Best of 2011 - Amelia's picks (Cover Artwork)
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Best of 2011

Amelia's picks (2011)

staff picks

Amelia Cline is the copy editor - ed.

Honorable Mentions

Small Brown Bike - Fell and Found
Iron Chic - Not Like This
Spraynard - Funtitled
Adele - 21
St. Vincent - Strange Matter
Pianos Become The Teeth - The Lack Long
The Nightwatchers - Thar She Blows [7-inch]

Top 10 Stuff


Tyler, The Creator: Goblin

XL Recordings

Say whatever you want. This kid's talent, style and "swag" is something that can't be ignored. I'm more than comfortable saying that it won't be either.


Mogwai: Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will

Sub Pop

OK, the title for this album is fucking amazing obviously. But, my first listen to this only made me appreciate what they've done for that instrumental music I can't get enough of.


Balance and Composure: Separation

No Sleep

I was slightly obsessed with Separation. Well, a lot actually but if you love post-hardocre and the Ordination of Aaron type of Emo, this is the album for you.


Young Widows: In and Out of Youth and Lightness

Temporary Residence

Young Widows created an all-around amazing record here. This was something of a summer album for me and will remain an album I throw on no matter what mood I'm in.


Trap Them: Darker Handcraft


This album really shows their progression and not to mention it's heavy as fuck. Prepare to not be able to listen to anything else for a few months once this hooks you in.


Polar Bear Club: Clash Battle Guilt Pride

Bridge Nine

Another album that I couldn't recall the times I listened to it on repeat. It actually took me a few listens to really get into, but damn, after the second try I was hooked. They show so much heart and have worked their asses off to be where they are today.


Touché Amoré: Parting the Sea Between Brightness and Me


I've heard the argument with this album that "it's too short." It feels perfectly packaged to me and only makes me more excited for more new music from these guys. Isn't that point?


Defeater: Empty Days & Sleepless Nights

Bridge Nine

I really couldn't even guess how many times I listened to this album on repeat. The storyline, aggression, all of it just flows together into something you can't get enough of. And live? Try not to lose your shit.


Ampere: Like Shadows [12-inch]

No Idea

15 songs in less than 15 minutes. Enough said.


Post Teens: Post Teens [7-Inch]

Sound Study Recordings

Even as a Gainesville native, I'm trying not to let my favoritism show. I've seen them play at the Junkyard, in a room no bigger than a bedroom and then at Common Grounds. No matter the location, gear or time, this band will blow every expectation you have out of the water.