2011: favorites

  1. Wussy: Strawberry (Shake It)
  2. Frank Ocean: Nostalgia, Ultra (frankocean.tumblr.com/mixtape)
  3. Avram Fefer, Eric Revis & Chad Taylor: Eliyahu (Not Two)
  4. Darius Jones Trio: Big Gurl (Smell my Dream) (AUM Fidelity)
  5. Mekons: Ancient and Modern: 1911-2011 (Bloodshot)
  6. Fucked Up: David Comes to Life (Matador)
  7. Pistol Annies: Hell On Heels (Columbia)
  8. Tony Malaby: Novela - arr. by Kris Davis (Clean Feed)
  9. Paul Simon: So Beautiful, So What (Hear Music)
  10. Kidd Jordan w/ Harrison Bankhead & Warren Smith: On Fire (Engine)
  11. Matt Lavelle: Goodbye New York, Hello World (Musicnow)
  12. Wadada Leo Smith's Organic: Heart's Reflections (Cunifrom)
  13. Bombino: Agadaz (Cumbancha)
  14. Todd Snider: Live - The Storyteller (Aimless Records)
  15. Jens Lekman: An Argument With Myself EP (Secretly Canadian)
  16. DJ Quik: The Book of David (Mad Science/Fontana)
  17. Greg Ward: Greg Ward's Phonic Juggernaut (Thirsty Ear)
  18. Harrison Bankhead Sextet: Morning Sun, Harvest Moon (Engine)
  19. E-40: Revenue Retrievin': Graveyard Shift (Heavy On the Grind)
  20. David S. Ware, Cooper-Moore, William Parker & Muhammad Ali: Planetary Unknown (AUM Fidelity)
  21. Low Cut Connie: Get Out the Lotion (lowcutconnie.com)
  22. The Throne (Jay-Z & Kanye West): Watch the Throne (Def Jam)
  23. The Baseball Project: Volume 2: High & Inside (Yep Rock)
  24. Mayer Hawthorne: How Do You Do (Universal Republic)
  25. Other Dimensions in Music feat. Fay Victor: Kaiso Stories (Silkheart)
  26. The Weeknd: House of Balloons (mixtape)
  27. Jim Black, Trevor Dunn, Oscar Noriega & Chris Speed: Endangered Blood (Skirl)
  28. Magic Pocket & Morten Qvenild: The Katabatic Wind (Bolage)
  29. ASAP Rocky: LiveLoveA$AP (mixtape/liveloveasap.com)
  30. Dave Alvin: Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc)
  31. Farmers By Nature (Gerlad Cleaver, William Parker, Craig Taborn): Out of This World's Distortion (AUM Fidelity)
  32. Wild Flag: Wild Flag (Merge)
  33. Honey Ear Trio: Steampunk Serenade (Foxhaven Records)
  34. Ernest Dawkins' New Horizon Ensemble: The Praire Prophet (Delmark)
  35. Fountains of Wayne: Sky Full of Holes (Yep Roc)
  36. Danny Brown: XXX (Fool's Gold)
  37. Girls: Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther)
  38. Sonny Rollins: Road Shows Vol. 2 (Doxy/Emarcy)
  39. JD Allen Trio: Victory! (Sunnyside)
  40. Tune-Yards: W H O K I L L (4AD)
  41. Mates of State: Mountaintops (Barsuk)
  42. Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter One: Les Gens De Couleur Libres (Constellation)
  43. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: The Coimbra Concert (Clean Feed)
