Friday, December 30, 2011

2011……The Music


    I was originally going to write this huge diatribe about how this year really sucked for me…I lost my job, my marriage fell apart you know the whole drill, it was to have 0% musical content, then I thought no one's gonna want to hear me bitch about my problems, and truth be told I have my son who's an amazing little guy right by my side so it can't be all that bad…. onto the music

   So this is the time of year when every Blog/Magazine/Website puts out there year end lists…you know the lists that try to make you feel uncool for not listening to the bands that they like …well here's some inside info..most of the writers have never listened to the records all the way through, they just put them on the list to look as cool as everyone else around them…or to get on the guest list the next time "that band" comes through town.

       I thought I'd take a different route and not put mine in any particular order, this is just a list of records that came out this past year that I really dug , I also won't bore you with long write ups about them, I'll just make it short and sweet….so here we go


David's Town- 11 Original Hits From Byrdesdale Spa, UK! (Fucked Up)

     As most of you already know David's Town was a RSD (Record Store Day) release from our good friends Fucked Up. But if you bought it originally hoping to groove out to my man Damian's planet smashing vocals you was sadly mistaken. The record was all over the place from DIY to post-punk to power pop…to be perfectly honest I have actually listened to this record more than DCTL….it's just such a good fucking record…and I have to say Damm you Ben Cook for the line "Do you wanna go for a curry with me?"  I start singing that line out of nowhere some days….you knows that's a sign of a good song.

D-Sisive – Run With The Creeps

    When Run…the first track on Run With The Creeps drops you get this strange feeling that Derek Christoff has to do thisthis being create, just listen to the lyrics and the beats as they're spread across the landscape of the record, it's DIY, it's PUNK, it's HIP-HOP, it's POETRY…it's beautiful Man….Thanks for giving us one of the best releases in many years.

Wilco-The Whole Love

  This was a record that I could (and still can) put on and let play…nothing to dangerous or adventurous just a great Pop/Rock record, and that's very hard to find with the stuff we have to wade through these days.

Fucked Up-David Comes To Life

No explanation needed…Thank You Damian, Ben, Jonah, Josh, Sandy and Mike

Bjork- Biophilia

   With Bjork you have to be in a certain groove to enjoy her music, it's not a day at the beach soundtrack, or something you throw on while the in-laws are over for dinner….but when the right time strikes Biophilia is one of her best recordings in a very long time.

The Rucksack Willies-Letter to Anne

Roots music with a shot of bluegrass and a female singer that can take on the best of them and win hands down every time best describes Toronto's The Rucksack Willies debut album Letter to Anne.

Kurt Vile-Smoke Ring for My Halo

     This record is the real deal, no phoney bologna for Kurt, he tells stories like he's talking to a good friend he just ran into on the street. If you like your music folksy with a blues tint then Smoke Ring for My Halo is your bag.

Bon Iver-Bon Iver

     I was going to start by saying that you would have to be deaf not to get the beauty and intimacy of Justin Vernon's voice on Bon Iver's S/T record …but even a deaf person could feel this……get it, put it on, and lose yourself.



           Those are the ones that really stuck with me and some part's of them moved me enough to be added into the Playlist that continuously changes in my head.



What do you have for me 2012?


Joe Cornelisse-SSGS

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