2011 turned out to be a really fun year for music. The RSTB top 20 is full of our favorites from the past year (in no particular order whatsoever). It seems like the list weighs heavily on the garage track but then again it was a particularly great year for the genre. If you've been keeping an eye on Raven over the past year most of the picks should come as no surprise. Some great new favorites angling their way into our hearts (Veronica Falls, Wax Idols, Barreracudas, The Caretaker, Mazes, Mikal Cronin) and plenty of past faves putting in some of their best efforts yet (Bare Wires, Woods, Peaking Lights, Sic Alps, Jacuzzi Boys, Grouper, Real Estate, etc.) We've collected a mix from the whole lot that you can stream below.

RSTB Top 20 of 2011:

Veronica Falls - Veronica Falls (Slumberland)
Mikal Cronin - Mikal Cronin (Trouble In Mind)
The Barreracudas - Nocturnal Missions (Douchemaster)
Bare Wires - Cheap Perfume (Southpaw)
Woods - Sun And Shade (Woodsist)
Peaking Lights - 936 (Not Not Fun)
Sic Alps - Napa Asylum (Drag City)
Wooden Shjips - West (Thrill Jockey)
Moon Duo - Mazes (Sacred Bones)
Jacuzzi Boys - Glazin' (Hardly Art)
Grouper - Alien Observer/Dream Loss (Yellow Electric)
The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World (HAFTW)
ADR - Solitary Pursuits (Public Information)
Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread (Drag City)
Wooden Wand - Briarwood (Self-Released/Fire)
Mazes - A Thousand Heys (FatCat)
The Skull Defekts - Peer Amid (Thrill Jockey)
Wax Idols - No Future (HoZac)
Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo (Matador)
Real Estate - Days (Domino)

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posted by dissensous at 12:26:00 PM


Blogger JBL IV said...

I'm surprised Thee Oh Sees didn't make the list. They had two full lengths that could've made it.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Barreracudas song is great!! I have to get this record.

6:05 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Yes. I am surprised that Thee Oh Sees didn't make it too especially after reading your review of Carrion Crawler.

1:48 PM  
Anonymous nickwall said...

I'm very grateful to Raven for alerting me to some great garage sounds this year : several of your recommendations found their way into my own best of 2011 list (http://musictodiefor.wordpress.com/my-top-100-songs-of-2011-50-1/). Another one that you've not mentioned here being Prison by Video - http://ravensingstheblues.blogspot.com/search?q=video+prison .

1:57 PM  
Blogger Jack said...

Great list. Lovely to see The Skull defekts and Real estate to be acknowledged as the great records that they are.

2:32 AM  

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