So how did I spend my limited listening time this year? As of December 27, 2011:

  • By my count, over the course of this year I listened to exactly 250 LPs / EPs / splits / compilations released in 2011.  
  • There were 3,306 songs added to my iTunes library this year got at least one play (this includes older music added this year).
  • In total, songs added to my iTunes library in 2011 received 7,982 plays
  • My albums with the most track plays were:
  1. Go Radio – Lucky Street (319)
  2. Panic! At The Disco – Vices And Virtues (214)
  3. Sparks The Rescue – Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With (211)
  4. Tancred – Capes (193)
  5. Dredg – Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy (171)*

 *it’s funny how skewed these results get due to my reviewing; I don’t think I’ve  given that Dredg album a single listen since I wrote my review

  • My most played songs were:
  1. Go Radio – Kill The Beast (57)
  2. The Bigger Lights – Bullet Believers (Rah Rah Rah)  (38)
  3. Sparks The Rescue – Saturday Skin (38)
  4. Panic! At The Disco – Always (33
  5. Go Radio – Lucky Street (33)
  • I wrote 37 album reviews this year (as well as 10 short, lighthearted reviews of holiday singles for the annual PropertyOfZack Christmas Extravaganza).  By my own rule, each album I review gets no fewer than 10 listens over the course of no less than one week

This is all focusing on 2011 releases, but of course I spent plenty of time this year both revisiting old favorites and digging into new-to-me music from years past.  I’m not going to try and figure out how and where I spent this listening time; my last.fm account (feel free to add me) was out of commission for the first half of the year or so, and that totally skews any data I try and pull regarding my overall year.  I will say that there was a good two month stretch where I was listening almost exclusively to Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s back catalog; my newly-developed OMD obsession will be as strong a musical memory of this year as any current release.

In addition, I spend a lot of time listening to music live, and I feel like that counts as much (if not more) than listening to CDs.  I won’t argue that a live performance is necessarily better than a recorded album – they’re two very different arts, and both can be great or lousy, and just because a band is lacking in one of these forms doesn’t make them less enjoyable in the other, at least not to me – but it’s definitely something different, and should be included here as well.  

  • I attended 108 shows this year (including three festival-style shows – all 3 days of Bamboozle, the Long Island stop of Warped Tour, and the Poughkeepsie dates of A Very GK Holiday).
  • At those shows, I saw (by my inexact count) 363 different sets played. 

The full list of albums and EPs from 2011** that I’ve listened to this year, alphabetical by artist, is after the cut.  Unfortunately I don’t have any way of pulling the info from my Foursquare checkins other than by hand, so I’m not going to try and figure out which bands I saw this year or how many times I saw each (though I may go back and do this sometime in the future, if I’ve got a little time to kill).

**I think these are all 2011 releases; I’m excluding anything I’m pretty certain is older, as well as rereleases, but I’m not about to go and crosscheck all of these.

