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best of 2011

my annual best of post!

Due to a lack of time in general for contemplating and reflecting on artistically relevant music, I’m blowing the doors off my annual best of post and including a whole slate of new categories. I hope you don’t mind.

8 great albums (in alphabetical order):

Bj̦rk РBiophilia

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Mason Jennings – Minnesota

M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming

Radiohead – King of Limbs

Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire

Washed Out – Within and Without

Wilco – The Whole Love

Zola Jesus – Conatus

The best hamburger I’ve ever eaten:

Village Whiskey – Philadelphia

Favorite New Restaurant:

Bachelor Farmer – Minneapolis

Favorite Pet Grooming Shop:

Royal Pet Beauty Shop – Minneapolis

Best Train Ride of the Year:

Shanghai Maglev

2nd Best Train Ride of the Year:

Acela Express from NYC to Philadelphia

The Only Movie I Saw In The Theater All Year (And it was good – though I realize it was released in December 2010)

True Grit

Favorite Travel (Wasn’t exactly a vacation)

China – big thanks to Breck for having me as a chaperone for the school trip. Amazing time.


Categories: Movies, Music.

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