A General Update: First off – Happy (belated) New Year, dear readers.  I hope this finds you well. My apologize for the lack of updates but I’ve been on a creative tear lately, trying to spend as much time in the studio as possible just working away.  And although the posts might be few, believe that I have a lot in store for the coming months – new paintings, new collages, new music (hey, anything is possible, right?).

And I just realized that Jan 18th was the 7 year anniversary for this site – that’s a lot of mileage so thanks for sticking around.  And thank you to those who bought a painting or a print, download a podcast or came to a show – your support is deeply appreciated.  Special thanks this year to The Slingluff Gallery, ABNRML, Fringe Salon, Science Skateboards, Switch Skate Shop, Zilla Rocca, Has-Lo, Curly Castro and Justin Clowes for all they’re help in 2011.

Anyway, as I’ve always done in the past, below are my favorite albums from 2011, in no particular order.  (still haven’t heard the new Black Keys record yet, in case you’re wondering why it’s not on the list).  And if you think I’ve left anything off or want to recommend something, let me know.  I’m always looking for new tunes and inspirations.

Joe Castro’s favorite records of 2011

Tom Waits, Bad As Me
Jessica Lea Mayfield, Tell Me
The Horrible Crowes, Elsie
Arctic Monkeys, Suck It and See
St Vincent, Strange Mercy
Curly Castro, Winston’s Appeal

And, to try something new, here’s a list of my favorite skateboard video parts from 2011.  Again, if you think I missed something, let me know.

Joe Castro’s favorite skate parts of 2011

Dennis Busenitz, Real Since Day One
Torey Pudwell, Big Bang Theory
Nyjah Huston, Rise and Shine
Nick Merlino, WTF
Mike Anderson, Not Another Transworld Video

The new Shake Junt video is pretty sick as well, by the way.

Until  next time….