Rounder Records Top 50 albums 2011

chosen by the staff (individual choices below)


1.THE HORRORS - "Skying" (XL)

Album number 3, and a second Rounder Album of The Year! Hugely deserved, if "Primary Colours" was a wild dark night, this album is a glorious dawn, a psychedelic Psychedelic Furs

2.SUUNS - "Zeroes QC" (Secretly Canadian)

Kinda out of nowhere in Jan, this glorious debut which is the handsome bastard child of Fugazi and Clinic. Damn good live as well.

3.THE WAR ON DRUGS - "Slave Ambient" (Secretly Canadian)

Secretly Canadian double whammy time - a marvellous record of shoegaze psychy Americana, channelling both Tom Petty and Dylan.

4.PJ HARVEY - "Let England Shake" (Island)

Hey! We nearly agreed with the Mercury Music Prize judges! A wondrous return from Polly - musically and intellectually.

5.HYETAL - "Broadcast" (Special Branch)

Where dubstep meets John Carpenter for a skulk around town with some beautiful analogue interludes.

6.FORD & LOPATIN - "Channel Pressure" (Software)

7.NEON INDIAN - "Era Extrana" (Transgressive)

8.JOHN MAUS - "We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves" (Upset The Rhythm)

9.MOON DUO - "Mazes" (Souterrain Transmissions)

10.PEAKING LIGHTS - "936" (Weird World)

11.THURSTON MOORE - "Demolished Thoughts" (Matador)

12.SBTRKT - "SBTRKT" (Young Turks)

13.METRONOMY - "The English Riviera" (Because)

14.YUCK - "Yuck" (Mercury)

15.MAYER HAWTHORNE - "How Do You Do" (Universal Republic)

16.CAT'S EYES - "Cat's Eyes" (Polydor)

17.BOOKER T JONES - "The Road From Memphis" (Epitaph)

18.THE FIELD - "Looping State Of Mind" (Kompakt)

19.STEPHEN MALKMUS - "Mirror Traffic" (Domino)

20.VERONICA FALLS - "Veronica Falls" (Bella Union)

21.WILD FLAG - “Wild Flag” (Wichita)

22.JOHN TEJADA - "Parabolas" (Kompakt)

23.JUSTICE - "Audio, Video, Disco" (Edbanger)

24.BEASTIE BOYS - "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" (Capitol)

25.JAMIE WOON - "Mirrorwriting" (Interscope)

26.MEMORY TAPES - "Player Piano" (Something In Construction)

27.LOCUSSOLUS - "Locussolus" (International Feel)

28.NO JOY - "Ghost Blonde" (Mexican Summer)

29.GUI BORATTO - "III" (Kompakt)

30.WIDOWSPEAK - "Widowspeak" (Captured Tracks)

31.MOGWAI - "Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will" (Rock Action)

32.MARTYN - "Ghost People" (Brainfeeder)

33.ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER - "Last Summer" (City Slang)

34.J.MASCIS - "Several Shades Of Why" (Sub Pop)

35.TORO Y MOI - "Underneath The Pine" (Carpark)

36.THE KILLS - "Blood Pressures" (Domino)

37.WASHED OUT - "Within & Without" (Weird World)

38.RINGO DEATHSTARR - "Colour Trip" (Club AC30)

39.DENNIS COFFEY - "Dennis Coffey" (Strut)

40.EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY - "Take Care Take Care Take Care" (Bella Union)

41.GRUFF RHYS - "Hotel Shampoo" (Ovni)

42.TOM WAITS - "Bad As Me" (Anti)

43.MODESELEKTOR - "Monkeytown" (Monkeytown)

44.HOLY GHOST - "Holy Ghost" (DFA)

45.RUSTIE - “Glass Swords” (Warp)

46.KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS - "Smoking In Heaven" (Sunday Best)

47.WOODEN SHJIPS - "West" (Thrill Jockey)

48.BALAM ACAB - "Wander/Wonder" (Triangle)

49.ST. VINCENT - "Strange Mercy" (4AD)

50.BLOOD ORANGE - “Coastal Grooves” (Domino)










Joel's Top 10 2011


  1. HYETAL - "Broadcast" (Special Branch)

  2. THE HORRORS - "Skying" (XL)

  3. THE WAR ON DRUGS - "Slave Ambient" (Secretly Canadian)

  4. JOHN TEJADA - "Parabolas" (Kompakt)

  5. SUUNS - "Zeroes QC" (Secretly Canadian)

  6. JAMIE WOON - "Mirrorwriting" (Interscope)

  7. MAYER HAWTHORNE - "How Do You Do" (Universal Republic)

  8. GUI BORATTO - "III" (Kompakt)

  9. SBTRKT - "SBTRKT" (Young Turks)

  10. THURSTON MOORE - "Demolished Thoughts" (Matador)

Eddie's Top 10 2011


  1. METRONOMY - "The English Riviera" (Because)

  2. THE KILLS - "Blood Pressures" (Domino)

  3. SBTRKT - "SBTRKT" (Young Turks)

  4. MEMORY TAPES - "Player Piano" (Something In Construction)

  5. CAT'S EYES - "Cat's Eyes" (Polydor)

  6. PJ HARVEY - "Let England Shake" (Island)

  7. YUCK - "Yuck" (Mercury)

  8. NERO - “Welcome Reality” (Mercury)

  9. KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS - "Smoking In Heaven" (Sunday Best)

  10. SUUNS - "Zeroes QC" (Secretly Canadian)

Matt's Top 10 2011


  1. ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER - “Last Summer” (City Slang)

  2. TORO Y MOI - "Underneath The Pine" (Carpark)

  3. PJ HARVEY - "Let England Shake" (Island)

  4. METRONOMY - "The English Riviera" (Because)

  5. HOLY GHOST - "Holy Ghost" (DFA)

  6. THE HORRORS - "Skying" (XL)

  7. BLOOD ORANGE - "Coastal Grooves" (Domino)

  8. FORD & LOPATIN - "Channel Pressure" (Software)

  9. LOVE INKS - “ESP” (Hell Yes)

  10. M83 - “Hurry Up We're Dreaming” (naïve)

Steve's Top 10 2011


  1. VERONICA FALLS - "Veronica Falls" (Bella Union)

  2. MOON DUO - "Mazes" (Souterrain Transmissions)

  3. THE WAR ON DRUGS - "Slave Ambient" (Secretly Canadian)

  4. STEPHEN MALKMUS - "Mirror Traffic" (Domino)

  5. THE HORRORS - "Skying" (XL)

  6. SUUNS - "Zeroes QC" (Secretly Canadian)

  7. JOHN MAUS - "We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of Ourselves" (Upset The Rhythm)

  8. NO JOY - "Ghost Blonde" (Mexican Summer)

  9. PEAKING LIGHTS - "936" (Weird World)

  10. WILD FLAG – Wild Flag (Wichita)

Johnny's Top 10 2011


  1. THE HORRORS - "Skying" (XL)

  2. PEAKING LIGHTS - "936" (Weird World)

  3. FORD & LOPATIN - "Channel Pressure" (Software)

  4. BOOKER T JONES - "The Road From Memphis" (Epitaph)

  5. PJ HARVEY - "Let England Shake" (Island)

  6. NEON INDIAN - "Era Extrana" (Transgressive)

  7. MOON DUO - "Mazes" (Souterrain Transmissions)

  8. SUUNS - "Zeroes QC" (Secretly Canadian)

  9. YUCK - "Yuck" (Mercury)

  10. JUSTICE - "Audio, Video, Disco" (Edbanger)