ACL Staff Picks for Top Albums of 2011

Well everyone else is doing it…so why not us? Here are the 2011 releases that inspired the people behind Austin City Limits. Cheers to discovering and sharing even more great music in 2012!

Terry Lickona, Executive Producer
The Head and The Heart (self-titled)
Gillian Welch: The Harrow & The Harvest
Coldplay: Mylo Xyloto
Florence + The Machine: Ceremonial
Tom Waits: Bad As Me
Bon Iver (self-titled)
Adele: 21
Radiohead: The King of Limbs
Lupe Fiasco: Lasers
Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin’

Leslie Nichols, Associate Producer
The Head and The Heart – S/T
Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
Wilco – The Whole Love
Wild Flag – S/T
Quiet Company – We Are All Where We Belong
Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
The Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time
Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong
The Decemberists – The King Is Dead
Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest
Ryan Adams – Ashes & Fire

Emily Joyce, Associate Producer / Digital & Interactive Director
The Head and the Heart (self-titled)
Wilco – The Whole Love
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
Bon Iver (self-titled)
Real Estate – Days
The Antlers – Burst Apart
The War on Drugs- Slave Ambient
Blitzen Trapper – American Goldwing
Tom Waits – Bad as Me
The Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time

Tom Gimbel, General Manager Austin City Limits
1.  tUnE-yArDs – whokill
2.  White Denim – D
3.  Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
4.  Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
5.  Radiohead – The King of Limbs
6.  Motopony – Motopony
7.  TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
8.  Wilco – The Whole Love
9.  Cults – Cults
10.  M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
11.  The Black Keys – El Camino
12.  My Morning Jacket – Circuital

Maury Sullivan, Publicist
Wilco – The Whole Love
Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
Vetiver – The Errant Charm
Thurston Moore – Demolished Thoughts
Jay-Z and Kanye – Watch the Throne
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up
Bill Callahan – Apocalypse
PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
Real Estate – Days
Destroyer – Kaputt

Ed Bailey, VP Brand Development
Blitzen Trapper: American Goldwing
Rapael Saadiq: Stone Rollin’
Jessica Lea Mayfield: Tell Me
The Echocentrics: Sunshadows
James Vincent McMorrow: Early in the Morning
A Tribute to John Martyn: Johnny Boy Would Love This
Bill Callahan: Apocalypse
Jonathan Wilson: Gentle Spirit
Johnny Nicholas: Future Blues
Robyn Ludwick: Out of These Blues

Tamra Wilson, Project Manager
1. “Blood Pressures” The Kills
2. “Let England Shake” PJ Harvey
3. “21″ Adele
4. “Velociraptor” Kasabian
5. “Biophilia’ Bjork

Michael Toland, National Productions Manager
The Bevis Frond – The Leaving of London (Woronzow)
The Blurries – Paper Cuts (self-released)
The Breakers – s/t (Wicked Cool)
Brother Eye – Emotional Fingers (self-released)
The Decemberists – The King is Dead (Capitol)
The Feelies – Here Before (Bar/None)
Leatherbag – Yellow Television (self-released)
Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’ (Columbia)
Gillian Welch – The Harrow & the Harvest (Acony)
Wiretree – Makeup (self-released)