The Best 11 Tracks Of 2011

It’s that time of the year when everyone pulls together their top 10, 20, 25, etc. lists of the past year. At Culture Addicts, we are no different, and wanted to post our list of our favourite tracks from 2011. To tie it into the 2011 calendar year, we have chosen to make a list of the 11 best in our opinion ranked from 11 to 1. Please chime in with your favourites in the comments section below.

11. Telekinesis – Country Lane

10. Wild Flag – Romance

9. Planningtorock – Living It Out

8. Jamie XX – Far Nearer

7. EMA – California

6. Das Racist – Michael Jackson

5. The Horrors – Still Life

4. Austra – Beat And The Pulse

3. Cold Cave – The Great Pan Is Dead

2. Little Girls – White Night

1. M83 – Midnight City

We are looking forward to what new music will be out in 2012. Whatever it is, we will be covering the best upcoming tracks.

Happy new year from Culture Addicts.

The xx Release New Demo Track Taken From Sophomore Album Recordings

Just in time for Christmas, The xx released a demo of a brand new track online yesterday. “Open Eyes” is a chilled out, mellow track that came out of their sophomore album recordings which they recently began.

MP3: The xx – Open Eyes (Demo)

You can listen to the demo above, or watch the video below.

The band will also be playing some shows in 2012 and have already announced the following festival dates.

Tour dates:
05/30-06/03/2012 – Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Sound
06/07-06/10/2012 – Porto, Portugal @ Optimus Primavera Sound
07/04-07/07/2012 – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival

 

Music Video Addiction: Sunday December 25, 2011 Edition

Merry Christmas to music lovers everywhere. To celebrate X-Mas 2011, we have some great music videos for you, including some festive selections. We hope you enjoy.

Fucked Up: Turn The Season - loving this track.

The Fall: Hark The Herald Angel Sings - so good even without a video.

LCD Soundsystem: Live Alone - great Franz Ferdinand cover.

Julian Casablancas: I Wish It Was Christmas Today - well, it is Christmas day.

Panda Bear: You Can’t Count On Me - loving this very trippy track.

Mogwai: Christmas Steps - an appropriate epic end to the Christmas edition.

We will be back next week / next year with a New Year’s edition. Thanks for watching.

Thanks,
Cameron from Culture Addicts

Gil Scott-Heron – The Last Holiday A Memoir

Canongate Books and Book Slam along with XL Recordings celebrate legendary poet, novelist and musician, Gil Scott-Heron for the launch of his posthumous memoir, The Last Holiday at Wilton’s Music Hall on the 19th January. The launch includes special DJ sets by Jamie XX and Gilles Peterson who will both do musical tributes to Gil. The line-up also includes dynamic young poets Kate Tempest and Ben Mellor. Tickets are on sale on 5th January.

To watch an exclusive readings from The Last Holiday go to www.canongate.tv. For more information on Gil-Scott Heron, visit www.gilscottheron.net.

New Release: David Lee Rad – …The Morning We Woke Up

Today, I opened my email inbox to a very pleasant surprise – an email from David Lee Rad introducing his new track, ‘…The Morning We Woke Up’. This is an atmospheric song in the vein of M83 and Spiritualized that meanders and builds a beautiful sonic landscape. David Lee Rad fittingly describes the track as ‘A simple love song…when love is new and good and exciting! It’s the first kiss, the first time you realize you’ll never be the same.’After hearing this synth heavy and spaced out vocals on this track, I am definitely looking forward to hearing more from this New York based artist.

MP3: David Lee Rad – ..The Morning We Woke Up

For more information about David Lee Rad, http://soundcloud.com/davidleerad

Banksy Resurfaces With New Sculpture

Banksy resurfaced to unveil his latest sculpture called Cardinal Sin which is an 18-century stone bust of a priest with its face cut off and replaced with common bathroom tiles. It is a blatant dig at the Catholic church for its child abuse scandals and their subsequent cover-ups.

The sculpture was unveiled at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool, England, where sits next to 17th Century religious art including church altarpieces and other religious sculptures.

“The sculpture very clearly contains a message. When you look at it and see the tiles that have been applied to the sawn-off face, you immediately get the impression of those pixelated images of suspected criminals you see on screen or in a newspaper photograph.” said Reyahn King, director of art galleries at National Museums Liverpool.

Banksy has come out to remark, “I guess you could call it a Christmas present. At this time of year it’s easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity – the lies, the corruption, the abuse.” Again, Banksy doesn’t disappoint. Nice work!

Music Video Addiction: Sunday December 11, 2011 Edition

We are taking over New York City this week, and you would think this edition of the weekly video picks would be themed around this fact…but it is not. We will bring you some videos that were my soundtrack this week next Sunday. Hopefully, you will enjoy what we have picked this week though.

CREEP: Animal - a new video by the girls in CREEP.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Bicycle - loving this track right now.

Spector: Grey Shirt and Tie- looking forward to hearing more from this band.

Korallreven: As Young As Yesterday - cool, stylish video.

Cat’s Eyes: Best Person I Know - cool video using an art installation.

Crystal Antlers: Dog Days - new track and still sounding good.

We will be back next week with more music videos inspired by NYC. Thanks for watching.

Thanks,
Cameron from Culture Addicts