Wednesday, December 21, 2011

More 'Best of 2011'

Grochalski's Grooves 2011

5. Beady Eye "Different Gear, Still Speeding" Liam Gallagher and the boys from Oasis shed Noel and make the big dumb rock record that they always had in them.

4. Iron & Wine "Kiss Each Other Clean" The more Sam Beam moves away from the original concept for Iron & Wine, the better he seems to get.

3. Ryan Adams "Ashes and Fire" Ryan Adams is in full on singer/songwriter mode on this disc, which took me a few listens to really get into. that Mandy Moore singing background on a track or so? Still, ultimately a fantastically intimate record.

2. Gomez "Whatever is on Your Mind" I've been talking these cats up for over a decade now but no one seems to's the time.

1. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds" Noel sheds Liam and the boys and makes his best album since (What's The Story?) Morning Glory. There isn't a track on this that I don't absolutely love.

Honorable mention:

R.E.M. "Collapse into Now" REM seemed to find themselves again on 2008's Accelerate
and gave us another blast with Collapse into Now, which, sadly, became their swan song.

Song of the year:

Beastie Boys "Make Some Noise" Old school done right.

John Grochalski is a poet, fictioneer, and regular columnist for The New Yinzer.

Holly's Hot Wax

Jacaszek "Glimmer" - Lil' dude from Poland with sounds from space

Childish Gambino "Camp" - see your boy's explanation

Tune-Yards "who Kill" - a festival of awesome

Jill Scott "Light of the Sun" - our generation's best female vocalist

Mexicans with Guns "Ceremony" - so siiiiiiiiiick

Tinariwen "Tassili" - journey to the land of the Blue People of Touareg on this album

Sarah Jarosz "follow me down" - good folk for driving 79S

VIKTM "Night of the giving head" - for shits and giggles

Holly Coleman – Awesome Sauce! Also, co-director of the TNY Presents reading series.

Brendan's Bang-A-Gong 2011

1. Soul Messages from Dimona

2. Afro-Beat Airways

3. Nas – Illmatic

4. Charles Mingus – Ah Um

5. Aquarius Rock

6. Rikki Ilionga and Musi-O-Tunya – Dark Sunrise

7. Miles Davis – A Tribute to Jack Johnson

8. Eddie Hazel – Games Dames and Guitar Thangs

9. Leonard Cohen – New Skin for the Old Ceremony

10. Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway – Self Titled

11. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

12. Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck

13. Gil Scott Heron – Free Will

14. Eccentric Soul – Twinight’s Lunar Rotation

15. Father’s Children – Who’s Gonna Save the World

16. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

17. Hank Snow – Just Keep A-Movin’

18. Fennesz – Endless Summer

19. Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill

20. Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street

Brendan Kerr – Polish Hill bon vivant, often sighted at Gooski's.

Nic's Nitrous

1. Bruno Mars – It will rain

2. RHCP – Monarchy of Roses

3. Foster the People – Pumped up Kicks

4. Cee Lo Green– F**K You

5. Adele – Rolling in the Deep

6. Weezer – Troublemaker

7. Gorillaz – Demon Days

8. Unwritten Law – Up All Night

9. Pittbull et al – Give me Everything

10. Flo Rida – Good Feeling

Nicole Leckenby, former TNY, forever TNY, is currently working on her second book.

Moody's Mystic Moods

Camp by Childish Gambino (Comedian Donald Glover of Community and former writer for 30 Rock is ridiculous with the wordplay: "My d&$! is like an accent mark: it's all about the over E's [ovaries]")

Drive Original Soundtrack score by Cliff Martinez (The minimalist instrumentation embodies the spirit of the film's sparse dialogue. Instead of trying to define what neo-noir is, from now on I'm going to tell people to listen to the tracks "Kick Your Teeth" & "Skull Crushing").

Nine Types of Light by TV on the Radio (Eargasm)

Jonathan Moody – poet extraordinaire, former Pittsburgher. We miss him.

Jen's Jams & Too Tight Tracks

1. Darkness on the Edge of Town – Bruce Springsteen
Candy's Room; Streets of Fire, Badlands

2. Wingspan – Paul McCartney
Let 'em In; Comin' Up; Band on the Run

3. Alas, Not Us – Meanings
All Tracks

4. Private Eyes – Hall & Oates
No Can Do; Private Eyes

5. Songs from the Big Chair – Tears for Fears
EWTRTW; Shout; Head Over Heels

6. Rearview Mirror – Pearl Jam
Given to Fly

7. Torches – Foster the People
Pumped Up Kicks

8. Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – Phoenix

9. Greatest Hits – Duran Duran
Girls On Film; The Reflex; Come Undone

10. Peter Gabriel (3) – Peter Gabriel
Games Without Frontiers

Jennifer Quinio-Hedges, zumba ninja, owns and operates ModernFormations Gallery.

1 comment:

  1. Holly's Hot Wax makes a hefty claim with Jill Scott as the best female vocalist of our generation.