My Favorite Albums of 2011


31 déc. 2011, 14h34m

(I cut down a list of 700 to 312 albums, listed alphabetically by artist. Genres include alt country/americana, alternative, indie, garage, lo fi, indie pop, shoegaze, dream pop, singer songwriter, psychedelic, folk, indie rock, alternative rock, electronic, experimental.)

A.A. Bondy, Believers
Abigail Washburn, City of Refuge
Acid House Kings, Music Sounds Better With You
Alela Diane, Alela Diane & Wild Devine
Alexander, Alexander
Alina Simone, Make Your Own Danger
Alison Krauss And Union Station, Paper Airplanes
Amanda Palmer, Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under
Amor Dias, Street of the Love of Days
Anna Calvi, Anna Calvi
The Antlers, Burst Apart
Apex Manor, The Year of Magical Drinking
Apparat, The Devil’s Walk
Arctic Monkeys, Suck It And See
Army Navy, The Last Place
Arrange, Plantation
The Asteroid #4, Hail to the Clear Figurines
Atlas Sound, Parallax
Austra, Feel It Break
The Babies, The Babies
Balam Acab, Wander / Wonder
Banjo or Freakout, Banjo or Freakout
Bass Drum of Death, GB City
Beach Fossils, What a Pleasure - EP
The Beets, Let the Poison Out (also Stay Home released)
Beirut, The Rip Tide
Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm
Big Troubles, Romantic Comedy
Bill Callahan, Apocalypse
Birds of Passage, Without The World
Björk, Biophilia
The Black Keys, El Camino
Black Lips, Arabia Mountain
Blind Pilot, We Are The Tide
Blithe Field, Two Hearted
Blood Orange, Coastal Grooves
Blouse, Blouse
Bobby, Bobby
Bodies of Water, Twist Again
Bombay Bicycle Club, A Different Kind of Fix
Bombino, Agadez
Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Bonjah, Go Go Chaos
Boston Spaceships, Let It Beard
The Boxer Rebellion, The Cold Still
Boy & Bear, Moonfire
Braids, Native Speaker
Bright Eyes, The People’s Key
Bry Webb, Provider
Butcher The Bar, For Each a Future Tethered
Casiokids, Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen
Cass McCombs, Humour Risk
Cass McCombs, Wit’s End
Cat’s Eyes, Cat’s Eyes
The Cave Singers, No Witch
Caveman, CoCo Beware
Chad VanGaalen, Diaper Island
Chapel Club, Palace
Civil Civic, Rules
City and Colour, Little Hell
City Center, Redeemer
The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Hysterical
Cliffie Swan, Memories Come True
Cloud Nothings, Cloud Nothings
Comet Gain, Howl of the Lonely Crowd
Crystal Stilts, In Love With Oblivion
Cults, Cults
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., It’s a Corporate World
Damon & Naomi, False Beats & True Hearts
Dark Captain, Dead Legs and Alibis
The Dark Water Hymnal, Collapse The Structure
David Kilgour & the Heavy Eights, Left By Soft
David Wax Museum, Everything Is Saved
Dawes, Nothing is Wrong
The Decemberists, The King Is Dead & Long Live The King EP
The Deep Dark Woods, The Place I Left Behind
Deerhoof, Deerhoof vs. Evil
Delay Trees, Delay Trees
Delicate Steve, Wondervisions
Destroyer, Kaputt
DeVotchKa, 100 Lovers
The Diamond Center, My Only Companion
Disappears, Guider
The Disciplines, Virgins of Menace
The Dodos, No Color
Dolorean, The Unfazed
The Donkeys, Born With Stripes
Dream Diary, You Are The Beat
Drive-By Truckers, Go-Go Boots
The Duke Spirit, Bruiser
Dum Dum Girls, He Gets Me High EP
Dum Dum Girls, Only in Dreams
Eisley, The Valley
Elbow, Build a Rocket Boys!!
