Posted in music on November 29, 2011

Josh T Pearson @ BV-SXSW 2011 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Josh T Pearson

Check out Rough Trade's list of the Top 100 Albums of 2011 (yay Josh T Pearson!), below...

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Rough Trade's Top 100 albums of 2011
1 josh t pearson last of the country gentlemen
2 nicolas jaar space is only noise
3 kurt vile smoke ring for my halo
4 gillian welch the harrow and the harvest
5 pj harvey let england shake
6 veronica falls veronica falls
7 zomby dedication
8 john maus we must become the pitiless censors of ourselves
9 the head and the heart the head and the heart
10 white hills h-p1
11 sbtrkt sbtrkt
12 lykke li wounded rhymes
13 metronomy the english riviera
14 calvi anna anna calvi
15 bon iver bon iver bon iver
16 pollyn living in patterns
17 beirut the rip tide - limited version
18 ema past life martyred saints
19 cults cults
20 balam acab wander / wonder - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
21 ghostpoet peanut butter blues and melancholy jam
22 lanterns on the lake gracious tide take me home - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
23 drive by truckers go-go boots - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
24 tom the lion the adventures of tom the lion
25 civil wars barton hollow
26 emmy the great virtue
27 the low anthem smart flesh
28 black lips arabia mountain
29 seahawks invisible sunrise
30 villalobos ricardo and max loderbauer re: ecm
31 jeb loy the jeb loy nichols special
32 wild beasts smother
33 wild flag wild flag
34 yuck yuck
35 cook hollie hollie cook
36 wooden shjips west
37 waits tom bad as me
38 tucek sarabeth get well soon
39 still corners creatures of an hour - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
40 dum dum girls only in dreams - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
41 arctic monkeys suck it and see
42 wilco the whole love
43 the stepkids the stepkids
44 washed out within and without - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
45 the leisure society into the murky water - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
46 carlyle mara floreat - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
47 iceage new brigade
48 dawes nothing is wrong
49 blake james james blake
50 the vaccines what do you expect from the vaccines
51 peaking lights 936
52 radiohead king of limbs
53 azari and iii azari and iii - rough trade exclusive with bonus mix cd
54 danger mouse and daniele luppi rome
55 male bonding endless now - rough trade exclusive with a bonus cd
56 cashier no 9 to the death of fun
57 the war on drugs slave ambient
58 unknown mortal orchestra unknown mortal orchestra
59 bjork bibliophilia
60 cat's eyes cat's eyes
61 moore thurston (sonic youth) demolished thoughts
62 little dragon ritual union
63 king creosote and jon hopkins diamond mine
64 the field looping state of mind
65 fucked up david comes to life
66 the decemberists the king is dead
67 martyn ghost people
68 flashman to the victor - the spoils
69 wu lyf go tell fire to the mountain
70 other lives tamer animals
71 explosions in the sky take care take care take care
72 cornershop featuring bubbley kaur cornershop and the double 'o' groove
73 the felice brothers celebration florida
74 dirty beaches badlands
75 real estate days
76 richmond fontaine the high country - with rough trade exclusive bonus cd
77 dury baxter happy soup - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
78 she keeps bees dig on - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
79 dark dark dark wild go
80 planningtorock w - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
81 pete and the pirates one thousand pictures
82 kitty daisy and lewis smoking in heaven
83 fleet foxes helplessness blues
84 the horrors skying
85 moon duo mazes
86 big deal lights out - rough trade exclusive with a bonus cd
87 locussolus locussolus
88 new look new look - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
89 kode 9 and the spaceape black sun
90 beastie boys hot sauce committee part two
91 woods sun and shade
92 love inks esp - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
93 summer camp welcome to condale - rough trade exclusive with bonus cd
94 jehst the dragon of an ordinary family
95 i break horses hearts
96 shabazz palaces black up
97 big troubles romantic comedy
98 neon indian era extrana
99 tune-yards whokill
100 tyler the creator goblin

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Comments (56)

rough trade? wasn't that the pet shop boys' label when they got started? decent list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 10:55 AM

laughable, man. laughable.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 10:57 AM

hell yeah, josh t.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 10:58 AM

Glad to see some JTP love! That'll probably be my #1 of the year too.

