Astralwerks Staff Top Albums / Songs / Shows of 2011

  Dec 22, 2011  

The Astralwerks staff have chosen their personal Top 10 albums, Top 5 songs and # 1 live show of the year after plenty of thought and internal debate. Scroll down below to see all of our picks and listen to our favorite tracks via the Rdio player. Thanks for supporting Astralwerks in 2011 and we can’t wait to get 2012 started with some amazing new music and much more!

Glenn M
Top 10 Albums:
Stornoway – Beachcombers Windowsill
Foster The People – Torches
Florence & The Machine
Real Estate – Days
Cut Copy  – Zonoscope
Adele – 21
Salsoul Records – The History Of Salsoul
David Guetta – Nothing But The Beat
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Duck Sauce – Unreleased Debut Album
Kooks – Junk Of The Heart

Top 5 Tracks:
Avicii – Levels
Rihanna – We Found Love
Swedish House Mafia – Save The World
The 2 Bears – Bear Hug
The Good Natured – EP

Top Live Event:
Swedish House Mafia @ Madison Square Garden + LCD Soundsystem @ Madison Square Garden

Mark M

Top 10 Albums:
Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!
Yuck – S/T
Monarchy – Around the Sun
Future Islands – On the Water
M83 – Hurry Up we’re Dreaming
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – S/T
R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
The Decemberists – The King is Dead
Wilco – The Whole Love
James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning

Top 5 Tracks:
Cut Copy – Need You Now
Elbow – Open Arms
Death Cab for Cutie – You Are a Tourist
The Good Natured – Hourglass
Monarchy – You Don’t Want to Dance with Me

Top Live Show:
Stornoway @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Veronica S

Top 10 Albums:
Adele – 21
Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
Kanye West and Jay Z – Watch The Throne
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Beach Fossils – What A Pleasure (it’s an EP but it has 8 tracks. I vote “album”)
Foster The People – Torches
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Friendly Fires – Pala
Real Estate – Days

Top 5 Tracks:
Rihanna – “We Found Love”
M83 – “Midnight City”
Adele – “Someone Like You”
Kanye West and Jay Z – “N***as in Paris”
Florence and the Machine – “Shake It Out”

Best Live Event:
Pulp at Glastonbury 2011

Lawrence L

Top 10 Albums:
Robag Wruhme -Thora Vukk
V/A ‘Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa
Acid House Kings – Music Sounds Better with You
Nero – Welcome Reality
Steve Mason & Dennis Bovell – Ghosts Outside
Metal Mountains – Golden Trees
Duck Sauce – (unreleased album)
Hercules And Love Affair – Blue Songs
Robin Guthrie –  Emeralds
Original Soundtrack – The Muppets

Top 5 Tracks:
The Vaccines – Norgaard
Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love
Joe Goddard feat. Valentina – Gabriel
Acid Washed – General Motors, Detroit, America (Blackstrobe remix)
Mobb Deep – Black Cocaine

Top Live Evet:
Kollektiv Turmstrasse – live at Blkmarket Membership NYC

Ashley W

Top 10 Albums:
Elbow – Build a Rocket Boys!
The Horrors – Skying
Anna Calvi – Anna Calvi
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
White Denim – D
Tom Waits – Bad As Me
Cat’s Eyes – Cat’s Eyes
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Washed Out – Within & Without
Cut Copy – Zonoscope


Top 10 Albums:
Tune-Yards — WHOKILL
Foster The People — Torches
Amos Lee — Mission Bell
Yuck — Yuck
Bon Iver — Bon Iver
M83 — Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Fleet Foxes — Helplessness Blues
Tinie Tempah — Disc-Overy US
Gold Panda — DJ Kicks
Ryan Adams — Ashes+ Fire

Elena L

Top 10 Albums:
Darren Hayes – Secret Codes and Battleships
Lady Gaga – Born This Way
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
Hercules & Love Affair – Blue Songs
David Guetta- Nothing But the Beat
Rihanna – Talk That Talk
Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi – Rome
Adele – 21

Top 5 Tracks:

Cut Copy- Take Me Over
Swedish House Mafia – Save The World
Darren Hayes – Black Out The Sun
Lady Gaga – You And I
Bruno Mars – It Will Rain

