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  • 2014 Albums

    21 jan 2014, 20:25

    2014 albums & rankings, so far

    10/10
    Swans - To Be Kind

    9.5/10
    Jack o' the Clock - Night Loops
    Knifeworld - The Unravelling

    9/10
    Anathema - Distant Satellites
    Casualties of Cool - Casualties of Cool
    Kaukasus - “1”
    Marissa Nadler - July
    Stars in Battledress - In Droplet Form
    Univers Zero - Phosphorescent Dreams

    8.5/10
    Atomic Ape - Swarm
    Chromb! - “II”
    Dream the Electric Sleep - Heretics
    Hydras Dream - The Little Match Girl
    Led Bib - The People In Your Neighborhood
    Many Arms - Suspended Definition
    MoeTar - Entropy of the Century
    Motorpsycho - Behind the Sun
    Rabbit Rabbit - Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Vol. 2 - Swallow Me Whole
    Richard Pinhas & Oren Ambarchi - Tikkun
    Richard Pinhas & Yoshida Tatsuya - Welcome in the Void
    Sonar - Static Motion
    St. Vincent - St. Vincent
    Sunn 0))) & Ulver - Terrestrial
    Thumbscrew - Thumbscrew
    Tim Bowness - Abandoned Dancehall Dreams

    8/10
    Agalloch - The Serpent & The Sphere
    Antemasque - Antemasque
    Deluge Grander - Heliotians
    Hedvig Mollestad Trio - Enfant Terrible
    Hugar - Hugar
    John Wesley - Disconnect
    Krokofant - Krokofant
    Matt Stevens - Lucid
    The Nels Cline Singers - Macroscope
    Opeth - Pale Communion
    Peter Hammill & Gary Lucas - Other World
    Snarky Puppy - We Like It Here
    Stern - Entitlement EP
    Susan Clynes - Life Is…
    We Insist! - We Insist!

    7/10
    Alcest - Shelter
    Autumn Electric - Flowers For Ambrosia
    Cult Leader - Nothing For Us Here
    Scott Lawlor - Nocturnal Journeys in Unfamiliar Landscapes
    Scott Lawlor & Earlyguard - Abstraction
    Simon Slater - Four Patterns
    Stick Men - Power Play
    Two Wings - A Wake

    6/10
    Hundos - Epilimnion EP

    4/10
    Transatlantic - Kaleidoscope
    Yes - Heaven & Earth

    to be rated
    Poino - Bon Ick Voyeur
  • Steven Wilson Concert Review - 7/26/13

    27 apr 2013, 06:55

    Just got back from the NYC show. I wanted to arrive at the venue at around 5:30 or so, but I didn't get in line until after 6 and there were quite a few people ahead of me. During the 2011 tour, I arrived at 5:00, was near the front of the line, and got a spot right near the stage. I got just as good of a spot tonight, which was a pleasant surprise. After half an hour of ambient music and techs testing the gear, a projection of the moon played on the screen, which morphed into the album cover for The Raven. That lasted for another half hour, and the band came on right at 8 (compared to 2011's show, when they came out after 9, due problems with the venue). Luminol was an energetic opener, and the first thing that I noticed was that SW was actually playing much more. Instead of dancing around the stage conducting the musicians (like in the GAYD DVD), he played guitar in the beginning before the verses. This continued throughout the show, as he played guitar, bass, and keys. The new album sounds incredible live, even split up throughout the set. The Holy Drinker was so good. Theo Travis was the highlight for me on The Pin Drop; his sax playing was simply fantastic. Most people have been talking about how great Guthrie, Marco, and Nick are, but I haven't really heard much praise for Holzman and Travis. While I love everyone in the band, I really like the jazz aspect that they bring with them, and the show wouldn't be the same without them.

