So here are my favorites of the year 2011. Two categories, albums and songs. Plus some extras. In no particular order...
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
-Anglophilia? Not what I was expecting but sooo good.
Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
-Catchy as hell garage punk!
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
-Good, fun rock!
Cymbals Eat Guitar - Lenses Alien
-Just about everything good about 90's alt/indie on one album.
Pains of Being Pure in Heart - Belong
-Another 90's throwback, think Smashing Pumpkins.
Kurt Vile - Smoke Rings for My Halo
-A batch of really good songs.
Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania, Carrion Crawler/The Dream
-Quantity and quality.
Low - "Try to Sleep"
-If anyone challenges Fleet Foxes for vocals/harmonies it's this band.
My Morning Jacket - " Circuital"
-Fantastic guitar solo.
Surfer Blood - "Miranda"
The Mountain Goats - "For Charles Bronson"
-You gotta STAY POSITIVE!
St. Vincent - "Cruel"
-Oh, she's only channelling like disco, the Sound of Music and Robert Fripp!
Cass McCombs - "County Line"
-Sad, driving reeeaallly slow at night song.
Battles - "Ice Cream"
The Strokes - "Under Cover of Darkness"
-Hello 2002 (in a good way)!
Girls - "Vomit"
*#cked Up - "Queen of Hearts"
Black Lips - "Modern Art"
-Modern art makes me want to rock out!
Fleet Foxes - "Helplessness Blues"
-Maybe the best song of the year?
Fleet Foxes - "Grown Ocean"
-Also pretty good.
Crystal Stilts - "Through the Floor"
-Vintage echoey rock 'n' roll.
Wilco - "I Might"
-They've still got it.
Junior Boys - "Banana Ripple"
-Good song, then the organ kicks in and it's great song.
Little Dragon - "Ritual Union"
Toro Y Moi - "How I Know"
Toro Y Moi - "New Beat"
-2 really good but really different songs from the same album.
M83 - "Midnight City"
-Epic sax solo.
Bill Callahan - "Riding for the Feeling"
-Simple and beautiful.
Bright Eyes - "Shell Games"
tUnE-yArDs - "Bizness"
Poor Lily - "Head of Flames"
-Punk is not dead.
Favorite Hip Hop Songs:
Big K.R.I.T. - "Dreamin'"
-Old school jamz.
Shabazz Palaces - "An Echo from the Hosts that Profess Infinitum"
-Let's talk about time travelin' rhyme javelin somethin' mind unravelin' get down!
Favorite Metal Song:
Liturgy - "High Gold"
Favorite Live Shows:
Fleet Foxes in Salt Lake City
-They sound even better live!
Broken Social Scene in Seattle
-Great indie band on possibly their last tour.
Thee Oh Sees in Seattle
-Loudness + 2 drummers + mic swallowing = insanity.
Toro Y Moi in Seattle
-I danced my butt off!
also i haven't listened to the Ryan Adams album yet
and yes i realize there's is no Bon Iver on this list... sorry