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Most year-end lists have been published and we’ve noticed that they are all very different. That means that this year saw many great releases and that the best albums of the year weren’t as clear as the past few years. Or maybe it means that every music blog out there is truly beginning to have they own voice and niched tastes. Both of those two things are good things. This year we decided to make our Best Albums Of The Year list in the most objetive way possible and rated each album with 4 categories: Replay Value, Originality, Musical Complexity and Innovation & Riskiness. Here are our results.

30) Toro y Moi – Underneath the Pine

29) Real Estate – Days

28) Pure X – Pleasure

27) Atlas Sound- Parallax

26) Cass McCombs – Wit’s End

25) Washed out- Within and Without

24) The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

23) The Strokes- Angles

22) Young Galaxy- Shapeshifting

21) Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

20) M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

19) Tv On The Radio – 9 types of light

18) Metronomy – English Riviera

17) Zola Jesus- Conatus

16) Balam Acab – Wonder Wander

15) Wu Lyf – Go tell Fire to the Mountain

14) St Vincent – Strange Mercy

13) My Morning Jacket- Circuital

12) Korallreven – An Album by Korallreven

11) The Weeknd – House of Balloons

10) tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l

9) Destroyer – Kaputt

8) Radiohead – The King of Limbs

7) The roots – Undun

6) Black Keys – El Camino

5) Julianna Barwick – The Magic Place

4) Bon Iver – Bon Iver

3) Panda Bear – Tomboy

2) James Blake – James Blake

1) Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

We’re only a month from the end of the year and all the best-of-the-year lists are the order of the day. Ours is coming pretty soon as well, however, before doing that we first wanted to take a breath and share our favorite songs of November. Compared to the rest of the year, November wasn’t as busy. Not a lot of albums came out. This was the only month in which we didn’t get a new contender for album of the year, so all in all it wasn’t very exciting. But of course, we still had plenty of material, some great songs for you to listen. So here’s our playlist for the best of November. Cheers!

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Either if you wan’t to get tricked or trashed, get wild on a Halloween costume party , enjoy a spooky evening watching horror themed movies or just listen to a playlist to spice the season, here’s one featuring the best this month has had to offer that’ll do the task. Enjoy!

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September has come and gone, Fall is basically upon us and with it some of the most expected releases of the year, Bjork, M83, Coldplay, Justice and more will release some of the years best work. This past month delivered huge albums by St. Vincent, Megafaun, Twin Sister, Wilco, Girls……. not all of them made it into our monthly top 10, only these next tracks were the chosen ones, enjoy!

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August came and went, with it the last glimpse of summer starts to fade away. The good news is we were left with some pretty awesome tunes. The RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS launched their new album “I’m With You”, Nurses released the second single from their upcoming album Dracula, St. Vincent also dropped the second haunting single of her upcoming album Strange Mercy, and even The Weeknd dropped a new mix-tape called Thursday (on a Thursday, of course). Check out which songs made it into our monthly top 10 for this August.

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So we grouped up June and July to give you this best-songs-of-the-summer playlist. There is a lot of variety in this list, from big bands like Radiohead to up and comers like Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt. More than halfway through, the year 2011 has had incredible songs and great new artists like I Can Chase Dragons, one of our most recent discoveries. It also contains some of our favorite summer anthems such as Southern Shores‘ “Night Is Young” and M83‘s “Midnight City”. Anyways, enjoy the end of the summer with this selection we carefully prepared for you and have flashbacks to wonderful moments you had these last couple of months. Cheers!

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The month of may delivered good music. It was a productive month as it has been a productive year. This time we want to share with you some of our favorite songs by prominent artists such as The Antlers, Battles, My Morning Jacket, Bill Callahan, Arcade Fire and Bon Iver, We also include some of our most recent discoveries and upcoming promising artists such as BeigeThe Y’s and Savoir Adore. Enjoy this monthly treat and show your friends.

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