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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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Live Video of The Day – The Heavy Company – The Humboldt County Waltz

We like to showing in-house love around here at The Soda Shop.  This video features two of our very own writers, Ian Gerber and R. Ryan Strawsma.  The drummer, Jeff Kaleth, and Ryan have moved on to their project The Hedons (who were yesterdays featured live video).   This is a song from THC’s upcoming release ‘Midwest Electric’.  Check it out…


Bandcamp Recommendations 3/10/2011

Thursdays get here pretty damn quick now don’t they? Today’s features have all been recommended to me by The Soda Shop reader Jim who has recommended countless amounts of music to me in the past. Jim’s got a keen “eye” for music.

Of course you should know by now that all music recommended is free. Some may have their music up for a “Name your price”. Donate a few $$$ if you can, order up a physical copy or buy some other swag from them. They deserve it. Also keep in mind that Bandcamp only allows 200 free downloads per month so if you suddenly see that the album is no longer free, that may be why. I’d still recommend paying if you can.

Just because The White Stripes have broken up doesn’t mean that their style of garage rock is done. The next band, Swarm of Bats have their full length, There is No Tomorrow.

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