Black Lives Matter. The fact that it needs to be said shows how very far we still have to go as a country. We hear you and we are with you.
Well, December 2 simply isn’t a great day for rock related birthdays. The big names? Britney Spears and Nelly Furtado, neither whom I felt like saluting. So let’s give a shout out to another member of Fugazi, who turns 48 tomorrow, Joe Lally. It’s a good time to do so, as Fugazi is releasing just about every scrap of every concert they have ever played. Lally has held things steady on the bass, and has even carved out a nice solo career. Let’s salute Lally by grabbing your iPod or MP3 player, hitting shuffle, and sharing the first 10 songs that come up.
Throughout December CHIRP Radio presents its members’ top albums of 2011. Our first list is from CHIRP DJ Bobby Evers.
(Click here to get the complete list of CHIRP Radio members’ picks.)
In making this list, I realized 2011 has been a year of “Don’t Miss” albums. Like, you should absolutely make it your business to listen to “The King is Dead” “21” “Watch the Throne” and “Bon Iver, Bon Iver.” The word “epic” gets thrown around a lot, but 2011 seems to have turned out to be a pretty important year albums-wise.
First, The Honorable Mentions: Artists whose Albums I regret not listening to more that likely would have made the list had I gotten around to it: Peter Bjorn and John, Bill Callahan, Fleet Foxes, Radiohead, Tapes N’
Tapes, The Joy Formidable, Feist, Death Cab For Cutie, Beyonce, Fruit Bats, Mister Heavenly, Saves the Day, Wilco, Bjork, St. Vincent, BOBBY, Eleanor Friedberger.
And now, the top 10…
Recommended Tracks: Rise to Me, January Hymn, June Hymn, This is Why We Fight
Recommended Tracks: Holocene, Michicant
Recommended Tracks: Civilian, Holy Holy, Doubt
Recommended Tracks: Gangsta, Powa, Bizness
Recommended Tracks: Cry, Cry, Cry, Hotel Plaster, This is For Love, War Is Hell
Recommended Tracks: Rolling in the Deep, Rumor Has It, Someone Like You
Recommended tracks: Take Me Somewhere, South Carolina, Cape Dory
Recommended Tracks: Otis, No Church in the Wild, Lift Off, Made in America, That’s My Bitch
P.S. I also made a Spotify playlist that is accessible to anyone with Spotify that has a lot of the aforementioned recommended tracks.
Well, kids, it’s official. The first of December brings us into the last month of the year. Here at CHIRP, 2011 has given us our ups…and then more ups! You voted, and The Chicago Reader awarded us “Best Overall Radio Station” in Chicago. Shortly after, Chicago Magazine also named us Best Web Radio Station. We have an Android app in beta testing as we speak, and our listenership is higher than ever (and continues to grow).
Yep, 2011 has been great for CHIRP, well, with the exception of the station flooding back in July that caused $15,000 of damage to the station. But thanks to the support of generous members, we’re recovering, and that instance aside, we’ve made incredible progress and have no intention of slowing down in 2012.
Help us to finish 2011 strongly and ensure that 2012 is even better! Just visit chirpradio.org/donatenow and become a member of CHIRP Radio today. Your tax-deductible contribution will help us keep up the pace, so that we can continue to provide you with the best in local, independent, community radio into 2012 and beyond.
Thank you as always for your support!
2011 has been a tremendous year for CHIRP Radio, and now it’s time to wrap things up strong as we look back on the best music the year had to offer. Starting tomorrow and continuing throughout December we will present our volunteers’ lists of their favorite music from 2011.
At the end of the month (aka the end of the year) we’ll present our combined list of what we feel are this year’s outstanding records. So check back here regularly and get ready to add a bunch of items to your wish list…and Happy Holidays from all of us at CHIRP!
CHIRP Radio is an all-volunteer effort. We would like to introduce you to some of the people who make the station what it is!