Top Ten of 2011 (As presented on WCDB 90.9 FM)


As 2011 draws to a close, I recall the ten releases that I had the most difficulty prying from my CD player. 2011: a year for music that can only be described as superlative.


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10. Craft Spells Idle Labor

"After the Moment" b/w "Party Talk"


9. St. Vincent Strange Mercy

"Cruel" b/w "Surgeon"


8. Washed Out Within and Without

"Amor Fati" b/w "Echoes"


7. Destroyer Kaputt



6. Swiftumz Don't Trip

"L O V E Y O U 4 E V A"

5. Real Estate Days

"All the Same"


4. Rival Schools Pedals

"Wring it Out" b/w "Small Doses"


3. The Pains of being Pure at Heart Belong

"Belong" b/w "Heaven's Gonna Happen Now"


2. Wire Red Barked Tree

"A Flat Ten" b/w "Smash"


1. Big Troubles Romantic Comedy

"She Smiles for Pictures" b/w "Softer than Science"


Remainder of program: I tip my hat to some of 2011's "top 20" caliber offerings :

- Twin Shadow Forget

- Girls Father, Son, Holy Ghost

- Com Truise Galactic Melt



Dear 2012. Please get on this level.