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A Vooligan's 2011

Sooooo here we are. Yes I'm late with this and yes, i don't post as much anymore but whatever. It's been a fucking awesome year of music. Here's my top 40 albums and favourite 10 gigs. Enjoy the read :)

To be honest, i've never really had an album 'click' with me like this one did. It's
well known on here that i'm a sucker for outstanding vocals and on One, Dan
Tompkins hits the nail on the proverbial head. Combine that with some literally
incredible songwriting and you have what is fast becoming one of my favourite
albums of all time. I just seem to have a real emotional connection to it.
Tesseract are incredible. Favourite tracks: Lament, Deception, Perfection, Eden.
... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7lN0QXjzQI
2Fair To Midland
Arrows and Anchors

It's fair to say that this album was fairly highly anticipated by me and it
exceeded every single expectation i had for it. It features some of the most
beautiful and stunning musical moments of 2011. For example, the chorus of
Golden Parachutes or the intro of Loophole In Limbo. This is Fair to Midland's
magnum opus, an utterly incredible record. Tracks: Golden Parachutes,
Loophole In Limbo, Bright Bulbs and Sharp Tools, Uh Oh......
3La Dispute

La Dispute improved way way way way out of sight with Wildlife. King Park is
easily the best song they've ever written, providing the perfect microcosm for
the entire album in that each song provides it's own little story adding to the
entire feel of the record. It's an absolute must for any post hardcore fan. At
least just listen to King Park. Not to mention, Wildlife features some of the best
lyrics to be heard in 2011. Tracks: King Park, Harder Harmonies......
4Tangled Thoughts of Leaving
Deaden The Fields

Spasmodic, technical, jazzy post rock. Tangled Thoughts of Leaving are one of
Australia's best kept secrets, releasing my favourite local album of the year. If
you're after a mind fuck with added post rock epicness, look no further than
this. Tracks: Deaden The Fields....... http://www.youtube.com/watch?
5Floating Me
Floating Me

There's a reason this album was nominated for an ARIA. Floating Me's debut is
chock full of incredible progressive rock goodness. Tracks: Spirals, Breaking To
Breathe, Narke..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcVld0d4ja4
...and so we destroyed everything

(Hello) Cloud Mountain.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVIYNQzAjwo

Promises....... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3GCLb-PQzfc
8Uneven Structure

Awaken...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbLz5lNcHi0
Reports From The Threshold of Death

All Shall Float...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDDdVCEgjyw
10City and Colour
Little Hell

Little Hell..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HD0vcAwHN7s
Making Mirrors

Smoke and Mirrors....... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwXh8h5jivg
Ethereal Surrogate Saviour

Prince Welfare...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT8uBFFFnmA
13Devin Townsend Project

Blackberry....... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRVlVhX_Ud8

Hyena..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lb13PZMxTM
15Manchester Orchestra
Simple Math

Virgin..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKgSs0MQ270&ob=av2e
16Steven Wilson
Grace For Drowning

Index....... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dte3-sSkWic
17 Vildjarta

Dagger........ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnaClnVnj_c
With Shivering Hearts We Wait

Bring Out Your Dead... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GZN892GlrA
19Matt Corby
Into the Flame

Brother..... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IglwAVcuE6c
20 The Dear Hunter
The Colour Spectrum

This Body...... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX3AY8SeUpo
Hats Off to the Bull
22 Crosses
Let Yourself Be Huge
24Foo Fighters
Wasting Light
25Trial Kennedy
Living Undesigned
26Stray From The Path
Rising Sun
27 Thursday
No Devolution
28The Strokes
29Animals as Leaders
The King of Limbs
31The Getaway Plan
32Chaos Divine
The Human Connection
The Compass
34Last Chance To Reason
Level 2
36Quiet Child
37Protest The Hero
38 Black Devil Yard Boss
Black Devil Rising
39Red Hot Chili Peppers
I'm With You
40 Dredg
Chuckles and Mr Squeezy
42 Portishead
@ Harvest Festival

Only once before has a live show moved me as much as Portishead did that
night in November. Beth Gibbons has an absolutely incredible voice and the
emotion she put into her music is something i'll remember for the rest of my
life. This set was without a doubt a once in a life time experience.
43 Tesseract
@ The Hifi Bar

So Tesseract and Periphery booked a show at a 300 capacity venue in
Melbourne. That sold out in an hour. They upgraded the venue to the 1500
capacity Hifi bar and sold that out well before the gig. Then, on the night
Tesseract proceeded to wipe the floor with everyone. It was one of the most
intense and awesome rock sets i've ever seen. Funnily enough, it was also Dan
Tompkins' last ever show with them.
44 Karnivool
@ The Corner

It's Karnivool. I saw them two nights in a row and then a third time a month
later. It was amazing. End of story.
45 sleepmakeswaves
@ East Brunswick Club

sleepmakeswaves are one of the few post rock bands that actually resonate
with me properly making me genuinely love them. Seeing them in a live
environment only heightens that feeling with the entire band moving with each
climax. 'One Day You Will Teach Me To Let Go of My Fears' is seriously one of
the best things to see live, ever.
46 Rammstein
@ Big Day Out

Rammstein make it on to the list simply for pure ridiculousness. The
combination of fireworks, angry germans, penis foam cannons and metal
worked an absolute treat at BDO. Seriously, i dare you to not enjoy a
Rammstein set. Its physically impossible.
47 Deftones
@ The Palace

Deftones are a band that until 2011, i'd wanted to see live for a long long time.
When i finally got the chance boy did they deliver. Hot and sweaty fun from one
of the best rock bands of the last decade.
48 Engine Three Seven
@ The Evelyn

As most of Sputnik would know, i do indeed love a good local gig and Engine
Three Seven are probably the best live band in Melbourne at the moment.
When they played at The Evelyn, it was the night they filmed their live dvd
which i feature on quite prominently. Heaps of fun!
49 Mogwai
@ Harvest Festival

Huge sounding Post rock + Amazing sunset = pure epicness
50 Dead Letter Circus
@ The Corner

Dead Letter Circus up close and personal in an intimate venue. Ended up on
their music video for Reaction. What more could you want :)
51 Floating Me
@ East Brunswick Club

Another great night of Aussie progressive rock. A lovely cameo from the ever
angry Ezekiel Ox featuring a rant about Police brutality, the Occupy movement
and a whole bunch of broken TV's. Floating Me are incredible.
52 Helm
@ The Evelyn

Helm are without a doubt one of Australia's best bands. Do yourself a favour
and go see them live, buy their music and help out a hardworking band.
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