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If Something Great Comes Out In The Next 17 Days, We Don’t Wanna Know ; Matador Artists, Staff & Pals Tie A Bow Around 2011

December 13th, 2011 at 9:54 am by Gerard

(trusty 2011 Matador ballot counters voice displeasure over management cancelling a game that required them to drink 27 shots each time Total Control received a vote)

The whole year-end Best-Of thing has gotten completely out of hand. For starters, I hear Sub Pop published theirs on Labor Day. Spin’s list featured 4 albums from the same NYC indie in their top 11 ; even Vladimir Putin thinks there’s something screwy going on.  Still, even though such polls reek of patronage and self-congratulation, some traditions die hard around here.  And without further ado, we present the 2011 edition of “Hey Check Us Out, We Like Cool Stuff”.  It is our fervent hope that after scanning these lists, you’ll never again question our cultural superiority find a hidden gem or two thoroughly ignored by the mainstream media. Or failing that, you won’t resent us too much.  On behalf of the entire Matador Records family, we thank you for making 2011 one of the least litigious in our history, and here’s hoping 2012 is equally crammed with joyous milestones (weddings, births, elective plastic surgeries). Though I’d settle for a new Cat Power album.   Lists after the jump ;

James McNew, Yo La Tengo Inc.

Shintaro Sakamoto, How To Live With A Phantom (Zelone, JP)

Oneida, Absolute II (Jagjaguwar)
Shinji Masuko, Woven Music (Brah)
Tyvek, Nothing Fits (In The Red)
Hail Mary Mallon, Are You Gonna Eat That (Rhymesayers)
Jennifer O’Connor, I Want What You Want (Kiam)
Antietam, Tenth Life (Carrot Top)
Eleventh Dream Day, Riot Now! (Thrill Jockey)
Thee Oh Sees, Castlemania (In The Red)
Salyu, S(o)un(d)beams (Toy’s Factory, JP)
Feelies, Here Before (Bar None)
PJ Harvey, Let England Shake (Island/ Vagrant)
Alvarius B, Baroque Primitiva (Poon Village)
Heidecker & Wood, Starting From Nowhere (Little Record Co.)

Wesley Eisold, Cold Cave

Cut Hands- s/t LP
Cass McCombs- Wit’s End LP
Bleached- Searching Through The Past/Electric Chair 7″

Veronica Falls- s/t LP
Ke/Hil- Hellstation LP
Weekend- Red EP

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Salvation- Mortality Interactions LP
Alvarius B.- Baroque Primitiva LP
The Business live at 2000 Tons of TNT Fest
Anenzephalia live at Public Assembly

Andy Nelson, Ceremony

LPs:

BALACLAVAS – Snake People
DEAD LANGUAGE – s/t
JOHN MAUS – We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
LOW THREAT PROFILE – Product #2
MORPHOSIS – What Have We Learned
NICOLAS JAAR – Space Is Only Noise
ROYAL HEADACHE – s/t
TOTAL CONTROL – Henge Beat
THE VACCINES – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
VERONICA FALLS – s/t

EPs: ANDY STOTT, BURIAL, FACTORY FLOOR, GIVE, HOAX, HOLY OTHER, THE ROPES, SHACKLETON, //TENSE//, TROPIC OF CANCER.

Anthony Anzaldo, Ceremony

Top 11 Shows
Prince @ Oracle Arena, Oakland CA. 2/23
Prince @ HP Pavilion, San Jose CA.
Prince @ Oracle Arena, Oakland CA. 2/21
Prince @ Oracle Arena, Oakland CA. 2/24
Dillinger Escape Plan @ Chaos in Tejas
Zola (5/6)
Blaqk audio (1/6)
Negative Approach (11/5)
Furs (5/3)
Kylie (5/21)
Pixies (11/20)
Dillinger (6/4)

Top 10 Singles
Superbass (Nicki Minaj)
We Found Love (Rihanna)
Rumor Has It (Adele)
Seekir (Zola Jesus)
Confetti (Cold Cave)
Without You (David Guetta & Usher)
Extralovable (Prince)
I Hate You (Doe Eye)
The Other Shoe (Fucked Up)
People Are The Same Everywhere (Morrissey)

Dominick Fernow, Cold Cave

cut hands
lulu
ke/hil

genocide organ
simonetti
blackest ever black label
sandwell district cd
the true werwolf/black misery 7″
red hot chili peppers
drive movie soundtrack

Ted Leo

11 (but not all of the) great things of 2011, in no particular order:

1. PUJOL, “Nasty, Brutish, and Short” EP – Nashville trio, fronted by one Daniel Pujol, making tight blasts of noisy power pop with a, dare I say “philosophical?” – YES I DO – “PHILOSOPHICAL” lyrical bent – not unlike a snottier and punker (but still humorous), concerned (but not emo), “Perfect Sound Forever” by some amazing people who, for all I know, may have never even heard “Perfect Sound Forever.”
2. PUJOL, Live – all of the above plus better (and Mitch, the bass player’s, long red hair flopping about).
3. DOOM (UK) at Chaos in Tejas – bought the “Police Bastard” 7″ from somebody running a distro at ABC-NoRio in 1989, and first met Brian, the guitarist, in 1997, when he drove an old band of mine, The Sin Eaters, on our only UK tour.  We began bonding over our mutual respect for our past achievements, but my respect for HIM went nova when he put on Monster Magnet’s “Spine of God” followed by Rush’s “Caress of Steel” on the night drive from London to Bradford.  2011 in Austin was the only time I’ve ever seen them live.
4. The fact that DOOM played the ENTIRETY of Crass’ “Reality Asylum” as their intro music at Chaos in Tejas, 2011 – *TEARS!!*
5.  Being able to spend a week on the other side of the mic as IFC’s roving correspondent at SXSW this year.
6.  Paulie Gee’s pizza, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
7.  Jason Pierce (née “Spaceman”)’s “Ladies and Gentlemen, we are Floating in Space” (Spiritualized) installation at the Creators’ Project Festival, Dumbo, Brooklyn – an audio puzzle, that’s secret lay within five different quad mixes arrayed on the floor of a gray open space, lit by four “sun” beams.  Emo?  In the ancient and best sense – a brain-stirring and heart-moving reminder of how music can transport.  Genuis.
8.  Iberia – TL/Rx tour of ONLY Spain and Portugal, via our label over there, La Castañya (Barcelona).  They smoke almost as much as the kids in Florida, and vegan ain’t easy, but still, I’d move there before almost anywhere else.
9.  Summer 2011 midwest tour with Tweak Bird – for us, a chance to revisit a lot of “Tyranny of Distance” stuff on the occasion of its 10th anniversary, AND, we got to do it with this amazing heavy psych-punk-doom duo.
10.  Comedy in New York and New Jersey – “The Best Show on WFMU,” with Tom Scharpling, “Hot Tub” with Kurt Braunohler & Kristin Schall, Kurt’s “Night of the Living,” “How Was Your Week?” with Julie Klausner, “You had to be There” with Sara Schaeffer and Nikki Glaser, “Mr. Coconuts,” with Gabe Delahaye, “Big Terrific” with Max Silvestri, “Pretty Good Friends,” with Eugene Mirman, PLUS Ted Alexandro, Todd Barry, Wyatt Cenac, Jena Friedman, etc., etc., etc.
11.  Comedy in other places – “The Paul F. Tompkins Show,” in LA, Scott Aukerman’s “Comedy Death Ray” in LA, John Hodgman EVERYWHERE.

Jason Costanzo, The Young
Top Things Projected Onto A Flat Surface Within My Immediate Vicinity In 2011:
The Forgotten Space – Allan Sekula & Noel Burch
“Robinson” trilogy – Patrick Keiller
Japon and Silent Light – Carlos Reygadas
The End Of Eternity – Andrei Yermash
The Sacrifice – A. Tarkovsky (35mm screening, Austin Cinematheque)
Pickpocket – R. Bresson (35mm screening, Paramount Theater, Austin)

Invasion – Hugo Santiago & Jorge Luis Borges
Water and Power – Pat O’Neill
Neil Young & The International Harvesters – 1984 ACL broadcast (screening at Alamo Drafthouse, Austin)
Heritage Of The Owl and A Grin Without Cat – Chris Marker
Sharp Edge Blunt – Leighton Pierce (Union Docs, Brooklyn)

Respect and adieu to: Bert Jansch, Joe Bageant, Raul Ruiz, George Kuchar, Peter Falk

Jeff Jensen

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1.    Call of The Wild is probably the best rock band in 2011 NYC
2.    Big Youth played to less than a hundred people at a high school gymnasium in Brooklyn
3.    The Rae Town street dance in downtown Kingston. Best party scene I ever seen.
4.    I made a Fruitpie the Magician costume for Halloween and won a costume contest. Help save him. http://home.earthlink.net/~fruitpie/
5.    I got drunk and blathered about nothing in particular I mean “acted in a legit movie” with a buncha lovable lugs. It’s called The Comedy.
6.    Favorite bar of 2011…TIE between Cocosone bar on Ishigaki Jima and Roku in Shibuya
7.    Hysteria of Hurricane Irene was pretty funny and thrilling
8.    Top 3 Jeffrey Jensen live “bands”… Ramones cover band Jeffrey and the Hymen; The Jewish and The Complete Faggots (new trio with Allison and Mike Fellows debuting this Friday)
9.    I witnessed Booby Valli perform at Colucci’s Restaurant
10. Omar Souleyman at Santo’s made an impression


Adam Bohl, Matador Direct


I’m always terrible at compiling these lists so I’m not going to overthink things or get too down on myself for everything I left off. 2012 will be the year I keep better track of this stuff (probably not), but here are some LPs and 7″s (that were not associated with Beggars or Matador) that stood out.

1. In The Red Records – I could probably make half of my list with their releases so I’ll leave it to one spot, so many great albums this year. Wounded Lion, TV Ghost, Mark Sultan, Thee Oh Sees, etc…
2. Shannon and The Clams – Sleep Talk LP- Really surprised how into this record I am. People into Hunx or Nobunny should really pick this up, they’ll probably like it more.
3. Olivia Tremor Control reissued LPs. A little bit of a guilty pleasure, taking me back to my early college days. Nice to finally have these on vinyl though.
4 War On Drugs – Slave Ambient LP. Kurt Vile doesn’t make this list because I’m excluding Matador albums but this sister (brother?) band released one hell of an album.
5. Wax Museums – Eye Times LP Totally forgot about these guys and upon hearing this played in the office a few times had to go get myself a copy. Not normally into stuff so punk-y but this ones is really catchy and fun

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6. Grudge – When Christine Comes Around 7″ I wish I bought a lot more of all the great 7″ reissues coming out this year on labels like Sing Sing and Last Laugh then I did, but I bought this one, and it rules. One song about smashing faces just isn’t enough, give me two.
7. Apache Dropout LP/ Shot Down 7″ (someone get me that Mexican Summer one!) Love the album and 7″s really bummed I haven’t seen these guys live yet.
8 Happy Thoughts – S/T LP Some of my favorite dudes, glad this thing finally came out even if it does seem a couple years too late and have an awful cover.
9. Howling Hex – Wilson Semiconductor LP I always have a soft spot for NMH, even though I haven’t been super into the last few records this one seems pretty great so far, especially the B side.
10. Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming LP It’s rad that a killer soul LP can still come out that isn’t on some cheesy Mayer Blowhorn tip. It was also awesome seeing him perform in a downpour in Ft. Greene this summer.
11. Dow Jones and The Industrials – Can’t Stand The Midwest 7″ Great reissue, and also from my hometown, West Lafayette represent.

