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

Joe Copeland

Joe Copeland’s many responsibilities at True Endeavors aren’t all fun and games, but you’d never know it by hanging out with this wise-cracking, kind-hearted, devilishly hilarious soul.  Joe has a hand in a many of the goings-on at True Endeavors including artist hospitality, management of live shows, coordination of the TE True Crew Street Team (find out more here), and booking new concerts.  It’s no wonder the guy has great taste in tunes.  Read on to check out what caught his ear in 2011.

Favorite Albums of 2011:

(in no particular order)

Deer Tick – Divine Providence

Middle Brother – Middle Brother

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Kanye West and Jay Z – Watch The Throne

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

A.A. Bondy – Believers

Cold War Kids – Mine is Yours

Man Man – Life Fantastic

Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming

My Morning Jacket – Circuital

Guards – EP


Belated Musical Discoveries of 2011:

Matt Costa- Mobile Chateau

When my friend asked me if I’d heard this album I shrugged him off thinking “I’m not too interested in hearing this Jack Johnson soundalike album about being friends.” I was proven wrong the first 30 seconds of the album. Matt strayed from his normal folk sound and embraced a very Zombies influenced 60’s psychedelic pop sound. I love every song.

The Beatles

This is a funny one, I’d listened to and enjoyed the Beatles for awhile, but after diving in to the early stuff songs like “You’re Gonna Lose That Girl” and “Dizzy Miss Lizzy” I fell in love with them in a new way.  I’m an embarrassment to music snobs everywhere.

John Lennon /Plastic Ono Band

One of the saddest and most angsty albums ever. So raw and honest.

Favorite Live Shows of 2011:

Bon Iver – 12.10.11 – Orpheum Theatre

This may be in my top 10 shows ever. Constant chills throughout.  Check out live photos from the show here

 Budos Band with Charles Bradley – 4.19.11 – High Noon Saloon

Dancing, sweating.

 Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – 5.16.11 – Capitol Theater

Amazing energy and old school showmanship from Miss Sharon Jones.

 Born Gold – 10.4.11 – The Frequency

Sadly, this show was poorly attended but the people that were there were blown away. The only reason I ever stopped dancing was to marvel at the spectacle Born Gold created. Hopefully we will get them here again soon. Next time, DO NOT MISS IT.

 Jonny Corndawg – 11.5.11 – The Frequency

Mr. Jonathan Corndawg’s music mixes gross humor with beautiful honesty. 

 A.A. Bondy – 11.7.11 – High Noon Saloon

Bondy played all of his new album, Believers, straight through. His lush, dark guitar mixed well with ambient video. 


Related Content:  It Was A Very Good Year: Shelley’s Favorites of 2011

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