Year Ender in Music for 2011, part 1: Rock

Year Ender in Music for 2011, part 1: Rock

(On 55 New Rock Albums Released This Year)

Last year I ended my music column with an article listing my recommended albums released in 2010, proving that the music industry in general has a treasure trove of new and old materials released every year. It’s just that many so-called music fans rely on only commercial TV and radio, the reason they usually miss a lot of interesting new stuff being released or re-released every now and then.

There are hundreds of artists—old and new—coming from various countries—releasing new materials, that I couldn’t help shrugging my shoulders every time I hear claims that the music of today is crap and that nothing beats the music of yesterday. This narrow-minded view on arts and music is the attitude that prevents many people from realizing that there will always be new and interesting music out there.

Now here is a list of albums from various Rock subgenres (Punk, Postgrunge, Alternative Rock, Postpunk, Indie Rock, etc.) released this year that I was able to get hold of and enjoy listening to through researching and by recommendations from fellow music enthusiasts.

3 Doors Down – Time of My Life
311 – Universal Pulse
All Time Low – Dirty Work
Angels & Airwaves – Love: Part Two
Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See
Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding
Blancmange – Blanc Burn
Blink-182 – Neighborhoods
Blondie – Panic of Girls
Bowling for Soup – Fishin’ for Woos
Buffalo Tom – Skins
Bush – The Sea of Memories
Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
Daughtry – Break the Spell
Dropkick Murphys – Going Out in Style
The Drums – Portamento
Erasure – Tomorrow’s World
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Florence + the Machines – Ceremonials
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Foster the People – Torches
Fountains of Wayne – Sky Full of Holes
Funeral Party – The Golden Age of Knowhere
Gang of Four – Content
Gary Numan – Dead Son Rising
The Get Up Kids – There Are Rules
Glasvegas – Euphoric Heartbreak
Hedley – Storms
The Human League – Credo
Juliana Hatfield – There’s Always Another Girl
Kaiser Chiefs – The Future Is Medieval
Misfits – The Devil’s Rain
The New Cities – Kill the Lights
New Found Glory – Radiosurgery
Nickelback – Here and Now
Peter Bjorn & John – Gimme Some
Peter Murphy – Ninth
R.E.M. – Collapse into Now
The Raveonettes – Raven in the Grave
Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m with You
Rev Theory – Justice
Saves the Day – Daybreak
Simple Plan – Get Your Heart On
Sloan – The Double Cross
Social Distortion – Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes
Sum 41 – Screaming Bloody Murder
Switchfoot – Vice Verses
Theory of a Deadman – The Truth Is…
Tim Booth (of James) – Love Life
Unwritten Law – Swan
The Vines – Future Primitive
The Waterboys – An Appointment with Mr. Yeats
White Lies – Ritual
The Wild Swans – The Coldest Winter for a Hundred Years
The Wombats – This Modern Glitch

Final Note
A true music enthusiast has the passion and the initiative to search for music old and new. She does not rely on commercial media and does not limit her listening opportunities to commercial radio. To her, the Internet is such a bountiful ocean of music. Surf, search, and share!