Top 5 of 2011

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To celebrate another year’s end, SLUG handpicked eight writers to spotlight one of their favorite releases of 2011 in an extended review. Read on for Top Five lists from SLUG’s contributors and genre-spanning reviews of artists such as Satan’s Host, Wugazi, Spindrift and locals The No-Nation Orchestra.

Brian Baade –Videographer
1. Tom Waits – Bad as Me
2. The Ettes – Wicked Will
3. Wye Oak – Civilian
4. Faith – Subject to Change/First Demo
5. The Ravonettes – Raven in the Grave

Robin Banks – Illustrator
1. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong
2. Houseboat – The Thorns Of Life
3. Big Eyes – Hard Life
4. Shannon And The Clams – Sleep Talk
5. Kissing Party – Wasters Wall

Brad Barker – Designer
1. Anthrax – Worship Music
2. Amebix – Sonic Mass
3. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
4. The Cars – Move Like This
5. The Dwarves – Born Again

Mama Beatz – Writer
1. Sebastian – Total
2. Nero – Welcome Reality
3. Mr. Oizo – Stade2
4. Buraka Som Sistema – Komba
5. Benny Benassi – Electroman

Ischa Bee – Writer
1. Uncle Scam – Heavy Cream
2. The Suicycles – Sex, Drugs, & Death
3. Tori Amos – Night of Hunters
4. Erin Barra – Illusions
5. Jessie J – Who you are

James Bennett – Writer
1. OFF! – First Four EPs on CD
2. Rocket From The Tombs – Barfly
3. Man . . . or Astro-Man? – Your Weight on the Moon (12” vinyl reissue)
4. Mike Watt & the Missingmen – Hyphenated-Man
5. The Jesus Lizard – CLUB

Tom Bennett – Writer
1. Wolves in the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage
2. Loyal Divide – Bodice Ripper
3. Ringo Deathstarr – Colour Trip
4. Young Prisms – Friends for now
5. Explosions In The Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Paden Bischoff – Ad Designer
1. Circle Takes The Square – Decompositions Vol.1
2. 13 & God – Own Your Ghost
3. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
4. Ed Gein – Bad Luck
5. Animals as Leaders – Weightless

Courtney Blair – Writer
1. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
2. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
3. Zola Jesus – Conatus
4. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
5. Austra – Feel It Break

Christian Broadbent – Ad Designer
1. Matisyahu – Live at Stubb’s, Vol. 2
2. Airborne Toxic Event – All at Once
3. CAKE – Showroom of Compassion
4. Primus – Green Naugahyde
5. Cage the Elephant – Thank You, Happy Birthday

Madelyn Boudreaux – Writer
1. Slim Cessna – Unentitled
2. Thomas Dolby – A Map of the Floating City
3. Kindest Lines – Covered in Dust
4. Crystal Stilts – In Love with Oblivion
5. Book of Knots – Garden of Fainting Stars

Angela H. Brown – Editor
1. SubRosa – No Help For The Mighty Ones
2. The No Nation Orchestra – More More More
3. The Raveonettes – Raven in the Grave
4. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
5. Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread

Mike Brown – Writer
1. Shannon and the Clams – Sleep Talk
2. Hail Mary Mallon – Are You Gonna Eat That?
3. Mastodon – The Hunter
4. Spell Talk – Touch It
5. The Flaming Lips – 6 Hour Song (found a star on the ground)

Stephanie Buschardt – Marketing
1. Florence + The Machine – Lungs (Deluxe Edition)
2. Adele – 21
3. The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You
4. Foster The People – Torches
5. The Sounds – Something To Die For

Phil Cannon – Illustrator
1. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
2. Amerigo Gazaway of Gummy Soul – Fela Soul
3. tUnE-yARDS – w h o k i l l  
4. James Blake – James Blake
5. The Streets – Computers and Blues

John Carlisle – Photographer
1. Mick Harvey – Sketches from the Book of the Dead
2. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Here We Rest
3. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
4. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
5. Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do

Dylan Chadwick – Writer
1. Cold Cave – Cherish the Light Years LP
2. War Hungry – War Hungry LP
3. Wiccans – Skullduggery LP
4. Boston Strangler – Promo Tape 2011
5. Wooden Shjips – West LP

Hannah Christian – Copy Editor
1. Yuck – Self-Titled
2. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
3. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
4. Bjork – Biophilia
5. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

Melissa Cohn – Photographer
1. The Dear Hunter – The Color Spectrum
2. The Cinema – My Bloodmike is Full of Airplanes
3. Defeater – Empty Days & Sleepless Nights
4. Thrice – Major/Minor
5. I am the Avalanche – Avalanche United

Rio Connelly – Copy Editor/Writer
1. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
2. Battles – Gloss Drop
3. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
4. Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math
5. Foster The People – Torches

