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TOP 30 Albums of 2011

Better late than never…

This past year has been particularly difficult, for me, to be rating and ranking albums. It’s almost not fair… I’ve mixed and matched and switched up and flip-flopped and changed my mind countless times over the last week or three.

There are so many fantastic albums and artists that come to mind and that deserve recognition (I could easily put out a top 50.) But, In my mind, these were the albums and artists that clearly stood out — a notch or two above all others.

In any case, at this moment in time, [Jan. 4, 2012 @ approx 4:00PM PST], this is what my Top 20 30 (because it was such a difficult year) looks like:

Pursesnatchers – A Pattern Language

The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake 

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Hysterical

Generationals - Actor-Caster

Lanterns on the Lake – Gracious Tide, Take Me Home

Cults - Cults

EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints

M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital

Voxhaul Broadcast - Timing Is Everything

Blind Pilot - We Are The Tide

Zola Jesus - Conatus

Yuck - Yuck

Beirut – The Rip Tide

I Break Horses - Hearts

Of Monsters and Men – My Head is an Animal

Warm Ghost - Narrows

Radical Face – The Family Tree, The Roots

Radiohead – The Kings of Limbs 

The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar

We Were Promised Jetpacks - In the Pit of the Stomach 

Veronica Falls – Veronica Falls

tUnE-YarDs - w h o k i l l

Wooden Shjips - West

Colleen Green - Cujo EP (yes an EP made the list)

Real Estate - Days

The Head and The Heart – The Head and The Heart

Wild Flag - Wild Flag

The Kills – Blood Pressure


Some Artists and Albums that didn’t break the Top 30 but that were really close are listed below. For whatever reason I didn’t listen to them enough, was preoccupied with something or other, or overwhelmed by all the other great albums, or perhaps they arrived late in the year… At another moment in time, like ten minutes from now, they may have cracked this fellas personal Top 30 list :)

The Drums - Portamento

The Moth and The Mirror – Honestly, This World

Wu Lyf – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain

The Black Keys - El Camino

Gardens & Villa – Gardens & Villa

Sisikyou – Keep Away The Dead

The Whiskey Saints - 24 Hours

Bass Drum of Death – GB City

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

The Weeknd - House of Balloons

The Ambience Affair - Burials

Sea Pinks – Dead Seas

The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh

Tom Waits – Bad As Me

Gem Club - Breakers

The Antlers – Burst Apart

The Cave Singers – No Witch

Wye Oak – Civilians

The Raveonettes - Raven In The Grave

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

The Decemberists - The King Is Dead

My Morning Jacket - Circuital

Florence & The Machine - Ceremonials

Wilco - The Whole Love

Jay-Z & Kanye West - Watch The Throne

Adele - 21

Atlas Sound - Parallax

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

The Roots - Undun

Wild Beasts - Smother

Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes

The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient

Cut Copy - Zonoscope

Destroyer - Kaputt


2011 was an amazing year for music and indie music in particular. AND, I also think that, in many ways, this year was a year in which women (soloists or leads in a band) really made their mark. And, a fantastic mark at that.

As always, whilst compiling a “top ##” list, one is apt to overlook, or not have heard of, or been exposed to a particular band. I welcome any and all suggestions that you may have and ANY exposure to albums/artists that I may have missed.

Happy New Year everybody!

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  1. twistedduality said: Fionn Regan - 100 Acres of Sycamore was my favourite of 2011 and it didn’t even make your honourable mentions! Please tell me that you haven’t listened to it yet..
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  4. dontwakemamabear said: (((Blind Pilots))) Blogged 3 times <3
  5. lammicken said: ew m83
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