Posted by Paul | November 29, 2011 11:01 AM

this is just a list of albums that came out

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:02 AM

This list is very hard to read without any capitalization or dashes to separate the artist from the album title.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:02 AM

"rough trade? wasn't that the pet shop boys' label when they got started? decent list."

If that's all you know about Rough Trade, your knowledge of music is truly lacking. You are neither hip nor cool, stop trying so hard.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:02 AM

While I enjoy the SBTRKT album very much, knowing that it would not have made even the bottom of this list if it was on a major label is a reminder that indie-centric lists are worthless.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:04 AM

I completely agree @1102.2.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:06 AM

there's no thought into this outside of the top 5...otherwise, its just a list of albums released this year.

that pearson album is just trying too hard.

vile on the other hand...thats the album of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:06 AM

"This list is very hard to read without any capitalization or dashes to separate the artist from the album title."


I agree. What's more annoying is that it seems intentional for the sake of being cool/dontgiveafuck.

Also, I'm not surprised in the least at a list like this.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:07 AM

PTERODACTYL?

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:08 AM

More like bottom 100 albums from 2011, right guys???

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:11 AM

Sounds like Rough Trade needs to step away from the blogosphere every once in a while.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:11 AM

Now I know what all you hipsters read.
Besides BV and Bitchfork, that is.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:14 AM

Cults #19, Tom Waits #37....ummm...BWAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Cults will be forgotten about this time next year.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:20 AM

"that pearson album is just trying too hard."

Maybe it's just that you aren't trying hard enough.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:21 AM

Nothing from 3lobed on here - not even the threelobed boxset - the only record anyone needs to get this year really...

Posted by nygrump | November 29, 2011 11:24 AM

that radiohead album is not top 100 material for sure

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:34 AM

I just lost a lot of respect for rough trade with this abysmal list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:44 AM

my butt itches.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 11:49 AM

Could you please note in the headline any list that doesn't include Bon Iver and maybe I'll bother to check it out.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 12:13 PM

1102 ftw

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 12:13 PM

1st 12:13: I'm with you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 12:20 PM

Pearson's album cover may be the best of the year, but that's about it.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 12:20 PM

surprised this type of list wouldn't include atlas sound

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 12:22 PM

@11:20, it's great that you like Tom Waits, but his new recordings in 2011 aren't exactly relevant or even that interesting. If you were new to his music, there's a few decades of more worthwhile albums to check out. If you are a casual fan then your Tom Waits collection is probably complete by now. This album is for completists only.

I'm not even that big a fan of Cults, but they made a great pop record that is of its time. Will their 2nd or 3rd record be worth celebrating? Probably not, but that doesn't negate that they made a great record for 2011.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 12:25 PM

"@11:20, it's great that you like Tom Waits, but his new recordings in 2011 aren't exactly relevant or even that interesting. If you were new to his music, there's a few decades of more worthwhile albums to check out. If you are a casual fan then your Tom Waits collection is probably complete by now. This album is for completists only.

I'm not even that big a fan of Cults, but they made a great pop record that is of its time. Will their 2nd or 3rd record be worth celebrating? Probably not, but that doesn't negate that they made a great record for 2011"


Not relevant or interesting?? For completists only? You are a fool's fool! Stop getting preachy and start analyzing what an obtuse a-hole you come off as. The only thing Cults did this year was provide an album's worth of background music for Gap and iTunes commercials.

File under : Ting Tings "Shut Up and Let Me Go" and Chairlift "Bruises"

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 12:37 PM

Terrible fucking year in music.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 12:48 PM

No Kasabian?! Oh wait, this is not NME.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 1:26 PM

@12:37, have you met ANYONE that gave a shit about the new Tom Waits record that wasn't an obsessive fan?