    The Insurgentes and Grace For Drowning songs were equally enjoyable as the new stuff. I'm really glad that he added to Insurgentes title track, as it's one of my favorites. It more than made up for the lack of Veneno Para Las Hadas. Some assholes had to ruin the silent parts of Raider II's intro. Someone screamed "Theo" during the first silent part. During the second part, another (probably the same guy) screamed "Play something for Connecticut" or something along those lines. Then the guy next to me started to sing. It was quite different than last time, when the entire theater was so quiet that you could hear a pin drop (no pun intended). Steven wasn't happy, but they started it again without interruption. And it kicked serious ass. Postcard was another good live song. I loved it last time, so I was looking forward to hearing it again.

    The title track was the closer to the show, and I couldn't think of a better way to end such a great concert. I can't even begin to describe how good it was, especially as the show ended and Holzman played the final piano melody. Of course, there was the encore. We got Radioactive Toy, which I've actually only heard a few times. It was good, but I think I would rather have heard the No Twilight/Remainder medley. Radioactive Toy just doesn't seem like an encore song with all the psychedelic sections to it, but the sing-along parts were fun.

    SW surprised me with his between-the-songs banter. He's not Mikael Akerfeldt, but he had me literally laughing out loud a few times. He joked about his mother's fascination with serial killers, leading him to become interested in the subject. He also talked about the director Harmony Korine, and how he just made his first mainstream movie. He said that he's been a fan for years, as shown by the song named after him. He joked about how "cool" he was for this fact (maybe he's turning into a hipster!). Overall, he seemed extremely happy on stage whether he was playing, singing, or talking with the crowd.

    After the show, I headed to the merch booth and picked up a shirt and the record store day album. Nick Beggs was going to be there to sign copies of his comic books, but I didn't wait. I wanted to, but then I'd end up missing the earlier train. Not that big of a deal as the show was awesome and I met SW before.

    I really can't recommend this show enough! It was two and a half hours of prog heaven.
  • 2013 Albums/Stats

    12 jan 2013, 18:26

    Once the year is over, I will not be adding/adjusting rankings, even though I will likely hear more 2013 albums next year, and my opinions on many of these may change in the future. These are just the 2013 albums I've checked out in 2013, and my initial rankings of them.

    2013 Albums
    10/10
    Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (and other stories)

    9.5/10
    Anathema - Universal
    Anna von Hausswolff - Ceremony
    Big Big Train - English Electric, Part Two
    Mike Keneally - You Must Be This Tall
    Moon Safari - Himlabacken vol. 1
    Steven Wilson - Drive Home
    The Opium Cartel - Ardor
    These New Puritans - Field of Reeds

    9/10
    The Aristocrats - Culture Clash
    Birds and Buildings - Multipurpose Trap
    Blue Cranes - Swim
    Chrome Hoof - Chrome Black Gold
    Guapo - History of Visitation
    Hedvig Mollestad Trio - All of Them Witches
    Henry Fool - Men Singing
    Iamthemorning - Miscellany EP
    Il tempio delle clessidre - alieNatura
    Jack O’ The Clock - All My Friends
    Jess and the Ancient Ones - Astral Sabbat EP
    Lifesigns - Lifesigns
    Mike Keneally - Wing Beat Elastic: Remixes, Demoes & Unheard Music
    Miriodor - Cobra Fakir
    miRthkon - Snack(s)
    Rabbit Rabbit - Rabbit Rabbit Radio, Vol. 1
    Riverside - Shrine of New Generation Slaves
    Sanguine Hum - The Weight of the World
    Secret Chiefs 3 - Book of Souls: Folio A
    Sigur Ros - Kveikur
    Spock's Beard - Brief Nocturnes and Dreamless Sleep