Helen Rush, Matador Direct

Records (in no particular order):
Graham Lambkin – Amateur Doubles LP
Sidi Toure – Sahel Folk LP
Stan Hubbs – Crystal LP
Meg Baird – Seasons On Earth LP
200 Years – S/T LP (just came out but I LOVE it)
Nathan Salsberg – Affirmed LP
Jakob Olausson – Morning and Sunrise LP
Crystal Stilts – Radiant Door 12″
PG Six – Starry Mind LP
United Waters – Your First Ever River LP
Woods/Kurt Vile split 7″

Soldiers of Fortune – Ball Strength LP
Angus Maclise – Dream Weapon I, II & III LP’s
Steve Tilston – An Acoustic Confusion LP

Shows (in no particular order):
Magik Markers/Six Organs Of Admittance – The Stone
White Out with Nels Cline – The Stone
Michael Morley – The Stone
Kim Gordon with Chris Corsano & Yoko Ono – The Stone
Graham Lambkin & Vanessa Rossetto – The Stone
Elisa Ambrogio – The Stone
Lin Culbertson with Marina Rosenfeld & Andrea Parkins – The Stone
Samara Lubelski & Marcia Bassett Duo – A Gallery on the LES
Roe Enney – The Stone & Secret Project Robot
Mira Billotte : Solo Performance with Art Show – Secret Project Robot
P.G Six solo – Union Pool & Zebulon
Glenn Jones – Zebulon
Soldiers of Fortune Record Release – Zebulon
Michael Chapman – Zebulon
Talk Normal – DBA
Thought Forms – DBA
Oneida – in their rehearsal/recording space at Monster Island (Benefit for Japan)
Jason Lescalleet and Graham Lambkin: Air Supply CD Release – Issue Project Room
Alan Lomax – Unseen footage from the Lomax archives – Loft space, Vanderbilt Ave Bklyn
Good:
Getting married to Ian Johnson (it really was the best day)
Sad:
RIP: Bert Jansch & Strindberg (my beautiful cat)

Sonya Kolowrat, Beggars Group

top stuff of 2011.
-going to the Grammys
-going to the Moth with my friend Ben and Mishka Shubaly and then listening to the Moth podcast religiously
-learning how to make a terrarium
-finally watching The Wire
-watching Angus pretend to play any instrument he can get his hands on

-Saskatchewan in the summer
-going to London and seeing Jarvis Cocker in the Rough Trade office
-Getting Jeffrey Lewis in the New York Times
-Lambrusco
-eating the pork belly at Bozu
-turning 40
-Calgel nail art
-Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese – the best book I’ve read in YEARS.
http://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Stone-Abraham-Verghese/dp/0375714367/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323792026&sr=8-1
-and finally, Patrick Stickles on Twitter.

Gabe Spierer, Beggars Group

Fucked Up – David Comes To Life: none of the albums on this list are ranked, except this one. It was my favorite, most-played record of 2011 and one of the most invigorating rock records I have heard since the last Fucked Up album. Fists were pumped.
Kleenex Girl Wonder – Secret Thinking: Graham Smith has amazed me for many many years , but for him to pull out a classic, this far in…wow. Please check this record out.
Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
Discovering DMX after ignoring him in high school and beyond (Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood and It’s Dark And Hell Is Hot are especially great). Dude is just mean.
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Maya Evans Judd
Times New Viking – Dancer Equired
Atlas Sound – Parallax
Don Trip and Star Lito – Stepbrothers
Meeting Of Important People – S/T
Gucci Mane – Writing On The Wall 2
Oscar Osceola Spierer
Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes

Pusha T – Fear Of God II: Let Us Pray

Dean Bein, True Panther Sounds

Top !! albums 20!!
Balam Acab- Wonder/Wander (Tri Angle)

The Caretaker- An empty bliss beyond this World (History Always Favours The Winners)
Kurt Vile- Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
Motion Sickness of Time Travel- Luminaries & Synastry (Digitalis)

Oneohtrix Point Never- Replica (Mexican Summer)
Peaking Lights- 936 (Not Not Fun)
Planningtorock- W (DFA)
Rene Hell- Terminal Symphony (Type)
Real Estate- Days (Domino)
Vybz Kartel- Kingston Story (Mixpak)
The Weeknd- House of Balloons (Self-released)

Top !! Singles/EPs/Mixtapes 20!!
A$AP Rocky- LiveLoveA$AP (Self-released)
Blawan- Getting Me Down (Self-released)
French Montana- Coke Boys 2 (Self-released)
Holy Other- With U (Tri Angle)
Jacques Greene- Another Girl (Lucky Me)
Jamie XX- Far Nearer (Numbers)
Juicy J & Lex Luger- Rubba Band Business 2 (Self-released)
Kwony Cash- Dis One 4 Da Peons (Self-released)
LHF – EP2: The Line Path (Keysound)
Lone- Echolocations (R&S)
Stacy Barthe- Sincerely Yours (Self-released)

Looking forward to:
New records from Beach House, Sun Araw/Congos, SPVCXGHXZTPVRRP, Haxan Cloak, Blondes, The XX, How To Dress Well

Blake Thomas, Beggars Group

BEST OF MY YEAR
Album: Smoke Ring For My Halo – Kurt Vile
Chain Burger: Houston’s – Hillstone
Video: Is Tropical – The Greeks
Booze: Pappy Van Winkle 20yr. – Buffalo Trace
Song: ‘The Other Shoe’ – Fucked Up

