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    Top 20 Albums of 2011

    # Artist Album Label
    1. Wooden Birds Two Matchsticks Barsuk |Listen|Buy|
    2. Fruit Bats Tripper  Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
    3. Joy Formidable The Big Roar Atlantic |Listen|Buy|
    4. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Mirror Traffic Matador |Listen|Buy|
    5. Decemberists The King Is Dead Capitol |Listen|Buy|
    6. Gillian Welch The Harrow & The Harvest Acony |Listen|Buy|
    7. Dodos No Color Frenchkiss |Listen|Buy|
    8. Richard Buckner Our Blood Merge |Listen|Buy|
    9. Mates Of State Mountaintops Barsuk |Listen|Buy|
    10. Gruff Rhys Hotel Shampoo Wichita |Listen|Buy|
    11. Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues Sub Pop |Listen|Buy|
    12. Beastie Boys Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 Capitol |Listen|Buy|
    13. Cults Cults Columbia |Listen|Buy|
    14. Sloan The Double Cross Yep Roc |Listen|Buy|
    15. Lykke Li Wounded Rhymes Atlantic |Listen|Buy|
    16. Iron & Wine Kiss Each Other Clean Warner Bros. |Listen|Buy|
    17. Vaccines What Did You Expect From The Vaccines Columbia |Listen|Buy|
    18. Gang Of Four Content Yep Roc |Listen|Buy|
    19. Feist Metals Interscope |Listen|Buy|
    20. Lonely Island Turtleneck & Chain Republic |Listen|Buy|

    Honorable Mention:

     Peter Bjorn & John – Gimme Some (Almost Gold)
     PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (Vagrant)
     Yuck – S/T (Fat Possum)
     Phantogram – Nightlife EP (Barsuk)
     Handsome Furs – Sound Kapital (Sub Pop)
     Head & The Heart – S/T (Sub Pop)
     Thao & Mirah – S/T (Kill Rock Stars)
     Sondre Lerche – Sondre Lerche (Redeye)
     Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
     Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Belong (Slumberland)
     Josh Rouse & The Long Vacations – S/T (Bedroom Classics)
     Rubblebucket – Omega La La (Megaforce)
     Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde (Fat Possum)

    Please see also: my “selections from” playlists for the top 20 list and the honorable mentions. Enjoy and Happy New Year!

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