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Best of 2011: David Koslowski

Today begins a 2011 retrospective from Churchkey artists, friends and employees. David Koslowski, singer ans guitarist for the huge, riff-powered Durham rock outfit Free Electric State starts things off with dual top tens of his favorite records and shows from the past year:

Records:
Wye Oak – Civilian (Merge)
Pontiak – Comecrudos (Thrill Jockey)
Zomes – Earth Grid (Thrill Jockey)
Anika – Anika (Stones Throw)
Weekend – Red EP (Slumberland)
Celebration – Hello Paradise (Friends)
Braids – Native Speaker (Kanine)
Arbouretum – The Gathering (Thrill Jockey)
Peaking Lights – 936 (Not Not Fun)
Wooden Shjips – West (Thrill Jockey)

Shows:
The Soft Moon – Comet Club – Berlin
The Feminists – Köpi (a squat in Kreuzberg) – Berlin
Wye Oak – Deja Fest – Raleigh, NC
Celebration w/ Arbouretum – Scapescape Festival at the Gspot – Baltimore
Scratch Acid – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
Polvo – Kings – Raleigh, NC
Mike Watt – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
A Place To Bury Strangers – Motorco – Durham, NC
Braids w/ Weekend – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn
Birds of Avalon – Nightlight – Chapel Hill, NC