2011 In Music – 1.000+ Good Albums

This has been a mammoth undertaking, which has occupied way too much of my life.  I hope you enjoy it.


Happy New Year, Everybody!


It is now so easy and inexpensive to record and distribute music that far too many albums are released each week for anyone to hear them all.  I thought if I organized and listed all the bands with good 2011 albums I’ve heard this year it might be helpful to others. 


My list differs from other year-end lists in three important ways:


Europe – Since the internet gives everyone around the world instant access to all albums released anywhere, it makes no sense for these other lists to ignore albums released in Europe but not the U.S.  Their probable justification, that there is no point listening to and recommending albums that are not available here, is nonsensical and silly.  Albums released only in Europe are instantly available for us to hear, and to buy as downloads, just like American releases.  Since I haven’t discriminated against or ignored Europe-only releases, this list includes a lot of great music missing from other year-end lists.


Finding Quality Via Quantity – Most year-end lists include a limited number of albums.  Does anyone seriously think there are only a few albums released each year that are worth recommending and hearing?  I’ve attempted to include every good album released this year, not just an inherently arbitrary Best Of.  You might conclude from scanning this list that I heard every indie album released.  Didn’t happen – not even close.  In 2011 I proved conclusively, once again, that no one can hear everything that comes out.


I tried to listen to every 2011 album that got substantial press attention.  As a result, any well-known album not listed below is likely missing because I don’t think it’s worth your time.  Examples of recent artists that released poor 2011 albums include Aethenor (Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O]]]), Atlas Sound (Bradford Cox of Deerhunter), Susan Boyle, Peter Broderick (of Efterklang), Billy Ray Cyrus, Dananananaykroyd, Chris ‘Daughtry’, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Brian Eno, Evanescence, ‘Rihanna’ Fenty, Gorillaz (Damon Albarn of Blur), Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham, Jennifer Hudson, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, ‘Beyonce’ Knowles, Lady Antebellum, Lady Gaga (Stefani Germanotta), Miranda Lambert, The Lonely Island (Samberg and Schaeffer of Saturday Night Live), Laura Marling, Mastodon, Miracle Fortress, Jake Owen, Pistol Annies (with Miranda Lambert), Puddle Of Mudd (covers of 70s classics), Jill Scott, She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward), Sixx:AM (for both This Is Gonna Hurt and 7), The Streets (Mike Skinner), Taylor Swift, Tasha Taylor (daughter of Johnny), Ultraviolent Sound (Sarah Hudson, sister of actress Kate), Butch Walker, Weird Al Yankovic.  The common thread among many of these weak albums is their one-dimensionality, sounding the same throughout – how boring is that?  In some cases you wonder whether the artist fell asleep in the studio, or suffered from “obsessive-compulsive repetitious disorder”.


Twentieth-Century Coverage – Other year-end lists copy each other so much they generally include the same albums by the same new artists, and completely ignore albums by artists who’ve been around a while.  Since I don’t ignore older artists (not trusting folks over 30 is such a dated, 60s idea), this list includes categories for artists who made their mark in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, along with categories for well-known 90s artists, including those who released poor albums this year.  Maybe those other lists only care about New Bands That Self-Proclaimed Trendsetters Decide Are Cool.


So, onward to my list of all artists that released 2011 albums worth hearing:


1.  Given how difficult it is to keep all this information and music straight, I haven’t even attempted to deal with the names of the albums.  Thus, listed below is just the band name, without the album title.  The internet of course makes it easy to discover the name of, and listen to, any of these 2011 albums.


2.  None of these albums are included because of just one song.  I’ve listened to each album at least twice all the way through (well, maybe not all the poor albums listed at the end), and would gladly listen to each again in the future.


3.   When at least two band members release solo albums or side projects, I’ve listed them in a separate category named for the band, which also lists the band’s own album if applicable.  I’ve also listed all-stars who released good albums with more than one band this year.


The bands in each category are listed in alphabetical order.  We begin with my Top 10 albums of the year, and at the bottom is the full list of my choices as the best albums of the year, along with some awards.  I hope you enjoy reading this, expanding your musical horizons, and discovering some great new stuff!


Fred’s 2011 Top 10 Albums


The Bent Moustache

The Black Keys

James Blake (for Enough Thunder)

The Cars

Cowboy Junkies (for Sing In My Meadow)

The Fall

The Field

Head Of Wantastiquet

I H8 Camera

Kaiser Chiefs

Las Kellies

LCD Soundsystem (live)

Lydia Lunch


Tu Fawning

Tom Waits




About Group (includes guys from Hot Chip and Spiritualized)

Amplifier – prog-rock

Art Brut

Arctic Monkeys

Bombay Bicycle Club

The Boxer Rebellion


Hollie Cook (daughter of Paul, Sex Pistols drummer) – solo – ska

The Crookes

Dark Captain

Dave I.D. – solo – industrial

DRC Music (Damon Albarn of Blur) – cross-cultural (Congo)

The Duke Spirit


Esben And The Witch (for both Violet Cries and )

Florence (Welch) & The Machine

Frankie & The Heartstrings

Fujiya & Miyagi



Kaiser Chiefs


The Kooks

Lanterns On The Lake

The Leisure Society

Male Bonding



The New Mastersounds – funk

Noah And The Whale

One Sixth Of Tommy

Pete And The Pirates

The Pigeon Detectives

The Rifles

Ross And The Wrongens

The Sand Band

Scars On 45

Slow Club

Tom ‘Smith’ (of Editors) & Andy ‘Burrows’ (of Razorlight)

The Travelling Band

White Belt Yellow Tag

The Wombats

Wu Lyf (aka World Unite! Lucifer Youth Foundation)

Gabby Young And Other Animals


Blackmore’s Night


Blackmore’s Night (Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow)

Candice Night (wife of Ritchie) – female solo





Ben Ottewell – solo


The Horrors


Cat’s Eyes (Faris Badwan of The Horrors)

The Horrors




Beady Eye (5 guys from Oasis, including Liam, but not Noel)

High Flying Birds (with Noel)


65daysofstatic – (sic)


Polinski (Paul Wolinski) – solo

65daysofstatic (for both Heavy Sky and Silent Running) – experimental


The Verve


Richard Ashcroft

Erland & The Carnival (Simon Tong)


England Baroque Chamber Pop


James Blake (for 3 albums – for both Enough Thunder, Love What Happened Here, and self-titled)

The Irrepressibles

Wild Beasts


England Post-Punk



British Sea Power

The Chapman Family

S.C.U.M. (not the same-named Norway metal band)

Still Corners

The Vaccines

Wet Paint

White Lies

Yuck (2 guys ex-Cajun Dance Party)


England Psychedelic Rock



The Unthanks


England Blues Rock


Anna Calvi – female solo

Dennis Hopper Choppers (Ben Nicholls) – solo

Hokie Joint

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis (the Durham siblings)

Hugh Laurie (the actor) – solo


England Psych-Folk


Codes In The Clouds (sounds like Explosions In The Sky)

James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg (U.S.) (acoustic guitar)

Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou (married)

The Sand Band

Smoke Fairies (sounds like Annie Haslam of Renaissance)

Trembling Bells (electric medieval/Renaissance)


England Experimental


Vicki Barnett (mash-ups of pop and rock hits, including The Doors and Sound Of Music) – female solo

Duke Garwood – solo

Maybeshewill (sic)

Passarella Death Squad

Planningtorock (sic) (Janine Rostron) – female solo


Zum Zum Egui


England Garage Rock


The Cubical (sic) (sounds like Captain Beefheart channeling Tom Waits)

Headcat (Lemmy Kilmister/Motorhead and Slim Jim Phantom/Stray Cats) (covers of 50s/60s rockers)

