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Top 25 Albums of 2011

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Looking back on it, I think that 2011 was a great year

for underground music.  There were A LOT of

spectacular records that came out in punk, indie and

rock.  In fact, when I started working on this list of

my Top 25 albums of the year, the list I came up with

to narrow it down was well over 40.  And that number

doesn't include the records that I have probably missed

or overlooked during the last 12 months.

 

When I look at the list of those that did make the Top 25,

my love of 90s punk and alt-rock really shined threw.

What can I say?  90s punk is where my heart is.

 

So with any further adieu, here is my list of the Top 25

Albums of 2011.

 

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

Banquets- Top Button, Bottom Shelf

Bayside-Killing Time

Bomb The Music Industry!-Vacation

Candy Hearts-Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy

Direct Hit!-Domesplitter

Former Cell Mates-Presented as a Work of Fiction

Glossary-Long Live All of Us

Great Cynics-Don't Need Much

The Haunted Continents-The Loudest Year Ever

John Moreland and The Dust Bowl Souls-

           Everything the Hard Way

Larry and His Flask-All That We Know

Night Birds-The Other Side of Darkness

Office of Future Plans-Office of Future Plans

Protectors-Can't Shake the Moves

Seahaven-Winter Forever

The Stereo State-Have All My Friends Gone Deaf?

Tin Armor-Life of Abundance

Yuck-Yuck

 

Top 25 Albums of 2011:

 

#25 Sharks Come Cruisin'-

A Past We Forget That We Need to Know


#24 Greenland Is Melting-Where Were We

 

#23 Rival Schools-Pedals

 

#22 Polar Bear Club-Clash Battle Guilt Pride

 

#21 Good Luck-Without Hesitation

 

#20 Foo Fighters-Wasting Light

 

#19 Red City Radio-The Dangers of Standing Still

 

#18 Balance and Composure-Seperation

 

#17 All Eyes West-All Eyes West

 

#16 Smoking Popes-This is Only a Test

 

#15 Noise By Numbers-Over Leavitt

 

#14 Heartsounds-Drifter

 

#13 Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room-

Hurricane Season

 

#12 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones-The Magic of Youth

 

#11 The Gateway District-Perfect's Gonna Fail

 

#10 Horace Pinker-Local State Inertia

 

#9 Laura Stevenon and the Cans-Sit/Resist

 

#8 Restorations-Restorations

 

#7 How Dare You-

The Colonel, The King and The Clown

 

#6 Only Thieves-Heartless Romantics

 

#5 Farewell Contintal-Hey Hey Pioneers!

 

#4 I Am The Avalanche-Avalanche United

 

#3 Face To Face-Laugh Now, Laugh Later

 

#2 Nothington-Borrowed Time

 

#1 Samiam-Trips

 

Well that's it.  Please feel free to email me

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all of the records I got wrong or right

with my list.  Happy New Year!

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Episode #53: Greenland Is Melting Interview and Contest

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Welcome to the latest installment of Rocket Fuel!  On this

episode I play new tunes from I Am The Avalanche,

Banner Pilot, Dead To Me and many more. 

 

I also talk with Karl Seltzer from the Gainesville, FL

band Greenland Is Melting about their performance

at Fest 10, their newest addition to the band and their

excellent new record, Where Were We

 

I also share my thoughts with you on the debut

full-length album, Have All My Friends Gone

Deaf? by the Massachusetts punk band The

Stereo State. 

 

PLUS, I'm running a rad contest where you can

win great Greenland Is Melting prizes.  Two lucky

winners will receive a CD of their new record, while

one grand prize winner will receive not only their new

CD, but will also win a copy of their latest split 7" with

Chuck Ragan's fiddle player Jon Gaunt as well as a

Greenland Is Melting t-shirt. 

 

Check it out to find out how you can win and to hear the episode!

 

 

 

Playlist for Episode #53:

I Am The Avalanche "Brooklyn Dodgers"

Seahaven "Black & White"

Dead To Me "Back Back Back"

Glossary "Trouble Won't Last Always"

John Moreland & The Dust Bowl Souls "Low" 

Greenland Is Melting "The Dead Are Watching"

Banner Pilot "Red Lines"

Noise By Numbers "Yeah, Whatever"

The Stereo State "Ahhgust"

Night Birds "Paranoid Times"

Greenland Is Melting "I Don't Need To"

Candy Hearts "Asbury Park"

Dan P. and the Bricks "Mess It Up"

The Future Now "Hangman"

 

 **Rules for the Rocket Fuel/Greenland Is Melting contest.  Entries must be received by the Rocket Fuel podcast email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 6th.  You must be over 18 years old to win and the two winners will be chosen at random from valid entries.  No purchase is necessary to win.  One email per household, please.**

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Episode #52: Live from FEST 10

 

Welcome to a special episode Rocket Fuel! 

On this "Live from Fest 10" episode, I am

bringing you interviews and exclusive

acoustic performances from Fest 10 in

Gainesville, FL.

 

The Fest is without a doubt the best weekend

of the year and I wanted to bring a little piece

of Gainesville to your ears.  So many amazing

bands, so many old and dear friends and so

many new friendships to make.

 

Throughout the show, you will here "live"

interviews and acoustic songs from Cheap

Girls, Red Collar, Restorations and Great

Cynics, as well as an interview with Sergie

of the seminal band, Samiam. 

 

Recording these interviews and acoustic

songs during Fest was so much fun for

me and I hope you have just as much

fun hearing them!

 

 

Playlist for Episode #52:

J Kutchma of Red Collar "Welcome Home"

Restorations "Non Locality"

Ian Graham of Cheap Girls "Her and Cigarettes"

Great Cynics "In The Valley"

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Episode #51: FEST 10

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Welcome to the annual Fest preview episode of

Rocket Fuel!  On this episode I play new tunes

from Samiam, Polar Bear Club, Nothington and

many more, including the world premiere of a

song from the rad band Good Luck.  You won't

be able to hear this song anywhere else until their

record is released.  Sweeeeet!

 

I talk with Fest founder and organizer Tony

Weinbender about this year's lineup, whether or not

there will be a Fest 11, as well as information about

one of the Mystery Bands playing Fest.  This

information is also the basis of our contest for this

episode, where you can win a mystery prize pack,

that will contain AT LEAST a Rocket Fuel shirt and

five CDs, mostly of Fest bands.  Again, this is info

that you won't hear anywhere else, so you gotta check

it out.

 

Find out how you can win and to hear the episode!

 

 

Playlist for Episode #51:

Samiam "September Holiday"

Heartsounds "Every Second Counts"

The Slow Death "Opposite of Jesse's Girl"

Polar Bear Club "Killin'It"

The Arteries "Capture the Flag"

Static Radio NJ "Favorite Name"

Nothington "Captive Audience"

Lifetime "Airport Monday Morning"

Cletus "8 Ways to Hate You"

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists "Me and Mia"

The Copyrights "20 Feet Tall"

Greenland is Melting "Always"

Good Luck "Impossible" <---- WORLD PREMIERE!

 

 **Rules for the Rocket Fuel/Mystery Band contest.  Entries must be received by the Rocket Fuel podcast email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Sunday, October 23rd.  You must be over 18 years old to win the winner(s) will be chosen from correct answers.  If more than three entries are the correct answer, then the first three to answer correctly will win.  If the answer for the contest is released by The Fest prior to the 23rd, then the contest will end at the moment of the information being released and the winners will be announced.  No purchase is necessary to win.  One email per person, please.**

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