Employee Top Ten's for 2011

for the year 2011
 
 ALLISON   ANDY
Cults - Cults
P.J. Harvey - Let England Shake
Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
The Kills - Blood Pressures
JD McPherson - Signs & Signifiers
Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
Gillian Welch - The Harrow and The Harvest
Wye Oak - Civilian
  UV Race - Homo
Sun Araw - Ancient Romans
Beach Fossils - What a Pleasure ep
Destroyer - Kaputt
Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine
Iceage - New Brigade
Crystal Stilts - In Love with Oblivion
John Maus - We Must...
Pure X - Pleasure
Veronica Falls -S/T
Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip
Beach Boys - Smile
Cave - Neverendless
Moon Duo - Mazes
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - Left By Soft
 ANTHONY BILL
1. John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
2. Destroyer - Kaputt
3. The UV Race - Homo
4. Ducktails - Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics
5. Panda Bear - Tomboy
6. Anika - Anika
7. Mikal Cronin - Mikal Cronin
8. Beirut - The Rip Tide
9. Hunx and His Punx - Too Young To Be in Love
10. Pure X - Pleasure
11. Iceage - New Brigade
12. Cass Mc Combs - Wit's End/Humor Risk
13. The Beach Boys - Smile (Reissue)
14. Reatards - Teenage Hate (Reissue)
15. Darondo - Listen to My Song (Reissue)
 



          !!!!!METALLICA & LOU REED - LULU!!!!!!
     
 CHIP   CORBY
Tan Vampires – For Physical Fitness
Reptar – Oblange Fizz Y’all
Milagres – Glowing Mouth
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
tUnE-YArDs - W H O K I L L
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Death in Vegas – Trans-Love Energies
Beach Fossils – What a Pleasure
Vondelpark – NYC Stuff & NYC Bags
Rapture – In The Grace Of Your Love
Tycho – Dive
  Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Tycho - Dive
Tan Vampires - For Physical Fitness
Mastodon - The Hunter
Battles - Gloss Drop
Shin Joong Hyun - Beautiful Rivers And Mountains
tUnE-YArDs - W H O K I L L
Atlas Sound - Parallax
Amon Tobin - I.S.A.N.
Milagres - Glowing Mouth
     
 CHIQUITA
  CYNTHIA

James Pants - James Pants
Destroyer - Kaputt
Death Grips - Ex-military
Tame Impala - Innerspeaker
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for my Halo
Echocentrics- Sun Shadows
The Stepkids - The Stepkids
Tinariwen - Tassili
Com Truise - Galactic Melt
Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread
Cold Cave - Cherish the Light Years
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
Gil Scott Heron/Jamie- XX We're New Here

Compilations
Real Sound of Chicago & Beyond
Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia
And Descarga Sound Of Colombia 1962-1972
Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves
Red Hot + Rio 2
DJ Norman Jay Mbe- Presents Good Times:
30 Year Anniversary Edition
Sofrito: Tropical Discotheques

  (in no particular order other than alphabetical)
Beirut - The Rip Tide
Gary Clark, Jr. - These Bright Lights
Cults - Cults
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Foster the People - JUST KIDDING
Gardens & Villa - Gardens & Villa
Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
The Horrors - Skying
Man Man - Life Fantastic
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Panda Bear - Tomboy
Radiohead - King of Limbs
Real Estate - Days
Various Artists - Drive Soundtrack
Wilco - The Whole Love
Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
     
 DENNIS   EMILY
1. Those Darlins "Screws Get Loose"
2. Middle Brother "Middle Brother"
3. Bruce Robison "You And Me"
4. Caitlyn Rose "Own Side Now"
5. Dawes "Nothing Is Wrong"
6. Nick Lowe "The Old Magic"
7. Glen Campbell "Ghost On the Canvas"
8. Drive-By Truckers "Go-Go Boots"
9. Nikki Lane "Walk Of Shame"
10. Jungle Rockers "Guns and Gold"
  1. Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise
2. John Maus - We Must Become Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
3. The Weekend - House of Balloons
4. Little Dragon - Ritual Union
5. Darondo - Listen to My Song
6. James Blake - James Blake
7. tUnE-YArDs - W H O K I L L
8. Atlas Sound - Parallax
9. Wolf + Lamb vs. Soul Clap: DJ-Kicks
10. Four Tet - Locked/Pyramid
     
