Tuesday, December 27, 2011
All the Riches and Pleasures, What Else Can Life Bring?
Hey Ho, here we go! We've got Part 2 (of 5) of The Big Rock Candy Mountain Favorite Records of 2011! Aren't y'all a'quiver with excitement! Of course you are!
Quick caveat: We have a huge stack of records from the past year that we haven't gotten to yet. And we're not including 7"'s in this list. What that means, of course, is that we're missing out on a whole bunch of great shit! Such, of course, is the nature of lists. Are we missing a killer record? Yep! Hopefully we'll make up for it over the next few months. Got a favorite record that we're missing? For fuck's sake, let us know!
Before we dig in to the list, let's give a holler to some other categories...
Record Label of the Year: Norton Records! (so many great labels that we love...Hozac, Trouble In Mind, Big Legal Mess, Voodoo Rhythm, etc. But Norton wins, for so many reasons, but ultimately based on the next category...)
Live Show of the Year: Norton Records 25th Anniversary 4-Day Blowout in New York City! (we can't even begin to give proper props to how great this weekend was...oldsters The Sonics! ? and the Mysterians! The Robby Fuller 4! Mick Collins leading a Soul Review featuring Andre Williams, Melvin Davis, Dave "Baby' Cortez, The Mighty Hannibal! Bloodshot Bill returning to the U.S.! The Great Gaylord! Yo La Tengo as the Condo Fucks! The mighty A-Bones! Tandoori Nights! And so much more, including future Mountain favorites Daddy Long Legs! Good gravy, we left out another great 30 bands from the weekend!)
More special best-of lists over the next few days.
But let's get to what y'all are actually interested in.
Part 2 of Big Rock Candy Mountain's Favorite Records of 2011!
40. Shannon and the Clams: Sleep Talk
The Ronettes meet Jay Reatard in a garage outside a rusty shack on Sunset Strip.
Shannon and the Clams: You Will Always Bring Be Flowers (mp3)
39. Hipbone Slim and the Knee Tremblers: Square Guitar
Mama Rosin and Hipbone Slim: Louisiana Sun
Swamp hoedown, rockabilly'n' Cajun mess around, Diddlified and corn-liquored!
Mama Rosin and Hipbone Slim: Swamp Water (mp3)
Hipbone Slim and the Knee Tremblers: King of the Rocket Men (mp3)
38. Strange Boys: Live Music
Snot-nosed Dylan-woozy half lidded half lit lysergic mumbles and melody!
Strange Boys: Over the River and Through the Woulds (mp3)
Strange Boys: Walking Two By Two (mp3)
37. Dum Dum Girls: Only In Dreams
Ghost of Chrissie Hynde on swirling hymns and blissed sleep, a sound between days.
Dum Dum Girls: Bedroom Eyes (mp3)
36. John Wesley Coleman III: Little Miss Keith Richards
Space clatter liquor cabinet sprawl and fall dirt ramblin' godhead!
John Wesley Coleman III : Little Miss Keith Richards (mp3)
35. The Pussywarmers: The Chronicle of the Pussywarmers
Devil-defying voodoo party rumble, horny horns swing down gator way, the water's risin' and the jukejoint is quaking!
Pussywarmers: Me and Me Girl (mp3)
34. Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: No Help Coming
More Golightly exploration of creaky Americana, back porch noir and sugar cane on fire.
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs: Leave It Alone (mp3)
33. The Bats: Free All Monsters
Autumnal painted New Zealand jangle'n'hum, melting and lovely.
The Bats: Long Halls (mp3)
32. Bad Sports: Kings of the Weekend
Rawk'n'booze, soaked sweat t-shirt kicks, the kids are alright!
Bad Sports: Teenage Girls (mp3)
31. DM Bob and the Deficits: They Called Us Country
Fried cow patty, shotgun shack sleaze, hillbilly snarl junk.
DM Bob and the Deficits: I'm Not Drinking More (mp3)
Independent Record Labels and Independent Record Stores!