Best Albums of 2011 – Musician, Skateboarder & Photographer Selections

Even with their super busy schedules and creative efforts, these guys still made time to listen to some new albums this year. It’s definitely not easy to put a Best Albums of 2011 list, especially when you’re not a music blogger or journalist with access to hordes of new music. But these guys made it happen. We asked some of our friends that just so happen to be some pretty kick-ass musicians, skateboarders and/or famed photographers to give us their input on their favorite albums of 2011. Check out their awesome selection of 2011 releases below!

The only thing in order on this list are the last names of our guest reviewers. There is no specific order to their album selections.

* S/T  = Self-Titled (duh)

 

Leon BeckenhamFanfarlo – Trumpet, Keyboards, etc. 

  • M83 – Hurry up, We’re Dreaming
  • Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  • PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  • Bonnie Prince Billy – Wolfroy Goes to Town
  • Wild Beasts – Smother
  • Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  • Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
  • Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

 

Mickey ChurchWhite Arrows – Lead Singer/Guitarist 

  • Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
  • The Weeknd – House of Balloons
  • Little Dragon – Ritual Union
  • Brian Wilson – The SMILE Sessions
  • Caveman – Coco Beware
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra – S/T
  • YOB – Atma
  • The Stepkids – S/T
  • Panda Bear – Tomboy

 

Those DarlinsJessi Darlin, Nikki Darlin, Kelley Darlin, Linwood Regensburg

  • Rolling Stones – Some Girls Live in Texas
  • Johnny Corndawg – Down the Bikini Line
  • The Black Lips – Arabia Mountain
  • Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming
  • Jeff the Brotherhood – We Are the Champions
  • Natural Child – 1971

 

 

Corey DuffelPro Skater – Foundation Skateboards, Osiris Shoes, Ambiguous Clothing

  • Danava – Hemisphere of Shadows
  • Disco Zombies – Drums Over London
  • The Biters – It’s All Chewed Up Ok
  • Wyldlife – Wyldlife
  • Books On Tape – S/T EP
  • Welcome Home Walker – Duds!

 

 

Chris HornbookPoison The Well – Drummer

  • Crosses – S/T  EP †
  • Battles – Gloss Drop
  • M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – S/T
  • Mastodon – The Hunter

 

Atiba Jefferson – The Skateboard Mag  / Lakers – Photographer/DJ /Skater

  • Juicy J & Lex Luger – Rubba Band Business 2 Free Mixtape 
  • James Blake – S/T 
  • Zomby – DEDICATION
  • Panda Bear – Tomboy
  • Salem – King Night
  • Battles – Gloss Drop
  • Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse
  • Explosions In The Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
  • Tyler The Creator – Goblin
  • Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact
  • Drake – Take Care 
  • Kanye and Jay-Z – Watch the Throne

 

Greg SmithThrasher /Epicly Trife – Photographer/Videographer/Skater

  • Ghost – Opus Eponymous
  • The Spits – V
  • Kanye and Jay-Z – Watch the Throne
  • Shabazz Palaces — Black Up
  • Davilla 666 — Tan Bajo

 

 

Jorma Vik – Drummer – The Bronx / Mariachi El Bronx 

  • The Horrors – Skying
  • A. A. bondy – Believers
  • Foo fighters – Wasting Light
  • Kurt vile – Smoke Ring for my Halo
  • WU LYF – Go Tell Fire to the Mountain

 

 

Peanut Butter WolfStones Throw – DJ/Hip-Hop Producer

  • Vex Ruffin – Crash Course
  • James Pants – S/T
  • Jonti – Twirligig
  • The Stepkids – S/T
  • MED – Classic
  • Silk Flowers – Ltd. Form
  • Sun Araw – Ancient Romans
  • Mathewdavid – Outmind
  • Issue – E3
  • James Ferraro – Far Side Virtual
  • Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica
  • Roc Marciano – Marcberg
  • Youth Lagoon – The Year Of Hibernation
  • Hessle Audio – 116 & Rising
  • Will Sessions – Real Sessions
  • Thundercat – The Golden Age
  • Random Axe – S/T

4 thoughts on “Best Albums of 2011 – Musician, Skateboarder & Photographer Selections

  1. Kelly

    I love this! I wish you could come up with a playlist of the year so I can download. You turned me on to Mariachi el Bronx which I LOVE! I count on you for my music source since I never have time with my schedule to seek out great music like I used to. Great job!

  2. Stacey L.

    I adore Mariachi el Bronx. But I really want to hear some THE BRONX live! Do you know when their touring Cali? Jorma is so delicious. I want to eat him up!!

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