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Movie Trailer: Trollhunter – Magnet
Sports: Kansas’ Morris Twins – F.O.E.
Live: Fucked Up – Webster Hall
Sandwich: Fried Chicken – Diner Brooklyn
TV show: Game Of Thrones – HBO
Brewery: Ballast Point – San Diego
NYC Burger: Minetta Tavern – MacDougal St.
Work Times: Pitchfork Festival – Chicago
Looking Forward to: Soula Coaster – R. Kelly

Dave Martin, Matador Direct

Albums

1. Psandwich – Northren Psych – Columbus Discount Records
2. Wounded Lion – IVXLCDM – In The Red Records
3. Brain F≠ – Sleep Rough – Grave Mistake / Static Shock Records
4. Mark Sultan – Whatever I Want / Whenever I Want – In The Red Records
5. Apache Dropout – S/T – Family Vinyard
6. The Cynics – Spinning Wheel Motel – Get Hip Records
7. Meg Baird – Seasons On Earth – Drag City Records
8. Times New Viking – Dancer Equired – Merge Records
9. Kim Phuc – Copsucker – Iron Lung Records
10. Urge Overkill – Rock ‘n’ Roll Submarine – UO Records
11. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest – Acony Records
12. Pink Reason – Shit In The Garden – Siltbreeze Records
13. J. Mascis – Several Shades Of Why – Sub Pop Records
14. Wild Flag – S/T – Merge Records
15. Robert Scott – Ends Run Together – Flying Nun
16. Cat’s Eyes – S/T – Polydor
17. Bardo Pond – S/T – Fire
18. Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion – Slumberland Records
19. Cheater Slicks – Live Volume 1 – Columbus Discount Records
20. Case Studies – The World Is Just A Shape to Fill The Night – Sacred Bones
21. The Renderers – Rocket Into Nothing – Ba Da Bing
22. Papercuts – Fading Parade – Sub Pop
23. Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming – Dunham Records
24. Human Eye – They Came From The Sky – Sacred Bones
25. Cakekitchen – Kangaroos In My Top Paddock – Violet Times

Singles
1. Kreayshawn – Gucci Gucci – Sony Music
2. OBN III’s – No Way To Rock ‘n Roll -Super Secret Records,  Runnin On Fumes & Heavy Heart 7”s – Tic Tac Totally
3. Cheap Time –Another Time b/w Immediate Future – Cass Records
4. Home Blitz – A.T.K. b/w Last Cycle – Mexican Summer
5. Blues Explosion – Black Betty b/w No Reservations – Shove

6. Double Negative – Hardcore Confusion Vols 1 & 2 – Sorry State Records
7. Thee Cormans – Down Mit Der Fuzz b/w Emergency – In The Red Records
8. The Liminanas – AF3458 – SDZ  / (I’ve Got) Trouble In Mind  – Trouble In Mind
9. Apache Dropout – Shot Down – Trouble In Mind / Radiaton  – Mexican Summer
10. The Everymen – Hello, Nice Evening… – State Capital Records
11. Women In Prison – Strange Waves, Births of Rot b/w Circles & Circles – Hozac
12. Raw Blow – Purple Haze b/w Bawlin – Raw Blow
13. The Mantles – Rasberry Thighs b/w Roman Hat – SDZ Records
14. Timmy’s Organism/ John Wesley Coleman III – Split 7” – Goner Records
15. Slices –Modern Bride b/w Chump Change – Kemado

Reissues or new releases of old music
1. Tyvek – Fast Metabolism – M’Lady’s / Water Wing Records
2. Michael Yonkers Band – Microminature Love – Sub Pop / De Stijl
3. Stan Hubbs – Crystal – Companion / Gloriette Records
4. Michael Chapman – Fully Qualified Survivor – Light In The Attic Records
5. Void – Sessions 1981-83 – Dischord Records
6. Faith – Subject To Change & First Demo – Dischord Records
7. The Bats – Daddy’s Highway – Flying Nun
8. Cheater Slicks – Our Food Is Chaos – Almost Ready Records
9. Träd Gräs Och Stenar – Gardet  12.6.1970 – Subliminal Sounds
10. Los Dug Dugs – S/T & Smog – Lion Productions
11. Dow Jones & the Industrials – Family Vinyard
12. Vernon Wray – Waysted – Sebastian Speaks
13. Limes – Tarantula! – Goner
14. DMZ – Radio Demos – Munster
15. Bloodloss – Lost My Head For Drink – Dirty Knobby Records
16. Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments – Burning Trash b/w Price of My Words – Negative Guest List
17. Guilty Pleasures – Summer Strange – Dusty Medical Records
18. Grudge – When Christine Comes Around b/w I’m Gonna Smash Your Face In – Mighty Mouth
19.  The Embarrassment – Sex Drive b/w Patio Set – Last Laugh Records
20. Lyres – Live At Cantones – Munster

Live Shows
1. Brain F≠ / The Men – 583 Johnson  – August 4th
2. Kim Phuc / Double Negative 583 Johnson – April 30th
3. Reigning Sound – Maxwell’s – February 12th
4. Mark Sultan – Cake Shop – December 1st
5. Cheap Time – Shea Stadium – November 18th
6. Cheap Time / Guitar Wolf  Knitting Factory – May 13th
7. The Cynics – Lone Wolf Café – October 31st
8. Ma’am / Sleepyhead / Schooly D– Maxwell’s  August 5th
9. Scratch Acid – Webster Hall – November 7th
10. Renderers – Cake Shop – September 17th

Mike Venutolo-Mantovani, Matador Direct

Mikerock:

