Best of 2011 Picks

I recently made my picks for the best albums and songs of 2011--see them below along with selected links to some of my articles, photos and videos of these artists.

1. Chris Bathgate - Salt Year
2. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
3. Tune-Yards - w h o k I l l
4. Beirut - The Rip Tide
5. Yuck - Yuck
6. Wye Oak - Civilian
7. Real Estate - Days
8. The Antlers - Burst Apart
9. Girls - Father, Son, Holy Ghost
10. Josh T. Pearson - Last Of The Country Gentlemen
11. The Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
12. The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
13. Middle Brother - Middle Brother
14. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
15. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - It's A Corporate World
16. The Low Anthem - Smart Flesh
17. Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming
18. Spirits and the Melchizedek Children - We Are Here To Save YOU!
19. Lydia Loveless - Indestructible Machine
20. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
21. The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
22. TV on the Radio - Nine Types Of Light
23. My Morning Jacket - Circuital
24. Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo
25. David Wax Museum - Everything Is Saved

Honorable Mentions: Future Islands, Cults, Jolie Holland, Eleanor Friedberger, Atlas Sound, Centro-matic, Zola Jesus, Deer Tick, Telekinesis, Drive-By Truckers

1. Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
2. Beirut - "Santa Fe"
3. Real Estate - "It's Real"
4. The Antlers - "Rolled Together"
5. My Morning Jacket - "Holdin' On To Black Metal"
6. The Generationals - "Ten-Twenty Ten"
7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - "Nothing But Our Love"
8. Radiohead - "Codex"
9. Girls - "Vomit"
10. Jolie Holland - "All Those Girls"
11. M83 - "Midnight City"
12. Dawes - "Time Spent In Los Angeles"
13. Middle Brother - "Blue Eyes"
14. Wye Oak - "Holy Holy"
15. Tune-Yards - "My Country"
16. Future Islands - "Balance"
17. Josh T. Pearson - "Sorry With A Song"
18. Mathieu Santos - "I Can Hear The Trains Coming"
19. David Wax Museum - "Born With A Broken Heart"
20. Rubblebucket - "Came Out Of A Lady"
21. The Joy Formidable - "Whirring"
22. The War On Drugs - "Baby Missiles"
23. Yuck - "Georgia"
24. Deer Tick - "Main Street"
25. Kurt Vile - "Jesus Fever"

Honorable Mentions: Chris Bathgate - "Eliza (Hue)," Tom Waits - "Bad As Me," Eleanor Friedberger - "I Won't Fall Apart On You Tonight," Little Dragon - "Ritual Union," Cut Copy - "Take Me Over"
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