Kylie Cox – Writer
1. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
2. Chris Brown – F.A.M.E
3. Beirut – The Rip Tide
4. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia/ULTRA
5. Adele – 21

Barrett Doran – Photographer
1. Alexander – Alexander
2. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin
3. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
4. TV On The Radio – Nine Types of Light
5. Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean

Scott Farley – Writer
1. Glassjaw – The Coloring Boom EP
2. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
3. CKY – B-Sides & Rarities
4. Defeater – Empty Days & Sleepless Nights
5. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Peter Fryer – Writer
1. The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar
2. Weekend Nachos – Worthless
3. Defeater – Empty Days &  Sleepless Nights
4. Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man
5. Havok - Time Is Up

Henry Glasheen – Writer
(Top 5 Video Games)
1. Dark Souls
2. Catherine
3. El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron
4. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
5. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Kyla Grant – Writer
1. Battles – Gloss Drops
2. Deerhoof – Deerhoof vs. Evil
3. Hauschka – Salon des Amateurs
4. We Were Promised Jetpacks – In the Pit of the Stomach
5. 13 & God – Own Your Ghost

Eric Granato – Distro Manager
1. Wugazi – 13 Chambers
2. Evidence – Cats & Dogs
3. The Ravonettes – Raven in the Grave
4. SubRosa – No Help for the Mighty Ones
5. Charles Manson – Trees

Brock Grossl – Videographer
1. Vektor – Outer Isolation
2. Vader – Morbid Reich
3. Toxic Holocaust – Conjure & Command
4. Necrophagia – Deathtrip 69
5. The Oisters – Oipocalypse Now

Sean Hennefer – Illustrator
1. Gorillaz – Singles Collection
2. Trash Talk – Awake
3. Generationals – Actor-Caster
4. Washed Out – Within and Without
5. Black Lips – Arabia Mountain

Eric Hess – Writer
1. Tyler The Creator – Goblin
2. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV
3. Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers
4. Atmosphere – The Family Sign
5. Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch The Throne

Dean O. Hillis – Writer
1. Kate Bush – 50 Words for Snow and Director’s Cut
2. The Opiates – Hollywood Under the Knife
3. Erasure – Tomorrow’s World
4. Suzanne Vega – Close Up Vol. 3, States of Being
5. Go-Go’s – Beauty & The Beat (30th Anniversary Remaster)

Gavin Hoffman – Writer
1. Burzum – Fallen
2. The Decemberists – The King is Dead
3. Anthrax – Worship Music
4. Lifelover – Sjukdom
5. Autopsy – Macabre Eternal

Mary Houdini – Writer
1. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
2. Washed Out – Within and Without  
3. Feist – Metals 
4. Atlas Sound – Parallax
5. Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact 

Nate Housley – Writer
1. Yuck – Yuck
2. Real Estate – Days
3. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
4. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
5. Guider – Disappears

Cody Hudson – Writer
1. James Blake – James Blake
2. The Antlers – Burst Apart
3. The Weeknd – House of Balloons
4. Jeff The Brotherhood – We are The Champions
5. Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread

Taylor Hunsaker – Marketing
1. Alkaline Trio – Damnesia
2. Kanye West and Jay-Z – Watch the Throne
3. Against Me! – Total Clarity
4. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
5. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Josh Joye – Lead Designer
1. Guadalupe Plata – Guadalupe Plata
2. Middle Brother – Middle Brother
3. Ugly Valley Boys – Double Down
4. Scott H. Biram – Bad Ingredients
5. The Raveonettes – Raven in the Grave

Megan Kennedy – Writer/Photographer
1. Protest the Hero – Scurrilous
2. All Shall Perish – This Is Where It Ends
3. Textures – Dualism
4. Times of Grace – The Hymn of a Broken Man
5. Thrice – Major/Minor

Cody Kirkland – Copy Editor/Writer
1. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
2. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
3. Alexander – Alexander
4. Joshua Payne Orchestra – Zoom
5. Cut Copy – Zonoscope

Brian Kubarycz – Writer
1. YOB – Atma
2. White Denim – D
3. Witch Mountain – South of Salem
4. Dark Castle – Surrender To All Life Beyond Form
5. Robert Hollingworth & I Fagiolini – Alessandro Striggio: Mass in 40 Parts

Johnny Logan – Copy Editor/Writer
1. Library Voices – Summer of Lust
2. Florence + the Machine – Lungs (Deluxe Edition)
3. LMFAO – Sorry for Party Rocking
4. The Black Keys – El Camino
5. Dubstep – Really Dubstep

Liz Lopez – Intern
1. GroupLove – Never Trust a Happy Song
2. Blink 182 – Neighborhoods
3. You Me At Six – Sinners Never Sleep
4. Foster The People – Torches
5. Rise Against – Endgame

