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December 26, 2011

Best of 2011: Music

Kate Hart
Wow. I can't believe an entire year has passed since I participated in Sarah Enni's last end-of-the-year best of series. (I also can't believe it's been almost two months since I wrote a non-Field Trip Friday post, but shhhh. We'll just pretend we didn't notice.)

Anyway, we're kicking off the week with our favorite music, and as always, I find myself unable to abide by the rules, so I had to break my favorites down a little.

Favorite Albums Released in 2011
2011 faves

Feist - Metals:
I've almost burned myself out on the Beck remix of "How Come You Never Go There."

Bon Iver - Bon Iver:
Um, I may or may not have waxed philosophical at length about this album. The short version is GO SEE THIS BAND LIVE FOR THE LOVE. They're up for three or four Grammys. Even Pitchfork picked it as #1 this year.

Radiohead - King of Limbs:
"Not my favorite Radiohead album" is still pretty damn good. (See also: Amnesiac; Hail To The Thief.)

Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Rome:
I liked this album immediately upon first listen, yet I never remember to play it. I partly added it to this list as a reminder to myself.

Other Lives - Tamer Animals
I just got into this one, so I offer it with the disclaimer that I don't know it very well, but they opened for Bon Iver this fall and we'll be seeing them open for Radiohead in March, so at least they're in good company.

Favorite "New To Me" Albums of 2011


Four Tet - There Is Love In You 
 The best thing about year-end lists is discovering all the things you missed, and last year's round ups added this one to my list of favorites.

 Gayngs - Relayted
In my Bon Iver mania, I started looking into Justin Vernon's other projects, and found out he is part of Gayngs, an enormous 23-person conglomeration of musicians that recorded an entire album at 69 beats per minute. The last prom on earth cinched it for me.

The National - High Violet
I got obsessed with The National's Boxer last year, so I don't know why it took me so long to come around on this one, but it was #1 on a ton of lists last year and deservedly so.

Doomtree - Doomtree
Several members of Gayngs are from this band. Their 2011 album was not my speed, but I dig this one. 

The XX - XX
I dare you to stay uptight with this album on, much less upright.


Want more music recs? Head over to Sarah Enni's blog and check out the list of participants!


  1. AWESOME choices! :-D Bon Iver really was the album of the year, IMO.

  2. OMG. That Feist song... SO MUCH LOVE. What a fun sound.

  3. I too love Four Tet! (And other things you listed.)

  4. Ohhhh, a few new to me albums that I'll have to listen to now. Excellent.

  5. "much less upright." Oh I think I know what you were implying with that. Yes, yes I do.

    I opened Spotify to bookmark every artist you name here that I didn't know.


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