Vinyl Sales Increased Almost 40% in 2011!

vinyl record spinningGreat news for vinyl record aficionados like myself. Vinyl record sales increased 39% in 2010. Much of that thanks must go to Record Store Day for helping to generate a new buzz about something that never really went away to begin with. Hopefully this boom in sales will mean record companies will start releasing more material.  See the article here:

http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/permalink/2012/120104vinyl

Matt’s 5 Favorite Albums of 2011 – #1 Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Here is number 1 of my 5 favorite albums of 2011…

THE FOO FIGHTERS

Wasting Light

The Foo Fighters went back to basics in 2011, even going as far as recording their new album right to analog tape. It paid off big time with an album I must have listened to 30 times in its entirety this year.

Bridge Burning kicks the album off with the Foos pulling out their finest hard rock riffs. I’d like to nominate the second track, and first single, Rope, as the Foo Fighters’ new best song.

For Nirvana fans, there is a touching musical moment in I Should Have Known, when Krist Novoselic shows up to remind us why the bass was such an integral part of the Nirvana sound.

The analog sound of this record comes through wonderfully on vinyl. Taylor’s array of cymbals crash and smash through the speakers like a good record should. It also includes a coupon for a free download of the MP3s, recorded from the vinyl itself.

With a movie, a gigantic album and a Record Store Day-only rarities collection, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters had a huge year. Wasting Light is quickly becoming not only my favorite album of 2011, but my favorite Foo Fighters record, which is pretty big considering the competition.

Here’s a video for you…The Foo Fighters, playing the entire album live from their studio.

Matt’s 5 Favorite Albums of 2011 – #2 Sloan – The Double Cross

Here is number 2 of my 5 favorite albums of 2011…

SLOAN

The Double Cross

In 2011, Sloan’s 20 year anniversary was celebrated with their 10th full length album, The Double Cross. Needless to say, it didn’t dissapoint.

The album opens with a loud pounding drum beat on Follow the Leader, led by a Chris Murphy vocal (I don’t think he can do anything wrong at this point). The song transitions with a beautiful piano glide into The Answer Was You. The first two tracks are worth the price of the album alone.

My favorite Sloan album is 2006’s Never Hear the End of it. This was their longest album by far, clocking in at over 70 minutes with 30 songs! The Double Cross goes in the opposite direction, coming in at only 34 minutes, proving that Sloan can easily deliver their rock in both long and short doses.

The vinyl has beautiful highs and lows and includes a free MP3 download of the album. I realized that every vinyl I have from Sloan sounds absolutely stellar, so I hope they keep doing whatever it is they’re doing to get these records sounding better than bands selling hundreds of thousands of albums in the US.

Check out the video below – the first 3 songs on the album!

#1 coming up tomorrow…

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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