Friday, 23 December 2011

135 Albums/EPs that you should have bought this year

It's that time once again. Seeing as all the magazines, newspapers and websites in my field of vision are prepping their end of year lists, I felt it was my duty to present one that doesn't have fucking Adele in it. A lot has happened in the music world this year, with bands like Glassjaw, Rival Schools and Blink-182 presenting their first releases in what seemed like 500 years, and a whole roster of fresh-faced new bands showing us what they're made of too. It may seem like overkill, but a top ten would be impossible for me to whittle down, so the following is a chronological list of every album and EP I've purchased this year, and you'd be a fucking idiot not to check any of them out...unless it's the new Sum 41 album, which is shit.

January:

  • 01/01 Glassjaw – Our Color Green (The Singles) (Self-Released)
  • 02/01 Citycop – The Hope In Forgiving & Giving Up Hope (Self-Released)
  • 10/01 Our Time Down Here – Last Light (Self-Released)
  • 18/01 The Aquabats! – Hi-Five Soup! (Fearless)
  • 21/01 Amanda Palmer – Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under (Self-Released)
  • 24/01 Architects – The Here And Now (Century Media)
February:

  • 01/02 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Go Down Under (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • 13/02 Glassjaw – Coloring Book (Self-Released)
  • 14/02 Gay For Johnny Depp – What Doesn’t Kill You, Eventually Kills You (Shine Boy Recordings)
  • 14/02 Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (Rock Action)
  • 15/02 Chixdiggit – Safeways Here We Come (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • 18/02 Radiohead – The King Of Limbs (Self-Released)
  • 22/02 Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows – D.R.U.G.S. (Sire/Decaydance)
March:

  • 08/03 Dance Gavin Dance – Downtown Battle Mountain II (Rise)
  • 08/03 Defeater – Empty Days & Sleepless Nights (Bridge Nine)
  • 08/03 Rival Schools – Pedals (Photo Finish/Atlantic)
  • 15/03 Rise Against – Endgame (DGC/Interscope)
  • 18/03 Alex Turner – Submarine (Domino)
  • 18/03 The Strokes – Angles (RCA/Rough Trade)
  • 21/03 Random Hand – Seething Is Believing (Bomber Music)
  • 21/03 The Weeknd – House Of Balloons (XO)
  • 22/03 CKY – B-Sides & Rarities (Distant/Mighty Loud)
  • 22/03 Protest The Hero – Scurrilous (Underground Operations)
  • 25/03 Sum 41 – Screaming Bloody Murder (Island)
April:

  • 01/04 Hyro Da Hero – Birth, School, Work, Death (Stereo Bang Media)
  • 01/04 The Kills – Blood Pressures (Domino)
  • 08/04 Young Widows – In And Out Of Youth And Lightness (Temporary Residence)
  • 11/04 TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light (Interscope)
  • 12/04 Atmosphere – The Family Sign (Rhymesayers)
  • 12/04 Foo Fighters – Wasting Light (RCA)
  • 12/04 Thursday – No Devolución (Epitaph)
  • 16/04 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez – Telesterion (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
  • 18/04 Freeze The Atlantic – Colour By Numbers (Alcopop!)
  • 18/04 Rolo Tomassi – Eternal Youth (Destination Moon)
  • 27/04 Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)
May:

  • 03/05 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop/Bella Union)
  • 03/05 La Dispute / Koji – Never Come Undone (No Sleep)
  • 09/05 Young Legionnaire – Crisis Works (Wichita)
  • 10/05 The Antlers – Burst Apart (Frenchkiss/Transgressive)
  • 10/05 Farewell Atlantic – İHey, Hey Pioneers! (Paper + Plastic)
  • 10/05 The Lonely Island – Turtleneck & Chain (Universal Republic)
  • 10/05 Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math (Favorite Gentlemen)
  • 12/05 Le Butcherettes – Sin Sin Sin (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
  • 16/05 The Computers – This Is The Computers (One Little Indian)
  • 16/05 Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome (Parlophone/EMI)
  • 17/05 Living With Lions – Holy Shit (Black Box/Adeline)
  • 17/05 Weerd Science – Sick Kids (Horris Records)
  • 24/05 Cave In – White Silence (Hydra Head)
  • 24/05 Into It. Over It. / Such Gold – Split (No Sleep/Mightier Than The Sword)
  • 24/05 Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts (Matador)
  • 25/05 Glowbug – Mr. Plastic (Self-Released)
  • 30/05 Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine – Enhanced Methods Of Questioning (Alternative Tentacles)
  • 31/05 Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys (Atlantic)
June:

  • 06/06 Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See (Domino)
  • 06/06 Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones (Xtra Mile/Epitaph)
  • 06/06 Fucked Up – David Comes To Life (Matador)
  • 07/06 City And Colour – Little Hell (Dine Alone/Vagrant)
  • 07/06 Skrillex – More Monsters And Sprites (Big Beat/Atlantic)
  • 07/06 Touché Amoré – Parting The Sea Between The Brightness And Me (Deathwish)
  • 13/06 Dananananaykroyd – There Is A Way (Pizza College)
  • 14/06 Bad Meets Evil – Hell: The Sequel (Shady/Interscope)
  • 14/06 The Dear Hunter – The Colour Spectrum: Complete Collection (Triple Crown)
  • 14/06 The Swellers – Good For Me (Fueled By Ramen)
  • 14/06 The Wonder Years – Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing (Hopeless/No Sleep)
  • 20/06 Less Than Jake – Greetings From (Self-Released)
  • 20/06 Wolves Like Us – Late Love (Prosthetic)
  • 21/06 Tally Hall – Good & Evil (Quack! Media)
  • 28/06 Set Your Goals – Burning At Both Ends (Epitaph)
July:

  • 11/07 Blitz Kids – Vagrants & Vagabonds (Hassle)
  • 12/07 Alkaline Trio – Damnesia (Heart & Skull)
  • 12/07 Incubus – If Not Now, When? (Epic/Immortal)
  • 12/07 Sublime With Rome – Yours Truly (Fueled By Ramen)
  • 19/07 Portugal. The Man – In The Mountain In The Cloud (Atlantic)
  • 22/07 The Living End – The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating (Dew Process)
  • 24/07 Moira Stewart – Whatever We Do Is Love (Baby Serious)
August:

  • 02/08 Mariachi El Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx (II) (ATO)
  • 02/08 NOFX – NOFX (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • 05/08 Little Scout – Take Your Light (MGM)
  • 09/08 Into It. Over It. – Twelve Towns (Topshelf Records)
  • 16/08 Psychostick – Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs In 3-D (Rock Ridge Music)
  • 18/08 The Weeknd – Thursday (XO)
  • 19/08 Frenzal Rhomb – Smoko At The Pet Food Factory (Shock Records)
  • 19/08 Gotye – Making Mirrors (Eleven)
  • 23/08 MC Frontalot – Solved (Level Up/Nerdcore Fervor)
  • 23/08 Retox – Ugly Animals (Ipecac)
  • 26/08 Bombay Bicycle Club - A Different Kind Of Fix (Island)
September:

  • 01/09 Secret Band – Secret Band EP
  • 02/09 The Drums – Portamento (Moshi Moshi/Island)
  • 06/09 MC Lars – Lars Attacks! (Hollis Records)
  • 06/09 Thrice – Major/Minor (Vagrant)
  • 12/09 Mogwai – Earth Division (Rock Action)
  • 12/09 Primus – Green Naugahyde (ATO/Prawn Song)
  • 13/09 Kevin Devine – Between The Concrete And The Clouds (Razor & Tie/Favourite Gentlemen)
  • 13/09 Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Sing In Japanese (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • 13/09 Polar Bear Club – Clash Battle Guilt Pride (Bridge Nine)
  • 16/09 Broadway Calls – Toxic Kids (All For Hope/Banquet)
  • 19/09 Scroobius Pip – Distraction Pieces (Speech Development)
  • 20/09 Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man (Asian Man)
  • 23/09 Machine Head – Unto The Locust (Roadrunner)
  • 26/09 This Time Next Year – Drop Out Of Life (Equal Vision)
  • 27/09 Blink-182 – Neighborhoods [Deluxe Edition] (DGC/Interscope)
  • 27/09 Into It. Over It. –Proper (No Sleep)
  • 27/09 Man Overboard – Man Overboard (Rise)
  • 27/09 Zechs Marquise – Getting Paid (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
October:

  • 01/10 Glowbug – Covered In Lights Vol. 1 (Self-Released)
  • 04/10 La Dispute – Wildlife (No Sleep)
  • 04/10 New Found Glory – Radiosurgery (Epitaph)
  • 04/10 Transit – Listen & Forgive (Rise)
  • 05/10 Björk – Biophilia (One Little Indian/Polydor)
  • 07/10 &U&I – Light Bearer (Ondryland)
  • 11/10 I Am The Avalanche – Avalanche United (Drive-Thru)
  • 11/10 A Lot Like Birds – Conversation Piece (Doghouse)
  • 11/10 Trash Talk – Awake (True Panther Sounds)
  • 17/10 LYU – Without You Here (Self-Released)
  • 19/10 We Are The Union – Graveyard Grins (Paper + Plastic)
  • 21/10 Tom Waits – Bad As Me (Anti-)
  • 24/10 Close Your Eyes – Empty Hands And Heavy Hearts (Victory)
  • 24/10 A Loss For Words – No Sanctuary (Rise/Velocity)
  • 27/10 Mastodon – The Hunter (Reprise)
  • 31/10 The James Cleaver Quintet – That Was Then, This Is Now (Hassle)
November:

  • 01/11 Angels & Airwaves – Love: Part Two (To The Stars)
  • 01/11 Pianos Become The Teeth – The Lack Long After (Topshelf Records)
  • 08/11 Four Year Strong – In Some Way, Shape Or Form (Decaydance/Universal Motown)
  • 04/11 Animals As Leaders – Weightless (Prosthetic)
  • 15/11 Doomsday Student – A Jumper’s Handbook (Anchor Brain)
  • 18/11 Frank Turner – The Second Three Years (Xtra Mile/Epitaph)
  • 22/11 Such Gold / A Loss For Words – Split (No Sleep/Mightier Than The Sword)
  • 26/11 Roots Manuva – 4everevolution (Big Dada)
December:

  • 05/12 Gallows – Death Is Birth (Thirty Days Of Night)
  • 06/12 The Black Keys – El Camino (Nonesuch)
  • 12/12 That Fucking Tank – TFT (Obscene Baby Auction)
  • 17/12 CityCop – Seasons (Self-Released)
  • 20/12 MC Lars – The Frosty The Flowman EP (Horris Records)
  • 21/12 The Weeknd – Echoes Of Silence (XO)
  • 21/12 Skrillex - Bangarang (Big Beat)

So there you go. If you are yet to purchase any of these, I suggest catching up. So what are your favourite records of 2011? Feel free to share a piece of your mind in the comments section.

Have a just about acceptable Christmas, yeah?
xxx

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