It Was A Very Good Year: Justin’s Favorites of 2011

Justin Kibbel is True Endeavors’ social media wiz kid.  He’s the brains behind our Facebook Page, Twitter, and Newsletter, cranking out content like there’s no tomorrow.  The dude has also been known to make some pretty wicked live concert videos.

Justin lives and breathes music, and it’s always a treat to hear about the new tunes that he discovers.   Read on to see what albums, shows, and videos caught his ears and eyes this year.

Listen on Spotify: Justin’s Favorites of 2011

Favorite Albums of 2011:

1.) Bon Iver | Bon Iver

2.) Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets | Go, And Sell All Of Your Things

3.) Astronautalis | This Is Our Science

4.) Deer Tick | Divine Providence

5.) The Decemberists | The King Is Dead

6.) EMA | Past Life Martyred Saints

7.) The Head & The Heart | The Head & The Heart

8.) Girls | Father, Son, Holy Ghost

9.) Tom Morello | Union Town/World Wide Rebel Songs

10.) The Knux |  Eraser

11.) Yuck |  Yuck

12.) The Rural Alberta Advantage | Departing

13.) Wild Flag | Wild Flag

14.) The Antlers | Burst Apart

15.) M83 |  Hurry Up We’re Dreaming

Favorite Live Shows of 2011:

Pixies Doolittle Tour – 4/23 – Eagles Ballroom
Bon Iver – 12/11 & 12/13 – The Orpheum & Zorn Arena (Eau Claire)
Murder By Death – 3/17 – The Annex
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – 3/30 – The Frequency
Born Gold – 10/4 – The Frequency
The Decemberists – 4/19 – Overture Hall
The Builders & The Butchers + Damion Suomi & The Minor Prophets – 4/6 – The Frequency
Jessica Lea Mayfield + An Horse – 6/30 – East Side Club
Tom Morello – 9/5 – The Barrymore
Walk The Moon – 12/4 – The Frequency
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – 9/26 – High Noon Saloon

Favorite Videos of 2011:

6 Responses

  1. Top Ten 2011 CDs
    1. Kaputt -Destroyer (Merge)
    2. Tamer Animals -Other Lives (TBD)
    3. Rain on a River -B-Movie Lightning (Micropolis)
    4. Belong -The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Slumberland)
    5. Go With Me -Seapony( Hardly Art)
    6. Hearts -I Break Horses(Cooperative Music)
    7. The Family Tree: The Roots -Radical Face (Bear Machine )
    8. Celestial Electric -AM & Shawn Lee (ESL Music)
    9. The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years -The Wild Swans (Kitten Charmer)
    10. In the Morning We’ll Meet -Giorgio Tuma (Elefant)

    Top Ten Songs 2011 (I played to death)
    1. “Symphony in White, No. 2” -Sun Airway (Dead Oceans)
    2. “Gangsta” -tUnE-yArDs (4ad)
    3. “Hauntin’ Me” -Keep Shelly in Athens (Forest Family)
    4. “Minor Keys” -Big Troubles (Slumberland)
    5. “Grow” -The Last Dinosaur (Dearstereofan)
    6. “Book of Revelation” -The Drums (Frenchkiss)
    7. “Cyclopean Runways” -Circus Devils (Happy Jack Rock)
    8. “Anyone but You” -Black Swan Lane (CDBY)
    9. “Top Bunk” -Gauntlet Hair (Dead Oceans)
    10. “Night is Young” -Southern Shores (Cascine)

  2. Jessica Lea Mayfield! She was amazing :]

  3. Nice list, Justin. I don’t have too much overlap with you, but I could’ve at least put down Bon Iver, Yuck, and EMA as honorable mentions…

  4. […] not as much as Eau Claire and Milwaukee, but enough to realize I was on sacred ground. Plus, Justin confided in me backstage after the Eau Claire show that our Madison date was the band’s […]

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