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Midyear 2011: 88.1 KDHX DJ top 10 albums

Midyear 2011: 88.1 KDHX DJ top 10 albums Kat Touschner
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The year 2011 is flying by at the speed of sound. As we hit the midyear mark, the DJs of 88.1 KDHX have pressed pause, surveyed the scene and weighed in with their favorite releases -- thus far.

These lists aren't scientific. But they do hint at some of the finest albums released in the first six months of the year. Judging by these picks, 2011 is shaping up to be an amazing year for new music.

Don't miss the 88.1 KDHX midyear top album spins, national and local, and be sure to visit the pages of your favorite shows, become a fan and join in the discussion of all these terrific lists.

Midyear 2011 88.1 KDHX DJ Top Ten Lists

All Soul No Borders - Josh Weinstein

Muhal Richard Abrams (duos with Fred Anderson and George Lewis) - SoundDance (Pi.)
Louie Belogenis Trio - Tiresias (Porter)
Farmers By Nature - Out of This World's Distortions (AUM Fidelity)
Vijay Iyer - Tirtha (Act Music & Vision)
Tony Malaby - Tamarindo Live (PID)
Other Dimensions in Music featuring Fay Victor - Kaiso Stories (Silkheart)
Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter 1: Gens De Couleur Libre (Constellation)
Matthew Shipp - Art of the Improviser (Thirsty Ear)
Wadada Leo Smith's Organic - Heart's Reflections (Cuneiform)
David S. Ware / Cooper-Moore / William Parker / Muhammad Ali - Planetary Unknown (AUM Fidelity)

Backroads - Stacy

Ryan Spearman - Get Along Home (Self-Released)
Bruce Cockburn - Small Source of Comfort (True North)
Malcom Holcombe - To Drink the Rain (Music Road)
Greg Trooper - Upside-Down Town (52 Shakes)
Eliza Gilkyson - Roses at the End of Time (Red House)
VA - The Best of Times: Texas Artists Performing the Music of Sara Hickman (Sleeveless)
Peter Cooper and Eric Brace - I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow (Red Beet)
Tara Nevins - Wood and Stone (Sugar Hill)
Rod Picott - Welding Burns (Welding Rod)
Catherine Maclellan - Silhouette (True North)

Bittersweet Melody - Allen Dahm

Apex Manor - The Year of Magical Drinking (Merge)
Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots (ATO)
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop)
James Vincent McMorrow - Early in the Morning (Vagrant)
Jill Andrews - The Mirror (Thirty Tigers)
Okkervil River - I Am Very Far (Jagjaguwar)
Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What (Hear Music)
Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines (Merge)
The Blind Eyes - With a Bang (Self-Released)
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead (Capitol)

Coin-Operated Radio - Ryan Heinz

Cut Copy - Zonoscope (Modular)
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead (Capitol)
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop)
Okkervil River - I Am Very Far (Jagjaguwar)
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong (Slumberland)
Radiohead - The King of Limbs (Self-Released)
Smith Westerns - Dye It Blonde (Fat Possum)
tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l (4AD)
TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light (Interscope)
Yuck - Yuck (Fat Possum)

Coin-Operated Radio - Nico Leone

Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway)
Centro-matic - Candidate Waltz (Undertow)
The Decemberists - The King Is Dead (Capitol)
DeVotchKa - 100 Lovers (Anti-)
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop)
The Head and the Heart - The Head and the Heart (Sub Pop)
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Here We Rest (Lightning Rod)
My Morning Jacket - Circuital (ATO)
The Rural Alberta Advantage - Departing (Saddle Creek)
Yuck - Yuck (Fat Possum)

Down Yonder - Keith Dudding

Alison Krauss and Union Station - Paper Airplane (Rounder)
Chris Thile and Michael Daves - Sleep With One Eye Open (Nonesuch)
Gibson Brothers - Help My Brother (Compass)
Joe Walsh - Sweet Loam (Skinny Elephant)
John Hartford, Tony Rice and Vassar Clements - Hartford Rice Clements (Small Dog a-Barkin')
Larry Sparks - Almost Home (Rebel)
McPeak Brothers - Yesteryears: The Best of the McPeak Brothers (Rebel)
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper - Fired Up (Rounder)
New Found Road - Live at the Down Home (Rounder)
The Roys - Lonesome Whistle (Rural Rhythmn)

