Monday, December 29, 2014

SWSL Top 25 Live Performances Of 2011

December - a traditional time for end-of-year lists, so here's one for you. Let's just ignore the fact that this one is three years overdue, being for 2011 rather than 2014, eh?

I may not have seen as much live music in 2011 as I did in the previous two years, but I've still had trouble narrowing it down any further than a Top 25. Here goes...

25. FEAR OF MEN, Southsea Fest, 17th September 

24. PULLED APART BY HORSES, Glastonbury, 25th June

23. MELVINS, Cardiff Globe, 30th September

22. MARNIE STERN, ATP curated by Les Savy Fav, 9th December

21. ANNA CALVI, Glastonbury, 25th June

20. LES SAVY FAV, ATP curated by Les Savy Fav (first set), 9th December

19. TAME IMPALA, Glastonbury, 25th June

18. THE EX WITH GETATCHEW MEKURIA, ATP curated by Caribou, 11th December

17. RACEHORSES, Southsea Fest, 17th September

16. THE JIM JONES REVUE, Glastonbury, 24th June

15. THE LOW ANTHEM, Glastonbury, 26th June

14. CARIBOU VIBRATION ENSEMBLE, ATP curated by Caribou, 11th December

13. BATTLES, ATP curated by Battles, 10th December

12. HOT SNAKES, ATP curated by Les Savy Fav, 9th December

11. LOW, Bristol Trinity, 20th May

10. PHARAOH SANDERS, ATP curated by Caribou, 11th December

9. MOGWAI, Oxford Regal, 23rd February

8. OXES, ATP curated by Les Savy Fav, 9th December

7. BRIGHT EYES, Glastonbury, 24th June

6. TV ON THE RADIO, Glastonbury, 26th June

5. YO LA TENGO, Oxford Academy, 10th June

4. NISSENENMONDAI, ATP curated by Battles, 10th December

3. EELS, Glastonbury, 26th June

2. NO AGE, ATP curated by Les Savy Fav, 9th December

1. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, Glastonbury, 26th June

An A-Z of every other band / artist I enjoyed (or, in some cases, endured) in 2011 - every single one reviewed somewhere in the sidebar:

Aeroplane Attack (Southsea Fest)
Matias Aguayo (ATP curated by Battles)
Adam Barnes (Southsea Fest)
BB King (Glastonbury)
Beans On Toast (Southsea Fest)
Beardyman (Glastonbury)
Bombay Bicycle Club (Glastonbury)
Borderville (Oxford Regal)
Caribou (Glastonbury and ATP curated by Caribou)
Cold War Kids (Glastonbury)
Contra (Southsea Fest)
Cults (ATP curated by Battles)
Curxes (Southsea Fest)
Dallas Don't (Oxford Wheatsheaf)
Dump (Oxford Academy)
Empty Vessels (Oxford Wheatsheaf)
Esben & The Witch (Glastonbury)
Factory Floor (ATP curated by Caribou)
The Field (ATP curated by Battles)
Flying Lotus (ATP curated by Battles)
Fourtet (ATP curated by Caribou)
The Freemantle (Oxford Regal)
Fulangchangandi (Oxford Wheatsheaf)
Future Islands (ATP curated by Les Savy Fav)
HEALTH (Oxford Jericho Tavern)
Jonny (Glastonbury)
Junior Boys (ATP curated by Caribou)
Kyla La Grange (Southsea Fest)
Lykke Li (Glastonbury)
Listing Ships (Oxford Jericho Tavern)
The Manacles Of Acid (Oxford Jericho Tavern)
Metronomy (Glastonbury)
Janelle Monae (Glastonbury)
Muncie Girls (Southsea Fest)
The Naked And Famous (Glastonbury)
Gary Numan (ATP curated by Battles)
The Planes (Southsea Fest)
Race Car Hearts (Southsea Fest)
Radiohead (Glastonbury)
Fionn Regan (Southsea Fest)
Roll The Dice (ATP curated by Caribou)
Silver Apples (ATP curated by Caribou)
Sleepingdog (Bristol Trinity)
Omar Souleyman (ATP curated by Caribou)
Sparrow And The Workshop (Oxford Bullingdon)
Rob St John (Oxford Bullingdon)
Stinkahbell (Glastonbury)
Thank You (ATP curated by Battles)
Toro Y Moi (ATP curated by Caribou)
Trophy Wife (Southsea Fest)
The Twilight Sad (Oxford Regal)
The Twilight Singers (Glastonbury)
Walls (ATP curated by Battles)
Warpaint (Glastonbury)
Watashi Calcutecs (Southsea Fest)
Bethany Weimers (Oxford Bullingdon)
White Powder Gold (Southsea Fest)
Wild Flag (ATP curated by Les Savy Fav)
Matt Winkworth & The Winkworthers Originals (Oxford Regal)
Worship (Southsea Fest)
Wu-Tang Clan (Glastonbury)
Yuck (Glastonbury)

Of those, the worst was probably White Powder Gold, but - more significantly - the most awful in relation to the level of expectation beforehand was without a shadow of doubt Radiohead's "secret" Friday evening show on the Park Stage at Glastonbury. A painful experience, and one for which I'm yet to forgive them.

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