  44. Cities Aviv: Digital Lows (Fat Sandwich)
  45. Mike Watt & the Missingmen: Hyphenated-Man (Clenched Wrench)
  46. The Belle Brigade: The Belle Brigade (Warner Bros.)
  47. Garland Jeffreys: The King of In Between (Luna Park Records)
  48. E-40: Revenue Retrieving: Overtime Shift (Heavy On the Grind)
  49. Poly Styrene: Generation Indigo (Future Noise Music)
  50. Stein Torleif Bjella: Vonde Visu (oh yeah! records)
  51. Peter Evans Quintet: Ghosts (More Is More)
  52. Shabazz Palaces: Black Up (Sub Pop)
  53. Emperor X: Western Teleport (Bar/None)
  54. Jill Scott: The Light of the Sun (Blues Babe Records)
  55. Let's Wrestle: Nursing Home (Merge Records)
  56. Ben Allison: Action Refraction (Palmetto)
  57. Iceage: New Brigade (What's Your Rupture?)
  58. Craig Taborn: Avenging Angel (ECM)
  59. Fruit Bats: Tripper (Sub Pop)
  60. Wilco: The Whole Love (dBpm)
  61. Ralph Carney's Serious Jass Project: Seriously (Smog Veil Records)
  62. Razika: Program 91 (Smalltown Supersound)
  63. Andrea Wolper: Parallel Lives (Jazzed Media)
  64. Sigbjørn Apeland: Glossolalia (Hubro)
  65. Gang of Four: Content (Yep Roc)
  66. Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! (Hot Cup)
  67. TV on the Radio: Nine Types of Light (Interscope)
  68. Liturgy: Aesthetica (Thrill jockey)
  69. Orrins Evans: Captain Black Big Band (Posi-Tone)
  70. PJ Harvey: Let England Shake (Island)
  71. Drive-By Truckers: Go-Go Boots (ATO)
  72. Hayes Carll: KMAG YOYO (and Other American Stories) (Lost Highway)
  73. Yuck: Yuck (Pharmacy Records)
  74. Amy LaVere: Stranger Me (Archer Records)
  1. Ben Allison: "Someday We'll All Be Free (Palmetto)
  2. Frank Ocean: "We All Try" (mixtape)
  3. Azealia Banks: "212" (http://azealiabanks.com/)
  4. Danny Daze feat. Luisahhh: "Your Everything" (Hot Creations)
  5. Kreayshawn: "Gucci Gucci" (n/a)
  6. Carolina Chocolate Drops and Luminescent Orchestrii: "Short Dress Gal" (Nonesuch)
  7. Emperor X: "Allahu Akbar" (Bar/None)
  8. The Belle Brigade: "Where Not To Look For Freedom" (Warner Bros.)
  9. Amy LaVere: "You Can't Keep Me Here" (Archer Records)
  10. Adele: "Someone Like You" (XL)
  11. Gang of Four: "You Never Paid For the Farm" (Yep Roc)
  12. Eric Church: "Homeboy" (EMI Nashville)
  13. Hammers of Misfortune: "The Grain" (Metalblade)
  14. The Rapture: "How Deep Is Your Love" (DFA)
  15. Eddy Current Suppression Ring: "I Admit My Faults" (Captcha Records)
Note: While some of the tracks here appear on albums I do like (see the album list), truly great records usually have so many strong tracks that singling out one and adding it to this list seems redundant, if not also difficult.


  1. Various Artists: Curro Fuentes & the Big Band Cumbia and Descarga Sound of Colombia 1962-72 (Soundway)
  2. Bill Dixon Orchestra: Intents and Purposes (International Phonograph)
  3. Eddy Current Suppression Ring: So Many Things (101 Distribution)
  4. Miles Davis: Live in Europe 1967: The Bootleg Series Vol. 1 (Sony Legacy)
  5. Plastic People of the Universe: Magical Nights (Munster Records)
  6. Julius Hemphill: Dogon A.D. (International Phonograph)
  7. Human Switchboard: Who´s Landing In My Hangar? Anthology 1977-1984 (Bar/None)
  8. Various Artists: Wall of Sound: The Very Best of Phil Spector 1961-1966 (EMI Legacy)
  9. Steve Lacy / Roswell Rudd: School Days (Emanem)
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