What was your favorite album of 2011 and why?

NICOLE
My favorite SONG of 2011…”Walk” by the Foo Fighters.

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Nicole and her bull-running buddies

There was so much good music all over the place this year, I could barely keep up. Musically speaking, there was never a dull moment. However, out of all the songs that came out this year, the Foo Fighter’s “Walk” was, by far, the song that meant the most to me. I had so many “moments” with that song that if given the opportunity, I would have its babies. In fact, it was the song me and 8 of my friends listened to the morning we ran with bulls in Pamplona, Spain. It made us brave. I went as far as to tattoo some of the lyrics on my chest. Yes, very close to my heart (and my boobie).
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BEAN
2011 was another phenomenal year for music. Fleet Foxes, Black Keys, Adele, Dawes, Black Lips, Gillian Welch, Wild Flag, Wilco, Paul Simon…. my list of favorites goes on and on. Trying to decide on just one proved difficult so I went to my iTunes to see which album I had actually played the most all year.

What came back was “Rolling Papers” by Wiz Khalifa. From Pennsylvania, he turned his love of the Pittsburgh Steelers into the #1 song “Black And Yellow” which the team then used as their anthem all the way to the Superbowl in January. Wiz’s songs were all over the radio since the album dropped in March. “No Sleep,” “Roll Up,” and my favorite, “Rooftops.”

Wiz Khalifa – No Sleep

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Wiz Khalifa – Rooftops

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STRYKER
“Angles” The Strokes After all these months of listening, my favorite song on the record changes every few weeks.


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SLUGGO (DOUG THE SLUG)
Toss up – BLACK KEYS/El Camino and M83/Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. They’re a perfect KROQ mix – rock and synth. Perfectly 2011.


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KAT
Can’t pick just one.

The Black Keys – El Camino – The whole record is solid. Sexy and rockin’. They just keep getting better.

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming – First listen I was hooked by “Midnight City.” Beautiful record beginning to end and how can you not love a band that brought back the saxophone?

Gotye – Making Mirrors – I can’t stop listening. The duet with Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know” is insanely good.

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KEVIN
Don’t have just one. I loved Neighborhoods by Blink, Wasting Light by Foos, Watch the Throne by Kanye and Jay-Z, If Not Now, When? By Incubus, El Camino by The Black Keys, Turtleneck and Chain by Lonely Island, and Hell: The Sequel by Bad Meets Evil.

Things I’m still listening to from last year: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye, and Rise Up by Cypress Hill. I also listen to The Mission (M is for Milla Mix) from Puscifer a lot.
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And Gleeber by Glee doing the songs of Justin Bieber.


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BEER MUG
Rise Against’s Endgame because everything that those guys put out is FANTASTIC!

Rise Against – Help Is On The Way

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Comments (15)
  1. Josie says:

    These insights into who the DJs really are makes me love them all even more. They are true music lovers and it shows every day when they come to work.

  2. mine was the new face to face album laugh now laugh later

    1. Pete says:

      I agree!!!!! Face To Face’s latest “Laugh Now…Laugh Later” was an awesome album with their signature sound and Trever’s angst-ridden, yet adult lyrics. I also loved the following CDs this year: Decemberists “King is Dead”, Blink 182 “Neighborhoods”, Strokes “Angles”, Social Distortion “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” and Dropkick Murphys “Going Out in Style”

  3. Joe says:

    Endgame–Rise Against, Give The Drummer Some–Travis Barker, Neighborhoods–Blink-182, All At Once–The Airborne Toxic Event, Hats Off To The Bull–Chevelle……so much new music, so diverse, all awesome. At the beginning of the year there was an article on this site about all the new music that would come out this year and I have to say that it did not disappoint one bit. Endgame and Give the Drummer Some came out the week before the L.A. Marathon and were really nice additions to my playlist to get me through that dreadful weather!

  4. RC2011 says:

    Codes And Keys By DCFC
    Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes By Social Distortion
    Hats Off To The Bull By Chevelle
    El Camino By The Black Keys
    I’m With You By RHCP
    American Capitalist By Five Finger Death Punch
    Different Gear, Still Speeding By Beady Eye…….

    ….are mines!

  5. Alex says:

    Dear Nicole,
    I am terribly sorry for being away and missing out all those unforgetable beuatiful things tat were our own.
    Still iam very excited and happy 2 be back and dreaming about all of us going to Disneyland!
    And then its just you and I under the sky finding ways along the contellations and discovering new blackholes;
    I believe in true love that does not mesure in years of engagement or sworn comitment,
    True love is more than me and you.
    Please forgive me that i hurt you.

    I love you

    You rock K roq LA and me
    Without him we wdnt be free
    Without You
    it d be untrue

    1. Lightning says:

      Alex, are you a stalker?

  6. Miguel says:

    Screaming Bloody Murder by Sum 41, Gold Cobra by Limp Bizkit, and Tyler, the Creator’s album Goblin was the best of the year. Just saying.
    Gold Cobra m/

    1. AV says:

      those are the worst albums of 2011 right.

  7. Rachel says:

    Couldn’t agree more with Kat’s List. I wish they would play “Somebody that I used to know” on Kroq. Amazing.

  8. rOmI says:

    i agrrREE RISE AGAINST, THE BLACK KEYS AND FACE TO FACE ROCKED 20111 BABY……..BY THE WAY I SEEN NICOLE AT ACOUSTIC X.MAS THAT GURL WAS ON A GOOD 1 ASK HER IF SHE POPPED SOME PILLS OR SMOKED SOME TRIPLEGRADE-A MARY-JANE..KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK KROQ!!!!!!!!

  9. rOmI says:

    ALSO THAT POST BY ALEX WAS CREEEEPY!! I CANT WAIT TILL WE ALL GO TO DISNEYLAND!!! SCAARRY??..NICOLE BEWARE LOCK UR DOORS AND CLOSE UR CURTAINS……………

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