Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Top Shows and Albums of 2011


There is something inexplicable about this time of year that always gives me goosebumps. I don't know if it's the power of Christmas, change of season or seeing family and friends with an annual visit. I was feeling this nostalgia until I drove home today and proceeded to get in an accident, which will cost me dearly, tacking onto my over budgeted xmas travels and spending. Of course my fault.....But another year. We begin our countdown of the top albums and shows of 2011 by writer. First up is Jonathon Puff who saw more out of area shows this year while racking up plenty of skymiles. Here are his list:

Top 2011 Albums

1. Metronomy - The English Rivieria
2. SBTRKT - SBTRKT
3. Death Grips - Ex-Military
4. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
5. Panda Bear - Tomboy
6. M83 - Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
7. Modeselektor - Monkeytown
8. The Antlers - Burst Apart
9. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
10. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Top 2011 Shows (Yes, I saw more shows outside of PGH this year)

1. My Morning Jacket - Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
2. LCD Soundsystem - Last Show - MSG - NYC, NY
3. Queens of the Stone Age - HOB, Cleveland, OH
4. The Avett Brothers - Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
5. James Blake - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
6. Eminem - Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
7. Band of Skulls - Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
8. Portishead - The Greek Theater, Berkeley, CA
9. Arcade Fire - Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
10. Mogwai - Mr. Smalls, Pittsburgh, PA

--Jonathon Puff

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