Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011

Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
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We at Rollo & Grady are excited to announce our 3rd annual feature in which we ask some of our favorite artists to list their top 10 albums of 2011.

Be on the lookout tomorrow for our “Top 10 List” featuring selections from music bloggers, music supervisors, journalists, DJs, and other music industry professionals.

JOHN DWYER – THEE OH SEES
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
total control – henge beat
michael yonkers – reissue of goodby sunball
helen brown earth girl
les railles de nudes great white wonder
davilla 666 – tan bajo
sean smith – new lp
sam mickens – slay & slake
sic alps – vedley 7″
sic alps – cant you see 7″
ty segall – cover of cherry red 7″
Thee Oh Sees – I Was Denied

NICK WATERHOUSE
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Packy Axton – Late Late Party (Light In The Attic)
Jimmy Hughes – Steal Away (Ace)
Landlocked: The Downey Story (Ace)
Gloria Irving – I Need A Man
Little Willie John – Don’t Play With Love
Bobby Darin – Minnie The Moocher
Kuf-Linx – Service With A Smile
Bobby Hamilton – How Come
Billy Williams – Pied Piper
Trini Lopez – The Search Goes On
Kenny Ball – 900 Miles
Nick Waterhouse – Some Place

JAMES PETRALLI – WHITE DENIM
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
!. Wilco – The Whole Love
@. Unknown Mortal Orchestra s/t
#. James Blake s/t
$. Vetiver – The Errant Charm
%. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
^. Beyonce – 4
&. Josh T. Pearson – The Last Of The Country Gentlemen
*. Fruit Bats – Tripper
(. JUSTICE – Audio, Video, Disco
!). Bill Callahan – Apocolypse
!!). Metallica and Lou Reed – LULU
White Denim – Bess St

SHARON VAN ETTEN
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
2. War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
3. Megafaun _ Megafaun
4. Wye Oak – Civilian
5. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
6. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
7. The Antlers – Burst Apart
8. Noveller – Glacial Glow
9. Marissa Nadler – Marissa Nadler
10. Austra – Feel it Break
Sharon Van Etten – Peace Signs

THE OWSLEY BROTHERS
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1- TuneYards- WhoKill (4AD)
2-Deer Tick-Devine Providence(Partisan Records)
3-Hanni El Khatib-Will The Guns Come Out (innovative Leasure)
4-Tom Waits-Bad As Me (Anti)
5-Black Lips-Arabia Mountain (Vice)
6-L.C. Ulmer-Blues Come Yonder (Hill Country)
7-Man Man- Life Fantastic (Anti)
8-Radio Moscow-The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz (Alive)
9-Scott H. Biram-Bad Ingedients (Bloodshot)
10-Chain & The Gang- Music’s Not For Everyone (K)
The Owsley Brothers – Blood & Fire

HELADO NEGRO
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Cyne – Wasteland Vol. 1
Prefuse 73 – The Only She Chapters
Andrew Pekler – Sentimental Favourites
Dimlite – Grimm Reality
Teebs – Collections
Warm Ghost – Narrows
Julianna Barwick – The Magic PLace
Adron – Organismo
Espalda – This Tense
Location Recordings on my Field Recorder
Leverage Models all the EPs
Helado Negro – Verceremos

SONNY SMITH – SONNY & THE SUNSETS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
White Fence – Is Growing Faith
PJ Harvey- Let England Shake
Kurt vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Dr. Dog – Be The Void
Oneohtrix- Replica
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Nodzz- Innings
Cass Mccombs – Wit’s End
Beach Boys – Smile Reissue
Kate Bush- 50 Words For Snow
Sonny and the Sunsets – She Plays Yo Yo With My Mind

WARPAINT
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1.james blake, james blake
2.radiohead, king of limbs
3.PJ Harvey, let england shake
4.kurt vile, smoke ring for my halo
5.tyler the creator, goblin
6.drake, take care
7.little dragon, ritual reunion
8. caretaker, an empty bliss beyond this world
9.beyonce, 4
10. peaking lights, 936
Warpaint – Warpaint

JACUZZI BOYS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
Neil Diamond – The Bang Years 1966-1968
Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
Clap – Have You Reached Yet (2011 re-issue)
Gene Clark – Roadmaster (2011 re-issue)
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Ted Lucas – Ted Lucas (Technically a 2010 re-issue, but discovered it this year. Beautiful.)
Kanye West / Jay-Z – Watch The Throne
Cass McCombs – Wit’s End / Humor Risk (A slight cheat, and including both as one!)
Jacuzzi Boys – Glazin’

BLAKE MILLS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1. Cass McCombs – Wit’s End
2. Cass McCombs – Humor Risk
3. The Belle Brigade – The Belle Brigade
4. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
5. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
6. Ry Cooder – Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
7. Lucinda Williams – Blessed
8. Feist – Metals
9. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
10. El Rego – El Rego
Blake Mills – Wintersong

DAVID LEVESQUE – LEVEK
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Jean-Claude Vannier — Box Set (Finders Keepers)
Teebs — Collections 01
Siriusmo — Mosaik
V/A — Russko Wig-Out! Demented Surf/Electro/Exotica From Behind The Iron Curtain
Luke Temple — Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care
Chad VanGaalen — Your Tan Looks Supernatural
Jane Jane Pollock — Jane Jane Pollock
V/A — Heranca Cosmica c90
Thundercat — The Golden Age of Apocalypse
Orchal and Vir — Orchal and Vir
Levek – Look on the Bright Side

BRADLEY COOK – MEGAFAUN
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1. Drive-By Truckers – Go Go Boots
2. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
3. Middle Brother – Middle Brother
4. Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
5. Gillian Welch – Harrow and Harvest
6. Yuck – Yuck
7. War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
8. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
9. J. Mascis – Several Shades of Why
10. All Tiny Creatures – Harbors
Megafaun – Heretofore

