More downloads than actual purchases this year, what on account of not having a job. Or where there? It was actualy kinda hard to keep count. Anyways... here's the best of 2011 music
Ladytron Best Of 2000-2011
Normaly, Im not one to consider best-ofs actual albums or releases. But this was a damned good collection, and also had a great cover that I did not realize was a cover of death in june. Not what I would have expected. The packaging was also a plus.
Raveonettes- Raven in the Grave
darker, and much better than their last release. I think Raveonettes are much better as a shoegaze band than as a straight-up rock party band, really.
Tron Legacy Reconfigured
A remix album, but a good one, with strong revisions of the score. Even if at the end of the day it's still disney.
Hanin Elias- Get it Back
While Atari Teenage Riot hasnt aged well with me (thematicly, if not musicly), I found myself enjoying Hanin's solo album more than the Atari middle-aged reboot.
Gary Numan-Dead Son Rising
Best Gary Numan work in years. Strong material, that doesnt sound as generic as his last few albums.
Wumpscut- Schrekk Und Grauss
M83- Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
Tom Waits- Bad as Me
She Wants Revenge- Valleyheart
Mona Mur and En Esch- Do With Me What You Want
Boys Beware- The Rutting Season
*Birthday Massacre- Imaginary Monsters
Ladytron- Gravity the Seducer- I found it a little too space-rocky for me, but overall not too terrible
*Blouse- Self Titled
*Juno Reactor- Inside the Reactor- Collection of remixes, some of them improvements over the original
Radiohead- The King of Limbs
*Skinny Puppy- Handover- everyone seemed to dislike it, but I found it better than mythmaker
*Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross- Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack
*Rome- Die Æsthetik der Herrschaftsfreiheit- A Lengthy 3 disc set with alot of filler, but a good sound overall
*Robots in Disguise- Happiness V Sadness
*Peter Murphy- Ninth / Secret Bees of Ninth- A bit harder sound than Im used to out of Peter Murphy, and I like it.
*Beastie Boys- Hot Sauce Committee- At least they can make fun of themselves for not quite being boys anymore
*KMFDM- Krank/WTF?!?- Generic metropolis party sound. But not unlistenable.
PJ Harvey- Let England Shake- I think PJ has now fully rooted herself in the realm of adult contemporary. Not sure I really like it.
*David Lynch- Crazy Clown Time- A strong opening track with Karen O, but the rest of it is just too Lynchian weird, really. I prefer Angelo Badalamenti's instrumental sound in the end.
*CSS- La Liberacion
Devotchka- 1000 Lovers
*Bella Morte- Before the Flood
*Skold- Still Angsty, Still mundane, still listenable.
*Atari Teenage Riot- Is This Hyperreal?- Eh. I like the sound, but I suppose Ive grown out of the childish simple-minded ranting about how everything that's corporate and/or american is evil, and how someone is destroying the internet, how we're all victims, etc. And its been a long time since them or their fans have been teenagers.
*VNV Nation- Automatic- As ever, good instrumentals, but vocalized songs are kinda eh.
*Cradle of Filth- Evermore Darkly
*Kittie- I've Failed You- Still a Guilty Pleasure
*Jane's Addiction- The Great Escape Artist- Eh. For a while, it didnt seem that bad. But the more I listened to it, the more I realized that it's an album that really was better off not being made.
*Primus- Green Nagahyde- Instead of wry fun of past albums, it seems to be just bitter ramblings about the current state of american culture and politics. And the bass is just way to unrestrained. Seems like just another Claypool sideproject, really. But with more bitter rambling.
*Bush-Sea of Memories- Another 90s nostalgia reunion act (that wasnt quite a reunion) that shouldnt have been. Another act that just hasnt aged well, and lacking the talents of other band members, and showing poorly for it. *shrug*
Notable Purchases (in no particular order)
Lou Reed- Transformer
m83- self-titled, dead seas&lost ghosts, saturdays=youth
Blue Man Group- Audio
Nomadic War Machine- I Have a Gun, Give me All the money in the cash register.
