The year in review is always hard and with all the great and original releases that were issued this year, 2011 was by far the hardest of calendars to sort out and rate. Fringe genres explored popular confines (Chillwave, Witch House) punk went pop and weird (Fucked Up, Thee Oh Sees), hip-hop went pop and weird (Shabazz, Death Grips), longtime-coming records were finally released (Smile! 139 tracks!), shaping records thought lost were uncovered to show just how full-circle things sometime become (Grosskopf), instrumental music shined (Ravedeath, 1972), young talent blossomed (Jaar, Youth Lagoon, Smith Westerns) American Black Metal found its whipping boy in Hunter Hunt-Hendrix and a swaged-out Tyler told us all about his problems with everything and everyone.

2011, kudos!

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50/ Harald Grosskopf- Synthesist LP+ Re-Synthesist CD (RVNG; Reissue)

Hear: “Synthesist”

49/ Tyler, The Creator- Goblin (XL)

Hear: “Golden”

48/ The Beach Boys- SMiLE (Box Set Reissue) (Capitol)

Hear: “Good Vibrations” (Stereo Remix Plus SMiLE Version)

47/ Sigur Rós- Inni (CD+DVD) (XL)

Hear: “E-Bow” (Inni Live Version)

46/ Boris- New Album (Sargent House)

Hear: “Spoon”

45/ Crystal Stilts- In Love With Oblivion (Slumberland)

Hear: “Shake the Shackles”

44/ Gang Gang Dance- Eye Contact (4AD)

Hear: “∞ Adult Goth”

43/ Lykke Li- Wounded Rhythms (Atlantic/LL)

Hear: “Sadness is a Blessing”

42/ Fucked Up- David Comes to Life (Matador)

Hear: “Queen of Hearts”

41/ Fostercare- Second Thoughts (Self-Released)

Hear: “Stand Alone”

40/ Bright Eyes- The People’s Key (Saddle Creek)

Hear: “Haile Selassie”

39/ Tammar- Visits (Suicide Squeeze)

Hear: “The Last Line”

38/ Six Organs of Admittance- Asleep on the Floodplain (Drag City)

Hear: “S/Word Leviathan”

37/ The Horrors- Skying (XL)

Hear: “Still Life”

36/ Psychic Ills- Hazed Dream (Sacred Bones)

Hear: “That’s Alright”

35/ ZXZ- Paris (Self-Released)

Hear: “Fortune”

34/ Iceage- New Brigade (What’s Your Rupture/DIAS)

Hear: “Broken Bone”

33/ Charles Bradley- No Time for Dreaming (Daptone)

Hear: “Golden Rule”

32/ Gauntlet Hair- S/T (Dead Oceans)

Hear: “Keep Time”

31/ Tim Hecker- Ravedeath, 1972 (Kranky)

Hear: “Hatred of Music”

30/ Mellow Grave- Smoke Filled the Room, We Slept (Living Tapes)

Hear: “Oxygen”

29/ Kurt Vile- Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador)

Hear: “On Tour”

28/ Radiohead- King of Limbs (XL/TBD/Self-Released)

Hear: “Little By Little”

27/ EMA- Past Life Martyred Saints (Soulterrian Transmissions)

Hear: “California”


26/ Prurient- Bermuda Drain (Hydra Head)

Hear: “Palm Tree Corpse”

25/ The Field- Looping State of Mind (Kompakt)

Hear: “Is This Power”

24/ Danny Brown- XXX (Fools Gold)

Hear: “Monopoly”

23/ Chelsea Wolfe- Ἀποκάλυψις- (Pendu Sound)

Hear: “Demons”

22/ Deafheaven- Roads to Judah (Deathwish)

Hear: “Unrequited”

21/ Youth Lagoon- The Year of Hibernation (Fat Possum)

Hear: “Montana”

20/ Gazelle Twin- The Entire City (Anti Ghost Moon Ray)

Hear: “Changelings”

19/ Case Studies- The World is Just a Shape to Fill the Night (Sacred Bones)

Hear: “You Folded Up My Blanket Like We Were Already Lovers”

18/ Shine 2009- Realism (Cascine)

Hear: “So Free” (Feat. Paula Abdul)

17/ Lost Tribe- S/T (Blind Prophet)

Hear: “Dreamcatcher” (Direct MP3)

16/ Nicolas Jaar- Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company)

Hear: “Keep Me There”

15/ Toro Y Moi- Underneath The Pine (Carpark)

Hear: “New Beat”

14/ Smith Westerns- Dye it Blonde (Fat Possum)

Hear: “All Die Young”

13/ Shabazz Palaces- Black Up (Sub Pop)

Hear: “A Treatease Dedicated to The Avian Airess From North East Nubis (1000 Questions, 1 Answer)”


12/ Liturgy- Aesthethica (Thrill Jockey)

Hear: “Sun of Light”

11/ The War On Drugs- Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian)

Hear: “Your Love is Calling My Name”


-Top 10-

10/ John Maus- We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves (Ribbon Music)

Hear: “Hey Moon”

9/ Puro Instinct- Headbangers in Ecstasy (Mexican Summer)

Hear: “Stilyagi”

8/ Ganglians- Still Living (Lefse)

Hear: “Jungle”

7/ The Feeling of Love- Dissolve Me (Kill Shaman / Born Bad)

Hear: “Cellophane Face”

6/ Thee Oh Sees- Castlemania (In The Red)

Hear: “I Need Seed”

5/ Cold Cave- Cherish the Light Years (Sub Pop)

Hear: “Underworld USA”

4/ Black Lips- Arabia Mountain (Vice)

Hear: “Modern Art”

3/ Pictureplane- Thee Physical (Lovepump United)

Hear: “Post Physical”

2/ Pure X- Ecstasy (Acéphale)

Hear: “Twisted Mirror”

1/ The Caretaker- An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (History Always Favours the Winners)

Hear: Full Album Stream