    8.5/10
    Beth Patterson - Forward
    Big Big Train - Make Some Noise EP
    Bruce Soord with Jonas Renske - The Wisdom of Crowds
    Camelias Garden - You've Got a Chance
    Cult of Luna - Vertikal
    Curtis Hasselbring - Number Stations
    David Bowie - The Next Day
    Dodson and Fogg - Derring Do
    The Dear Hunter - Migrant
    Dream Theater - Dream Theater
    Ghost - Infestissumam
    Godsticks - The Envisage Conundrum
    Haken - The Mountain
    Half Past Four - Good Things
    Herd of Instinct - Conjure
    John Zorn - In Lambreth: Visions from the Walled Garden Of William Blake
    Levin Minnemann Rudess - Levin Minnemann Rudess
    Magenta - The Twenty Seven Club
    Marillion - Radiation 2013 (Remix)
    Not a Good Sign - Not a Good Sign
    Pinnick Gales Pridgen - Pinnick Gales Pridgen
    Pixel - We Are All Small Pixels
    Renaissance - Grandine Il Vento
    Rush - Vapor Trails Remixed
    São Paulo Underground - Beija Flors Velho E Sujo
    SimakDialog - The 6th Story
    Spolčení hlupců - Zpoždění
    The Knells - The Knells
    The Tangent - L'Étagere Du Travail
    The Tangent - Le Sacre du Travail
    The Wrong Object - After the Exhibition
    Thieves’ Kitchen - One For Sorrow, Two For Joy
    Tirill - Um himinjǫður
    Ulver - Messe I.X - VI.X

    8/10
    Apple Pie - The Gates of Never
    Believe - The Warmest Sun In Winter
    Blackfield - Blackfield IV
    Bolus - Triangulate
    Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
    Dynamo Bliss - Day and Night
    Dynamo Bliss - Popular Music
    Fanticide - The Fall of Grace
    Grayceon - Pear and the End of Days EP
    Jaga Jazzist - Live With Britten Sinfonia
    Johnny Unicorn - Sadness And Companionship
    Jolly - The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part Two)
    Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - Midwinter
    Katatonia - Dethroned & Uncrowned
    La coscienza di Zeno - Sensitivita
    The Kandinsky Effect - Synesthesia
    Marbin - Last Chapter of Dreaming
    The Mount Fugi Doomjazz Corporation - Roadburn
    Niacin - Krush
    Necromonkey - Necroplex
    Osada Vida - Particles
    Postures - Postures
    Roz Vitalis - Live At Saint Peter Prog Fest #5
    Scale the Summit - The Migration
    Shineback - Rise Up Forgotten, Return Destroyed
    Sound of Contact - Dimensionaut
    Tatsuya Nakatani & Shane Perlowin - Anatomy of a Moment
    Tatvamasi - Parts of the Eternity
    The Exquisite Corpse Game
    The Fierce and the Dead - Spooky Action
    Ulver - The Norwegian National Opera
    Walrus - Walrus

    7.5/10
    Alex’s Hand - This Cat is a Genius EP
    Alpha Male Tea Party - Real Ale and Model Rail: The Lonely Man's Guide to Not Committing Suicide EP
    Conscious Removal Project - Tactic
    Djam Karet - The Trip
    Emmett Elvin - Emmettronica ’98-‘05
    Eyevory - Euphobia
    Le Maschere di Clara - L'Alveare
    Negative Spectrum - The Orchid Fades
    OH. - Sleeping World EP
    Sea Vine - Sea Vine
    Snakecharm - Hypnotic Fields
    Soft Rains - There Will Come The Soft Rains
    State Cows - The Second One
    The Flower Kings - Desolation Rose
    These Paper Satellites - Here Goes Nothing, There Goes Everything EP
    Thiam - The Year of Sleeping Journeys
    Watershed Drag - Radiations EP
    YoJo - YoJo

    7/10
    Atoms for Peace - Amok
    Churn Milk Joan - 8 Black Postcards
    Cloud Catcher - Cosmic Condolences
    Grandfather - In Human Form
    Miracles of Modern Sceince - MEEMS EP
    Queensryche - Queensryche
    Space Mushroom Fuzz - A Possible Paradox
    Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind
    Wall of Sleep - Druid

    6/10
    Verbal Delirium - From The Small Hours of Weakness

    5/10
    Fountainhead - Fear Is The Enemy
    Pilotless Drone - The Other Road
    Sisare - Nature’s Despair
    Sr. Presidente - El Nuevo Estado



