I just submitted my 2011 Village Voice Pazz & Jop ballot, which I'll share with y'all here. BIG DISCLAIMER: If your favorite hot platter is not here, it's probably because I didn't hear it and you should send it to me immediately. I don't get the deluge of freebies that I used to once upon a time. This is what I actually heard this year and loved.
1. Poly Styrene - Generation Indigo
2. The Mekons - Ancient And Modern
3. Rob Kennedy/MDA - The Purgatory Home Companion
4. Deerhoof - Deerhoof vs. Evil
5. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
6. Wild Flag - Wild Flag
7. Wire - Red Barked Tree
8. Ruby Howl - Heaven Hides Here Too
9. Moon Duo - Mazes
10. The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck
Singles (VERY loosely defined in these digital downloading days):
1. The Granite Countertops - Something Different (token piece of shameless self-promotion, actually released almost 2 years ago but I really like the video I made for it this year)
2. Deerhoof - Super Duper Rescue Heads!
3. Rob K/MDA - Bardot Hotel
4. It Thing - Life Is Sick
5. Half Man Half Biscuit - National Shite Day (came out in 2008 but I didn't discover it till this year so PLLPPPPPPPPPPPP)
6. MamaCoAtl - Food Is A Weapon
7. Vivian Girls - The Other Girls
8. Dylan Champagne - Baby In A Bear Suit
9. The Hallflowers - I Can't Get Started
(No videos for The Hallflowers! Perhaps it's time to dig through the archives!)
10. Shovelman - Rollin'
Different song, but this will give you an idea of what this guy can do with an altered shovel.