Music is far too important to be relegated to the background. Conan Neutron’s top albums of 2011
Music is far too important to be relegated to the background. And while many “Best of” or “Top 10” lists are full of background music for background people, I reject that wholesale. We live in a world overburdened and surrounded by tawdry flacks and cheap howling sideshow men yelping for your attention at every level. All demanding that they and ONLY they have found the NEXT.BIG.THING. Finding a filter for this isn’t just a nice thing, it’s nearly a requirement.

In any case, it’s a world gone topsy turvy when certain other sites of “music writing”, never to be confused with actual music criticism, FAMOUS for being a closed system are suddenly soliciting a reader’s poll. What do you think, is this progress?

In any case, just because something is popular means that it is good, it just means that it is popular. However, certain powerful forces that have dominated the majority of the music world have been awash in pushing forward a certain branded identity. Whether they admit it or not, there is culpability and an aesthetic that favors the Starbucks variety of sensitivity and vaguely inoffensive background melody and music. So therefore, let us all give thanks that there is a place on the Internet that you can read and INTERACT with actual music criticism. A place where people who truly LOVE music will both tell you when they see miserable failure, but can present to you what they love. Sometimes in an easy list form.

2011 was an incredible year for music and here are some of the things that made it even more incredible for me, as a fan of rock music in no particular order:
Glowing, New Review for our Recent CD just hit!
.... they love it. Read it here. [Read More...]
Review - Built on a Weak Spot
"...They’ve taken great strides as songwriters and there is reason to believe that they are just beginning to fire on all cylinders." [Read More...]
Stripwax: HURRY UP AND BUY THIS RECORD (!!!)
"....Their music in this current batch o’ tunes FEEL like they are NOT OF THIS TIME, which is to say, these songs do not fit into any current genre bin. Hurry Up Shotgun STANDS ALONE."
Split 7" review on East Bay Express
Hurry Up Shotgun provides screamy, dueling-guitar rock in its song "Paths,".... [Read More...]
Victory and Associates / Hurry Up Shotgun -- split 7" [Seismic Wave Entertainment]
"...like a radioactive isotope derived from the likes of late-era Husker Du." [Read More...]
Courage and Consequence - The Unabridged Audio
Neutron's latest endeavor, Courage and Consequence: The Unabridged Audio is "a coalition of up-and-coming rock bands releasing an anticipatory sonic recollection of the gross misdeeds attributable to Rove over the past decade, “Courage and Consequence: The Unabridged Audio,” in all of its aggressively righteous indignation." Available on vinyl or by digital download, Neutron collected thirteen of his favorite bands to offer sonic opposition to "Bush's Brain". [Read More...]
Great new garage rock album from an up-and-coming CA band
"...For only being a trio, the group puts out music that you’d expect from a five-man group or more. Intelligible instruments, creative guitar parts, and well-structured drum patterns...." [Read More...]
REVIEW: Hurry Up Shotgun - Hold the Angle
Hurry Up Shotgun conjure up a sound that is reminiscent to that of Hot Snakes during their fairly solid run as a band. Plenty of bounce and liveliness here to be found while not confining themselves squarely to one influence or idea as evidenced by the opening track. [Read More...]