Monday, 16 January 2012

Albums I liked in 2011

In approximate order of how highly I rated them and the amount I listened to them, the new studio albums I enjoyed most in 2011 were:

Magazine - No Thyself (Wire-Sound)
Arbouretum - The Gathering (Thrill Jockey)
Enablers - Blown Realms and Stalled Explosions (Exile on Mainstream / Lancashire and Somerset)
White Hills - H-p1 (Thrill Jockey)
Wire - Red Barked Tree (Pink Flag)
Bardo Pond - Circuit VIII
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die but You Will (Rock Action)
Sonic Youth - Simon Werner A Disparu (SYR)
Eleventh Dream Day - Riot Now! (Thrill Jockey)
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake (Island)
Glenn Jones - The Wanting (Thrill Jockey)
That Fucking Tank - TF (Obscene Baby Auction)
Obits - Moody, Standard and Poor (Sub Pop)
Mugstar - Lime (Important)
Skull Defekts - Peer Amid (Thrill Jockey)
Barn Owl - Lost in the Glare (Thrill Jockey)
Hey Colossus - RRR
Gang of 4 - Content (Gronland)
L0w - C'mon (Sub Pop)
Meat Puppets - Lollipop
Kristin Hersh - Crooked (
Supersilent 10 (Rune Grammafon)
TV Smith - Coming in to Land
Phil Manley - Life Coach (Thrill Jockey)
Splashgirl - Pressure (Hubro)
The Fall - Erstaz GB (Cherry Red)
Mountains - Air Museum (Thrill Jockey)
Parts and Labor - Constant Future (Jagjaguar)
Rocket From the Tombs - Barfly (Fire)
Larsen - Cool Cruel Mouth (Tin Angel)
Zomes - Earth Grid (Thrill Jockey)
Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts (Ecstatic Peace)

I also enjoyed listening to the albums by Josh T. Pearson, Stephen Malkmus, Tarwater, Wooden Shjips, Samson and Delilah, Thee Oh Sees, Acid Mothers Temple, J. Mascis, Qluster, Cave and Factory Star, and probably a few others I've forgotten.

Live albums I liked were:

Wire - The Black Session
Leatherface - Viva La Arthouse
Hugh Cornwell - New Songs for King Kong

I bought only six seven inch singles and three were from gigs at Leeds Brudenell Social Club:

Plank! - Self Harm / Pig Sick (remix) (Static Caravan)
Hot Snakes - Do Not Recusitate / Time to Escape (
Part Chimp - You Decide / Big Bird (
Kogumaza - Sevens / Mara (
Kogumaza - Rowan Maeve / Phantom Itch (
PJ Harvey - The Glorious Land / The Nightingale (Island)

Two CDEPs: Fennesz - Seven Stars (Touch)
Nasdaq - Dead Peasants (

One 12" EP: Oxes - Bilestbud

One split LP: Mugstar / Oneida

One remix LP: Robert Hampson (Main) remixing Mugstar

Two compilations: Einsturzende Neubauten -Strategies Against Archtecture IV
That Sonic Youth thing with one crap new track and no Lee Ranaldo songs

As I type this I am enjoying listening to youtube soundtracks to A Winged Victory for the Sullen videos, which must be one of the worst band names ever!

Some albums from 2011 that I'd have liked if I'd been albe to fid a copy to but:
Oneida, Guanatanamo School of Medecine, Chris Watson

MOST KICKASS SONG Magazine - Holy Dotage
MOST MOVING SONG PJ Harvey - Hanging in the Wire
MOST VIOLENT Hey Colossus & Oxes
MOST GENTLE Splashgirl & Mountains

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