I will, however, be brief. As you may know - 2011 for me was not "Everything released in 2011" but everything I heard, or rather added to my library in 2011.
There-fore I have no problem saying that my top Album of that year was Guided by Voices Greatest Hits. I even reviewed them earlier - here.
Sure they broke up, reformed a number of times, disliked quality recording methods, drank too much and reformed this year after a really long break, but boy, can they write songs.... Catchy, tuneful, intelligent yet simple.
What about Chune of the year? If you read anything from last year, I was probably most blown away by Deerhoof live at Alexandra Palace. They really were bloody amazing, especially their drummer. Read about that here. The song - Milk Man. So odd, with it's bizzare mismatch of rhythm, melody, loud guitars, jazz drums and child-like vocals, it has to be a hit...
But not the Oddest song of the year.
That title this year goes to the wonderful King Missile. OJR stalwart Mr Les Bell played the second track here on air, and I hunted them down for more - and came across this, frankly worrying tune.
When they were first around I couldn't stand them. Can't really explain why either - too simplistic? I remember disliking the fact they spent a lot of money recording an album using 1960's studio equipment - needlessly hipster, in my book.
Too popular amongst the type of people I disliked - trendy, genre skipping wastes who would move onto the next hip thing as soon as it turned up.
Of course I was wrong. Looking past the deconstructionist and simplistic sounding songs, there is art. The last bastion of music as art is songwriting. And unfortunately for my pride, Jack White can write a good one...
The Art Ensemble of Chicago did it originally in 1970 and it evokes all the 10 years of the sixties coming to a close alongside the promise of a new decade. But this version with it's soulful singing and image laden lyrics just makes me feel happy.
Just starting off so peacefully with bass - not feeling the need to emote much and the drummer slowly building up alongside the brass to an explosion that goes so far it falls apart. Only to begin again.
What about dance music? Well I don't listen to the radio, because it has turned into crap, but the next track by Battles was used in a Honda advert in the cinema and luckily my Soundhound application worked out who it was. A fantastic Aphex Twin, glitch style track with real instruments, supplemented by computer effects, without sounding like half of each genre, they manage to really work them together.
And finally - my Re-release of the year - the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah band. If you don't know about them, hit Wikipedia. They are essential listening if you like any two of the following; Comedy, Trad Jazz, Self depreciation, musicianship, silliness, and well... Dadaism. Their first ever release, a cover....