    Top 10 Studio Albums
    1) Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (and other stories)
    2) Big Big Train - English Electric, Part Two
    3) The Opium Cartel - Ardor
    4) These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
    5) Moon Safari - Himlabacken, Vol. 1
    6) Anna von Hausswolff - Ceremony
    7) Jack o’ the Clock - All My Friends
    8) Chrome Hoof - Chrome Black Gold
    9) Pixel - We Are All Small Pixels
    10) Mike Keneally - You Must Be This Tall



    2013 End of Year Stats
    1,031 Artists In Last.fm Library
    72,212 Total Plays

    Top 15 Artists of 2013
    1. The Gathering - 1,117
    2. Anathema - 1,066
    3. Devin Townsend Project - 733
    4. Iamthemorning - 695
    5. Cardiacs - 557
    6. Joni Mitchell - 542
    7. Steven Wilson - 452
    8. XTC - 430
    9. Susanne Sundfør - 410
    10. Spock's Beard - 354
    11. Phideaux - 338
    12. Blackfield - 329
    13. Marillion - 313
    14. Nick Drake - 312
    15. Peter Hammill - 310

    Top 10 Most Played Albums of 2013 (total number of times that all tracks were played)
    1. Iamthemorning - ~ (643)
    2. Anathema - Weather Systems (373)
    3. Devin Townsend Project - Addicted (369)
    4. Steven Wilson – The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories) (305)
    5. The Gathering – If_then_else (291)
    6. Anathema – We're Here Because We're Here (270)
    7. The Gathering – Home (257)
    8. Susanne Sundfør – The Brothel (227)
    9. XTC - Nonsuch (226)
    10. MoeTar – From These Small Seeds (225)
  • Concerts

    8 sep 2012, 22:47

    Concerts Archive
    Blue Man Group - 5/??/09
    Bon Jovi - 3/27/10
    Keith Emerson & Greg Lake - 5/8/10
    Styx, Foreigner, & Kansas - 6/18/10
    Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band - 6/27/10
    Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bret Michael, & .38 Special - 7/10/10
    Rush - 7/19/10
    Jon Anderson & Lisa Bouchelle- 8/27/10
    John Fogerty - 9/10/10
    Porcupine Tree - 9/24/10
    The Allman Brothers Band - 11/16/10
    Gregg Allman & Jaimo’s Jassz Band - 1/2/11
    Blue Oyster Cult (sans Eric Bloom) & Luke Mullholland Band - 2/11/11
    Rush - 4/10/11
    Blackfield & Danny and Vincent Cavanagh -5/20/11
    Buddy Guy, McLovins, & Bronze Radio Return - 5/27/11
    Deep Purple & Ernie and the Automatics - 6/8/11
    Robin Trower - 6/11/11
    Yes & Styx - 7/8/11
    Dream Theater & Trivium - 10/12/11
    Steven Wilson - 11/11/11
    Warren Haynes Band - 11/18/11
    Joe Bonamassa - 5/19/12
    Marillion & Sun Domingo - 6/12/12
    NEARfest Apocalypse 2012
    -6/22/12 - Aranis, Van der Graaf Generator
    -6/23/12 - Helmet of Gnats, Twelfth Night, Änglagård, Renaissance
    -6/24/12 - Gosta Berlings Saga, Il Tempio Delle Clessidre, Mike Keneally Band, UK
    Kansas - 8/18/12
    Devin Townsend Project, Katatonia, Stolen Babies, & Paradise Lost - 9/23/12
    Rush - 10/10/12
    District 97 & IZZ - 10/21/12
    District 97 & IZZ - 10/22/12
    Thank You Scientist & The Tea Club - 3/3/13
    Yes - 4/5/13
    Steven Wilson - 4/26/13
    RosFest 2013
    -5/3/13 - Bolus, The Flower Kings
    -5/4/13 - Jolly, Pain of Salvation, Believe, Riverside
    -5/5/13 - Dream The Electric Sleep, MoeTar, Electric Asturias, Shadow Gallery
    Rush - 5/9/13
    IZZ Lite & 3rdegree - 5/13/13
    Tom Brislin - 6/29/13
    Thank You Scientist, Mid Atlantic Title, Standby - 7/28/13
    The Aristocrats - 8/3/13
    Anathema, Alcest, Mamiffer - 9/14/13
    Noah Preminger Group w/ Ben Moder - 9/26/13
    The John Funkhouser Trio & Jerry Sabatini and the Sonic Explorers - 10/5/13
    Tammy Scheffer, Thank You Scientist, District 97 w/ John Wetton, Beardfish - 10/13/13
    Delicate Steve, Peaks - 10/18/13
    Four Hands: Sima Kustanovich & Pavel Nersessian - 10/25/13
    Jim Scott (Pete Seeger Remembrance Concert) - 2/15/14
    Zappa Plays Zappa - 3/2/14
    Julliard Jazz Quartet & Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Donald Harrison - 3/12/14
    Steve Hackett - 3/29/14
    Warren Haynes (Jerry Garcia Symphonic Celebration) - 5/15/14
    Black Star Riders, NightBitch, Vengeance - 6/18/14
    Swans, Xiu Xiu - 6/6/14
  • 2012 Albums/Concerts/Stats

    15 jan 2012, 19:04

    I won't be adding 2012 albums that I've heard in 2013. Likewise, I won't adjust the ratings any further, even if my opinion of them changes in the future. This is just a way to document the new albums that I've listened to this year.

    Studio Albums/EPs
    10/10
    Anathema - Weather Systems

    9.5/10
    Änglagård - Viljans Öga
    Devin Townsend Project - Epicloud
    Echolyn - Echolyn
    Marillion - Sounds That Can't Be Made

    9/10
    Big Big Train - English Electric, Part 1
    District 97 - Trouble With Machines
    Flying Colors - Flying Colors
    IZZ - Crush of Night
    Knifeworld - Clairvoyant Fortnight EP
    Mike Keneally - Wing Beat Fantastic
    Motorpsycho and Ståle Storløkken - The Death Defying Unicorn
    Rebecca Brandt - Numbers & Shapes
    Rush - Clockwork Angels
    Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited II
    Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion
    Thank You Scientist - Maps of Non-Existent Places

    8.5/10
    Alamaailman Vasarat - Valta
    Astra - The Black Chord
    Beyond The Bridge - The Old Man and The Spirit
    Gazpacho - March of Ghosts
    Harvest - Chasing Time
    John Galgano - Real Life Is Meeting
    Kotebel - Concerto for Piano and Electric Ensemble
    MoeTar - From These Small Seeds
    Peter Hammill - Consequences
    Steve Hogarth & Richard Barbieri - Not The Weapon But The Hand
    Susanne Sundfør - The Silicone Veil
    The Tea Club - Quickly Quickly Quickly
    Tusmørke - Underjordisk Tusmørke
    Distorted Harmony - Utopia

    8/10
    Alcest - Les Voyages de L'Âme
    Aranis - Made In Belgium
    Beardfish - The Void
    Black Country Communion - Afterglow
    Elephant9 with Reine Fiske - Atlantis
    The Fierce and the Dead - On VHS
    The Flower Kings - Banks of Eden
    Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight
    Katatonia - Dead End Kings
    Leslie Hunt - Wait For It
    Moon Safari - Lover`s End Pt. III (Skelleftea Serenade)
    Mörglbl - Brutal Romance
    Ne Obliviscaris - Portal of I
    North Atlantic Oscillation - Fog Electric
    Paul Cusick - P'dice
    Pepé Deluxe - Queen of the Wave
    Rhys Marsh And The Autumn Ghost - The Blue Light
    Stolen Babies - Naught
    To-Mera - Exile
    Torche - Harmonicraft
    3RDegree - The Long Division