The Jim Jones Revue (Jim Jones of Thee Hypnotics)

Little Barrie

Milk Maid

Thee Spivs (channeling every single England late-70s punk band)


England Hard Rock


The King Blues

The Suzukis


England Soul


‘Adele’ Atkins – female solo

The Bongolian (Nasser Bouzida) – solo

Nostalgia 77 (Ben Lambin) – solo

Smoove & (John) Turrell


England Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Bibio (Stephen Wilkinson) – solo

Crystal Fighters

Dutch Uncles

Emalkay (Martin Knowles) – solo

Friendly Fires

The Go! Team

Is Tropical

Koan Sound


Mickey Moonlight (Mike Silver) – solo

Mrs. Jynx (Hannah Davidson) – female solo

Kele ‘Okereke’ (of Bloc Party) – solo

SBTRKT (Aaron Jerome) – solo

Scroobius Pip (David Meads) – solo


Summer Camp


Tropics (Chris Ward) (not one of the same-named England or U.S. bands) – solo

Chad Valley (Hugo Manuel) – solo

Zomby – solo


England Male Solo


Jon Allen

James Blackshaw (acoustic guitar)

Blanck Mass (Ben Power of F**k Buttons) – solo

Blood Orange (Devonte Hynes, aka Lightspeed Champiom)

Butcher The Bar (Joel Nicholson)

Iain Chambers (acoustic guitar)

Baxter Dury (son of Ian)

Fink (Fin Greenall)

The Glorious (Christopher Wicks, founder of fashion house English Laundry)

Miles Kane (of The Last Shadow Puppets)

Alexi Murdoch

Puzzle Muteson

RKC (aka Roses Kings Castles) (Adam Ficek of Babyshambles)

Edward Rogers

Ed Sheeran

Spectrals (Louis Jones)

Alex Turner (of Arctic Monkeys and The Last Shadow Puppets)

Frank Turner

‘Tom Vek’ Vernon-Kell

James Walbourne

Mitch Winehouse (Amy’s father) (Sinatra-type standards)

Patrick Wolf (for both Brumalia and Lupercalia)


England Female Solo


Alessi’s Ark (Alessi Laurent-Marke)

Mechanical Bride (Lauren Doss)

Hannah Peel




Admiral Fallow

Conquering Animal Sound

Falloch – prog-metal


Frightened Rabbit

The Fruit Tree Foundation (folks from The Delgados, Frightened Rabbit, and The Twilight Sad)

Jonny (2 guys from Teenage Fanclub and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci)

King Creosote (Kenny Anderson) (for both Diamond Mine, with Jon Hopkins, and Thrawl)

Sons & Daughters

Sparrow And The Workshop

Veronica Falls

Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat (of Arab Strap)


Scotland Post-Punk



Penguins Kill Polar Bears

We Were Promised Jetpacks




The Joy Formidable

Los Campesinos!

The Loves (not one of the same-named France synth or 60s U.S. psychedelic rock bands)


Northern Ireland


Cashier No. 9

The Japanese Popstars – synth




Adebisi Shank – experimental

And So I watch You From Afar – experimental

Bell X1 – synth

Julie Feeney – female solo

Fight Like Apes


Ireland Male Solo


James McMorrow

Fionn Regan




Alamo Race Track

Are You A Lion

Apes In The Orange Grove

The Black Atlantic

La Boutique Fantastique


Cuban Heels (not one of the same-named Scotland 80s or England bands)

De Staat

The Devil’s Blood – prog-metal

Dyzack (Erik Hofland) – solo – blues rock

Early Adopters

Tommy Ebben And The Small Town Villains

Charles Frail – solo – baroque chamber pop


Sven Hammond Soul – soul music

Happy Camper (not one of the same-named Indiana or Las Vegas bands)

Henk (Koorn) & Melle (De Boer)

I Am Oak (Thijs Kuijken) (for both Oasem and Wavves) – solo – psych-folk

Junior Eats Alone

Kaizers Orchestra

King Jack (not the same-named England band)

Krach (not the same-named Germany band)


The May Bees (channeling Guided By Voices)

Me & Stupid

Milligram Retreat


M-Jo & The Jesus Herb

Moi, Le Voisin (aka Me, The Neighbor)

Neon Rainbows



Palio Superspeed Donkey

The Phantom Four & The Arguido

The Phoenix Foundation


Racoon (sic) (not the same-named Canada band)


Templo Diez


Joep Van Son & Jelle Van Veenan



Netherlands Post-Punk


The Bent Moustache (channeling The Fall and My Bloody Valentine)

Eins Zwei Orchestra

Houses (not the same-named Denver band)

The Medics (not the same-named Australia band)

Pioneers Of Love

Rats On Rafts

Stairs To Nowhere


Netherlands Psychedelic-Rock





Netherlands Alt-Country


Dusty Stray



Netherlands Experimental


Aestrid (Bo Menning) – solo

Dead Neanderthals (sax and drums, similar to Morphine)


Spoelstra (Jeroen Warntjes) – solo

We Killed Bambi

Yesterday’s Men


Netherlands Cross-Cultural


Jungle By Night – Nigeria jazz

Mdungu – Gambia

TenTemPies – Mexico


Netherlands Garage Rock


The Galactic Lo-Fi Orchestra

Woody & Paul


Netherlands Hard Rock


All On Black

And So I Watch You From Afar

Black Bottle Riot

BlackboxRed (sic)

Blues Brother Castro

Death Letters (sounds like At The Drive-In)

The Fudge

Lost Bear

The Maydays (not the same-named Wales band)



The Windowsill


Netherlands Prog-Rock


Atlantis (Gilson Heitinga)


Knight Area


Netherlands Industrial


Aux Raus



Netherlands Funk



The Jig

Mungolian Jetset



Netherlands Reggae



Damaru – solo

Def P & Beatbusters


Joggo (Jurgen Seedorf, brother of world-class soccer player Clarence) – solo

Ziggy Recado – solo

Splendid (not the same-named Australia band with Angie Hart of Frente!)

The Upsessions


Netherlands Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Classic Brothers

Gluid (Bram Van Den Oever) – solo

Jesus And The Christians

Kraak & Smaak

Lola Kite

Sander Kleinenberg – solo

Rimer London – solo


Fata ‘El Morgana’ Moustache

Nobody Beats The Drum

Pitto (Geurt Kersjes) – solo

Tech Chic Design (Anduo Lucia) – solo


Netherlands Male Solo


Awkward I (Djurre DeHaan)

Benny Sings (Tim Berkestijn)

Johan Borger

Bart Constant

Dazzled Kid (Tjeerd Bomhof of Voicst)

Marten De Paepe


Niels ‘Duffhues’


Ro Halfhide

Wouter Hamel

Ralph De Jongh And Crazy Hearts (sounds like mid-70s M.Jagger)

Tim Knol

‘Harold K’ Limburg

Andre Manuel

Case Mayfield

Jelle ‘Paulusma’ (not the same-named England female solo singer)

Joep Pelt (covers done as Americana)

Roy Santiago

Spinvis (Erik De Jong)

Meindart Talma

Florian Wolff

Yoshimi (Niet Hilkman)


Netherlands Female Solo


Linda Arkana

‘Eefje’ De Visser

Pien Feith

Gram (Marg Van Eenbergen)

iET (Lisa Van Viegan)

Marike Jager

Aafke Romeijn

Gwen ‘G.T. Thomas’

‘Chagal’ Van Den Berg

Sonja Van Hamel






Birds That Change Colour

Black Box Revelation – garage rock

A Brand

Bunny Zen & The Syphilis Madmen

Cape Coast Radio

Das Pop

The Future Dead

Intergalactic Lovers

Low Vertical

Suarez (not one of the same-named Argentina or U.S. bands)

