Rearview Mirror – Jared Thompson

Rearview Mirror is our annual look back at the year in music from our friends in and around the business.  Musicians, managers, roadies, superfans, bloggers etc..

Jared Thompson is perhaps best known for being, along with his wife Dayna and their son Max, owner of The Comedy Attic. But before becoming a comedy empresario, Jared fronted the hardcore band The Witchcraft Season and was an independent promoter of rock & roll shows.  He remains an impassioned music supporter and as seen above, occasional Live Band Karaoke contestant.  Check out his picks for the best of 2011 below.

Jared Thompson’s best of 2011 (these are all in order)

Best TV: Mad Men, Walking Dead, Parenthood, Community, Breaking Bad

Best new TV: American Horror Story

Best films: Drive, Hugo, Ides of March, Super 8, The Muppets

Best documentaries: American: The Bill Hicks Story, Winnebago Man

Best comedy shows:

Todd Glass, Jan 27th at The Comedy Attic

Maria Bamford, Sep 22nd at The Comedy Attic

Tig Notaro, March 24th at Russian Recording

Hannibal Buress, Apr 30th at The Comedy Attic

Jon Dore, Dec 3rd at The Comedy Attic

 (As this is a music-centric blog, this is the video of Hannibal I picked. It’s clearly not representative of his comedy, but in it’s way it’s pretty awesome too – Editor)

Best albums of 2011

Dreamers of the Ghetto, Enemy/Lover

Gardens & Villa S/T

Youth Lagoon, The Year of Hibernation

AM & Sean Lee, Celestial Electric

Tammar, Disappears

Best reissue or whatever you’d call it: Beach Boys, Smile

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