Top 25 Albums of 2011

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Albums this year was pretty tough, there are some good ones that were left off. Speaking of ones left off there are some releases that were not included. Some of the reasons were if they were compilations, covers and live material. While there has been some great stuff this year put out that matches this I don’t think it’d be fair. There are even one or two things I left off of here because it was mostly compilation, or previously released material. So if you think I missed something, think about that first…then violently disagree with me.

 

 

  1. Motorhead: The World Is Yours
  2. House Boat: The Thorns of Life
  3. Alestorm: Back Through Time
  4. Deep Sleep: Turn Me Off
  5. Sundials: Never Settle
  6. Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin’
  7. Night Birds: The Other Side of Darkness
  8. Rendondo Beat: Meet Rendondo Beat
  9. Samiam: Trips
  10. Alice Cooper: Welcome 2 My Nightmare
  11. Dude Jams: How To Abuse Everything
  12. Wizard: …Of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes
  13. Power Quest: Blood Alliance
  14. Joss Stone: LP1
  15. Timeshares: Bearable
  16. Mind Spiders: Mind Spiders
  17. The Underground Railroad to Candyland: Knows Your Sins
  18. The Dwarves: Are Born Again
  19. The Slow Death: Born Ugly Got Worse
  20. Spraynard: Funtitled
  21. The Carmines: Older, Fatter, Wider
  22. Brickmower: Under The Sink
  23. Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers: Rare Bird Alert
  24. Young Mountain: Billion Times Around
  25. The Barreracudas: Nocturnal Missions

REVIEW: Alice Cooper: Welcome 2 My Nightmare

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Alice Cooper is back with his first album since ‘Along Came a Spider’ three years ago. Titled ‘Welcome 2 My Nightmare’, it has what seems to be a parody of both the title and album cover of his first solo album ‘Welcome to My Nightmare’, which seems right as it is a sequel to the original album. This album is all over the place trying out various styles; it almost seems like more of a retrospective collection of the Alice Cooper sound than a linier album. But it still sticks to the same concept, which gels the album together really well. This album is nothing like I expected it to be, but is actually a much better sounding, and much more complex create. The more I listen to this thing the more I love it. If you’ve been a fan of Cooper for years, if you use to be but stopped, or if you’re just starting out I think all of these types of fans will love this album, or at least part of it. Hell it’s even a great start point for someone that’s never even heard Alice Cooper before.

‘I Am Made of You’ This song I just don’t like at all, it really made me fear for the album. It’s just bad, it’s long and boring and not even close to what I was hoping for.
‘Caffeine’ This song is goofy as fuck. At first he sounds a lot like Weird Al. And it is actually about caffeine keeping you awake. That being said, if you can get past, or embrace, the dumb subject it’s a pretty awesome song.
‘The Nightmare Returns’ Here’s a creepy awesome song. It’s a bit like a lullaby meets Nightmare on Elm Street. It’s real short, just over a minute, but it would be right at home in a horror movie.
‘A Runaway Train’ This sounds like some 70’s Alice Cooper, which isn’t a bad thing, that’s my personal favorite era. A straight up great rock song is what you get out of this one. This is my favorite song on the album.
‘Last Man on Earth’ Like a bluesy/folk sound here, it seems to pick up after the train wreck at the end of the previous song. Not what I’d expect from Alice Cooper but I dig it.
‘The Congregation’ Word is this song was heavily inspired by the Beatles, I assume that’s true because you can really hear it. It sounds a lot like if the Beatles did a song with Alice Cooper. Rob Zombie is on here for a second too.
‘I’ll Bite Your Face Off’ Another song that sounds a lot like his 70’s days. A little song about the devil, it’s a pretty good one too.
‘Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever’ I’m not quite sure what the deal is with the bad disco song, but it’s not a high point of the album. I could actually see this growing on me just for the fun of it though.
‘Ghouls Gone Wild’ A cool surf rock song is a nice twist after that disco thing. Also not something I expected from Alice Cooper but it’s pretty awesome. Mark Volman, singer of the Turtles, does some background vocals on this one.
‘Something to Remember Me By’ A song written by Alice Cooper and Dick Wagner in the late ’70s but never recorded for some reason. Well here it is now, it really sounds like it was in his pocket for many years, it’s a nice slow ballad type song. It’s like the good version of a song you’d hear playing in the big prom scene in a cheesy movie, I dig it.
‘When Hell Comes Home’ This is the kind of creepy dark hard rock song I’d expect from Alice Cooper now a days. Honestly this is what I expected the album to sound like. But I guess what would you expect out of a song with some murder?
‘What Baby Wants’ At first I hated this song, then I thought it was incredible, and then I hated it again, now I just like it a lot. It’s weird that’s for sure. It’s basically Alice Cooper does dark pop. Kesha is on this song, and you can really hear it shine through. I think this will be the most hated song on the album, but I’m cool with it.
‘I Gotta Get Outta Here’ Almost what I’d describe as a classic rock song, there’s some acoustics and a lot of awesome lyrics. You decide if Alice is dreaming or dead…
‘The Underture’ An instrumental track, not bad but not needed.

