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December 22nd, 2011

Elliott Sharp’s Top 10 Albums Of 2011

Isn’t it funny how, when music writers post their year-end lists, they tend to open with a few sentences about how stupid and subjective year-end lists are? Seems a bit wanky to me. I’m not gonna do that. Making lists and creating fun hierarchies is what humans do best. Here’s a list of my ten favorite albums of 2011, and tomorrow I’ll throw down a list of my 10 favorite albums by Philadelphia artists. Why not just make one list? Because the more the merrier! Merry Christmas! Be sure to share your faves in the comment section!

1. Matana Roberts – Coin Coin Chapter One: Les Gens De Couleur Libre (Constellation) The New York City saxophonist dropped the only album this year to make me cry. LISTEN: “Rise”

2. Waka Flocka Flame – DuFlocka Rant V.1: 10 Toes Down (Self-Released) The Atlanta trap rapper’s wildest 2011 mixtape. Hurrr! Brick Squad Monopoly is my favorite monopoly. LISTEN: “I’m From Grove Street”

3. Wolves In the Throne Room – Celestial Lineage (Southern Lord) The Pacific Northwest’s black metal gods dined hard on the flesh of kings. LISTEN: “Astral Blood”

4. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch The Throne (Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella/Roc Nation) 99 problems but the 99% ain’t one. WATCH: “Otis”

5. Bill Callahan – Apocalypse (Drag City) The end isn’t near, it’s now, and the singer-songwriter we once called Smog told us all about it. LISTEN: “Universal Supplicant”

6. Lil B – Illusions Of Grandeur (Self-Released) The Based God’s most delusional mixtape of the year. Yup, more cray than Im Gay/Im Happy. WATCH: “Illusions Of Grandeur”

7. Colin Stetson – New History of Warfare Volume 2: Judges (Constellation) The avant-garde saxophonist from Montreal that even indie-squares learned to love. LISTEN: “Red Horse (Judges II)”

8. Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (Sub Pop) Far-out hip-hop for the lost children of Sun Ra realized by former Digable Planets member Butterfly. WATCH: “Black Up”

9. Death Grips – Exmilitary (Third Worlds) The pissed off American kids brutally slashed everything with post-everything daggers. WATCH: “Spread Eagle Cross The Block”

10. Iceage – New Brigade (What’s Your Rupture) The pissed off Denmark kids brutally slashed everything with punk-rock daggers. WATCH: “New Brigade”

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