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Kirbie's Best of 2011
Kirbie's Best of 2011
12/07/11 at 10:43 PM by AP_Punk
Once again, it's time to indulge in self-indulgence and share our year end laundry lists. Maybe I'll add more categories and whatnot, if it comes to me. But for now this is me and the stuff that stuck with me in 2011. Dig in!

1. The Horrible Crowes – Elsie
2. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
3. Laura Stevenson & the Cans – Sit Resist
4. Emmylou Harris – Hard Bargain
5. Wild Flag – Wild Flag
6. Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
7. Frank Turner – England
8. Chuck Ragan – Covering Ground
9. Thursday – No Devolucion
10. Dave Hause - Resolutions
11. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
12. Saves the Day - Daybreak
13. Cold Cave – Cherish the Light Years
14. Bomb the Music Industry – Vacation
15. The Roots - undun
16. Banner Pilot – Heart Beats Pacific
17. Candy Hearts – Everything’s Amazing & Nobody’s Happy
18. Bridge and Tunnel – Rebuilding Year
19. Banquets – Top Button, Bottom Shelf
20. Andrew Jackson Jihad – Knife Man
21. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
22. Rival Schools - Pedals
23. The Go Team – Rolling Blackouts
24. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
25. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Time
26. P.S. Eliot – Sadie
27. Polar Bear Club – Clash Battle Guilt Pride
28. Waxahatchee - American Weekend
29. Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room - Hurricane Season
30. Spraynard – Funtitled
31. Red City Radio – The Dangers of Standing Still
32. Small Brown Bike – Fell and Found
33. The Swellers – Good for Me
34. Vivian Girls – Share the joy
35. Good Luck – Without Hesitation
36. Cults – Cults
37. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
38. Nothington – Borrowed Time
39. The Kills – Blood Pressures
40. Steve Earle – I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive
41. Defeater – Empty Days and Sleepless Nights
42. Samiam - Trips
43. Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
44. Old Man Markley – Guts ‘n’ Teeth
45. The Twilight Singers – Dynamite Steps
46. Hawks and Doves – Year One
47. Dropkick Murphys – Going Out in Style
48. Childish Gambino – Camp
49. Lemuria - Pebble
50. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Honorable Mentions:

Thrice – Major/minor
The Wonder Years – Suburbia, I’ve Given You All And Now I’m Nothing
Feist – Metals
House Boat – The Thorns of Life
Dead to Me – Moscow Penny Ante
The Coathangers – Larceny and Old Lace
Ampere – Like Shadows
Josh Small – Juke
Joyce Manor – Joyce Manor
Austin Lucas – A New Home, In the Old World
Caves – Homeward Bound
Leatherface - Live in Melbourne (because anything they put out in any year deserves to be acknowledged on any/every end of the year list)


Top “Not Exactly Album Albums But More Like Compilations” Releases
1. Strung Out – Top Contenders
2. Alkaline Trio – Damnesia
3. The Wild – A Collection
4. Plow United – Sleepwalk: A Retrospective
5. Andrew Jackson Jihad - Candy Cigarettes, Capguns, Issue Problems! and Such

Top EPs/Splits
1. The Gaslight Anthem – iTunes Live Session
2. Hot Water Music – The Fire, The Steel, The Tread
3. Andrew Jackson Jihad/O Pioneers!!! split
4. Wooky Stax – Sunny
5. Chuck Ragan/Sam Russo/Jimmy Islip/Helen Chambers split
6. The Two Funerals – Boys’ Club
7. Daybreaker – The Northbound Train
8. Ryan Adams & the Cardinals – Class Mythology
9. Ninja Gun – Roman Nose
10. To Be Juliet’s Secret – The Start of Something New

Favorite Re-releases (vinyl-wise/whatever)
1. Lagwagon – Putting Music in Place boxset
2. Chamberlain – The Moon, My Saddle
3. Mixtapes – Maps and Companions
4. Give Up The Ghost – Background Music/We’re Down ‘Til We’re Underground/Year One
5. Latterman – No Matter Where We Go/Turn Up The Punk
6. Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon
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