Published on December 29th, 2011 | by Robert Franklin0
John Boy’s Top Ten of 2011
Top Ten of 2011
by John Alexander
There was a lot of craziness that happened during the year 2011.
-Getting picked up by middle aged cougars at whiskey bars.
-A three month long spring break.
-Blacking out for months only to wake up to a month long bet of sobriety – only to lose it 3 weeks later.
Lots of music played soundtrack to my chaos.
These are the top 10 that made the year pretty awesome.
10. Amon Amarth – Surtur Rising.
With the rise of Greek mythology being thrown into many major motion pictures, these Nordic bastards put their twist on the insanity.
09. Hank III- Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town.
This bastard did it at again, with his whiskey blues – goes great with a 30 pack of PBR.
08. Cobra Skulls – Agitations
One of the greater punk rock bands this part of the decade. Cobra Skulls made their Fat Wreck Chords debut with this and it’s catchy as hell too.
07. Darkest Hour – The Human Romance
After leaving the bastards at Victory Records, Darkest Hour’s major debut blew all the imposters out of the water – great harmony/melodic thrash metal at its finest.
06. Ramshackle Glory – Live the Dream
So you spent your adolescence traveling across the US with a broken guitar, drunk, stoned, spun out and beaten down. What do you do when you turn 22? Move to Tucson, go to college and start a new band. Unlike many of those bands straight out of rehab, this one’s actually worth a listen.
05. Star Fucking Hipsters – From The Dumpster To The Grave
After destroying every idea created by Choking Victim and Left Over Crack, creating 2 great albums, and a false promise of a Ska Fucking Hipsters album (featuring the Slackers) SFH make their come back. Although FTDTTG is little different and I do prefer the vocal work of Nico to Kelsy the triumphant return of The Ergs! drummer/songwriter is a plus.
04. Swingin’ Utters – Here, Under Protest
After being teased with 7″s last year (which led to a broken ankle) I was looking forward to this album – I wasn’t disappointed. Protest is one of the best punk rock albums I’ve heard in a while, everything great from the late 90s in punk rock was carried on into this album and the addition of Jack Dalrymple on 2nd guitar is perfect.
03. Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man
Phoenix’s saving grace to their local scene – or lead destroyers to their local scene – came back with this album that very much reminds me of the good ol’ days of plan it x bands that infiltrated the shack on a monthly basis.
02. Dead To Me – Moscow Penny Ante
New singer? New band members? or just a continuation of western addiction? Either way, everything I love about The Clash and Fugazi thrown into the forgotten gallows of tomorrow.
01. Mischief Brew – The Stone Operation
This is what happens when a “re-invented Axl Rose” tries to sling some drunken lullabies after jamming a bunch of Billy Bragg.
So there ya go.
A list of the 10 albums that destroyed my ear drums for the past 12 months.