Jarboe- The Men Album
Tamaryn- Into Waves
David Bowie- Station 2 Station, Ziggy Stardust, Heroes, Diamond Dogs
Murder Happens- Dead Worlds and Dieing Suns
Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here, A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Gnarls Barkley- St Elsewhere
Triestesse de la lune- A Love Whose Heart is Innocent
Marsheaux- Peek-A-Boo, Ebay Queen
Rome- Confessions, Masse Mensch Material, Nera
Metallica- Master of Puppets, Ride the Lightning
Tom Waits- Rain Dogs, Swordfishtronbone, Frank's Wild Years, Blue Valentine, Alice
Leonard Cohen- I'm Your Man, The Future
CSS- Donkey, Self-titled
Swans- Love of Life
Black Sabbath- Paranoid, Self Titled
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- Tender Prey
*Two Ton Boa- Parasiticide
*Children on Stun- Tourniquetes of Love and Desire
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club- Self-titled, Baby 81
Current 93-All the Pretty Little Horses
eels- Hombre Lobo, Tomorrow Morning
Bauhaus- In the Flat Fields, The Sky's Gone Out
*Sonic Youth- Dirty
Muse- Origin of Symettry
Collection d'Arnell~Andréa- The Bower of Despair
Hum- Electra 2000
The Late Night Callers- self-titled
Robots in Disguise- get rid!
waxtrax Black Box: The 1st 13 Years
The WaxTrax Retrospectacle: Front 242, KMFDM, Revolving Cocks, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult- April. The show that made it all worthwhile. Being able to see classic acts they way they were meant to be seen: (With as many as able to gather) original members, playing classic hits, in Chicago, the birth of it all. And even getting to meet some of the original members. Classic weekend.
Swans- February. Simply AMAZING. Stellar weather for February. A weekend in Tulsa, away from the city. Relatively luxurious hotel on the cheap via AAA. And a naked man hugging a post in downtown Tulsa. And the show was amazing, with good company.
Rammstein/Combichrist- May. Part of the big week in Chicago. Combichrist was tiny on the stage, and I missed most their set. But seeing Rammstein, was akin to a religious experience. The show was every bit as big as could be expected. One to cross off the bucket list.
My Life with Thrill Kill Kult- April. Everyone seemed to have hated the performance, and granted the accoustics of a warehouse werent ideal, but I was pleased with the show. I loved the setlist, and they were still better than they were way back in 2004.
Raveonettes/Tamaryn- May. Part of a city-wide music fest. Amazing show. Fell in love with Tamaryn at first listen.
Hum- November. Sold out double show. Last time I saw Hum was almost 15 years ago. And seeing them again made all the memoires back. Its a rare occurance when a 90s band can actualy reunite with a positive outcome.
Peter Murphy/She Wants Revenge- November One of those grand shows thats as much fun to see as it is to see all the people who showed up. Peter Murphy had a great time also, a broke out a Ziggy Stardust cover at the encore, complete with the David Bowie strut
Genetorturers/Hanzel Und Gretyl- May. Not a big Genetorturers fan, but I still thought they put on an enjoyable show nonetheless. Hanzel Und Gretyl definitly stole the show, though.
Buckethead- June. Was actualy a surprise show. And it was well done.
Hanzel Und Gretyl- October- A Small show, but still entertaining and memorable enough
Devotchka/Quixotic Fusion- March. Not terrible. I remember being impressed with Quixotic.
Human League/Men Without Hats- September- I probably shouldnt have gone. I really didnt have the money for it. And I couldnt get a date, despite having an extra ticket. But it was still a good show nonetheless.
Bella Morte- September- Average low key show. Except I remember being notably poor
Lords of Acid/Angelspit- March. Not a big fan of either band. And I was sick that night.
Best new band- Blouse
Discoveries of the year- Tamaryn, Blouse, Silverfish, and rediscoveries of David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen,