Posted: Dec 24, 2011 11:09 am
I thought the new Mark Sultan releases were good, better than his last album. The "Whenever..." album was the better of the two I think, never would have thought I'd enjoy a song about Pancakes so much.
Lots of other good releases this year. Mikal Cronin outdid Ty Segall (and I enjoyed Goodbye Bread too), Acid Baby Jesus, Apache Dropout and Xray Eyeballs all put out a fucking great debut. Night Beats, OBN IIIs, Bare Wires, Flesh Lights etc were all really well crafted records. Human Eye's new LP was terrific, and so was the Spits, Jack O and Black Lips. It was good to see them all stay at the top and improve, particularly Human Eye.
The Reigning Sound thing is great too I think, though I do think any further in that direction and it's all going to get too paisley shirts for me.
I still think Thee Oh Sees are kind of over rated, but the second album of 2011 was really solid. Dirtbombs album is enjoyable, but I can't stomach the whole thing at once, and that's 2 albums in a row now that has been padded by a long noise track that just don't interest me.
In the mainstream, or pitchfork curated alternate mainstream, I liked the Dum Dum Girls new one, though it wasn't as good as the debut or the EP. Completely gone off Wavves, that Dave Grohl track was shite. Smiths Westerns album hasn't held up over the year too well, they've got a future of bland arena rock ahead of them at this rate.