1. Brain F≠ – Sleep Rough (Grave Mistake)
2. Crooked Fingers – Breaks In The Armor (Merge)
3. The Shrine – Featherheads 7″ (Eliminator Records)
4. Mark Sultan – Whatever I Want (In The Red)
5. Mark Sultan – Whenever I Want (In The Red)
6. Mastadon – Live At The Aragon (WBR RSD Excluisve)
7. Wild Flag – S/T (Merge)
8. Crisis Of Confirmity – Fistfight In The Parking Lot 7″ (Drag City) http://www.hulu.com/watch/126479/saturday-night-live-band-reunion-at-the-wedding
9. Reigning Sound – Abdication… For Your Love EP (Scion A/V)
10. Cat’s Eyes – s/t (Polydor)
11. Total Babes – S/T (Old Flame)

Rockshows:
1. Fu Manchu at Santos Party House
2. Guided By Voices New Year’s Eve at Irving Plaza
3. Fucked Up in the round at LPR
4. Kurt Vile at Webster Hall
5. tUnE-yArDs at Pitchfork Festival

Stuart Davie, Matador Records

Albums:

Royal Headache – s/t
Antlers – Burt Apart
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972
Real Estate – Days
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
J Mascis – Several Shades Of Why
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Iceage – New Brigade
Sea And Cake – The Moonlight Butterfly

Other great stuff in 2011:
Making my first trip to New York and acting the total tourist, only skimming the surface of the city.
Running took over my life a bit this year, I competed in my first race and finished a half marathon in 1:32.52, leaving me to only aim higher for 2012.
My US West coast vacation – I loved Seattle, Portland and San Francisco in different ways and had the greatest 2 weeks.
I didn’t spend enough time watching watching enough new tv shows, but BBC’s Human Planet and Frozen Planet were both incredible.
I didn’t read as much as I should do (again) but Born To Run was a highlight from what I did manage to get through.
I took the plunge and moved in with the girlfriend.  I won’t let her put up her ugly painting in our bedroom, whilst she think’s the Tim Hecker record is trying to brainwash me.  So far, so good.

Aims for next year:
Run a 1:30 half marathon
Get a ticket for at least one of the London Olympics basketball events
Travel more
Survive the apocalypse and get to go to an NBA game.

Lisa Gottheil, Beggars Group

My top 10 of 2011

1.  The release of Hudson Scott Lewis, born on 2/27.   He’s super cute.

2.  Friday Night Lights took over my life for a few months and I fell in love with Tim Riggins.  I miss him and think about him daily.

And in no particular order with the rest of this list:
3.  Titus Andronicus / Fucked Up in the round
4.  Seeing Scratch Acid.    Getting to be their publicist for the tour
5.  Neon Swine
6.  Kicking some ass (by luck) in the Sensative Beggars League.   Go Flatiron Tight-Enz

7.  The return of Sean Avery to the NY Rangers
8. Friendly Fires in Central Park
9.  Ratatat in Central Park
10. Murakami

 

Adam Farrell, marketing (Beggars Group)

A few albums I played a lot….

Cat’s Eyes s/t (Downtown/Co-op) [this]

Starlito Ultimate Warrior (Grind Hard Apparel)

Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)

Nicholas Jaar Darkside EP (Clown and Sunset)

The Weeknd House of Balloons (Rapidshare)

Bill Callahan Apocalypse (Drag City)

A couple jams that I played more than all else…
Uncle Murda “The Warning” (watch)
Azealia Banks “212″ (watch)

Natalie Judge, Matador Records

Queens Of The Stone Age – la zona rosa, Austin TX – 16th march 2011
Factory Floor – The Citipost Building, London – 25th March 2011

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Pulp – Primavera, Barcelona – 27th May 2011
Delorean – On a boat going up and down the Thames – 14th July 2011
Ceremony – Dynamo, Zurich – 28th July 2011

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
Iceage – New Brigade
The Jesus Lizard – Club

Friday 29th April, 2011 – Getting a day off, thanks to these guys

Jeremy P. Goldstein, Beggars Group

Albums
1. Boxer Rebellion – The Cold Still
2. Lowline – Lowline – Townsend
3. Tape The Radio – Heartache and Fear – Hi-Tone
4. Cold Cave – Cherish The Light Years – Matador
5. Horrors, The – Skying – XL Recordings
6. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – Mute
7. White Lies – Ritual – Fiction/Geffen/Interscope
8. Chapel Club – Palace – Loog
9. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Sour Mash/Mercury
10. The Wombats – This Modern Glitch – Bright Antenna

Honorary mention: Domino State – Uneasy Lies The Crown – Exhibition (record came out in 2010, but I only found it this year. Would have made my top-5 if I’d heard in on time or it came out this year)

Top-10 Stuff and Things
1t. Parke Trafford Goldstein
1t. Piper Alyssa Goldstein
3. June 6, 2011, 6:45AM and 6:47 AM. The day and time my life changed forever. For the better
4. Eleven Madison Park. Finest restaurant in NYC? Gets my vote
5. Manchester United v. MLS All-Stars. A chance to see United on US soil, from the front row?!?! Yes please, and thank you.
6. Num Pang. Cambodian take the banh mi. Favorite sandwich of the year.
7. The drive from Miami to Key West. Well, parts of it. Some of the smaller keys were amazing to drive around and explore.
8. RBC Coffee. Finally, good coffee below Canal.
9. Wailea, HI. Cheating here, since I won’t be there until December 27, but definitely looking forward to some R&R.
10. French Laundry. Again, cheating, but will finally be eating there in the very near future and is there any way it doesn’t make the list?

Hagino Tiger Reid (Hostess, Japan)

Konichiwa, Somethings I remember from 2011.
Adele.
Missing Cheese.
Flea Market selling.
Meeting Gruff Rhys.
Massive Earthquake.
Drinking in Bann, Yutenji.
Yosuke moving to Osaka.
Giving up smoking (I hope).
Watching Pulp at Primavera.
A caravan in Camber Sands.
Lots of aftershock earthquakes.
Gang Gang Dance “Eye Contact”.
Fucked Up “David Comes To Life”
Volunteering in the north of Japan.
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84 finishing all 3.
Florence And The Machine “Ceremonial”
Been mistaken for a member of Warpaint.
Cycling around Amsterdam with my sisters.
Owning a badge that says “I am a band parent.”

