Lewis Pesacov of Fool's Gold (credit: Tim Teeling)

TAS In Session: Flashback 2011, Part 2

Last week, The Alternate Side posted the first part of TAS in Session: Flashback 2011 featuring artists like The Drums, Laura Marling and Real Estate. This week, round two of some of The Alternate Side and our sister station WFUV's favorite performances from the last year, including the pensive wizardry of James Blake, the stirring poetry of Elbow and the sprawling pop boulevards crossed by Fool's Gold.

In addition to revisiting highlights, like Low's far-from-somnolent "Try To Sleep" or YACHT's incendiary "Dystopia," we'll also link you to the original sessions and report on what's coming up in 2012 for many of TAS' notable artists and bands. TAS will also repeat YACHT's full session this Friday, December 30, on 91.5  WNYE at 11 a.m. or streaming on The Alternate Side.

Plus, you can hear a handful of these exclusive live sessions, featuring music from James Blake, Okkervil River, The Naked and Famous, The Vaccines and many more, on our Live From The Alternate Side CD. For just $35 you'll not only support The Alternate Side, but we'll send you this exclusive 9-track CD as a thank you gift. Find out more about how you can own Live From The Alternate Side here.

Low, "Try To Sleep," from a session posted on May 2, 2011

Supporting their latest release, C'mon,  much of the past year, Low are also reviving their oldest material. Earlier this month, both 1994's I Could Live In Hope and 1995's Long Division were reissued on 180 gram vinyl. The trio is also gearing up for more gigs in 2012, including the ATP Festival, curated by Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Magnum, in Minehead, England this March and more UK and European shows in the spring, including London's Royal Albert Hall on April 3.

Elbow, "Lippy Kids," from a session posted on November 28, 2011

The Manchester quintet had an excellent 2011, with a Mercury Prize nomination for their fifth album, Build A Rocket Boys!, a further push into the pantheon of Britain's major bands (fueled by an outstanding Pyramid Stage appearance at Glastonbury), and a heavy touring schedule throughout the UK, Europe and the States. Elbow even launched their own beer. Next year will bring the band even more global attention; Elbow were tapped to provide music for the BBC's coverage of the 2012 London Olympics. This March, they'll head to Australia and Singapore for shows and that same month they'll re-issue their albums Cast of Thousands and Leaders Of The Free World in special deluxe editions.

James Blake, "The Wilhelm Scream," from a session posted on July 11, 2011

Also a nominee for the 2011 Mercury Prize, James Blake not only released his eponymous debut album, but an EP this year, called Enough Thunder. The latter featured a collaboration with Bon Iver as well as a cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You." The video for that track, which stars "The Town" actress Rebecca Hall, was released earlier this month. Blake's 2012 tour dates are still shaping up but he will be at the Sonar Festival in Sao Paulo, Brazil this May.

Tennis, "Pigeon," from a session posted on May 16, 2011

Tennis, the husband-and-wife duo of Aliana Moore and Patrick Riley, officially became a trio in 2011 with the addition of drummer James Barone. The threesome aren't taking their time with a follow-up to 2011's Cape Dory; they'll release their sophomore album Young and Old on February 14. The album, produced by The Black Keys' Pat Carney, will also spur on a wintertime tour beginning February 16 in Denver, reaching New York's Bowery Ballroom on March 3.

YACHT, "Dystopia" from a session posted on August 29, 2011

YACHT wrap up their touring for the year this Thursday, December 29, with a stop at the SnowGlobe Music Festival in Lake Tahoe, California which also includes SBTRKT, Thievery Corporation, Childish Gambino, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and more. MTV also crowned YACHT's "Dystopia" as one of the 25 best songs of 2011, ranking them at an impressive #17, beating out The Black Keys' "Lonely Boy" and Lykke Li's "Get Some."

Twin Sister, "Daniel," from a session posted on December 5, 2011

Hailing from Long Island and Brooklyn, Twin Sister released their debut, In Heaven, on Domino Records in early fall and promptly spent the balance of the year touring, finishing in mid-December at New York's Bowery Ballroom. They won't be taking much of a holiday break: a winter headlining tour kicks off January 22 in Philadelphia, keeping Twin Sister busy until mid-February.

Milagres, "Here To Stay," from a session posted on September 19, 2011

Locally grown Milagres released their second album, Glowing Mouth, on Kill Rock Stars this year, a record that marked a real breakthrought for the band. They're looking ahead to their first-ever UK tour next month, hooking up with Cymbals Eat Guitars for a brief-but-mighty road trip that begins in London on January 5 and — after zipping through Leeds, Glasgow and Manchester — ends there as well, on January 9 (a headlining gig at The Old Blue Last). Glowing Mouth drops in the UK on January 18 via Memphis industries. Milagres will also play a hometown show at Mercury Lounge on February 16.

Fool's Gold, "Wild Window," from a session posted on November 30, 2011

Los Angeles' cross-cultural rockers Fool's Gold played a free hometown show in mid-December with Crystal Antlers, their last of their year supporting 2011's Leave No Trace. The band is pulling their 2012 itinerary together, but will play Northern Michigan University on January 28, a frigid destination for a band from the warmer climes of California.

Megafaun, "Get Right," from a session posted on November 7, 2011

Yes, the handsome music of Megafaun will be featured on a new Bon Iver "workout" DVD mixtape (not kidding) called On The Road, due out sometime next year. In not-so-surreal news, the trio of Phil Cook. Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund will be making a lengthy tour through Europe through most of February, including stops in Paris, Rome and Barcelona.

The Shivers, "More," from a session posted on July 27, 2011

The Shivers' Keith Zarriello has launched his own Kickstarter campaign for a film he's scoring called "Spin," directed by Josh Richards. Both Zarriello and his partner Jo Schornikow have been doing a handful of separate solo gigs to end 2011 and  Schornikow will be playing with Kelli Scarr at Big Snow Buffalo Lounge in Brooklyn on January 12.

Art Brut, "Lost Weekend," from a session posted on August 22, 2011

Art Brut spent the bulk of the autumn touring throughout Europe in support of Brilliant! Tragic!. That record's cover, designed by Jamie McKelvie, was named by Paste as one of the 50 best album covers of 2011. Their video for "Clever Clever Jazz" features live footage of their Salem, Oregon sessions (and adventures) with producer Frank Black.

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