    7.5/10
    Anneke van Giersbergen - Everything Is Changing
    Between The Buried and Me - The Parallax Part II - Future Sequence
    Churn Milk Joan - One
    Father Figure - Congratulations on Your Loss
    Galahad - Battle Scars
    The Gathering - Disclosure
    Hollow Branches - Okanagana Waves
    Ian Anderson - Thick as a Brick 2
    The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
    Neal Morse - Momentum
    Riversea - Out Of An Ancient World
    Tertafusion - Horizons EP
    Threshold - March of Progress

    7/10
    Delusion Squared - II
    Epica - Requiem for the Indifferent
    Hasse Froberg and Musical Companion - Power Play
    It Bites - Map of the Past
    Kayo Dot - Gamma Knife
    The McLovins - Who Knows
    Morse/Portnoy/George - Cover 2 Cover
    Matt Lebofsky - Fits
    Mystery - The World Is A Game
    Petter Carlsen - Clocks Don't Count
    The Pineapple Thief - All The Wars
    Rick Miller - Dark Dreams
    Sigur Ros - Valtari
    Squackett - Life Within A Day
    Villebrad - Ampersand

    6/10
    Cloudkicker - Fade
    Glass Hammer - Perilous
    Hostsonaten - The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner: Chapter One
    I Am Three People - Explore The Vertical
    Mathieu Fiset - RoboJazz
    Muse - The 2nd Law
    OSI - Fire Make Thunder
    Radar me from the Moon - Echo Forever
    Reserve de Marche - The Last Twenty Years
    Unwritten Pages - Fringe Kitchen

    5/10
    Gosia - Fear of Ourselves
    Miroist - The Pledge EP
    Netherland Dwarf - May the Piper
    Van der Graaf Generator - ALT

    4/10
    Treasure Hunt - Seatec Astronomy

    Live Albums
    10/10
    Steven Wilson - Get All You Deserve

    9/10
    Marillion - The Glow Must Go On
    Farpoint - Water of Life: Live At The Sumter Opera House
    Marillion - Irving Plaza, NYC, 12 June 2012
    Porcupine Tree - Octane Twisted
    Steven Wilson - Catalog / Preserve / Amass

    8.5/10
    Spock's Beard - The X Tour Live
    Van der Graaf Generator - Recorded Live in Concert at Metropolis Studios, London

    8/10
    Mars Hollow - Live
    Warren Haynes - Live At The Moody Theater



    Top 10 Studio Albums
    1. Anathema - Weather Systems (Album of the Year)
    2. Devin Townsend - Epicloud
    3. Änglagård - Viljans Öga
    4. Marillion - Sounds That Can't Be Made
    5. Echolyn - Echolyn
    6. Rush - Clockwork Angels
    7. District 97 - Trouble With Machines
    8. Big Big Train - English Electric, Part One
    9. Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion
    10. IZZ - Crush of Night

    Favorite Album Covers
    1. Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited II


    2. Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion


    3. Flying Colors - Flying Colors


    4. Marillion - Sounds That Can't Be Made


    5. Astra - The Black Chord




    2012 Concerts
    Joe Bonamassa - Bushnell Theater: Hartford, CT (9/10)
    Marillion - Irving Plaza: NYC (10/10)
    NEARfest Apocalypse 2012 - Zoellner Arts Center: Bethlehem, PA
    ---Aranis (9/10)
    ---Van der Graaf Generator (9.5/10)
    ---Helmet of Gnats (8/10)
    ---Twelfth Night (4/10)
    ---Änglagård (10/10)
    ---Renaissance (8.5/10)
    ---Gosta Berlings Saga (9.5/10)
    ---Il Tempio Delle Clessidre (8.5/10)
    ---Mike Keneally Band (8/10)
    ---UK (9/10)
    Kansas (7/10)
    Epic Kings & Idols Tour
    ---Devin Townsend Project (9/10)
    ---Katatonia (6/10)
    ---Stolen Babies (7/10)
    ---Paradise Lost (8/10)
    Rush (9/10)
    District 97/IZZ - Roxy & Duke's: Dunellen, NJ (9/10)
    District 97/IZZ - Marissa's Restaurant: Trumbull, CT (10/10)