Robby Morris, Matador Records

Balam Acab – Wander / Wonder
Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
Destroyer – Kaput
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Iceage – New Brigade
Kim Phuc – Copsucker
Cass McCombs – Wit’s End

The Men – Leave Home
Omegas – Blasts of Lunacy
Times New Viking – Dancer Equired
Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer – Re: ECM
War on Drugs – Slave Ambient

Matt Harmon, Beggars Group

Skull Defekts “Peer Amid” LP (Thrill Jockey)
The War on Drugs “Slave Ambient’”(Secretly Canadian)
Fucked Up “David Comes to Life” (Matador Records)
Woods “Sun & Shade” (Woodsist)
v/a “Not the Space You Know, But Between Them” boxset (Three Lobed Recordings)
Amen Dunes “Through Donkey Jaw” (Sacred Bones)
Destroyer “Kaputt” (Merge Records)
Zachary Cale “Noise of Welcome” (All Hands Electric)
FRKWYS VOL. 8 – Blues Control & Laraaji LP (FRKWYS)
Tim Hecker “RAVEDEATH” 1972 (Kranky)
Grouper “AIA: Alien Observer” LP (Yellow Electric)
Ensemble Economique “Crossing the Pass, by Torchlight” (Dekorder)
Group Inerane “Guitars From Agadez 3″ CD re-issue (Sublime Frequencies)

Steve Glauber, Matador Direct

favorite tunes from 2011. if anything here is not from 2011, don’t really care:
Apache Dropout – s/t LP
Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs Evil LP
Fucked Up – David Comes to Life LP
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo LP
War on Drugs – Slave Ambient LP
Mikal Cronin – s/t LP
OBN III’s – s/t EP
Sic Alps – Napa Asylum LP
Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler / The Dream LP
Times New Viking – Dancer Equired LP
Ty Segall – Live in Aisle 5 LP, “Buick Mackane” T. Rex cover
Digital Leather – “Mind Eraser”
WIld Flag – “Romance”

Annette Lee, Beggars Group

2011 – My Highlights
- Pulp at Primavera Festival, Barcelona, nearly 15 years after the first time I saw them live (my first ever concert).
- Learning how to ride a bike.
- Finally seeing big brother walk down the aisle and get hitched.
- Joining the gym, and actually enjoying the benefits of exercise (a lifetime first)
- Memorable trips (for many reasons) to Taiwan, Barcelona, Norfolk, New York, Amsterdam, Berlin and Milan.
- Discovering a previously untapped talent for air rifle shooting (thanks Holkham County Fair, Norfolk)
- Japanese culinary heaven at Nobu.

- Mabel the dog. Every office should have one (photo attached)
- The world-famous dumplings at Din Tai Fung, Taipei
- First taste of a kangaroo steak (a very intensely-flavoured red meat, best served medium rare)
- Albums by Beyoncé, Jay-Z/Kanye, PJ Harvey, Frank Ocean
- The entire Formula 1 season and the BBC’s brilliant coverage (2012 onwards will not be the same without it).
- Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Submarine films.
- Gang Gang Dance at Bowery Ballroom – a live-altering experience.

- Getting a dinner plate with my name on it (pic attached, not taken by me I hasten to add). A nice way to end the year.

Jean-Phillippe Aline, Beggars Group

- second trip in Brazil (food, drink, no hangover, beach, daily jog along Ipanema beach with good music on = REAL LIFE)
- sunrise on Angkor Vat Temple, Cambodia, as we say in french : MERVEILLEUX
- my stay at villa medici (definitely want to be an artist)
- finally met GOD aka Sufjan Stevens – best show I attended this year at Olympia, people went mad
- my new turntable
- best singles : I was so r&b this year
motivation by kelly rowland
thinking of you by frank ocean
night air by jamie woon
swear by inc.
hey – king
far nearer – jamie xx

- albums of the year
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Ben Westbeech – There’s more to life than this
Jill Scott -the light of the sun
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Red Hot + Rio – Various

- movie of the year : Polisse
- documentary : Cat Fish (2010)
- best TV show : The Killing

- best music video : A long Time – Mayer Hawthorne
- best restaurants: le pantruche (paris) – cuc gach quan (ho chi minh city)

Ruth Barlow, Beggars Group

Album Highlights/Fav’s this year
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats – Blood Lust
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Ice Age – New Brigade
EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
Jeff The Brotherhood – We Are The Champions
Sharon Van Etten – Epic (technically the year before but new for me_)

Wooden Shijps – West
Wu Lyf – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
Eminem – Recovery (sorry but i love it)
Eminem – The Eminem Show (yes this is old)
Dizzee Rascal – Boy in the corner (yes this too)
Dizzee Rascal – Showtime (and this)

Live Highlights/Fav moments
Coldplay at Glastonbury (an actual masterclass in how to play to 100,000 people plus)
SBTRKT at Field Day (genuine good times side of stage party)
Esben and the Witch at SXSW (i think it was the beauty parlour backyard – such intensity at 2.30 in the afternoon should be applauded!)
Odd Future at Don’t Mess with Texas at SXSW-  (chaos rating 10/10)
Perfumed Genius in Beijing (cry inducing)
PJ Harvey playing and looking like an apparition at Primavera
Twin Shadow at Scala  (upping their live game every time i see them)
Glasser at XOYO (something clicked)
Edward Sharpe at the Old Vic Tunnels in London (culty and uplifting – loved the 3 nights out of 5 i went to)

