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Check out this list of albums that Dan Reed compiled for us - all released this year. And, also check out what music the XPN Hosts Picked and XPN Staff Picks for the 2011 Year In Review!
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Tao Of The Dead
Aa Bondy – Believers
Abigail Washburn –  City Of Refuge
Active Child –  You Are All I See
Adele – 21
Akron/Family –  Akron/Family Ii
Alela Diane –  Alela Diane & Wild Divine
Alexander Ebert – Alexander
Alexi Murdoch – Towards The Sun
Alice Cooper – Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Alison Krauss – Paper Airplane
Amanda Shires – Carrying Lightning
Amos Lee – Mission Bell
Amy Lavere –  Stranger Me
An Horse –  Walls
Ana Egge Bad Blood
Ana Popvich –  Unconditional
Anna Calvi  – Anna Calvi
Antigone Rising  – 23 Red
Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
Ari Hest  – Sunset Over Hope Street
Art Brut  – Brilliant! Tragic!
Assembly Of Dust  – Found Sound
Astrid Williamson  – Pulse
Augustana – Augustana
Bahamas  – Pink Strat
Band Of Heathens  – Top Hat Crown & The Clapmaster's Son
Battles – Gloss Drop
Beady Eye – Different Gear, Still Speeding
Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee, Part 2
Bedouin Soundclash  – Light The Horizon
Beirut – The Rip Tide
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones  – Rocket Science
Bell X1 – Bloodless Coup
Ben Folds 5  – The Best Imitation Of Myself: A Retrospective
Ben Harper – Give ‘Til It’s Gone
Ben Lee Deeper Into Dream
Ben Ottewell  – Shapes & Shadows
Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa  – Don't Explain
Big Head Blues Club Featuring Big Head Todd & The Monsters  –  100 Years Of Robert Johnson
Bjork  – Biophilia
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Scandalous
Black Lips  – Arabia Mountain
Blackie And The Rodeo Kings –  Kings And Queens
Blame Sally – Speeding Ticket And A Valentine
Blind Pilot – We Are The Tide
Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing
Blondie –  Panic Of Girls
Blue October  – Any Man In America
Bob Schneider –  A Perfect Day
Bobby Long  – A Winter Tale
Bodeans  – Indigo Dreams
Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
Booker T. Jones – The Road From Memphis
Brandi Carlile – Live At Benaroya Hall With The Seattle Symphony
Brett Dennen  – Loverboy
Brian Eno  – Drums Between The Bells
Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
British Sea Power – Vahalla Dancehall
Bruce Cockburn  – Small Source Of Comfort
Buddy Miller  – The Majestic Silver Strings
Buffalo Tom  – Skins
Burlap To Cashmere  – Burlap To Cashmere
Butch Walker And The Black Widows  – The Spade
Cake – Showroom Of Compassion
Candye Kane  – Sister Vagabond
Cant  – Dreams Come True
Cass McCombs  – Wit's End
Catie Curtis –  Stretch Limousine On Fire
Centro – Matic  – Candidate Waltz
Charles Bradley  – No Time For Dreaming
Chris Bathgate  – Salt Year
Chris Isaak  – Beyond The Sun
Chris Tile / Michael Daves  – Sleep With One Eye Open
City & Colour – Little Hell
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah  – Hysterical
Colbie Cailat – All For You
Cold Cave  – Cherish The Light Years
Cold War Kids – Mine Is Yours
Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
Company Of Thieves  – Running From A Gamble
Cosmo Jarvis – Is The World Strange Or Am I Strange?