You Raskal You


Zita Swoon Group


Belgium Post-Punk



Sunday Bell Ringers


Belgium Experimental


I H8 Camera

Sleeping Dog


Belgium Cross-Cultural


Antwerp Gypsy-Ska Orchestra (gypsy songs played as ska)

Hoquets – Congo


Belgium Male Solo


The Bony King of Nowhere (Bram Van Parys)

Gotye (Wouter De Backer)

Tom Pintens

Spencer The Rover (Koen Renders)





The Megaphonic Thrift

Pagan’s Mind – prog-metal


Mathias Stubo – solo – synth


Norway Male Solo


‘Moddi’ Knotsen

Sondre Lerche


Norway Female Solo


Ane Brun

Jenny Hva

Rebeka Karijord




The Amazing

Bye Bye Bicycle

Friska Viljor

Fullforce – metal

Golden Kanine



Niki & The Dove

Peter Bjorn And John

The Skull Defekts – post-punk

Those Dancing Days – garage

Thus: Owls


Sweden Synth


The Field (Alex Willner) – solo

I Break Horses

Little Dragon (4 ex-members of Gorillaz)



Sweden Male Solo


Christian Kjellvander

Jens Lekman

Loney Dear (Emil Svenangen)


Sweden Female Solo


‘Lykke Li’ Zachrisson

Sakert! (Annika Norlin)

Signe Tollefsen




Le Corps Mince De Francais


Timo Tolkki – solo

Vladislav Delay Quartet (Sasu Ripatti) – solo – industrial (similar to Cabaret Voltaire/Throbbing Gristle)




Maggie Bjorklund – female solo – alt-country

Les Chicharrons – funk

Dad Rocks! (Snaevar Albertsson) – solo – psych-folk

Darkness Falls

Figurines (not the same-named band that later became Ben Gibbard’s side project The Postal Service)

Murder (not the same-named U.S. band)

The Raveonettes – post-punk

Treefight For Sunlight (for both A Collection of Vibrations For Your Skull and self-titled)

When Saints Go Machine – baroque chamber pop


Denmark Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Keith Canisius – solo

Vinnie Who (Niels Hansen) – solo

Who Made Who




Apparat Organ Quartet

Iceage (not the same-named U.S. prog-rock band)

Ourlives (sic)

‘Soley’ Stefensdottir (of Seabear) – female solo


Iceland Experimental




Iceland Male Solo


Olafur Arnolds – classical

Sin Fang Bous (Sindri Sigfusson)




The Do

The Dukes (not one of the same-named New Zealand or U.S. 70s or current bands) – hard rock

Herman Dune

Housse De Racket

Pneu – experimental


France Cross-Cultural


Sergent Garcia (Cuba)

Stranded Horse (Yann Tambour) – solo – cross-cultural (Mali)


France Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Agoria (Sebastien Davand) – solo

Black Devil Disco Club

Cosmos 70

Curry (Thomas Pilem) & Coco (Sylvain Przybylski)


Dye (Juan De Guillebon) – solo


M83 (Anthony Gonzales) – solo

The Shoes (not the same-named 70s U.S. Band)


Yuksek (Pierre-Alexandre Busson) – solo


France Female Solo


Charlotte Gainsbourg

My Bee’s Garden (Melody Prochet)

Maia Vidal

Zaz (Isabelle Geffroy)




Bodi Bill

Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble – synth


Long Distance Calling – prog-rock

V8 Wankers – hard rock


Germany Experimental


Niobe (Yvonne Cornelius) – female solo

Super Reverb


Germany Classical


Nils Frahm (for 3 albums – Felt, 7 Fingers with Anne Muller, and as Oliveray)

Hauschke (Volker Bertelmann) – solo

Oliveray (Nils Frahm and Peter Broderick)


Germany Male Solo


Jonas David

Finn (Patrick Zimmer)

Norman Palm




Mercedes Peon – female solo




Buraka Son Sistema – synth




Dimlite (Dimitri Grimm) – solo – synth

The Pussywarmers – experimental




Aucan – synth

A Classic Education

Forty Winks

Waines – garage rock


Italy Male Solo


Banjo Or Freakout (Alessio Natalizia)

Alberto Rigoni




Keep Shelly In Athens – synth

Scar Of The Sun – prog-metal


Central Europe


Killed By 9V Batteries (Austria) – post-punk

Armand Margjeka (Albania) – solo

Ana Popovic (Serbia) – female solo – blues-rock

Alina Simone (Ukraine) – female solo

Taraf De Haidouks (Romania) & Kocani Orkestar (Macedonia) – cross-cultural (gypsy)

Yonderboi (Laszlo Fogarasi) (Hungary) – solo – synth


Czech Republic


Marketa Irglova (of Swell Season and the movie Once, both with Glen Hansard of The Frames) – solo

Toh Kay (Tomas Kalnoky) – solo




Morphosis (Rabih Beaini) (not the same-named 90s Ireland death metal band) – solo – synth




J.Viewz (Jonathan Dagan) – solo – synth

‘Keran Ann’ Zeidel – female solo




Asa (Bukola Ekmide) (Nigeria) – female solo

Orchestre Poly-Rythmo (Benin)




Fatoumata Diawara – female solo



South Africa


Dear Reader

Chris Letcher – solo

MartyParty (Marty Folb) – solo – synth

The Parlotones (channeling The Killers)

Seether – hard rock




World’s End Girlfriend (Katsuhiko Maeda) – solo – experimental




The Fever Machine – hard rock




Zee Avi – female solo




Architecture In Helsinki

Boy & Bear

Fallon Cush

Hungry Kids Of Hungary

Little Red


Australia Post-Punk


Canyons (not either of the same-named U.S. bands from D.C. or L.A.)

Grand Atlantic

The Jezabels


Australia Psych-Folk


Cloud Control

The Middle East


Australia Garage Rock


Bleeding Knees Club

The UV Race


Australia Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Cut Copy

Miami Horror


Australia Male Solo


Liam Finn (son of Neil of Crowded House)

Scott Matthews


Australia Female Solo



Julia Stone


New Zealand



Cut Off Your Hands

Indicator Dogs – hard rock

The Naked And Famous

Orchestra Of Spheres – experimental

Pyjama Club (Neil Finn of Crowded House, with wife Sharon)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Ruban Nielsen) – garage rock – solo


South America


Algodon Egipcio (“Egyptian Cotton”) (Ezequiel Bertho) (Venezuela) – solo – synth

Las Kellies (channeling The Au Pairs and Delta 5) (Argentina) – post-punk




CSS (Cansei De Ser Sexy, aka Tired Of Being Sexy) – synth

Digitaldubs – reggae

The Lilies (Sergio Dias of Os Mutantes, along with Tahiti Boy & The Palmtree Family)




Davila666 – garage rock (Puerto Rico)

Juakali – solo – reggae (Trinidad)

Gaby Moreno – female solo (Guatemala)


Jamaica Reggae


Daniel Chino McGregor – solo

Superheavy (Damian Marley, with Mick Jagger and Dave Stewart 0f The Eurythmics)




-+ – (RitualZ) – solo – synth

The Butcherettes – garage rock




Barn Burner – hard rock

Bedouin Soundclash

The Darcys

The Dears

Handsome Furs

The Lions (not one of the same-named bands around the globe)

The Luyas


Rah Rah


Tasseomancy (aka reading tea-leaves)

The Weeknd (sic) (Abel Tesfaye) – solo – soul

Whitehorse (includes Luke Doucet) (not the 70s U.S. band with Motley Crue’s Mick Mars) – alt-country


Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Esmerine (Bruce Cawdron, with Beckie Foon of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra)

Efrim Menuck (of Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra)


