A Restless Ear’s Favorite Music of 2011

I’m not a music critic. I don’t even play one on TV. But I do have a bit of restless ear. I enjoy spending my spare time exploring, discovering and listening to all kinds of music. I also like to create compilations of the music I enjoyed most throughout the year. By no means, however, is my offering below a definitive “best of 2011” listing. Consider it, rather, a collection of favorites that soothed a restless year.


1. Lost in My Mind – The Head and the Heart

2. Jejune Stars – Bright Eyes

3. Jesus Fever – Kurt Vile

4. Vomit – Girls

5. Got It All (This Can’t Be Living Now) – Portugal. The Man

6. Circuital – My Morning Jacket

7. Dawned On Me – Wilco

8. Tree By The River – Iron & Wine

9. Cough Syrup – Young the Giant

10. Lonely Boy – The Black Keys


1. The King is Dead – The Decemberists

2. Whole Love – Wilco

3. Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes

4. Circuital – My Morning Jacket

5. Ashes & Fire – Ryan Adams

6. El Camino – Black Keys

7. Father, Son, Holy Ghost – Girls

8. Wasting Light – Foo Fighters

9. Bon Iver – Bon Iver

10. Young the Giant – Young the Giant


Best Cover Song:
Guns of Brixton – Jimmy Cliff

Welcome Back:
The Jayhawks

A Fond Farewell:

Helplessness Blues – Fleet Foxes
Living Is So Easy – British Sea Power
Walk – Foo Fighters
Junk of the Heart (Happy) – The Kooks
Dirty Rain – Ryan Adams
Weekend – Smith Westerns
Love The Way You Walk Away – Blitzen Trapper
Miss K. – Deer Tick
Calamity Song – The Decemberists
Will Do – TV on the Radio
How Come You Never Go There – Feist
Video Games – Lana Del Ray
Don’t Forget How Much I Love You – John Doe
She Walks In So Many Ways – The Jayhawks
Bright Lights – Gary Clark Jr.
Stay Young, Go Dancing – Death Cab For Cutie
A Little Bit of Everything – Dawes
The Way It Goes – Gillian Welch
Holocene – Bon Iver
Colours – Grouplove
Get Burned – Sleeper Agent
Santa Fe – Beirut
All At Once – The Airborne Toxic Event
Heart in Your Heartbreak – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Gotta Get It Right Now – Telekinesis
Heavens Just for Moviemakers – Graham Wright
Black ( feat. Norah Jones ) – Danger Mouse
I’ve Been Thinking – J Mascis
Future Starts Slow – The Kills
Money – The Drums
Options – Gomez
Under Cover Of Darkness – The Strokes
Na Na Nothing – Mike Doughty
Behold the Hurricane – The Horrible Crowes
The Walk – Mayer Hawthorne
Guns of Brixton – Jimmy Cliff
Losers – The Belle Brigade
Barton Hollow – The Civil Wars
Woods – The Rosebuds
Long Time – Cake

Dye It Blonde – Smith Westerns
Metals – Feist
Smoke Ring for My Halo – Kurt Vile
The Harrow & The Harvest – Gillian Welch
Keeper – John Doe

Let me know what you think. Leave a comment. What did I miss? Which are the keepers? Which are the clunkers?




2 responses to “A Restless Ear’s Favorite Music of 2011

  1. Brilliant list man. You should just write up my list for next year.

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