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Favorite Albums of 2011: Chip Midnight

The biggest struggle when putting together this list is how to rank the albums. What exactly is the difference between a #1 and a #2 album? Without doubt, Viva Brother’s “Darling Buds of May” was the song I listened to the most in 2011 and the album it comes from is pretty damn good. But is it my favorite album as a whole? The Damnwells have consistently put out great material and I’m sure I listened to No One Listens to the Band Anymore more, front to back, than any album on the list but did I do that because it’s the best album of the year or because I know the guys personally and listening to them makes me happy?

So, I decided the best way to do it is to list the albums alphabetically, showing no favoritism and not being forced to rank anything. A few comebacks, a few previous favorites, a couple of new UK bands, some metal, some country, some hair metal. Pretty typical for me.

AA Bondy – Believers (Fat Possum)
Not as barebones as early solo material, not as scuzzy as his ‘90s alt-rock band Verbena, AA Bondy split the difference on this moody, late night listen.
Listen: “The Heart is Willing”

Anthrax – Worship Music (Megaforce)
The legendary NYC thrashers pick up where they left off the last time Joey Belladonna sang lead vocals (1990’s Persistence of Time) on 2011’s best (and most surprising considering some internal issues Anthrax had with short-timer vocalist Dan Nelson) metal album.
Listen: “In the End”

AWOLNATION – Megalithic Symphony (Red Bull Records)
I would never have checked out this band had my old friend Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon) not been playing guitar. A complete 180 from Blind Melon’s sound, AWOLNATION’s slickly-produced techno-soul-pop shows a wide range of diversity from one track to the next.
Listen: “Soul Wars”
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Monday: Fuel/Pale @ Bluestone

Not sure if Bluestone will be to ’90s alternative rock what the Alrosa is to ’80s hair metal, but recent bookings suggest that the relatively new Columbus hotspot will be a nostalgic venue for the working professional crowd. Following last week’s Gin Blossoms show, Bluestone follows it up Monday night with Fuel, known for hits such as “Shimmer”, “Hemorrhage (In My Hands)” and “Bad Day”. As is the case with many bands from this era that are still touring, Fuel’s down to one original member, singer Brett Scallions, but the band’s guaranteed to play the hits.

But enough about Fuel. Also on the bill are Man Made Machine, Park Lane, and one of Donewaiting contributor David Cobb’s favorite Houston bands, Pale.

Check out this epic 9+ minute video that Pale made for “Catastrophic Skies” last year and then read my review of their 2011 release, In the Time of Dangerous Men.

Doors open at 6pm, first band on at 7pm. Tickets are $15.