Top 50 Albums/EPs Of 2011

An on-running list of WLFY's Top 50 Albums Of 2011.  Click on the album art to purchase.

This is the last update of 2011.  In mid December Hank and I will both publish our top 25 albums, top 10 EPs, and top 20 tracks.  Our album picks will be combined based on a point scale for ranking to determine WLFY's top 10 albums. 

01.) Nerves Junior - As Bright As Your Night Light

02.) The Antlers - Burst Apart

03.) Radiohead - The King Of Limbs

04.) Atlas Sound - Parallax

05.) Shabazz Palaces - Black Up

06.) Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck

07.) Other Lives - Tamer Animals

08.) Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo

09.) Bonnie Prince Billy - Wolfroy Goes To Town

10.) The Deloreans - American Craze

11.) Beach Fossils - What A Pleasure

12.) ARMS - Summer Skills

13.) Caveman - Coco Beware

14.) Bill Callahan - Apocalypse 

15.) Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer

16.) Mother Mother - Eureka 

17.) tUnE-yArDs - W H O K I L L

18.) Unknown Mortal Orchestra 

19.) Tom Waits - Bad As Me

20.) Alabama Shakes - Alabama Shakes EP

21.) Wild Flag - Wild Flag

22.) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Hysterical 

23.) Glen Campbell - Ghost On The Canvas

24.) Matthew Friedberger - Solos 

25.) Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Tape Club

26.) Beirut - The Rip Tide

27.) Tom Vek - Leisure Seizure

28.) Cults - Cults

29.) The ACBs - Stona Rosa

30.) Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs. Evil

31.) Marissa Nadler - Marissa Nadler

32.) Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread

33.) Radical Dads - Mega Rama

34.) Braids - Native Speaker

35.) Cut Copy - Zonoscope

36.) White Fence - Is Growing Faith

37.) Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Mirror Traffic

38.) Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

39.) Conveyor - Sun Ray EP

40.) Destroyer - Kaputt

41.) Starfucker - Reptillians 

42.) Fucked Up - David Comes To Life

43.) Fruit Bats - Tripper

44.) Angel Olsen - Strange Cacti

45.) Wilco - The Whole Love

46.) The Glass Canoe - Chimera

47.) Battles - Gloss Drop

48.) Youth Lagoon - The Year Of Hibernation 

49.) The Henry Clay People - This Is a Desert EP

50.) Generationals - Actor - Caster

Honorable Mention 
Airlines - Visions EP
Alden Penner - Odes To The House
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
Ben Sollee - Inclusions
Black Lips - Arabia Mountain
Body Parts - On Purpose
Evening Man - The Last Night
 Javelin - Canyon Candy
Marvelous Toy - Moving
Megafaun - Megafaun
My Morning Jacket - Circuital
 Reptar - Oblangle Fizz, Y'all
The Seedy Seeds - Verb Noun
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
Tapes N' Tapes - Outside
TV On The Radio - Nine Types Of Light
Woods - Sun And Shade


  1. I'm surprised Outside, the new one from Tapes 'n Tapes, isn't on here yet. You should give it a listen if you haven't yet. I like it better than the four you have up there so far, even though those four are some good ones.

  2. I dunno if you've heard the stream of The Rural Alberta Advantage's 'Departing' yet, but it definitely deserves a spot on there come March 1st.


  4. I still have Destroyer's "Kaputt" in my number one spot, followed by James Blake's self-titled, PJ Harvey's "Let England Shake", Papercuts' "Fading Parade", Radiohead's "The King of Limbs". That's my top five thus far!

  5. Floating Action
    Breakfast In Fur
    Middle Brother
    Toro Y Moi

  6. Yuck and Loch Lomond have put out great albums this month. Also, Dumbo Get Mad, definitely check it out if you haven't yet.

