The first half of 2011 has been a solid start to the year. If the rest of the year can keep up with the first half we will be in good shape. We saw some big releases, but there was also plenty else to keep me busy listening. A highlight has been getting to know the Seattle music scene, as you can tell from a good 5 songs from my top 15 from the area (and the picture of Gasworks Park). The Blue Scholars made it on twice because of their amazing live performance and a great new album. They aren’t really in a tight order. Hope that you enjoy!
15. The Antlers – Parentheses
14. Tennis – Marathon
13. Balto – The Railyard
12. Thao & Mirah – Little Cups
11. Port St. Willow – Stay Even
10. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
9. Blue Scholars – Marion Sunshine
8. My Morning Jacket – Holdin On To Black Metal
7. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
6. Made In Heights – Skylark Interabang?!
5. Lemolo – Whale Song
4. Bon Iver – Holocene
3. Hezekiah Jones – Borrowed Heart
2. The Cave Singers – Swim Club
1. Blue Scholars – Cinemetropolis