  1. Aaron Gillespie – Anthem Song
  2. Aiden – Disguises
  3. Aiden – Some Kind Of Hate
  4. The Airborne Toxic Event – All At Once
  5. Alkaline Trio – Damnesia
  6. All Time Low – Dirty Work
  7. Amely – The Raleigh Sessions
  8. Anarbor – The Mixtape
  9. Animals As Leaders – Weightless
  10. Any Time Today – Any Time Today
  11. Asking Alexandria – Reckless And Relentless
  12. A$AP Rocky – LIVELOVEA$AP
  13. Balance And Composure – Separation
  14. Basement – I Wish I Could Stay Here
  15. Battles – Gloss Drop
  16. Bayside – Killing Time
  17. Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding
  18. Between The Buried And Me – The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues
  19. The Bewitched Hands – Birds & Drums
  20. The Bigger Lights – Battle Hymn
  21. Bilal – Airtight’s Revenge
  22. Blood On The Dance Floor – All The Rage
  23. Brian Posehn – Fart And Wiener Jokes
  24. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
  25. Brighten – I’ll Always Be Around (EP)
  26. Britney Spears – Femme Fatale
  27. Butch Walker – The Spade
  28. The Cab – Symphony Soldier
  29. Cartel – In Stereo (EP)
  30. Cash Cash – Love Or Lust
  31. Cassette Kids – Nothing On TV
  32. Cher Lloyd – Sticks And Stones
  33. Childish Gambino – Camp
  34. Chris Carrabba – Covered In The Flood
  35. The Cinema – My Blood Is Made Of Airplanes
  36. Circa Survive – The Myspace Transmissions (EP)
  37. Clive Tanaka y Su Orquesta – Jet Set Siempre 
  38. Close To Home – Never Back Down
  39. Cobra Starship – iTunes Session (EP)
  40. Cobra Starship – Night Shades
  41. Cold Cave – Cherish The Light Years
  42. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  43. ††† (Crosses) – † (EP)
  44. Dance Gavin Dance – Downtown Battle Mountain II
  45. The Dangerous Summer – An Acoustic Performance of “Reach For The Sun”
  46. The Dangerous Summer – War Paint
  47. Dave Melillo – Future Focused (EP)
  48. Dave Melillo – Thinking Of You
  49. Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys
  50. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
  51. Decoder – Decoder
  52. Demi Lovato – Unbroken
  53. Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows – Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
  54. Dia Frampton – Red
  55. Divided By Friday – Prove It (EP)
  56. Dot Dot Curve – Dot Dot Curve
  57. The Downtown Fiction – Let’s Be Animals
  58. The Downtown Fiction – Pineapple (EP)
  59. Drake – Take Care
  60. Dredg – Chuckles And Mr. Squeezy
  61. Duran Duran – All You Need Is Now
  62. Edelweiss – Pre-Columbians EP
  63. Eisley – The Valley
  64. Every Avenue – Bad Habits
  65. Falling In Reverse – The Drug In Me Is You
  66. Family Force 5 – III
  67. Farewell Fighter – The Way We Learn (EP)
  68. Fireworks – Gospel
  69. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  70. Forever The Sickest Kids – Forever The Sickest Kids
  71. Four Year Strong – In Some Way, Shape Or Form
  72. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones
  73. Frank Turner & Jon Snodgrass – Buddies
  74. Freezepop – Imaginary Friends
  75. The Friday Night Boys – Everything You Ever Wanted: The B-Sides
  76. The Front Bottoms – The Front Bottoms
  77. Fucked Up -David Comes To Life
  78. Further Seems Forever – Acoustic (7")
  79. Gallows – Death Is Birth (EP)
  80. Gates – The Sun Will Rise And Lead Me Home
  81. The Get Up Kids – There Are Rules
  82. Glassjaw – Coloring Book (EP)
  83. Go Radio – Lucky Street
  84. Good Problems – Be Eccentric (EP)
  85. Good Problems – I’m Changing My World (EP)
  86. The Graduate – Every Other Time: B-Sides From Only Every Time (EP)
  87. The Graduate – Sea Legs
  88. A Great Big Pile Of Leaves – Boom! (EP)
  89. Great Cynics – Don’t Need Much
  90. The Greater The Risk – Say What You Never Said (EP)
  91. Gym Class Heroes – The Papercut Chronicles II
  92. Hawthorne Heights – HATE
  93. Hey Monday – Candles (EP)
  94. Hey Monday – The Myspace Transmissions (EP)
  95. The Horrible Crowes – Elsie
  96. An Horse – Walls
  97. Hot Chelle Rae – Whatever
  98. The Human Abstract – Digital Veil
  99. I Am The Avalanche – Avalanche United
  100. I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business – Gold Rush
  101. I Fight Dragons – KABOOM!
  102. I See Stars – The End Of The World Party
  103. The Icarus Account – Love Is The Answer
  104. If By Yes – Salt On Sea Glass
  105. Innerpartysystem – Never Be Content (EP)
  106. Into It. Over It. – Proper
  107. Into It. Over It. – Twelve Towns
  108. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
  109. Jack’s Mannequin – People And Things
  110. James Blake – James Blake
  111. Jamestown Story – Find A Way
  112. Jesse Barrera – You’ll Feel Alive (EP)
  113. John Nolan – Songs I Didn’t Write (EP)
  114. Jonah Matranga – You’re All These Things And Then You’re None
  115. Joyce Manor – Joyce Manor
  116. Just Kait – Here We Go Again
  117. K. Flay – I Stopped Caring In ‘96
  118. Kevin Devine – Between The Concrete And The Clouds
  119. Kevin Devine – Nevermind
  120. Kids Of 88 – Sugarpills
  121. Kula Shaker – Pilgrim’s Progress
  122. La Dispute – Wildlife
  123. Lady Gaga – Born This Way
  124. Late In The Playoffs – Everything I Know (EP)
  125. Lemuria – Pebble
  126. Lights – Siberia
  127. Lights Resolve – Feel You’re Different
  128. Lindsey Buckingham – Seeds We Sow
  129. Little Bombs – Little Bombs
