Tag Archives: Best of `11

David Bowie – Five Years

I have a scrapbook of David Bowie images in my head. Ziggy Stardust – the vampire in The Hunger – singing Christmas carols with Bing Crosby – the Goblin King in Labyrinth – duet with Tina Turner.  Then there’s that whole Tin Machine thing.  I don’t know much about the man, but I got a pretty good feeling he’s pretty much a total bad-ass.  I threw a bunch o songs on this one, somewhat haphazardly, thanks to Pascal for turning me on last minute to Seventeen Evergreen.  Also, I finally included Thee Oh Sees, after threatening to play them in at least 2 maybe 3 episodes previously, a San Francisco Bay Area band (Seventeen Evergreen are also locals).  A handful of older songs show up in the mix, hope you like it: David Bowie – Five Years ~63 minutes

the list:

David Bowie – Five Years

Psychic Ills – Mind Daze

The Horrors – Endless Blue; Changing The Rain

Seventeen Evergreen – Angels

Beat Happening – Indian Summer

Built to Spill – Car

Thee Oh Sees – The Dream

Jay Reatard – My Shadow

TV on the Radio – DLZ

Portugal, The Man – Senseless; Head Is A Flame (Cool With It); So American

Random Song

The Tambo Rays – Draggin Our Bones

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Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker

Punk has been around forever. When it shows up, you think “oh yeah, there it is- punk rock man.” Most of the time it’s lurking just out of sight in all the usual places, but occasionally someone shines  a light on it and we all get a good dose of punk.  Punk is always where it  needs to be, for those of us who really need it, when we need it.  This show highlights a miniscule amount of punk, some of it hailing from Texas (a place that could use a whopping good dose of punk) and a little from Portland and a some from San Francisco, and other places as well – punk is everywhere.  All of it really good stuff. Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker (click to listen or download)~56 minutes

the punks/the songs

Ramones – Sheena is a Punk Rocker

Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue; Oh Boy!

OBN III’s – If the Shit Fits

Bad Sports – Off Switch; Sweet Sweet Mandy

Mean Jeans – Steve Don’t Party No More; Born On a Saturday Night; Party Animal

Mind Spiders – Go!

Wax Idols – Dilno

Bleached – Think of You

Super Wild Horses – Mess Around

High Tension Wires – They Fall Apart; Get Weird; Backbone

Random Song of the Show

The Hollies – Long Cool Woman (In a Black Dress)

Links and the Like

Dirtnap Records

Tic Tac Totally Records

Pterodactyl – Polio

Episode 8 is Part 5 of the Best of 2011, featuring a multitude of tracks from noise-pop indie rock all-stars: Japanther; the Death Set; Parts & Labor; Marnie Stern; and of course, Pterodactyl. In the less than a week that it took me to record this episode I think I switched my favorite album at least 4 times, maybe 5.  In the end they are all very very strong albums, but I’d have to give the nod to Marnie Stern.  Pterodactyl – Polio (click to listen or download)~58 minutes

the players, the songs:

Pterodactyl – Polio; Hold Still; School Glue; Thorn; Allergy Shots

Japanther – Meet You Later; First of All

Parts & Labor – Skin & Bones; Rest; Outnumbered; Fake Names

Marnie Stern – Nothing Left; Her Confidence; Gimme

The Death Set – Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap; Chew It Like a Gun Gum

Random Song of the Show:

Ceremony – Into the Wayside Part I/Sick

Labels and the like:

Jagjaguwar

Noise Pop in the San Francisco Bay Area

Thao & Mirah – Eleven

Part Four of the Best of ’11. “Eleven” was released in 2011, unbeknownst to me before starting to record this show. Apparently Thao & Mirah are solo artists that got together for a bit and played some music.  I found this song on a free 20 song sampler from their label, Kill Rock Stars. I highly recommend checking out the KRS website and browsing their store, lotsa good bands in there.  Also, as I was searching for images to include in this post I came across an article at NPR which claimed that the singer of Tune-Yards, Merrill Garbus, whom I had also chosen for this podcast actually wrote this song.  As has happened while putting each show together, I choose a song and other songs follow; then, after I’ve recorded everything, I start flipping around the interwebs and come across all sorts of info that probably should have been in the show.  Some of it relevant, some of it interesting and some of it neither, but show-worthy nonetheless. Thao & Mirah – Eleven (right click to download the show) ~45 minutes

