Favorite albums of the 2011 so far

Early this morning Pacific time we recorded this coming Friday’s episode of This Week In Music. I interviewed VEVO CEO Rio Caraeff via Skype from his NYC office, then Kickstarter co-Founder Yancey Strickler Skype’d in to share his favorite albums of the year thus far.

At one point Yancey asked me what my favorite albums are and I did that deer-in-headlights mind-blankage thing that often happens when I get that question without an iPod in-hand.

So I thought I’d answer his question and share a few of my favorite albums of the year here. These are all must-listens in my opinion, so if you haven’t heard them yet definitely check them out. In no particular order, without much ceremony:

EMA – Past Life Martyred Saints
James Blake – James Blake
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Action Bronson – Dr. Lecter
Gillian Welsh – The Harrow & The Harvest
Les Butcherettes – Sin Sin Sin
Reks – Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme
Cults – Cults
Tony MacAlpine – Tony MacAlpine

There’s a ton of other great stuff but this is the stuff that grabbed me and I’ve had on repeat for one reason or another. Lots of “best of so far” lists out there and I just spent some money looking at a couple of them (Complex, NME). Whoops.

What are your must-listens for the year so far? Add ’em in the comments, plz!

ian

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