musicforants.com’s Best Albums of 2011

Date December 27, 2011

(photo by cubagallery) Well, here we go again. Like last year, we voted for our favorite albums of the year and put it all together to make one definitive (not really), collaborative Best Albums list. We even all pitched in on writing some blurbs too. As can be expected, there are many albums we loved [...]

Favorite Live Shows of 2011

Date December 21, 2011

We’re still working on the Best Albums of 2011 list, but in the meantime here’s my annual recap of my favorite live shows + concert photos of the year. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to catch as many shows in 2011 (getting old I guess?), but I still managed to see quite a bunch of bands [...]

musicforants.com’s Best Songs of 2011

Date December 16, 2011

(photo by cubagallery) These are 50 tracks that defined 2011 for us, presented in highly unscientific ordered list form, with Matt’s songs marked with a “-MG” and my choices with a “-TJ” next to them. To better spread the love, there’s only one song per artist. Click the links next to the track to download [...]

Cut Copy / Washed Out @ Pygmalion Festival (9/23)

Date October 7, 2011

When I saw Washed Out a couple years ago, it was just Ernest Greene and a laptop on stage and I left unimpressed. His opening set on Day 3 of Pygmalion Festival though, was a massive improvement and turned out to be one of the highlights of the weekend. What helped the most was the [...]

Cut Copy @ Pitchfork (7/17)

Date August 10, 2011

Cut Copy sounds fantastic on record, but it’s clear after their Pitchfork Festival sundown set that the Aussie synth-pop band truly thrives in a live setting. The band played for the most captive audience of the day and singer Dan Whitford led them in an outright dance frenzy, all while performing his own awkwardly awesome [...]

Best Albums of 2011 (so far)

Date July 1, 2011

photo via cubagallery We’re halfway through 2011 which means it’s time for the annual mid-year recap of the best albums of the year so far. If there’s a theme for 2011 so far it’s been defying the sophomore slump with Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, The Antlers, Lykke Li, STRFKR and The Rural Alberta Advantage all [...]