Angella Lucisano – Marketing
1. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
2. Gorillaz – The Fall
3. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
4. Alexander – Alexander
5. Wallpaper. – #STUPiDFACEDD

Tyler Makmell – Writer
(Top 5 Beers)
1. Summerset Saison – Hoppers
2. Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin – Uinta
3. Root Cellar – Squatters
4. Big Cottonwood Amber – Brewers Cooperative
5. Hotheaded Redhead – Hoppers

Jimmy Martin – Movie Critic
(Top 5 Movies)
1. Drive
2. 50/50
3. Super 8
4. Bridesmaids
5. Hanna

Shawn Mayer – Writer
1. Chiddy Bang – Peanut Butter and Swelly
2. Alkaline Trio – Damnesia
3. Iggy Pop – Roadkill Rising
4. Jay-Z and Kanye West– Watch the Throne
5. Thrice – Major/Minor

Kia McGinnis – Intern/Writer
1. Radiohead – King Of Limbs
2. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
3. Grieves – Together/Apart
4. Sayde Price – Wilt All Rosy
5. Girl In A Coma – Exits & All The Rest

Mariah Mann-Mellus – Gallery Stroll Columnist
1. Fruit Bats – Tripper
2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
3. Feist – Metals
4. Vetiver – The Errant Charm
5. Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean

Esther Meroño – Editorial Assistant
1. This Will Destroy You – Tunnel Blanket
2. Thrice – Major/Minor
3. Thursday – No Devolución
4. Girl in a Coma – Exits & All The Rest
5. Mr. Gnome – Madness in Miniature

Sam Milianta – Photographer/Writer
1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (Deluxe Edition)
2. Wanda Jackson – The Party Ain’t Over
3. Nephi Beh – Care “E” Okay Volume 2
4. Middle Brother – Middle Brother
5. Deer Tick – Divine Providence

Lindsey Morris – Designer
1. La Dispute – Wildlife
2. Russian Circles – Empros
3. Toro y Moi – Underneath the Pine
4. Bibio – Mind Boken
5. The Calm Blue Sea – The Calm Blue Sea

Jeanette D. Moses – Managing Editor
1. Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
2. Bass Drum of Death – GB City
3. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams
4. The Kills – Blood Pressures
5. Spindrift – Classic Soundtracks Volume 1

Adam O’Keefe – Distro
1. VNV Nation – Automatic
2. Over the Rhine – The Long Surrender
3. Blutengel – Tranenherz
4. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
5. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l

James Orme – Writer
1. The Dirt Daubers – Wake Up Sinners
2. Nick 13 – Nick 13
3. Pokey Lafarge and the South City Three – Middle Of Everywhere
4. Deke Dickerson – Soundtrack to Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia
5. Motörhead – The World is Yours

Alex Ortega – Writer/Copy Editor
1. Dead To Me – Moscow Penny Ante
2. Vena Cava – Demo
3. Coliseum – Parasites E.P.
4. Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On
5. Star Fucking Hipsters – From the Dumpster to the Grave

Brooklyn Ottens – Marketing
1. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
2. Radiohead – King of Limbs
3. The Strokes – Angles
4. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee, Pt. 2
5. Black Keys – El Camino

JP – Writer/Soundwaves From The UnderGround Podcast Host & Localized Host
1. YYBS – YYBS
2. You Are Plural – No More EP
3. Childish Gambino – Camp
4. Jesus or Genome – The Veil is Lifting
5. NewVillager – NewVillager

Nate Perkins – Writer
1. Los Vigilantes – Los Vigilantes
2. Solid Attitude – Prison Water EP
3. Burnt Reynolds – Burnt Reynolds
4. Davila 666 – Tan Bajo
5. Thee Goochi Boiz – Oops

Liz Phillips – Copy Editor
1. Battles – Gloss Drop
2. Mastodon – The Hunter
3. Feist – Metals
4. tUnE-YarDs – w h o k i l l
5. SBTRKT – SBTRKT

Chris Proctor – Writer
1. Sebastian – Total
2. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
3. Chilly Gonzales – The Unspeakable
4. The Roots – Undun
5. Neon Indian – Era Extraña

Alex Pow – Writer
1. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams
2. Beast Make Bomb – Sourpuss
3. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong
4. Colleen Green – Cujo
5. Mister Heavenly – Out of Love

Karamea Puriri – Marketing Coordinator
1. Tycho – Dive
2. Long Arm – The Branches
3. mr. Gnome – Madness in Miniature
4. The Drums – Portamento
5. Lana Del Rey – Video Games EP

Jeremy Riley – Design Intern/SLUG Games
1. Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
2. Alexander – Alexander
3. Starfucker – Reptilians
4. The Lonely Island – Turtleneck & Chain
5. Yelle – Safari Disco Club

