two thousand eleven exposed my ears to more significant sounds than ever before. from vulnerable vocals and eccentric electrobeats to lyrics that linger in the lobes, I consistently found refreshing rhythms hidden amongst the airwaves and headphones.
below alphabetically reflects the records which caught my curiosity and moved me most.
. . . . . . . . AVIDLY ADMIRABLE ALBUMS . . . . . . . . .
Adele – 21
Astronautalis – This Is Our Science
Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
Childish Gambino – Camp
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Friendly Fires – Pala
Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
Neon Indian – Era Extrana
Phantogram – Nightlife
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Starfucker – Reptilians
Teams vs. Star Slinger – Teams vs. Star Slinger
Toro Y Moi – Underneath The Pine
. . . . . . . . LOCALLY LOVED LP’s . . . . . . . . .
the appreciation I have developed for the abundance of talent that resides in the northwest is unlike any other. it seems there’s nowhere else in the nation that hosts home to an assortment of artists as diverse as those in the evergreen state. as some of these KEXP
characters have grown into friends, it has been swell to watch the progression of success and well deserved recognition come their way over the past year. I take pride in my filthy city, and for this reason alone the location needed a separate list.
Allen Stone – Allen Stone
Campfire Ok – Strange Like We Are
Craft Spells – Idle Labor
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Grand Hallway – Winter Creatures
Pickwick – Myths
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
The Physics – Love is a Business
when people ask me why I enjoy living in Seattle I always reply by explaining how this town fuels itself on concerts just as much as it does on coffee. with a variety of venues filled with bands and fans on a nightly basis, the options are endless to marvel in person. often I find my calendar packed with must-see shows, some sharing similar set times as others causing for the strategic planning of “Portering” around to catch them all. there’s something so special about witnessing audible art come to life on stage, and I am happy to have lost count now on the number of performances I have gotten to experience live since moving here.
. . . . . . . . MAGICAL MUSIC MOMENTS . . . . . . . .
February 5th | Columbia City Theatre
brass, bulbs and beautiful souls on stage made this the best cd release show I’ve ever been to.
March 6th | The Vera Project
got lost in the sound with one of my favorites.
March 18th | Malverde
a balcony set overlooking the city skyline led to this Denmark duo being my favorite SXSW discovery.
April 8th | Neumos
rapped along with the multifaceted emcee right before the rest realized his brilliance.
April 14th | Columbia City Theatre
one of the lucky three hundred who got to witness this in the ideal intimate setting.
July 22nd | Capitol Hill Block Party
outdoor dance party underneath illuminating lasers on 10th and Pike.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
September 4th | Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival
full circle moment.
October 7th | The Vera Project
intensity, passion and the most impressive freestyle I’ve ever heard flow through a microphone.
Chromeo & Mayer Hawthorne
October 8th | Showbox Sodo
two dapper and dynamic acts with fun friends to dance with by my side always equals for good times.
November 5th | Showbox Sodo
hip hop bucket list check mark.
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feel free to take a listen to my top tunes here.