Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Best Of The Year 2011: My First Half Honorable Mentions

I just finished putting together my section for the Best Of The Year 2011: First Half Update post, and I figured it would be much easier to put all of my honorable mentions in this one post, rather than taking up lines of space and taking over the entire feature. This does not include every album I enjoy that I've heard so far this year; instead it is more of a "best of the best". Any record that I have heard this year that will be seen in the future with a 2011 release date is eligible for this list, and I would suggest for everyone to listen to any record on here that seems even somewhat interested. The first half update will be up on the first day of July. You can read my honorable mentions below, with my "first five missed" bolded.

Algernon Cadwallader - Parrot Files
And So I Watch You From Afar - Gangs
The Antlers - Burst Apart
Blindside - With Shivering Hearts We Wait
Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Bright Eyes - The People's Key
Cass McCombs - Wit's End
City And Colour - Little Hell
The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
Cults - Cults
Cut Copy - Zonoscope
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - It's A Corporate World
The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum
Eisley - The Valley
Farewell Continental - Hey Hey Pioneers
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
Frank Ocean - Nostalgia/Ultra
Frank Turner - England Keep My Bones
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
Go Radio - Lucky Street
Hidden Pictures - Synchronized Sleeping
Hooray For Earth - True Loves
I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business - Gold Rush
Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean
Jeudah - While We Sleep
Junior Battles - Idle Ages
The Lonely Forest - Arrows
Maniac - Mania
Maybeshewill - I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone
Moonlit Sailor - Colors In Stereo
The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart - Belong
Peter Bjorn and John - Gimme Some
Select Start - The New Atlantic EP
Sister City - Carbon Footprint
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde
Starfucker - Reptillians
The Story So Far - Under Sugar and Dirt
The Swellers - Good For Me
Thursday - No Devolucion
Touche Amore - Parting The Sea Between Brightness and Me
Transit - Promise Nothing 7"
tUnE-yArDs - W H O K I L L
Tyler, The Creator - Goblin
The Weeknd - House Of Balloons
The Wonder Years - Surburbia I've Given You All And Now I'm Nothing
Woods - Sun And Shade
WU LYF - Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
Yuck - Yuck

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