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Sound & the Fury

Local music makers on their favorite 2011 albums

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OK, Current go-to contributor Adam Coronado verdict on the year’s best local albums went up online prior to the inking of this issue, and many of you already made your voices heard in the comments feed at sacurrent.com. But what do they think? What were our music makers listening to in 2011? We asked some of them for their favorite 10 local albums of the year, and some of them delivered. That is: Some sent their top 5, some chose a mix of EPs and full-lengths, some chose only one offering, and some even voted for themselves (Melissa Ludwig and Ledaswan’s Erica Monzón, we’re looking at you). While they both sent smiling emoticons with their messages, Bryan Hamilton voted for his own Welcome to Dreamland... and was dead serious about it. Others, like Imminent Descent, didn’t give a shit: “Unfortunately, the only album that I know [was] released in 2011 from a local band is ours!” wrote guitarist Michael Arreaga.

Hyperbubble chose Something Fiction’s Botany, while The Offbeats, KRTU’s/Current contributor J.D. Swerzenski, and the Current’s Veronica Salinas were among the few who included Girl In A Coma in their picks (thanks for your sanity).

Check these and other top 10 lists at the Sound and Fury blog in blogs.sacurrent.com. Who knows? Perhaps one of these selections will put the bubbly in your flute this NYE.

Still can’t make up your mind about where to spend your year-turning evening? Here’s some choices for you:

The In & Outlaws and DJ EPSR will have a free show at Moses Rose’s Hideout, a new venue one block from the Alamo (518 E Houston), starting at 9 p.m.

Pop Pistol and Sandoz will be at The Mix at 9 p.m. (2423 N St. Mary’s, 21 and over).

The Offbeats, Viet-Ruse, and The Lost Project will be at Limelight at 10 p.m. (2718 N St. Mary’s, 21 and over, free).

And one final note: I hope the spirit of Christmas is not over, because one key local venue needs your help. On January 1, at 8 p.m., the G.I.G (2803 N St. Mary’s) will hold a fundraiser with Aesthetic Interiors, Guitar Jim, Thumper D, Amy Cook, Solaroid, James Reno, Dylan Loza, You and I Underwater, Three Legged Horse, Los Lumberjacks, and Masterpieces. Please help them out. The GIG is a little temple where the singer-songwriter is king (or queen), and we don’t want to see it go.

I don’t want to finish my last column with the usual “drink responsibly and drive carefully,” but please: drink responsibly and drive carefully. Better yet: if you drink, don’t drive. See you next year.

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