Posted in holiday music | music | new releases on December 12, 2011

By Bill Pearis

One could argue (and we did, in our story on the band in the January-February issue!) that Fucked Up's rock opera David Comes to Life was uniquely resonant upon its June release because of the emotional synchronicity between an album that spilled forth with such an appropriately chaotic narrative and a year in which tumultuous disarray became the norm. But good lord, David Comes to Life could've been sung in backwards Tagalog and it still would've made perfect sense in 2011. That's the power of a gang of punks playing with Olympian levels of passion and purpose. [SPIN]
SPIN publishes it's year-end issue next week, naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life as 2011's best album. The top ten also includes EMA, Wild Flag, PJ Harvey, Lykke Li and more. The entire SPIN Top 50 Albums of 2011 is at the bottom of this post.

As you hopefully know, Fucked Up will be performing this Friday (12/16) at the BV-curated night of this weekend's Brooklyn Night Bazaar, a full evening of music that also includes Dom, Big Troubles, Caged Animals, Radical Dads, as well as Frankie Rose spinning tunes. Tickets are only $10 and still available.

There's a lot more Fucked Up news actually. Tonight (11/12) the band will be guests on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations Holiday Special, which also features Christoper Walken, Norah Jones and a lot of extremely non-vegan cooking (though the Vegan Black Metal Chef is also a guest). Maybe Fucked Up will play in Bourdain's fridge, like Das Racist did on last year's Holiday Special.

Next Tuesday (12/20) in the band's hometown of Toronto, Fucked Up will perform David Comes to Life in its entirety, with proceeds going to charity. (PS I Love You, The Sadies and Quest for Fire also perform.)

Fucked Up are also releasing a split Christmas single with Sloan, with proceeds benefiting the COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program and the Barriere Lake Legal Defense Fund. Fucked Up's side is their take on "Jingle Bells," while Sloan tackle "The 12 Days of Christmas" (which is streamable below). Only 500 are being printed -- maybe they'll be some at the merch table this Friday?

The band have also announced the release of 2012's annual Chinese New Year single, "Year of the Tiger," which is out February 21. The 15-minute track features guest vocals from Austra, Duchess Says' Annie-Claude and Jim Jarmusch, which Matador claims is "MAYBE THE BEST THING FUCKED UP HAVE EVER RECORDED" but being their record label they're prone to such proclamations. But maybe it is.

Click through for a just-released video of "Turn the Season" plus video of the band performing "The Other Shoe" on Canada's George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight show, as well as the entire rundown of SPIN mag's Top 50 Albums of 2011...

Fucked Up - Turn the Season

Fucked Up - "The Other Shoe" on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight

SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2011
50. Britney Spears, Femme Fatale
49. Yob, Atma
48. Various Artists, Drive (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
47. Gillian Welch, The Harrow and the Harvest
46. Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
45. Azari & III, Azari & III
44. The Roots, Undun
43. Kendrick Lamar, Section.80
42. Eric Church, Chief
41. Frank Ocean, Nostalgia, Ultra
40. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne
39. Beyonce, 4
38. Zola Jesus, Conatus
37. The Field, Looping State of Mind
36. The Black Keys, El Camino
35. Washed Out, Within and Without
34. St. Vincent, Strange Mercy
33. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
32. Hayes Carll, KMAG YOYO (& other American stories)
31. Yuck, Yuck (Deluxe Edition)
30. tUnE-yArDs, w h o k i l l
29. Lady Gaga, Born This Way
28. Tim Hecker, Ravedeath, 1972
27. Big K.R.I.T., Return of 4Eva
26. Liturgy, Aesthethica
25. Cass McCombs, Wit's End/Humor Risk
24. Deer Tick, Divine Providence
23. Iceage, New Brigade
22. Drake, Take Care
21. Youth Lagoon, The Year of Hibernation
20. Shabazz Palaces, Black Up
19. M83, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
18. SBTRKT, SBTRKT
17. Dum Dum Girls, Only in Dreams
16. Das Racist, Relax
15. The Men, Leave Home
14. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
13. The Weeknd, House of Balloons/Thursday
12. Telekinesis, Desperate Straight Lines
11. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Mirror Traffic
10. Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes
9. Wild Flag, Wild Flag
8. G-Side, The One...Cohesive
7. The Rapture, In the Grace of Your Love
6. Danny Brown, XXX
5. Girls, Father, Son, Holy Ghost
4. Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring for My Halo
3. EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints
2. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
1. Fucked Up, David Comes to Life

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Comments (46)

Haha

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 3:40 PM

That album would be better if it wasn't so long. I tire out about 2/3 of the way in.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 3:40 PM

You know that feeling when you just take a huge dump

awesome

Posted by Paul | December 12, 2011 3:42 PM

Foo Fighters on list.
James Blake not on list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 3:44 PM

woah, the Men at #15

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 3:45 PM

Britney cracked the top 50?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 3:45 PM

haha, album of the year. Once again, good ole' Spin letting the world know how relevant they are in the music world.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 3:51 PM

fucked up rules but thats a dumb cover.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 3:55 PM

"whoa, the Men at #15?" is right. This is one odd list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 4:04 PM

That EMA album is boring as shit and I listen to Beach House and people always tell me they are boring, No Ema is fucking boring.

Posted by AnonHUMMUS | December 12, 2011 4:10 PM

I'll let you be in your dream, if I can be in my dream...Abraham Lincoln said that.

Posted by Chevy | December 12, 2011 4:11 PM

Already bored with year-end lists.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 4:14 PM

I have no idea how SPIN stays in business putting fat guys on the cover and trying to sell magazines/ad space.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 4:20 PM

I can't even remember the last time I read Spin.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 4:30 PM

their publishers and people who sell their ad space are a bunch of clowns - all big fans of Korn.

Wow, that job sucked ass.

Posted by former Spin employee | December 12, 2011 4:32 PM

FUCK SPIN

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 4:42 PM

4:14: Same. Mostly becasue it's the same artists repeated in a (somewhat) different order.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 4:46 PM

God, music is in such a shitty state! These lists should be renamed "the top 50 records we could at least stand to listen to".

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 4:48 PM

If this was from a magazine like Big Takeover, I'd actually give a shit. This one and Rolling Stone needed to hang up their boots a loooong, loooooooong time ago.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 4:49 PM

that's FUCKED UP

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 4:53 PM

ill buy it <3 david cums 2 life

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 5:00 PM

I'm tired of footing this guy's healthcare bill.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 5:36 PM

I'm awaiting the list of beat new hummus blends of 2011.
I hope Tribe Dill makes the cut. That one is delicious.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 5:41 PM

5:36 you a canuck?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 5:43 PM

5:41 is so, so, so excited he's the first one to mention hummus. Now, he's going drive around Salt Lake City with his buds for a few hours and feel really, really good about himself.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 5:44 PM

Wow...just, wow.


Who?

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 6:59 PM

What's wrong with Salt Lake City? We have a decent hummus scene out here too... I mean, it's not as big as NY's but our chickpeas still get mashed with finesse.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 7:05 PM

This was the most disappointing album of the year. Still great live though.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 8:12 PM

This is great! I love SPIN.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 8:40 PM

This year kinda sucked.

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 8:46 PM

bad music year for sure

Posted by Anonymous | December 12, 2011 9:44 PM

^100% yes. Frohawk owned 2011.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 12:14 AM

You know Frohawk joined that mile high club son!

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 12:30 AM

That wasn't Fucked Up on the show, the singer had his shirt on.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 2:01 AM

Snore. More music for scoring deodorant commercials. Did Andrew WK not have an album out this year?

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | December 13, 2011 5:47 AM

10:28 where did you find that masterpiece

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 8:34 AM

Hooky pop songs with fat guy screaming over... hmmm, interesting?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 9:22 AM

Wow, first list I've seen to exclude both Wilco and The War on Drugs.

Can I get some irony-free opinions on that Tim Hecker album? I LOVE that cover.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 10:24 AM

"Can I get some irony-free opinions on that Tim Hecker album?"


It's a very good album, one of the better ones of 2011. I agree with you on the cover as well.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 10:40 AM

come to think of it i kinda love this list because it starts with britney and ends with fucked up

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 12:05 PM

Lady Gaga deserves no list. Except the worst list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 3:24 PM

2011 was dominated by THE HAWK

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2011 9:48 PM

SPIN's top 50 album list looks like it's trying very hard to pander to hipsters/ Pitchfork followers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 15, 2011 8:41 AM

What a f*cking joke. Especially given how much amazing music came out in 2011, and barely any of it made their list. F*cked Up is #1? Meanwhile Portugal.The Man and The Horrors are nowhere to be found among dozens of others who created masterpieces in 2011. At least Yuck made the list!

Posted by Anonymous | February 21, 2013 2:51 PM

I like that face.

Posted by jordon | August 10, 2013 3:08 PM

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