Jon Robertson – Writer
1. Glassjaw – Coloring Book
2. The Cool Kids – When Fish Ride Bicycles
3. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
4. Toro Y Moi – Underneath the Pine / Freaking Out
5. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Andrew Roy – Writer
1. Ed Gein – Bad Luck
2. Helms Alee – Weatherhead
3. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
4. Various Artists – Blue Valentine (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
5. Graf Orlock – Doombox EP

Grason Roylance – Social Media Coordinator/Marketing
1. Strung Out – Top Contenders
2. Nothington – Borrowed Time
3. Dave Hause – Resolutions
4. Pour Habit – Got Your Back
5. Face to Face – Laugh Now, Laugh Later

Eric Scott Russell – Photographer
1. Cold War Kids – Mine Is Yours
2. TV On the Radio – Nine Types of Light
3. The Kills – Blood Pressures
4. Friendly Fires – Pala
5. Apparat – The Devil’s Walk

Kristina Sandi – Marketing
1. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
2. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
3. Lykke Li – Wounded Ryhmes
4. The Black Angels – Another Nice Pair
5. Lana Del Rey – Video Games

Eric Sapp – Designer
1. Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
2. Akira Yamaoka – Shadows of The Damned
3. Jim Guthrie – Sword & Sworcery LP
4. Starscream – Future, Towards the Edge of Forever
5. Radiohead – The King of Limbs

Lance Saunders – Writer
1. The Strokes – Angles
2. The Antlers – Burst Apart
3. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
4. Spell Talk – Touch It!
5. AA Bondy – Believers

Elliot Secrist – Writer
1. Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
2. Bohren & Der Club of Gore – Beileid
3.  Parallax – Mediums and Messages (Re-Issue LP)
4. Earth – Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light
5. Coalesce – Give Them Rope (Re-Issue)

Gavin Sheehan – Office Coordinator/Soundwaves From The UnderGround Podcast Producer
1. SubRosa – No Help For The Mighty Ones

2. The Suicycles – Sex, Drugs, and Death

3. The No-Nation Orchestra – More More More (EP)

4. The Numbs – Soulburn

5. Top Dead Celebrity – Midwestern Rube

Paige Snow – Writer
1. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
2. Adele – 21
3. Deer Tick – Divine Providence
4. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
5. The Kills – Blood Pressures

Ross Solomon – Writer
1. Tycho – Dive
2. Portugal. The Man – In the Mountain In The Cloud
3. Apparat – The Devil’s Walk
4. Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing
5. We Were Promised Jetpacks – In The Pit Of The Stomach

Jemie Sprankle – Ad Sales/Writer
1. Tony Bennett – Duets II
2. Adele – 21
3. Casting Crowns – Come To The Well
4. Scotty McCreery – Clear As Day
5. Evanescence – Self-titled

Gage Thompson – Photographer
1. Rise Against  – Endgame
2. Thrice – Major/Minor
3. Sum 41 – Screaming Bloody Murder
4. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light 
5. Dropkick Murphys – Going Out in Style

Ben Trentelman – Writer
1. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
2. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
3. The Cars – Move Like This
4. Deerhoof – Deerhoof Vs. Evil
5. Adele – 21

Ricky Vigil – Contributing Editor
1. Deafheaven – Roads to Judah
2. Pulling Teeth – Funerary
3. SubRosa – No Help for the Mighty Ones
4. Bomb the Music Industry! – Vacation
5. Wugazi – 13 Chambers

Veg Vollum – Marketing
1. Sigur Ros – INNI
2. The Aquabats – Hi-Five Soup!
3. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
4. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
5. Cut Copy – Zonoscope

Sean Zimmerman-Wall – Writer
1. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter IV
2. Atmosphere – The Family Sign
3. Foster The People – Torches
4. The Decemberists – The King is Dead
5. Cut Copy – Zonoscope

Bryer Wharton – Metal Coordinator
1. Immolation – Providence EP
2. Mournful Congregation – The Book of Kings
3. Anima Morte – The Nightmare Becomes Reality
4. Satan’s Host –By the Hands of the Devil
5. Today is the Day – Pain is a Warning

Jessie Wood – Writer
1. SBTRKT – SBTRKT
2. James Blake – James Blake
3. Jamie xx & Gil Scott-Heron – We’re New Here
4. Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting
5. Martyn – Ghost People

Ryan Worwood – Delivery Driver
1. Tom Waits – Bad as Me
2. Chip The Ripper – Gift Raps
3. Big K.R.I.T. – Return of 4Eva
4. Dani Lion – Dani in the Clouds
5. A$AP Rocky – Live.Love.A$AP

Jason Young – Writer
(Top 5 Video Games)
1. Dragon Quest VI: Realms of Revelation
2. Aliens Infestation
3. The 3rd Birthday
4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
5. Resident Evil 4 HD

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