Top 15 Local Releases of 2011: Jason P. Woodbury

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10. Source Victoria, Slow Luck (self released)

There's something to be said for youthful exuberance, and then there's grown-ass rock music. It's no insult -- songs like "Black Luck Black Label" and "When You Say Congratulations" require years of craft-honing, and one like "Once I'm Dead," in which songwriter Brendan Murphy stares steadily into the inevitable, can only come from a songwriter who's lived enough life to know that it's worth singing about.

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9. Vegetable, "Castration Frustration/SOL" (Gilgongo)

Two songs of jutting, angular deconstruction rock. "Castration Frustration" is like Devo taking on the jocks (well, taking on the jocks more), and "Sol" finds drummer/vocalist Anna Nxsty shredding her vocals as she proclaims: "We have to fight the disconnect."

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8. Kinch, The Incandenza (self released)

Nothing from Kinch has been bad, but The Incandenza is the first release from the band that truly grabs and holds; "That's Just the Mess We're In" could appeal to fans of Spoon's piano pop, "Once I Was a Mainsail" flashes a smartass grin, while "VHS" could even grab a few fans from, dare I say it, Vampire Weekend.

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7. Dogbreth, Chookie (Skulltula Records)

The three-song combo of "Black Coffee," "Cum as a Star Pt. 1," and "Cum as a Star Pt. 2" only takes up four minutes and 28 seconds of your time but packs as much emotional punch into that time as most bands' full-lengths. Recalling Blink-182, Weezer, and They Might Be Giants, Chookie is the album songwriter Tristan Jemsek and friends have been hinting at for years.

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6. Father Figures, Lesson Number One(AZPX Records)

Featuring former members of JFA, Pinky Tuscudero's White Knuckle Ass Fuck, and Northside Kings, it's no surprise that the members of the Father Figures can write songs. But the album is no nostalgia trip. This is vital, urgent post-punk, with melody, heart, and, most important, soul.

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19 comments
phxmusiclovers
phxmusiclovers

couldn't just make it an even Top 20, and include all of the best phx had to offer this year?? Cause, well, after listening to some of these releases, this just isn't it.

Joanne Yoshiko
Joanne Yoshiko

And ANYTHING Kongos recorded, be it in the studio, at a show, or on a crappy cell phone recording kicks the ass off of everything anyone else has done, save Future Loves Past.

Joanne Yoshiko
Joanne Yoshiko

Future Loves Past and Mergence put out the 2 best albums this year hands down. Additionally, The Sugar Thieves and What Laura Says put out some quality work worthy of mention.

Theyod
Theyod

Mergence anyone? Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead released 1/1/2011

:) oh well we can't win everything i guess. Congrats to All the great bands who made this list. Great show old chaps!

azLIVING
azLIVING

Fuckin BS Andrew Jackson Jihad should be #1 they put it down for DTP and AZ as a whole....

JDStooks
JDStooks

Pinky Tuscudero's White Knuckle Ass Fuck has always been one of my favorite band names.

David Blakeman
David Blakeman

Yeah... except The Technicolors record was the best local record of 2011.

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