My 2011 in 30 albums, 20 songs and 10 gigs

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31 déc. 2011, 13h57m

2011 in 30 Songs
These are songs that are not on my top 20 albums...

1/ M83 - Midnight City
The best song standout for me was this excellent single that preceded M83’s ambitious double album. The vocals create an intimate atmosphere that is pulled into the great wide open by the synths. Check the awesome video too!


2/ Grouplove - Colours
You can recognize a great song if it keeps being played in your library on a steady basis. Guess that Colours ending up number one in my last.fm song stats of last year only proves that fact. Hard to understand why this infectious catchy song has not reached bigger audiences yet. After two listens you will surely be singing along.


3/ Lana Del Rey - Video Games / Blue Jeans
It was impossible to ignore the rise of Lizzy Grant in 2011. Let’s forget about all the gossip and let the music just speak for itself. Many artists would kill for such a great double A-side single. I have grown to like Blue jeans even more than Video Games.


4/ Zola Jesus - Vessel
Vessel created massive expectations for Conatus, Zola Jesus’ new album. I think this song is so good that it makes the rest of the album a lot bleaker than it deserves to be. As a result Nika Roza Danilova ended up in my songs list rather than the album list with this awesome crossover between Siouxie Sioux and Fever Ray.


5/ Mumbai Science - Lotus
Time to put on your dancing shoes for the Belgian ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ of Mumbai Science. This young duo is on a steady rise to stardom, paving their road there with great songs as Lotus. It was great to hear them featured in the live set of 2 Many DJ’s too this year at Lokerse Feesten.


6/ Dry the River - No Rest
7/ Apparat - Black Water
8/ Meg Baird - Beatles And The Stones
9/ SBTRKT - Wildfire
10/ The Jezabels - Endless Summer
11/ The Black Keys - Lonely Boy
12/ Zomby - Natalia’s Song
13/ Other Lives - For 12
14/ Jamie Woon - Night Air
15/ SX - Black Video
16/ Cat's Eyes - Face in the Crowd
17/ Metronomy - The Bay
18/ Azealia Banks - 212
19/ The National - Think You Can Wait
20/ Jef Neve - Synrise (Goose cover)
21/ Beirut - Santa Fe
22/ tUnE-yArDs - Bizness
23/ Jonathan Jeremiah - Happiness
24/ Amatorski - Soldier
25/ Mark Lanegan - Burning Jacob’s Ladder
26/ Headphone - Woods
27/ Raphael Saadiq - Radio
28/ Smith Westerns - Weekend
29/ Laura Marling - The Beast
30/ Ghostpoet- Us Against Whatever Ever

Listen to these tracks on my spotify playlist



2011 in 20 Albums

1/ Anna Calvi - Anna Calvi
She stole my musical heart in 2011 thus grabbing the number one spot on both Albums and Gigs. Anna Calvi has the right feeling to wrap up her voice and guitarplay in 10 great songs that breathe atmosphere and musical perfection. I am very curious what she will do next...


2/ Mon-O-PhoneThe Great Depression of Mr and Ms Phono
This album is Belgian top quality, yet almost unplayed on the (Belgian) radio. There are undeniably some similarities with both PJ Harvey and The Kills but that is definitely a good thing!


3/ The Vaccines - What Did You Expect from The Vaccines?
This was how Rock ’n Roll sounded in the year 2011. A short, bursting, raw and exuberant experience. Rah Rah Rah!


4/ EMA - Past-Life Martyred Saints
Erika M. Anderson’s debut is one that has to grow on you but slowly a diamond in the rough reveals itself. Standout song is definitely California which sounds like Kim Gordon tossed in a tub full of synths (and that is a good thing!).


5/ dEUS - Keep You Close
As a long time fan, I am very glad dEUS managed to steal a place in my top 5 with Keep You Close. Not that their previous efforts were bad but this one nails it. Highlights include the grand opening title track and the songs where Greg Dulli lends a helping hand - Dark Sets In & Twice (We Survive).


6/ James Blake - James Blake
7/ Austra - Feel It Break
8/ Feist - Metals
9/ The Weeknd - House of Balloons / Thursday
10/ Spinvis - tot ziens, Justine Keller
11/ Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xxWe're New Here
12/ The Head and the HeartThe Head and The Heart
13/ Ryan AdamsAshes & Fire
14/ Cults - Cults
15/ My Morning Jacket- Circuital
16/ Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
17/ Boy & Bear - Moonfire
18/ Bon Iver - Bon Iver
19/ Josh T. Pearson - Last of the Country Gentlemen
20/ Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation

Sorry to Bill Calahan, Balam Acab, PJ Harvey, the Black Keys, Laura Marling, Cat's Eyes, Zomby,... I only had room for 20.

Listen to these albums on my spotify playlist



2011 in 10 Gigs

1/ Anna Calvi @ Le Splendid
A live act pur sang, Anna Calvi has to be seen to be believed. Captured in a spotlight in a dark warm club she grabs the audience with her presence, voice and guitarplay. Her shy talk inbetween the songs is such a huge contrast with the diva she is when making music.

2/ Black Dub @ Gent Jazz
Trixie Whitley, Daniel Lanois and Brian Blade were the proper mesmerizing ending of a very rainy edition of Gent Jazz.

3/ Arcade Fire @ Main Square Festival
Finally a chance to see Arcade Fire again, the first time since they released The Suburbs. With an enthusiastic crowd and band, a mixed bag of old and new songs and the singalong ‘wake up’, Arcade Fire were the living proof that entertaining big crowds does not require a shallow approach at all!

4/ Prince @ Sint-Pietersplein
5/ C.W. Stoneking @ Magdalenazaal
6/ Caribou @ Chapiteau, Les Nuits Botanique
7/ Portishead @ Main Square Festival
8/ Zola Jesus @ Rotonde Botanique
9/ My Morning Jacket @ Trix
10/ Balkan Brass Battle @ Handelsbeurs

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