BEN SOLLEE
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My Morning Jacket – Circuital
The Roots – Undun
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator
Ben Sollee – A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke)

JAKE ORRALL – JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Destoyer – Kaputt
Glass Candy – Warm In The Winter EP
Juiceboxxx – Journeyman From The Heartland
Puro instinct – Headbangers In Ecstacy
Those Darlins – Screws get Loose
Anika – Anika
Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread
Shin Joong Hyun – Beautiful Rivers And Mountains
EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
Pentagram – Last Rites
JEFF The Brotherhood – Bone Jam

CHEERLEADER
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1. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
2. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream
3.The Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
4. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
5. James Blake – James Blake
6. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
7. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
8. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
9. Real Estate – Days
10. M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Cheerleader – New Daze

JARED SWILLEY – BLACK LIPS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1- Everything RiFF RaFF has put on youtube
2- Duane The Teenage Weirdo (nothing out yet but he is amazing)
3- Mark Sultan- Whatever/Whenever
4- Night Beats- S/T
5- Cerebral Ballzy S/T
6- Shannon and the Clams- Sleep Talk
7- The Spits-V
8- Death Grips-Exmilitary
9- Tyler, the Creator- Goblin
10- The Dirtbombs- Party Store
Black Lips – Everybody’s Doing It (Live)

TIGER WAVES
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Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
Parallax – Atlas Sound
Nine Types Of Light – TV on the Radio
Smoke Ring For My Halo – Kurt Vile
Kaputt – Destroyer
Dye It Blonde – Smith Westerns
King of Limbs – Radiohead
The Rip Tide – Beirut
Burst Apart – The Antlers
Tomboy – Panda Bear
Tiger Waves – It Could Never Stop

FUTUREBIRDS
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Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming
Atlas Sound – Parallax
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for my Halo
Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
Eddie the Wheel – He’s a Scream EP
Grateful Dead – Europe 72 vol II
Rolling Stones – Some Girls
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Alabama Shakes- S/T EP
Gator Tails – Live at Sigma Chi
Futurebirds – Wild Heart

DEAD GHOSTS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Demon’s Claws- Lost In The Desert Vol. 2
Olivia Tremor Control – Animation Music Vol. 1 (reissue)
Spits – V
Reatards – Teenage Hate (Reissue)
Blouse – S/T
Strange Boys – Live Music
Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
White Fence – Is Growing Faith
Cop City/Chill Pillars – Held Hostage
Iceage – New Brigade
Dead Ghosts – How the West Was Fun

TOM BLANKENSHIP OF MY MORNING JACKET
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Centro-Matic – Candidate Waltz
Daniel Martin Moore – In the Cool of the Day
Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
Laura Veirs – Tumble Bee
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Real Estate – Days
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Washed Out – Within and Without
Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
Yuck – Yuck
My Morning Jacket – One Big Holiday (Live)

HANNI EL KHATIB
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
JEFF The brotherhood – We Are The Champions
Feeding People – Peace, Victory & the Devil
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Tom Waits – Bad As Me
James Blake – James Blake
The Stepkids – The Stepkids
Nick Waterhouse – Is That Clear EP
Hanni El Khatib – Come Alive

KYLE THOMAS – KING TUFF
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1. LMFAO- Party Rock
2. Rhianna- We found love
3. Beyonce- Countdown
4. Brittney Spears- Till the World Ends
5. Magic Jake & The Power Crystals
6. Natural Child
7. Heavy Cream
8. Crazy Band
9. Tune-Yards
10. Nicki Minaj- Super Bass
King Tuff – Kind of Guy

CARTER TANTON
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Oneohtrix – Point Never
Teebs – Ardour
John Maus – We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
Egypttrix – Bible Eyes
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
Statuette – Various Jams On Soundcloud…
ModeSelektor – Monkeytown
Onra – Chinoiserries pt. 2
WIN WIN – WIN WIN
Carter Tanton – Murderous Joy

MATT FLAG – FAIR OHS
Matt Flagg
Trencher – All Suffering…Soon To End
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Akron/Family – S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT
Ganglians – Still Living
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Daniel A.I.U Higgs – Ultraterrestrial Harvest Hymms
Zomes – Earth Grid
Fergus and Geronimo – Unlearn
Mikal Cronin – S/T
Thee Oh Sees – Castlemania
Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread
Wolves In The Throne Room – Celestial Lineage
Fair Ohs – Almost Island

RADIATION CITY
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
2. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Self-titled
3. Yellow Ostrich – The Mistress
4. Superhumanoids – Parasite Paradise
5. Dopebeds – EP
6. STRFKR – Reptilians
7. Coma Cinema – Abandoned Lands
8. Burrows – Canals, Dams, and Dikes
9. tUnE-yArDs – w h o – k i l l
10. Body Parts – On Purpose
11. Computer Magic
Radiation City – The Color of Industry

BRANDON WELCHEZ – CROCODILES
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me HIgh EP and Only In Dreams LP
Reading Rainbow – Cover The Sky 7″
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Veronica Falls – S/T
Hollie Cook – S/T
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – S/T
Psychic Dancehall – Dreamers
The Horrors – Skying
Plateaus – Beach Coma/Suzy 7″
John Maus – We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves
Crocodiles – Sleep Forever

WAY YES
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1. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
2. Panda Bear – Tomboy
3. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
4. Saintseneca – Last
5. War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
6. Monster Rally – Coral
7. Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
8. Lindsey Buckingham – Seeds We Sow
9. Rimar – Higher Ground
10. Joseph Anthony Camerlengo – Nobody’s Cat
Way Yes – Walkability

