Episode 84: Best of 2011 – My Top 20 Countdown

August 30, 2012 at 7:48 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

This is the 84th edition of the Epileptic Gibbon podcast music show and the playlist to accompany it. CLICK HERE TO LISTEN. This show represents part 4 of my ‘best of 2011′ shows, specifically counting down my favourite twenty releases (albums and EPs) from last year. There is no feature album this time but there will be lots of great music from 2011. Below you’ll find the track list, plus weblinks to where you can find more information about each artist.

Total running time: 2 hours and 36 minutes. Downloaded file is 142.7 MB.

1. Dolli (3:18) – Dutch Uncles (Taken from the album ‘Cadenza’; see www.dutchuncles.co.uk/ & www.facebook.com/dutchuncles)

2. Till Death (4:27) – Marvin B. Naylor (Taken from the album ‘The Stargazer’s Symphonium’; see folkwit.com/artists/marvin-b-naylor, marvinbnaylormusic.bandcamp.com/, & folkwitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-stargazers-symphonium)

3. Mr. Sands (5:22) – Van Der Graaf Generator (Taken from the album ‘A Grounding In Numbers’; see www.sofasound.com/ & www.vandergraafgenerator.co.uk/)

4. Ultima Thule (7:15) – Jack O’ The Clock (Taken from the album ‘How Are We Doing And Who Will Tell Us?’; see jackotheclock.com/Jack_O_The_Clock.html, jackotheclock.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Jack-O-The-Clock/101083079955156)

5. The Modern Architrave (5:44) – Big Block 454 (Taken from the album ‘Bells & Proclamations’; see bigblock454.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/BigBlock454.music)

6. Sleeping Conniptions (3:40) – Sharks Took The Rest (Taken from the EP ‘Grounds for Hearts to Swell’; see www.sharkstooktherest.com/, sharkstooktherest.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/sharkstooktherest)

7. Raining Dirt (4:46) – Earth Size Diamonds (Taken from the album ‘In A Shrinking Forest’; see earthsizediamonds.bandcamp.com/album/in-a-shrinking-forest)

8. Rushden Fair (3:36) – Matt Stevens (Taken from the album ‘Relic’; see www.mattstevensguitar.com/, mattstevens.bandcamp.com/album/relic & www.facebook.com/mattstevensloop)

9. Fly She (5:32) – Redbus Noface (Taken from the album ‘If It Fights The Hammer It Will Fight The Knife’; see www.markcawthra.com/ & www.thegenepool.co.uk/items/759.htm)

10. Advanced Tree Surgery (5:28) – Ochre (Taken from the album Early Learning; see ochremusic.com/2011/08/01/early-learning-now-available-for-download/, ochre.bandcamp.com/album/early-learning & www.facebook.com/ochremusic)

11. How Does It Run? (2:47) – To Arms Etc (Taken from the album ‘To Arms Etc’; see www.toarmsetc.com/, toarmsetcofficial.bandcamp.com/album/to-arms-etc & www.facebook.com/toarmsetc)

12. Bear Talk (3:42) – To Arms Etc (Taken from the album ‘To Arms Etc’; see www.toarmsetc.com/, toarmsetcofficial.bandcamp.com/album/to-arms-etc & www.facebook.com/toarmsetc)

13. 15H40 (4:56) – Lazuli (Taken from the album ‘4603 Battements’; see www.lazuli-music.com/ & www.facebook.com/Groupe.LAZULI)

14. Morpheus Miracle Maker (5:20) – North Sea Radio Orchestra (Taken from the album ‘I A Moon’; see www.nsro.co.uk/ & www.facebook.com/northsearadioorchestra)

15. Mystic City (6:08) – Tony Patterson (Taken from the EP ‘All the World’; see www.freewebs.com/workstation1/ & www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TonyPatterson)

16. White Horses At Sea // Utopian Daydream (8:56) – Amplifier (Taken from the album ‘The Octopus’; see www.amplifiertheband.com/news.php, amplifier.bandcamp.com/album/the-octopus-2 & www.facebook.com/amplifierband)

