Year in Review: Music
A retrospective of 2011’s foremost albums
Music to Your Ears
Five Favorites of 2011
Honestly, I spent most of 2011 obsessing over mod music and glam rock from the ’60s and ’70s, and so I don’t feel quite equipped to compose an authoritative or complete list of the year’s best new sounds. (Besides, the Internet is populated by young bloggers on the hipster tip who are doing just that for me—not that I was into Real Estate, Youth Lagoon or Lana Del Mar in the slightest.) I did, however, spend hours obsessing over certain songs. Below are the five I repeated to an embarrassing degree.
Violin-playing performance artist shares her New Year’s Eve with Albuquerque
Bitch is a multi-instrumentalist—electric violin, ukulele, bass, keyboard—and solo performance artist. The one-woman band was once upon a time half of Righteous Babe Records alumnus Bitch and Animal. On her own, the exuberant, Technicolor, gender nonconformist singer released her first solo album on Kill Rock Stars and now runs her own label, Short Story Records. Trained as an actor as well, she starred in acclaimed feature film Shortbus by John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). Her music has appeared on “The L Word,” and she’s worked with the likes of JD Samson, Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls.
Mark Weber 6 Times around the Sun (Zerx Records)
On 6 Times around the Sun, hubkaphonist Mark Weber presents an abundant collection of strange and wonderful music, teaming up with nine adventurous musicians on 38 improvised duet tracks recorded over six years.
Flyer on the Wall
The poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 classic thriller now serves as the announcement of a New Year’s Eve party at Dad’s House. Gusher, Great White Buffalo, Fart House, Music is the Enemy and Sputniq play beginning at 9 p.m. (Jessica Cassyle Carr)
Jimmy Bluffett • tribute, soft rock
If you’ve had enough of Fan Halen, the Rolling Clones and Motley Crouton and just want to be wastin’ away (again) in Margaritaville, then by all means come on down to Route 66 Casino on Saturday, July 27 at 8pm to see Jimmy Bluffett put on a Jimmy Buffet tribute show that blows out your flip-flop. Fifteen bucks gets you into this all-ages show, but if you want the genuine buffet, come early when $29.99 allows you to fill your parrot head with all-you-can-eat crab legs. For more information, see rt66casino.com.
A Night of Comedy with Bob Odenkirk and Friends • stand-up and improv comedy
The star of “W/ Bob and David” and “Better Call Saul” hosts a comedy get-together at the KiMo Theatre that's sure to chase away those summer blues. Featuring the Cardboard Playhouse Theatre Company and some surprise guests, A Night of Comedy with Bob Odenkirk & Friends starts at 7:30pm, this Saturday, July 27. Tickets for the 13 and up show are $40 and sales benefit local sober-living and substance abuse rehab facility Endorphin Power Company.