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Kata Rokkar’s Favorites of 2011 1/2

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06/30/2011

Favorites of 2011, Featured, Music

So far this year has been quite interesting when it comes to new music. While most of these albums are from bands that I was obsessed with in 2005 (Maritime, One AM Radio, Rival Schools) and bands that were obviously going to deliver impressive follow-up albums (Bon Iver, Destroyer, The Antlers), it was the surprise efforts of SNOWMINE, Other Lives, and Loch Lomond that is making 2011 a year to watch for music. Oh yeah and you can call him overrated or a flash-in-the-pan artist, James Blake is here to stay.

(We still have Björk, Wilco, Portugal. The Man, Beirut, M83, The Shins, etc…it’s going to be a good year)

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Destroyer – Chinatown from Kaputt (2011)
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TWO//

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Other Lives – For 12 from Tamer Animals (2011)
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Bon Iver – Calgary from Bon Iver (2011)
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The One AM Radio – Sunlight from Heaven Is Attached By A Slender Thread (2011)
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FIVE//

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SNOWMINE – The Hill from LAMINATE PET ANIMAL (2011)
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Rival Schools – Wring It Out from Pedals (2011)
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SEVEN//

 

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Maritime – Paraphernalia from Human Hearts (2011)
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James Blake – Wilhelms Scream from James Blake (2011)
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The Antlers – Parentheses from Burst Apart (2011)
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Loch Lomond – Elephants & Little Girls from Little Me Will Start A Storm (2011)
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15 MORE (alphabetical):

 

Battles – Gloss Droplets

EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints

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

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Foxtails Brigade – The Bread and the Bait

Hail Mary Mallon – Are You Gonna Eat That?

Hooray for Earth – True Loves

Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes

Marissa Nadler – Marissa Nadler

Mogwai – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Panda Bear – Tomboy

Timber Timbre – Creep On Creepin’ On

Tennis – Cape Dory

Toro Y Moi – Underneath The Pine

Washed Out – Within and Without

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  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Matthew

    Nice list! I’m glad to see Loch Lomond n the list – I really enjoyed that one. Plus there are several records on here I haven’t heard yet.

  • http://www.katarokkar.net shawn

    Yeah Loch Lomond is brilliant. Hoping to see them live when they swing by SF again.