Best of 2011 (part 1)

by nicole on December 16, 2011

Our votes have been cast– #yegmusicclub has spoken. These are our Top 10 Albums, Top 10 Songs and Top 5 Gigs of 2011.

There’s a lot of us that submitted lists so I’m breaking this post down into pieces. Starting us off: Aaron, Erin, Brad and Michael.

The Colonel (Aaron Vanimere)


10. Touche Amore, Parting the Sea Between Brightness

9. Wolves in the Throne Room, Celestial Lineage.

8. The Weeknd, House of Balloons

7. Tom Waits, Bad As Me

6. Bon Iver, Bon Iver

5. Okkervil River, I Am Very Far

4. R.E.M., Collapse Into Now

3. The Decemberists, The King Is Dead

2. PJ Harvey, Let England Shake

1. Thursday, No Devolucion


Ryan Adams “Wasted Years”

David Bazan “Virginia”

Wilco “One Sunday Morning”

Gillian Welch “Tennessee”

Lucinda Williams “I don’t Know How You’re Livin’”

Girls “Vomit”

Bright Eyes “Ladder Song”

Lana Del Rey “Video Games”

Low “Dome”

Fucked Up “Queen of Hearts”


5. Mudhoney, New City (Edmonton)

4. Bon Iver, Sound Academy (Toronto)

3. Sled Island: Justin Townes Earle, Zola Jesus, Of Montreal (Calgary)

2. Ryan Adams, Benaroya Hall (Seattle)

1. Jeff Mangum, Trinity United (Toronto)

Erin Bourne


Library Voices, Summer of Lust

The Decembrists, The King Is Dead

The Rural Alberta Advantage, Departing

Hey Rosetta, Seeds

PJ Harvey, Let England Shake

Wye Oak, Civilian

Honorable Mentions:

Cults (Cults), Elliott Brood (Days Into Years), Florence + the Machine (Ceremonials), Dan Mangan (Oh Fortune), Joy Formidable (Big Roar)


Wye Oak, “Strangers”

Library Voices “If Raymond Carver Was Born in the 90s”

Rural Alberta Advantage “Barnes Yard”

Hey Rosetta “Parson Brown”

Lana Del Rey “Video Games”

St. Vincent “Surgeon”

Paper Thin Walls “Orange Tree”

PJ Harvey “The Words That Maketh Murder”

Decembrists “I 4 U and U 4 Me”

The Heavenly States “Berlin Wall

Brad Clarke


1. Foo Fighters, Wasting Light

2. Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues

3. Red Hot Chili Peppers, I’m With You

4. Black Keys, El Camino (Last min addition resulting in MMJ sliding out of top 11)

5. Sam Roberts Band, Collider

6. Barr Brothers, Barr Brothers

7. Blitzen Trapper, American Goldwing

8. Anthrax, Worship Music

9. Frank Turner, England Keep My Bones

10. Decemberists, The King is Dead

11. My Morning Jacket, Circuital



1. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Brendan’s Death Song”

2. Foo Fighters “White Limo” (plus the awesome one-two punch of being followed up by Arlandria)

3. Black Keys “Lonely Boy” (also Gold on the Ceiling followed by Little Black Submarines. Couldn’t justify since the LP was only a week old at the time of selection)

4. Paul Simon “Getting Ready for Christmas”

5. Sam Roberts “Let it In” (Loved 1st 2 tracks on this LP as well: The Last Crusade and Without a Map)

6. Barr Brothers “Beggar in the Morning”

7. Frank Turner “If I Ever Stray”

8. Blitzen Trapper “Love the Way You Walk Away”

9. Fleet Foxes “Helplessness Blues”

10. My Morning Jacket “Holding on to Death Metal”



1. Barr Brothers, Haven Social Club

2. Chris Cornell, Winspear

3. Ray LaMontagne, Winspear

4. Pearl Jam, Rexall

5. Library Voices, Super Secret House Concert

6. Foo Fighters, Rexall

7. Frank Turner, Starlite Room

8. Black Keys, Rexall

9. Once, Artery

10. DFA 1979, EEC

*This list was written almost 24hrs before seeing his Purple Highness, The Artist Formally Known as The Artist Formally Known as Prince, at Rexall.

I’m guessing unless he gained 200lbs, can’t reach around his guitar, and now sings through a hole in his throat into an electrolarynx, he’s at least going to enter the list at number 9 minimum.

Number 10 even if he has.

EDIT (Nicole): Move everything down a slot- Prince has reigned triumphant and Brad has marked the Dec 13th show at Rexall, the best show of the year.

New Music Michael


10. Austra, Feel It Break

9. Dreamers of the Ghetto, Enemy/Lover

8. Barn Owl, Lost in the Glare

7. In Medias Res, It Was Warm And…

6. Cults, Cults

5. Joy Formidable, Big Roar

4. Wye Oak, Civilian

3. Esben & the Witch, Violet Cries

2. Braids, Native Speaker

1. An Horse, Walls


10. Joy Formidable “Whirring”

9. Painted Palms “All of Us”

8. An Horse “Dressed Sharply”

7. Barr Brothers “Beggar in the Morning”

6. Braids “Lemonade”

5. Snowblink “Rut & Nuzzle”

4. Metric “Black History Month”

3. Foo Fighters “I Should Have Known”

2. Battles “Ice Cream”

1. Cults “Adbucted”


5. Sleep, Sled Island (Calgary)

4. Mudhoney, New City (Edmonton)

3. Jack White, SXSW (Austin, TX)

2. Library Voices, Super secret house concert (Edmonton)

1. Braids, SXSW (Austin, TX)

Continue on to Part 2 of our Best Of 2011 Lists (with Curtis, Nicole and Deej)…

And for Part 3 (with Ian and Sandra)…


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