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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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HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE’S “DONKEY JACKET” LP OUT TODAY!

WELSH-DUO HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE’S SECOND LP DONKEY JACKET OUT TODAY THROUGH ALIVE RECORDS
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES CONTINUE THROUGH 2011
HENRY’S FUNERAL SHOE OFFER FANS THEIR NEW SONG “ANVIL AND CHAINS” AS A FREE MP3
“A raw, fuzzed-out, garage-boogie attitude and a riff-o-rama sensibility. Their sound can be heavy as a 2000 lb. budgie, menacing as a back-alley swaying drunk, and when they crank up the riffing or let rip with some high-octane slide, it’s as transporting as anything by post-Mississippi Fred McDowell.” – POPMATTERS
“Skillfully melding garage, hard rock, punk, blues and occasional folks-y frailty, Henry’s Funeral Shoe make a colossal racket for a mere two geezers. They make admirable Blighty-based ambassadors to represent Alive Naturalsound and their ongoing quest to bring real, foundation-shakin’ Rock’n’Roll back to much larger audiences all around the world.” – WHISPERIN & HOLLERIN
“Some of the loudest soulful rock’n’roll to come out the UK in a long time.”  – THE FIRE NOTE (more…)

Review – Henry’s Funeral Show – Donkey Jacket

Alive Naturalsound sure knows how to find good bands and scoop them up. Henry’s Funeral Shoe is no exception. Donkey Jacket, due out in October, is their sophomore release. You wouldn’t be able to tell though as I don’t think the guys have ever heard of a “sophomore slump”.

Henry’s Funeral Shoe is the brain child of brothers Aled and Brennig Clifford. This 2 piece duo from South Wales knows how to get things done. Donkey Jacket starts off with a rip roaring guitar of Aled on “Be Your Own Invention” which upon first listen, starts off sounding a little like “La Grange’ by ZZ Top. “Love Is A Fever” (which can be heard below) is another blues based rock song. “Bottom To Top” is a more mellower song featuring acoustic guitar and is a more old style country music. “Anvil & Chains” roughs it up a bit and features some harmonica. It has that true delta blues vibe to it and even sounds like it could be a Five Horse Johnson song. “Dog Scratched Ear” has a nice mellow, catchy, even bass line. It really takes off and (more…)