Drifter's Escape - Mark Perry

Solomon Burke - Hold on Tight (Universal)
Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway)
Israel Nash Gripka - Barn Doors and Concrete Floors (Self-Released)
Garland Jeffries - The King of Inbetween (Luna Park)
The Jolly Boys (Featuring Albert Monott) - Great Expectation (Wall of Sound)
Amos Lee - The Mission Bell (Blue Note)
Souad Massi - O Houria (Universal) (November 2010)
New York Dolls - Dancing Backward in High Heels (429)
Robbie Robertson - How to Become Clairvoyant (429)
VA - Rough Guide to African Guitar Legends (World Music Network)

Feel Like Going Home - Roy Kasten

Charles Bradley - No Time For Dreaming (Dunham)
Centro-matic - Candidate Waltz (Undertow)
The Decemberists - The King is Dead (Capitol)
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop)
Kyp Harness - Resurrection Gold (Self-Released)
Emmylou Harris - Hard Bargain (Nonesuch)
Booker T. Jones - The Road From Memphis (Anti-)
Sloan - The Double Cross (Yep Roc)
Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What (Hear Music)
Abigail Washburn - City of Refuge (Rounder)

Gold Soundz - Chris Bay

Apex Manor - The Year of Magical Drinking (Merge)
The Cave Singers - No Witch (Jagjaguwar)
Ha Ha Tonka - Death of a Decade (Bloodshot)
J Mascis - Several Shades of Why (Sub Pop)
Mount Moriah - Mount Moriah (Holidays for Quince)
Sloan - The Double Cross (Yep Roc)
Telekinesis - 12 Desperate Straight Lines (Merge)
Vetiver - Errant Charm (Sub Pop)
Wye Oak - Civilian (Merge)
Yuck - Yuck (Fat Possum)

Hip City - Chris Lawyer

1. Dennis Coffey - Dennis Coffey (Strut)
2. Booker T. Jones - The Road From Memphis (Anti-)
3. Frootful - Colours (Freestyle)
4. Mayer Hawthorne - Impressions: The Covers EP (Stones Throw)
5. Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin' (Capitol)
6. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - Scandalous (Lost Highway)
7. The Shaolin Afronaughts - Flight of the Ancients (Freestyle)
8. Ray Lugo & the Boogaloo Destroyers - Mi Watusi (Freestyle)
9. Bing Ji Ling - Shadow to Shine (Tummy Touch)
10. The Fantastics! - Somewhere Finally (Freestyle)

Interstate - Pat Wolfe

Greg Allman - Low Country Blues (Rounder)
Foster and Lloyd - It's Already Tomorrow (Effin El)
Colin Hay - Gathering Mercury (Compass)
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Here We Rest (Lightning Rod)
The Band of Heathens - Top Hat Crown and the Clapmaster's Son (BOH)
Drive-By Truckers - Go Go Boots (ATO)
Eleven Hundred Springs - Eight the Hard Way (Smith)
Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway)
The Black Lillies - 100 Miles of Wreckage (Attack Monkey)
Zoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers - Starlight Hotel (Signature Sounds)

Juxtaposition - Rob Levy

1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake (Vagrant)
2. The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From the Vaccines (Columbia)
3. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong (Slumberland)
4. Cults - Cults (Columbia)
5. Destroyer - Kaputt (Merge)
6. Tristen - Charlatans at the Gate (American Myth)
7. The Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave (Vice)
8. The Wombats - This Modern Glitch (14th Floor)
9. Art Brut - Brilliant! Tragic! (Cooking Vinyl)
10. The Crystal Stilts - In Love With Oblivion (Slumberland)

Lush Life - Peter Garea

1. Curren$y - Pilot Talk I (DD172)
2. Curren$y - Pilot Talk II (DD172)
3. My Morning Jacket - Circuital (ATO)
4. The Jump Starts - Ready, Set, Go (Self-Released)
5. Yeasayer - Live at the Ancienne Belgique (Self-Released) (December 2010)
6. The Kills - Blood Pressures (Domino)
7. Rome - Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi (Capitol)
8. The Decemberists - The King is Dead (Capitol)
9. Cary Ann Hearst - Lions and Lambs (Shrimp)
10. Tyler the Creator - Goblin (XL)