CLIVE TANAKA
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Destroyer – Kapputt
Peaking Lights – 936
Sven Weisemann – Xine
TW Walsh – Songs of Pain and Leisure
Jürgen Müller – Science of the Sea
Quantec – Imaginary Flight
Ghostfunk – Ghostfunk
Kawasaki – Stereociti
Spirit Canoe – Stag Hare
M. Mucci – The Secret is Knowing When to Close Your Eyes
Clive Tanaka Y Su Orquesta – Neu Chicago

ALEX SCHAAF – YELLOW OSTRICH
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Neil Young – Zuma/Tonight’s The Night/On the Beach
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Tom Waits – Bone Machine
Delicate Steve – Wondervisions
Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir – Le Mystère Des
Voix Bulgares
James Blake – James Blake
Beaunoise – Beeptunes
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Moondog – The Viking of Sixth Avenue
Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
Yellow Ostrich – Blue (Da Ba Dee) (Eiffel 65 cover)

TURF WAR
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War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
Jacuzzi Boys – Glazin’
Hamburger Time – Impressive Meats
Pujol – Nasty Brutish and Short
Diarhea Planet – Loose Jewels
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Balkans – S/T
Wavves – Life Sux EP
Turf War – Part of My Heart

GUADALUPE PLATA
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
- LÜGER – CONCRETE LIGHT
- SCOTT H BIRAM – BAD INGREDIENTS
- BLACK KEYS – EL CAMINO
- BUFFALO KILLERS – 3
- ANDRE WILLIAMS AND THE GOLDSTARS – NIGHTCLUB
- EILEN JEWELL – QUEEN OF THE MINOR KEY
- TOM WAITS – BAD AS ME
- RADIO MOSCOW – THE GREAT ESCAPE OF LESLIE MAGNAFUZZ
- T-MODEL FORD AND GRAVELROAD – TALEDRAGGER
- GRAVEYARD – HISINGER BLUES
Guadalupe Plata – Lorena

STRANGE HANDS
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Bare Wires – Cheap Perfume
Magnetix – Drogue Electique
Yussuf Jerusalem- A Blast From The Past
Feeling Of Love – Dissolve Me
Satan – Hell Death Samba
Le Pecheur – Medieval Dreams
Regal – Possible Ending
Hoodlum – H
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Vivian Girls – Share the joy
Strange Hands – First Poem

BREAKFAST IN FUR
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Lost Boy- USA USA Tape (Old Flame)
Real Estate- Days (Domino)
The Flaming Lips with Lightning Bolt (Warner Bros/ Lovely Sorts of Death)
Shana Falana- In the Light EP (Self Released)
Wilco- The Whole Love (dBpm/ ANTI)
Vacation- Tiny Bones and Wires (Universal Electricity)
Refried Ice Cream- Witness to the Storm (Team Love)
Brown Bread- Is Dead (Sunchoke)
Shnabubula- Game Genie (Ubiktune)
Red Sled Choir- Swim Smoke (Force Fields Forever)
Breakfast in Fur – Shine

MARTIN COURTNEY – REAL ESTATE
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Julian Lynch – Terra
The Feelies – Here Before
White Fence – Is Growing Faith
Big Troubles – Romantic Comedy
Dent May – “Fun” single
The Beets – Let the Poison Out
Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Mirror Traffic
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – S/T
Panda Bear – Tomboy
Woods – Sun and Shade
Real Estate – Beach Comber

THOSE DARLINS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Rolling Stones – Some Girls Live in Texas
Johnny Corndawg – Down the Bikini Line
The Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
Jeff the Brotherhood – We Are the Champions
AKA – Hard Beat
DENNEY AND THE JETS – “Killin’ Machine” ECONOLINE 7″
A$AP Rocky – LIVELOVEA$AP Mixtape
The Beach Boys – Smile Reissue
Peaking Lights – 936
Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose

ROB BARBATO – DARKER MY LOVE
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White Fence -…is Growing Faith
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
Carter Tanton – Freeclouds
Strange Boys – Live Music
Real Estate – Days
Cass McCombs – Wits End
Cass McCombs – Humor Risk
Nodzzz – Innings
Bleached – Francis, Carter, and Searching Through the Past 7″s
The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient
Darker My Love – Hellium Heels

STUART MCLAMB – THE LOVE LANGUAGE
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Jay-Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo
War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Ty Segal – Goodbye Bread
Dirty Beaches – Badlands
Destroyer – Kaputt
Liturgy – Aesthethica
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
The Love Language – Britney’s Back

THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
10 The Strokes (Angles)
9 The Vasco Era (self titled)
8 Lanie Lane (To the horses)
7 Radiohead (King Of Limbs)
6 Bluejuice (Company)
5 Ryan Adams (Ashes & Fire)
4 Gotye (Making Mirrors)
3 The Priory Dolls (Suddenly, At The Priory)
2 Various – (Rewiggled, A tribute to the wiggles)
1 The Fearless Vampire Killers (Batmania)
The Fearless Vampire Killers – For You And Me

CHRIS BROWN – TOTAL BABES
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
The Men- Leave Home
Cold Cave – Cherish The Light Years
Dirty Beaches – Badlands
Thee Oh Sees- Carrion Crawler/The Dream
Psychedelic Horseshit – Laced
Night Beats – S/T
Mikal Cronin- S/T
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
Ela Orleans – Lost
Tim Cohen – Tim Cohen’s Magic Trick
Total Babes – Like They Always Do

DEAN & BRITTA PHILLIPS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
MGMT – Late Night Tales
Beach Boys – Smile Sessions
Papercuts – Fading Parade
V.A. Drive Soundtrack
The Sand – Pebbles Dark Magic
Wild Flag – Wild Flag
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Mirror Traffic
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Panda Bear – Tomboy
Gold Leaves – The Ornament
Dean & Britta – He’s Coming Home