The New Pornographers


Kathryn Calder – female solo

Destroyer (Dan Bejar)


Canada Post-Punk


Little Girls

No Joy

Odonis Odonis


Canada Southern Rock


Redlight King (Mark Kasperczyk) – solo

The Sheepdogs (for both Five Easy Pieces and Learn & Burn)


Canada Psych-Folk


Siskiyou (2 guys from Great Lake Swimmers)

Timber Timbre


Canada Experimental



Dirty Beaches (Alex Hungtai) – solo

Little Scream (Laurel Sprengelmeyer) – female solo


Canada Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



Azari & III

Jef Barbara – solo

The Birthday Massacre

Tim Hecker – solo

Junior Boys


Melleefresh (Melenny Brown) Vs Deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman)

Moonface (Spencer Krug of Frog Eyes, Wolf Parade, and Sunset Rubdown) – solo

New Look

Parallels (Cameron Findlay, ex-Crystal Castles)

Rustie (Russell Whyte) (not the same-named 90s Canada indie band) – solo

San Sebastian

Teen Daze (Jamison) – solo

Young Galaxy


Canada Male Solo


City And Colour (Dallas Green of Alexisonfire)

Diamond Rings (John O’Regan)

Ensemble (Olivier Alary)

Dan Mangan

Neverending White Lights (Daniel Victor)

Sandro Perri

Doug Tielli – baroque chamber pop

Chad VanGaalen


Canada Female Solo


Louise Burns

Leslie ‘Feist’

Grimes (Claire Boucher)

Jenn Mierau


Samantha Savage Smith


Athens, GA


Black Tusk (Savannah, GA) – hard rock

Passafire (Savannah) – reggae

Drive-By Truckers – southern rock

Efren – psych-folk

Little Tybee (Savannah)

Modern Skirts


Athens Alt-Country


Craig Campbell (Lyons, GA) – solo


Athens Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



Washed Out (Ernest Greene of Macon, GA) – solo




Black Lips – garage rock

Brent Hinds (of Mastodon) (for 2 solo albums, one garage rock, one psycho-billy like The Cramps)

Van Hunt – solo – funk

Little Horn

Ponderosa – southern rock

Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun – post-punk

Young Antiques – hard rock


U.S. Indie


Aeroplane Pageant

Alpine White

AM & Shawn Lee


Army Navy

Baby Tenders

Bear & Moose


Benjy Davis Project

Big Talk (Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers)

Big Troubles

Bird By Bird

The Black Rabbits

Blitzen Trapper


Bomb The Music Industry!

Boston Spaceships (Robert Pollard of Guided By Voices)

Brown Recluse

The Builders And The Butchers

Built Like Alaska

Cage The Elephant

Caged Animals



Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Cold War Kids

The Color Bars

John Craig & The Weekend

Cuckoo Chaos

Danger Mouse (Brian Burton of Gnarls Barkley) & Daniele Luppi (Italy composer)

The Dangerous Summer


The Dead Trees

Dear Lions (for both Lying To My Lies and self-titled)

Death Songs

The Decemberists (for both The King Is Dead and Long Live The King)


D & M

The Dodos

Dom (similar to Black Kids)

The Donkeys

The Drums

The Duke & The King (Simon Felice of The Felice Brothers)

Duwende (a cappella Michael Jackson covers)

EDM (aka Early Day Miners)

Empress Hotel



Fair Ohs

The Felice Brothers

Forest Fire

Fruit Bats


Gardens & Villa

Gem Club


Gold Beach


A Great Big Pile Of Leaves

The Great Book Of John

The Great Unknown


Ed Hale And The Transference

Halloween, Alaska

The Head And TheHeart

Holiday Shores

Hospital Ships

Hotel Lights (Darren Jessee of Ben Folds Five)


Ingram Hill

Jacuzzi Boys

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit

Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground

Stephen Kellogg And The Sixers

King’s Daughters & Sons

Knights On Earth

Loch Lomond

The London Souls

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks

Man Man

Mannequin Man


The Miracals

Miracles Of Modern Science

Mr. Heavenly (guys from Islands, Man Man, and Modest Mouse)


Nightmare & The Cat (2 sons of Dave Stewart of The Eurythmics and Siobhan Fahey of Bananarama)

North Mississippi Allstars

Nurses (from Portland, OR, not the same-named Indiana band)

Oh No Oh My

Okkervil River

1, 2, 3

Other Lives

Oy Vey

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Parts & Labor

Peaking Lights

People Get Ready

Pepper Rabbit

Poison Control Center

Portugal. The Man

Prophets & Kings

Real Estate

The Red Button

Release The Sunbird (Zach Schwartz of Rogue Wave)
Right On Dynamite

Robbers On High Street

Royal Bangs

Scattered Pony

Sea Lions



The Silent Comedy

The 65’s

Skeletons (not the same-named 90s U.S. band)

Skysaw (Jimmy Chamberlin of Smashing Pumpkins)

Smith Westerns

Spanish Prisoners

The Stepkids

Strange Boys

Surfer Blood



The Strokes

Tapes ‘n Tapes


Tiny Animals

Toy Bombs

The Trophy Fire

TV On The Radio

The Twilight Singers (Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs)

Typhoon (not the same-named Korea rap band)



The Wandas

The War On Drugs

We Are Augustines

The Whiskey Saints

White Denim

Peter Wolf Crier

Yellow Ostrich

Yellowbirds (not the same-named Netherlands band)

Young Buffalo

Young The Giant


U.S. Indie – Female Vocals


Asobi Seksu

The Bandana Splits (doo-wop)

The Belle Brigade

Bird Of Youth

Brave Irene (Rose Melburg of The Softies)


Cliffie Swans


Dark Dark Dark

Ear Pwr

Family Of The Year


Mimi Goeze & Ben Neill (song cycle about myth of Persephone)


If By Yes (Petra Haden, ex-The Decemberists, and Yuka Honda of Cibo Matto)

The Kills (Alison Mosshart of Dead Weather)

Leftover Cuties

Little Anchor

The Moor (not one of the same-named Sweden 90s or U.S. death metal bands)

‘Thao’ Nguyen (of Get Down Stay Down) & ‘Mirah’ Zeitlyn


Point Venture, WA

Ra Ra Riot

Arrica Rose & The ..’s

Secret Cities

Sick Of Sarah

Sleeper Agent


Times New Viking

Twin Sister

Widowspeak (channeling Hope Sandoval of Mazzy Star)

Wye Oak


The Dear Hunter (sic)


The Dear Hunter

Mercies (Sammy Dent and Josh Rheault) – psych-folk


The Fiery Furnaces


Eleanor Friedberger – solo

Matthew Friedberger (of his 5 2011 solo albums, Meet Me In Miramas, the guitar one) – solo


The Flatlanders


Joe Ely – solo

Jimmie Dale Gilmore – solo – alt-country


The Gaslight Anthem


The Gaslight Anthem (classic rock covers)

The Horrible Crowes (Brian Fallon)


Queens Of The Stone Age


‘Alain Johannes’ Michulski (also of Them Crooked Vultures) – solo

Mini Mansions (Michael Shuman of Queens Of The Stone Age)


Ra Ra Riot


Ra Ra Riot

Mathieu Santos – solo


Sonny & The Sunsets


Earth Girl Helen Brown (Sonny Smith) – garage rock

Sonny & The Sunsets – garage rock


Vivian Girls


The Babies (not the same-named 70s U.S. band) (Cassie Ramone, with Kevin Morby of Woods)

La Sera (Katy Goodman)