1. I Am Made Of You
2. Caffeine
3. The Nightmare Returns
4. A Runaway Train
5. Last Man On Earth
6. The Congregation
7. I’ll Bite Your Face Off
8. Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever
9. Ghouls Gone Wild
10. Something To Remember Me By
11. When Hell Comes Home
12. What Baby Wants
13. I Gotta Get Outta Here
14. The Underture

Get Welcome 2 My Nightmare from Amazon HERE

Releases Worth Getting September 13, 2011

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Music:
Night Birds: The Otherside of Darkness
Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits: ¡Carmelita Sings!: Visions of a Rock Apocalypse
Nuclear Assault: Live at Hammersmith
Alice Cooper: Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Edguy: Age of the Joker
Jimi Hendrix: Winterland
Muddy Waters: After the Rain
DVD/Blu-Ray:
It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 6
3rd Rock From the Sun – Season 1
3rd Rock From the Sun – Season 2
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Complete Second Season
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Manos The Hands Of Fate
Halloween II
The Frighteners
Robocop 2
Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop

Releases worth getting Nov 10, 2009

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DVD:

Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut - A fucking 5 disc version.

The Three Stooges Collection, Vol. 7: 1952-1954 – A must have for any Three Stooges fan.

G.I. Joe A Real American Hero: Complete Collectors Set – The entire series of maybe the best cartoon from the 80’s. Comes in a sweetass footlocker.

UFC: Ultimate 100 Greatest Fights – 8 DVD’s, 100 people getting beat up, what’s not to like?

The Official World Series Film Collection – Every World Series ever.

Dirty: The Official ODB Biography – I haven’t seen this but I like ODB and Wu Tang Clan so I expect good things.

Music:

Earl Scruggs: Live from Austin City Limits

Earl Scruggs: Family Portrait

Earl Scruggs & Tom T. Hall: Storyteller & the Banjo Man

The Ergs!/The Measure [sa] split 7″ – YES YES YES FUCKING FINALLY!

Copyrights/Brokedowns 7″

Kepi Ghoulie: Life Sentence (CD and Vinyl)

The Marked Men: Fix My Brain (CD and Vinyl)

Cobra Skulls: American Rubicon (CD and Vinyl)

Big Drill Car: A Never Ending Endeavor

The Riptides: Tales from Planet Earth

Nada Surf: Karmic EP (Extra tracks)

Anvil: This Is Thirteen - I got my hands on this early I guess, it kicks ass!!

Anthrax: Among the Living (Remastered, extra tracks)

AC/DC: Backtracks (2CD+DVD)

Deep Purple: Live At Montreux 1996 (Vinyl)

Alice Cooper: Easy Action (Vinyl)

Ted Nugent: Double Live Gonzo! (Vinyl)

Creedence Clearwater Revival: The Singles Collection (Vinyl Box set)

MF Doom: Unexpected Guests

J.J. Brown: Connect the Dots

Jackson 5: I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters

REVIEW: Death: For the Whole World To See

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deathDeath is possibly the first punk band that never was, they were also they first African-American punk/rock band around and brothers on top of that this gives you a few reasons to raise your eyebrow (not to mention the songs are fucking awesome). As a band the teenage Hackney brothers started playing R&B in their parents’ garage about 1971 but switched to hard rock in 1973, after seeing an Alice Cooper show, which is not only a true, but a fucking awesome story. The band had a self-released single in 1976 and that was about as much fame as they had while they were around. They were close to landing a deal a few times but shot it down with an against the grain attitude, a tape was brought to a New York record executive; the executive liked the songs but not the name. The suit told the band that they would have to change their name or there would be no deal, the band responded with a ‘Hell no!’ A 1974 demo tape was found in Bobby Sr.’s attic, this was released recently by Drag City Records as “… For the Whole World to See”, which is what we have here. Seven songs that were recorded over thirty five years ago, the sound is kind of a combination of the Buzzcocks, Ramones, Bad Brains, and Jimi Hendrix…before any of these bands were around (with the obvious exception of Hendrix. I was lucky enough to hear a the first track off of this record “Keep on Knocking” which immediately sold me, this may also be my favorite song, however closing out the album is “Politicians in My Eyes” in which lead singer Bobby Hackney lets out a great primal scream part way through the song, I love this song so much. This record is so good, I’m glad it’s in my collection; it should be in yours if you’re into that early punk sound because this is a prime example of what that was. Moving forward for the band they haven’t had much luck, in the early 80’s they released two albums of gospel rock as the 4th Movement. And more recently on a tragic note founder and leader, David Hackney, died of lung cancer in 2000. This is not only sad to find out because it’s a loss of a man who was a visionary with some great talent this also makes any kind of reunion impossible. Go out and get this record as a tribute to one of the best punk bands that never got a chance and you’ll be happy to find out that you’ve got some great tunes in hand.

1. Keep on Knocking
2. Rock-n-Roll Victim
3. Let the World Turn
4. You’re a Prisoner
5. Freakin’ Out
6. Where Do We Go From Here???
7. Politicians in My Eyes

Get it from Drag City Records HERE

Get For the Whole World to See from Amazon HERE

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