CHARLES ROWELL – CROCODILES
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1. John Maus – We Must Become…
2. Peaking Lights – 936
3. Hollie Cook – S/t
4. Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams
5. Maria Minerva – Caberet Cixous
6. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
7. White Fence – Is Growing Faith
8. Zola Jesus – Conatus
9. Colleen Green – Kujo
10. Kurt Vile – Smoke Rings
Crocodiles – I Wanna Kill

HAYLEY MCKEE – SUPER WILD HORSES
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Lost Animal – Ex-Tropical
Twerps – Twerps
Dick Diver – New Start Again
White Fence – Is Growing Faith
Total Control – Henge Beat
Kurt Vile – So Outta Reach
Sonny And The Sunsets Hit After Hit
Super Wild Horses – Mess Around

DWAYNE SEAGRAVES – THE STEVENSON BRANCH DAVIDIANS
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Kula Shaker – Pilgriim’s Progress
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below
Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?
Dead Skeletons – Dead Magick
The Magnetic Fields – Realism
Spindrift – Classic Soundtracks Volume 1
The Stevenson Ranch Davidians – Feelin’ Good

J RODDY WALSTON
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Deertick – Divine Providince
Johnny Corndawg – Down On The Bikini Line
Reptar – Oblangle Fizz Y’al
Cary Ann Hearst – Lions and Lambs
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – It’s A Corporate World
My Morning Jacket – Circuital
Drive Soundtrack
The Deloreans – American Craze
Gunfight! – Frontier Land (2010 but I don’t care)
J Roddy Walston and the Business – Don’t Break the Needle

MATTY MCLOUGHLIN – THE SOFT PACK
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
War on Drugs- Slave Ambient
Bleached- Think of You 7 inch
Kurt Vile- So Out Of Reach EP
Girls- Father Son Holy Ghost
Cass Mccombs- Wits End
Atlas Sound – Parallax
Black Lips- Arabia Mountain
Obits- Moody Standard and Poor
The Soft Pack – Answer to Yourself

JAMES COOLEY – MESITA
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
The Streets – Computers & Blues
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
Deerhoof – Deerhoof Vs Evil
Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Destroyer – Kaputt
The Field – Looping State of Mind
The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts
Asobi Seksu – Flourescence
Wilco – The Whole Love
The Sea & Cake – The Morning Butterfly
Mesita – Somewhere Else

JOE WESTERLUND – MEGAFAUN
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1. Dawes – North Hills
2. Curtis Mayfield – There’s No Place like America Today
3. The Beach Boys – Surf’s Up
4. Paul McCartney – Ram
5. Doug Paisley – Constant Companion
6. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks – Mirror Traffic
7. Donny Hathaway – Live
8. Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson
9. Ry Cooder – Boomer’s Story
10. Carla Bley – Tropic Appetites
Megafaun – Kaufman’s Ballad

NOUVEAUNOISE
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Modeselektor – monkeytown (the first half of the record)
Young Montana – Limerence
Lone – Emerald Fantasy Tracks
Radiohead – TKOL RMX 123457
Thundercat – The Golden Age Of Apocalypse
Hud Mo – Satin Panthers
Rustie – Glass Swords
Machinedrum – Room(s)
Surgeon – Breaking the Frame
Lapalux – Many Faces Out of Focus
American Men – Cool World
Nouveaunoise – Cinnte

BRANTLEY SENN – DEAD CONFEDERATE
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Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
Atlas Sound – Parallax
Iceage – New Brigade
Neon Indian – Era Extraña
Boris – Heavy Rocks”/”Attention Please
Dead Confederate – Start Me Laughing

JAMES NEE – WE ARE TREES
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1. St Vincent – Strange Mercy
2. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
3. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
4. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
5. Iceage – New Brigade
6. Twin Sister – In Heaven
We Are Trees – Final Round

MERRILL GARBUS – tUnE-YarDs
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1. Beep – City of the Future
2. Group Doueh – Zayna Jumma
3. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
4. Andrew Conklin – If I Were More Like You
5. The Roots – Undun
6. Mwahaha – Mwahaha
7. Low Cut Connie – Get Out the Lotion
8. Delicate Steve – Wondervisions
9. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
10. Deerhoof – Deerhoof Vs. Evil
TUNE-YARDS – GANGSTA

FUNGI GIRLS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler/The Dream
Psychic Ills – Hazed Dream
Bummer High – Lost Highway
New Balance – Small Multiples
Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion
Voyageurs – Freak Cave
OBN III’s – The One and Only
Davila 666 – Tan Bajo
Dirty Beaches – Badlands
Spaceghostpurrp – Blvcklvnd Rvdix 66.6
Fungi Girls – Velvet Days

TOMMASO COLLIVA – CALIBRO 35
Cop Calibro 35-01
Adrian Younge presents Something About April
The Kills – Blood Pressures
Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin
Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes
Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
Verdena – WOW
VA- Istanbul ’70s: Psych, Disco, Folk edits by Baris K Vol. I – II – III
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Michael Kiwanuka – I’m Getting Ready – EP
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

GENERATIONALS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Real Estate- Days
Gardens & Villa- Gardens & Villa
Mates of State- Mountaintops
Telekinesis- 12 Desperate Straight Lines
Beirut- The Rip Tide
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr- It’s a Corporate World
Floating Action- Desert Etiquette
M83- Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Craft Spells- Idle Labor
Smith Westerns- Dye It Blonde
Generationals – Ten-Twenty-Ten

ABADABAD
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1. Smoke Ring For My Halo – Kurt Vile
2. Underneath the Pine – Toro Y Moi
3. Dracula Is The Only Beginning – COOLRUNNINGS
4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Unknown Mortal Orchestra
5. Slave Ambient – The War On Drugs
6. Days – Real Estate
7. Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions
8 In Love With Oblivion – Crystal Stilts
9. Flux Outside – Royal Bangs
10. Yuck – Yuck
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DEER TICK
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Nirvana – “Nevermind: 20th Anniversary Edition”
Black Lips – “Arabia Mountain”
Strange Boys – “Live Music”
Girls – “Father, Son, Holy Ghost”
Virgin Forest – “Joy Atrophy”
Those Darlins – “Screws Get Loose”
Middle Brother – “Middle Brother”
The Rolling Stones – “Some Girls” reissue, Deluxe Edition
Tom Waits – “Bad As Me”
The Felice Brothers – “Celebration, Florida”
Vetiver – “The Errant Charm”
Michael Hurley – “Fat Boy Springs”
AA Bondy – “Believers”
Dawes – “Nothing Is Wrong”
Turf War – “Years of Living Dangerously”
Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside – “Dirty Radio”
Wye Oak – “Civilian”
Deer Tick – Mange

HEAVY CREAM
HC 1 - new
Cola Freaks – S/T
Crazy Band – Fuck You
Mikal Cronin – S/T
Davila 666 – Tan Bajo
Jeff The Brotherhood – We Are The Champions
OBN III’s – The One and Only
Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread
Shannon and The Clams – Sleep Talk
Tristen – Charlatans at the Garden Gate
Bass Drum of Death – GB City
Heavy Cream – Meow Meow

THE COASTS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Wilco – The Whole Love
Beruit – The Rip Tide
Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
Radiohead – The King of Limbs
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread
WU LYF – Go Tell Fire to the Mountain
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Mirror Ball
Gorillaz – The Fall
Cloud Nothings – Cloud Nothings
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi – Rome
The Coasts – Handshakers

DAMIEN JURADO
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
2. Antony And The Johnsons – Swanlights ep
3. Jeremy Jay – Dream Diary
4. Richard Swift – Walt Wolfman
5. Gardens & Villa – Self Titled
6. Pickwick – Myths EP
7. Little Wings – Black Grass
8. Cave Singers – No Witch
9. Danielson – Best Of Gloucester County
10. Lake – Giving and Receiving
Damien Jurado – Nothing is the News

KATY GOODMAN – LA SERA – VIVIAN GIRLS
Katy Goodman
Coasting – You’re Never Going Back
The Spits – V
Tennis – Cape Dory
Widowspeak – S/T
Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
Neon Indian – Era Extrana
Mark Sultan – Whatever I Want
Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread
Real Estate – Days
EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
La Sera – Devils Heart Growns Gold

SEAN WOOD – THE SPITS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1.Skellator – Death To All Nations
2.The Spits – 5
3.Mark Sultan – Whatever/Whenever
4.The Spits/NOFX – Get Our Kicks
5.Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
6.Tandoori Knights – Chicken
7.Wizzard Sleeve
8.Slayer – ?
9.Blood Wing – Your Turkey Is A Fool
10.Davilla 666 – Tan Bajo
The Spits – My Life Sucks
The Spits – My Life Sucks

PARKER GISPERT – THE WHIGS
PARKER
1. Jonny Corndawg – Down On The Bikini Line
2. Country Mice – Twister
3. Stephen Malkmus And The Jocks – Mirror Traffic
4. Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
5. Cass Mccombs – Wit’s End
6. Kuroma – Psychopomp
7. Wilco – The Whole Love
8. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
9. Dum Dum Girls – Only In Dreams
10. Atlas Sound – Parallax
The Whigs – Violet Furs

ANTHEM FACILITY
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1. Peaking Lights – 936
2. Matt John – “The Bridge”
3. Balam Acab – Wander / Wonder
4. Abbe May – Design Desire
5. Wallpaper. – #STUPiDFACEDD
6. Caveman – Coco Beware
7. Red Pens – Reasons
8. The Field – The it’s White
9. The Dodos – No Color
10. Tini – Tessa
Anthem Facility – Trace

MATT MONDANILE – REAL ESTATE/DUCKTAILS
Y
1. Big Troubles – Romantic Comedy LP
2. Tomutonttu – Elevanea Planeattala 12 inch
3. Martin Newell – Songs for A Fallow Land LP
4. Dent May – “Fun” 7 inch
5. Heatsick – Intersex 12 inch
6. Fourth World Magazine Presents : The Spectacle of Light Abductions LP
7. Julian Lynch – Terra
8. Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion LP
9. James Ferraro – On Air LP
10. Spectre Folk – The Blackest Medicine II (Woodsist)
Real Estate – Younger Than Yesterday

MIKE DIAZ – MILLIONYOUNG
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1. Real Estate: Days
2. Shabazz Palaces: Black Up
3. Destroyer: Kaputt
4. Atlas Sound: Paralax
5. Panda Bear: Tomboy
6. Balam Acab: Wander/Wonder
7. Chad Valley: Equatorial Ultravox
8. The Weeknd: House of Balloons
9. Teams vs. Star Slinger: Self-Titled EP
10. Com Truise: Galactic Melt
Millionyoung – Sentimental

TURBO FRUITS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1) Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
2) JEFF The Brotherhood – We Are The Champions
3) Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread
4) PUJOL – Nasty, Brutish & Short
5) Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
6) Surfer Blood – Tarot Classics
7) Useless Eaters – Daily Commute
8 The Strokes – Angles
9) Deer Tick – Divine Providence
10) Lil’ Wayne – The Carter 4
Turbo Fruits – Lotta Lotta Ladies

JOHN WESLEY COLEMAN III
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
10. James Arthur’s Manhunt new single “It’s Working” for In The Red records.
09. Spider Bags new unreleased record. i got the final mix. its awesome!
08. Ariel Pink’s haunted graffiti album. beverly hill freaks! cool
07 Sharp Balloon’s single “Evening news” Goner records.
06. my friends new record “Muscle Pop” by The Fleshlights. austin, tx punk band. great live!
05. OBN III’s first lp debut “The One And Only” , on Tic Tac Totally records
04.Limes “Rhinestone River” Goner records.
03. Spits V -In The Red
02. The Ohsees live set at Fun Fun fest. cool hippie jams.
01. True Sons of Thunder debut full lenth lp called “Spoonful Of Seedy Dudes” on jeth-row records. TRUE
John Wesley Coleman III – Oh Woman

SHAYDE SARTIN – FRESH & THE ONLYS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
James Ferraro – Far Side Virtual
This may be my favorite record of the year. Mostly in a personal way. James has a cosmic sense of repitition that is not as musical as it is cultural. Sonically, this is a heavy leap for him as well. I’d love to hear what he would do with a massive budget in a studio. Its almost frightening to imagine.

