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Here’s a “wrap-up” for you and yours via The Blacktooth Camp and co. We asked some rad people in town who we think do rad things to compile their top 5 records of the year (some released in 2011 and some they just dug the most in 2011). A diverse sprinkling, both in terms of records and choosers, it’s of interesting note that a lot of locals show up, as well as the absence (barring a few exceptions) of solely, new, released-in-2011 records. Maybe that has something to say, maybe it doesn’t.

At any rate, in addition to the top 5′s, we’ve culled together a mix from some of our favorites in town. The bands are entities that we’ve (mostly) talked about on here, one way or the other, as well as bands who’s records we’ve put out (or would like to put out. Or are in). This is a fantastic run of demos/unreleased/new songs from some of the most talented people in town (or, in the case of Dungen, who came to town):

You’ve got a Chrome Pony jam from their demo release (a song that wasn’t re-recorded for their Illegal Smiles EP); a new demo from Fly Golden Eagle; The Phantom Farmer brings hot fire, which is from Joel McAnulty’s (By Lightning) forthcoming solo release, Home On the Frequency Range: Alpha; James Wallace visits weird city with Jen Turner of Here We Go Magic; Jota Ese remixes the unflappable Mark Morrison‘s early-90′s slow jam, “Return of the Mac” and sends it straight to atonal hell; Natalie Prass shows how sexy mumbling can be on her demo of the slow, well-tempered-synth jam, “Bird of Prey”; John McSparran, puppeteer-extraordinaire, gives us a short introduction track under a misnomer (which should direct you to his very-rare project Cigarette Trees); a ghost by the name of Odessa chills all over it; the post-mortem Hepatitties give a demo from their progenitor days that never made it onto the now-cult-classic A Taste for Peaches EP;  a more sentient and palliative state is where you will find Majestico; and the nubile and raw-as-real-time-revolution men in Ranch Ghost cut a new track over at BIV town with Jitch manning the boards that acts as the auditory whiskey you add to your apple cider. (Speaking of Jitch, he recorded the Dungen-Sweedz when they came through town last year and Ben T. made it sound right.)

Download the mix after the picture below, and read on to see the top 5′s.

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TOP 5

Andrew Krinks (Editor, The Contributor):

Tom Waits – Bad As Me
Gillian Welch – The Harrow & the Harvest
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
James Blake – James Blake
Wilco – The Whole Love

 

Ben Trimble (Fly Golden Eagle, Majestico, Hepatitties, Blacktooth Records):

The Limiñanas – (S/T)
Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas – (Compilation)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – (S/T)
Serge Gainsborough – Les Annees Psychedeliques (1966-1971)
Natural Child – 1971

 

Sean Thompson (Nikki Lane, utility for anyone):

Michael Daves And Chris Thile – Sleep With One Eye Open
Nikki Lane – Walk Of Shame
Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real (repress by Light In The Attic, I know, but this is a really important album that a lot more people will hear now.)
Charles “Packy” Axton – Late Late Party 1965-67 (Another Light In The Attic Repress but goddamnit this record rules.)
Kenny Vaughan – V

 

Chris Murray (Square People, Square People Jazz Maturity, Hepatitties, Toadies 2):

5. Dope Body – Nupping
4. John Maus – We Must Become the Pitless Censors of Ourselves
3. Fat Worm of Error – Broods
2. James Ferraro – Far Side Virtual/Condo Pets EP
1. LMFAO – Sorry for Party Rocking

 

Josh Habiger (Chef, The Catbird Seat):

Wugazi – 13 Chambers
tUnE yArDs – w h o k i l l
Tom Waits – Bad as Me
The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Lost in the Trees – Time Taunts Me

 

Graham Fitzpenn (Majestico):

The Mattoid – The Glory Holy
The Velvet Underground – Loaded
Bob Dylan – Desire
The Royal Greek Festival Company – Greek Folk Songs and Dances
The Breeders – Last Splash

 

Joel Macinulty (By Lightning, The Phantom Farmer, records everyone/anyone):

Matt Moody – El Baile de los Muertos
Fly Golden Eagle – Swagger
Wilco – The Whole Love
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Chrome Pony – Illegal Smiles

 

Richard Harper (Fly Golden Eagle, Majestico B-squad, Oh Dang Lo Mein, Hepatitties, Blacktooth Records):

Psalters – Carry the Bones
James Wallace and the Naked Light – More Strange News From Another Star
The Stepkids – (S/T)
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
trog’low – Mellow Feats EP

Honorable mention for White Denim – D and Tinariwen – Tassili

 

John Stout (Jota Ese, Oh Dang Lo Mein, Day Old Records):

5 of my favorite albums of 2011 are:
Shlohmo – Bad Vibes
Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
Samiyam – Sam Baker’s album
Blu – n o y o r k
James Blake – James Blake

5 of my favorite songs of 2011 are:

Panda Bear – “Last Night at the Jetty”
Radiohead – “Lotus Flower” (with the music video of course)
Tyler the creator – Yonkers
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – “New York is Killing Me”
Heavy cream – “Watusi”

 

John McSparran (Puppeteer, Wishing Chair Productions, Cigarette Trees):

FAVORITE ALBUMS THAT I FOUND OUT ABOUT IN 2011 (THOUGH THEY DIDN’T NECESSARILY COME OUT THEN)

1) John Adams – Nixon in China
2) The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
3) Washington Phillips – Spreading the Word Through Song
4) Leonard Cohen – The Songs of Leonard Cohen
5) Mike Patton – The Solitude of Prime Numbers

 

Matt Jernigan (Chicago-based artist):

The top five albums I played loud enough from the hours of midnight – 6 am to piss off my upstairs neighbors in 2011. There’s never any particular order from midnight – 6am.

- Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
- James Ferraro – Night Dolls With Hairspray
- John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
- Richard Pinhas & Merzbow – Rhizome
- Hepatitties – A Taste for Peaches

 

Tommy Stangroom (Square People Jazz Maturity, Square People, Toadies 2):

Deerhoof – Deerhoof v.s Evil
Bird Names – Metabolism (A Salute to the Energy of the Sun)
Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream
Shannon and the Clams – Sleep Talk
Hepatitties – A Taste for Peaches

James Wallace (James Wallace and the Naked Light, Heypenny?, tons o’ others?):

Best Records of 2010-2011 (Released within these years)
1. Mr. Hazelwood – The Golden Age
2. The Parting Gifts – Strychnine Dandelion
3. Matt White – Something New From America Today
4. Ballpoint Pens -Calcutta
5. Kai Welch – Send it Down

 

Andrija Tokic (The Bomb Shelter Recording Studio):

Lee Hazelwood – Cowboy In Sweden
The Hives – Tyrannosaurus Hives
Fly Golden Eagle – Swagger
The Who – A Quick One
XTC – White Music

 

Davis Watson (Filmmaker, The Kodachrome Project, Good Piping, Saul Burke on the Radio):

T. Rex – (S/T)
Bob Dylan – Nashville Skyline
Townes Van Zandt – High, Low and In Between
Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years
Van Morrison – Common One


 
 
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  1. #1 • What said on December 17 2011:
     

    You’re all so dead-ass wrong. Correct list:

    Beyonce – 4
    Weezy – Tha Carter IV
    DJ Khaled – We the Best Forever
    Drake – Take Care
    Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers

 

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