Cowboy Junkies  Demons
Crooked Fingers –  Breaks In The Armor
CSS –  La Liberacion
Cults – Go Outside
Cymbols Eat Guitars – Lenses Alien
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – It’s A Corporate World
Dale Watson & The Texas Two  – The Sun Sessions
Dan Mangan  – Oh Fortune
Danger Mouse & Daniele  – Luppi Rome
Daniel Martin Moore  – The Cool Of The Day
Darrell Scott  – Long Ride Home
Daryl Hall  – Laughing Down Crying
Dave Alvin  – Eleven Eleven
Dave Stewart  – The Blackbird Diaries
David Bazan  – Strange Negotiations
David Bromberg  – Use Me
David Lowery  – Palace Guards
David Wax Museum – Everything Is Saved
Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys
Deer Tick  – Divine Providence
Deerhoof – Deerhoof Vs. Evil
Dengue Fever  – Cannibal Courtship
Dennis Coffey  – Dennis Coffey
Destroyer  – Kaputt
Devotchka – 100 Lovers
Dex Romweber Duo  – Is That You In The Blue?
Diego Garcia – Laura
Dirty Projectors + Björk  – Mount Wittenberg Orca
Dolly Parton  – Better Days
Dom  – Family Of Love
Drive-By Truckers – Go-Go Boots
Dum Dum Girls  – Only In Dreams
Edie Brickell  – Edie Brickell
Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs
Edwin Mccain  – Mercy Bound
Eilen Jewel  – Queen Of The Minor Key
Elbow – Build A Rocket, Boys!
Eleanor Friedberger  – Last Summer
Eleventh Day  Dream  – Riot Now!
Eliza Doolittle  – Eliza Doolittle
Eliza Gilkyson – Roses At The End Of Time
Ellie Goulding  – Lights
Elliot Murphy  – Elliot Murphy
Emmylou Harris – Hard Bargain
Eric Lindell  – West County Drifter
Exene Cervenka  – The Excitement Of Maybe
Exitmusic  – From Silence
Feist  – Metals
Femi Kuti  – Africa For Africa
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Flogging Molly  – Speed Of Darkness
Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
Fool’s Gold – Leave No Trace
Foster The People – Torches
Fountains Of Wayne –  Sky Full Of Holes
Frank Turner  England Keep My Bones
Friendly Fires  – Pala
Fruit Bats – Tripper
Fujiya And Miyagi  – Ventriloquizzing
G. Love  – Fixin' To Die
Gabe Dixon  – One Spark
Galactic – The Other Side Of Midnight: Live In New Orleans
Gang Of Four – Content
Gardens & Villa  – Gardens & Villa
Garland Jeffreys  – The King Of In Between
Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights (Ep)
George Thorogood And The Delaware Destroyers  – 2120 South Michigan Ave.
Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie Xx  – We're New Here
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Givers – In Light
Glen Campbell  – Ghost On The Canvas
Golden State –  Division
Gomez – Whatever’s On Your Mind
Gorillaz – The Fall
Grace Jones –  Hurricane
Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues
Gregory Douglass  – Lucid
Guy Clark  Songs And Stories
Ha Ha Tonka  – Death Of A Decade
Handsome Furs  – Sound Kapital
Hayes Carll – Kmag Yoyo
Hercules & Love Affair – Blue Songs
Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs  – No Help Coming
Hoots & Hellmouth – Salt
Hot Tuna  – Steady As She Goes
Hotel Lights –  Girl Graffiti
Hugh Laurie – Let Them Talk
Imelda May – Mayhem
Indigo Girls  – Beauty Queen Sister
Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
