Tom Waits – Step Right Up – Small Change (1976)
- 4th album from one of music’s most prolific artists
- This is my annual sarcastic tribute to the American Christmas… there is not a song more fitting.
Guadalupe Plata - Serpiente Negra - Guadalupe Plata (2011)
- Debut album.
- Spanish band.
- Incredibly enjoyable Black Keys/White Stripes feel here.
Hanni El Khatib - Loved One - When the Guns Come Out (2011)
- If you love the old Black Keys you will get into this guy for sure!
- Hard, dirty garage blue rock.
Turf War – Stay Running – Years of Living Dangerously (2011)
- Debut album
- Produced by Ian St. Pe’ of the Black Lips.
You Won't - Television - Skeptic Goodbye (2011)
- Debut album
- M. Ward and T. Rex feel to this track.
Country Mice - Worn Hearts - Twister (2011)
- Debut album
- Folk rock outfit that formerly went by We Are Country Mice.
Tony Castles - Dream Job - No Service (2010)
- Debut EP out.
- Download for free at RCRDLBL!
Thee Oh Sees - The Dream - Carrion Crawler/The Dream (2011)
- 12th album.
- San Fran garage psych band.
Dead Luke – Paranoia Is A Flower Of The Mind – Meanwhile… In the
- 4th album
- Luke Gasper.
- RIYL: Wet Hair and any other heavy, muddy, pulsing psych rock.
Anna Calvi - Wolf Like Me (TV On the Radio cover) - Jezebel single (French Version) (2011)
- Drastically different version of one of TVOTR's most popular songs.
- Debut was out this year and she was nominated for the
’s Mercury Prize for best artist of the year. UK
Blithe Field - Crushing - Two Hearted (2011)
- 2nd full length
- 19 year old from
- Ambient/electronic/looping/sample-heavy arrangements.
Christopher Owens – Cold Again (Live) (2011)
- This is the leader of the band Girls (they are better known on the U & U for their drummer’s side project, PAPA)
- He recorded these brilliant, spare tracks this past year.
- Girls 2011 album, Father, Son, Holy Ghost, is getting tremendous acclaim, but for some reason they’ve never struck a chord with me.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Nothing But Our Love (Live) (2011)
- Original is on their debut full length, It’s A Corporate World.
- This is a really gorgeous, seasonally appropriate, mellower version played only on a piano and organ.
- Their 2010 debut EP garnered them a lot of good reviews.
- One of the my top of the top favorite live bands of the year.
- Check out the Video!
Sufjan Stevens –Sister Winter– Songs For Christmas
- Sufjan is a unique artist and without many people knowing has produced roughly fifty great… not the same old… Christmas songs
- My personal favorite Sufjan Christmas original.
- You will not hear a Christmas song like this in Macy’s… and that’s a good thing!
- Debut full length.
- This is the current from nowhere-to-everywhere band in the indie music world.
- Erika M. Anderson