Eleanor Friedberger, Last Summer
Eliza Gilkyson, Roses at the End of Time
EMA, Past Life Martyred Saints
The Ettes, Wicked Will
Eulogies, Tear The Fences Down
Exene Cervenka, The Excitement of Maybe
The Feelies, Here Before
Feist, Metals
Fergus & Geronimo, Unlearn
Fink, Perfect Darkness
Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues
Florence + The Machine, Ceremonials
Folly and the Hunter, Residents
Frank Turner, England Keep My Bones
The Fresh & Onlys, Secret Walls EP
Fruit Bats, Tripper
Fungi Girls, Some Easy Magic
Future Islands, On The Water
Ganglians, Still Living
Gem Club, Breakers
Gemma Hayes, Let It Break
Gillian Welch, The Harrow & The Harvest
Girl In A Coma, Exits & All The Rest
Girls, Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Girls Names, Dead To Me
Gotye, Making Mirrors
A Grave With No Name, Lower
Grouplove, Never Trust A Happy Song
Gruff Rhys, Hotel Shampoo
Guillemots, Walk The River
Guitaro, JJ’s Crystal Palace
Hannah Peel, The Broken Wave
Haroula Rose, These Open Roads
The Head and the Heart, The Head and the Heart
Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds, Under Streetlight Glow
Holly Throsby, Team
The Horrors, Skying
Hospital Ships, Lonely Twin
Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt, Tweaker in the Park
I Am Oak, Oasem
I Break Horses, Hearts
Idaho, You Were A Dick
Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean
J Mascis, Several Shades of Why
Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter, Marble Son
Jessica Lea Mayfield, Tell Me
John Doe, Keeper
John Hiatt, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns
John Vanderslice, White Wilderness
John Wesley Harding, The Sound of His Own Voice
Jolie Holland, Pint of Blood
Jonathan Wilson, Gentle Spirit
Joseph Arthur, The Graduation Ceremony
Josh T. Pearson, Last of the Country Gentlemen
The Joy Formidable, The Big Roar
Juliana Hatfield, There’s Always Another Girl
June Tabor, Ashore
Kate Bush, 50 Words for Snow
Kathryn Calder, Bright and Vivid
Kids On A Crime Spree, We Love You So Bad
The Kills, Blood Pressures
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Diamond Mine
Kurt Vile, Smoke Ring For My Halo
La Sera, La Sera
The Ladybug Transistor, Clutching Stems
Lanterns on the Lake, Gracious Tide, Take Me Home
Laura Marling, A Creature I Don’t Know
Laura Stevenson & the Cans, Sit Resist
Let’s Wrestle, Nursing Home
Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Paper Crush EP
Lisa Hannigan, Passenger
Little Scream, The Golden Record
Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, On Welfare
Los Campesinos!, Hello Sadness
Lotte Kestner, Stolen
Love Inks, E.S.P.
Lovett, Highway Collection
Low, C’mon
The Low Anthem, Smart Flesh
Lucinda Williams, Blessed
Luther Russell, The Invisible Audience
Lykke Li, Wounded Rhymes
M83, Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Maggie Björklund, Coming Home
Male Bonding, Endless Now
Man Man, Life Fantastic
Mariachi El Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx (II)
Marissa Nadler, Marissa Nadler
Mates of State, Mountaintops
Matraca Berg, The Dreaming Fields
Matthew Ryan, I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall
Meg Baird, Seasons On Earth
Megafaun, Megafaun
Meredith Bragg, Nest
Middle Brother, Middle Brother
The Middle East, I Want That You Are Always Happy
Mikal Cronin, Mikal Cronin
Minks, By The Hedge
Moon Duo, Mazes
The Moth & The Mirror, Honestly, This World
Motopony, Motopony
The Mountain Goats, All Eternals Deck
My Morning Jacket, Circuital
