St. Vincent "Strange Mercy"
She snuck up on me. I didn't really register her prior recordings.
Mogwai "Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will"
A) Awesome title.
B) First cut is just pure gold with a "hook" that haunts for hours.
C) ... I dunno, just dig it.
Fucked Up "David Comes to Life"
I'm kind of a sucker for the punk rock opus ("Zen Arcade" et al).
Los Campesinos! "Hello Sadness"
Like I said in the Favorite vs. Best thread, I have a weak spot for this band. But, even given that, I think this is a
The Supremes "More Hits by the Supremes"
Total spotify thing. Just a great comp.
Kings Go Forth "The Outsiders are Back"
Okay, not 2011 (it's from 2010 according to spotify), but still new to me. I dig it. Feels authentic, not intellectually retro.
TV on the Radio "Nine Types of Light"
Really the whole TVOTR catalog for me this year. Like I may have said elsewhere, they're our Radiohead (us being Yanks). Fucking creative as all get out AND they can swing.