The music you most enjoyed this year.

Charlie Jefferson

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Albums released this year, in no particular numerical order:

Circuital - My Morning Jacket
50 Words For Snow - Kate Bush
Bad As Me - Tom Waits
King Of Limbs - Radiohead
Smile Sessions - The Beach Boys
The Whole Love - Wilco
So Beautiful Or So What - Paul Simon

Music I seem to have played very often & really enjoyed this year:

Shiny Beast - Captian Beefheart
Clear Spot - Captain Beefheart
Highway 61 Revisted - Bob Dylan
The Transfiguration Of Blind Joe Death - John Fahey
Who's Next - The Who
The Most Incredible Thing - Pet Shop Boys

Loads more in both categories I'm sure, but that'll do to start off.

Musically, how was 2011 for you?
 
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Nick Lowe's new album is rather good, "The Old Magic" and the man himself is doing a tour in February next year. Off to see him at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. Looking forward to it!
 

matthewpiano

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Album of the year for me is Van Der Graaf Generators 'A Grounding In Numbers' and I had the pleasure of seeing them live in support of it's release. Still brilliant after all these years and they haven't lost any of their individuality or creativeness. Superb.

The other major highlight has been Daniel Barenboim's recordings for Deutsche Grammophon. Discs of the Chopin Piano Concertos, a Chopin Recital, and the Liszt Piano Concertos have been incredible and it is wonderful to hear one of the greatest pianists of our time at such a peak in his powers.
 

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- James Blake : "James Blake"
- Nick Lowe : "The Old Magic"
- Jonathan Wilson :"Gentle Spirit"
- The Feelies : "Here Before"
- Epic45 - "Weathering

:dance: :bounce: :rockout: 8)
 

AudioPlaya

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For me it's been a GREAT year for original music.... both live & recorded.

Cloud Control - Bliss Release

Bon Iver - Bon Iver

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

Dutch Uncles - Cadenza

Battles - GLoss Drop

SBTRKT - SBTRKT

Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die (But You Will)

Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys

Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

Scroobius Pip - Distraction Pieces

Plus plenty more.... best year for albums in a long time. :rockout:
 

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Can't remember buying anything much new this year, obviously the last few weeks have all been taken up by the PWEI re-issues but the biggest surprise, musically, for me this year, was: Joe Brown. Yeah him, the one with the "bruvvers". My missus bought two tickets to see him at the local theatre and I said I didn't want to go, imagining another horrific 60s revival show, anyway, the day before the show she said she still hadn't found anyone else to go with, so I relented and went.

Brilliant. Joe himself isn't the best musician (couple of rather obvious mistakes, but nothing too terrible), but his band is incredible, particularly his son (Pete), who, irritatingly, is not only a brilliant guitarist but also has probably one of the most soulful voices I've heard in a very long time, he looks like a young Timothy Spall though, which cheered me up a little. They did play a couple of his hits but otherwise it was spread of music from the 50s and earlier up to more modern stuff (their cover of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, with Joe on Fiddle, was surprisingly entertaining!) and a couple of new tracks.

So, hats off, Joe Brown, I owe you an apology, I expected it to be a bit naff, you changed my mind completely, thank you very much! We bought the DVD and double CD to make up for it.
 

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A Dancing Beggar - Follow The Dark As If It Were Light

EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints

WU LYF - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

Little Dragon - Ritual Union

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine

The Unthanks - Last
 
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Not all new, but new to me.

The Black Dog - Music for real airports

Mumford & sons - Sigh no more

Biosphere - N-Plants

Final Days Society - Ours is not a caravan of despair

Mogwai - Earth Division

The Ascent of Everest - From this vantage

Red Sparowes - The fear is excrutiating, but therein lies the answer

*Shels - Plains of the purple buffalo
 

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Porcupine Tree - Atlanta (live, unbelievable 24 bit recording)

Elbow - Build a rocket, Boys!

Agnes Obel - Philharmonics (used as my reference (amongst others) when I bought my Rega gear)

Feist - Metals

Interpol - "everything" (I discovered them this year)

Foo Fighters - Wasting Light

Kanye West - My Beatiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Pearl Jam - Ten (their re-release made me hooked again)

Battles - Gloss Drop (heard it in the Roughtrade store when I visited London for the first time)

And of course many other various stuff from my collection. New hardware made me re-listen everything from A-Z.
 

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spockfish said:
Porcupine Tree - Atlanta (live, unbelievable 24 bit recording)

Elbow - Build a rocket, Boys!

Agnes Obel - Philharmonics (used as my reference (amongst others) when I bought my Rega gear)

Yes, I'll go with those definitely.

Plus, some fabulous British blues from Matt Schofield on his album "Anything But Time".

Finally, got into the Manchester proggers Amplifier.

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Giles Peterson on Radio 1 via the iPlayer.
New solo albums from Thurston Moore and J Mascis in the same year!
Older stuff I've bought on CD:
Manu Chao live album
Rokia Trarore
All good stuff!
 

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Angus & Julia Stone. Music's a tad dull because the brother bangs on a bit, but their concert, where you get to hear more from Julia, was fabulous.

Paled beside the concert of the year, and the artist of the year, Janine Jansen. Stunning.
 

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Never bought so many CD's, as I have done this year. Not necessarily new releases: Allie Moss Late Bloomer
Ben Howard, Every Kingdom
Chris While, Rosella Red
Sarah Blaskow, As day follows night
Catherine Feeny, Hurrican Glass
Kate, Walsh, The Real Thing
A Fine Frenzy, Bommb in a Birdcage
Antje Duvekot, Near demise of the highwire dancer
 

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altruistic.lemon said:
Angus & Julia Stone. Music's a tad dull because the brother bangs on a bit, but their concert, where you get to hear more from Julia, was fabulous.

Paled beside the concert of the year, and the artist of the year, Janine Jansen. Stunning.

Thought that myself about Angus and Julia, put me off buying their albums.
 

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Cypher said:
Animals as Leaders - Weightless

Insane music, insane musicians. :O

Agreed. My fave album of 2011 so far. Also...

Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning.

Mastodon - The Hunter.

Disappointments must be the Opeth & Textures albums. Not bad per se, but not a patch on older stuff (although Textures made up for it by playing a blinder at The Garage last Friday :rockout: :rant: :dance: :clap: )
 

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Not necessarily released this year but bought this year:

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No more (I adore this album, can't stop listening to it)

Plan B - The Defamation of Strickland Banks (having heard his first album, I was stunned by his voice and the musicallity of this album)

Elbow - Build a Rocket Boys (found it boring at first but it grew on me)

Daft Punk - Tron soundtrack
 

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