Vivian Girls


Wooden Shjips


Moon Duo (Ripley Johnson) – psychedelic rock

Wooden Shjips – psychedelic rock




Exene Cervenka – female solo

John Doe – solo – alt-country


U.S. Baroque Chamber Pop


Active Child (Pat Grossi) – solo

Baby Dee – solo

Sam Mickens (of Xiu Xiu) – solo


U.S. Post-Punk


Almost Free

Brown Shoe

Cold Cave (Wesley Eisley) – solo


Cymbals Eat Guitars

The Drift

Edelweiss (not the same-named 80s Austria synth band)

John Mark McMillan – solo

Mi Ami

Moving Units

Ringo Deathstarr

She Wants Revenge

Silversun Pickups

Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

Transfer (from San Diego, not the same-named Detroit band)

TV Ghost


Wild Flag (Carrie Brownstein and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney)

With Lions

You Can Be A Wesley


U.S. Psychedelic Rock


Asteroid #4


Crystal Stilts (for both In Love With Oblivian and Radiant Door)


Head Of Wantastiquet (Paul Labrecque of Sunburned Hand Of The Man) – solo

Howlin Rain

The Living Kills


Psychic Ills

True Widow

Tu Fawning

USX (aka U.S. Christmas)

Wet Hair

White Hills


U.S. Alt-Country


Ariel Abshire – female solo

Scotty Alan

Alana Amram And The Rough Gems (covers of 60s folk singer Vince Martin)

Frankie Ballard – solo

Jody Booth – solo

Mary Bragg – female solo

Jeff Bridges (the actor)

The Burritos

Cabin Dogs

Grayson Capps – solo

Hayes Carll

Dead Man Winter

Robert Ellis – solo

Joe Firstman

Girls Guns And Glory

Have Gun Will Travel

Hiss Golden Messenger (M.C. Taylor) (for both From Country Hai Cotton and Poor Moon) – solo

Drew Holcomb And The Neighbors – solo

Lizzie Huffman – solo

Brandon James – solo

Eilen Jewell – female solo

Kort (Kurt Wagner of Lambchop and Cortney Tidwell)

Gill Landry (of Old Crow Medicine Show)
Loves It!

The Low Anthem

Mandarin Orange

Jessica Lea Mayfield – female solo

Middle Brother (Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes and John McCauley of Deer Tick)

My Cousin, The Emperor

Josh T. Pearson

Sons Of Fathers

Two Cent Revival (Matt Jones) – solo

2/3 Goat

Nick Verzosa & The Noble Vision

Abigail Washburn – female solo

Shayna (Zaid) & The Catch


U.S. Blues Rock


McKnight & Bogdal

‘Seasick Steve’ Wold – solo


U.S. Southern Rock


Michael Grimm – solo

Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band (with Jai Johanny Johansen of Allman Brothers)

The White Buffalo (Jake Smith) – solo


U.S. Psych-Folk



The Antlers

BigBee Of The Whitetree

The Black Swans

Blessed Feathers

Bon Iver

The Cave Singers

The Civil Wars

The David Wax Museum

Dolorean (not the same-named Spain band)

Elephant Revival

Fleet Foxes

Grey Reverend (L.D. Brown) – solo

Joy Kills Sorrow

The Loom

The Lower 48


The Milk Carton Kids


The Mountain Goats

Mike ‘Musikanto’ – solo


The Poison Tree (Steve Salett) – solo

Tyler Ramsey (of Band Of Horses) – solo

Rue Royale



Matt (Sever) The Electrician – solo


Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players




U.S. Experimental


Barn Owl (from San Francisco, not the same-named Iowa band)

Juliana Barwick


Book Of Knots

Circuit Des Yeux (Haley Fohr) – female solo

Collections Of Colonies Of Bees

The Dead Rider (similar to Mr. Bungle)

Dos (Mike Watt of Minutemen and Kira Roesller of Black Flag) (quiet bass music)
Dub Trio

Evangelista (Carla Bozulich) – female solo

Explosions In The Sky

Gang Gang Dance



How To Dress Well (Tom Krell) – solo

LA Vampires (Amanda Brown) – female solo


David Lynch (the director) – solo

‘Delicate Steve’ Marion – solo

Psychedelic Horseshit

The Psychic Paramount

Colin Stetson (channeling the Morphine sound)

Tera Melos

13 & God

Tune-Yards (Merrill Garbus) – female solo

U.S. Girls (Megan Remy) – female solo

Jeans Wilder (Andrew Caddick) – solo

X-Ray Press

Young Circles


U.S. Cross-Cultural


A Hawk And A Hacksaw (Jeremy Barnes of Neutral Milk Hotel) –Yiddish

Fool’s Gold – afro-pop

The Macrotones – afro-funk

Mariachi El Bronx – mariachi

Ocote Soul Sounds – Latin funk

Prince Rama – Hindi


U.S Garage Rock


Thee American Revolution (sic) (Robert Schneider of The Apples In Stereo)

The Baseball Project (Pete Buck of R.E.M. and Steve Wynn of The Dream Syndicate)

Bass Drum Of Death

The Black Keys

The Bloody Hollies

Cloud Nothing (Dylan Baldi) – solo

Kid Congo And The Pink Monkey Birds (Brian Tristan of Gun Club, Cramps, and Nick Cave/Bad Seeds)

Mikal Cronin – solo

Deer Tick


Dum Dum Girls

Hanni El Khatib – solo

The Ettes

The Handcuffs

Hunx And The Punx

Andrew Jackson Jihad


The Ladybirds (not the 60s England group)


Mind Spiders (Mark Ryan) – solo

Obits (Rick Froberg of Drive Like Jehu)

(Reid) Paley & (Black) Francis (Charles Thompson of The Pixies)

Sic Alps (for both Breadhead and Napa Ensemble)

Sleeper Agent

Street Eaters

Thee Oh Sees (sic) (for both Carrion Crawler and Castlemania)

Those Darlins (sic)

Total Babes

Two Cow Garage


White Fence (Tim Presley of Darker My Love) – solo

‘Jack Oblivian’ Yarber – solo


U.S. Hard Rock


All Eyes West

Blackfire Revelation


Crystal Antlers

Flogging Molly

Just Visiting



The Memorials (Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta)

Noise By Numbers

Jordan Page – solo


Rival Sons

Rose Hill Drive

Russian Circles

Sainthood Reps

The Story Changes

Thousand Watt Stair (Pat Kim of Unwritten Law)

Three Legged Fox


Triumph Of Lethargy Skinned To Death

Voices Of Extreme



U.S. Industrial


Electric Six


U.S. Alt-Metal



Hollywood Undead

Shinobi Nonja


U.S. Soul



The Bo-Keys

Charles Bradley

Fitz And The Tantrums

Little Jackie

Mayer Hawthorne (Andrew Cohen) – solo

Nikki Jean (Nicholle Leary) – female solo

Raphael Saadiq (Charles Wiggins) – solo


U.S. Funk


JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound

CSC Funk Band

The Funk Ark

Nappy Riddem

100 Monkeys



U.S. Reggae


‘Elan’ Atias – solo

J Boog (Jerry Afemata) (not J-Boog of U.S. soul band B2K) – solo

Ellwood (members of Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Mad Caddies) – ska


Extra Classic

Trevor Hall – solo

Prince Polo (Billy Szeflinski) – solo




U.S. Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Alias (Brendon Whitney)

ANR (aka Awesome New Republic) (not the same-named Texas metal band)


Andrew Bayer – solo

Beats Antique

Body Language

Boom Bip (Bryan Hollon) – solo

Botanical Bullets

Brite Futures (sic)

The Chain Gang Of 1974 (Kamtin Mohager) – solo

Class Actress (Elizabeth Harper) – female solo

Matthew Cooper (of Eluvium) (soundtrack to film Some Days Are Better Than Others)

Beth Ditto (Mary Patterson of Gossip) – female solo

Daedelus (Alfred Darlington) – solo


Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. (sic)


(Joel) Ford & (Daniel) Lopatin

Jason Forrest – solo

Foster The People

French Horn Rebellion

Future Islands

Wolfgang Gartner (Joey Youngman) – solo

Gauntlet Hair

Geoti (Will Wiesenfeld of Baths)

Goddamn Electric Bill (Jason Torbert) – solo

Shana Halligan – female solo

Hang Glider

Barbie Hatch – female solo

Hercules & Love Affair

High Places

Holy Ghost!

