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In lieu of a larger list of favorites, hereís the year of our lord 2011, seen from various angles, grouped in sets of five.



2011: Adam Strohm


  • Press play to hear cuts from Adamís five favorite records:


  • Records Released in 2011 that I Liked a Good Bit:

    Golden Retriever
    Light Cones
    (Root Strata)




    Bombino
    Agadez
    (Cumbancha)




    Jozef Van Wissem
    The Joy That Never Ends
    (Important)




    Colin Stetson
    New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges
    (Constellation)




    Michael Gordon
    Timber
    (Cantaloupe)



    Great live performances witnessed by yours truly in the last 12 months:

    Eighth Blackbird, Third Coast Percussion, and Friends: A Steve Reich Celebration - 08/22 (Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL)
    Tinariwen - 07/07 (Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL)
    Marcus Schmickler - 06/11/11 (Lampo/Graham Foundation, Madlener House, Chicago, IL)
    Dawnbringer - 03/26/11 (Red Line Tap, Chicago, IL)
    The Ex - 03/08/11 (Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL)



    Records from 2011 that Iíve enjoyed and wish I had listened to more often:

    Tinariwen - Tassili (Anti-)
    Bjork - Biophilia (Nonesuch)
    Anthony Levin-Decanini - Pairings/Birth Plan (Broken Research)
    Zombi - Escape Velocity (Relapse)
    Florent Ghys - Baroque Tardif (Cantaloupe)



    Albums from the past year that Iíve not heard, but really should have checked by now because Iíd probably dig them a lot:

    C. Spencer Yeh - 1975 (Intransitive)
    Marcus Schmickler - Rule of Inference (A-Musik)
    Absu - Abzu (Candlelight Records USA)
    Anatomy of Habit - Anatomy of Habit (self-released)
    Nicholas Szczepanik - Please Stop Loving Me (Streamline)



    Records released prior to 2011 that I got to know (and like) this year:

    Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual (We Are Free, 2008)
    Dawnbringer - Nucleus (Profound Lore, 2010)
    Frank Rosaly - Millwork (Contraphonic, 2010)
    Wim Mertens - Close Cover (Windham Hill, 1986)
    The Golden Palaminos - The Golden Palaminos (Celluloid, 1983)


    Iíd be remiss if I didnít say a few other things in this space before the doors close on 2011 and we begin our descent into an Mayan-predicted apocalypse. Iíve not spent as much time as I would have liked with Tinariwenís Tassili, but seeing the group find success with a six-month worldwide tour, appear on The Colbert Report, and garner a much-deserved Grammy nomination brought me joy. Some bands deserve the attention that they get, and other make Lulu.

    If Sonic Youthís November performance in Sao Paulo was in fact their last, Iíll be sorry to see them go. Like any number of other music fans across the world, I count Sonic Youth as the most important influence in my musical life, and I canít imagine what Iíd be listening to without them. The bandís demise, should it be upon us, wonít devastate the ď2011 meĒ the way that it would have circa 1998, but even if I havenít been listening to them much these past few years, Iíve always found some comfort in the bandís continued existence and their seemingly unending supply of energy and enthusiasm. Thanks, you guys.

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