Not to diss 2009 or jinx 2011, but this was an unusually exciting and solid year for our bustling little music scene. As the notoriously NYC-biased Pitchfork recently put it, our fair city is "slowly threatening to eclipse Brooklyn in the ranks of regional talent." Hey-yo! Listed below are seven full length releases (sorry, Girls) from the year that particularly stood out to us, along with five additional LPs too good not to mention.
Wrapping up a year of whirlwind performing December 6, Berkeley darlings The Morning Benders took a break from recording to perform at the Rickshaw Stop.
Miniature Tigers and the The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims, joined The Morning Benders, led by baby-faced frontman and all around dance-inciter Chris Chu.
I'm headed down the Grapevine to LA for the Part Time Punks Music Festival to check out San Francisco's Magic Bullets and the brigade of punk bands playing at The Echo and The Echoplex this weekend. What I'm most looking forward to is hearing A Certain Ratio, playing in the U.S for the first time in 25 YEARS. It's gonna be out of control. Check back Monday for my photos from the weekend.