Tuesday, January 03, 2012

2011 - A Year in Music

Playlist and notes for the BurningDervish.com Podcast episode
"2011 - A Year in Music"

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I am not a big fan of the "year end best of", top ten lists or other methods of ranking and scoring music. Mainly because I do not really care what anyone else thinks the "best" music out there is, but more importantly to me, music is not a competitive sport. Music is art, at once communal and also deeply personal.

In that spirit I want to share a bunch of songs that I enjoyed discovering throughout 2011, all from records released during the calendar year. I have no idea if this was the "best" music issued or even what that means but I hope your ears are tickled and your curiosity is piqued enough to dig in further.

Below please find a complete list of the tracks featured here as well as links to my original reviews of each of the albums these were pulled from, or in one case, a link to an interview I did with one of the artists.
  1. Rides by Nheap from Clouds Under the Table
  2. Algo Mas Melodico by Alejandro Florez & Tibagui from Malandanza
  3. John McLaughlin (Youth Middle Class Riot Remix) by Animation from Agemo
  4. Monuments by Rez Abbasi from Suno Suno
  5. Los Dos by Miho Wada from Para Ti
  6. Hava by Tarana from After The Disquiet
  7. Rain Sketch by Taeko Kunishima from Late Autumn
  8. Eu Te Amo (And I Love Her) by Yotam from Brasil
  9. Helping Hand by Yo-Yo Ma / Stuart Duncan / Edgar Meyer / Chris Thile from The Goat Rodeo Sessions
  10. Vidnight Flight by Jacob 2-2 from Fantasiarexia
  11. La Calle 92 by Pablo Aslan Quintet from Piazzolla in Brooklyn
  12. Ossimoro by Naked Truth from Shizaru
  13. Greensleeves from The John Coltrane Project: Andy Sugg Plays Trane
  14. Saskatoon by AJ Kluth's ALDRIC from Anvils and Broken Bells
  15. The Music of the Spheres by Simon Little from The Knowledge of Things to Come
If you enjoy this podcast, please remember to support the artists: buy their music and go see them live. Enjoy. And let me know what you think. Until next time…Peace.

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