 EDMUND   ERIC
Bass Drum Of Death - GB City
Big Trouble - Worry
Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
Chelsea Wolfe - Apokalypsis
Cloud Nothings - Self Titled
Cold Cave - Cherish The Light Years
Davila 666 - Tan Bajo
Deaf Center - Owl Splinters
Hunx and His Punx - Too Young To Be In Love
Iceage - New Brigade
John Maus - We Must Become...
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
Literature - Hires
Mikal Cronin - Self Titled
Moon Duo - Mazes
Real Estate - Days
Skull Defects - Peer Amid
Total Control - Henge Beat
The Spits - V
Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines
Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts
Tim Hecker - Dropped Pianos + Ravedeath 1972
Wye Oak - Civilian
  what i been listening to this year, in no particular order...
1. The Sour Notes - Last Looks
2. Flesh Lights - Muscle Pop
3. Ringo Deathstarr - Colour Trip
4. Pure X - Pleasure
5. Mermaid Blonde - The Ill Fated Voyage of
6. Bad Sports - Kings of the Weekend
7. Literature - Hires
8. Video - Leather Leather
9. The Strange Boys -Live Music
10. Elvis - Crime of the Scene
11. Dikes of Holland - Dikes of Holland*
12. TV Ghost - Mass Dream
13. Wooden Shjips - West
*2010 release, after last year's cut-off
Reissues
1. The Reatards - Teenage Hate
2. Dead Moon - in the graveyard / unknown passage / defiance
Most of these bands play regularly around
town, go check 'em out. Enjoy!
     
 ESME   IAN
Favoritos del ano 2011
Allo' Darlin - Darren b/w Wu- Tang Clan 7''
John Wesley Coleman III / Timmy's Organism 7'' split
Yellow Fever - Bermuda Triangle 7''
Paul McCartney - 2 re-issue
Left Banke - Walk Away Rene /Pretty Ballerina re-issue
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
City Center - Redeemer
Destroyer - Kapput
Love Inks - E.S.P.
Mind Spiders - Mind Spiders
Fleshlights - Muscle Pop
Total Control - Henge Beat
Mikal Cronin - Mikal Cronin
Quin Galavis - Should Have Known You
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Fungi Girls - Some Easy Magic
Sloan - The Double Cross
Bad Sports - Kings of the Weekend
Strange Boys - Live Music
Sonny & the Sunsets - Hit After Hit
Jack Oblivion - Rat City
Reigning Sound - Abdiction...For Your Love
Beach Boys - The Smile Sessions
#1 Shiner Ruby Redbird
  Ten albums from the past year that I, Ian Jensen, am quite fond of:
Tune-Yards - W H O K I L L
Cults - Cults
Yelle - Sarari Disco
Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Alvarius B - Baroque Primativa
Radiohead - The King Of Limbs
Beirut - The Rip Tide
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. II: Judges
Zola Jesus - Conatus
     
 JESSIE   KEVIN

Ten or so of my favorite records that came out this year plus 1 book.
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
Michael Hurley vinyl reissues on Light In The Attic
Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
AA Bondy - Believers
Centro-matic – Candidate Waltz
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo DLX
Rolling Stones - Some Girls DLX
Feist – Metals
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Woods – Sun & Shade
Robert Ellis – Photographs
Gillian Welch – The Harvest & The Harrow
Tinariwen – Tassili

Patti Smith “Just Kids” is easily the best book I’ve read
in years. I cried several times which is not like me. I
don’t typically like memoirs but this one is greatness!

  War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
Bass Drum of Death - GB City
Total Control - Henge Beat
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion
Iceage - New Brigade
UV Race - Homo
White Fence - Is Growing Faith
Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming
Atlas Sound - Parallax
     
 KELSEY KERBY
Anika - Anika
Beach Fossils - What A Pleasure EP
Cults - Cults
Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Seun Kuti - From Africa With Fury: Rise
Moon Duo - Mazes
Tinariwen - Tassili
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
VA: Casual Victim Pile II
  Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
Tammar - Visits
Cults - Cults
WILD FLAG - WILD FLAG
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
Those Darlins - Screws Get Loose
Real Estate - Days
Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls
Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
White Denim - D
War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
Sahara Hotnights - Sahara Hotnights
Noel Gallagher - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
     
