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2011 Albums You Should Be Listening To

There's a ton of 2011 albums lists on this site already, I know, but here are some records you may not be familiar with or may have forgotten.rFeel free to let me know what I'm missing. And RIYL = Recommended If You Like.

Found out about this on Tinymixtapes and fell in love. Bossa nova + electronics, but way better than that sounds.
RIYL: jazz, interesting music
2Shabazz Palaces
Black Up

This comes out tomorrow and might blow up so this might not count as a slept-on release. Check out my review for more info on this fine piece of work.
RIYL: abstract hip-hop
3La Sera
La Sera

This is like, if Best Coast was really really good. I might prefer this over every Vivian Girls release.
RIYL: Vivian Girls, Beach Boys
4 Big K.R.I.T

Lyrically, this may be the best rap album of 2011 so far. Not to understate the awesome beats either. "Country Shit (Remix)" is a total banger, Chamillionnaire (yes, "tryna catch me ridin dirty" Chamillionnaire) kills it on "Time Machine", and K.R.I.T gets surprisingly emotionally affecting on "The Vent". All this and more... the best part is that it's free!
RIYL: OutKast, good rap
5 Comet Gain
Howl of the Lonely Crowd

Comet Gain are under-appreciated as hell. The 15+ year old indie-pop band from the UK released what is perhaps their best album yet and they're not even on Sputnik. Listen to the first track and then tell me this doesn't deserve more recognition.
RIYL: Belle & Sebastian, Arab Strap, indie pop
6 Roommate
Guilty Rainbow

Roommate are one of the most awesome bands out there and Guilty Rainbow is a killer LP, front-to-back. Plus it ends with a Guided By Voices cover! How sweet.
RIYL: really good indie rock
7Deaf Center
Owl Splinters

Probably the best ambient album I've heard so far this year. Hauntingly beautiful and still very easy to listen to.
RIYL: Stars of the Lid, ambient
Sun and Shade

The two long tracks are kinda boring but other than that this is one of the best indie albums I've heard this year. Very talented band, and an excellent album cover!
RIYL: Ganglians, Sufjan Stevens
9 Junior Boys
It's All True

The Boys are back in town! Have you heard about the good reception of this album? It's all true.
RIYL: Cut Copy (but more chill), synthpop
10 Thao & Mirah
Thao & Mirah

Two awesome people make an awesome album. Especially good if you're looking for something similar to W H O K I L L.
RIYL: tUnE-yArDs
11Thee Oh Sees

Honestly I haven't listened to this yet. But judging by how goddamn cool Thee Oh Sees are and this album cover, plus the review(s) I've read, this *has* to be awesome.
RIYL: Sic Alps, lo-fi stupid rock shit
12Times New Viking
Dancer Equired

Speaking of lo-fi stupid rock shit: the new TNV album! It's awesome. Check out "Fuck Her Tears" for a sample.
RIYL: shitty production, lo-fi-punk-pop-scuzz-rock
13The Psychic Paramount

Whoa, dude! The latest boner-inducing instrumental rockin jam prog selections from The Psychic Paramount.
RIYL: post-prog, instrumental rock
14 Grouper

Beautiful, huge, engrossing. And better than Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill.
RIYL: transient ambient noise guitar pop [with announcements]
Covert Coup

Curren$y just makes it seem so effortless. He delivers on every track and the beats are delicious. Also, Freddie Gibbs kills his guest spot. And again: free!
RIYL: good rap, weed rap, weed
16 E-40
Revenue Retrievin': Overtime Shift & Graveyard Shift

40 tracks. No skits. Only a few duds. This is just a really, really impressive collection of southern rap and "In the Morning" is definitely one of my songs of the year.
RIYL: Devin the Dude, hot bangers, sinister mob shit
17Peaking Lights

Wow, if this album isn't chill. "Tiger Eyes (Laid Back)" is the jam.
RIYL: Washed Out, hipster shit
18 Faust
Something Dirty

Whoa, it's Faust! Whoa, it's awesome!
RIYL: Faust, heavy rocks, dirt
19 Akron/Family
S/T 2: Shinju cosmic bullshit title

Perhaps more people would have remembered this if the title weren't so long. A great album though, definitely overlooked.
RIYL: freaky folky, electric guitars in the woods, magic
20 Chemtrail
Youth Obsessed Death Culture

Post-rock that's better than the new Explosions album.
RIYL: Explosions in the Sky, post-rock, rock
21Dead Rider
The Raw Dents

Aw man, I should probably just write a review of this. This album is so cool.
RIYL: Jesus Lizard
Salon des Amateurs

Hey guys, there's a new Hauschka album out! And it's really good!
RIYL: cool instrumental stuff, piano, movement
23Psychedelic Horseshit

Lol, this is too good.
RIYL: psychadelics, horseshit-production, magic
24 13 & God
Own Your Ghost

The best thing anticon has done so far this year. Good stuff.
RIYL: Why?, Subtle, ghosts
25Tyler, the Creator

lol jk.
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