Matraca Berg – The Dreaming Fields
If you’re even somewhat familiar with early 90s pop country, you’ve come across Matraca’s tunes. Everyone from Randy Travis to Trisha Yearwood have cashed in on her songwriting talent. This record shows she can deliver on her own terms.

John Maus – We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
The entire record has a commanding mood. Head and shoulders above his previous records. It’s hard to get you’re head around it at first but the humor here is a notch up. I love synth based music when it’s not a “dance party” or trying to be “cold wave”. This is pure stuff.

Cult of Youth – Cult of Youth
Love the focus on heavy acoustic rhythms and post-apocolyptic mood. It’s a downer but the best kind. Anthems for the weary.

Dwight Twilley – Scuba Divers
I’m a sucker for records made under tragic or troubled circumstances. This is a beautiful example. I love the commitment here. Especially with these lyrics. Amazing sound as well.

Glen Campbell – Ghost On the Canvas
If we could all go out on such a high note we’d feel better about the inevitable.

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
We listened to this non-stop on tour. Totally unexpected for me personally. I’ve never been a devoted fan but this finally pulled me in to the rest of her music.

Destroyer – Kaputt
After years of following this band I still wait for every release because I know it’s going to be my favorite thing for a good bit of time. The video for the track Kaputt was one of my favorite music related things all year.

Blackout Beach – Fuck Death
One of the most under-rated artist working. Carey Mercer would be at the top of my list of people I’d want to make a record with. This should be required listening.

Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
It’s important to do things you know may not be what people want to hear. Its equally as important to do the opposite sometimes as well. This is both.
The Fresh & Onlys – Tidal Wave

HEATHER FEDEWA – WAX IDOLS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
10: WIRE – ‘Red Barked Tree’
I mean, it’s WIRE. They’re one of my all time favorite bands. I was looking forward to this record for so long that I got impatient and started hounding a friend with an insider connection for an advanced digital copy. Listened to it like 40 times. It’s a great fuckin’ record, period.

9: BLASTED CANYONS – S/T
This was my other band’s first proper release and my first full length
record in general. It’s hilarious, weird, awesome, great. Described as “drag race music for mutants” by…someone. I love us.

8: THE SOFT MOON – ‘Total Decay’
Luiz strikes again. His music is so incredibly hypnotic and intense -
he lucked out with an incredible live band as well. We (wax idols) share a practice space with them. We’re not allowed to touch ANYTHING.

7: THEE OH SEES – ‘Carrion Crawler/The Dream’
I’m starting to get really tired of John Dwyer being such a freak of
nature prolific genius guy that I am forced to admire. It’s almost
annoying. But, here it is. This is probably my favorite OH SEES record
to date – some serious kraut-rock vibes.

6: VERONICA FALLS – s/t
For some reason I was skeptical of this record when it came out. I
don’t know why. Once I actually listened to it I was totally blown
away. It sort of reminds me of The Bats if The Bats had taken more
drugs, were a little more punk…I don’t know. I’m not a music
“critic” for a reason. I just like it.

5: TERRY MALTS – ‘I’m Neurotic’ EP
Fantastic warp speed chainsaw pop from one of the best bands around.
Phil (singer) tries to act like he only writes about hamburgers, but
the truth is that the majority of their lyrical content is about
atheism, doomsday, paranoia, and love. Their forthcoming LP is gonna
blow minds!

4: CHELSEA WOLFE – ‘Apokalypsis’
This woman freaks me out in thee best way. Her voice is incredible,
her style is bizarre & beautiful. She strikes me as a genuine weirdo &
though I haven’t had a chance to play this record on repeat yet (I’ve
been on tour) – finding out about her music is one of the best things
that has happened to me this year. She reminds me of Nick Cave. Plus
she did a cover of DA!’s “DARK ROOMS” which is one of my FAVORITE
SONGS EVER.

3: WAX IDOLS – ‘NO FUTURE’
DUH OF COURSE I’M GOING TO LIST MY OWN RECORD.

2: WEEKEND – ‘Red’
I love these guys. I’ve watched them develop as a band over the last 2
years and it’s been such a privilege. This EP was a huge step forward
for Shaun as a vocalist & songwriter and I couldn’t be more proud of
him. ‘Hazel’ specifically is one of the best pop songs I’ve heard in
years. And to keep the narcissism train rolling – the cover image was
taken from one of my collages. ;)

1: TOTAL CONTROL – ‘Henge Beat’
This band absolutely SLAYS me. The first time I saw them live, in
Oakland last year, I nearly shit my pants. Psychedelic synth punk pop
brilliant blah blah etc. etc. I don’t know what to say really. If you
don’t like TOTAL CONTROL – you are an idiot.
Wax Idols – Dead Like You

TRUNG NGO – TV GIRL
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
I hate to use the word “timeless”, but that’s how I’ve been describing Christopher Owens’ songwriting on this album.

2. Panda Bear – Tomboy
The harmonies are great, I don’t even care that I have no idea what he’s saying.

3. Atlas Sound – Parallax
Bradford Cox has quickly become one of my favorite songwriters after listening to this album.

4. Clams Casino – Instrumental Mixtape
I love that his process involves searching a random word in LimeWire and trying to make a beat out of the first 10 results.

5. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
I’ve been listening to this one a lot lately. The hooks are just undeniably good.
TV Girl – Benny and the Jetts

BRAD PETERING – TV GIRL
TV
Wise Blood – These Wings
One of the few artists who I’m genuinely excited about. Can’t wait for his debut concept album “Scapegoat Chris”

Computer Magic Spectronic EP
I know you’re thinking, how many cute girls singing electo-pop does the world need? But I don’t care. The songs are so damn good.

Eleanor Friedberger – Last Summer
Basically a full album of the Fiery Furnaces at their most poppy. Plus it contained my official summah song: My Mistakes.

Ricky Eat Acid – Haunt You Forever
Some low-fi headsnapping breakbeats. Unlike most beat tapes, Ricky keeps it short and sweet.

Neon Indian – Era Extrana
I don’t see why this one got such mixed reviews. It’s the exact progression I wanted from Psychic Chasms. It’s moodier, but still chock full of hooks and synth wizardry.

DANIEL CARDIFF – ETERNAL SUMMERS
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
Agolloch – Marrow of The Spirit -2010

Grim. Beautiful. Heavy. Dark. Nature. Bright. Powerful. That sums up my year too.

Alceste – Ecailles De Lune – 2010

My older brother Matt turned me on to this as well as others on this list. When you’re scraping ice off your windows in the morning this will help you understand why. It’s a beautiful and heavy album.

Grateful Dead – Europe 72′ Complete recordings – 2011

Ok. I don’t own this and have not listened to 90% of it. But look this shit up. They released an entire Europe tour at what many call the best era of the Deads career. Europe 72′ is one of the best live albums which was released back 1972. Anyway, they released only 7,200 box sets of this and they sold out in 4 days and cost like 500 bucks. If I was a rich dead head I would be happy. Checkout Europe 72′ since you don’t have the cash.

Ryan Adams – Jacksonville City Nights – 2005

This album is wonderful to me and one of Ryan Adams best. I listened to this as much as I could when I went out west this year with Eternal Summers. It was a perfect album for me at this time. I was dealing with some personal addictions of love and substance. The tour helped me escape some things and see what I was doing to myself, personally. I hadn’t had an album affect me like this in a long time. It’s a beautiful, inspirational and sad album. Music is fucked up.

Olivia Tremor Control – (reissue) Black Foliage/ Dusk at Cubist Castle – 2011

These two albums where a constant throughout my 20’s. These two albums taught me what pop was and how you could bend that into something weird. Their use of noise, pop, darkness and light was a breath of fresh air when I first heard it. Bill Doss and Will Hart wrote awesome lyrics on these albums. The kind that would make you want to do something positive and productive or make a cloud and sleep inside its rain center.

Big Star – 3rd – (1978)

This album is killer. Just great song writing. I had it on vinyl for a while and finally got to really listen to it and fell in love with all the songs. It was re-released as Sister Lovers on 1985. It’s just a good record.

The Cure – Disintegration – (1989)

Never got into it until we were on tour with Reading Rainbow this year. I listened to it repeatedly. I know some of you may say I’m a little late on this one but i disagree. I think Robert Smith wrote it when he was 30, so it makes perfect sense to me.
Eternal Summers – Silver

CHARLES HAMILTON – WOODPIGEON
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011

Rob St. John – Weald
- When I first met Rob St. John, he opened at one of my favourite Woodpigeon shows ever, in a tiny little place in Leith, Edinburgh. He had the best little scrabble-based badges spelling out his name, and unlike most other people who play with who say they’ll send you a CD, Mr. St. John actually did. Since then, Rob and I have shared many stages and even played in one another’s bands. When I first heard Weald, however, all sense of nepotism vanished as this is truly a grand record, and amongst those who’ve heard it the response has been just as enthusiastic as mine (more than one BBC dj has already listed it as their favourite album of the year, and deservedly so). Only available on gatefold vinyl from the small Edinburgh-based Song, By Toad label (with, I must admit, liner notes written by yours truly), it’s worth tracking down and paying whatever import fees necessary to get it onto your turntable.

Withered Hand – Fence EP
- Withered Hand is another Edinburgh pal, but one with whom I have my strongest mutual appreciation society going. Good News, his debut album, was also released in 2011 in the U S of A, but as I’ve had the UK pressing of it for the past two years (and have listed it on my Top 10 lists for the past two years), I thought I’d give it a year off (once it comes out somewhere else in 2012, I’ll be sure to list it again). That said, Dan Willson’s finally recorded some new tunes for a 7” EP on Fence Records (as part of a subscription package, sure to be amazing throughout the upcoming year), and they prove Good News was no fluke. The A-side ‘Heart Heart’ should be the number one “CHOON” of 2012, and the whole thing was produced by Hefner’s Darren Hayman, which gets Willson just as many indie cred points as producing Good News with Kramer did.

Juliana Barwick – The Magic Place
- Juliana Barwick made the perfect album for someone drowning in their own recording process. Nearly wordless yet infinitely beautiful, I only wish I could stack up harmonies as perfect as these.

Feist – Metals / Chad VanGaalen – Diaper Island
- Hometown represent! Leslie Feist and Chad VanGaalen made me proud to be a Calgarian this year, yet again. And both records pull of that rather sweet trick of kind of sneaking up on you and making you realize how good they really are about a week after you first heard them. The second half of Metals has been on pretty constant rotation for me the past few weeks, while Diaper Island’s opening half is a lesson in just how to pace a record.

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
- White Chalk is one of my all time favourites, and typically with me once an artist hits that sort of peak in my listening habits, I’m never quite so fond of the follow-up. Let England Shake, however, is nearly as good and suitably celebrated. You can consider this one my biggest “phew” of the year.

