Category Archives: The Best of 2011

Flashlite #152 – The Best of 2011 – pt 3

RainerThe third part of our “Best of 2011” series brings you the best short forms in the past year in the first half of the show. I mean by that eps, singles, mini albums and so on. The second half of the show is all about reissues and albums that were issued last year, but were recorded much earlier. The absolute stand out in that batch last year was in my mind one of the last recordings (if not the last recording) of Rainer Ptacek mere weeks before his death back in 1997. Best short forms and reissues are otherwise lined up in a random free-form order. I did not attempt to chart them.

Michelle Shocked – Streetcorner Ambassador;
Bäddat För Trubbel – Inte Bocka Och Buga;
Personal & The Pizzas – I Want You;
Ty Segall – Salamanda Palaganda;
Wolf People – Silbury Sands;
Reigning Sound – Not Far Away;
Fleshtones – Remember The Ramones;
Cody Chesnutt – Come Back Like Spring;
Damien Youth – Satelites At Seven;
The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up;
Screaming Trees – Anita Grey;
The Normals – Don’t Pick Me;
Lou Reed – Caroline Says;
The Rolling Stones – Imagination;
Bobby Charles – Small Town Talk;
Rainer with Joey Burns and John Convertino – Now I Know Better;
Rainer with Joey Burns and John Convertino – (Tasted Better Going Down) Valerie;
Mikal Cronin – Is It Alright.

Flashlite #151 – The Best of 2011 – pt 2

Mikal CroninIt’s the end of 2011 and it’s time to assess the damage. It’s the part two of the Top 30 albums of 2011 at the Little Lighthouse. It was a lean year when it comes to really big earth shattering albums, but it was also a year with a lot of good records. The champion for this year is Mikal Cronin and his debut record. The rest of the list goes something like this…

01 Mikal Cronin
02 Cute Lepers - Adventure Time
03 Susie Hug - Tucson Moonshine
04 True Sons of Thunder - Spoonful of Seedy Dudes
05 Hayvanlar Alemi - Guarana Superpower
06 King Louie's Missing Monuments - Painted White
07 Jack Oblivian - Rat City
08 Disciplina Kicme - Uf!
09 One Hundred Dollars - Songs of Man
10 Happy Birthday
11 Mr. Ron Jetson - The Return of The Sleeping Policemen
12 Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler The Dream
13 John Paul Keith - The Man That Time Forgot
14 Booker T. Jones - The Road From Memphis
15 The Barrarecudas - Nocturnal Missions
16 North Mississippi Allstars - Keys To The Kingdom
16 Mama Rosin with Hipbone Slim and the Kneetremblers - Louisiana Sun
17 Sonny And The Sunsets - Hit After Hit
18 Bubblegum Lemonade - Sophomore Release
19 Lucinda Williams - Blessed
20 Black Keys - El Camino
21 Jerusalem and the Starbaskets - Dost
22 Tim Lee 3 - Raucous Americanus
23 Dead Rock West - Bright Morning Stars
24 Israel Nash Gripka - Barn Doors And Concrete Floors
25 Bo Keys - Got To Get Back
26 The Frictions - Halogen Sky
27 Danny & the Champions of the World - Hearts and Arrows
28 John Hiatt - Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns
29 The Walkabouts - Travels in Dustland
30 Wild Flag

The Barreracudas – Baby Baby Baby;
Booker T. Jones – Representing Memphis (Featuring Matt Berninger & Sharon Jones);
John Paul Keith – Never Could Say No;
Thee Oh Sees – Crushed Grass;
Mr Ron Jetson – Magnificient Joe;
Happy Birthday – Subliminal Message;
One Hundred Dollars – Ties That Bind;
Disciplina Kicme – Sta je to sto drzi dabas tvoju paznju;
Jack Oblivian – Kidnapper;
King Louie’s Missing Monuments – Girl of the Nite;
Hayvanlar Alemi – Hayalgucu Sporkulubu;
True Sons of Thunder – Crawlin;
Susie Hug – Flinch;
Cute Lepers – Head Over Heels;
Mikal Cronin – Get Along;
Mikal Cronin – The Way Things Go.

Flashlite #150 – The Best of 2011 – pt 1

The Best of 2011It’s the end of 2011 and it’s time to assess the damage. I prepared the list of 30 best new albums in this year, also a separate list of best short forms (singles, eps, downloads…) and reissues. We will cover this in our next three shows. We begin today with the best albums, positions from 30 to 16. Top 15 will be presented in our next show. So, start today and find out which one is the best album next week.

Wild Flag – Electric Band;
The Walkabouts – My Diviner;
John Hiatt – Damn This Town;
Danny & the Champions of the World – Heart & Arrow;
The Frictions – Cut And Run;
The Bo-Keys – Catch This Teardrop (feat. Percy Wiggins);
Isreal Nash Gripka – Four Winds;
Dead Rock West – Tell the Angles;
Tim Lee 3 – Long Way Home;
Jerusalem and The Starbaskets – Chocolate Covered Every Berry;
The Black Keys – Run Right Back;
Lucinda Williams – Blessed;
Bubblegum Lemonade – We Could Send Emails;
Sonny and the Sunsets – Home and Exile;
Mama Rosin together with Hipbone Slim and the Kneetremblers – Louisiana Sun;
North Mississippi Allstars – This A’Way.