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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.

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Current Rotation 6/27/2011

Welcome to another edition of Current Rotation. Summer time is here and where I’m at, it sure feels like it. Lets take a few minutes to reflect on what summer means. Warm weather, swimming, no school and loud music. Think about it, what a better time to play your music loud? Below are some of the bands whose music I’ve been playing a lot lately.

Bacchus Baracus are a 4 piece from Glasgow and they play some pretty bad ass hard rock. They just released their 4 track EP titled Growler. It’s approiately named too because the EP hits you up with some pretty gruffy vocals, tight drumming and monstrous guitar riffs. The EP hits you like a freight train and trust me, I run one for a living so I should know. “Rock N’Roll Man” gets it going and I was hooked from the first few notes. The last track, “Longest Day,” with some great 70’s inspired riffs and has a nice blues rock solo.This EP has it all if you’re looking for a hard and riff rocking good time. It’s a guarantee to get the car that pulls up next to you at a stop light to be envious because you’re playing good music while all they have is Linkin Park. Grab it from their Bandcamp page (link below).

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