The Best Albums of 2011


1. DestroyerKaputt


2. FallujahThe Harvest Wombs


3. PJ HarveyLet England Shake


4. Bon IverBon Iver, Bon Iver


5. Tom WaitsBad As Me


6. AutopsyMacabre Eternal


7. MastodonThe Hunter


8. GrouperA I A


9. EsotericParagon of Dissonance


10. WormrotDirge


11. Arch/MatheosSympathetic Resonance


12. OpethHeritage


13. Kurt VileSmoke Ring for My Halo


14. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost


15. A Winged Victory for the SullenA Winged Victory for the Sullen


16. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972


17. Paul WardinghamAssimilate Regenerate


18. Josh T PearsonLast of the Country Gentlemen


19. MoonsorrowVarjoina kuljemme kuolleiden maassa


20. The Psychic ParamountII


21. Beastie BoysHot Sauce Committee Part Two


22. Danny BrownXXX


23. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow


24. The AntlersBurst Apart


25. Washed OutWithin and Without

Guest List: The Best Albums of 2011 – John Macintosh

1. DestroyerKaputt

2. PJ HarveyLet England Shake

3. GirlsFather, Son, Holy Ghost

4. Bon IverBon Iver, Bon Iver

5. Tim HeckerRavedeath, 1972

6. Atlas SoundParallax

7. Oneohtrix Point NeverReplica

8. Julianna BarwickThe Magic Place

9. Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues

10. Panda BearTomboy

11. Cass McCombsWit’s End

12. Clams CasinoInstrumentals

13. Nicolas JaarSpace Is Only Noise

14. BurialStreet Halo

15. The FieldLooping State of Mind

16. ASAP RockyLiveLoveA$AP

17. James BlakeJames Blake

18. Washed OutWithin and Without

19. Elite GymnasticsRUIN

20. araabMUZIKElectronic Dream

21. Real EstateDays

22. The WeekndHouse of Balloons

23. John MausWe Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves

24. SepalcureSepalcure

25. tUnE-yArDsw h o k i l l

26. YuckYuck

27. RadioheadKing Of Limbs

28. Kate Bush50 Words for Snow

29. Secret CitiesStrange Hearts

30. Gang Gang DanceEye Contact

The Best Albums of 1961


1. Robert JohnsonKing of the Delta Blues Singers


2. Bill EvansSunday at the Village Vanguard


3. Bill EvansWaltz for Debby


4. Oliver NelsonThe Blues and the Abstract Truth


5. John ColtraneOlé Coltrane


6. Max RoachWe Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite


7. Patsy ClineShowcase


8. Ornette ColemanFree Jazz


9. Stan GetzFocus


10. Bobby BlandTwo Steps From the Blues


11. John ColtraneAfrica/Brass


12. João GilbertoJoão Gilberto


13. Eric DolphyAt the Five Spot


14. Nina SimoneNina Simone at Newport


15. George RussellEzz-thetics


16. Grant GreenGrantstand


17. Hank MobleyRoll Call


18. Cecil TaylorThe World of Cecil Taylor


19. Lee KonitzMotion


20. Charles MingusPresents Charles Mingus


21. Milt Jackson & John ColtraneBags & Trane


22. Ella FitzgeraldClap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!


23. Miles DavisSteamin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet


24. Ray CharlesThe Genius Sings the Blues


25. Freddie HubbardReady for Freddie

The Best Albums of 1960


1. Charles MingusBlues & Roots


2. Eric DolphyOut There


3. John ColtraneGiant Steps


4. Muddy WatersMuddy Waters at Newport 1960


5. Bill EvansPortrait in Jazz


6. Karlheinz StockhausenKontakte


7. Thelonious MonkThelonious Alone in San Francisco


8. Lonnie Johnson & Elmer SnowdenBlues & Ballads


9. Tina BrooksTrue Blue


10. Bobby TimmonsThis Here is Bobby Timmons


11. Ornette ColemanChange of the Century


12. Hank MobleySoul Station


13. Ella FitzgeraldElla in Berlin: Mack the Knife


14. Yusef LateefThe Centaur and the Phoenix


15. Art BlakeyThe Big Beat


16. Miles DavisSketches of Spain


17. Duke EllingtonBlues in Orbit


18. Ella FitzgeraldLet No Man Write My Epitaph


19. Etta JamesAt Last!


20. Wes MontgomeryThe Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery


21. Joan BaezJoan Baez


22. Bo DiddleyBo Diddley is a Gunslinger


23. Lightnin’ HopkinsLightnin’ and the Blues


24. Duke JordanFlight to Jordan


25. Stanley TurrentineLook Out!

Guest List: The Best Albums of 2010 – John Macintosh

1. Joanna NewsomHave One on Me

2. Beach HouseTeen Dream

3. Twin ShadowForget

4. The NationalHigh Violet

5. Flying LotusCosmogramma

6. Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz / All Delighted People EP

7. DeerhunterHalcyon Digest

8. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening

9. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today

10. GirlsBroken Dreams Club

11. How To Dress WellLove Remains

12. Matthew DearBlack City

13. The WalkmenLisbon

14. No AgeEverything in Between

15. Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles (II)

16. CaribouSwim

17. Arcade FireThe Suburbs

18. The Morning BendersBig Echo

19. Pantha du PrinceBlack Noise

20. Four TetThere Is Love in You

21. SpoonTransference

22. Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid

23. Erykah BaduNew Amerykah, Part 2

24. Magic ManReal Live Color

25. LiarsSisterworld