PUMP UP THE VOLUME: Year End Lists Are Cool

December 31, 2011 8 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

It's that time of the year folks. We stand at the dawn of a new year, which means we have to look back on the little discoveries we made, the continued joys found in the cannons of well-loved artists, and the rediscoveries of relevancy of artist seemingly thought to have lost it. I will, no doubt draw much ire with my list. But I hope to challenge you this year with diversity-honest diversity-by leading you through the obvious, ridiculous, and polarizing choices I have made.

I will also not rate my choices other than to express what my pick for favorite album of the year is—it’s kind of like NCAA football, one champion and the but many worthy bowl teams! And my champion in 2011 is: John Mark McMillan —Economy: this was my most anticipated and most satisfying listen (full review coming). I didn’t struggle with this one too hard as it truly does stand out to me but there were some killer records released this year…soŔLet’s get Rokken!” (yes, a reference to School of Rock and yes, rokken [is spelled] like Dokken) BOOM!

In no particular order:

Opiate Eyes
Self Titled (Jax Band) – See their album review
The Head and the Heart
Self Titled

Pure X


Myloto Xyloto

My Morning Jacket

The Appleseed Cast
Middle States

Quiet Science
Dark Words on Dark Wings (Jax band)

Foo Fighters
Wasting Light

Death Cab for Cutie
Codes and Keys

Tom Waits
Bad as Me

Eddie Vedder
Ukelele Songs

Handsome Furs
Sound Kapital

The Darlins
Screws Get Loose

Dum Dum Girls
Only in Dreams

You Will Live Forever (Jax band—review coming soon…)

The Reckoning

Washed Out
Within and Without

Youth Lagoon
Year of Hibernation

King of Limbs

Ben Harper
Give Till it’s Gone

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Revelator (Jax band—review coming soon…)

Hayes Carll


Mason Jennings

Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will

Twilight Singers
Dynamite Steps

Hospital Ships
Lonely Twin

Tim Hecker
Ravedeath, 1972


Sleeeping Giant
Kingdom Days in an Evil Age

Bon Iver
Self Titled (overrated yet still quite good…)

There’s easily another 30 worthy of being here but for various reasons I simply haven’t gotten to them just yet. In fact I will, most likely, do an amended list in the coming months to hit on some glaring holes [Black Keys, Wilco, Gospel Music, Phantogram…] so stay tuned, but for now, lets hear what you have to say on the matter…

Editorial by Paul Thomas Chapman