Top Live Event:
Swedish House Mafia Masquerade Motel – Miami 2011

Nick C

Top 10 Albums:
Yelle – Safari Disco Club
Monarchy – Around The Sun
Kate Bush – 50 Words For Snow
The Good Natured – Skeleton EP
Foster The People – Torches
St. Vincent – Strange Mercy
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
The Smashing Pumpkins – Gish (Re-Issue)
The Black Keys – El Camino

Top 5 Trackss:
NERVO – We’re All No One (NERVO Goes To Paris Remix)
Coldplay – Paradise
The Japanese Popstars – Shells Of Silver
Yelle – Que Veux-Tu (Madeon Remix)
M83 – Midnight City

Top Live Event:
The Japanese Popstars – Dance Here Now Festival @ Governor’s Island

Dave L

Top, ahem, 10 Albums:

Cut Copy- Zonoscope
Holy Ghost- Holy Ghost
Foster The People- Torches
The Lonely Forest- Arrows
The Naked And Famous- Passive Me, Aggressive You
The Chain Gang Of 1974- The Chain Gang Of 1974
Sleeper Agent- Celabrasion
Elbow- Build A Rocket, Boys!
The Kooks- Junk Of the Heart
Yuck- Yuck
White Lies- Ritual
The Wombats- The Wombats Proudly Present… This Modern Glitch

Top 5 Tracks:
Sloan- Unkind
Elbow- The Night Will Always Win
Cults- Bumper
Architecture In Helsinki- Escapee
Friendly Fires- Hawaiian Air
Foster The People- Pumped Up Kicks

Top Live Event (he doesn’t know how to pick just one)
Cut Copy at Terminal 5
LCD Soundsystem at Terminal 5
The Kooks at HOB Boston/Trocadero Philly

Jeremy R

Top 10 Albums:
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Destroyer – Kaputt
James Blake – James Blake
Yuck – Yuck
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
The Weeknd – House of Balloons

Top 5 Tracks:
AraabMuzik – Streetz Tonight
Girls – Vomit
John Maus – Hey Moon
Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Life
Active Child – Playing House

Top Live Event:
LCD Soundsystem final show – MSG

Erin G

Top 10 Albums:
Cut Copy – Zonoscope
Cults – Cults
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Yuck – Yuck
Holy Ghost – Holy Ghost
Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde
The Decemberists – The King is Dead
Real Estate – Days
M83 – Hurry Up , We’re Dreaming
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo

Top 5 Tracks:
Frank Ocean –Novacane
Lana Del Rey – Video Games
Cass McCombs – Robin Egg Blue
M83 – Midnight City
Rihanna ft. Calvin Harris – We Found Love

Top Live Event:
LCD Soundsystem @ MSG

Matt K

Top 10 Albums:
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Wye Oak – Civilian
Destroyer – Kaput
Friendly Fires – Pala
Wild Beasts – Smother
Real Estate – Days
Yuck – Yuck
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo
Cults –  Cults

Top 5 Songs:
Lana Del Rey – Blue Jeans
Beirut – Santa Fe
Chase the Tear – Portishead
Toro Y Moi – New Beat
Joy Formidable – Whirring

Top Live Event:
LCD Soundsystem – Madison Square Garden 4/2/11 – Final show!

Davis M

Top 10 Albums:
James Blake – James Blake
Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials
Adele – 21
Oh Land –Oh Land
Penguin Prison – Penguin Prison
Foster the People – Torches
Yelle – Safari Disco Club
Wynter Gordon – With The Music I Die
Austra- Feel it Break

Top 5 Songs:
Beth Ditto – Open Heart Surgery
Avicii – Fade Into Darkness
Adele – Set Fire to the Rain
Robyn – Call Your Girlfriend
Sak Noel – Loca People

Top Live Event:
Yelle @ Bottom Lounge, Chicago 5/6/11

Katie D

Top 10 Albums:
The Black Keys – El Camino
Feist – Metals
Dom – Sun Bronzed Greek Gods
Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See
Cults – Cults
The Good Natured – Skeleton EP
Diamond Rings – Special Affections
Yelle – Safari Disco Club
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
The Japanese Popstars – Controlling Your Allegiance

Top 5 Songs:
Two Tears – Senso Unico
Arctic Monkeys – Piledriver Waltz
Of Monsters And Men – Little Talks
Cults – You Know What I Mean
First Aid Kit – When I Grow Up

Top Live Event:
Diamond Rings at First Avenue

Anna E

Top 10 Albums:
Kanye West & Jay Z -Watch The Throne
Drake- Take Care
The Weeknd- House of Balloons
Miguel- All I Want Is You
Wale- Ambition
Beyonce- 4
Frank Ocean- Nostalgia
Tinie Tempah- Disc-Overy
Rome- Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi / Starring Jack White and Norah Jones
The Black Keys – El Camino

Top 5 Songs:
Rihanna – We Found Love
Beyonce- Party
SBTRKT – Wildfire feat Drake & Little Dragon
Jay Z & Kanye West – N****s in Paris
Big Sean- A**

Top Live Show:
WATCH THE THRONE- Jay Z & Kanye West!

