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2011 Is Fuckin' Dead

In which Cross talks about his top 11 of '11.
11Chad VanGaalen
Diaper Island

A latecomer, and the reason for the clever top 11. Quirky, slightly crass, and all- around endearing. Indie/folk/acoustic/singer-songwriter whatchamacallit call it what you want, but the amount of times I've watched the acoustic "Cut My Hair/Shave My Pussy" video on YouTube is embarrassing.
The Destroyers of All

A phenomenal album in its own right, a chaotic yet tightly controlled mass of cold rage and choking gray. Holds even more black weight for me, having it relate to a dark, angry, and frighteningly confusing time in my life, burns through me like good opaque rum.
9Trophy Scars
Never Born, Never Dead

Yes, technically an EP, but an immediately stunning EP from a band not unfamiliar with phenomenal EPs. Just over 30 minutes of alley club blues and bleeding-heart core, thick with bar floor grunge and coated with 2 a.m. drunk-alone nostalgia.
8Laura Stevenson and the Cans
Sit Resist

The only album that truly saddens me to put so low, it's an endless pile of peachy tunes. Laura's music is just as adorable as she, and that's pretty damn cute. Softhearted folk-rock with a mild country twinge that radiates a summery youthful naivety, supremely light and carefree.
7Death Grips

2011 - Year of the Mixtape. "Hardcore rap" was always a term I thought stupid people applied to anything more gangsta than Ne-Yo, but then Death Grips came along. "Exmilitary" is a blaring, fuzzy bass whompfest full of livid throaty shouts, choppy sample blips, and hard-hitting thumpa-whumpa beats that make you want to jump around and punch white people. Tuck Fyler.
6 Gnaw Their Tongues
Per Flagellum Sanquemque Tenebras Veneramus

Mories is a proficient sonovabitch. After the great De Magia Veterum release and middling output from his other projects, he finally births a new blistering hellbeast under the Gnaw Their Tongues moniker. And a beast it is, a clanking cacophonous mass of bloodcult deathchants, full of addictive ritualistic disturbia (And synth-brass. Yum).
5Patrick Wolf

Whereas Andrew Jackson Jihad depresses, Wolf elates. His seemingly endlessly optimistic and hooky lovepop avoids the boring stereotypical bass thump omnipresent in the Top 40, instead using clean keyboards, acoustic guitar, saxophone, horns, harp, etc. to make the most engaging and sunny pop record in recent memory.
4Andrew Jackson Jihad
Knife Man

A stark contrast to Bon Iver's spotless production shine, Andrew Jackson Jihad crank out both sonically and emotionally raw folk-punk. Not for a long time have lyrics been delivered with such open vicious honesty, nor hit so hard straight home. "Knife Man" presents the disgusting open wounds of the state of the world via upbeat bouncing melo-punk.
3Bon Iver
Bon Iver, Bon Iver

Striking out from the acclaimed lo-fi masterpiece "For Emma, Forever Ago", Justin Vernon hands us this glowingly overmastered gem. Gorgeous indulgent melodies shimmer with a somber emotional charge, acoustics and radiant synthesized warmth swell to orgasmic highs.
2Peste Noire
L'Ordure a l'etat Pur

Abruptly hopping off the nationalist folk-black bandwagon, La sale Famine and crew formulate a whole new realm of backwoods circus black metal with a punk punch. Never a band to stick with a style too long, Peste swing easily from screeching punk to acoustic folk to post-black to?electronica? It's absolutely perfectly bonkers.
Garten der Unbewusstheit

In a year I thought was going to be a graveyard for doom, Corrupted come out swinging, setting a whole new precedent for funeral doom, losing the grimy sludge and polishing their sound with a depressive post-rock varnish, crafting glimmering death rumbles that crash and dissolve in the process. Best Doom Album, apologies to: Esoteric, Loss, 40 Watt Sun
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