Best of 2011

On January 1, 2012 by Will Hermes

My favorite LPs of last year, in approximate order of my affection. Happy New Year.

tUnE-yArDs – whokill (4AD)
The Weeknd – House of Balloons (self-released)
White Denim – D (Downtown)
James Blake – James Blake (Universal)
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (Sub Pop)
Bjork – Biophilia [iPad app version] (Nonesuch)
EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints (Souterrain Transmissions)
Bon Iver – Bon Iver (Jagjaguwar)
Liturgy – Aesthethica (Thrill Jockey)
Lucas Santtana – Sem Nostalgia (Mais Um Discos)
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop)
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life (Matador)
Hayes Carrl – KMAG YOYO (& other American stories) (Lost Highway)
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow (Fish People/Anti-)
Destroyer – Kaputt (Merge)
Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica (Software/Mexican Summer)
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (Matador)
Pistol Annies – Pistol Annies (Columbia Nashville)
Tom Waits- Bad (Anti-)
Drake – Take Care (Young Money)
Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape (self-released)
Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What? (Hear Music/Concord)
Ambrose Akinmusire – When The Heart Emerges Glistening (Blue Note)
The Field – A Looping State Of Mind (Kompakt)
Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin (Columbia)
Tinariwen – Tassili (Anti-)
The Decemberists – The King Is Dead (Capitol)
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (Island)
Matraca Berg – The Dreaming Fields (Dualtone)
Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony)
Matana Roberts – COIN COIN Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres
Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact (4AD)
Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know (Virgin)
The Roots – undun (Def Jam)
Feist – Metals (Interscope)
Various artists – Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira! (Mais Um Discos)
Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights EP (Warner Bros.)
Craig Taborn – Avenging Angel (ECM)
Yuck – Yuck (Fat Possum)
Amir El Saffar & Two Rivers Ensemble – Inana (Pi)
TV On The Radio – Nine Types of Light (Interscope)
Colin Stetson – New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (Constellation)
Black Keys – El Camino (Nonesuch)
Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams (Sub Pop)
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks (Matador)
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy (4AD)
William Elliot Whitmore – Field Songs (Anti-)
Wild Flag – Wild Flag (Merge)
Wilco – The Whole Love (dBpm)
Austra – Feel It Break (Domino)
Spank Rock – Everything Is Boring and Everyone Is A Fucking Liar (BNR)
Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive (Lost Highway)
various – The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams (Egyptian/CMF/Columbia)
Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place (Asthmatic Kitty)
Ana Egge – Bad Blood (Ammal)
Josh T. Pearson – Last of the Country Gentlemen (Mute)
Various artists – Danger Mouse & Danielle Luppi Present Rome Starring Jack White & Norah Jones (Capitol)
Ashes & Fire – Ryan Adams (Capitol)
Jonathan Wilson – Gentle Spirit (Bella Union)
Iceage – New Brigade (What’s Your Rupture?)
Nick Lowe – The Old Magic (Yep Roc)
Super Heavy – Super Heavy (Universal)
Middle Brother – Middle Brother (Partisan)
The Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time (Rounder)
Dessa – Castor, The Twin (Doomtree)
Tyshawn Sorey – Oblique-I (Pi)
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
Andy Stott – Passed Me By EP (Modern Love)
Deer Tick – Divine Providence (Partisan)

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