  7. That Guards EP... I like it, I like it alot.

  8. My albums of 2011 are:
    1.- Destroyer- Kaputt
    2.- Smith Westerns- Dye it Blonde
    3.- Delicate Steve- Wondervisions
    4.- Papercuts- Fading Parade
    5.- James Blake´s self titled

    You may review Delicate Steve´s Wondervisions man. Is so good, it´s new, kind of Dirty Projectors-Dan Deacon-Dodos

  9. "dumbo gets mad" needs to find its onto this list!

  10. Great list. I love starting these lists early, makes it fun when new albums come out and trying to place them compared to others. For what it is worth here is my top 5 albums so far.

    1 - Radiohead - The King of Limbs
    2 - Frankie & The Heartstrings - Hunger
    3 - Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972
    4 - Elbow - Build A Rocket Boys!
    5 - PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

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  12. Good list.
    You should definitely give these a listen if you haven't already:
    The Head and The Heart
    Wires Under Tension
    Wolf Ram Heart

    I've got a full list of my favorites so far as well:

  13. Radiohead - king of limbs
    Panda bear - tomboy
    New animal - new animal
    Destroyer - kaputt
    James Blake
    Fleet foxes - helplessness blues (I know ita not "out" yet, but it's great)

  14. Grails - Deep Politics
    Boris w/ Merzbow - Klatter
    Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
    Tune-Yards - w h o k i l l
    Panda Bear - Tomboy
    The Strokes - Angles
    Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine
    Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring for My Halo
    Puro Instinct - Headbangers In Ecstasy

  15. balkans
    james pants
    new animal
    dumbo gets mad
    bass drum of death

  16. I just wanted to say thanks for introducing me to Mother Mother. They are one of my most listened to bands of 2011 thus far. And I agree with you choice of Beach Fossils EP. That has also been a great listen for me. Keep up the great work!

  17. I agree 100% with Burst Apart taking the number one spot. Amazing, beautiful, stunning album.

  18. My favorite so far Wye Oak - Civilian. By far!

  19. Kurt Vile - smoke ring for a halo
    nicolas jaar - space is only noise
    Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972

  20. take care, take care, take care!!!!!!!! must be up there!

    also deep politics by grails. and tunnel blanket by this will destroy you. <.<

  21. Cults' debut recording is not self-titled. Its called "In the Name Of" and is set to be released on Columbia records. Should be an excellent listen, as "The Curse" and "Go Outside" were among my favorite tracks of 2010.

  22. @Lukas The Cults is definitely S/T. "In The Name Of" is the co-label putting out the record with's Lilly Allen's record.

  23. I understand that this list is an extension of your taste, and I fully respect your opinion/stance on the order and picks of this list. With that said, I have some questions and constructive criticism. I could be wrong, but I feel like you're placing some albums above other albums that are clearly more superior, just to be different and to spite what the general consensus is on those albums. My initial reaction after reading this list was more or less skeptical as to what this list was actually reflecting (what you truly think vs. what will make you appear unique and set apart from others). If you made a list knowing no one would read it, I am certain it'd be ordered differently (ex: fleet foxes wouldn't be underneath tUnE-yArDs)

    Again, if I'm wrong I'm sorry...just felt like I needed to express this.

  24. @anonymous. just because an album receives more popular critical acclaim than another doesn't mean that it's automatically going to place higher on every individual person's list. that is why people have opinions and why things like this are subjective. i personally think the fleet foxes album is good, but is it as great as everyone else is saying?...i say 'no.' it's a rehash of the same melodies and sounds from the first record. it's definitely a pleasant listen, but it wouldn't even place in my personal top 20 for the year so far.

  25. @Anonymous Thanks for your concern, but this list is a true reflection of my taste and current rankings of albums from 2011. Right now, I really do think the Tune-Yards is better than the Fleet Foxes record.

    This list will constantly be shuffled, add upon, etc throughout the year. If the Fleet Foxes grows on me and I'll move it up. I do like the record, that's why it's so high. The implication that I'm trying to be different is nuts and unfounded. There are no facts in art. It is not a fact that the Fleet Foxes record is better than Tune-Yards.