17. A Long Way To Start (3:52) – Orwell (Taken from the album ‘Continental’; see folkwit.com/artists/orwell & folkwitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/continental)

18. The Wife, The Battlefield (3:22) – Orwell (Taken from the album ‘Continental’; see folkwit.com/artists/orwell & folkwitrecords.bandcamp.com/album/continental)

19. Super Altar (2:54) – William D Drake (Taken from the album ‘The Rising of the Lights’; williamddrake.wordpress.com/ & williamddrake.bandcamp.com/album/the-rising-of-the-lights)

20. Ant Trees (1:56) – William D Drake (Taken from the album ‘The Rising of the Lights’; williamddrake.wordpress.com/ & williamddrake.bandcamp.com/album/the-rising-of-the-lights)

21. Raider Prelude (2:23) – Steven Wilson (Taken from the album  ‘Grace For Drowning’; see www.swhq.co.uk/index.cfm, www.gracefordrowning.com/ & www.facebook.com/StevenWilsonHQ)

22. No Part Of Me (5:45) – Steven Wilson (Taken from the album  ‘Grace For Drowning’; see www.swhq.co.uk/index.cfm, www.gracefordrowning.com/ & www.facebook.com/StevenWilsonHQ)

23. Helix (5:54) – Phideaux (Taken from the album ‘Snowtorch’; see www.bloodfish.com/, phideaux.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/pages/Phideaux/25459284353)

24. The Slaughter of the Innocents (5:11) – Firefly Burning (Taken from the album ‘Lightships’; see www.fireflyburning.co.uk/, firefly1.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/fireflyburning)

25. Little Boat (6:43) – Firefly Burning (Taken from the album ‘Lightships’; see www.fireflyburning.co.uk/, firefly1.bandcamp.com/ & www.facebook.com/fireflyburning)

Thanks to all the musicians for producing such brilliant music and thanks to all you listeners too – I hope you enjoyed this top 20 countdown of some of 2011’s finest releases. Please leave a comment if you like what you hear (or even if you don’t… feedback is so important!) or if you want to have your say on my best of 2011 choices, or anything else connected to this podcast. Hopefully there will be lots of shows coming up between now and the end of the year, including more from Daniel & Rebsie, a Summer’s End Festival preview, some interviews, and I may even catch up with all those 2012 new releases at some point (you never know!).

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3 Comments

  1. Cynthia said,

    Only heard this podcast today, but was totally wowed by some of the tracks, on the first listen. Loved both Steve Wilson tracks (especially ‘No Part of Me’), and ‘Sleeping Conniptions’ by Sharks Took the Rest (but where do some of these bands get their names?). Thought Firefly Burning was superb especially ‘Little Boat’. But the real surprise for me was Phideaux’s ‘Helix’. Until now, everything track of theirs that I’ve heard on the podcasts has been well over my head, but this was wonderful and I shall be looking into getting a copy of ‘Snowtorch’.

    And you remind me of the Summer’s End preview podcast. I went last year totally on the back of the preview show you broadcast, and, like you, was completely taken by Lazuli. I’m relying on your preview this year to point me towards the bands/day I’d like to attend, since I have to be strategic.

  2. Miner said,

    Hello Eppy,

    Just getting around to listening to this show, and as always there are wonderful new things to explore!

    First off, it’s great to see a couple familiar items in your list. I just love Lazuli and think their latest may be their best so far – a really superb album. Also, you’ve played Firefly Burning before, and I had immediately purchased the digital download, and the whole album is excellent. Lets hope they record another album soon. And of course the mighty Van Der Graaf. I do find this to be their strongest since their mid-70s output.

    Of things new to me, the North Sea Radio Orchestra track is particularly outstanding. Jack of the Clock has also impressed when you’ve played them before. Must explore them more. And too many other impressive things in this show to mentione them all!

    In closing, let me say “thanks” for all the wonderful music you play for us!

    • epilepticgibbon said,

      Many thanks! It’s comments like this one (and the one above it) that make doing the podcast really worthwhile. Thanks for taking the time to comment and going into detail about what you enjoyed. Greatly appreciated!

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