    2012 End of Year Stats
    683 Artists In Last.fm Library
    50221 Total Plays

    Top 15 Artists of 2012
    1. Devin Townsend Project - 1168
    2. Anathema - 1081
    3. Dream Theater - 866
    4. Marillion - 716
    5. Rush - 623
    6. Spock's Beard - 502
    7. Joe Bonamassa - 487
    8. Porcupine Tree - 465
    9. Steven Wilson - 434
    10. The Flower Kings - 363
    11. The Gathering - 294
    12. Van der Graaf Generator - 260
    13. Opeth - 232
    14. Genesis - 229
    15. Yes - 224

    Top 10 Most Played Albums of 2012 (total number of times that all tracks were played)
    1. Anathema - Weather Systems (546)
    2. Devin Townsend Project - Epicloud (509)
    3. Devin Townsend Project - Addicted (431)
    4. Rush - Clockwork Angels (312)
    5. Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here (261)
    6. Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence (210)
    7. Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning (202)
    8. Flying Colors - Flying Colors (177)
    9. Joe Bonamassa - Sloe Gin (168)
    10. Dream Theater - Scenes From A Memory (156)
  • 2011 Albums & Concerts

    29 mar 2011, 20:11

    2011 Albums
    [Last Update: 12/29/11] (I won't be adding 2011 albums that I've heard in 2012. This is just 2011 albums that I received in 2011)
    Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning (10/10)

    Black Country Communion - 2 (9.5/10)
    Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events (9.5/10)

    Amplifier - The Octopus (9/10)
    Beardfish - Mammoth (9/10)
    Derek Sherinian - Oceana (9/10)
    Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (9/10)
    Gazpacho - London (9/10)
    Gazpacho - Missa Atropos (9/10)**
    Joe Bonamassa - Dust Bowl (9/10)
    Haken - Visions (9/10)
    Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will (9/10)
    Opeth - Heritage (9/10)
    Phideaux - Snowtorch (9/10)
    Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (9/10)
    Warren Haynes - Man In Motion (9/10)

    3 - The Ghost You Gave Me (8.5/10)
    Agents of Mercy - The Black Forest (8.5/10)
    Anathema - Falling Deeper (8.5/10)
    Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa - Don't Explain (8.5/10)
    Blackfield - Welcome to My DNA (8.5/10)
    The Black Keys - El Camino (8.5/10)
    Lunatic Soul - Impressions (8.5/10)
    Mars Hollow - World In Front Of Me (8.5/10)
    Neal Morse - Testimony 2 (8.5/10)
    Rush - Time Machine: Live in Cleveland (8.5/10)
    The Tangent - COMM (8.5/10)
    Transatlantic - More Is Never Enough (8.5/10)*
    Ulver - Wars of the Roses (8.5/10)
    Van der Graaf Generator - A Grounding In Numbers (8.5/10)
    White Willow - Terminal Twilight (8.5/10)
    Wobbler - Rites At Dawn (8.5/10)

    6LA8 - This Is Not A Conceptual Album (8/10)
    6LA8 & Rakas - Music Observatory (8/10)
    6LA8 & Rakas - The Stereotypes of Tomorrow (8/10)
    Wilco - The Whole Love (8/10)
    Bader Nana - Wormwood (8/10)
    Charts and Maps - Dead Horse (8/10)
    Cloudkicker - Let Yourself Be Huge (8/10)
    The Decemberists - The King Is Dead (8/10)
    Gregg Allman - Low Country Blues (8/10)
    John Wesley - The Lilypad Suite (8/10)
    Karmakanic - In A Perfect World (8/10)
    Matt Stevens - Relic (8/10)
    Neal Morse - Testimony 2 Live In Los Angeles (8/10)*
    Pendragon - Passion (8/10)
    Riverside - Memories In My Head (8/10)
    Scale the Summit - The Collective (8/10)
    The Fierce And The Dead - If It Carries On Like This We Are Moving To Morecambe (8/10)
    Yes - Fly From Here (8/10)

