Top Ten Records of 2011
Goodbye 2011. It was rough. You gave me my first grey hairs. These are some of the amazing records released this year that helped get me through, in no particular order. I’ve included a link to a sample from each artist.
Tom Waits- Bad as me
Charles Bradley- no time for dreaming
Royal Headache- self titled
Fires of Waco- Old Ghosts Never Sleep
The World Inferno Friendship Society- The Anarchy and the Ecstasy
Milk Music- self titled
Ampere- Like shadows
The Cave Singers- No Witch
The Petrojvic Blasting Co.- A History of public relations disasters
Total Control- Henge Beat
As I get older I find my tastes in music change (or maybe diversify is a better word). I like to revisit bands that I couldn’t connect with before and re-examine their work.
As my perspective changes, so does my understanding. Often, the band or artist still doesn’t speak to me. But occasionally you have a eureka moment were music that was previously opaque to you, slides into brilliant focus.
It can be quite an over powering sensation. Or that might just be the meds.
Sometime ago now, I was briefly the bass player with Edinburgh’s own Lords of Bastard. During that period, the band recorded a track for a Moondog tribute record SL Records were doing. It was my one and only recorded contribution to the Bastards legacy. I’m still pretty proud of it, I think we did something at least semi interesting with it.
Anyway, if you’re interested you can now download our contribution (for free), along with those of others including the rather amazing Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble at this page HERE
If you’ve never heard of Moondog ( or The Viking of 6th Avenue as he was sometimes known) I’d really advise checking him out. Quite a character.