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Well folks, this will be no surprise to those who frequent the Random Nation weekly, but here are my picks for 2011. It’s been a good, no a great year for music.

Wicked local stuff coming out and hitting waves, notice for the amazing underground scenes throughout Canada due to some hard working and notable new labels and some incredible musicians pushing hard and putting out incredible music. Hard to narrow it down, but with a humble bow I present to you the listener/reader my top 11 pics for 2011.

11. Ketamine’s The Ketamines

10. The Flaming Lips with Prefuse 73 – The Flaming Lips 2011

9. St. Vincent’s Stranger Mercy 

Upon greater thought, I am going to replace this with Feist’s Metals. Too solid of an album to leave off and has upstaged the wonderful Annie Clark in many of my radio playlists.


8. Explosions in the Sky’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care


7. Shotgun Jimmie‘s Transistor Sister

6. Adele‘s 21

5. Battles’ Gloss Drop


4. The Decemberist’s The King is Dead


3. Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne

2. TV on the Radio’s 9 Types of Light


(amazing hour long vid to accompany the album)

1. Florence and the Machine’s Ceremonials


Extra special mention to the (Lethbridge based) Mammoth Cave’s Bloodstains Across… series for introducing some fine bands from across Canada to many a grateful set of ears and working so hard to serve music lovin’ folks worldwide.


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