Music, 2011

Nobody cares, I tell myself. And yet the urge to compile my favorite music from the year remains.

It’s been a good year for music for me, although using a subscription service makes it easy to explore so much that I worry not only that I haven’t taken enough time to savor the good stuff, but that I might lose track of some of it. So: lists.

I enjoyed these albums in 2011:

  • Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge
  • Adele: 21
  • Beady Eye: Different Gear, Still Speeding
  • Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
  • Bon Iver: Bon Iver
  • The Builders and the Butchers: Dead Reckoning
  • Cake: Showroom of Compassion
  • Cass McCombs: Wit’s End
  • The Cave Singers: No Witch
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Hysterical
  • Death Cab for Cutie: Codes and Keys
  • The Decemberists: The King Is Dead
  • The Dodos: No Color
  • Dolorean: The Unfazed
  • Eisley: The Valley
  • Elbow: Build A Rocket Boys
  • Feist: Metal
  • The Felice Brothers: Celebration, Florida
  • Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues
  • Fruit Bats: Tripper
  • The Green Apple Sea: Northern Sky, Southern Sky
  • Handsome Furs: Sound Kapital
  • The Head and the Heart: The Head and the Heart
  • Hooray for Earth: True Loves
  • I’m From Barcelona: Forever Today
  • Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Here We Rest
  • Kanye West & Jay-Z: Watch the Throne
  • Kurt Vile: Smoke Ring For My Halo
  • The Low Anthem: Smart Flesh
  • Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes
  • Mates of State: Mountaintops
  • Middle Brother: Middle Brother
  • The Middle East: I Want That You Are Always Happy
  • The Midwest Beat: Gone Not Lost
  • Noah & The Whale: The Last Night On Earth
  • Oh No Oh My: People Problems
  • Paul Simon: So Beautiful Or So What
  • Peter Bjorn and John: Gimme Some
  • PJ Harvey: Let England Shake
  • Ryan Adams: Ashes & Fire
  • R.E.M.: Collapse Into Now
  • The Rural Alberta Advantage: Departing
  • Say Hi: Um, Uh Oh
  • Sloan: The Double Cross
  • Southeast Engine: Canary
  • Steve Earle: I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive
  • St. Vincent: Strange Mercy
  • The Strokes: Angles
  • Tapes n Tapes: Outside
  • Telekinesis: 12 Desperate Straight Lines
  • TV On The Radio: Nine Types of Light
  • Wilco: The Whole Love
  • Wiz Khalifa: Rolling Papers
  • The Wooden Birds: Two Matchsticks
  • Wye Oak: Civilian

And this is a handful of tracks I enjoyed from other albums:

  • Apex Manor: “Under the Gun”
  • Bastille: “Flaws”
  • Cage The Elephant: “Shake Me Down”
  • Cut Copy: “Need You Now”
  • Dawes: “Fire Away”
  • DeVotchKa: “Exhaustible”
  • The Forms: “Fire to the Ground”
  • The Get Up Kids: “Shatter Your Lungs”
  • Gomez: “Options”
  • Lia Ices: “Love Is Won”
  • Lupe Fiasco: “Till I Get There”

I haven’t listened to the new Coldplay, Jayhawks, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jens Lekman, Deer Tick, Cass McCombs (he put out two this year!) or Black Keys records yet. They might deserve a presence on one of these lists.