Top listens of 2011

It feels like I’ve been listening to more music this year than ever, but I probably say that every year. My collection keeps growing, increasingly scattered between CDs, Vinyl, and all sorts of bits and bytes — I keep meaning to get it organized, digitized, or cloud-ified (if that’s a word), but then get distracted listening to something and forget about it.

Whatever the format, I’m sure most of us are usually listening to a mix of things classic, current, and/or eclectic, which makes it hard to narrow down favorites, especially in 2011 — a year full of brilliant records. Fortunately, I've decided to consult my iTunes/Rdio play counter and this is what I've been listening to the most out of the year's releases (I've also put together a playlist to sample on iTunes):

1. James Vincent McMorrow - Early in the Morning
2. Emmylou Harris - Hard Bargain
3. Wilco - The Whole Love
4. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
5. Bry Webb - Provider
6. Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What
7. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
8. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
9. The National - High Violet
10. Feist - Metals

Honorable Mentions:
Lisa Hannigan - Passenger
The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow

Notable Locals (friends):
Jonathan Inc. - Lost Time
Noah Gundersen - Family
Joshua Hyslop - Cold Wind EP
Ryan McAllister - Music for a Rainy Town
The Belle Game - Sleep to Grow EP