  26. I understand that this list is an extension of your taste, and I fully respect your opinion/stance on the order and picks of this list. With that said, I have some questions and constructive criticism. I could be wrong, but I feel like you're movin' with your auntie and uncle in Bel Air"
    I whisteled for a cab and when it came near
    the license plate said fresh and it had dice in the mirror
    if anything I could say that this cab was rare
    but I thought, "NAW FORGET IT YO HOME TO BEL AIR!"

    I pulled up to the house about 7 or 8
    and I yelled to the cab, "YO HOME SMELL YA LATA!"
    I looked at my kingdom I was finally there
    to sit on my throne as the prince of Bel Air

  27. what happened to kiss other clean (iron and wine)?

  28. Mountain Goats and Tune-Yards are good.

    Some of my favorites this year:
    Cold War Kids - Mine is Yours
    Social Distortion - Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes
    The Streets - Computers and Blues
    Twilight Singers - Dynamite Steps
    Dropkick Murphys - Going Out in Style
    Hotels & Highways - Lost River
    Foo Fighters - Wasted Light
    The Vaccines - What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?
    Dirty Gold - Roar EP

  29. In no real order:

    Yacht, Planningtorock, 123, Peter Bjorn & John, White Denim, Smith Westerns, Big KRIT.

  30. Explosions in the Sky new album blew me away. It will be in my top picks at the end of the year - and near the top.

  31. I really like that Chimera by The Glass Canoe is on this list. Quite an unheard of band that deserves a lot more attention.

  32. some other albums that deserve merit:

    bon iver - s/t
    j mascis - several shades of why
    john maus - we must become...
    junior boys - it's all true
    kurt vile - smoke ring for my halo
    panda bear - tomboy
    pictureplane - thee physical
    thurston moore - demolished thought
    washed out - within and without

    keep it up zach!

  33. No James Vincent McMorrow?

  34. No James Vincent McMorrow?

  35. i know i left a comment in july but with time comes more releases. new suggestions include:

    jens lekman-an argument with myself
    m83-hurry up, we're dreaming
    richard buckner-our blood
    the war on drugs-slave ambient (top 5 for me)

  36. War on Drugs
    One Trick Pony
    Manhattan Murder Mystery

    After the Brooklyn show I can't even listen to Nerves Jr. anymore

  37. Bodies of Water - Twist Again
    Roommate - Guilty Rainbow
    Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting
    House of Wolves - Fold In the Wind
    My Brightest Diamond - All Things Will Unwind
    Son Lux - We Are Rising

    blog on, guys.

  38. I'm surprised no one's mentioned The Coasts. Solid debut album that's gotten plenty of buzz. Definitely should make top 25.

  39. "The Mistress" - Yellow Ostrich

  40. Snowmine - Laminate Pet Animal
    The Coasts - The Coasts
    Uniform Motion - One Frame Per Second

    Those are some pretty good albums. Not sure if they'd even make it on the list but they are definitely worth checking out

  41. Rosebuds- Loud Planes Fly Low

  42. Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler/The Dream

  43. I feel like St. Vincent's "Strange Mercy" at least deserves an honorable mention.

    Also White Denim's "D".

    And it may not be your cup of tea, but The Middle East's "I Want That You Are Always Happy" is gorgeous.

    Top notch list though.

  44. Some albums I really enjoyed this year:
    Bill Baird - Goodbye Vibrations
    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
    Dodos - No Color
    Loney Dear - Hall Music
    David Bazan - Strange Negotiations
    The Rapture - In the Grace of Your Love
    Release the Sunbird - Come back to Us

    Most of my favorites are already on your list, but I thought all the above were pretty impressive as well.


  45. The Coasts aren't getting near enough love for their debut album. Also, where's Gillian Welch? Other than that, though, solid list.

  46. Damn fine list, lots of titles in common with mine

    Here's my twenty:

  47. two radiohead albums in the top five? strange...