January 3, 2012

Abbey’s Favorites of 2011





I’ve already shared my favorite songs with you and told you a little bit about my personal MVP, but here are a few more of my favorite things from 2011.

My Favorite Albums of 2011:

1. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues 2. Zoe Muth and The Lost High Rollers – Starlight Hotel

3. Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming

4. Dolorean – The Unfazed

5. Bryan John Appleby – Fire on the Vine

6. Gardens & Villa – s/t

7. Other Lives – Tamer Animals

8. Radiation City – The Hands That Take You

9. Alabama Shakes – s/t EP

10 (tie). Quiet Life – Big Green

10 (tie). Gem Club – Breakers

My Favorite Musical Moments of 2011

1. Mavis Staples Singing “The Weight,” “You Are Not Alone” and “Freedom Highway” back-to-back-to-back at Bumbershoot


Mavis Staples at Bumbershoot ::: photo by Abbey Simmons

2. Kelli Schaefer and Her Mom Singing “Gone in Love” at Cathedrals II


Kelli Schaefer and Mom ::: photo by Abbey Simmons

3. Being Front Row for Charles Bradley at the Aladdin Theater During MFNW



Charles Bradley ::: iphone photo by Abbey Simmons

4. Pickwick Performing (and performing with Pickwick) at our 5th Anniversary Show

5. Slack Fest (all of it)


Whalebones at Slack Fest ::: photo by Josh Lovseth

My Favorite Videos of 2011:





My Favorite Thing I Forgot to Include on the Appropriate Best of List: New Carissa’s Wierd



These new Carissa’s Wierd and the subsequent 7” out on Hardly Art this year, definitely should have been on both my favorite songs and favorite EPs / 7” / cassette of the year list, but absolutely slipped my mind. This is not acceptable.

My Favorite Thing Sound on the Sound did in 2011: Written Here with Bryan John Appleby


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