    6LA8 - In the Land of Dreams(7.5/10)
    Airbag - All Rights Removed (7.5/10)
    Battle Circus - Battle Circus (7.5/10)
    Battles - Gloss Drop (7.5/10)
    Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Daytrotter Studio (7.5/10)
    Magic Pie - The Suffering Joy (7.5/10)
    Journey - Eclipse (7.5/10)
    The Rupert Selection - Conspiritorium (7.5/10)
    Yonks - Yonks Alpha (7.5/10)

    Foo Fighters - Wasting Light (7/10)
    The Mercury Tree - Pterodactyls (7/10)
    Radiohead - The King of Limbs (7/10)
    Symphony X - Iconoclast (7/10)
    Yonks - Yonks Marluk (7/10)

    Akt - Blemmebeya (6.5/10)

    Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (6/10)

    Caterpillarmen - Caterpillarmen (5/10)
    Indelible - Remnants in Red (5/10)

    Adrenaline Mob - Adrenaline Mob EP (3/10)
    *Live CD/DVD boxset
    **US Release = 2011
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    Top 15 2011 Albums (no particular order)
    1. Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning (Album of the Year)
    2. Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events
    3. Opeth - Heritage
    4. Black Country Communion - 2
    5. Joe Bonamassa - Dust Bowl
    6. Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
    7. Blackfield - Welcome to My DNA
    8. Gazpacho - Missa Atropos
    9. Van der Graaf Generator - A Grounding In Numbers
    10. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator
    11. Phideaux - Snowtorch
    12. Anathema - Falling Deeper
    13. Matt Stevens - Relic
    14. Derek Sherinian - Oceana
    15. Amplifier - The Octopus
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    Biggest Surprises
    Van der Graaf Generator - A Grounding In Numbers
    Yes - Fly From Here
    Wilco - The Whole Love
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    Top 5 Best Album Covers
    1. Steven Wilson - Grace for Drowning


    2. Amplifier - The Octopus


    3. Opeth - Heritage


    4. Blackfield - Welcome to My DNA


    5. Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events

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    2011 Concerts
    1. Rush - MSG - NYC (10/10)
    2. Steven Wilson - Best Buy Theater - NYC (10/10)
    3. Blackfield & Anathema - Irving Plaza - NYC (9.5/10)
    4. Dream Theater - Beacon Theater - NYC (9.5/10)
    5. Deep Purple - Bushnell Theater - Hartford, CT (8.5/10)
    6. Warren Haynes - Warner Theater - Torrington, CT (8.5/10)
    7. Gregg Allman - Palace Theater - Stamford, CT (8/10)
    8. Robin Trower - Toad's Place - New Haven, CT (8/10)
    9. Buddy Guy - Warner Theater - Torrington, CT (7/10)
    10. Yes & Styx - Foxwoods Casino - Mashantucket, CT (7/10)
    11. Blue Oyster Cult - Ridgefield Playhouse - Ridgefield, CT (6/10)
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    2011 End of Year Stats
    363 Artists In Last.fm Library
    30517 Total Plays

    Top 10 Artists of 2011
    1. Porcupine Tree - 1007
    2. Rush - 846
    3. Dream Theater - 837
    4. Joe Bonamassa - 799
    5. Marillion - 688
    6. Steven Wilson - 668
    7. Frank Zappa - 552
    8. Jethro Tull - 549
    9. Blackfield - 553
    10. Anathema - 532

    Most Played Albums of 2011
    1. Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning (396)
    2. Steven Wilson - Insurgentes (242)
    3. Blackfield - Welcome To My DNA (214)
    4. Anathema - We're Here Because We're Here (205)
    5. Dream Theater - A Dramatic Turn of Events (199)
    6. Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage (196)
    7. Spock's Beard - Snow (192)
    8. District 97 - Hybrid Child (185)
    9. Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime (175)
    10. Joe Bonamassa - Sloe Gin (170)