Ezekiel Honig – solo


Jupe Jupe

Kaskade (Ryan Raddon) – solo

Kid Is Qual

Letting Up Despite Great Faults

Lightyear (Lauren Zettler) – female solo

Rene Lopez – solo

Love Inks

Martial Canterel (Sean McBride) (sounds like 70s England post-punk band Magazine)

Mates Of State

John Maus – solo

Memory Tapes (Dayve Hawk) – solo

Neon Indian


Pictureplane (Travis Egedy) – solo

Pony Tail

Pyyramids (sic) (not one of the same-named U.S. 60s surf or current multiple indie bands)

Rainbow Arabia

Samiyam (Sam Baker) – solo

Second Sky


‘James Pants’ Singleton – solo

Soft Metals

Solomon – solo


Toro Y Moi (Chazwick Bundick) – solo

Twitch The Ripper

VHS Or Beta

Saul Williams – solo

Win Win



U.S. Male Solo


Dan Andriano In The Emergency Room (of Alkaline Trio)

Appetite (Teddy Briggs)

Blithe Field (Spencer Radcliffe)

Mike Bloom (of The Elected)


Boots Electric (Jesse Hughes of Eagles Of Death Metal)

Meredith Bragg

Canon Blue (Daniel James)

CANT (Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear)

Gary Clark Jr.

Bosco Delray

Brett Dennan

Dominant Legs (Ryan Lynch)

Kevin Devine

Ducktails (Matt Mondanile of Real Estate)

‘Alexander’ Ebert (singer of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros)

Williams Fitzsimmons

David Gergen (not the politician)

The Goldberg Sisters (the actor Adam Goldberg)

Golden Bloom (Shawn Fogel)

Goldmund (Keith Kenniff) (piano covers of 1800s folk songs)

Bryan Greenberg

Idiot Glee (James Friley)

Alec Gross

Robby Hecht

Hurricane Bells (Steve Schiltz of Longwave)

Iron & Wine (Sam Beam)

Will James

Argyle Johansen

Gabriel Kahane

Brian Keenan

Lance King – prog-metal

Amos Lee

Low Roar (Ryan Karazija)

Matt Lowell

Cass McCombs (for both Humor Risk and Wit’s End)

Fan Modine (Gordon Zacharias)

Raleigh Moncrief

Daniel Martin Moore

Dustin O’Halloran (classical piano)

Only Son (Jack Dishel of Moldy Peaches)

Pandit (Lance Smith)

Marco Panella

Papercuts (Jason Quever)

Part Time (David Speck)

Psychic Babble (Colin Frangicetto)

Chuck Ragan

Luke Rathbone

Lawson Rollins (acoustic guitar)

Sean Rowe

Mikey Sabatella

Will Samson

Ty Segall

Joe Shannon & Wings Of Sound

Jake Shimabukuro (ukelele instrumentals)

P.G. Six (Pat Gubler)

Tony Sly

Chadwick Stokes (Chad Urmston of State Radio)

Sun Lux (Ryan Lott)

Carter Tanton

Telekinesis (Michael Lerner)

Luke Temple

Ryan Traster

John Vanderslice

Kurt Vile

Wakey! Wakey! (Michael Grubbs)

Jonathan Wilson

Wooden Wand (James Jackson Toth)

Youth Lagoon (Trevor Powers)


U.S. Female Solo


Nicole Atkins

Robin Bacior

Abbie Barrett & The Last Date

‘Alela Diane’ Bevitori

Claire Bloom

Bright Archer (Johanna Kunin)

Pieta Brown

Vanessa Carlton

Comet Gains

Katie Costello

EMA (Erika Anderson)

Rachel Goodrich

Jolie Holland

Lia Ices

Lucy Jaeggi

Joan (Wasser) As Police Woman

Amy Lavere

Alexis Marceaux

My Brightest Diamond (Shara Worden)

Melissa Nadler

‘Jenny O’ Brien

Lucy Wainwright Roche (daughter of Loudon W. and Suzzy of 70s U.S. band The Roches)

St. Vincent (Annie Clark of The Polyphonic Spree)

Sea Of Bees (Julie Baenziger)

Heidi Spencer & The Rare Birds

Maria Taylor (of Azure Ray)

Sarabeth Tucek

Rachael Yamagata

Zola Jesus (Nika Rosa Danilova)

Emily Zuzik


90s Artists – good albums




Ryan Adams (of Whiskeytown)

Alkaline Trio

Myra ‘Tori Amos” (acoustic Instrumentals)

… And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead

Joseph Arthur

Gregory Attonito (of Bouncing Souls)

Bardo Pond

Travis Barker (of Blink-182)

Matraca Berg

Andrew Bird (of Squirrel Nut Zippers) (soundtrack to movie Norman)

Jason Boland & The Stragglers

Bright Eyes



Bill Callahan (of Smog)

Laura Cantrell (covering Kitty Wells)

Dave Cloud & The Gospel Of Power


Rob Crow (of Pinback)


Death Cab For Cutie



DJ Shadow (Joshua Davis)

David Dondero

Dropkick Murphys


Elysian Fields

Emperor X (Chad Matheny)

Everlast (Erik Schrody)

Melissa Ferrick

Face To Face

The Features

Dan Fleming


Richmond Fontaine

Fountains Of Wayne

The Get Up Kids


Wil Hoge



Jackie-O Motherf**ker

Fred James & Mary-Ann Brandon

Mason Jennings

Tim Kasher (of Cursive)

G.Love (Gareth Dutton of G.Love & Special Sauce)



Tony Lucca (classic rock covers)

Stephen Merritt (of The Magnetic Fields)

Moby (Richard Hall)

Tom Morello (of Rage Against The Machine)

My Morning Jacket

Matt Nathanson

Of Montreal

Old 97’s


Brad Paisley

Robert Pollard (of Guided By Voices) (for Birdcage and Space City)


Reckless Kelly

Josh Rouse

Luther Russell (first band was The Bootheels, with Jakob Dylan)

The Sea And Cake

Gregory Scott Slay (of Remy Zero)


Thievery Corporation



Umphrey’s McGee

Urge Overkill

Ursula 1000 (Alex Gimeno)

Jim Ward (of At The Drive-In)
Gillian Welch

William Elliott Whitmore


Hank Williams III (for 3 albums – one industrial, one alt-country, one zydeco)

The World/Inferno Friendship Society


Rest Of World


Acid House Kings

Brett Anderson (of Suede)

‘Geike’ Arnaert (of Hooverphonic)


Boris (for 3 albums – Attention Please, Heavy Rocks, and New Album)


The Chemical Brothers (soundtrack to movie Hanna)


Adam Cohen (Leonard’s son)

Comet Gain


Death In Vegas



Ana Egge



P.J. Harvey

Heideroosjes (channeling Green Day)

Matthew Herbert (song cycle about a pig’s aural lifespan)

The High Llamas

IAMX (Chris Corner of Sneaker Pimps)

Stevie Jackson (of Belle & Sebastian)

Kammerflimmer Kollektief

Kohn (Jurgen De Blonde)

Femi Kuti (son of Fela Kuti)

Ben Lee

Steve Mason (of Beta Band) & Dennis Bovell (of Matumbi)

Mr. Oizo (Quentin Dupieux)

