The Montclair, NJ-based Those Mockingbirds landed at No. 12 on SIMGE’s Top 18 EPs of 2011 list with it’s diverse collection of music titled Fa So La, which has received the vinyl treatment and will be officially released with a party and musical showcase in its honor on January 20th at Maxwell’s with Shayfer James, Birdhand, and The Sun The Moon The Stars in support. With all this going on, the outfit’s front-man, Adam Bird, was still able to find the time to send us a list of his five favorite releases of 2011, and for that we thank him.
“We’re Animals” by Those Mockingbirds
5. Steel Pier High Diving Horses by Holy City Zoo
I found this band through the Tiny Giant Artist Collective, which we are a part of, and the record tore the top of my skull off and pissed in my brain
4. Get Along by Tegan and Sara
This record achieves what that Bon Jovi album couldn’t…. redefining the bands core songs with new stripped down versions.
3. Suck It And See by Arctic Monkeys
More people should be aware of how great this band is. While this album wasnt as adventurous as its predecessor, Humbug, it was again a reinvention of the band’s sound, and its beautiful.
2. The Hunter by Mastodon
My love for Mastodon grows every time they release new music. The Hunter continued that trend and made me want to scream from a mountaintop with lightning shooting from my fingers.
1. Wasting Light by Foo Fighters
I feel like Foo Fighters have returned to form with this album in a huge way. I’ve been a fan since day one, and this album is easily one of their best.