 LINDSEY MATT
1. James Blake – James Blake
2. Widowspeak – Widowspeak
3. Cut Copy - Zonoscope
4. St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
5. Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine
6. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
7. Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
8. Boris - Attention Please
9. Sic Alps - Napa Asylum
10. Grouper - AIA : Alien Observer : AIA : Dream Loss
Top 5 EPs
1. Memoryhouse - The Years
2. Toro Y Moi - Freaking Out
3. Dum Dum Girls - He Gets Me High
4. Clams Casino - Rainforest
5. Jens Lekman - An Argument With Myself
  Archers Of Loaf “Icky Mettle” reissue
Beach Fossils “What A Pleasure”
Burial “Street Halo”
Cloud Nothings “Should Have” 7"
Cloud Nothings “Cloud Nothings”
Cold Cave “Cherish The Light Years”
Fucked Up “David's Town”
Fucked Up “David Comes To Life”
Grouper/Inca Ore split reissue
Hammock “Asleep In The Downlights”
Ital “Ital's Theme”
Abner Jay “Last Ole Minstrel Man” 10"
Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers “System Vs Factory” 7"
M83 “Hurry Up, We're Dreaming”
The Men “Leave Home”
Moon Duo “Mazes”
Ringo Deathstarr “Colour Trip”
Seapony “Go With Me”
Zola Jesus “Conatus”
Various Artists: Casual Victim Pile Volume II
     
 MICHELLE   NATHANIEL
Beirut - The Ripe Tide
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Gem Club - Breakers
M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Panda Bear - Tomboy
Pure X - Pleasure
Real Estate - Days
Smith Westerns - Dye it Blonde
Tinariwen - Tassili
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
War on Drugs - Slave Ambient
Yelle - Safari Disco Club
  (in no particular order)
The Drums - Portamento
Beach Fossils - What A Pleasure
Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls
The Beach Boys - Smile Sessions
Brown Recluse - Evening Tapestry
The Minks - By The Hedge
MGMT - Late Night Tales
The Dirty Projectors & Bjork - Mount Wittenberg Orca
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
Reissues
The Servants -Youth Disco Club
     
 PABLO   PATRICK
1. Motion Sickness Of Time Travel "Seeping Through...”
2. EMA "Past Life Martyred Saints"
3. Belong "Common Era"
4. Bon Iver "Bon Iver"
5. Seun Kuti "From Africa With Fury: Rise"
6. Guider "Disappears"
7. Blanck Mass "Blanck Mass"
8. Walls "Coracle"
9. The Rosebuds "Loud Planes Fly Low"
10. Crystal Stilts "In Love With Oblivion"
11. Washed Out "Within And Without"
12. M83 “Hurry Up, We're Dreaming"
13. Active Child "You Are All I See"
14. Loney Dear "Hall Music"
15. The Field "Looping State of Mind"
16. Apparat "The Devil's Walk"
17. Shabazz Palaces “Black Up”
 

Music
Gurf Morlix - Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream
Akron/Family - Akron/Family II (The Cosmic Birth and
Journey of Shinju TNT)
The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh
Miles Davis Quintet - Live in Europe 1967

Comedy
Louis C.K. - Hilarious
Patton Oswalt - Finest Hour

Movies
The Parking Lot Movie
Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff

TV
Misfits -- Series 1 & 2
Louie -- Season 1

     
 PAUL    
Top 10 media things sold from 1/1/11-12/31/11
1. Alvarius B “Baroque Primitiva” CD/LP
2. VA “Life is Dance” CD/LP
3. Googoosh “Googoosh” (Finders Keepers) CD/LP
4. Group Doueh “Beatte Harab” LP
5. Ty Segall “Goodbye Bread” CD/LP
6. VA “Thai Dai: The Heavier Side of the Lukthung Underground” CD/LP
7. Ilaiyaraaja “Solla Solla” CD/LP
8. VA “Bollywood Bloodbath” CD/LP
9. Cate Le Bon “Puts me to Work” SINGLE
10. Alejandro Jodorosky “Santa Sangre” BLURAY
  Some cool reissues
Alvarius B “Blood Operatives of the Barium Sunset” CD,
Serge Gainsbourg “Percussions” LP,
VA (Sublime Frequencies) “Princess Nicotine” LP,
VA (Sublime Friequencies) “Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra”
Giant Sand “Glum” CD
Dead Moon “Unknown Passage”, “Defiance” & “In the Graveyards” LPs
Goblin “Suspiria” Picture Disc
Screaming Jay Hawkins “The Singles” LP
Charley Patton “You’re Gonna Need Somebody When You Die” LP Box
     
 RUSSELL

L E S S - FUL L -OF - I T - THAN - USUAL B E S T - OF L I S T FOR 2 0 1 1

Thanks to numerous exceptional releases from which to choose, choral music figures
prominently on this year's list, as do composers who were friends with Elliott Carter,
whose most recent 11th decade compositions unfortunately received no new
recordings in 2011 leading up to his 103rd birthday on December 11th, but then such
important documents might have inhibited the release of another 11 versions of Vivaldi's
4 Seasons, which simply would have been unacceptable.

