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Top 10s of 2011 – Hoodlums’ Customers

Friday, January 27th, 2012

We threw a little contest and asked for Top Ten lists from our customers.  We didn’t get a ton of responses, but the customers who sent are some of our very best.  An eclectic bunch of true music fans that buy lots and aren’t afraid to experiment.

We cut and pasted exactly what they sent us, including comments and extra picks.  We thank all of you that participated.

Micheal Pang

1. Jay Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne
2. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here
3. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
4. They Might Be Giants – Join Us
5. Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming
6. The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions
7. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
8. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
9. Little Dragon – Ritual Union
10. Danny Brown – XXX

Anthony Martinez

1. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
2. Strange Mercy, St. Vincent
3. Watch The Throne, Jay-Z & Kanye West
4. Wounded Rhymes, Lykke Li
5. The Big Roar, The Joy Formidable
6. Elsie, The Horrible Crowes
7. Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming, M83
8. The King Of Limbs, Radiohead
9. Helplessness Blues, Fleet Foxes
10. Metals, Feist

Mimi Ringness

Best Albums (Defined here as: the albums that I bought and loved, not including those which I sadly missed and/or did not purchase and listen to endlessly.)

1. Oh Fortune, Dan Mangan 2. We Are The Tide, Blind Pilot 3. The Rip Tide, Beirut 4. Codes And Keys, Death Cab For Cutie 5. Mine Is Yours, Cold War Kids 6. 12 Desperate Straight Lines, Telekinesis! 7. 21, Adele 8. Actor-Castor, Generationals 9. It’s A Corporate World, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. 10. No Color, The Dodos

Best Songs (Defined here as: the songs that I played over and over and over again.)

“Rolling In The Deep,” Adele “Oh Fortune,” Dan Mangan “Get It Out,” Blind Pilot “Bulldozer,” Cold War Kids “What About Us,” Handsome Furs “Come Closer,” Miles Kane “Woods,” The Rosebuds “Gotta Get It Right Now,” Telekinesis! “Black Night,” The Dodos “Some Boys,” Death Cab For Cutie “Goshen,” Beirut “Ash/Black Veil,” Apparat “Abducted,” Cults “I Know You Don’t Love Me,” Peter Bjorn & John “Ritual Union,” Little Dragon “Simple Girl,” Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. “Truth,” Alexander

Deals of 2011 (Defined here as: ultimate prices that exemplify Hoodlums)

DVDs: Stranger Than Fiction, $3.47 Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow, $3.99 Strangers On A Train, $5.21

CDs: Gimme Some, Peter Bjorn & John, $2.78 with a $10 gift certificate It’s A Corporate World, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., $5.39 Sigh No More, Mumford & Sons, $6.95 Loud Planes Fly Low, The Rosebuds, $7.99

Vinyl: “Dirty Thing” 7”, Telekinesis! $5.39

Posters: Useless Creatures, Andrew Bird, $8.69

Emma Ringness

Albums

1) King of Limbs, Radiohead

It’s Radiohead. Seriously, enough said.

2) Blood Pressures, The Kills

I ignored The Kills for years, until I became hooked on “Future Starts Slow.” The album doesn’t disappoint. You can hear their experience in the songwriting without any loss of spark…or gritty sexiness.

3) Suck It and See, Arctic Monkeys

With the exception of the singles, which I personally feel are the weakest tracks on the album, the Arctic Monkeys deliver their strongest songwriting since Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. They are older and wiser, and while this experience might have made them a little jaded, it has certainly not made them redundant.

4) Codes and Keys, Death Cab for Cutie

I was pretty indifferent to Codes and Keys from what I heard before the album was released, but I, like many people, forgot that Death Cab are some of the modern masters of the album format. It must be heard as a whole.

5) El Camino, The Black Keys

This one made it on suuuuper last minute, but I’m pretty sure it’s one I’ll be spinning heavily in 2012. My early assessment? Better than Brothers. No one hate me for that, please.

Honorable Mention: Angles, The Strokes

I feel like Angles—and all The Strokes albums since 2002, for that matter—gets disregarded by people comparing it to Is This It. Understandable, but not fair.

Songs

Here are my favorite songs from 2011 that aren’t on my top five albums. Note: the version of “Piledriver Waltz” on this list is different from the one on Suck It and See.

“Ten-Twenty-Ten,” Generationals (Actor-Caster)
“Civilian,” Wye Oak (Civilian)
“Techno Fan (acoustic),” The Wombats (non-album track)
“Piledriver Waltz,” Arctic Monkeys (Submarine OST)
“Cruel,” St. Vincent (Strange Mercy)

Jeremy P.

1. Steven Wilson – Grace For Drowning
2. Abigail Washburn – City of Refuge
3. Ma/Edgar/Duncan/Thile – The Goat Rodeo Sessions
4. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
5. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
6. Okkervil River – I Am Very Far
7. Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
8. Pain of Salvation – Road Salt Two
9. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – Rocket Science
10. The Roots – Undun

Connor Descheemaker

10. The Mountain Goats-All Eternals Deck
9. Chuck Ragan-Covering Ground
8. Frank Turner-England Keep My Bones
7. Andrew Jackson Jihad-Knife Man
6. Explosions In the Sky-Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
5. Fucked Up-David Comes To Life
4. Doomtree-No Kings
3. The Roots-undun.
2. The World/Inferno Friendship Society-The Anarchy & The Ecstasy
1. Bomb The Music Industry!-Vacation

Mitch Goyette

1. Fair to Midland – Arrows and Anchors
2. The Dear Hunter – The Color Spectrum
3. Puscifer – Conditions of My Parole
4. Hotel of the Laughing Tree – Terror and Everything After
5. Dredg – Chuckles and Mr. Squeezy
6. Opeth – Heritage
7. Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa – Don’t Explain
8. Deep Dark Robot – 8 Songs About a Girl
9. Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math
10. Frank Turner – England Take My Bones

And because 10 isn’t enough, here’s few (er, another 10) honorable mentions that certainly could be in the top 10 if I was in a different mood today:

Redemption – This Mortal Coil
Symphony X – Iconoclast
Amplifier – The Octopus
The Decemberists – The King is Dead / Long Live the King (yeah, cheating and putting the two together)
Long Distance Calling – s/t
Jeff Martin – The Ground Cries Out
Three – The Ghost You Gave to Me
Erland and the Carnival – Nightingale
Riverside – Memories in My Head
Jolly – The Audio Guide to Happiness Pt. 1

Tammy H.

1. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
2. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
3. Panda Bear – Tomboy
4. Beirut – The Rip Tide
5. Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
6. Tapes n Tapes – Outside
7. Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks – Mirror Traffic
8. The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
9. Cut Copy – Zonoscope
10. Okkervil River – I Am Very Far
11. Wye Oak – Civilian
12. Yuck – Yuck
13. Akron/Family – S/T II: The Birth and Cosmic Journey of Shinju TNT
14. The Strokes – Angles
15. Portugal. The Man – In the Mountain In the Clouds