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Q.D. Tran's Top 15 Local Albums of 2011

- by Q.D. Tran

Honestly, I’ve been so busy that I really haven’t thought about making an end of the year list until I recently received a few inquiries about what would make mine. So with a little free time to reflect this weekend, I started thinking about the local albums that kept me coming back for more in 2011. It’s been a rad year for Philly indie music so I’ve been beating myself up trying to narrow it down to 10. But I’m over this sadomasochistic act. I give up. After all, it is my list, right? Why can’t it be 15? Yes, it could be even more than that, but I need to get some rest and stop obsessing. You can take a look at my list of favorite local albums in 2011 and listen to some of the tracks that have helped them stand out in my mind below. If you like what you hear, make sure to grab a copy or revisit it if its somewhere in your collection. I know. There are some that you think I missed or overlooked. Feel free to also share your faves from this year that you don't see. Enjoy!

1. Horse Heaven  (Ian) - Creepoid


2. Slave Ambient (Secretly Canadian) - The War on Drugs


3. Out of Love (Sub Pop) - Mister Heavenly


4. No More Golden Days (Self-released) - Lushlife


5. Black Figure of a Bird (New Atlantis/Sun Magi) - Nick Millevoi


6. Anchor (Self-released) - On the Water


7. Summer Blood (Self-released) - Work Drugs


8. Let Me Down Easy (Self-released) - The Homophones


9. Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador) - Kurt Vile


10. Pretend to Be Nice (Bantic) - Slutever

So Prone by Slutever


11. Stranger I Come. Stranger I Leave. (Night People) - Lantern


12. In Case I Don't Make It (Mello Music Group) - Has-Lo


13. Wide Awake (Self-released) - Arches


14. American Radiance (Self-released) - Tin Horses


15. White Birds (Grizzly) - White Birds