2011: Adam Strohm
Records Released in 2011 that I Liked a Good Bit:
Jozef Van Wissem
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)
Records from 2011 that Iíve enjoyed and wish I had listened to more often:
Tinariwen - Tassili (Anti-)
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)
Records released prior to 2011 that I got to know (and like) this year:
Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual (We Are Free, 2008)
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.
By Adam Strohm