CAGE: The Works for Percussion, Vol. 1. Percussion Group Cincinnati. Mode 229
(76459302292).

This long-awaited CD opens and closes with two different and irresistible versions of
"Credo in Us", my favorite Cage percussion work. Not for party-pooper sticks-in-the-mud.

IVES-BRANT: A Concord Symphony;
COPLAND: Organ Symphony. Paul Jacobs, organ; San Francisco Symphony Orch.;
Michael Tilson-Thomas, cond. SFS Media 0038 (82193600382).

Maverick American composer Henry Brant (1913-2008), who was one of the most fervently
visionary champions of the music of Charles Ives, devoted what little spare
time was available to him to zealously orchestrating Ives' "Concord" Sonata over a
period of 36 years, the resulting symphony receiving the strongest possible advocacy
on this recording, which also includes what is now the best version of Aaron Copland's
Organ Symphony, a startling achievement completed just shy of the composer's
24th birthday that still sounds freshly minted 87 years later.

JOSQUIN: Missa De beata virgine; Missa Ave maris stella. Tallis Scholars; Peter Phillips,
cond. Gimell CDGIM 044 (75513810442).

Josquin des Pres is one of several composers from before Bach who was greater than
Bach ("There's music before Bach?"), and with this release Peter Phillips and the Tallis
Scholars have now recorded 10 of Josquin's 18 authenticated Masses as they strive to
become the first vocal ensemble to record this phenomenal body of work in its entirety--
please succeed!

MACMILLAN: Miserere--choral works. The Sixteen Choir; Harry Christophers, cond.
Coro 16096 (82802160962).

In his program notes for this CD, Harry Christophers ranks James MacMillan alongside
Tomas Luis de Victoria (see below) and Francis Poulenc as being the three truly great
composers of sacred music, a most provocative statement, yet there's no denying
that the conductor's musicianship magnificently supports his opinion with stunning
performances of works memorable enough to make you forget all about more highly
publicized current composers.

VICTORIA: "Hail, Mother of the Redeemer". The Sixteen Choir; Harry Christophers,
cond. Coro 16088 (82802160882).

Victoria is one of my favorite Renaissance composers, and this collection serves as
an excellent introductory sampling for the uninitiated.

The Inheritance: "Kalimera". Local consignment 82547931182.
This winning collection of traditional music, mainly from Greece and Bulgaria, potently
demonstrates the exceptional chemistry shared by these six Austin musicians,
on this their second CD--man, did it ever turn out beautifully! (My 14-year-old
nephew Travis Reid and I both love Track 8 the best.)

HOT OFF THE PRESS!
"Tragediennes 3" (Baroque arias). Veronique Gens, soprano; Les Talens Lyriques;
Christophe Rousset, cond. Virgin Classics 509990709272.
As this CD was just released, I haven't yet had the opportunity to listen to it, but because
the previous two volumes from this series made in onto past Waterloo "Best of"
lists I'm relatively sure I would have gone for the hat trick.

REISSUE OF THE YEAR
William Steinberg: The Complete EMI Recordings ("The Disciplined Master Conductor").
EMI 509990264862 (20 CDs for $60 [!!!]).

In the 1970's violinist Isaac Stern said that conductor William Steinberg knew more
about music than anyone he had ever met, and Stern met and worked with just
about every musician from the 1930's onward, but presently Steinberg is better
known (and appreciated) overseas than in the U.S., so EMI is to be commended for
releasing this very large yet affordable set. Now if only Deutsche Grammophon
would reissue Steinberg's Command Classics recordings of the Brahms symphonies in
far better sound than MCA's inept transfers of over 20 years ago my favorite recording
of Brahms' Second would hopefully finally receive the recognition it deserves.

A RELEASE THAT FALLS SHORT, BUT...
IVES: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-4. Hilary Hahn, violin; Valentina Lisitsa, piano. Deutsche
Grammophon 02894779435.

Hilary Hahn is the first star violinist since Joseph Szigeti to have performed Charles
Ives' violin sonatas extensively on tour, but she is the first star to have recorded all
four as well, the result being what are now the fastest overall versions of these works
I've ever encountered, and that's not a criticism. If DG ultimately failed to balance
pianist Valentina Lisitsa forward enough to be a truly equal partner, thus obscuring a
few of Ives' more ear-catching touches in the process (the faster tempos also occasionally
compromise characterization), this recording must still be counted as one of
the most important of the year simply because Hahn's championship will attract the
largest audience ever to these works, all of which deserve a far more prominent
place in the repertoire.