Atlas Sound – Parallax
- Another sneaky one. I’ve loved Deerhunter for what feels like an age now, and admittedly Halcyon Digest kind of washed-over me the first few listens. (Part of the working on a record, I think). I re-discovered the album through its rather constant appearance on my iPod via shuffle, and once I “got it,” the record quickly proved itself as some of the best songwriting of the decade. Parallax is also so good that it makes me start to hate Bradford Cox. (Well, no. Not really. I just wish I could write some of his songs).

Radiohead – The King of Limbs
The sound of a group doing whatever the hell they want to. Personally, I love almost every minute of it.

Sandro Perri – Impossible Spaces
Sandro Perri is one of the reasons that I play music. He cajoled me into my first performance in front of an audience, opening for him in May 2005. Since then, he’s been a bro, and Impossible Spaces is like some sort of grand coming-out record that the world should listen to. Holy crap, dude is good. (Sometimes it’s easy to kind of wash over the music your friends make, because they’re your pals first and foremost, you’ve heard the demos and rough mixes, etc. But once you sit down and really listen to what they do, it’s an amazing feeling to realize just how damn amazing they are).

Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream / Suede – Dog Man Star
- Seems like everything these days is getting the Deluxe Re-Issue treatment, and it’s sweet to see some of my favourite albums from high-school getting the re-consideration they deserve. No matter what the Pumpkins and Suede became, both Siamese and Dog Man Star are incredible records. I lived a lot through these albums and it’s great to hear them sounding even better than ever. (Sure, a lot of the bonus tracks verge on un-listenable, but it’s nice to take a peek behind the curtain).

tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l
- I can only begin to explain how great I think tUnE-yArDs are by expressing how garbage they make me feel about my own work. (And don’t even get me started on the live show. Makes me want to never play in front of people again!).

Low – C’mon
- A bit like a greatest hits of all new songs. Sure, there’s no new tricks here, but there’s few more immersive albums that I’ve heard in 2011.

Beirut – The Rip Tide
- I dread the term “mature” when it comes to describing an album, but Zach Condon’s certainly grown up a lot from the early days when every blog was falling over themselves with love for ‘Postcards From Italy’, and The Rip Tide’s the proof.

Austra – Feel It Break
- What I love most about Austra is how little they sound like much anything else (which was also true about Katie Stelmanis’ solo work on BlocksBlocksBlocks before re-emerging as Austra). Brilliant tones, sounds, and songs.

Angel Olsen – Strange Cacti
- I admittedly know so little about this album that it could have come out in the 1970s and I’d have no idea. But, it’s certainly haunted me in 2011 so it deserves a place on this list — and I’m sure whatever Angel Olsen does next will haunt next year as well.
Woodpigeon – Home Is A Romanticized Concept Where Everyone Loves You Always And Forever

COKE WEED
Rollo & Grady :: Artists Pick Best Albums of 2011
1. Thee Oh Sees – carrion crawler/the dream [In the Red]
2. Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread [Drag City]
3. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo [Matador]
4. Cass McCombs – Wit’s End [Domino]
5. Woods – Sun and Shade [Woodsist]
6. Herbcraft – Ashram to the Stars [Hello Sunshine]
7. B.R. Garm – The 78th Morningtide [Dontrustheruin Records]

Numbers 6 and 7 represent the gold standard of a proud tradition still going strong in Portland, Maine: the fearless one-man free-psych trip. Wildly different examples here: Garm scales the heights of Fugs-ian pop poetry through a very cracked “folk-rock” sound; Herbcraft lays down a thick, mostly instrumental, groove arising from the primeval Funkadelic sludge. Both recordings offer many clues about the hermetic and deeply psychedelic vibe of music making in the Pine Tree state.

8. Thee Oh Sees – Singles Collection Volumes 1 and 2 [Castle Face]

9. Reissue: Royal Trux – Singles, Live, Unreleased [Drag City] Long coveted a friend’s copy; how can I describe the lightness I felt once I had this 3lp set under my roof. Almost the rosetta stone of American indie rock

10. Reissue: Martin Newell – Songs For A Fallow Land [Fixed Identity] A real deal lost classic from the Cleaners from Venus frontman. Offers a distinctly 80s new wave twist on the bohemian, recorded on acid in the English countryside trip, like if Syd Barrett wrote the first three Cure records.
Coke Weed – Not My Old Man

LUKE REILLY – SEX BEET
SB
1. THE CASTILLIANS – “Show Your Teeth” – These are literally the best band in Europe. Anybody that doesn’t know them needs to get on google ASAP.

2. THEE OH SEES – “Castlemania” – I fucking love the second record as well, but I picked this one as the “If I Stay Too Long” cover is probably the raddest cover ever recorded.

3. CATHOLIC SPRAY – “Amazon Hunt” – These guys sorta came outta nowhere and became the kings of French garage, and I don’t know why this record hasn’t made them super famous yet.

4. THE STRANGE BOYS – “Live Music” – Wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but my god it’s great. Total grower.

5. BASS DRUM OF DEATH – “GB City” – Best band on Fat Possum right now. Really pissed that I missed them on this last tour.

6. THE BABIES – “S/T” – I’m pretty sure this record is the only thing I listened to, for at least 4 months. It’s almost too good.

7. THE BEETS – “Let the Poison Out.” – I love everything about this band. Somebody please send them over to Europe.

8. TOTO & THE BAD EGGS – “Wallet Droppin EP’” – OK, I play guitar on this, but I love it mostly because of my buddie Jerry who fronts it. Genius.

9. AL LOVER – “Distorted Reverberations (of Reverberating Distortion)” – This guy is the shit, he does remixes of Oh Sees, Ty Segall etc, all psychedelic as fuck. I actually sent him fanmail after I heard this.

10. WHITE FENCE – “Is Growing Faith” – My favourite recording of the year. As in actual recording, it’s sound is incredible. The songs are fucking awesome too, but it sounds so good, that it barely matters.
Sex Beet – I’m In Love With You (So Shut The Fuck Up)