Well, I decided to put of some of our favorite albums of 2011 up a little early this year. I have to say there were some pretty big disappoints for me from some of my favorite bands The Rapture (normally my favorite band to snowboard to), The Beastie Boys, Arctic Monkeys, Dredg had an amazingly awful album, Cold War Kids lost the piano I loved in their songs and my attention with it, The Decemberists surprised me with the most boring thing I heard all year with "The King Is Dead." On the other hand, I was surprised how much I enjoyed Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" though I was prepared to hate it. I was bummed by The White Stripes official break-up as my Facebook was flooded with condolences from friends only to have Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears fill in the bluesy hole in my heart. I could go on and on. I am X96's cranky critic and music director. 2011 is a year where folk-rock launched into the cosmos with Mumford and Sons and a sing-songy English woman couldn't not be avoided no matter where you went. Here are the top ten albums of 2011 from some of our staff. We argue over music all the time. I will follow up this blog with some favorite picks from some folks in Utah that influence some of my music tastes. -Corey
Corey O'Brien Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears "Scandalous" Bright Eyes "The People's Key" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Grouplove "Never Trust a Happy Song" Does It Offend You Yeah? "Don't Say We Didn't Warn You" Pendulum "Immersion" The Strokes "Angles" Foster the People "Torches" Spank Rock Everything Is Boring and Everyone is a F**king Liar" Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" (if I had heard the Black Keys album "El Camino" I am sure it would have made it)
Todd Nuke'em Blink 182 "Neighborhoods" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Coldplay "Mylo Xyloto" Foo Fighters "Wasting Light" Foster the People "Torches" Brogan Kelby "Skylights" Panic at the Disco "Vices and Virtues" Rise Against "Endgame" Switchfoot "Vice Verses" Yellowcard "When You're Through Thinking, Say Yes" Richie T. Blink 182 "Neighborhoods" Coldplay "Mylo Xyloto" Flogging Molly "Speed of Darkness" Manchester Orchestra "Simple Math" New Found Glory "Radiosurgery" Panic at the Disco "Vices and Virtues" Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" Rise Against "Endgame" She Wants Revenge "Valleyheart" Various Artists "Rave On, Buddy Holly: A Tribute"
Heidi: the Sales Princess Adele "21" Angels and Airwaves "Love Part II (To The Stars)" The Black Keys "El Camino" Bright Eyes "The People's Key" Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues" Foster the People "Torches" Hollywood Undead "American Tragedy" The Naked & Famous "Passive Me, Aggressive You" The Strokes "Angles" Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman "World Wide Revel Songs" Kandy Kane: The Self-Proclaimed Sales Queen The Airborne Toxic Event "All At Once" Angels and Airwaves "Love Part II (To The Stars)" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Florence and the Machine "Ceremonials" Foster the People "Torches" Grouplove "Never Trust a Happy Song" The Joy Formidible "The Big Roar" The Naked & Famous "Passive Me, Aggressive You" Switchfoot "Vice Verses" Broken Bells "Meyrin Fields" El "Mike" Jefe Adele "21" The Airborne Toxic Event "All At Once" Awolnation "Megalithic Symphony" Beastie Boys "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" Cage the Elephant "Happy Birthday, Thank You" Foster the People "Torches" Green Day "Awesome As F**k" The Naked & Famous "Passive You, Aggressive Me" Red Hot Chili Peppers "I'm With You" Blink 182 "Neighborhoods" Dude Buddy Adam Arctic Monkeys "Suck It and See"
Awolnation "MEgalithic Symphony"
Ben Harper "Give Till It Hurts"
Cake "Showroom of Compassion"
Cole War Kids "Mine Is Yours"
Death Cab For Cutie "Codes and Keys"
Eddie Vedder "Ukulele Songs"
Flogging Molly "Speed of Darkness"
Radiohead "The King of Limbs"
Social Distortion "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes"
I don't want you to ever assume that I am a cool guy. Yes, I have a cool job--there is no question about that. But as a person, I'm just a nerd. And I can prove it. Today at lunch, I went to meet my lovely wife Boofy at her new office. We slipped away and went to a restaurant where we ordered our food and enjoyed our meal. I started out the day wearing a yellow T-shirt (to match the yellow shoes I'm wearing, of course). During the course of the meal I somehow managed not to spill anything on me. This in itself is somewhat of a significant accomplishment. As we stood up to go, I noticed that there was a tremendous ketchup and (hopefully) chocolate smudge all over my shirt.
It was from the edge of the table and I must have leaned my chest against it while eating. There was no way that I could clean this off in the restroom, and I didn't want to run around all day with this mess on my shirt.
Kmart to the rescue!
Fortunately, there is a Kmart next to my wife's new office, and I spent $9 on a shirt that is actually quite cool! I have to admit, this Kmart shirt is damn sexy.
And that is the story of my lunchtime adventure.
I have to admit that I've never thought of myself as a musician; however, the opportunity to go crazy on the accordion was hard to resist. Here I am getting funky on Brogan Kelby's accordion a couple of nights ago! I don't need Guitar Hero, I have an accordion! Remember that Brogan will be at the X96 Big Ass Show on October 8th at the Gallivan Center with Panic! At The Disco, Neon Trees, Anberlin, Switchfoot and others.
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