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The 2011 Hipster Awards

February 6, 2012

Since the Grammy Awards are coming up, I thought I’d take one last look at my favorite music of 2011 & bring you the 2011 Hipster Awards. While the winners do not actually receive any physical award, the music here is much better than the Grammys. 🙂

(All albums considered were released January – November 2011.)

Best Folk Album:

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

honorable mentions:

Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean; The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow

Best Folk Song:

“Helplessness Blues” – Fleet Foxes

honorable mention:

“Poison & Wine” – The Civil Wars

Best Rap Album:

Shabazz Palaces – Black Up

honorable mentions:

Drake – Take Care; A$AP Rocky – LiveLoveA$AP; Main Attrakionz – 808s & Dark Grapes II; Big K.R.I.T. – Return of 4Eva

Best Rap Song:

“N***as in Paris” – Jay-Z & Kanye West

honorable mentions:

“Take 1” – Main Attrakionz & A$AP Rocky (also featured on A$AP Rocky’s mixtape as “Leaf” prod. by Clams Casino); “Peso” – A$AP Rocky; “Yonkers” – Tyler, The Creator

Best R&B Album:

The Weeknd – House of Balloons (EP)

Best R&B Song:

“House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls” – The Weeknd

Best Alternative/Rock Album:

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

honorable mentions:

Girls – Father, Son, Holy GhostDestroyer – KaputtSmith Westerns – Dye It Blonde; White Denim – DKurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Best Alternative/Rock Song:

“Street Joy” – White Denim

honorable mentions:

“Vomit” – Girls; “Out In The Way” – Beach Fossils (feat. Jack Tatum of Wild Nothing); “Kaputt” – Destroyer; “Jesus Fever” – Kurt Vile; “Weekend” – Smith Westerns

Best Electronic or Pop Album:

Kuedo – Severant

honorable mentions:

Panda Bear – TomboyTeeel – Amulet; M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming; Gang Gang Dance – Eye Contact; Puro Instinct – Headbangers In EcstasyCom Truise – Galactic Melt; Ford & Lopatin – Channel PressureCut Copy – Zonoscope

Best Electronic or Pop Song:

“Touch” – Holy Other

Best Ambient/Electronic Album:

Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica

honorable mentions:

Julia Holter – Tragedy; Nicholas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise

Best Ambient/Electronic Song:

“Replica” – Oneohtrix Point Never

Album of the Year:

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Song of the Year:

“Touch” – Holy Other

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