The Best of 2011 (so far): the working list


Mag 17 2011, 17:40

Hot off the heels of publishing my 2010 list, it's time to get cracking on this year's choices. This list will change week-to-week as I listen through everything that's coming out. Let me know your recommendations!

Beyonce - 4
Adele - 21
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead
Foster the People - Torches
Jay-Z and Kanye West - Watch the Throne
Feist - Metals
Mates of State - Mountaintops
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
Mates of State - Mountaintops
Wilco - The Whole Love
Lykke Li - Wounded Rhymes
Drake - Thank Me Later
Tapes 'n Tapes - Outside
Manchester Orchestra - Simple Math
Noah and the Whale - Last Night On Earth
Youth Lagoon - The Year of Hibernation
Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
The Go! Team - Rolling Blackouts
The Weeknd - House of Balloons
Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong

Considered but not likely to contend:
Bonnie "Prince" Billy & The Cairo Gang - Island Brothers
M.I.A. - Vicki Leekx
Thao & Mirah - Thao & Mirah
Julianna Barwick - The Magic Place
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart - Belong
Jim Ward Quiet in the Valley, On the Shores the End Begins & the Electric Six
Wild Beasts - Smother
Talib Kweli - Gutter Rainbows
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
Panda Bear - Tomboy
Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
Mogwai - Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
James Blake - James Blake
Cut Copy - Zonoscope
Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
R. Kelly - Love Letter
The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh
Thursday - No Devolucion
DJ Quik - The Book of David
Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps
Bright Eyes - The People's Key
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing
R.E.M. - Collapse Into Now
Tyler, the Creator - Goblin
The Antlers - Burst Apart
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
The Get Up Kids - There Are Rules
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi - Rome
The Elected - Bury Me In My Rings
Radiohead - The King of Limbs
Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys
Lupe Fiasco - Lasers
Dodos - No Color
Eisley - The Valley
Peter Bjorn and John - Gimme Some
The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l
letlive - Fake History
Destroyer - Kaputt
Okkervil River - I Am Very Far
City and Colour - Little Hell
Archers of Loaf - Icky Mettle
Idaho - You Were a Dick
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV
Beirut - The Rip Tide
Mayer Hawthorne - How Do You Do
Bjork - Biophilia
Neon Indian - Era Extrana
Nick Lowe - The Old Magic
Blind Pilot - We Are The Tide
Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire


  • butterflyinrvrs

    Cults-Cults (I believe this was released this year) Little Scream-The Golden Record

    Ott 3 2011, 7:17
  • b-ron

    Ty Segall- Goodbye Bread Dum Dum Girls- Only in Dreams Real Estate- Days Tennis- Cape Dory Not necessarily the best. But still a fun listen :) (Kurt Vile and Bon Iver are a tie for my favourite)

    Ott 7 2011, 16:07
  • b-ron

    Also give Washed Out- Within & Without a listen!

    Ott 7 2011, 16:09
  • crashndie666

    I believe you've nailed it

    Gen 4 2012, 0:57
  • stella799

    The Civil Wars- Barton Hollow Ingrid Michaelson- Human Again

    Apr 28 2012, 13:57
  • stella799

    Also, Miniature Tigers- Mia Pharoah (kinda different than their old stuff, but still real good)

    Apr 28 2012, 14:57
  • stella799

    ooo okay also, I know it's a bit cliche, but Lana Del Rey- Born to Die

    Apr 28 2012, 18:46
  • errgh

    Three of your four suggestions weren't released until 2012. Get your head in the game, Gentry.

    Mag 1 2012, 17:03
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