My Sad Captains, Fight Less, Win More
The Naked and Famous, Passive Me Aggressive You
Obits, Moody, Standard and Poor
Odio París, Odio París
Ohbijou, Metal Meets
Okkervil River, I Am Very Far
Other Lives, Tamer Animals
Over The Rhine, The Long Surrender
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Belong
Panda Bear, Tomboy
Paper Aeroplanes, We Are Ghosts EP
Papercuts, Fading Parade
Parts & Labor, Constant Future
Pepper Rabbit, Red Velvet Snow Ball
Peter Bradley Adams, Between Us
PJ Harvey, Let England Shake
Portugal. The Man, In The Mountain In The Cloud
Psychic Ills, Hazed Dream
Pure X, Pleasure
R.E.M., Collapse Into Now
Radical Face, The Family Tree: The Roots
Radiohead, The King of Limbs
The Raveonettes, Raven in the Grave
Real Estate, Days
Release the Sunbird, Come Back to Us
Richard Buckner, Our Blood
Ringo Deathstarr, Colour Trip
Robert Pollard, Lord of the Birdcage
Robert Scott, Ends Run Together
Roddy Woomble, The Impossible Song & Other Songs
Ron Sexsmith, Long Player Late Bloomer
The Rosebuds, Loud Planes Fly Low
The Rural Alberta Advantage, Departing
Ryan Adams, Ashes & Fire
Sara Lov, I Already Love You
Sarabeth Tucek, Get Well Soon
Sarah Jarosz, Follow Me Down
Say Hi, Um, Uh, Oh
Sea Oleena, Sleeplessness
Seapony, Go With Me
Seryn, This Is Where We Are
The Shivers, More
Sic Alps, Napa Asylum
Sin Fang, Summer Echoes
Siskiyou, Keep Away The Dead
Six Organs of Admittance, Asleep on the Floodplain
Sleeping At Last, Yearbook
Slow Club, Paradise
Slow Loris, Routine Glow
Smith Westerns, Dye It Blonde
The Smithereens, 2011
The Soft Province, The Soft Province
Son Lux, We Are Rising
Sondre Lerche, Sondre Lerche
Sonny and the Sunsets, Hit After Hit
Sons & Daughters, Mirror Mirror
St. Vincent, Strange Mercy
Steffaloo, meet me in montauk
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks, Mirror Traffic
Stranded Horse, Humbling Tides (Thee, Stranded Horse)
Summer Camp, Welcome to Condale
Tapes ‘n’ Tapes, Outside
Telekinesis, 12 Desperate Straight Lines
Tennis, Cape Dory
Thao & Mirah, Thao & Mirah
That Ghost, Songs Out Here
Thea Gilmore, John Wesley Harding
Thee Oh Sees, Carrion Crawler / The Dream (&Castlemania)
The Third Sound, The Third Sound
Thomas Tantrum, Mad By Moonlight
Those Darlins, Screws Get Loose
Thurston Moore, Demolished Thoughts
Timber Timbre, Creep On Creeping On
Times New Viking, Dancer Enquired
Tinariwen, Tassili
Tom Waits, Bad As Me
Tomorrows Tulips, Eternally Teenage
Treefight for Sunlight, Treefight for Sunlight
Tembling Bells, The Constant Pageant
True Widow, As High As the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth
tUnE-yArDs, W H O K I L L
The Twilight Singers, Dynamite Steps
Ty Segall, Goodbye Bread
Vandaveer, Dig Down Deep
Veronica Falls, Veronica Falls
Vetiver, The Errant Charm
Viva Voce, The Future Will Destroy You
Vivian Girls, Share The Joy
The War On Drugs, Slave Ambient
Warm Ghost, Narrows
Waters, Out In the Light
We Are Augustines, Rise Ye Sunken Ships
The Weather Station, All Of It Was Mine
White Denim, D
White Fence, Is Growing Faith
Whitehorse, Whitehorse
Widowspeak, Widowspeak
Wilco, The Whole Love
Wild Beasts, Smother
Wild Flag, Wild Flag
William Elliott Whitmore, Field Songs
William Fitzsimmons, Gold In The Shadow
The Wooden Birds, Two Matchsticks
Wooden Shjips, West
Woods, Sun and Shade
Wye Oak, Civilian
Xray Eyeballs, Not Nothing
Young Galaxy, Shapeshifting
Youth Lagoon, The Year Of Hibernation
Yuck, Yuck
Zoey van Goey, Propeller Versus Wings
Zola Jesus, Conatus


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