Mogwai (for 3 – Earth Division, Hardcore Will Never Die and Zidane [movie about the soccer player])

New Cool Collective



Pain Of Salvation


Red Snapper

Gruff Rhys (of Super Furry Animals)


Philip Selway (of Radiohead)

Ron Sexsmith


Snow Patrol

Tahiti 80

Yann Tiersen

Sidi Toure

Swollen Members

Devin Townsend (for both the prog-metal Deconstruction and the acoustic prog-rock Ghost)


White Willow

Steven Wilson (of Porcupine Tree)

Richard Youngs


90s Artists – weak albums




The Aquabats


David Banner (Lavell Crump)

Mary J. Blige

Blue October

Boys II Men

‘Carolyn Wonderland’ Bradford

Rick Braun

Richard Buckner

Nick Carter (of Backstreet Boys)


Chickenfoot (Hagar and Anthony of Van Halen, Chad Smith of RHCP, and Joe Satriani)



Declaime (Dudley Perkins)


Diddy (Sean Combs)

DJ Quik (David Blake)

Foo Fighters

Lalah Hathaway (daughter of Donnie)

Faith Hill

Insane Clown Posse

Juliana Hatfield

Jamey Jasta (James Shanahan of Hatebreed)

Jay-Z (Shawn Carter)


Kottonmouth Kings

Kurupt (Ricardo Brown)

‘Maysa’ Leak

Sonia Leigh

Lil Wayne (Dwayne Carter)

Limp Bizkit

Jennifer Lopez

Machine Head

‘Toby Mac’ McKeehan (of D.C. Talk)

Brian McKnight

Mint Condition

Mobb Deep

Mocean Worker (Adam Dorn)

Pharoahe Monch (Troy Jameson)

Neutral Milk Hotel

New Found Glory

NKOTBSB (New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys)

Jeffrey Nothing (Jeff Hatrix of Mushroomhead)


Mark O’Connor

Over The Rhine

Panda Bear (Noah Lawson of Animal Collective)

Mike Patton (soundtrack to film The Solitude Of Prime Numbers)

‘Pete Rock’ Phillips

Raekwon (Corey Woods)

The Rapture

The Roots


Saves The Day

Smoking Popes

Britney Spears


David ‘Styles P’


Toxic Holocaust


Laura Veirs

Scott Wieland (of Stone Temple Pilots)

Hank Williams III (for 2 albums – one doom-metal, one speed-metal)

Wu-Tang Clan


Z-Ro (Joseph McVey)


Rest Of World


Amon Amarth

‘Anouk’ Teeuwe

Atari Teenage Riot

Sherrie Austin

Barenaked Ladies



Channel Zero


Cornershop (Bengali vocals)

Danko Jones

Deadlock (Germany metal band, not the same-named Germany hard rock band)


Eye-D (Frank Nitzinsky)

Christian ‘Fennesz’ & Ryuichi ‘Sakamoto’ (of Yellow Magic Orchestra)

Chilly Gonzales (Jason Beck)

In Flames




Secret Cinema (the Netherlands band, not the same-named England band)


Shaggy (Orville Burrell)

John Tejada


60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – good, worthy, interesting, “I’m glad they’re still around” albums




Gregg Allman

Dave Alvin (The Blasters)

Patti Austin (covers of pop hits)

The Bangles

David Bazan (of Pedro The Lion)



Bebe Buell

Buffalo Tom

Glen Campbell

The Cars

Chain & The Gang (Ian Svenonius)

Guy Clark

Dennis Coffey

Judy Collins

Ry Cooder

Alice Cooper

Kid Creole (August Darnell) & The Coconuts

The Cynics

Dream Theater

Ronnie Dunn (of Brooks & Dunn)

Duane Eddy

The Feelies

Howe Gelb (of Giant Sand)

Vince Gill

Guided By Voices (for both Doughnut for A Snowman and Let’s Go Eat The Factory)

Daryl Hall (of Hall & Oates)

Joe Henry

John Hiatt

Buddy Holly (tribute album)

Wanda Jackson

Jane’s Addiction

The Jayhawks

Garland Jeffreys

Booker T. Jones (of The M.G.’s)

Glenn Jones (the acoustic guitarist, not the same-named 80s U.S. soul singer)

‘Lydia Lunch’ Koch & Big Sexy Noise (with James Johnston of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)

David Lowery (of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker)

Steve Lukather (of Toto)

Ray Manzarek (of The Doors) (with Roy Rogers – the blues guitarist, not the singing cowboy)

Steve Martin (the actor, playing banjo/bluegrass)


The Meat Puppets

The Misfits

Keb Mo (Kevin Moore)

Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth)

New York Dolls

Johnny Nicholas (Asleep At The Wheel) (blues, not swing)

Jag Panzer

Pavlov’s Dog

Sam Phillips


Red Hot Chili Peppers


The Residents

Rocket From The Tombs (with David Thomas of Pere Ubu and Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys)

Roomful Of Blues

Todd Rundgren (for album of Robert Johnson covers)

Tom Russell

Gil Scott-Heron (with Jamie Smith of The XX)

Brian Setzer (of The Stray Cats) (guitar instrumentals)

Social Distortion

J.D. Souther (John David Sother [sic])

Speed The Plough

Tommy Stinson (of The Replacements)

They Might Be Giants

George Thorogood (blues covers)

Tom Waits

Craig Wedron (of Shudder To Think)

Leslie West (of Mountain)

Lucinda Williams


Rest Of World


Marc Almond (of Soft Cell)


The Blow Monkeys

Tim Booth (of James)

John Cale

Clan Of Xymox

Cowboy Junkies (for both Demons and Sing In My Meadow)

Dave Davies (of The Kinks, brother of Ray)

Brian Eno (for Small Craft On A Milk Sea)


Marianne Faithful

The Fall


John Foxx (of Ultravox) (for 3 albums – with Harold Budd, with The Maths, with Theo Travis)

Gavin Friday (Fionan Hanvey of The Virgin Prunes [Bono’s 1st band, with The Edge’s brother, Dik])

Gang Of Four

Bob Geldof (of Boomtown Rats)

Roger Glover (of Deep Purple)

Catherina ‘Nina Hagen’

Robert Haigh

Mick Harvey (of The Birthday Party and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)

De Kift

Steve Kilbey (of The Church)

King Crimson

Kingdom Come

Simon Kirke (of Free and Bad Company)

Die Krupps

Julian Lennon

The Lijadu Sisters (cousins of Fela Kuti)

Lostboy! (Jim Kerr of Simple Minds)


John Martyn


Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus)


Mani Neumeier (of Guru Guru) & Kawabata Makota (of Acid Mothers Temple)

‘Boy George’ O’Dowd (of Culture Club)

Pet Shop Boys (soundtrack to ballet The Most Incredible Thing)

Simon Phillips (with Trilok Gurtu)

Pop Will Eat Itself

Brian Robertson (of Thin Lizzy and Motorhead)

Robbie Robertson (of The Band)

Shonen Knife (all Ramones covers)

Shriekback (Barry Andrews of XTC)

Skinny Puppy

Stereo MCs

Dave Stewart

Poly Styrene (Marianne Elliott-Said of X-Ray Spex)

David Sylvian (of Japan)

Emmett Tinley (of The Prayer Boat)

Uriah Heep

‘Guido Belcanto’ Versmissen

The Waterboys

Gary Numan’ Webb

Wire (for Red Barked Tree and Strays)



60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – dull, boring, poor, “why did they even bother?” albums




America (dull covers of soft-rock hits)

Paul Anka

Sebastian Bach (Skid Row)

Beastie Boys

Jello Biafra (Eric Boucher of Dead Kennedys)

Pat Boone

Edie Brickell

Lindsey Buckingham (of Fleetwood Mac)


