Feel Like Going Home (Music)
Wed Dec 28th 2011 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound “Sister Ray Charles” from Want More (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2011) N —80. Kicking off the annual FLGH Top 80 Countdown of best albums of the year. JC Brooks avoids the sophomore slump on this fine album of original (mostly) soul songwriting.Buy it!
The Middle East “Dan's Silverleaf” from I Want That You Are Always Happy (EMI Australia 2011) —78. Australian band, led by Rohan Jones and Jordan Ireland, who put out this fine full-length and then promptly split.Buy it!
Martin Simpson “Strange Affair” from Purpose + Grace (Topic Records 2011) —74. Whenever Martin Simpson releases an album, anyone who loves the sound of the acoustic guitar, needs to hear it. This track features a killer vocal from June Tabor on the Richard Thompson song.Buy it!
The Mountain Goats “Never Quite Free” from All Eternals Deck (Merge www.mergerecords.com 2011) —69. Probably the weakest Mountain Goats album in a few years but still compelling, in image and arrangement.Buy it!
Wanda Jackson “RIP IT UP” from the party ain't over (Nonesuch / Third Man Records 2011) —63. This album is a total, deliberate mess, but a ton of fun. Wanda put on one of my favorite concerts of the year too.Buy it!
Blind Pilot “Keep You Right” from We Are the Tide (Expunged Records 2011) —62. Not as strong as the Portland band's debut album but still lovely. Blind Pilot will be appearing at Plush in March 2012.Buy it!
Vetiver “Worse For Wear” from The Errant Charm (Sub Pop Records www.subpop.com 2011) —60. Another concert highlight of 2011: Vetiver and Fruit Bats at Off Broadway. This album is the definition of grower.Buy it!
Dawes “Coming Back to a Man” from Nothing Is Wrong (Ato Records / Red 2011) —56. Brothers Taylor Goldsmith and Griffin Goldsmith from Southern California with a very strong sophomore album. Fans of Gram Parsons will dig this.Buy it!
Alela Diane “Long Way Down” from Alela Diane & Wild Divine (Rough Trade www.roughtraderecords.com 2011) —50. Just realized that the first third of this countdown features mostly dude. This should take care of that.Buy it!
PJ Harvey “The Last Living Rose” from Let England Shake (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2011) —49. A riveting album from Polly Jean, not quite as great as some have made it out to be, but excellent all the same.Buy it!
American Babies “Streets of Brooklyn” from Flawed Logic (Engine Room Recordings 2011) —48. Absolute sleeper rock album, terrific songwriting and convincing vocals from Philly dude Tom Hamilton, formerly of Brothers Past.Buy it!
Feist “The Circle Married the Line” from Metals (Universal Music Division Polydor 2011) —44. After the triumph that was The Reminder, Feist took her time with this album, and I think it paid off beautifully.Buy it!
The Bangles “Anna Lee (Sweetheart of the Sun)” from Sweetheart of the Sun (Model Music Group 2011) —43. This could have and maybe should have placed higher, if I had only 1) spent more time with it and 2) seen them perform at the freakin' Halo Bar, let alone the Pageant. Sigh.Buy it!
Jessica Lea Mayfield “Blue Skies Again” from Tell Me (Nonesuch 2011) —42. This was the year of the not-sophomore-slump. Terrific album from the 22-year-old Ohio native. Be sure to check out her Live at KDHX session from this year at KDHX.orgBuy it!
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