Best Of 2011: Indie Roots

MAGNET’s Devon Leger picks the best indie-roots releases of the year.

1. GILLIAN WELCH The Harrow & The Harvest (Acony)
2. THE DECEMBERISTS The King Is Dead (Capitol)
3. BRYAN JOHN APPLEBY Fire On The Vine (self-released)
4. MATT BAUER The Jessamine County Book Of Living (Crossbill)
5. ZOE MUTH & THE LOST HIGH ROLLERS Starlight Hotel (Signature Sounds)
6. ALELA DIANE Alela Diane & Wild Divine (Rough Trade)
7. JOY KILLS SORROW This Unknown Science (Signature Sounds)
8. BEN SOLLEE Inclusions (Thirty Tigers)
9. THE BUILDERS & THE BUTCHERS Dead Reckoning (Badman)
10. JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW Early In The Morning (Vagrant)

Best Of 2011: World Music

MAGNET’s j. poet picks the best world-music releases of the year.

1. TIKEN JAH FAKOLY African Revolution (Wrasse/Universal)
2. HOSSAM RAMZY Rock The Tabla (ARC)
4. DWIGHT LAMB, JENSEN & BUGGE Live In Denmark 2010 (Missouri Valley Music)
5. HUNN HUUR TU Ancestors Call (World Village)
6. GENTICORUM Nagez Rameurs (Mad River)
7. YOUSSU N’DOUR Dakar – Kingston (Emarcy)
8. FEMI KUTI Africa For Africa (Knitting Factory)
9. DENGUE FEVER Cannibal Courtship (Fantasy)
10. DELHI 2 DUBLIN Planet Electronic (SOCAN)

Best Of 2011: Punk/Hardcore

MAGNET’s Bryan C. Reed picks the best punk/hardcore releases of the year.

1. THE MEN Leave Home (Sacred Bones)
2. ICEAGE New Brigade (What’s Your Rupture?)
3. COLA FREAKS Cola Freaks (Douchemaster)
4. BRAIN F≠ Sleep Rough (Sorry State/Grave Mistake)
5. WICCANS Skullduggery (Katorga Works)
6. MOB RULES The Donor (Sorry State)
7. NIGHT BIRDS The Other Side Of Darkness (Grave Mistake)
8. CONDOMINIUM Warm Home (Condominium)
9. SOKEA PISTE Ajatus Karkaa (Kämäset Levyt)
10. NIGHT FEVER New Blood (Tankcrimes)

Best Of 2011: Hip Hop

MAGNET’s Elliott Sharp picks the best hip-hop releases of the year.

1. CURREN$Y Weekend At Burnie’s (Warner Bros.)
2. STALLEY Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music) (SMC)
3. JAY-Z + KANYE WEST Watch The Throne (Def Jam)
4. SHABAZZ PALACES Black Up (Sub Pop)
5. MAIN ATTRAKIONZ 808s & Dark Grapes II (self-released)
6. BIG K.R.I.T. Return Of 4Eva (self-released)
7. RICK ROSS God Forgives, I Don’t (Maybach)
8. EVIDENCE Cats & Dogs (Rhymesayers)
10. ACTION BRONSON Dr. Lecter (Fine Fabric Delegates)