I agree that the Cults record isn't going to blow any minds, but it makes sense to me that more people would be interested in hearing their record than in hearing a sub-par offering from an old relic.

Tom Waits fans are the absolute fucking worst. The guy makes fine music, but the steampunks and Bukowski fans that latch on to it are such sniveling true believers that they think any time he opens his mouth it's a stroke of genius.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 1:52 PM

j a c u z z i b o y z aren't on the list?!?!?!?!

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 2:07 PM

The boyz from the bubbling water bowl are pretty good. I kind of hate myself for saying that after getting memebeaten around here, but me likey.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 2:48 PM

I gave Bon Iver a solid chance. It sounds like he listened to lots of Red House Painters, and failed in trying to cop the guitar tone. The guitars sound like they came off a new-age jazz LP ala Stanley Jordan.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 4:22 PM

haha i'm stupid

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 4:36 PM

Real Estate should move up about 70 places.

Posted by donn | November 29, 2011 4:47 PM

The only thing more appalling than the lack of punctuation in the list is the idiocy of people sniping at Tom Waits in the comments.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 5:09 PM

5:09 is appalled. That makes me happy.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 5:56 PM

I love and loathe end of the year lists! So much passion and rage, let me jump in: Cults had a killer song with "Abducted" but the majority of the album was just ok. I agree that their next release will be weak. BUT no Cold Cave or Twin Shadow!!! Those were my favorite releases of the year and anyone who says otherwise is rong.
Also something something about idiots who dont know Rough Trade.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 7:17 PM

Tom Waits: The Heart of Saturday Night. That's the dope shit, son!

Posted by Doc | November 29, 2011 7:36 PM

yoo seeing YUCK written about on BV makes me mad, but seeing them take a spot on this list makes me MADDER!

Posted by frustrated with haters | November 29, 2011 7:59 PM

josh's beard is simply amazing

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 8:06 PM

K-holes K-holes

WIRE red barked tree

Lulu ( i forget who made it)

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 8:08 PM

How are the Drums not on this list? They should have been number 1! Their album is a perfect mix of melancholy and pop. You guys should check it out. Cutting edge but not pretensious. Portamento = album of the year!

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 10:04 PM

Kids today are lucky. Thanks to the internet, they can completely bypass moron taste makers/gatekeepers with their stupid lists and listen to whatever the hell they want without buying it first. I can't even count the amount of money I wasted on pure shit because some piker in a magazine raved about it back in the day.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 10:16 PM

The Drums? Sounds like we are really scraping the bottom of the barrel here my friends.

Posted by Anonymous | November 29, 2011 10:46 PM

I can't believe i'm saying this, but paste's list isn't bad this year... (with the exception of bon iver at the top)

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 12:56 AM

Excellent debut by the Shitstains- Meet the Shitstains

Top 10

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 10:20 AM

In response to "a list without Bon Iver" - here's one -

http://nola.livemusicblog.com/2011/11/30/editors-best-of-2011-50-albums-125-songs/

Didn't think it was good. At all.

Posted by Louisiana Herbstrong | November 30, 2011 3:45 PM

No Panda Bear???

I thought for sure, that "Tomboy" would've popped up somewhere on that list...


Oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 30, 2011 5:07 PM

how come Lana del Rey didnt made it to your list?

Posted by ethel | December 2, 2011 2:42 PM

Ahh, the year end lists. It's always a love/hate reading the comments. Same old shit: "Why didn't so and so make the list?".

Posted by KT | December 11, 2011 7:49 AM

this list makes sense backwards.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2011 11:34 AM

the dum dum girls above radiohead? bollocks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 11, 2011 11:36 AM

I love it

Posted by jordon | August 11, 2013 3:22 PM

Rough Trade's Top 100 albums of 2011!

Posted by tiao.jp | December 2, 2013 1:23 AM

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