2011 has come and almost gone, and with it came another hearty selection of music releases from Baltimore. While we lost some historic bands this year (Double Dagger, Ponytail, Thank You), 2011 continued Baltimore's outpour of quality records.
Narrowing this down to a list was difficult – taking into account vinyl wear and tear, digital play counts, love, and the release's meaning to a continually thriving scene.
There are a few things to note for full disclosure. There is one release from a Swedish band. This gets a pass because the record features a lineup with lead vocals from Baltimore legend, Daniel Higgs. It also gets a pass because it's amazing. Also, there are a handful of records on here that I helped release via Friends Records.
Here are my top 25 music albums from Baltimore, Maryland in 2011.
25. Daytime – Daytime's Serendipity
24. Each Others – Lately Now
23. Roomrunner – Roomrunner
22. Holy Ghost Party – Holy Ghost Party
21. Vlonde – The Grief of O
20. Romantic States – Still Petals
19. Inflatable Mattress – Pumped Up
18. Arbouretum – The Gathering
17. Dog Leather – Greezy Man and Stinky Man Meets Smutty Ranks On Tarantula Hill
16. Ken Seeno – Invisible Surfer On An Invisible Wave
15. Witch Hat – Brown in a Dog
14. Adventure – Lesser Known
13. Skull Defekts – Peer Amid
12. Moss of Aura – Wading
11. Run DMT – Dreaming
10. Zomes – Earth Grid
9. Thank You – Golden Worry
8. White Life – White Life
7. Co La – Dial Tone Earth
6. Ponytail – Do Whatever You Want All The Time
5. Microkingdom – Three Compositions of No Jazz
4. Dope Body – Nupping
3. Wye Oak – Civilian
2. Future Islands – On The Water
1. Celebration – Electric Tarot: Hello Paradise