J. Mascis  – Several Shades Of Why
James Blake – James Blake
James Mccartney –  Close At Hand (EP)
James Morrison  – Awakening
James Vincent Mc Morrow  – Early In The Morning
Janes Addiction – The Great Escape Artist
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit – Here We Rest
Jc Brooks & The Uptown Sound  – Want More
Jeff Beck – Rock N' Roll Party
Jeff Bridges – Jeff Bridges
Jeffrey Foucault – Horse Latitudes
Jeffrey Lewis –  A Turn In The Dream-Songs
Jens Lekman  – An Argument With Myself
Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter – Marble Son
Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me
Jim Lauderdale – Patchwork River
Jj Grey & Mofro  – Brighter Days
Joan Armatrading  – Live At Royal Albert Hall
Joe Bonamassa – Dust Bowl
Joe Cocker – Hard Knocks
Joe Ely  – Satisfied At Last
Joe Henry – Reverie
John Doe – Keeper
John Gold – A Flower In Your Head
John Hiatt – Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns
John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours  – John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours
John Wesley Harding  – The Sound Of His Own Voice
Johnny Winter –  Roots
Jolie Holland  – Pint Of Blood
Jonathan Wilson  – Gentle Spirit
Joseph Arthur  – The Graduation Ceremony
Joss Stone – LP1
Joy Kills Sorrow  – The Unknown Science
KD Lang + The Siss Boom Bang  – Sing It Loud
Kate Bush – The Director’s Cut
Kathryn Calder  – Bright And Vivid
Katie Herzig – The Waking Sleep
Keb Mo – The Reflection
Kenny Wayne Shepherd  – Never Lookin' Back
Keren Ann  – 101
Kurt Vile  – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Laura Jansen  – Bells
Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know
Lenny Kravitz – Black And White America
Lex Land  – Were My Sweetheart To Go
Liam Finn  – Fomo
Lindsey Buckingham – Seeds We Sow
Lisa Hannigan  – Passenger
Little Scream  – The Golden Road
Los Amigos  Invisibles –  Not So Commercial
Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness
Los Lonely Boys –  Pandango
Lou Reed/Metallica  – Lulu
Low  – C'mon
Lucinda Williams – Blessed
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Lynn Miles  – Fall For Beauty
Madeleine Peyroux  Standin' On The Rooftop
Male Bonding  – Endless Now
Man Man – Life Fantastic
Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math
Marcia Ball  – Roadside Attractions
Maria Taylor –  Overlook
Marianne Faithfull  – Horses & High Heels
Mason Jennings  – Minnesota
Mat Kearney  – Young Love


Mates Of State – Mountaintops
Matisyahu – Live At Stubb’s, Vol. 2
Matraca Berg  – The Dreaming Fields
Matt Duke – One Day Die
Matt Nathanson – Modern Love
Matt The Electrician  – Accidental Thief
Matt Wertz  – Weights & Wings
Matthew Ryan  – I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall
Matthew Sweet  – Modern Art
Mayer Hawthorne – How Do You Do
Melissa Ferrick  – Still Right Here
Memory House  – The Years
Memory Tapes  Player Piano
Merle Haggard  – Working In Tennessee
Mia Doi Todd  – Cosmic Ocean Ship
Middle Brother – Middle Brother
Mike Doughty – Yes And Also Yes
Milagres  Glowing Mouth
Mister Heavenly   – Out Of Love
Moby – Destroyed
Mocean Worker Candygram For Mowo!
