Matt’s 5 Favorite Albums of 2011 – #3 Wide Mouth Mason – No Bad Days

Here is number 3 of my 5 favorite albums of 2011…

WIDE MOUTH MASON

No Bad Days

In 2011, Wide Mouth Mason parted ways with their long-time bass player and were rewarded with Gordie Johnson of Big Sugar fame, who produced their 2000 album Stew. Since they seem to be on an upswing, both in musical output and popularity, it seems to have paid off.

On No Bad Days, the funky blues reigns supreme in songs drenched in distorted slide guitar and wandering bass riffs. Touring and drinking with ZZ Top seems to have dirtied up their unique blend of blues rock.

The sexy r&b of Shut Up and Kiss Me and Sweet Little Thing keeps things diverse and the last song on the album, The Night Fell, is a perfect two-part album closer. All three are quickly becoming some of my favorite Wide Mouth Mason tracks.

I’ve seen this band twice live, each time just before the drop of a new album. Both shows were of course heavy in new material, which can sometimes be a drag with some bands. Not with Wide Mouth Mason. The energy in everything they play keeps you bopping and focused on guitar-virtuoso Shaun Verreault waiting to see if his guitar is going to melt.

This was the only CD I had to buy this year. Why is this not available on vinyl? I’m still waiting patiently.

Stay tuned for #2

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Matt’s Favorite Albums of 2011 – #5 The Black Keys – El Camino

In 2011 I regrouped and made the full switch to vinyl, listening to everything I could get my hands on. I listened to some killer music this year – some new, some old – so I decided I’d put together one of those lists where I can tell everyone else what they should be listening to.

On second thought, I’m not interested in telling you what you should or shouldn’t listen to. That should be near and dear to you. I’d just like to share what impressed me musically this year in hopes that you might give it a shot. If anyone who reads this has any recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them.

So, I’m going to list my 5 favorite albums of 2011 and post 1 a day – counting back from 5. They are in no particular order, but I have to start somewhere.

Here we go with #5

THE BLACK KEYS

El Camino

In 2011, The Black Keys continued their arena rock ‘upgrade’ while still keeping a firm foothold in their deep blues roots. The songs boom along with a modern blues rock vibe, while still holding true to a vintage feel. Amongst the overdriven guitar is a background sparkling with hand claps, bells and sexy female singers.

Lonely Boy, the first single, gets better every time I hear it and the epic build of Little Black Submarines and it’s miniature ‘Stairway’ construction got my heart pumping on first listen. Deep into the album, the energy is still high on songs like Stop, Stop.

As a nice bonus, the record came with a CD and foldout poster of vans…cool if you are one of those people who like vans so much they want to adorn their walls with pictures of them. While I’m not sure if I like this album as much as 2010’s Brothers, it’s pretty damn good.

Stay tuned for #4…

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