Looking back at 2011: the music

Like a lot of publishing sales reps, I spend a lot of time listening to music, both at home and on the road. This year, with the arrival in the US of Spotify, I was able to indulge in a more expansive sort of experimental listening. And that, combined with a renewed account at last.fm which meant I scrobbled nearly every Spotify track I listened to, gave me a fairly easy base for looking back at 2011's music.

My most-played & favorite artists/tracks from 2011 (Spotify playlist)

  1. Wilco - I Might (spotify)
  2. Feist - How Come You Never Go There (spotify)
  3. Arctic Monkeys - The Hellcat Spangled Shalala (spotify)
  4. Mike Doughty - Into The Un (spotify)
  5. Dave Stewart - Can't Get You Out of My Head (spotify)
  6. The Belle Brigade - Lonely Lonely (spotify)
  7. The Watson Twins - You Showed Me (spotify)
  8. Laura Marling - The Muse (spotify)
  9. The Decemberists - This Is Why We Fight (spotify)
  10. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Codeine (spotify)

Honorable Mentions

  • Bon Iver - Holocene (spotify)
  • Nick Cave & Neko Case - She's Not There (from True Blood) (spotify)
  • Real Estate - It's Real (spotify)
  • Florence + The Machine - What The Water Gave Me (spotify)
  • Elbow - lippy kids (spotify)
  • Fool's Gold - Wild Window (spotify)
  • Beastie Boys - Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (feat. Santigold) (spotify)
  • Beirut - East Harlem (spotify)
  • The Jayhawks - She Walks in So Many Ways (spotify)
  • The Civil Wars - 20 Years (spotify)
  • Kathleen Edwards - Change The Sheets (spotify)
  • Ryan Adams - Chains of Love (spotify)
  • Lissie - In Sleep (spotify)
  • Josh Rouse & The Long Vacations - Diggin' In The Sand (spotify)
  • Wild Flag - Romance (spotify)
  • I Break Horses - Winter Beats (spotify)
  • Destroyer - Savage Night At the Opera (spotify)
  • Drive-By Truckers - Used To Be A Cop (spotify)
  • Foo Fighters - These Days (spotify)
  • The Mountain Goats - Damn These Vampires (spotify)
  • The Dodos - Don't Try and Hide It (spotify)
  • Fleet Foxes - Battery Kinzie (spotify)
  • Peter Bjorn and John - Second Chance (spotify)

My most-played & favorite albums released in 2011

  1. Wilco - The Whole Love (spotify)
  2. The Decemberists - The King is Dead (spotify)
  3. Arctic Monkeys - Suck It and See (spotify)
  4. The Smiths - Complete (spotify)
  5. Mike Doughty - Yes and Also Yes (spotify)
  6. Feist - Metals (spotify)
  7. The Belle Brigade - The Belle Brigade (spotify)
  8. Dave Stewart - The Blackbird Diaries (spotify)
  9. Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire (spotify)
  10. Bon Iver - Bon Iver (spotify)
  11. Death Cab for Cutie - Codes and Keys (spotify)
  12. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (spotify)
  13. Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - Here We Rest (spotify)
  14. Destroyer - Kaputt (spotify)
  15. Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots (spotify)

Honorable Mentions

  • Paul Simon - So Beautiful Or So What (spotify)
  • The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow (spotify)
  • Josh Rouse & The Long Vacations - Josh Rouse & The Long Vacations (spotify)
  • Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts (spotify)
  • The Jayhawks - Mockingbird Time (spotify)
  • Wild Flag - Wild Flag (spotify)
  • Elbow - build a rocket boys! (spotify)
  • Laura Marling - A Creature I Don't Know (spotify)
  • Gillian Welsh - The Harrow & The Harvest (spotify)
  • Foo Fighters - Wasting Light (spotify)