3hree Things: My 12 Favorite Albums Of 2011, Vol. 1 of 4

Sangsouvanh Khounvichit

It's that time of year again. The time of year in which we are inundated with year-end lists; bests, worsts, mosts, leasts, blah, and blahs. Honestly, I'm a bit tired of lists (maybe some of that has to do with the fact that I make one for this column every week), but there's something to to be said for tradition. I've been writing and publishing "Best/Favorite Records of ..." for several years, and while I realize that some of you couldn't possibly give less of a damn which records were my favorites of 2011, I'm about to drop them on you anyway. Suck it up and read on, or do something else.

Now, a few things before we get started. 

These are not the "best" records. They are my "favorite" records. I really don't know what's "best." Neither do you. So save the "I can't believe (band name that probably has something to do with verbing a noun in it) isn't on your list" comments. This is my list. You're more than welcome make your own, and I'd encourage you to do so. I'm eager to read them in the comments. Let's get each other into some new bands.

The following twelve records (because I honestly couldn't narrow it down to nine like I did last year) are listed in order, but that order (especially at the back end) would probably change from week to week were someone to ask me to submit this list again. That order has also been determined by an admittedly unreliable way of assigning value to a record.

I checked out my total plays on Last.fm and iTunes, made a list, thought about potential replay value, took some notes, sat down and listened to all of the top records again to see what kind of staying power they had, flipped a coin, made a list of my top three tracks from each record and compared them to other top threes, put album covers on a dartboard, blindfolded myself, threw some darts in the direction of that dartboard, hit my dog with one, and realized that all of this is a horrible idea and why do I have so much fun driving myself nuts over something so inconsequential and unnecessary and oh yeah that's just because it's what I do with these list things.

Aaaaaaaand, deep breath.

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