  130. The Little Indians – Let’s Split / What Makes You Grin (7")
  131. LMFAO – Sorry For Party Rocking
  132. A Loss For Words – No Sanctuary
  133. Lydia – Paint It Golden
  134. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
  135. The Maine – In Darkness And In Light
  136. The Maine – Pioneer
  137. Man Overboard – Man Overboard
  138. Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math
  139. Maniac – Mania
  140. Mansions – Dig Up The Dead
  141. Marianas Trench – Ever After
  142. Maritime – Human Hearts
  143. Mayday Parade – Mayday Parade
  144. MC Lars – Indie Rocket Science
  145. Me First And The Gimme Gimmes – Go Down Under (EP)
  146. Meg & Dia – Cocoon
  147. Mike Posner – The Layover
  148. Mod Sun – Blazed By The Bell
  149. Mod Sun – In Mod We Trust (EP)
  150. The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
  151. Moving Mountains – Waves
  152. My Favorite Highway – As/Is: The Storytellers Tour Live
  153. The Narrative – Kickstarter EP
  154. Never Shout Never – Time Travel
  155. Nick 13 – Nick 13
  156. Nightmares For A Week – Don’t Die
  157. Noah And The Whale – Last Night On Earth
  158. Nocturnal Me – Two Faced (EP)
  159. Now Now – Neighbors (EP)
  160. Nowe Gloaming – Shuttle Plume 
  161. O’Brother – Garden Window
  162. Of Legends – Stranded
  163. Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – History Of Modern
  164. Owen – Ghost Town
  165. Owl City – All Things Bright And Beautiful
  166. Panic! At The Disco – Vices And Virtues
  167. Patrick Stump – Soul Punk
  168. Patrick Stump – Truant Wave (EP)
  169. Pianos Become The Teeth – The Lack Long After
  170. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  171. Places And Numbers – Travels
  172. Protest The Hero – Scurrilous
  173. Radiohead – The King Of Limbs
  174. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
  175. Ratt – Infestation
  176. The Ready Set – Feel Good Now (EP)
  177. Relient K – K Is For Karaoke
  178. R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
  179. Rhett Miller – The Interpreter: Live At Largo
  180. Richard Benjamin – Patience Is A Virtue
  181. Rise Against – Endgame
  182. The Rocket Summer – Bryce Avary, His Instruments And Your Voices
  183. Roy English – FearLove
  184. Runner Runner – Runner Runner
  185. Sainthood Reps – Monoculture
  186. Santah – White Noise Bed
  187. Saves The Day – Daybreak
  188. Set It Off – Horrible Kids (EP)
  189. Set Your Goals – Burning At Both Ends
  190. A Skylit Drive – Identity On Fire
  191. Social Distortion – Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes
  192. Sparks The Rescue – The Worst Thing I’ve Been Cursed With
  193. Squid The Whale – A Worrisome Voyage Through Inclement Weather
  194. Stamps – Stamps Ventures Of A Lifetime (EP)
  195. Stay – American Cherry Bomb
  196. Stephen Jerzak – Miles And Miles
  197. Steve Moakler – Watching Time Run
  198. The Story So Far – Under Soil And Dirt
  199. The Strokes – Angles
  200. The Summer Set – Everything’s Fine
  201. The Summer Set – What Money Can’t Buy (EP)
  202. The Sunbeams – The Ocean, You And Me
  203. The Swellers – Good For Me
  204. Taking Back Sunday – Taking Back Sunday
  205. Tancred – Capes
  206. Tancred – String & Twine (EP)
  207. That’s Outrageous! – Teenage Scream
  208. There For Tomorrow – The Verge
  209. Thrice – Major/Minor
  210. The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West) – Watch The Throne
  211. Thursday – No Devolucion
  212. Tiger’s Jaw – Two Worlds
  213. Title Fight – Shed
  214. Tonight Alive – What Are You So Scared Of?
  215. Touche Amore – Parting The Sea Between Brightness And Me
  216. The Trace – The Trace (EP)
  217. Transit – Listen And Forgive
  218. Transit – Something Left Behind
  219. TV On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
  220. Tyler, The Creator – Goblin
  221. Unicorn Kid – Tidal Rave (EP)
  222. VersaEmerge – Live Acoustic (EP)
  223. VolHolla! – Villains
  224. Washed Out – Within And Without
  225. We Are The In Crowd – Best Intentions
  226. We Still Dream – Chapters
  227. Wilco – The Whole Love
  228. William Control – Novus Ordo Selcorum
  229. Wim – Wim
  230. The Wonder Years – Suburbia I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing
  231. The Xcerts – Scatterbrain
  232. Yellowcard – When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes
  233. You, Me And Everyone We Know – Things Are Really Weird RIght Now (EP)
  234. Young Statues – Young Statues
  235. Young The Giant – Young The Giant
  236. Various Artists – The American Scene / Daybreaker (Split)
  237. Various Artists – Fences / Mansions (Split)
  238. Various Artists – Germs Of Perfection: A Tribute To Bad Religion
  239. Various Artists – Handguns / Forever Came Calling (Split)
  240. Various Artists – Run For Cover: Mixed Signals
  241. Various Artists – The Muppets: The Green Album 
  242. Various Artists – Never Shout Never And The Maine (Split)
  243. Various Artists – Punk Goes Pop 4
  244. Various Artists – SPIN Presents Newermind: A Tribute Album
  245. Various Artists – Such Gold / A Loss For Words (Split)
  246. Various Artists – Such Gold / Into It. Over It. (Split)
  247. Various Artists – A Tribute To Alkaline Trio
  248. Various Artists – Vs. The Earthquake
  249. Various Artists – Motion City Soundtrack / Trampled By Turtles (Split)
  250. Various Artists – Fueled By Ramen Winter Rarities Vol. 2