Episode 74: Best of 2011 Part 1

February 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

This is the 74th edition of the Epileptic Gibbon podcast music show and the playlist to accompany it. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN. This show represents part 1 of my ‘best of 2011’ shows, focusing on some great tracks, albums, EPs & festivals from last year. There is no feature album this time, to allow for a diverse selection of tracks and artists from around the world and covering various different genres from 2011. Below you’ll find the track list, plus weblinks to where you can find more information about each artist.

Total running time: 1 hour and 55 minutes. Downloaded file is 105.4 MB.

1. No More Than We Deserve (5:08) – Sanguine Hum (Taken from the album ‘Diving Bell’; see troopersforsound.com/category/sanguine-hum/, www.facebook.com/pages/Sanguine-Hum/148914338483750, sanguinehum.bandcamp.com/ & rosfest.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=125&Itemid=130)

2. The Pattern (6:26) – Jolly (Taken from the album ‘The Audio Guide To Happiness’; see www.jollyband.com/news.html & www.facebook.com/JOLLYBAND?sk=app_2405167945)

3. En kartbild utan sand (5:23) – Testbild! (Taken from the album, ‘Barrikad’; see testbild.bandcamp.com/album/barrikad, testbild.org/ & kalligrammofon.com/barrikad/)

4. Looking Glass Girl (3:27) – arcs (Taken from the ‘amo amas amat amamus amatis amant’ EP; see arcs.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/arcstheband)

5. The Riddle Of Anything (4:34) – Nerve Toy Trio (Taken from the ‘The Hard Cell’ EP; see www.facebook.com/nervetoytrio & www.burningshed.com/store/progressive/product/99/2862/)

6. Looking For A Platform (15:03) – Abel Ganz (Taken from the album, ‘Shooting Albatross’; see www.abelganz.com & www.facebook.com/pages/Abel-Ganz/104282746280548)

For details about the postponement of this year’s Electric Garden Festival go to www.electricgardenfestival.com/ and for more details about the forthcoming Progmeister 2 Festival go to progmeister.com/

7. God, Down a Coal Mine (3:56) – Tomahawks For Targets (Originally taken from the ‘The Total Collapse’ EP & also available on the forthcoming ‘Invasion on a Budget’ album, which you can pre-order at audioexcess.bandcamp.com/album/invasion-on-a-budget; see also www.facebook.com/tomahawksfortargets?sk=wall)

8. Lay in the light (3:56) – Sunol (Taken from the album, ‘Lay in the light’; see sunolmusic.com/ & www.facebook.com/sunolmusic)

9. The Black Forest (11:08) – Agents of Mercy (Taken from the album, ‘The Black Forest’; see www.flowerkings.se/discography.php?p=aom-blackforest, www.agentsofmercy.com/ & www.cdbaby.com/cd/agentsofmercy3)

10. Dear Lord, No Deal (2:16) – Knifeworld (Taken from the EP Dear Lord, No Deal; see www.knifeworld.co.uk/, www.facebook.com/knifeworld, knifeworld.bandcamp.com/album/dear-lord-no-deal-ep & www.thegenepool.co.uk/artists/KNIFEWORLD.htm)

11. An Introduction to Creatures of Love (3:54) – Creatures of Love (This single can be downloaded for free from www.musicglue.net/creaturesoflove/; see also www.facebook.com/creaturesoflove)

12. Grand National (3:58) – Letters (Taken from the double A-side single, ‘Grand National/Pipe Dreams’ which can be downloaded for free via the band’s website; see www.wewriteletters.co.uk/ (you’ll need to scroll down to the bottom of the page to download the single) & www.facebook.com/pages/We-Write-Letters/137294089660482?v=info)

13. Ocean Rise (7:04) – Paradise 9 (Taken from the ‘State of the Nation’ EP; see www.paradise9.net/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Paradise-9/73323509813)

14. Collecting Skies (6:10) – The Big I Am (Taken from the album, ‘Collecting Skies’; see folkwit.com/artists/the-big-i-am & thebigiam1.bandcamp.com/album/collecting-skies)

15. Leave Everything You Know (7:30) – Fiona Ford (Taken from the album ‘Leave Everything You Know’; see www.facebook.com/FionaFordMusic & www.myspace.com/fionaford)

Thanks to all the musicians for producing such brilliant music and thanks to all you listeners too. Please leave a comment if you like what you hear (or even if you don’t… feedback is so important!). I will be back for the next episode, looking ahead to the Progmeister 2 festival and there will be an interview with the organiser and tracks from the acts playing, and then not long after that will be the second and third of my ‘best of 2011’ shows.



  1. Cynthia Maher Spencer said,

    I rarely get to listen to these in a single go, and would find it incredibly useful if you could post a start time as well as the length of each track. Would that be tricky to do? Or am I just hopelessly lazy?

    Very good so far, btw.

    • epilepticgibbon said,

      It would be very time-consuming rather than tricky.

  2. Cynthia Maher Spencer said,

    I shall just have to practice better discipline.

  3. Julian said,

    Jason Isaacs …..very good EG…..!! Perhaps i will email Mayo and Kermode and inform them !!!

    • epilepticgibbon said,

      Please do, Julian. I’m sure the good doctors would be thrilled.

  4. Cynthia Maher Spencer said,

    It’s hard to pick a top track, but I especially enjoyed Nerve Toy Trio and am little surprised to be very taken with Agents of Mercy.

    As I said before, I am quite excited to think what two podcasts full of music better than this may be like. :)

    • epilepticgibbon said,

      The Agents of Mercy track is proving to be very popular, it seems.

      • Cynthia Maher Spencer said,

        Well, I assume it resonates with me because I’m also an intense Scandinavian,which seems to inform my taste across all manner of spheres.

  5. Cynthia Maher Spencer said,

    And, you’re right about the final track. Astonishing. After your more or less devotional introduction I was getting a little irritated by the long quiet lead in, but as soon as ‘Leave Everything You Know’ started in earnest, I remembered it from an earlier podcast. Great stuff.

    • epilepticgibbon said,

      Definitely a ‘wow’ moment that track, even after hearing it many, many times now. Glad you agree.

  6. Tom Hudon said,

    Another fine show Eppy.

    I, like Cynthia, rarely get to listen to the show in one listen and had the same thought, but honestly it’s a great excuse to go back and reply portions of the show over again to fit the tracks to your list.


    • epilepticgibbon said,

      Thanks, Tom. Very kind of you to say. I do appreciate the problems people have if they can’t listen to the show in one go, but at least it sounds like it’s not too much of an ordeal for you and some of the tracks do benefit from a second (or even a third) listen, I reckon. Not all of the music can be really appreciated after just one listen, I don’t think, so maybe there are some advantages to replaying the show.

  7. Rosie said,

    Whatever is playing at one hour in I like very much!

  8. Rosie said,

    It’s Agents of Mercy. I youtubed an answer. ;)

    • epilepticgibbon said,

      Very resourceful of you, Rosie. :-)

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