Linda Eder

Five Eight

Black Francis (Frank Black of Pixies)

Michael Franks

Indigo Girls

The Human League

Michael Jackson


Carole King


Jordan Knight (of New Kids On The Block)

Alison Kraus & Union Station

Barry Manilow

Richard Marx

Pat Metheny

Ronnie Millsap

Stevie Nicks (of Fleetwood Mac)

‘Ann-Margret’ Olsson

Dolly Parton

Suzi Quatro

Lou Reed & Metallica

Steve Roach

Todd Rundgren (for album of synth-pop covers of songs he produced for other artists)

Screeching Weasel

Tommy Shaw (of Styx) (bluegrass music)

Paul Simon

Sonic Youth (soundtrack to film Simon Werner)


Keith Sweat

Micah ‘Pastor Troy’

UGK (Underground Kings)


Betty Wright And The Roots


Rest Of World


Hennie Becker


Bruce Cockburn


Kate Bush

Duran Duran

Brian Eno (for Drums Between The Bells) (ambient, with whispered poetry)


Peter Gabriel

‘Bjork’ Gudmundsdottir

Little River Band

Nick Lowe

Paul McCartney (Ocean’s Kingdom ballet)

Daniel O’Donnell

Cliff Richard


Scientist (Hopeton Brown)


John Waite (of The Babys)


Worthwhile Live Albums – U.S.


The B-52s (2011 Athens, GA)

Baby Dee (2009 Amsterdam) – baroque chamber pop

T-Bone Burnett (2010 N.Y. – the ‘Speaking Clock Revue’ show)

Chadwick Stokes (Charles Urmston of State Radio) (2009) – solo

The Devil Makes Three (2011 Petaluma, CA) – alt-country

Dropkick Murphys (2011 Fenway Park, Boston) – hard rock

The Foreign Exchange – soul

Warren Haynes (Asheville, NC) – southern rock

Levon Helm (of The Band) (2008 Nashville – Ryman Auditorium)

Jane’s Addiction (2011 Mexico City)

L.A. Guns (acoustic versions) – hard rock

LCD Soundsystem (2010 London) – synth

The Melvins (2011)

Rhett Miller (of Old 97’s) (2008 Los Angeles – Largo Theater) (acoustic covers of classics)

Mountain Man (2010 Los Angeles – Wiltern Theater) – psych-folk


Pavlov’s Dog (2009) – prog-rock

Iggy Pop (1977-2009 bootleg versions of hits)

R.E.M. (1989 Orlando, FL)

Todd Rundgren (1990 Japan)

Gil Scott-Heron

Scream (a Dave Grohl pre-Nirvana band, which also included Franz Stahl of Foo Fighters) – hard rock

Todd Snider

Talking Heads (1980 Toronto – Heatwave Festival) (first performance of Remain In Light)

Neil Young & The International Harvesters (1984) – alt-country


Worthwhile Live Albums – Rest Of World


Bad Company (2010 London – Wembley Arena) – hard rock – England

Jeff Beck (2003 N.Y. – B.B.King’s Blues Club) (with Terry Bozzio of Frank Zappa) – England

Jeff Beck (2010 N.Y.) (rockabilly classics honoring Les Paul) – England

The Cure (2011 Isle Of Wight Bestival) – post-punk – England

Eric Burden And The Animals (2005 Athens, Greece) – England

Deep Purple (1976 Japan) (Coverdale, T.Bolin, Lord, Hughes, and Paice) – hard rock – England

Def Leppard – hard rock – England

Bob Marley (1980 Pittsburgh, his final concert) – reggae – Jamaica

Mott The Hoople (2009 London – Hammersmith) – England

PiL (2011 Isle Of Wight, England) – post-punk – England

Rolling Stones (1978 Fort Worth, TX) – England

Slash (Saul Hudson of Guns N’Roses) (2011 Stoke, England) – hard rock – England

The Slits (various John Peel sessions) – post-punk – England

The Unthanks (2010 London) (covers of Antony & The Johnsons and Robert Wyatt) – baroque – England

The Wedding Present (1989) – England


Poor Live Albums


Johnny Cash

Counting Crows (2007 N.Y.)

The Doobie Brothers (1982 L.A. – Greek Theater) (atrocious – early-70s classic hits done as smooth jazz)

Bob Dylan (1963 Brandeis University, Boston)

Billy Joel (2008 Shea Stadium, N.Y.)

Matisyahu (Matthew Miller) – rap

Kylie Minogue (2010 London – O2 Arena) – Australia

Pearl Jam

John Prine (1970)

‘Shakira’ Ripoli (2011 Paris) – Columbia

Simply Red (2010 Sydney, Australia – Opera House) – England

‘Anouk’ Teeuwe – female solo – Netherlands

Whitesnake (1990 Castle Donington, England) – hard rock – England


Most Overrated And Boring Indie Band  She & Him

Most Disappointing Album Of The Year


Most Valuable Players, Who Released Good Albums With More Than One Band In 2011


Pete Buck (The Baseball Project and R.E.M.)

Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem and The Horrible Crowes) 

Nils Frahm (Oliveray and 2 solo)

Katy Goodman (La Sera and Vivian Girls)

Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes and Middle Brother)

Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit and The Fruit Tree Foundation)

Ripley Johnson (Moon Duo and Wooden Shjips)

John McCauley (Deer Tick and Middle Brother)

Rhett Miller (Old 97’s and solo)

Robert Pollard (for 4 albums – Boston Spaceships, Guided By Voices, and 2 solo)

Cassie Ramone (The Babies and Vivian Girls)

Mathieu Santos (Ra Ra Riot and Solo)

Sonny Smith (Earthe Girl Helen Brown and Sonny & The Sunsets)

Paul Wolinski (Solo and 2 albums with 65daysofstatic)


Fred’s Best Albums Of The Year




Bardo Pond

The Black Keys

Book Of Knots

The Cars

The Chain Gang Of 1974

Charles Bradley

Crystal Stilts (for In Love With Oblivian)

Cold Cave

Death Cab For Cutie

Eleanor Friedberger

Head of Wantastiquet

LCD Soundsystem (live)

Lydia Lunch

The Misfits

Moon Duo


Russian Circles

Seasick Steve

She Wants Revenge

St. Vincent

Tu Fawning

TV Ghost

Today The Moon, Tomorrow The Sun

Two Cow Garage


Urge Overkill


Tom Waits

The War On Drugs

We Are Augustines

Wooden Shjips


Rest Of World



Brett Anderson

Arctic Monkeys



The Bent Moustache

James Blake (for Enough Thunder)

Boris (for Heavy Rocks)


Cowboy Junkies (for Sing In My Meadow)

Dave I.D.

Diamond Rings

Dirty Beaches

Baxter Dury

Eins Zwei Orchestra


Brian Eno (for Small Craft On A Milk Sea)

The Fall

The Field

Gang Of Four




The Horrors

I H8 Camera

Kaiser Chiefs

Killed By 9V Batteries

Little Girls



The May Bees

Peter Murphy

My Disco

Odonis Odonis

The Parlotones

Penguins Kill Polar Bears

Pop Will Eat Itself

Rats On Rafts

The Raveonettes




The Vaccines

We Were Promised Jetpacks

Wet Paint

When Saints Go Machine

White Lies

World’s End Girlfriend

Yesterday’s Men


Released Outside America And On My 2010 List, Then Released In America In 2011


A Band Of Bees – England

Broken Records – post-punk

Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice) – solo – Scotland

Darwin Deez – solo – U.S.

Motorhead – hard rock – England

Oh Land (Nanna Fabricius) – female solo – synth – Denmark

Suuns – synth – Canada

James Yuill – solo – psych-folk – England



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