The Best of 2011

This year flew by, and with it, a ton of great new music releases. Below is this year’s installment of my annual “best of” music list. These are the albums I most enjoyed in 2011 and it was tough to narrow it down; many worthy albums were left off the list in the interest of keeping it manageable. This year, I’ve also included a 2011 Rdio playlist. (Sidenote: Rdio is free to join and is better than Spotify, in my opinion – much better UX and no ads. If you like Spotify, give it a try.) Feel free to leave comment and tell me your favorite artists/albums of 2011.

Honorable Mention
Future Islands – On the Water
Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital
Feist – Metals
Dustin O’Hallaran – Lumiere
Kids On A Crime Spree – We Love You So Bad
Minks – By the Hedge
Rural Alberta Advantage –The Departing
Vetiver – Errant Charm
Diamond Rings – Special Affections 
Girls Names – Dead To Me

Best of 2011
40. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams
39. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong 
38. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
37. The Beets – Let the Poison Out
36. Release The Sunbird- Come Back to Us
35. David Bazan – Strange Negotiations
34. Other Lives – Tamer Animals
33. J Mascis – Several Shades of Why
32. Washed Out –Within and Without
31. Tennis – Cape Dory
30. Seapony – Go With Me
29. Tycho – Dive
28. The Antlers – Burst Apart
27. Veronica Falls – S/T
26. Craft Spells – Idle Labor
25. Atlas Sound – Parallax
24. Radiohead – The King of Limbs/The Daily Mail & Staircase
23. Black Lips – Arabian Mountain
22. Wild Flag – S/T
21. Wye Oak – Civillian
20. Destroyer – Kaputt
19. Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
18. Cults – S/T
17. Neon Indian – Era Extraña
16. M83-  Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
15. F****d Up – David Comes to Life 
14. I Break Horses – Hearts 
13. Widowspeak – S/T
12. Yuck – S/T
11. Yellow Ostrich – The Mistress
10. Bon Iver – S/T
9. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
8. Obits – Moody, Standard and Poor
7. Smith Westerns – Dye it Blonde
6. War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
5. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
4. Wu Lyf – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
3. Youth Lagoon – The Year Of Hibernation
2. Real Estate – Days
1. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Most Overrated: tUnE-yArDs – W H O K I L L
Most Disappointing: Iron And Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
Most Underrated: Obits – Moody, Standard and Poor
Best Album Art: Wu Lyf – Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
Worst Album Art: Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Missed In ‘10/Discovered In ‘11: Lower Dens – Twin Hand Movement
Best Debut: Youth Lagoon – The Year Of Hibernation

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