my top ten albums of fiscal year 2011.
If I learned about the anthropology of indie (or alternative) rock last year—its cultural antecedents, its values, its tendency to interbreed, the shape of the genre—I learned about its history this year. I finally delved into sacred cows and revered indie statesmen catalogued in things like Pazz and Jop polls and Pitchfork Top 100 lists, and considering the crop of music given to us this year, I seized on a damned good opportunity to hop in the time machine. I got exposed to some of the classics of the last few decades, and like every other year, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that this is my best list yet.
So, without further ado: wham, bam, thank you ma’am.
The rules: The ten best albums (plus
five ten honorable mentions) acquired in one year, regardless of when they came out. No two albums from the same band. No best-ofs.