. The Beach Boys - Smile
2. Olivia Tremor Control - Dusk at Cubist Castle / Black Foliage
3. The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee / Left Banke Too
4. Various Artists - Titan! It's All Pop!
5. The Louvin Brothers - Satan Is Real / Tragic Songs of Life /
                                         Handpicked Songs

Scott Silsbe's Favorite 2011 Releases

1.   Tom Waits:  Bad as Me
2.   Times New Viking:  Dancer Equired
3.   The Bats:  Free All Monsters
4.   Wild Flag:  Wild Flag
5.   Real Estate:  Days
6.   Yuck:  Yuck
7.   J. Mascis:  Several Shades of Why
8.   Panda Bear:  Tomboy
9.   Stephen Malkmus:  Mirror Traffic
10. Girls:  Father, Son, Holy Ghost
11. Youth Lagoon:  The Year of Hibernation
12. Bill Callahan:  Apocalypse
13. Beirut:  The Rip Tide
14. Louis C.K.:  Hilarious
15. Patton Oswalt:  Finest Hour

Favorite Vinyl Purchases from Desolation Row

1.   Meeting of Important People:  Meeting of Important People
2.   Stiff Little Fingers:  Inflammable Material
3.   Lee Morgan:  The Cooker
4.   Charles “Packy” Axton:  Late Late Party
5.   Sonny Clark:  Sonny’s Crib
6.   Sebadoh:  Bakesale
7.   Lou Donaldson:  Blues Walk
8.   Superchunk:  Foolish
9.   Dinosaur Jr:  Bug
10. Edwin Starr:  25 Miles
11. Archers of Loaf:  Icky Mettle
12. The Bats:  Daddy’s Highway
13. Hank Mobley:  Peckin’ Time
14. Bill Callahan:  Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle
15. Lee Morgan:  Tomcat (used)

Scott Silsbe was born in Detroit.  He now lives in Pittsburgh where he
sells books, plays in bands, watches local sports, and edits The New Yinzer.

Seth Glick's 2011 Rockers & Rants

Favorite album, Radiohead, "King of Limbs." -- Radiohead: the only
thing more consistently amazing than Mineo's.

Favorite song, Kendrick Lamar, "Rigamortis." -- Goddamn, that horn sample.

Least favorite song, Jay-Z and Kanye, "Otis." -- Wu-Tang sampled that
shit like 8 years ago (Masta Killa's "D.T.D."), but when Jay-Z and
Kanye do it everyone acts like they're some sort of aural geniuses.

Indie bullies of the year, -- Hey Pitchfork, why don't
you make an album that sells millions of copies and hits #1 so Mac
Miller can write a pompous critique of it and give it a rating of

Seth Glick rocks the Caliban warehouse on a daily basis.

More 'Best of 2011' lists coming tomorrow! Stay Tuned to Radio Row!! 

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