Theatre Highlights
Jerusalem, Apollo Theatre London – never seen ANYONE (Mark Rylance) be so good at their job EVER – mention it to me – my eyes will glaze over and jaw will drop again and again
London Road at the National Theatre – if I described what this ‘play’ was about you’d be confused… It was an amazing and inventive take on language and natural rhythm – so good I went back twice
Julian Barrett’s debut in the Chekhov comedy The Government Inspector at The Young Vic – just bawdy, farcical and funny

Book Highlights
The Sisters Brothers – Patrick De Witt – Coen Brothers like Cowboy tale
Tom Robbins – Villa Incognito – just bonkers
Ernest Hemingway – The Man and the Sea – classic should have read years ago

Frank Dikotter – Mao’s Great Famine: The History of China’s most devastating catastrophe 1958 – 1962 – mind blowing knowledge gain

TV Highlights
Boardwalk Empire – Season Two – artificial violence is funny and i’m a little intrigued by Michael Pitt
The Sopranos from the start – needs to be done …
Breaking Bad – about to start Season 3 makes me nervy but who’ve thunk it from Malcolm in the Middle’s dad
The Killing -  original Danish Version – didn’t need to be as long as it was but brilliantly compelling and Danish is so pretty as a language

Masterchef – the celebrity one, the professionals one and the public one… i sort of love the learning aspect and best of all there is no effort needed in watching a show like this, perfect wind down tv

Other stuff
getting a badass tattoo
The Royal Wedding for the extra bank holiday
Djing at Silent Disco Reading Festival
Travelling to Hong Kong and mainland China for the first time – wowser that was different

and finally

Not so great things of 2011

a newly reformed Pulp at Primavera, Glastonbury & Reading – sorry friends but i wasn’t really interested – i enjoyed the first time too much
Feral people taking to the streets to rob and vandalise areas of London
Lewis Hamilton having a mare of grand prix season – stupid red bull and vettel
Rihanna at the O2 -  felt like i was at a gig celebrating her vagina rather than her pop tunes – lame, soulless corporate pop – well done Live Nation

cheers to 2011, bring it on 2012
xx

Kathryn Braddick, Beggars Group

2011 has been a pretty awesome year it’s the year I became Mrs Rodger, lost 5 stone (70lb) and choose Josh over Beyonce.  What a year!!

I got married and we had our first dance on a light up dance floor to The National “Fake Empire” (it’s a lot longer than you imagine mainly because we hadn’t practiced!!)

In a biggest loser direction and to get ready for the wedding we both decided we need to lose a bit of excess flab and managed to just smash it, sadly I had to give up cider :( !

Glastonbury saw me stood in a field of crazy Beyonce fans and having a eureka moment where I turned to my friend and we decided Josh is fitter and Queens Of The Stone Age were to be our headline act.  I still stand by it being the best decision of the weekend – they were amazing!  I watched Beyonce a few days later from the comfort of my sofa.

Other highlights include – Spending valentines with Adain Moffat, ‘David Comes to Life’ (on repeat), hitting LA & E3 with Brigitte but not her singing along to Adele, Biffy at Sonisphere,  my work hendo being spent in the best three bars in London -  Crobar, Garlic & Shots & finally Big Red, ‘How To Be A Woman’ written by Caitin Moran.  Bring on twentytwelve!

Hector Montes, Beggars Group

new records in alphabetical order:
Atlas Sound – Parallax (4AD)
The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (History Always Favors the Winners)
Comet Gain – Howl of the Lonely Crowd (What’s Your Rupture?)

Cut Hands – Afro Noise I (Very Friendly)
Deaf Center – Owl Splinters (Type)
Elite Gymnastics – Ruin (Acephale)
The Feelies – Here Before (Bar/None)
Fucked Up – David Comes to Life (Matador)
Tim Hecker – Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)
Iceage – New Brigade (Escho/Dais/What’s Your Rupture?/XL/Abeano/Fat Possum)
The Men – Leave Home (Sacred Bones)
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica (Mexican Summer)

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Total Control – Henge Beat (Iron Lung)
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador)
The Weeknd – House of Balloons (self-released)
Wild Beasts – Smother (Domino)

old records in chronological order:
The Louvin Brothers – Tragic Songs of Life & Satan Is Real (Light in the Attic)
The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions (Capitol)
Queen – A Night at the Opera (Island)
Harald Grosskopf – Synthesist (Rvng Intl.)
Art Yard – “The Law” b/w “Something In Your Eyes” 7″ (Ride the Snake)
The Art of Noise – Who’s Afraid of The Art of Noise? (Salvo/ZZT)
R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant (Capitol)
Arthur Russell – Let’s Go Swimming (Audika)
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock (Ba Da Bing)
Disco Inferno – The Five EPs (One Little Indian)

Jeremy Kirkland, Beggars Group

My Top Records of 2011 ( in no particular order)

King Krule – EP
Cat’s Eyes – (self titled)
Destroyer – Kaputt
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Other things of 2011
Getting married to my lovely wife Elizabeth!

Woo!

Chrissy Stuart, Mattitude Music

Albums (in no particular order):
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
The Weeknd – House of Balloons
Adele – 21
Iceage – New Brigade
Atlas Sound – Parallax
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Little Dragon – Ritual Union
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
Bad Sports – Kings of The Weekend
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Dirty Beaches – Badlands

Moments:
Straw’s Donut Burger in SF
Alexander McQueen at The Met
Ceremony in Boyle Heights
Drive soundtrack
Moving from NYC to California (and not hating it, not even close)
Anything Rebecca Black does
Pierre Huyghe’s remake of Brancusi’s Sleeping Muse (Frieze Art Fair, London)
Lana Del Rey’s lips
Stephen Malkmus sleeping at our office
Date shakes
UT beating A&M in rivalry’s final game (hook ‘em!)

Living within driving distance to Death Valley
Joy Orbison & Ramadanman at The Roxy
Griffith Park Observatory
Tune-Yards at the Troubadour

Steve Cross, Remote Control

Lost Animal – Lose The Baby
Been holding out for this since Jarrod Quarell use to perform it live with St Helens. Desperate and perhaps
not entirely socially acceptable.

Dick Diver – Head Back
Aged bodies of the Velvets, early Go-Betweens, Modern Lovers, Flying Nun exhumed on the frayed edges
of the Melbourne “scene”.

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The Field – Is This Power
Ketamine flavoured wooziness. Scores bonus points for the massive Jah Wobble-esque bass line.

Salem – Till The World Ends
Maybe I’m over intellectualising, but this may wikileak the relationship between the vacuous state of
American pop and the apocalyptic cornerstone of US foreign policy.

EMA – California
It’s linear. Patti Smith’s Birdland set in the time of the great suburban meth plague.

Dirty Beaches – True Blue
Late night 50s Americana filtered through a cheap car radio. Plus he has immaculate hair.

Trouble Books & Mark McGuire – Floating Through Summer
“Jams” – the most abused term of the year. Here it kinda works

Stag Hare – Lavender Raven Tears
Golden rule 2011: Don’t trust face painters ascribing spiritual value to their work. They mainly sound like
the Thompson Twins. Stag Hare made me a hypocrite.

Twerps – Who Are You
Something of a sibling to Dick Diver, sharing musical bad posture, mumbled social ineptitude, a lazy
distain and great songs

Eternal Tapestry & Sun Araw – Night Gallery III
Stallones plays keyboards and flute, normally I am flute intolerant.

Patrick Amory, Matador Records

1. Baby Dee LP – Regifted Light (Drag City)
2. Viscount Hidemaro Konoye – Mozart, Haydn DA (Berlin Philharmonic, 1937-38) (Pristine)
3. Robert Scott – Ends Run Together LP (Flying Nun)
4. Cass McCombs – Humor Risk LP (Domino)
5. Milk Music – Beyond Living 12″ EP (self-released)
6. Shearwater – The Island Arc Live DA (self-released)
7. Various Artists – Opika Pende: Africa at 78 RPM 3CD box (Dust-to-Digital)
8. Tonetta – 777 Vol. II LP (Black Tent)
9. Art Yard – The Law 7″ (Ride The Snake)
10. Cian Nugent – Doubles LP (VHF)

Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records

Wiccans – Skullduggery (Katorga Works)
Noveller – Glacial Glow (Weird Forest)
Obnox – I’m Bleeding Now (Smog Veil)
Flesh Lights – Muscle Pop (Twistworthy)

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Jesu – Ascension (Calo Verde)
Tommy Keene – Behind The Parade (Second Motion)
Wounded Lion – IVXLCDM (In The Red)
Video – Leather, Leather (Play Pinball)
Mikal Cronin – s/t (Trouble In Mind)
OBN III’s – The One & Only (Tic Tac Totally)
Total Control – Henge Beat (Iron Lung)

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Mind Spiders – s/t (Dirtnap)
Deaf Wish – Mercy (Radio Records)  (2010, so kill me)
Robert Scott – Ends Run Together (Flying Nun) (see above)
Pygmy Shrews – You People Can All Go Straight To Hell (Jack Shack)
Barreracudas – Nocturnal Missions (Douchemaster)
Factory Star – Enter Castle Perilous (Occulation)
Kitchen’s Floor – Look Forward To Nothing (Siltbreeze)
Yussuf Jerusalem – Blast From The Past (Florida’s Dying)
Quin Galavis – Should Have Known You (Threadpull)
Witches – Forever (Bakery Oulet)

singles :

Boomgates – Layman’s Terms (Smart Guy)

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Creamers – Modern Day (Jolly Dream)
Creamers - Slow Burn (Secret Beach)
Avon Ladies – Guns & Gold (Katorga Works)
Women In Prison – Strange Waves (HoZac)]
Sex Cult – Errand Boy (Goner)
Slices – Modern Bride (Kemado)
Charles Albright – Weight (Permanent)

old bits reissued nicely : Laurice/Grudge (Mighty Mouth), Tyvek (M’Lady’s), Art Yard (Ride The Snake), The Gruberger Brothers

live : Unholy Two (Austin, March and May), Deaf Wish (Memphis, September), Wiccans (Austin, July), Mind Spiders (Atlanta, April), Cheap Time (Austin, Memphis, September),  Reigning Sound (NYC, November), Hank Wood & The Hammerheads (NYC, October), Wire (London, February) Hank IV (San Francisco, October), Broken Water (Austin, April), Wax Museums (Austin, March), Brain Idea (Chicago, July), Richard Buckner (Austin, October)

Best (non-human) things in the world : J. Mueller, this guy, this place. That’s enough oversharing for one day.

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4 Responses to “If Something Great Comes Out In The Next 17 Days, We Don’t Wanna Know ; Matador Artists, Staff & Pals Tie A Bow Around 2011”

  1. 9000 Says:

    plan on pilfering from these lists without any attribution. thanks and happy holidays.

  2. Dave Says:

    Great lists

  3. Tom Says:

    Gerard,

    I would have expected to see Ron House’s new project’s album (Psandwich “Northren Psych” and yes, that is how it’s spelled) on your list, given your long-standing championing of the man’s work, all the way back to the Homestead years. In case you have not heard it, it’s fantastic (also i’m really glad he’s back in the game, I’ve missed that yowl since the demise of TJSA).

  4. Gerard Says:

    Tom,

    that’s a worthy criticism. The Psandwich album is pretty fantastic — possibly the best thing Ron’s ever done. Though it didn’t make my list, I can’t argue that wasn’t a huge oversight. On the bright side, at least Dave Martin’s got good taste!

    http://columbusdiscountrecords.com/