2011 – Year’s Best Albums

While this isn’t necessarily a list of the year’s best, I could easily state that the first 6 would be found on my top 12. ‘Everything Getting Older’, given my advanced years, resonates strongly enough to be my actual number 1.

It is, however,  a list of the records purchased on vinyl this past year.  I got rid of all my vinyl at least 20 years ago. For the most part, I don’t miss the collection much. Afterall, it was primarily the 80’s. There are a few things I wished I kept but generally speaking I’ve always been one to search out new material as opposed to becoming to comfortable with and settling for the old. In each generation of music, I would look for something that moved me as much as the previous. Thankfully that something was never limited to just a certain sound.

Last Christmas, I received a turntable. My initial reaction was a befuddled bemusement. I owned exactly 2 records. Blue Peter’s Radio Silence ( the sole record from my original collection) and a never listened to Urusei Yatsura  signed debut that I’ve kept for 15 years. I bought it in addition to the CD at an instore on launch day.  Getting the turntable  occurred just at the point where mp3s themselves were threatening to replace CD.  I had been acquiring so much music that I couldn’t honestly claim I had the time to enjoy and listen to all of it. When you can’t actually name a good deal of what comes up on an ipod shuffle, you’ve probably gone to far.

Then instantly – everything slowed down again.  I’m now down to a single emusic account that I have to be reminded to empty of credits at the end of the month. Getting something immediately digitally is still impressive but I’ve come to be equally fond of the Royal Mail.  There is a noticeable difference in tone between analog and digital. It really does have  a comforting warmth that is  especially noticeable after all these years away from it.  I’ll wait until next year to make my subjective pronouncements of which ones are the ‘best’. For now, it is as if I’ve rediscovered music itself.

Aidan Moffat and Bill Wells – Everything is Getting  Older

King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine

Zoey Van Goey – Propeller Wings

Found – Factorycraft

We Were Promised Jetpacks – In the Pit of the Stomach

Mogwai  – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Mogwai – Earth Division

KC and the Canaverals – 7”

The Seventeenth Century – Part 1 and 2

Delgados – Universal Audio

Delgados  – Peleton

Lord Cut Glass – Lord Cut Glass

Aereogramme – Chemikal Underground Box Set

Belle and Sebastian – Write About Love

Broken Records – Let Me Come Home

Mitchell Museum – The Peters Port Memorial Service

Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks

Camera Obscura- My Maudlin Career

The Jesus and Mary Chain – Automatic

Urusei Yatsura – Urusei Yatsura

Los Compesinos   – Hello Sadness

Sigur Ros  – Inni

Comet Gain – Howl of the Lonely Crowd

U2 –remastered October

Asobi Seksu – Fluoresence

Morrisey – Swords

Los Campesinos – Romance is Boring

Loney Dear – Hall Music

Manic Street Preachers – Journal for Plague Lovers

iLiketrains – Elegies to Lessons Learnt

The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing

A Minor Reflection – Pledge Music  EP

British Sea Power – Valhalla Dancehall

Kid Canaveral – Shouting at Wildlife

My Kid Canaveral came yesterday and a copy of the last Twilight Sad is on its way. Counting it, 22/35 of these are Scottish artists. I am looking forward to hearing what 2012 will bring; whatever the format. Wherever possible, I’ll be looking to buy it on vinyl. And as you can see in my little squirrel friend, this time around, I’m making the music even more personal. Bring on the Fence 7″ subscription.

T&P

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