The Best EP’s of 2011

by oz on December 8, 2011

We’re in the midst of preparing our best albums of 2011, but we can’t overlook the shorties that caught our eyes this year. These were our favorite EP’s of the year, topped by one of the biggest surprises of the year in Alabama Shakes. We’re locking in a session with them as we speak (fingers crossed). We’ll also be releasing a session with Ivan and Alyosha in the coming weeks. The twelve-piece collective, Typhoon, became a favorite last year with their debut album Hunger and Thirst and their A New Kind Of House EP is an outstanding follow up. I’ve also been waiting for The Wooden Sky to release something new since falling in love with his/their debut in 2009. Love his vocals. And lastly, ever heard of The Decemberists?

1. Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes – Hold On

2. Typhoon – A New Kind Of House

Typhoon – Summer Home

3. Ivan and Alyosha – Fathers Be Kind

Ivan & Alyosha – Glorify

4. The Wooden Sky – City Of Light

5. The Decemberists – Long Live The King

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Mary December 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

Love each and every one of these!

tin December 8, 2011 at 11:25 am

I would include Gary Clark Jr on that list, although don’t know if I’d replace any of yours with him because he’d previously released some of the songs on his Bright Lights EP. Brill stuff though; wish he’d devote his full attention to music and forget about acting. There’s hundreds of run of the mill actors – but no one else can play blues guitar like him.

oz December 8, 2011 at 11:40 am

Isn’t his bright lights EP the one released this year? I love “Don’t Owe You a Thing” and “Bright Lights” but the album was disjointed to me. Two studio cuts and two live cuts and then “things are changin” feels so out of place. Sounds like an R&B Maxwell track on a Black Keys album or something. He still would have been a solid choice for sure.

Sam Anderson December 8, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I was thinking of doing a Best EP list too. Guess there’s no need now. Well done.

Sounds For The Soul December 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm

No Pickwick?!

bza December 8, 2011 at 3:54 pm

if you missed it, check out PAPA – A Good Woman is Hard to Find

Brian Lambert December 10, 2011 at 11:39 am

Very nicely done. Very rootsy selections with the ambiance that seems to infiltrating indie music these days.

Jacob Wyatt December 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm

Some good choices there, I quite also like the Daughter – His Young Heart EP, Wavves – Life Sux EP and Ben Howard – Old Pine EP.

Quintilian B. Nasty December 12, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Two 2011 EPs I really enjoyed are This Is a Desert by The Henry Clay People and Way Upstate… by Frontier Ruckus. Check ’em out if you haven’t already.

oz December 12, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Nice recommendations QBN. I wasn’t even aware that Henry Clay or Frontier Ruckus released EP’s this year. Listening to FR now and digging it. Love those guys.

Quintilian B. Nasty December 15, 2011 at 7:20 pm

I’m looking forward to the next full length album by FR.

bin December 20, 2011 at 3:48 pm

I would include Via Flamina on that list.

Isis Cadwell February 3, 2012 at 5:53 am

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