Alisan B

Top 10 Albums: (in no particular order outside of Adele which was by far, best album of 2011, in my personal opinion)
Adele – 21
Jay Z/Kanye West–Watch The Throne
Black Keys–El Camino
Lykke Li–Wounded Rhymes
The Decemberists–The King Is Dead
Bon Iver–Bon Iver
Florence and The Machine–Ceremonials
Drake–Take Care
Lady Gaga–Born This Way
James Blake–James Blake

Top 5 Tracks:
Adele–Someone Like You
David Guetta f. Usher–Without You
Jay & Kanye–Otis
Black Keys–Lonely Boy
Lana Del Ray–Video Games

Top Live Event:
Toss up between LCD Soundsystem’s Final Farewell at MSG and Swedish House Mafia at MSG….both were by far two of the most amazing live experiences I’ve had in a long time

Devin K

Top 10 Albums:
Fleet Foxes–Helplessness Blues
Bon Iver–Bon Iver
Kurt Vile–Smoke Ring for my Halo
Coldplay–Mylo Xyloto
Elbow–Build a Rocket Boys
Beastie Boys–Hot Sauce Committee Part 2
Joy Formidable–The Big Roar
Death Cab for Cutie–Codes and Keys
The Decemberists–The King is Dead
Apparat–The Devil’s Walk
Wilco–The Whole Love
M83–Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Cut Copy–Zonoscope
Washed Out–Within and Without

Top 5 Tracks:
M83–Midnight City
Naked and Famous–Young Blood
Coldplay–Every Teardrop is a Waterfall
Adele–Someone Like You
Foster the People–Pumped Up Kicks

Top Live Event:
Coldplay Live on Letterman

Mauro D

Top 10 Albums:

Sinatra–The Best Of The Best
David Guetta–Nothing But The Beat
Jay Z/ Kayne West–Watch The Throne
Radiohead–The King Of Limbs
Arcade Fire–The Suburbs
Norah Jones …Featuring
Tony Bennett–Duets II
Pitbull–Planet Pit
Lady Antebellum–Own The Night

Top 5 Tracks:
Adele–Rolling In The Deep
David GuettaWithout You
Foster The People– Pumped Up Kicks
Pitbull–Give Me Everything
SHM–Save The World

Top Live Event:

Dave B

Top 10 Albums:
Wolf Gang-Suego Faults
Elbow-Build A Rocket Boys
M83-Hurry Up,We’re Dreaming
The Decemberists-The King Is Dead
St. Vincent-Strange Mercy
Real Estate-Days
Bon Iver-Bon Iver
The Kooks-Junk Of The Heart
The Black Keys-El Camino

Top 5 Tracks:
Morning Parade-Carousel-(Original Form)So what if I’m a year early. Nothing touches this.
Wolf Gang-The King And All Of His Men
The National-Think You Can Wait-(Win Win Soundtrack)
The Kooks-The Saboteur

Top Live Event:
All Kooks shows…….

Milton W

Top 10 Albums:
Florrie—Experiments EP
David Guetta—Nothing But the Beat
The Weeknd—Thursday
Kissy Sellout—Wild Romance
The Good Natured—Skeleton EP
Scratch Massive—Nuit de Reve
Monte La Monte—Cloud One EP
Soma Records 20 Years—Soma Classics
Acid Jacks—Apocalypse Meow
Shiny Disco Club Presents Millenium Disco vols 1 & 2

Top 5 Tracks:
Katy Perry—E.T. (Nicademass Remix)
Danny Daze—Ghetto Fab
Thee Mezcalateerz (Felix da Housecat, Steve Angello, Modzart)—Yes
Bingo Players—Cry (Just a Little) (Kids at the Bar Bootleg Remix)

Top Live Event:

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