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favorites of 2011.5

Here are our favorite records + songs from the first half of 2011. If you’re into reading, we’ve written about most of these here and in some other places. We’ve also enjoyed checking out all of your picks, as always. Please let us know what we missed:

01 Shabazz Palaces :: Black Up

Shabazz Palaces :: an echo from the hosts that profess infinitum
Shabazz Palaces :: Swerve…the reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)

02 Peaking Lights :: 936

Peaking Lights :: Tiger Eyes (Laid Back)
Peaking Lights :: Hey Sparrow

03 Panda Bear :: Tomboy

Panda Bear :: Last Night at the Jetty

04 White Denim :: D

White Denim :: Drug

05 Grouper :: A I A


06 Puro Instinct :: Headbangers in Ecstasy

Puro Instinct :: Stilyagi (feat. Ariel Pink)
Puro Instinct :: Silky Eyes

07 Washed Out :: Within and Without

Washed Out :: Eyes Be Closed

08 Julianna Barwick :: The Magic Place

Julianna Barwick :: The Magic Place

09 Ford & Lopatin :: Channel Pressure

Ford & Lopatin :: Emergency Room
Ford & Lopatin :: Too Much MIDI (Please Forgive Me)

10 Holy OtherWith U

Holy Other :: YR LOVE
Holy Other :: Touch

NEXT 10 (alphabetical):

BurialStreet Halo
Gang Gang DanceEye Contact
John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Cass McCombsWit’s End
Colin StetsonNew History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
TennisCape Dory
The SandwitchesMrs. Jones’ Cookies
Toro y MoiUnderneath the Pine
Young GalaxyShapeshifting

And check our favorite songs of the half-year, in no particular order, after the jump…

Purity Ring :: Lofticries
Panda Bear :: Alsatian Darn
White Denim :: Street Joy
Cass McCombs :: County Line
Shabazz Palaces :: Are you… Can you… Were you? (felt)
Peaking Lights :: Tiger Eyes (Laid Back)
Burial :: Stolen Dog
John Maus :: Believer
Balam Acab :: Oh, Why
James Blake :: Lindisfarne
Toro y Moi :: Still Sound
Tyler, the Creator :: Yonkers
Bodies of Water :: Open Rhythms
Washed Out :: Eyes Be Closed
Hotel Mexico :: Dear Les Friends
Jesse Ruins :: Dream Analysis
Jamie xx :: Far Nearer
Solar Bears :: Cub (Keep Shelly in Athens remix)
Thundercat :: For Love I Come
Ford & Lopatin :: Too Much MIDI (Please Forgive Me)
Cults :: You Know What I Mean
Summer Camp :: I Want You
Big K.R.I.T. :: Dreamin’
Sleep ∞ Over :: Casual Diamond
Jai Paul :: Flip Out
Young Galaxy :: Peripheral Visionaries
Grimes :: Vanessa
Clams Casino :: I’m God (instrumental)
Marissa Nadler :: Baby, I Will Leave You in the Morning
Pure X :: Dry Ice
Dreamed :: Izumi
Gang Gang Dance :: Mindkilla
Teebs :: Pretty Poly
Planningtorock :: The Breaks



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