Archive | December, 2011

Jake’s Picks of 2011

Posted on 13 December 2011 by Jphish12

EDIT: I am ashamed to say that, after posting this, I realized I left out a couple of albums that were indispensable to me this year. They will replace two of the albums that were already in and the changes will be marked by asterisks.

Hello, everyone!

So, here we are again. The end of another year. And it’s that time where us music directors are looking back on all the great (and terrible) music that we’ve gotten in.  I think you all know what’s coming in this post. Yes, I have my Top picks…of many things. I’ve got my top albums, movies, reissues (can’t leave out the old, bad stuff) and maybe something else at the end. Since I’m Loud Rock Director, I’ll post my top metal picks in the Loud Rock section.

I’ve never really written out my top picks before. When I worked at a video store, my boss made me pick my top 5 new releases of the year. We weren’t allowed to pick movies that other employees picked. Being the last guy to pick my top 5, I had a rough time. My boss picked first. He picked one movie…The Inside Man. Okay, one down. Can’t pick that one. Oh! I can take Little Miss Sunshine. Got it. Number 1. My other boss, he picked…The Departed. Well fuck! Okay…well Children of Men hasn’t been taken. Okay! I can’t remember the last one I was happy picking. Maybe it was Pan’s Labyrinth. I don’t remember. All I know is that the other good movies got taken and I was forced to make my last two picks Beerfest and Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest…shit. At least someone picked Cars with their own freewill before I had too.

Fortunately, our station manager, Landon, is a cool dude and let’s our lists overlap (or does he?). I’ve seen Josh’s (our former station manager) “Dance Party Killers”. So I’ll take a little bit o’ inspiration from him. I’ll stop rambling. Don’t hate me if you disagree with my top 2 choices on albums. It was a tough call for me too. Here our my top picks of the year (and then some!).

Top 10 Albums of 2011:

10. Ga’an – Ga’an*

9. tUne-yArDs – w h o k i l l

8. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

7. Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

6. Bjork – Biophilia*

5. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

4. The Beach Boys – Smile Sessions (FINALLY)

3. Tom Waits – Bad As Me

2. Radiohead – The King of Limbs

1. Panda Bear – Tomboy

Greatest Re-Issues from this Year:

Can – Tago Mago

Mark Hollis – Mark Hollis

Talk Talk – Laughing Stock

10 Albums Released This Year by Bands I Couldn’t Care Less About (no particular order):

Mr. Big – What If…

Avril Lavigne – Goodbye Lullaby

Ke$ha’s dumb remix album

Sum 41 – Screaming Bloody Murder

Journey – Eclipse

Limp Bizkit – Gold Cobra (WTF?(“WTF?” is not part of the album name))

Kidz Bop Kids – Kidz Bop 20

Psychostick – Space Vampires vs. Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D

Chickenfoot – Chickenfoot III (Chickenfoot has already made 3 albums?)

Nickelback – Here And Now

Yes, as I looked back on the albums made this year, I took note of these ones…They’re on wikipedia.

The Collaboration and Album of the Year that Never Should’ve Happened:

Loud Reed & Metallica – Lulu

Albums I’m Eagerly Anticipating:

Dr. Dre – Detox (Soon?)

Meshuggah’s new album (Q1 2012)

Tool’s new album (Someday)

My Top 9 Movies of 2011 (because if I made it 10, then I’d have to put Season of the Witch in):

9. X-Men: First Class (Michael Fassbender Man-Crush)

8. Troll Hunter

7. Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame

6. The Trip

5. American: The Bill Hicks Story

4. Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest

3. Warrior (Tom Hardy Man-Crush)

2. Drive (Ryan Gosling Man-Crush)

1. 13 Assassins

Movies IMDb Tells Me to Look Forward to in the Future (I am and I’ll tell you why):

The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) It’s being directed by the RZA.

The Hobbit (2012) I’m a total nerd. And The Hobbit is awesome.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Needs no explanation

Underworld Awakening (2012) Kate Beckinsale is super hot in the Underworld movies.

The Avengers (2012) See first reason for The Hobbit.

Django Unchained (2012) Can’t hate Tarantino.

The Expendables 2 (2012) Van Damme is going to be in this one.

47 Ronin (2012) Keanu is going to pretend to be Japanese.

The Grey (2012) Liam Neeson is probably going to kill everything.

G.I. Joe 2 (2012) …Uh…why not?

Skyfall (2012) It’s James Bond. I dare you to tell me that you won’t see it.


24 (2013) DAMMIT!

WESTWORLD (?) Holy shit are you serious?! The first one was awesome! I mean, not really. But it’s still a great movie to watch. A remake of this and Total Recall?! All we need now is another installment in the Chronicles of Riddick series.

Untitled Chronicles of Riddick Sequel (?) WHAAAAAA???

Robopocalypse (2013) The movie is called Robopocalypse.


So I know it’s a long list of stuff. But I hope you guys enjoyed reading it. In the not-so-distant-future, I will be putting up my Top 10 Metal Albums of the Year in the Loud Rock section. So look out for that.

Happy Holidays! Happy New Year!

-JAKE (Loud Rock Director/Grand “Dad” Master)

David Brubeck at the White House in 2009

All New Birthday Section/David Brubeck, December 6th

Posted on 06 December 2011 by Casper


David Brubeck at the White House in 2009
Dave Brubeck at the White House for the 2009 Kennedy Center Honors

Welcome to the newest section of our site (as of  December 6, 2011), Artist Birthdays!  Each day I’ll be posting a video for an artists whose birthday it is, along with a little blurb about the artist.  Our inaugural artist is David Brubeck (Born December 6, 1920) , who despite being only a decade short of a century is STILL TOURING AND COMPOSING.  Most people are decomposing rather than composing at that age, so I think that is a particularly noteworthy feat; Mozart had been decomposing for 55 years by the time he was Brubeck’s age.

Brubeck is known for his use of unusual time signatures, as well as superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters and tonalities.  His best known piece, “Take Five” was recorded in 5/4 time and is available on the top-selling jazz album, Time Out (1959).  Other songs with strange time signatures recorded by Brubek include “Pick Up Sticks”, which is in 6/4 time, “Unsquare Dance” in 7/4 and “Blue Rondo à la Turk” in 9/8 (Also found on Time Out).

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