favorite albums of 2011

You know you listen to a lot of music when you have trouble narrowing down your favorite albums to 10. Or even 15 or 20. Here are my favorites from 2011:

  • The Belle Brigade – The Belle Brigade
  • The Black Keys – El Camino
  • Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  • Dawes – Nothing is Wrong
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys
  • Decemberists – The King is Dead
  • Over the Rhine – The Long Surrender
  • Markéta Irglová – Anar
  • Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
  • Wilco – The Whole Love

Honorable Mention: 

  • St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
  • Drive-By Truckers – GoGo Boots
  • Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  • Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest
  • Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Also worth checking out: 

  • Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing
  • Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
  • Lucinda Williams – Blessed
  • Guy Clark – Songs and Stories
  • Sigur Rós – Inni(live)



favorite new tunes

Since we’re a little over halfway thru the year, I thought I would share my favorite albums of 2011 thus far. Meaning, new music I enjoy that was released this year. The top three are my very favorites. Otherwise, they’re in no particular order.

Here goes:

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Over the Rhine – The Long Surrender

Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest

The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

Lucinda Williams – Blessed

Drive-By Truckers – Go Go Boots

The Decemberists – The King is Dead

Death Cab for Cutie – Codes & Keys

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light


A Homemade Life, Molly Wizenberg
Frank Stitt’s Bottega Favorita: A Southern Chef’s Love Affair with Italian Food*
Frank Stitt’s Southern Table: Recipes and Gracious Traditions from Highlands Bar and Grill
3191 Evenings, Maria Alexandar Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Making Sense of Scripture: Big Questions About the Book of Faith, David J. Lose

David Rawlings Machine, A Friend of a Friend
Arcade Fire, Funeral
Johnny Cash, American IV: The Man Comes Around and American VI: Ain’t No Grave
Willie Nelson, Country Music
Dewi Sant, May
Paste Sampler 62
Jonsi, Go

Glee episodes I missed
Police Women of Memphis

*In my opinion, Frank Stitt is the best chef in Birmingham, and Bottega is one of my favorite restaurants there.

music brought to you by countries beginning with the letter ‘S’

Frightened Rabbit
We Were Promised Jetpacks
The Perishers

and two more bands from across the pond that begin with ‘S’
The Swell Season
Sigur Ros

pentecost, bluegrass style

on rotation today

Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
Andrew Bird, Noble Beast
Sigur Ros, Hvarf Heim
Iron & Wine, The Shepherd’s Dog

Orphan Girl 2009 – Take One

Heading back of Denver from Estes Park after a fabulous weekend in the mountains. Stop at Starbucks for some coffee for the drive. What’s playing at Starbucks? Emmylou Harris’ Orphan Girl. Yep. Why, oh why, can I not escape that song?