Surfwaco’s Top Albums of 2011

Kaylee

2011 has been another great year in music. We have compiled our top 20 favorite albums of the year and honorable mentions. Each of these albums are highly recommended and sure to warrant many repeated listens. View our complete top list after the jump.

20. Within and Without – Washed Out

Within and Without – Washed Out………………………………………………………………………………………..

19. Father, Son, Holy Ghost – Girls

Father, Son, Holy Ghost – Girls

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18. 936 – Peaking Lights

936 – Peaking Lights

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17. Smother – Wild Beasts

Smother – Wild-Beasts

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16. Tomboy – Panda Bear

Tomboy – Panda Bear

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15. With U – Holy Other

With U – Holy Other

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14. Black Up – Shabazz Palaces

Black Up – Shabazz Palaces

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13. Parallax – Atlas Sound

Parallax – Atlas Sound

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12. Go Tell Fire to the Mountain – WY LUF

Go Tell Fire To The Mountain - WY LUF

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11. The Year of Hibernation – Youth Lagoon

The Year of Hibernation – Youth Lagoon

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10. Quilt – Quilt

Quilt – Quilt

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09. Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

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08. Smoke Ring for My Halo – Kurt Vile

Smoke Ring for My Halo – Kurt Vile

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07. Ruin – Elite Gymnastics

Ruin – Elite Gymnastics

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06. Replica – Oneohtrix Point Never

Replica – Oneohtrix Point Never
Read our previous post on OPN here

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05. Slave Ambient – The War on Drugs

Slave Ambient – The War on Drugs

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04. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

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03. We Must Become the Pitless Centers of Ourselves – John Maus

We Must Become the Pitless Centers of Ourselves – John Maus
Read our previous posts on John Maus:

John Maus live at the Mohawk

All About Maus

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02. Hurry Up We’re Dreaming – M83

Hurry Up We're Dreaming – M83

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01. The King of Limbs – Radiohead

The King of Limbs – Radiohead

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Honorable Mentions

(in no particular order)

The Rip Tide – Beirut

Zonoscope – Cut Copy

Dive – Tycho

Marissa Nadler – Marissa Nadler

John Maus B Sides – John Maus

Strange Mercy – St. Vincent

On the Water – Future Islands

House of Balloons, Thursday & Echoes of Silence – The Weeknd

Before the Sun Sets – Anoraak

Kaputt – Destroyer

Cults – Cults

Looping State of Mind – The Field

No Body EP – Beacon

Making Mirrors – Gotye

You Are All I See – Active Child

Let England Shake – PJ Harvey

Sun and Shade – Woods

Wounded Rhymes – Lykke Li

Electronic Dream – AraabMuzik

Channel Pressure – Ford & Lopatin

Badlands – Dirty Beaches

Lisbon – The Walkmen

Widowspeak – Widowspeak

Hearts – I Break Horses

Street Halo (HDB013) – Burial

Ego/Mirror (TEXT010) – Burial, Four Tet & Thom Yorke

Video Games b/w Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey

Inni – Sigur Ros

Moon Killer Mixtape – Small Black

An Empty Bliss Beyond This World – The Caretaker

Pleasure – Pure X

The Magic Place – Juliana Barwick

Feel It Break – Austra

Past Life Martyred Saints – EMA

Burst Apart – The Antlers

Ravedeath, 1972 – Tim Hecker

Top 20

20. Within and Without – Washed Out
19. Father, Son Holy Ghost – Girls
18. 936 – Peaking Lights
17. Smother – Wild Beasts
16. Tomboy – Panda Bear
15. With U – Holy Other
14. Black Up – Shabazz Palaces
13. Parallax – Atlas Sound
12. Go Tell Fire to the Mountain – WY LUF
11. The Year of Hibernation – Youth Lagoon
10. Quilt – Quilt
09. Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
08. Smoke Ring for My Halo – Kurt Vile
07. Ruin – Elite Gymnastics
06. Replica – Oneohtrix Point Never
05. Slave Ambient – The War on Drugs
04. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
03. We Must Become the Pitless Centers of Ourselves
02. Hurry Up We’re Dreaming – M83
01. The King of Limbs – Radiohead

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