Playlist (with links to the artists’ websites):

Thao & Mirah – Eleven

Eurythmics – Regrets

St Vincent – Northern Lights; Cruel

Tune-Yards – Gangsta

WILDFLAG – Romance

Lykke Li – I Follow Rivers; Love Out Of Lust; Get Some

Random Song of the Show:

The Thermals – Here’s Your Future, and the video (not the same song though) with Carrie Brownstein of WILDFLAG

Pinback – AFK

Once again I have chosen a song not released in 2011 as the link to my best of 2011. I’m compiling (with a little help from my friends) a list of songs that are worthy of a slot on the best of 2011 list, so I’ve decided to shove a few in here and there where I can. I’m pretty sure “AFK” would’ve made my best of list for the year it was released, so I’ve grouped it in with a number of songs that have similar characteristics- well as similar as I can make them in my own mind. I’ve always had a bit of trouble trying to identify or specify distinguishing characteristics of artists that fall under the giant yellow umbrella that is “indie-rock”. For some reason the label Indie always conjures images of 8-track cassette recordings with xeroxed cover art folded into the case. While indie-rock is not quite mainstream, it has permeated into all areas of our lives, from Levi commercials to Starbucks counter-tops. The spectrum of “indie-rock” is much wider than even I want to consider trying to categorize, so I will just say, there is a shit-ton of music I consider to be indie-rock, and here is some of it. . . Pinback – AFK, the show
~77 minutes

Playlist:

Pinback – AFK 

Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper 

Wilco – Art of Almost

Gregg Allman – I Can’t Be Satisfied

White Denim – Is and Is and Is; At The Farm; Drug

Random Song of the Show:

GoblinCock –  Stumped

Stuff to check out:

Pascal’s band: Angel Island

very cool video Mister Heavenly – Bronx Sniper

Fucked Up – No Epiphany


In the second installment of the best of 2011, I picked a song that wasn’t even released in 2011 but came out 3 years earlier on the album The Chemistry of Common Life. The song, “No Epiphany,” is not new but it is the first song I heard by Fucked Up years ago, and immediately liked. Fucked Up has a fucked up name but whatever, they put out a really good album, an excellent album this year, with 18 fucking tracks on it, so don’t just pick and choose, drop the 9.99 and get the whole god damned thing. For some reason I never bought any of their albums up until now, and David Comes To Life is good straight up, no frills punk rock. No gimmicks, other than their fucking name. Whatever. . . they’re basically just Coldplay with a scrowling singer. . .~58 minutes

Things worth checking out:

The album page at Matador Records

The live performance of David Comes To Life

Other bands mentioned or should’ve been mentioned:

Jesus Lizard
The Men
Hüsker Dü
Pterodactyl
Melvins
Dwarves

Tom Waits – Hell Broke Luce

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This is the first installment of my best of 2011.  Tom Waits has been writing, recording and performing phenomenal music for longer than I have been alive, and I am not young, anymore. Bad as Me, his latest offering, the first in many years instantaneously filled a vacancy within me that I hadn’t known was there.  I didn’t know a new Tom Waits album was coming nor had I even wondered if he was going to put another one out; then one fine day while booting up Terri Gross’ Fresh Air podcast I’m whisked back to a warm, comfortable place filled with familiar faces and unmistakable sounds.  There isn’t a whole lot more I can write here that I didn’t already say in the show, have a listen and go get “Bad as Me.” ~57 minutes

My son really liked the video for “Satisfied” as do I.

Tom Waits

Anti- worth keeping an eye on