Mogwai  – Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will
Moreland & Arbuckle – Just A Dream
Motopony  – Motopony
My Morning Jacket – Circuital
Neil Young & The International Harvesters  – A Treasure
Neon Indian – Era Extrana
Nick 13  – Nick 13
Nick Lowe – The Old Magic
Nicole Atkins – Mondo Amore
Noah & The Whale – Last Night On Earth
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds  – Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
North Mississippi Allstars – Keys To The Kingdom
O.A.R. – King
Of Monsters And Men – My Head Is An Animal
Of Montreal  – Thecontrolersphere
Oh Land – Oh Land
Okkervil River – I Am Very Far
Old 97's  – The Grand Theatre Vol. 2
Ollabelle  Neon Blue Bird
Over The Rhine  The Long Surrender
Owl City  – All Things Bright And Beautiful
Pajama Club  Pajama Club
Panda Bear  – Tomboy
Paul Brady –  Hooba Dooba
Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What
Pegi Young & The Survivors  – Bracing For Impact
Pepper Rabbit  – Red Velvet Snow Ball
Peter Bjorn & John – Gimme Some
Peter Case  – The Case Files
Peter Gabriel  – New Blood
Peter Murphy  – Peter Murphy Ninth
Peter Wolf Crier –  Garden Of Arms
Piers Faccini  – My Wilderness
Pj Harvey – Let England Shake
Portugal. The Man – In The Mountain, In The Cloud
Primus – Green Naugahyde
Priscilla Ahn – When You Grow Up
Queen Electric – Queen Electric
R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
Rachael Yamagata  – Chesapeake
Radiohead – King Of Limbs
Randy Newman  Songbook Vol. 1
Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’
Ray Bonneville  Bad Man's Blood
Ray Davies  – See My Friends
Reckless Kelly  – Good Luck & True Love
Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You
Release The Sunbird (F/ Rogue Wave's Zach Rogue) – Come Back To Us
Rich Robinson Through A Crooked Sun
Richard Ashcroft  The United Nations Of Sound
Richard Buckner –  Our Blood
Robbie Robertson – How To Become Clairvoyant
Robert Earl Keen  – Ready For Confetti
Robert Ellis  – Photographs
Roger Clyne & The Pacemakers  – Unida Cantina
Roomful Of Blues  – Hook, Line & Sinker
Ron Sexsmith  – Long Player Late Bloomer
Rory Block  – Shake 'Em On Down: A Tribute To Mississippi Fred Mcdowell
Ry Cooder – Pull Up Some Dust And Sit Down
Ryan Adams  – Ashes & Fire
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside –  Dirty Radio
Sam Roberts Band – Collider
Sarah Jarosz  – Follow Me Down
Scars On 45 – Scars On 45
Sean Rowe  – Magic
Shelby Lynne Revelation Road
Slaid Cleaves  – Sorrow & Smoke: Live At The Horseshoe Lounge
Sloan  – The Double Cross
Smith Westerns –  Dye It Blonde
Social Distortion – Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes
Sondre Lerche  – Sondre Lerche
Sons And Daughters Mirror Mirror
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Stephen Kellogg And The Sixers  – Gift Horse
Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks  Mirror Traffic
Stephin Merritt  – Obscurities
Steve Cropper –  Dedicated
Steve Earle  – I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive
Stevie Nicks – In Your Dreams
Still Corners  – Creatures Of An Hour 
Superheavy  – Super Heavy
Susan Werner  – Kicking The Beehive
Suzie Brown  – Heartstrings
Tab Benoit – Medicine
Tapes N’ Tapes – Outside
Tara Nevins  – Wood And Stone
Tea Leaf Green  – Radio Tragedy
Teddy Thompson  Bella
Teddybears  Devil's Music
Tedeschi Trucks Band – Revelator
Thao & Mirah – Thao & Mirah
The Airborne Toxic Event – All At Once
The Antlers – Burst Apart
The B-52s – With The Wild Crowd! - Live In Athens, Ga.
