Listener Poll Top Ten of 2011


Here's the rebuttal to last night’s program where the listeners weigh in on the best new music releases of 2011. Thanks to all who voted! There were a few well-waged social media campaigns and other online calls-to-action. However, there is a clear front-runner, with some unexpected and some predictable results.  The voting closed at noon today.  Tonight's 27th 26th(?) annual New Sounds Listener Poll show will contain the music that emerged victorious from this year's contest.

PROGRAM # 3290, Listener Poll 2011 (First aired on 1/12/2012)                                                





10. John Luther Adams, feat.
Steven Drury, piano
Scott Deal, percussion

Four Thousand Holes

Four Thousand Holes, excerpt [5:00]

Cold Blue Music CB0035

9. Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Chris Thile, Edgar Meyer,

The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Here and Heaven [3:53]

Sony 88697 84118

8. So Percussion

Steven Mackey

Mackey: It Is Time - Steel Drums, excerpt [5:00]

Cantaloupe CA21076

7. Meredith Monk

Songs of Ascension

Vow [3:14]

ECM # 2154

6. The Decemberists

The King is Dead

Rox in the Box [3:10]

Capitol Records OR

5. PJ Harvey

Let England Shake

Written on the Forehead [3:40]

Island Records 2753189
Available via, or iTunes

4. Kiran Ahluwalia (& Tinariwen)

Aam Zameen/Common Ground

Raqba [5:29]

Avokado Artists Recordings / Out 91425262

3. Steve Reich

WTC 9/11

WTC 9/11, Part III [5:48]

Nonesuch 528236

2. Brian Eno/ Rick Holland

Panic of Looking (& Drums Between the Bells)

In the Future [2:10]

Warp Records  WAP322 (Drums Between the Bells is WARPCD214)

1.  Donnacha Dennehy | Crash Ensemble, Alan Pierson, cond. | Iarla O Lionáird, voice

Grá agus Bás (Love and Death)

Grá agus Bás, excerpt  [5:00]

Nonesuch 527063