Memphis to Manchester - John Wendland

Charles Bradley - No Time for Dreaming (Dunham)
Dennis Coffey - Dennis Coffey (Strut)
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Rome (Capitol)
Dengue Fever - Cannibal Courtship (Fantasy)
La Sera - Never Come Around from La Sera (Hardly Art)
Jessica Lea Mayfield - Tell Me (Nonesuch)
Buddy Miller - Majestic Silver Strings (New West)
Sam Phillips - Cameras In The Sky (Self-Released)
The Unthanks - Last (Rough Trade)
Abigail Washburn - City of Refuge (Rounder)

The Mixtape - Jason Robinson

An Horse - Walls (Mom and Pop Music)
The Lonely Island - Turtleneck and Chain (Universal Republic)
Smoking Popes - Only a Test (Asian Man)
Dead Twins - Polarized (Shifting Sounds)
Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (Capitol)
Does It Offend You Yeah? - Don't Say We Didn't Warn You (Cooking Vinyl)
Overlord - In Soviet Russia, My Heart Breaks You (Storm Tower)
F***ed Up - David Comes to Life (Matador)
Peter Bjorn and John - Gimme Some (Columbia)
The Death Set - Michel Poiccard (Ninja Tune)

Music at Work - Curt

The Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave (Vice)
Drive-By Truckers - Go-Go Boots (ATO)
Steve Earle - I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West)
Lucinda Williams - Blessed (Lost Highway)
Hayes Carll - KMAG YOYO (Lost Highway)
Five O'Clock Heroes - Different Times (Glaze)
Black Pistol Fire - Black Pistol Fire (Rifle Bird)
Social Distortion - Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (Epitaph)
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar (Atlantic)
Lions of Hazelwood - Lions of Hazelwood (Self-Released) (December 2010)

Mystery Train - Tim Rakel

1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake (Vagrant)
2. Robert Sarazin Blake - Put It All Down in a Letter (Same Room)
3. The Fervor - Arise, Great Warrior (Karate Body)
4. DeVotchKa - 100 Lovers (Anti-)
5. Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers - Teenage and Torture (Knitting Factory)
6. Arrington De Dionyso's Malaikat Dan Singa - Suara Naga (K)
7. The Ex - Catch My Shoe (Ex)
8. Howe Gelb - Alegrias (Fire)
9. David Lowery - The Palace Guards (429)
10. Boris - Attention Please (Sargent House)

Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst - Rich Reese

The Blind Eyes - With a Bang (Self-Released)
Ray Davies - See My Friend (Decca)
The Feelies - Here Before (Bar/None)
The Fling - When the Madhouses Appear (Dangerbird)
James McCartney - Available Light (Engine Company)
NRBQ - Keep This Love Goin' (Clang!)
The Raveonettes - Raven in the Grave (Vice)
Ron Sexsmith - Long Player Late Bloomer (Thirty Tigers)
The Smithereens - 2011 (Entertainment One)
VA - Rave on Buddy Holly (Concord)

Rocket 88 - Darren Snow

1. Cee-Lo Green - The Lady Killer (Elektra) (November 2010)
2. Adele - 21 (XL)
3. The Blind Eyes - With a Bang (Self-Released)
4. Architecture in Helsinki - Moment Bends (Downtown)
5. The Naked and Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You (Republic)
6. Mighty Clouds - Mighty Clouds (Polyvinyl)
7. Tristen - Charlatans at the Garden Gate (American Myth)
8. Beady Eye - Different Gear, Still Speeding (Dangerbird)
9. The Death Set - Michel Poiccard (Ninja Tune)
10. The Vaccines - What Did You Expect from the Vaccines? (Columbia)

Ska's the Limit - JJ Loy

Hollie Cook - Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo)
Hepcat - Live at the Whiskey A Go Go 1992 (Whatevski)
VA - Head Above Water: A Response to the BP Drilling Disaster (Community)
Kevin Batchelor - Grand Concourse (Mossburg)
Dub Is a Weapon - Vaporized (Harmonized)
Olive Branch - Skafusion (Walt Jabsco)
Roger Rivas - Organ Versions Vol. 2 (Self-Released)
Roy Ellis - The Boss Is Back (Liquidator)
King Django - Wax Attacks (Whatevski)
The One Droppers - The Big One (Rocking Records)

