FAVORITES OF 2011 :: ALBUMS

Alright folks, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Here it is, a list of my favorite albums of 2011. This list was super hard to make, almost didn’t even bother, but I did it.

I narrowed it down to 30 and it was a process for sure. These albums basically stayed in my ears for days, even weeks after I first heard them. I still listen to these albums at least once or twice or three times a day.

2011 was crazy good, 2012 is going to have to rock out hard to live up to 2011’s standards. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and HOORAY FOR MUSIC!

These are in no particular order.

Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation

White Denim – D

The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra

Twin Sister – In Heaven

Summer Camp – Welcome To Condale

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Mirror Traffic

Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

Minks – By The Hedge

Bass Drum Of Death – GB City

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Jacuzzi Boys – Glazin’

Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Ford & Lopatin – Channel Pressure

Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams

Steffaloo – Meet Me In Montauk

Cults – Cults

Real Estate – Days

Quilt – Quilt

Gem Club – Breakers

Wild Flag – Wild Flag

Megafaun – Megafaun

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Nerves Junior – As Bright As Your Night Light

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

Yuck – Yuck

Other Lives – Tamer Animals

The Antlers – Burst Apart

Eleanor Friedberger – Last Summer
 

And now a list of my favorite songs. I could seriously have about 100 songs on this list, but that might be a bit too much. This is a list of 20 songs that I instantly hit repeat when I heard them the first time. These are songs that got in my head and just wouldn’t leave.

1. Weed/Foxes in Fiction – Teenage Dream (Katy Perry)

2. Sprawl II: Mountains Beyond Mountains – Arcade Fire

3. Hope Child – Free Energy

4. Heart To Tell – The Love Language

5. All Yr Songs – Diamond Rings

6. Carolina – Girls

7. Infinity Guitars – Sleigh Bells

8. Mason Jar – Morning Benders

9. It Gets Your Body Moving – Suckers

10. Who Knows Who Cares – Local Natives

11. Waterfall – The Fresh and The Onlys

12. Anchorage – Surfer Blood

13. Down By The Water – The Drums

14. Meet the Frownies – Twin Sister

15. Waiting on You – Sun Airway

16. Marathon – Tennis

17. Castles in the Snow – Twin Shadow

18. Moonville Tunnel – Mutual Benefit

19. To Old Friends and New – Titus Andronicus

20. It’s Not Meant to Be – Tame Impala

Up next, Internet Famous. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what that’s all about.

Upcoming Shows in ATL + ATHENS :: Late Summer/Fall is going to rock!

All of these upcoming shows are Wholly Roller approved and I’ll do my best to keep you posted if they sell out. And I’ll add to this list and update it as more events are announced!

All of the shows listed are going to be amazing (obviously or they wouldn’t be on this list!), but there are some that if you miss them you should be smacked upside the head. If you see a * you should be slapped for missing it and if you see **, then you deserve a swift kick in the rear for missing it. If you see ***, don’t even bother talking to me or suffer the consequences for missing out. Seriously, DO NOT miss these amazing shows!

HAPPENING SOON!
June 17 - Thao & Mirah with The Most of All, These United States @ The EARL*
June 19 – Modern Skirts with The Features @ The EARL**
June 26
– The New Pornographers with The Dodos and The Dutchess & The Duke @ Variety Playhouse
June 26
- The Howlies, The Coathangers, Balkans, and Mermaids @ Star Bar

July
1 – FREE SHOW! Carnivores, Abby Go Go, and Grenadines @ Star Bar
6 – Peter Wolf Crier is opening for Heartless Bastards, The Builders & The Butcher @ Masquerade
8 - EARL’s 11th Anniversary Weekend Featuring Gentleman Jesse & His Men, The Coathangers, and Grumpy
9 – EARL’s 11th Anniversary Weekend Featuring Man or Astro Man? and Twin Tigers
9 – Delta Spirit @ Masquerade*
10 - (There is literally something for everyone on this night. I wish I could be in 5 places at once!) EARL’s 11th Anniversary Weekend Featuring Man or Astro Man? and HAWKS; Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ Variety Playhouse**; Rooney @ Center Stage; Sleigh Bells @ Vinyl** SOLD OUT!; Venice is Sinking @ Drunken Unicorn**
12 - Free Energy is on the Summer Crushes Tour with Mates of State @ The 40 Watt** (Go for Free Energy, I’m serious, you won’t be disappointed!)
17 - The Selmanaires @ Star Bar*
21 - Little Tybee, Mermaids, and Night Driving in Small Towns @ The EARL
23 - Noot d’ Noot (album release) with Judi Chicago, DJ Gnosis @ The EARL*
24 - Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics with Young Orchids @ The EARL*
26 – Drink Up Buttercup @ The EARL*
30 – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti with Magic Kids and Pearl Harbor @ The EARL***

August
1
– PurgeATL.com Launch Party Featuring The Selmanaires and Sealions @ The EARL
6 - Here We Go Magic with Beach Fossils @ The EARL**
9 - Ty Segall with The Baths and The Girls At Dawn @ The EARL*
11 – Arcade Fire with Spoon @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater***
17 – Twin Sister with Memoryhouse @ The EARL (Twin Sister will also play a free, all-ages in-store at Criminal Records at 5 pm!)**
20 – Miniature Tigers with Spinto Band and Guests @ Star Bar***
27 - Chromeo @ Masquerade
28 - Orynx & Crake (CD RELEASE PARTY!), Venice Is Sinking, Book of Colors @ The EARL***

September
8
- Bear In Heaven with Crystal Castles @ Masquerade**
9 - Those Darlins, Strange Boys and Gentleman Jesse & His Men @ The EARL***
10 - Best Coast with Cults @ Drunken Unicorn***
13 – Pixies @ The Fox*
19 - Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames with The Watson Twins and Led To Sea @ The EARL
20 - Titus Andronicus with Free Energy @ The EARL***
22 - Jamie Lidell @ The EARL
26 - PAVEMENT (!!!!!!!!!) @ The Tabernacle***

October
2 - Yeasayer @  Masquerade**
5 - The National @ The Fox***
6 - The XX with Warpaint @ The Tabernacle
8 - Born Ruffians @ The EARL***
15 - Local Natives @ Masquerade***
16 - Matt & Kim @ Masquerade***
18 - School of Seven Bells with Active Child @ The EARL**

Venues. Ticket info and more shows are listed here:
40 Watt
The EARL
Masquerade
Star Bar
The Tabernacle
Fox Theatre
Drunken Unicorn
Variety Playhouse
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater