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Matheson Kamin’s “Best Of” List for 2011

As amazing as it seems, we have reached the end of 2011. Now is the time to make our lists for the best releases from the last year. For me, this year’s list will be a little different than the previous years that I have created a list. This year’s list will have three parts:
Part One: Each year, there are those releases that catch your ear while taking hold and never letting go. The first 5 selections of this year’s list will make up the best 2011 albums that I wrote about throughout the year. These albums are the ones that found their way to my CD player and have yet to be put away because of how times I’ve gone back to listen to them.

Part Two: The second part of the list will include 5 additional releases. These particular selections will include explanations for their inclusion when they are mentioned.
Part Three: The third part of the list for this year will include the five best songs I have heard in 2011. These particular songs helped make 2011 what it was for me, musically.
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CD Review: Modern American Theatre “We Could Make a House”

California-based Modern American Theatre is a rock band that has been in the spotlight ever since they placed first in the Rhythm category of the Gods of Indie Guitar contest. Modern American Theatre is a six-piece band that is currently made up of Natalie Diaz on vocals, Justin Bardales and Paul Bethers on guitar, John Reyna on bass, Conner Martin on drums and Chase Werner on keyboards.

Modern American Theatre creates a sound that blends together an extremely jazzy guitar sound with the style of Rock and Roll. With that sound, the only genre the band would fit into would have to be Indie Rock. The reason for the jazzy feel to the band’s sound comes from the combined playing of guitarists Justin Bardales and Paul Bethers. The eerily similar delivery on the guitar by the two musicians helps to create a sound that comes across as a layering effect. And that layering effect is what truly separates the band’s sound from nearly every other group out there today.  Taken with Diaz on vocals, Reyna on bass, Werner on keyboards and Martin on drums, their playing styles create a very unique sound that sets the band apart from most of the bands out there today.

The song that won the Rhythm category for the band (and was ultimately included on the Gods of Indie Guitar 2011 CD) was “She’s Like That With Everyone,” a song that is featured on the band’s CD entitled We Could Make A House. The main reason for the song winning the category is because of the unique playing of the band’s guitarists, Justin Bardales and Paul Bethers. Taken with Diaz on vocals, Reyna on bass and Martin on drums, their playing styles create a very unique sound that sets the band apart from most of the bands out there today.