Friends Of Indie Music Filter: Best Of 2011

best of 2011

While trying to figure out my favourite songs and albums of the year, I decided to poll a bunch of music supervisors that I know, asking them to send me their top 5 albums of the year, plus their favourite song.  Here’s what a few of them came up with.

Season Kent (Clear Songs, @Season_Kent)
Albums: (in order)
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Youth Lagoon – The Year of Hibernation
Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
Friendly Fires – Pala
Middle Brother – Middle Brother
M83 – “Midnight City”


Meg Currier (Search Party Music, @croquetseason)
Albums: (in no particular order)
Shabazz Palaces – “black up”
bon iver – “bon iver”
st. vincent – “strange mercy”
james blake – “james blake”
jacuzzi boys – “glazin”
Class Actress – “Weekend”


Sanaz Lavaedian (Mocean LA, @VirgoNamedSanaz)
The Rosebuds- Loud Planes Fly Low
Doomtree- No Kings
Gardens & Villa- Gardens & villa
Bon Iver- Bon Iver
Other Lives- Tamer Animals
The Rosebuds- “Woods”

Rebecca Rienks (E! Entertainment, @BuhbeccaBinks)
Top 5 Albums/Songs: (in no particular order)
Watch the Throne/”H*A*M” – Watch the Throne
Out of Love/”Reggae Pie” – Mister Heavenly
Anna Calvi/”Suzanne and I” – Anna Calvi
21/”Someone Like You” – Adele
Moody, Standard and Poor/”I Want Results” – Obits
Honorable Mention: No Time for Dreaming/”The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” – Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band

Greg Danylyshyn (Go Big Entertainment, @GoBigEnt)
Emile Millar / Neighbors
Gotye /  Making Mirrors (half of the record)
Vetiver / The Errant Charm
Desert Noises / Mountain Sea
The Spits / The Spits V
Best Song:   “Lucky Now” – Ryan Adams
Worst Song: “Beth/ Rest” – Bon Iver

Scottie Diablo (MTV, @plasticpizza)
Ramsay Midwood – Larry Buys A Lighter
Bowery Beasts – Heavy You
Heavy Young Heathens – Scavengers
Diego Garcia – Laura
JEFF the Brotherhood – We Are the Champions
White Denim “Street Joy”

Jennifer Taunton (Level Two Music, @Leveltwomusic)
1. Sbtrkt – Sbtrkt
2. Other Lives – Tamer Animals
3. Wye Oak – Civillian
4. James Blake – James Blake
5. Ghoul – Dunks
“212” – Azaelia Banks ft Lazy Jay

Markus Bergkvist (Music Super Circus)
Albums: (Swedish Artists)
Deportees “Islands and shores”
Tingsek “Tingsek & The Vindla String Quartet feat. Måns Mernsten”
Syket “With love”
Serenades “Criminal heaven”
Little Dragon “Ritual union”
Song: (Swedish Artists)
Serenades “Birds”
(with a special mention to the song “Goods” by Edda Magnason)

David Hayman (Vapor Music, @davidhueyhayman)
1. HANNI EL KHATIB – Will The Guns Come Out (Innovative Leisure 2011)
2. THE BARR BROTHERS – The Barr Brothers (Secret City 2011)
3. WAR ON DRUGS – Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian 2011)
4. FUCKED UP – David Comes To Life (Matador 2011)
5. HOLY GHOST! – Holy Ghost! (DFA 2011)
(from David) My song of the year is “Some Children” by Holy Ghost featuring Michael McDonald. Fucking mind-blowingly-perfect collaboration out of left field. Sick video too.
Runner up is Someone Like You by Adele because that song will be relevant till humans seize to walk this earth.


Amine Ramer (States Of Sound)
Hanni El khatib,-Will The Guns Come Out
Gardens & Villa-Secretly Canadian
Starfucker – Reptilians
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – Horse Power EP
Arthur Russell- “Calling out of Context” (re-issue from domino)

Heather Adamo (Vapor Music, @heatheradamo)
Albums: (in no particular order)
M83 ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ [Mute, 2011]
Adele ’21’ [Columbia/XL, 2011]
Bon Iver ‘Bon Iver’ [4AD / Jagjaguwar, 2011]
Mother Mother ‘Eureka’ [Last Gang Records, 2011]
Austra ‘Feel It Break’ [Paper Bag Records, 2011]
1. “Rolling In The Deep” [Jamie XX Shuffle] by Adele
Runner up: “Flaws” by Bastille
Runner up: “Houdini” (RAC Remix) by Foster The People

Carly Evans (@carlyevansla)
Albums: (descending order)
Tune-Yards – Whokill
Washed Out – Within and Without
Frank Ocean – Nostalgia/Ultra
Nicolas Jaar – Space is Only Noise
“ Bright Lights” by Gary Clark Jr.

Lou Rigolli (Music Mill, @lousmusicsoup)
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes
Kitty Daisy & Lewis – Smoking In Heaven
Gil Scott Heron and Jamie XX – We’re New Here

Joel High (Creative Control, @cre8ve_ctrl)
Fucked-Up  – “David Comes To Life”
Jay-Z and Kanye West – “Watch The Throne”
The Weeknd – “House Of Balloons”
Abbe May – “Design Desire”
Cerebral Ballzy – “Cerebral Ballzy”
Drive – soundtrack

John Katovsich (Fuel TV)
M83-Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Black Lips-Arabia Mountain
Guards-Guards ep
Waters-Out in the Light
Girls-Father Son Holy Ghost
“Whirring”-The Joy Formidable