It Was A Very Good Year: True Endeavors Contributing Writers’ Favorites of 2011

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In addition to having a wildly talented stable of live concert photographers working with us (check out some of the best shots of 2011 here), we are similarly fortunate to have such an amazing, growing crew of contributing writers submitting pieces for our blog readers to feast their eyes on.

Read on to hear from just a few of these razor sharp wordsmiths about the music that made them smile in 2011.

Evan Benner’s Favorites of 2011

Favorite Albums:

1. Greek Fire – Deus Ex Machina

2. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones

3. Fair to Midland – Arrows & Anchors

4. Scapegoat – I Am Alien

5. IAMX – Volatile Times

6. lynch. – I Believe in Me

7. Walk the Moon – i want! i want! (Read Evan’s concert preview here.)

8. An Horse – Walls

9. Floating Me – Floating Me

10. M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming

 

Favorite Live Shows:

1. Fair to Midland with Dead Letter Circus – 12.16.11 – The Rave

2. Infected Mushroom – 11.30.11 –  The Majestic

3. Story of the Year – 3.31.11 – The Cubby Bear

4. Sick Puppies 5.17.11 – The Cubby Bear

5. AM Taxi and Greek Fire – 4.22.11 –  The Cubby Bear

 

Ross Martin’s Favorites of 2011

Favorite Albums:

1. P.J. Harvey – Let England Shake

2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

3. The Horrors – Skying

4. Wild Beasts – Smother

5. Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest  (Read Ross’ album review here.)

6. Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo

7. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

8. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light

9. Radiohead – King of Limbs

10. Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys

 

Favorite Live Shows:

1. Bon Iver – 12.10.11 – Orpheum Theatre

2. Breathe Owl Breathe – 4.17.11 – The Sett, Union South

3. Bonnie Prince Billy – 5.23.11 – Millennium Park, Chicago

4. Thurston Moore – 7.16.11 – High Noon Saloon (Read Ross’ show review here.)

5. Bill Callahan – 7.2.11 – Memorial Union Terrace

 

Steven Spoerl’s Favorites of 2011 

Favorite Albums:

1. Tom Waits – Bad As Me

2. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life

3. Wye Oak – Civilian

4. Rapahel Saadiq – Stone Rollin’

5. J. Mascis – Several Shades of Why

6. Wilco – The Whole Love

7. Tenement – Napalm Dream

8. Okkervil River – I Am Very Far

9. Sleeping in the Aviary – You and Me, Ghost

10. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

 

Favorite Live Shows:

1. Bon Iver – 12.12.11 – Zorn Arena (night 1)

2. The Flaming Lips – 7.9.11 – Summerfest

3. Empty Faces/Good Grief/Buffalo Moon/Sleeping in the Aviary -3.12.11 – Wyatt Riot

4. Wye Oak/Okkervil River – 9.21.11 – The Pabst Theater

5. The Life + Times/Murder By Death – 3.17.11 – The Annex

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

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