The Bandana Splits  – Mr. Sam Presents The Bandana Splits
The Bangles  – Sweetheart Of The Sun
The Baseball Project  – Volume 2: High And Inside
The Belle Brigade  – The Belle Brigade
The Black Keys  – El Camino
The Blind Boys Of Alabama – Take The High Road
The Bottle Rockets  – Not So Loud
The Cars – Move Like This
The Cave Singers –  No Witch
The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
The Damnwells –  No One Listens To The Band Anymore
The Dears – Degeneration Street
The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
The Dodos – No Color
The Donkeys – Born With Stripes
The Drums –  Portamento
The Elected  – Bury Me In My Rings
The Farewell Drifters  – Echo Boom
The Feelies – Here Before
The Felice Brothers –  Celebration, Florida
The Head & The Heart – The Head & The Heart
The Horrible Crowes  Elsie
The Go! Team – Rolling Blackouts
The Gourds  – Old Mad Joy
The Greencards  – The Brick Album
The Horrors  Skying
The Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time
The Jolly Boys – Great Expectation
The Joy Formidable  The Big Roar
The Kills – Blood Pressures
The Kooks – Junk Of The Heart
The Low Anthem  – Smart Flesh
The Mekons  – Ancient & Modern
The Motels  Apocalypso
The Mountain Goats  – All Eternals Deck
The New York Dolls  – Dancing Backwards In High Heels
The One Am Radio  – Heaven Is Attached By A Slender Thread
The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart  Belong
The Raveonettes  – Raven In The Grave
The Rosebuds  Loud Planes Fly Low
The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing
The Smithereens – The Smithereens 2011
The Steve Miller  Band  – Let Your Hair Down
The Strokes – Angles
The Twilight Singers – Dynamite Steps
The Unthanks  Last
The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
The Vines  Future Primitive
The Wailin' Jennys   – Bright Morning Stars
The War On Drugs – Slave Ambient
The Watson Twins –  Night Covers
The Wildnerness Of Manitoba –  When You Left The Fire
The Wood Brothers  – Smoke Ring Halo
They Might Be Giants – Join Us
Thievery Corporation  – Culture Of Fear
Thomas Dybdahl  – Songs
Thurston Moore –  Demolished Thoughts
Tim Robbins Rogues Gallery Band  – Tim Robbins Gallery Band
Timber Timbre  –  Creep On Creepin' On
Tinariwen   Tassili
Todd Snider  – The Storyteller
Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman – Worldwide Rebel Songs
Tom Russell  – Mesabi
Tom Vek  Leisure Seizure
Tom Waits   – Bad As Me
Tommy Keene   – Behind The Parade
Tommy Stinson – One Man Mutiny
Tony Bennett  – Duets Ii
Tony Furtado  – Golden
Too Slim And The Taildraggers –  Shiver
Tori Amos  – Night Of Hunters
Toro Y Moi  – Underneath The Pine
Tracy Nelson  – Victim Of The Blues
Trevor Hall  – Everything, Anywhere, Anytime
Trombone Shorty – True
tUnE-yArDs   – w h o k I l l
Tv On The Radio – Nine Types Of Light
Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History
Umphrey’s Mc Gee – Death By Stereo
Van Hunt  – What Are You Waiting For?
Various Artists   – Johnny Boy Would Love This: A Tribute To John Martyn
Various Artists –  Listen To Me: Buddy Holly
Various Artists –  – Note Of Hope: A Celebration Of Woody Guthrie
Various Artists  – Rave On Buddy Holly
Various Artists – Spiderman: Turn Of The Dark (Soundtrack)
Various Artists  – The Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams
Various Artists  –  True Blood Vol. 3 (Original Hbo Soundtrack)
Vetiver  – The Errant Charm
Vhs Or Beta Diamonds And Death
Viva Voce  – The Future Will Destroy You
Vusi Mahlasela  – Say Africa
Wagons –  Rumble, Shake And Tumble
Wanda Jackson  – The Party Ain't Over
Warpaint  – The Fool
Warren Haynes – Man In Motion
Washed Out – Within And Without
White Denim  – D
Wilco  – The Whole Love
Wild Beasts –  Smother
Wild Flag – Wild Flag
Will Hoge – Number Seven 
William Fitzsimmons  – Gold In The Shadows
Willie Nelson –  Country Music
Willie Nile  – The Innocent Ones
Wire  – Red Barked Tree
Wooden Birds  – Two Matchsticks
Wye Oak   – Civilian
Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play The Blues: Live From Jazz At The Lincoln Center
Ximena Sariñana  – Ximena Sariñana
Yacht  – Shangri-La
Yael Naim –  She Was A Boy
Yes  – Fly From Here
Yo-Yo Ma/Stuart Duncan/Edgar Meyer/Chris Thile  – The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Zee Avi  – Ghostbird
Ziggy Marley – Wild And Free