Top 50 Albums of 2011 Part 5 of 5: The Top 15 Albums of All Year

Welcome to the final installment and last post of the year. This year has been a treat, there has been so many great albums, it was hard to choose what was the best of the best. Even though I have listened to a lot of albums this year, I know I have missed out on some good stuff. So if you think that there should be a record on any of these lists then please leave a courteous comment on my posts. In the end it’s really not the number that counts, it’s how the music makes you feel, and that’s how I base this list off of. So as I sign off for the rest of the year I would like thank everyone who reads this and I hope that you are sharing all this great music that I am sharing with you. Happy Holidays to you all and I hope to see you all next year.

15. Cults – Cults

Cults – You Know What I Mean by cultscultscults

14. Sleep ∞ Over – Forever

Casual Diamond by Sleep ∞ Over

13. Neon Indian – Era Extrana

Hex Girlfriend by MGMTNeonIndian

12. Explosions In The Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Trembling Hands by Explosions in the Sky

11. Gauntlet Hair – Gauntlet Hair

Gauntlet Hair “Keep Time” by DOJAGSC

10. White Denim – D

White Denim – Bess St by ProspectPark

9. Panda Bear – Tomboy

Panda Bear: Slow Motion by -gaga

8. Starfawn – Starfawn EP

12,000 B.C. by Starfawn

7. Real Estate – Days

Real Estate – Municipality by DominoRecordCo

6. Delicate Steve – Wondervisions

Delicate Steve- Don’t Get Stuck (Proud Elephants) by The FADER

5. Starfucker – Reptilians

Starfucker – “Millions” by terrorbird

4. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

Shabazz Palaces – An Echo From The Hosts That Profess Infinitum by subpop

3. Pure X – Pleasure

Dry Ice by PURE X

2. Peaking Lights – 936

Hey Sparrow by Peaking Lights

1. Washed Out – Within and Without

Washed out – You and I by iroel

So there you have it. It is ok if you disagree, let me know what your favorites are in the comments box.
Honorable mention to the incredibly talented Purity Ring for their 7″ release this year.
Killing Sasquatch will be back next year to bring you even more music so stay tuned. Thanks again.

Top 50 Albums of 2011 Part 3 of 5: Misc. Category

This miscellaneous category contains everything from hip-hop to instrument and contains all the year’s best EPs. Once again this list is alphabetical according to artist.

Das Racist – Relax

Das Racist – Girl by flyergoodness

Delicate Steve – Wondervisions

Delicate Steve – Sugar Splash by MOORWORKS

Exitmusic – From Silence

Exitmusic — The Hours by DOJAGSC

Peaking Lights – 936

Amazing and Wonderful by Peaking Lights

People Get Ready – People Get Ready

People Get Ready: “Uncanny” by Brassland

Phantogram – Nightlife

Phantogram – Don’t Move by vibetothis

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

Shabazz Palaces – Swerve… by subpop

Starfawn – Starfawn

Dark Touch by Starfawn

Nothing Dead by Starfawn

Surfer Blood – Tarot Classics

Surfer Blood – I’m Not Ready by Chris Topher Dawe

Toro Y Moi – Freaking Out

Toro Y Moi – Saturday Love by Carpark Records

Typhoon – A New Kind Of House

Typhoon – The Honest Truth by tender-loving-empire

Starfawn + TEETH

So this week sees the release of a new duo’s EP Starfawn. This EP is one of the greatest this year. There is a lot of great synth work throughout all 6 tracks. This is chill wave at its finest folks, listen to it for free on their website

Another cool band I have come across is Teeth, their new album, WHATEVER, came out yesterday. It’s a really crazy dance album. Lots of rockin’ beats with some chaos over the top with keys and synths. Yet they keep their sound fresh even with all that chaos. So check out the vid for their single “Care Bear”

Some more music that I have recently discovered is this really cool band called The Apples In Stereo. They are part of the original Elephant 6 Collective (Neutral Milk Hotel, Olivia Tremor Control) so it’s good. They are kind of hippy-dippy a lot of the 70s pop influence. Check out their albums for free here, my favorite is The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone.