The End Of Another Year


26 déc. 2011, 13h12m

My Top Albums of 2011
(This was fucking difficult)

1. Tom Waits - Bad as Me
Highlight: Last Leaf

2. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire
Highlight: Lucky Now

3. Banner Pilot - Heart Beats Pacific
Highlight: Spanish Reds

4. The Horrible Crowes - Elsie
Highlight: Blood Loss

5. Balance and Composure - Seperation
Highlight: Stonehands

6. Great Cynics - Don't Need Much
Highlight: Twenty Five

7. Red City Radio - The Dangers of Standing Still
Highlight: Talk Me To Sleep

8. Dave Hause - Resolutions
Highlight: Years from Now

9.Banquets - Top Button, Bottom Shelf
Highlight: Sometimes A Wolf

10. Touché Amoré - Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me
Highlight: Amends

Honourable Mentions:

Title Fight - Shed, Social Distortion - Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, Bayside - [album artist=Bayside]Killing Time[album], Polar Bear Club - Clash Battle Guilt Pride, Defeater - Empty Days and Sleepless Nights, Houseboat - Thorns of Life

Top 10 Gigs of 2011
(Youtube was being a cunt so just click the links)

Attended just short of 90 gigs this year but here's my favourites...

01) 25/06/11 - Ryan Adams w/ Jesse Malin @ 02 Academy
Front and centre watching my second favourite artist of all time play songs such as Oh My Sweet Carolina and Please Do Not Let Me Go? Damn right this was my highlight of 2011.

02) 30/08/11 - The Menzingers w/ Make Do and Mend, Leagues Apart @ The Social
Regret that I missed The Menzingers at their Glasgow show last year, i was determined to see them this year although there were no Scottish shows. Therefore, I travelled down to London and Manchester for the first time by myself and had the time of my life.

03) 23/08/11 - The National w/ Wye Oak @ Corn Exchange
They played the song I had requested. The song that makes me well up everytime. That is my hand you can see waving about in the below video! Matt also held my hand and sang to me during Terrible Love. What a night!

04) 09/02/11 - The Hold Steady w/ Wintersleep @ O2 ABC
Couldn't find a video of this from the Glasgow show. This was the song that made that night what it was for me. My knees almost buckled! It was a great show up until the final song of the encore. Then I thought I heard the opening chords to Killer Parties. I didn't want to get my hopes up though as that song makes my heart explode with happiness. Of course, Lis already knew what song was coming on and gave me a wee smile. Once Craig shut up, I was jumping up and down with a massive smile on my face. It was one of the best moments of my life.

05) 08/02/11 - Bright Eyes w/ Malcolm Middleton @ Oran Mor

06) 27/08/11 - Hot Water Music w/ Make Do and Mend, The Stay Gones @ Oran Mor

07) 29/05/11 - The Mountain Goats w/ The Submarines @ King Tuts
Again, couldn't find anything from the Glasgow show

08) 30/09/11 - Revival Tour w/ Chuck Ragan, Brian Fallon, Dan Andriano, Dave Hause @ O2 ABC

09) 28/11/11 - Yellowcard w/ Saves The Day, The Wonder Years @ The Garage
Go to around the 4 minute mark and that was the opening chords to one of my favourite moments of the year. I may have pissed myself.

10) 11/05/11 - Frank Turner w/ Franz Nicolay, Ben Marwood @ PJ Molloy's

Albums I'm Most Looking Forward Too In 2012

Leonard Cohen
Apologies, I Have None
Make Do and Mend
Such Gold
The Gaslight Anthem
D Generation
Hot Water Music

Musically, this was my favourite year ever.


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