Thursday, December 22, 2011

Best Folk Albums of 2011 / Best Folk Songs of 2011

Top Folk Albums of 2011: Year of the rabbit

1) Fleet Foxes • Helplessness Blues • Bella Union/Sub Pop
2) Marissa NadlerSelf-Titled • Box of Cedar — stream
3) Meg BairdSeasons on Earth • Drag City
4) Hip Hatchet • Men Who Share My Name • Gravitation — stream
5) Frank FairfieldOut on the Open West • Tompkins Square
6) Angel Olsen • Strange Cacti • Bathetic
7) Lia Ices • Grown Unknown • Jagjaguwar
8) James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg • Avos • Tompkins Square
9) Various Artists • The Watchbird Alluminate • Bird
10) Marissa NadlerCovers, Vol. II • self-released
11) Magic Trick • The Glad Birth of Love • Empty Cellar
12) TwinSisterMoonThen Fell the Ashes... • Primary Numbers/Blackest Rainbow — stream
13) Birds of Passage • Winter Lady • Denovali
14) Paper DollhouseA Box Painted Black • Bird
15) 200 Years • Self-Titled • Drag City



Honourable Mentions: Electric albums, EPs, etc. (in no particular order)

John FaheyYour Past Comes Back to Haunt You: The Fontone Years, 1958-1965 • Dust-to-Digital
The Dark Sky Singers • The Harrowing EP • Static Caravan
Birds of Passage • Highwaymen in Midnight Masks EP • Denovali
GrouperA I A : Alien Observer/A I A : Dream Loss • Yellow Electric
Various Artists • Never a Pal Like Mother • Dust-to-Digital
Various Artists • To What Strange Place • Tompkins Square



MMXI: Ursell's 2011 Folksong Picks (in no particular order)

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1) The Dark Sky Singers • "Quintain" • Static Caravan
2) Hip Hatchet • "Tyrant" • Gravitation
3) Emma Tricca • "Turning in Circles" • Bird
4) Beth Jeans Houghton • "Dodecahedron" • Mute
5) Frank Fairfield"Poor Old Lance" • Tompkins Square
6) Puzzle Muteson • "En Garde" • Bedroom Community
7) Fleet Foxes • "The Cascades" • Bella Union/Sub Pop
8) TwinSisterMoon"Desert Prophecy" • Primary Numbers/Blackest Rainbow
9) Meg Baird"Share" • Drag City
10) Angel Olsen • "If It's Alive, It Will" • Bathetic
11) Magpahi • "My Soul Was Lost, My Soul Was Lost & No One Saved Me" • Bird
12) Paper Dollhouse"William" • Bird
13) James Elkington & Nathan Salsburg • "Marjoram" • Tompkins Square
14) Angel Olsen • "In the Morning" • Twosyllable
15) Marissa Nadler • "In Your Lair, Bear" • Box of Cedar
16) Lee Noble • "Doesn't Matter What's Right" • Sweat Lodge Guru
17) Tula • "Don't Say a Word" • Static Caravan
18) Lia Ices • "Daphne" • Jagjaguwar
19) Weyes Blood • "Romneydale" • Not Not Fun
20) Fleet Foxes • "Montezuma" • Bella Union/Sub Pop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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