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Top 20 of 2011 – Jake’s Picks

Shortly after I wrote last year’s Top 20 list, I knew it was going to be interesting to write this year’s. I’ll be honest, I didn’t hold out much hope for 2011 after the year that 2010 was. There were several huge releases in ’10 that I figured would put it on top for, at least, a few years. Sure, there were a few heavily anticipated releases I knew were coming in ’11 like Graveyard‘s Hisingen Blues, but that still paled in comparison. It wasn’t until this year started to go along that it was clear that 2011 was just as good, if not better, than 2010. This was helped along by several amazing hidden gems that were discovered throughout the year. I must have had fun discovering and enjoying all of this music because 2011 flew by faster than any year in recent memory.

In comparing last year to this year, I did find something curious. Last year, Bill and I shared similar lists with 10 matching entries with several of those in nearly identical placements on our lists. This year, things are a bit different. I only count 7 matches, and only 2 with a similar position. Consider the additional albums on this list an early Christmas gift from the cosmos.

As always, the creating of these lists are extremely hard, and I hate to leave some very deserving bands off of a list like this. Unfortunately, I can’t include every amazing album on this list. This year’s list has been worked on all year. I’ve meticulously arranged albums as I’ve listened to them throughout this year, continually going back to adjust their standings. Some bands have moved up, some have moved down, and some have flew to the top, seemingly out of nowhere. (more…)

Top 20 of 2011 – Bill’s Picks

Well it’s that time of year again. Time to name my favorite albums of 2011. 2011 brought us a lot of good stuff by a lot of great bands. 2011 also brought on a lot of surprises from bands that were really unknown until their material was released or well afterwards. Bandcamp played a huge role in music discovery for me. It turned out hundreds of great albums not only released in 2011 but in years past as well. This list, my favorites as well as honorable mentions, is no way a complete list of what was released this year. There is just to much out there that I don’t either have time to get to, never heard of or won’t discover until well after this year is completely over. I know there’s going to be a few surprises. Let it be known that I listened to a LOT of new albums this year and picking my top 20 out of the hundreds was very hard to do.

20. The Sade – Damned Love – (review) I really didn’t know what to expect when this one came across my desk but I needed to check it out. And check it out I did. I was pretty damn impressed that I listened to the album at least 10 times in a row. In my review I stated “The majority of the album is all alchchol fueled hard rock. Throughout my listening of the album I couldn’t help but think that this is what Social Distortion may sound like if they were more rooted in 70′s hard rock as opposed to their punk roots.” Granted it’s been a few months since I’ve listened to it, it still has a strong spot in my top 20.



Review – Barbarian Overlords – Barbarian Overlords

I like when I get the random emails from bands I have never heard of. Sometimes I’m a little hesitant in checking them out. Maybe I’m to comfortable with what I know and don’t want to see what’s out there. Most of the time I check them out as they took the time to let us know about them. Lately I’ve been getting a lot of those and there’s been a lot of good bands. One such band is Barbarian Overlords.

It’s really tough to nail a specific genre to them as they tread the line between hard rock, progressive rock, punk, blues and even a little country rock. The bulk of their debut album lies within the punk and progressive range. The first song, “In A Rush To Meet The Queen” reminds me a little bit of The Talking Heads. I’d even say this is what the Talking Heads may sound like if they were starting out today. The country/blues songs “Somewhere To Be” (more…)


Californian rockers BARBARIAN OVERLORDS have revealed the track listing for their forthcoming self titled debut album.

Liner notes include:

BARBARIAN OVERLORDS are the sound of a late night train rolling through the deep South… The feel of the Californian sun at the break of the Ocean…The sound of a factory in Detroit…The feel of the full moon shining on the streets of London…An American Rock and Roll band with a deep and expansive sound, with no musical boundaries in sight…
The band was formed in Los Angeles, California during the spring of 2010… After Nuffer, soon to be singer, responded to an ad posted by drummer Brandon Kachel and guitarist Joe Spadaro in search of a Frontman. A new band was formed…They quickly got to work, and bonded both musically and as people. It wasn’t until February 2011 that the band would be complete. G.K. Via, more notably known for playing guitar, picked up the bass and joined the band as the official bass guitar player. From there they began to compose songs, of which would become the debut record, self titled BARBARIAN OVERLORDS…