Slip of the Disc - Eric King

1. Doug Stanhope - Oslo: Burning the Bridge to Nowhere (Roadrunner)
2. Chicago Odense Ensemble - Chicago Odense Ensemble (Adluna)
3. Boris - Heavy Rocks (Sargent House)
4. The Disappeared - Bridges (I Hate Punk Rock)
5. Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Bella Union)
6. Ringo Death Starr - Colour Trip (Sonic Unyon)
7. Causa Sui - Pewt'r Sessions 1 (El Paraiso)
8. Jonathan Winters - Final Approach (Uproar Entertainment)
9. Red Fang - Murder The Mountain (Relapse)
10. Natasha Leggero - Coke Money (Comedy Central)

Songwriters Showcase - Ed Becker

VA - Garth Hudson Presents a Canadian Celebration of the Band (Sony Music Canada)
Blackie and the Rodeo Kings - Kings and Queens (Dramatico)
Robyn Ludwick - Out of These Blues (Late Show)
Michael Fracasso - Saint Monday (Little Fuji)
Rod Picott - Welding Burns (Welding Rod)
Lori McKenna - Lorraine (Signature Sounds)
Verlon Thompson - Works (Self-Released)
Eliza Gilkyson - Roses at the End of Time (Red House)
Chuck Brodsky - Subtotal Eclipse (Self-Released)
Amy Black - One Time (Reuben)

Sound Salvation - Steve Pick

Gregg Allman - Low Country Blues (Rounder)
Dengue Fever - Cannibal Courtship (Concord)
Ha Ha Tonka - Death of a Decade (Bloodshot)
k.d. lang & the Siss Boom Bang - Sing It Loud (Nonesuch)
Tracy Nelson - Victim of the Blues (Delta Groove)
Over the Rhine - The Long Surrender (Great Speckled Dog)
Peter Bjorn & John - Gimme Some (Columbia)
Rum Drum Ramblers - Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders)
Paul Simon - So Beautiful or So What (Hear Music)
Abigail Washburn - City of Refuge (Rounder)

The Space Parlour - Nick Acquisto

1. DeVotchKa - 100 Lovers (Anti-)
2. Tristen - Charlatans at the Garden Gate (American Myth)
3. Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - Scandalous (Lost Highway)
4. Destroyer - Kaputt (Merge)
5. Toro Y Moi - Underneath the Pine (Carpark)
6. Austra - Feel It Break (Domino)
7. Rum Drum Ramblers - Mean Scene (Lightnin' Thunders)
8. The Blind Eyes - With a Bang (Self-Released)
9. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake (Vagrant)
10. The Bewitched Hands - Birds & Drums (Sony)

Train of Thought - Nick Cowan

Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (Capitol)
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears - Scandalous (Lost Highway)
David Lowery - The Palace Guards (429)
Destroyer - Kaputt (Merge)
Explosions in the Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Bella Union)
Ezra Furman & the Harpoons - Mysterious Power (Red Parlor)
Gang of Four - Content (Yep Roc)
Lucinda Williams - Blessed (Lost Highway)
North Mississippi Allstars - Keys to the Kingdom (Songs of the South)
Ringo Death Starr - Colour Trip (Sonic Unyon)

Trip Inside This House - -valis

Asteroid #4 - Hail to the Clear Figurines (Committee to Keep Music Evil)
Capsula - In the Land of Silver Souls (BCore)
Great Society Mind Destroyers - Spirit Smoke (Sloow Tapes)
Lumerians - Transmillinia (Knitting Factory)
Mind Spiders - Mind Spiders (Dirtnap)
MMOSS - i (Burger)
The Night Beats - The Night Beats (Trouble in Mind)
The Oscillation - Veils (All Time Low)
The Paperhead -The Paperhead (Trouble in Mind)
Yellowbirds - The Color (Royal Potato Family)

Uncontrollable Urge - bobEE Sweet

NoMeansNo - Tour EP No. 2 (Wrong)
Dengue Fever - Cannibal Courtship (Fantasy)
The Blind Eyes - With a Bang (Self-Released)
VA - Thai? Dai! (B-Music)
The Decemberists - The King is Dead (Capitol)
Gang of Four - Content (Yep Roc)
Exene Cervenka - The Excitement of Maybe (Bloodshot)
Sloan - The Double Cross (Yep Roc)
Obits - Moody, Standard & Poor (Sub Pop)
Mike Watt - Hyphenated Man (Clenched Wrench)

Methodological Note: These lists represent the favorite albums and EPs (released in 2011) as selected by 88.1 KDHX DJs as of June 2011. Lists are unranked unless otherwise indicated.


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