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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 4/28/2011

Happy Easter everyone. Welcome again to another Current Rotation. The following albums have been in my listening rotation for a little while now and I figured it was about time I share them with you.

The first album I’ve been enjoying for a few months now. The band is Domo and this is their self titled album. The band hails from France. They play some awesome instrumental psychedelic rock. There are some long and blistering tracks on this album that average around 8 1/2 minutes long but include some 11 and 14 minute tracks as well. The grand opus though is the massive 24 minute last track. These french bands really know how to get shit done. You can sample a few tracks on their Facebook and Myspace pages. If you want to get your own, email the band with the address provided on their Facebook page.

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