In 2011, I listened to things. Here is a list to that effect.
1. Things named after themselves
Bon Iver, Bon Iver.
2. Songs more beautiful than their name would lead you to believe
3. Bands that reaffirmed their awesomness
The Whole Love begins and ends with different sorts of long, meandering, wonderful. Well done Tweedy, and company. Well done.
4. Bands who reaffirmed that they're just having a bit of fun at this point.
5. New friends
6. Best use of a suicidal squirrel
7. ttfn, readers