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The end of the year marks a great opportunity for reflection. For a music enthusiast, it’s a perfect excuse to make a list of my top albums and songs of the year. This was relatively challenging for me. I tend to think and live very much in the moment. I get swept up in what’s going on around me right now. And for this exercise I had to abandon, for a second, what was playing in the moment, and reflect on what had been playing over the course of the past 12 months. I am not sure I entirely succeeded. But, alas, below I present to you my top 20 songs and top 11 albums of 2011!

Top 20 Songs of 2011

20. Long Days, Fast Years by Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers

19. Someone Like You by Adele

18. Another by The White Album

17. Kiss Quick by Matt Nathanson

16. If I Wanted Someone by Dawes

15. Eagle’s Nest by Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps

14. Café Lights by Hey Marseilles

13. Everything (Overture) by Chris Bathgate

12. Anyhow… by Tyler Lyle

11. The Nature of Our Kind by Vandaveer

10. We Will All Be Changed by Seryn

9. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes

8. Down In The Valley by The Head and the Heart

7. Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars

6. New York by Blind Pilot

5. Old Pine by Ben Howard

4. Blackout by Pickwick

3. 1957 by Milo Greene

2. Beggar In The Morning by The Barr Brothers

1. Honey Jars by Bryan John Appleby

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Top 11 Albums

11. Gift Horse by Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers

10. 21 by Adele

9. Ashes and Fire by Ryan Adams

8. Dig Down Deep by Vandaveer

7. The Golden Age & The Silver Girl by Tyler Lyle

6. The Barr Brothers by The Barr Brothers

5. Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars

4. Fire On The Vine by Bryan John Appleby

3. Helplessness Blues by Fleet Foxes

2. The Head and The Heart by The Head and The Heart

1. We Are The Tide by Blind Pilot

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This is the third installment of a weekly collection of the “latest and greatest.” I post two newly discovered songs that have captured my attention and two of my longtime (word of warning, this will be a relative term) favorite songs that are building up dust in my music library.

THE LATEST

Anyhow… by Tyler Lyle
Tyler Lyle’s The Golden Age & The Silver Girl has been playing on repeat for the past three weeks, and for good reason (a longer post and interview is on the docket). Anyhow… is one of the strongest songs on the album. Lyle’s honest and heartfelt voice is complemented by the ongoing plucking of the banjo and adorned with pristine strings.

I heard you say you loved me in your sleep
What I’d give to be in that dream
When you finally bloom for me
I wonder what color you will be

That Moon Song by Gregory Alan Isakov

Gregory Alan Isakov’s This Empty Northern Hemisphere is an exciting new addition to my library. Adam over at songsfortheday wrote about Second Chances last week, and after getting jazzed about how great the song was, I quickly realized he would be opening for Blind Pilot at both of their New York shows. Isakov, with his acoustic guitar strumming and vocal hints of Dylan, fits the folk mold. His songs stream pleasantly through my headphones. But he really comes alive in concert. That Moon Song stands out on both the album and live. The song is outfitted with the full, vibrant sound of strings, beautiful harmonies (between Gregory and the Brandi Carlile on the album!) and the unique blend of Isakov’s voice through the clean and “tinny” sound microphones.

Ahh and that full bellied moon she’s shinin’ on me
Yeah she pulls on this heart like she pulls on the sea
And those broken heart lovers,
They got nothin’ on me.  

It is no surprise that at the end of their set I immediately purchased the album.

THE GREATEST

Kiss Quick by Matt Nathanson
Matt Nathanson’s Modern Love was the soundtrack of my summer. The San Francisco-based singer-songwriter’s album is filled with catchy, up-beat tunes, many of which are sure to be live show sing-a-longs. But the standout is Kiss Quick, whose seductive lyrics and delivery draw you in.

Kiss Quick, I’ve got a line out the door
Who all think they can save me.
One by one they lay the world at my feet,
One by one they drive me crazy.

The Rider. The Horse. The Land by Bryan John Appleby

Bryan John Appleby is an incredibly talented folk musician writing songs out of a warehouse in Seattle’s Ballard neighorhood. His recently released 11-track debut album, Fire On The Vine, is soaked in soft harmonies and spiritually and historically inspired lyrics. The Rider. The Horse. The Land, full of bells and horns, is the most vibrant track on the album and was Friday’s KEXP Song Of The Day (free download available!)!

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