Best of 2011: Max
January 3, 2012
I love year end lists. I always find something that I’ve missed or forgotten about. Thanks to Cameron for reminding to listen to Kite Party more, because Baseball Season rules. You’ll see some things on mine that you’ve already seen on this blog, so there won’t be too many surprises.
There are a lot of albums that I feel I should mention that could have easily made this list if I had made it any other day.
Laura Stevenson and The Cans- Sit Resist
I love this record. Laura’s quirky and unique song writing has improved greatly from the bands first effort, A Record. Great people, great music. Watching Scream 4 with them this spring was hilarious.
Bridge and Tunnel- Rebuilding Year
This band always gets tagged with the label “ex-Latterman.” I love Latterman but I think that when people hear Bridge and Tunnel they’re surprised at the fact that they don’t really sound anything like Latterman. The guitar work on this album is better than East/West. I find myself getting a little bit bored with the slower songs on this album but god damn, the heavy tunes blow my mind. Particularly “Drill Instructor.” So much anger. Love it.
Glocca Morra- Ghoul Intentions
This one is just an EP, but wow. The direction is a little bit different than their split with The Greek Favorites, but I like it more. “Them” blows my head open every time.
In addition to great music, 2011 brought some pretty disappointing break-ups; snowing, grown ups, the hiatus of Fucked Up. Bummer.
Enough crying you big babies, 2011 was a good year so feast your eyes, and ears I guess, on my all-knowing Best of 2011 List.
10. Lee Corey Oswald- Moon Songs
Cameron has already done a write up on this album so scroll down to see not one, but two descriptions that are better than what I would write. Moon Songs is their best material to date. It’s a treat to see them perform so learn all the songs and sing along when they come to your town. Oh yeah, nicest dudes ever.
9.5. Daniel Striped Tiger- No Difference
For some reason this release really flew below the radar this year and I don’t really understand how. If you’ve ever listened to this band you know what to expect; loud, dynamic, fairly chaotic, heavy riffs. I was hooked instantly two minutes into the first song.
9. Portugal. The Man- In The Mountain In The Cloud
Portugal. The Man is completely baffling to me. Releasing an album every year is no small feat and these guys seem to crank out completely different albums every year. This one makes me want to do drugs and go on an adventure. Did I mention that this is their major label debut?
8. Fucked Up- David Comes To Life
Is there really anything left to say about this album? It’s a gloriously ambitious rock opera from Fucked Up. What’s not to like? David Comes To Life may be a little too ambitious. It’s too fucking long to listen to all the way through on a regular basis. It tends to drag on, which is why it fell short of the top for me.
7. Big Kids- Phone Home
Seeing Big Kids this year in Portland was definitely a high note of 2011 and it also solidified my love for this band. Phone Home is a million times better than Hoop Dreams, which is still great. I Am A Romantic Comedy Guy gets stuck in my head pretty much everyday on my bike ride to school and I can’t help but smile every time.
6. Spraynard- Funtitled
Spraynard’s second full length blew them into international superstardom this year. Exaggeration? A tiny bit. This album fills me up to the fucking brim with positivity. With songs about your friends, skateboarding, cats, your friends, and your friends, how could anyone not love this album?
5. Algernon Cadwallader- Parrot Flies
Seeing this band not once but twice this year was incredible. Although it doesn’t quite have the child-like magical touch that their first LP had, Parrot Flies definitely does not disappoint one bit. The band has grown in every way. I’ll sit in my room and try to figure out the riffs in Pitfall and Preservatives (my two favorites on the album) all night. Some of the most fun music in the entire world.
4. Pygmy Lush- Old Friends
I drove alone for eight hours through dark, snow covered mountain passes to see Pygmy Lush in Missoula last February. Thoughts of the lonely trek always come into my head when I hear this record. Old Friends riles a slew of contrasting emotions in each song.
3. Joyce Manor- Joyce Manor
Joyce Manor came out of nowhere this year, blasting into the hearts of pretty much everyone. I don’t think I can find a single person who doesn’t like this album. It’s full Incredibly catchy little hooks that always leave you wanting more. I’m really excited to hear their new album sometime this year on Asian Man.
2. Bomb the Music Industry!- Vacation
God damn I love Bomb the Music Industry!. This album was a very surprising “grower” for me. Every other album of theirs was an instant favorite. I knew that Scrambles would be incredibly difficult for them the top, but I think that they may have done it. I could go on and on about why BtMI! is my favorite band, get me drunk and it’ll almost certainly happen.
1. Snowing- I Could Do Whatever I Wanted If I Wanted
I know that you could download this album toward the end of 2010 but it saw its physical release in 2011. SO KEEP ON WHINING, DORKS. How could this not top every single person’s Best of list? I cried when they broke up, and I cry everyday when I listen to this album. The Snowing, 1994!, Algernon Power Tour was incredible. Long Live the Kings of Twinkle. teehee.