Saturday, 17 December 2011

GUEST SPOT'S Best Of 2011 part 2

We did not want this site to be all about us, we wanted people to contribute their musical experiences, favourite tunes, musical memories, legendary gigs etc and as a result we have compiled a number of excellent posts which have enhanced our site and our music collection. It's with great thanks to you guys for putting in the time and effort to write and share these experiences with us. Thanks again for contributing for the best of 2011 post too. Remember, feel free to submit any contributions at any time, they are always welcome and we enjoy them greatly.

He's our in house 'covers' aficionado, pub quiz specialist and lovable geek who had a crush on Debbie Gibson, oh dear. Read some of his posts here....

Tape n' Tapes - 'Freak Out'
My first standout track of the year. It hit me straightaway and 11 months on I'm still Freaked Out by it.

Clock Opera - 'Belongings'
A cool piano intro and a Guy Garvey-esque voice. It builds and builds to a great ending.

Scroobius Pip - 'The Struggle'
I saw Mr Pip live earlier this year expecting some of his classics. Instead he only played tracks from his new album Distraction Pieces. With the line "My name is Johnny Depp and I kill people" this stood out and still does.

My old school teacher from Saudi Arabia was late in handing in his 'Best of 2011' assignment but he gets A* for effort. Read his great Dylan post here for homework.

White Denim - 'Drug'
Every slight twist in this thrilling rollercoaster ride, however brief, is adorned with a devastating solo or flourish, and the meticulously organised chaos is topped off with some of the most delicious harmonised vocals this side of heaven. It’s like hearing all your favourite bands finally getting it together to form a supergroup that actually works.

Gillian Welch - 'Silver Dagger'
Gillian Welch connects with the accumulated wisdom and knowledge of the singers and musicians of the near and distant past and towers above almost everything else on the modern musical landscape. This could be spirituality’s last credible stand.

Richmond Fontaine - 'The Mechanic’s Life' 
Richmond Fontaine are one of the few bands to accurately convey the gradual dissipation of meaning from life and the mounting sense of foreboding about the future. They prove that aimlessness, hopelessness and pessimism are perfectly sane and reasonable life choices for the modern man, and like Leonard Cohen of old, their despair uplifts.

Richmond Fontaine - The Mechanic's Life by The Line Of Best Fit

Whattalkabout (Michelle):-
Relive those angst ridden school days with Michelle's Tom Petty Guest Spot here..but before that check out these quality choices.

Calvin Harris - 'Feels So Close' 
I love how this song builds up. Just reminds me that life is an adventure, you can never really be sure where it's going, but it's so exciting.

Chase and Status -'Time'
I've never been a huge fan of theirs, but appreciate what they do. I heard this song stripped down and acoustic. Sometimes, you can listen to a song so many times without ever really listening to the lyrics. This completely changed my perception of them.

Foster The People - 'Pumped Up Kicks'
I wanted to be a bit different and not go for something as "obvious" as this. This, for me, has been the tune of this summer. It is genius.

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19 December 2011 at 17:31

Freak out has your name written all over it! Love the video, my type of girl and I want that sandwich. Clock Opera are another band who I'm excited about, the two songs I've heard have been amazing. Good call pal! Not my fav from Scroobius Pip's album but he's undoubtedly a talent, Death of a Journalist is mine for the blog connotations.

19 December 2011 at 17:38

Great choices Brendan, each song beautifully and eloquently described which made them all the more poignant. I enjoyed listening to them all, a great melancholic vibe. I only recently got into White Denim with Is and Is
being my particular favourite. Thanks!

21 December 2011 at 06:14

Great tracks Michelle, can't argue with Foster the People one of my tracks of the year too!

21 December 2011 at 09:05

Neo - Tape n' Tapes - Brilliant Track
Clock Opera - Fabulous piano and as you say heavy duty ending
Pip - I like this guy. 'I have my addictions' you know

21 December 2011 at 09:14

Brendan - great tracks, your description on White denim is bang on love it big time....was a bit dissapointed in RF album this year. GW superb