:: a new music guide by DJ & music supervisor Tricia Halloran ::

I’ve reviewed, purged, organized, listened, re-listened, re-organized and here is my definitive list of the albums I think you should have heard, and truly should own, that were released in 2011. It was a good year for the veterans – I couldn’t cut this list down to a neat top ten because so many of my long-time heroes released great albums this year: Centro-matic, John Doe, J Mascis, Mountain Goats, Thurston Moore, Wilco and the rock chick supergroup of Wild Flag. Then there was also wonderful releases from newer well-loved bands like Bon Iver, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Elbow, I’m From Barcelona, and The Submarines. Despite all that firepower, some newbies on only their first or second album made the list too and all the more impressive for standing out amongst the proven talent: Laura Marling, Memphis, Pete & The Pirates, James Vincent McMorrow. I hope you make some new discoveries here, have some Happy Holidays and a stellar New Year!

(the following 18 albums are in ALPHABETICAL order by artist)

Acid House Kings – Music Sounds Better With You: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

The Antlers – Burst Apart: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

Bon Iver – Bon Iver: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

Centro-matic – Candidate Waltz: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Hysterical: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

John Doe – Keeper: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

Elbow – Build A Rocket Boys: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

I’m From Barcelona – Forever Today: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

J. Mascis – Several Shades Of Why: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

James Vincent McMorrow – Early In The Morning: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

Memphis – Here Comes A City: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

Pete And The Pirates – One Thousand Pictures: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

The Submarines – Love Notes / Letter Bombs: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

Wilco – The Whole Love: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

Wild Flag – Wild Flag: Amazon :: iTunes :: Official Site

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