So, I could write a really self-righteous post about “best of” lists right now – about how its ridiculous that people are posting them in the beginning of December, about how everyone is rushing to be the first to put their list up – but here’s the reality: i’m putting up my best of 2011 lists now because this is the first time in a few months I’ve actually had the time to do so.
I’ve taken a break from blogging for the last few months, but I haven’t taken a break from consuming music. So for that reason – and because “best of” lists are one of my favorite parts about blogging – I’m kicking off Best of 2011 posts today! My top albums will be up later this week, and my top tracks will be up next week, but in the meantime, here are my favorite EPs of 2011.
Best of 2011: EPs
Honorable Mention: Memoryhouse – The Years EP (Sub Pop)
[Explanation: Yeah, I know, Memoryhouse put this out last year by Arcade Sound, so it doesn’t really count as a new release. But I didn’t quite catch on to the wonderfulness that is Memoryhouse until this year – hence, the special spot. If you, like me, have been sleeping on them, take some time to check out this EP.]
5. Phantogram – Nightlife EP (Barsuk)
4. TV Girl – Benny and the Jetts (self-released)
3. Dum Dum Girls – He Gets Me High (Sub Pop)
2. Dirty Gold – ROAR (Autumn Tone)
1. Alabama Shakes – Alabama Shakes EP (self-released)
In the past, I haven’t been much of an EP fan, but this year, there were some absolutely fantastic EPs – many of which contained some of the best music released this year. If these made your list as well – killer! I love your taste in music! If not, I strongly encourage you to check them out now, and keep your eye out for new releases coming from many of these bands in 2012.