     
 SAYRE   TRACY
1. John Maus "We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves"
2. Anika "Anika"
3. Paul McCartney "McCartney II" (reissue)
4. Dwarr "Starting Over" (reissue)
5. Toro y Moi "Underneath the Pines"
6. Real Estate "Days"
7. Maniac (soundtrack reissue)
8. Social Climbers (reissue)
9. Minimal Wave Vol. 2 comp
10. Der Plan "Geri Reig" (reissue)
  1. Barreracudas “Nocturnal Missions”
2. Mikal Cronin “Mikal Cronin”
3. Bad Sports “Kings of the Weekend”
4. Flesh Lights “Muscle Pop”
5. Video “Leather Leather”
6. Wax Museums “Eye Times”
7. OBN III's “The One & Only”
8. Bass Drum of Death “GB City”
9. Cruddy “Negative World”
10. Eddy Current Suppression Ring “So Many Things”
     
 AND THE WINNERS ARE...
1. KURT VILE
smoke ring for my halo
2.WAR ON DRUGS
slave ambient
3. ICEAGE
new brigade
4. TOTAL CONTROL
henge beat
5. CHARLES BRADLEY
no time for dreaming
6. BASS DRUM OF DEATH
gb city
7. UV RACE
homo
8. CRYSTAL STILTS
in love with oblivion
9. ATLAS SOUND
parallax
10. CULTS
cults
11.WYE OAK
civilian
12. PANDA BEAR
tomboy
13. JOHN MAUS
we must become pitiless...
14. BEACH FOSSILS
what a pleasure
15. COLD CAVE
cherish the light years
16. DESTROYER
kaputt
17.MIKAL CRONIN
mikal cronin
18. REAL ESTATE
days
19. BON IVER
bon iver
  20. M83
hurry up, we’re dreaming
HONORABLE
MENTIONS
Anna Calvi - anna calvi
Cloud Nothings - cloud nothings
Girls - father, son & holy ghost
P.J. Harvey - let england shake
Hunx & His Punk - too young to fall in love
James Blake - james blake
J.D. McPherson - signs & signifiers
Radiohead - king of limbs
Raphael Saadiq - stone rollin’
St. Vincent - strange mercy
Smith Westerns - dye it blonde
Strange Boys - live music
Video - leather, leather
REISSUES
21. BAD SPORTS
kings of the weekend
22. BEIRUT
the rip tide
23. FLESH LIGHTS
muscle pop
24. TUNE-YARDS
whokill
25. RINGO DEATHSTARR
colour trip
26. PURE X
pleasure
27.MOON DUO
mazes
28. TINARIWEN
tassili
29. LYKKE LI
wounded rhymes
30. ALVARIUS B
baroque primativa
     
   
   HONORABLE MENTIONS   COMPILATIONS  
  Anna Calvi - anna calvi
Cloud Nothings - cloud nothings
Girls - father, son & holy ghost
P.J. Harvey - let england shake
Hunx & His Punk - too young to fall in love
James Blake - james blake
J.D. McPherson - signs & signifiers
Radiohead - king of limbs
Raphael Saadiq - stone rollin’
St. Vincent - strange mercy
Smith Westerns - dye it blonde
Strange Boys - live music
Video - leather, leather
  Casual Victim Pile II
Princess Nicotine:
Folk and Pop Sounds Of Myanmar Vol 1
Thai? Dai! The Heavier Side of the
Lukthung Underground
Riddimentary: Diplo Selects Greensleeves
The Real Sound of Chicago & Beyond
Sofrito: Tropial Discotheque
Folk and Pop Sounds of Sumatra Vol 1
Cartagena! Curro Fuentes & The Big Band Cumbia
And Descarga Sound Of Colombia 1962-1972
 
         
   RE-ISSUES      
  Beach Boys - Smile
Darondo - Listen To My Song
The 3D’s - We Bury The Living
The Bat’s - Daddy’s Highway
Gary Wilson - Forgotten Lovers
  Archers Of Loaf - Icky Mettle
Reatards - Teenage Hate
Grouper/Inca Ore split
Left Banke multiple
Throbbing Gristle multiple
Olvia Tremor Control multiple
Smashing Pumpkins multiple
 
 
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