anyways here are my top ten records for the year:
one of my first surprises this year...excellent psychotic noise rock/sludge/hardcore from dearborn michigan....fans of today is the day and dystopia take notice.
from seattle washington. this band plays huge crushing hardcore with a semicrusty edge....another excellent surprise of 2011
degollado "dark of the day"
amazing, unique, indescribable, all terms accuratley applied to this band.....hypnotic post-sludge... a must listen
judas iscariot - lost prophets
the most surprising record of the year,if only because the band has been dead for a decade.....still this record more than holds its own against anything released today..
unfortunatly haven't had the chance to review this one here yet, but ive been jamming it for a couple months now(since jason sent me a copy) and it truely deserves spot in my top ten....spacey math rock at its best...
this was always a lock for my top 5.......amazing shoegaze from grand rapids (at least originally) one of the best things i've heard this year easily.......on tour now, so go see em! (also new album comming soon on forward records)
black kites/convulsions split lp
two of the best bands in recent memory squaring off on one piece of vinyl....... unfortunately black kites have decided to call it a day...........the world will be less enriched with the loss of their presence.....
cloud rat/oily menace/wolbachia 3 way split
cloud rat has been one of my absolute favorite bands since i first saw them a year and a half ago.....just amazing people playing amazing music.......oily menace play great straightforward grind and wolbachia are a canadian band that im still waiting to see.......together they made this record an unstoppable juggernaut of sonic brutality......and one of the highlights of the year.
psychic blood "strain"
one of the absolute best things ive heard all year........noisy, dreamy, awesome stuff with a huge recording.....i cant wait to see this band!
shoppers " silver year"
without a doubt, hands down, the BEST record of the year.........i cant say enough about this band's music or about them as people...........simply incredible on all accounts......im literally counting the days untill i see them again on january 28th......they will kickoff their nationwide tour tommorow night in syracuse.......do whatever you have to do to see them......bands like this come around maybe once every decade......and im so gad that i was able to make a connection with them........meredith/josh/kari, if your reading this, i love you guys and i always will.....