The B’s Knees – Best of 2011

Neil Innes Innes Own World – Best Bits – Part Two

Neil’s appearance in the B’s Knees confirmed that we’ll organize a listener field trip next time he crosses the pond. His stories are always fascinating, his music oh so nice. We declare Neil Innes an underrated genius.

The Bandana Splits Mr Sam Presents the Bandana Splits

They don’t just focus on the 60s girl group sound…they know who the Dinning Sisters are and it shows.

Darling Pet Munkee Glows in the Dark!

Thanks to Marshall Frederick Stockwell Jr., our Titular Head of Research, for hipping us to this one. Retro/psych/surf/sea-monkeys. I am a child again.

Hugh Laurie Let Them Talk

We’ve loved Hugh Laurie for years at Bubbles in the Think Tank ever since we first saw “A Bit of Fry & Laurie” so many years ago. It was shocking for us to hear people referring to Let Them Talk as his first foray into music. But you know how we feel about people, so we ignored them and just listened to the record. As it should be. He even covers a Think Tank Classic!

Roy Sludge Too Drunk To Truck

Is Roy the busiest musician in Boston? Sure seems like it sometimes. And this disc makes me understand why.

Nick Lowe The Old Magic

Like a fine aged cheese, but even tastier. I’ve always loved Nick, but I think he’s in his golden era. That voice, those songs, those eyes…

Deerhoof Deerhoof vs. Evil

This one covers a lot of sonic territory, not unlike other Deerhoof releases, but feels unlike other Deerhoof releases. The cut we played on the show, “Super Duper Rescue Heads,” makes me feel like I have glitter all over me. And that’s a good feeling.

Richard X. Heyman Tiers/And Other Stories

If your power pop favorite added rock opera atmospherics, this is what you get. Lush is the word for it.

The Catbirds Viborate

It makes me very happy that Chandler has loud band, too.

David Greenberger, Mark Greenberg, Paul Cebar Tell Me That Before

David Greenberger & Ralph Carney Oh, Pa

David Greenberger & Dozens Near the Edge of the Penny Jar Spill

David Greenberger & Bangalore How I Became Uncertain

David Greenberger with Jupiter Circle Never Give Up Study

The mighty and prolific David Greenberger kicks our ass yet again, this time five times over. And he’s got more coming out in 2012. The stories, the music, his delivery… is it any wonder he may be the original Bubbles in the Think Tank Favorite? This may be the year that he gets his own shelf in the collection.

 

And now on to the tunes where that’s all I’ve got…

PauletteBike Riding In a Dress Hooray!” from Paulette and Stephan; Loved by Ones

The general sentiment whenever I play Paulette never wavers. Sherry said last night “Hooray for Paulette!!! Love her!” I said it last year and I’ll say it again, I don’t know how we lived life before Paulette.

Chandler Travis Three-ODrunk Angry People Shut Up

Released the day of our B’s Knees list, Chandler always knows how to get my attention. I believe the Chandler Travis Philharmonette made the live performance radio debut of this tune last year at Bubbles in the Think Tank, and it became an instant classic.

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