NPR is asking folks to vote for their Top Ten Albums of 2011.
NPR's own list is here: http://www.npr.org/series/142852713/50-favorite-albums-of-2011-from-npr-music
I didn't use the write-in option, just chose from the albums offered by NPR, and man, it was hard!!!
Sadly, I landed up leaving out Tune-Yards, The Decemberists, The Fleet Foxes, The Smith Westerns, and many other bands that had GREAT albums in 2011...
hey! is it too early to say there is now a renaissance of sorts in both Americana/folky stuff and psychedelic garage-y stuff???
My final list:
Bright Eyes (Conor Oberst)
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Iron & Wine
Unknown Mortal Orchestra (UMO)
Jeff The Brotherhood
P.S. I'm leaving off The Black Keys since I just got it the other day, so for me, it's NOT one of my top albums of 2011... at least not yet....