2011 was the year of the flexidisc’s return, thanks to Pirate Press. Christmas released an excellent flexi already last year, and this year we got one from Sea Lions and the fantastic package from Castle Face (featuring Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin, Blasted Canyons, Bare Wires and The Fresh & Onlys) found at #5 in this list. A couple of bands could have been featured twice here, like Outer Minds (2 great singles) and Bleached (3 singles this year!), but to be fair they’re not. The BellTowers’ Lily-Pad Recordings EP is actually from 2010 but I don’t think it was available from Kool Kat until this year, and especially not the bonus disc.

1. The Ugly Beats – Throw Me a Line Hey Girl! 7″
2. The Frowning Clouds – All Night Long Saturno 7″
3. Bleached – Carter Art Fag 7″
4. Outer Minds – Gimme a Reason Push My Buttons 7″
5. V/A – Castle Face Group Flex Castle Face flexi box
6. The BellTowers – The Lily-Pad Sessions + Bonus Kool Kat EP
7. Woollen Kits – Maths RIP Society 7″
8. Beach Fossils – What a Pleasure Captured Tracks 12″
9. Fear of Men – Ritual Confession Italian Beach Babes 7″
10. Grass Widow – Milo Minute HLR 7″
11. The Mantles – Raspberry Thighs SDZ 7″
12. The Frantic V – Love Beat On Stage 10″
13. Plateaus – Beach Coma Art Fag 7″
14. Pendentif – Riviera La Bulle Sonore 7″
15. The Art Museums – Dancing With a Hole In Your Heart Slumberland 7″
16. The Fresh & Onlys – Secret Walls Sacred Bones 12″
17. Crystal Stilts – Radiant Door Sacred Bones 12″
18. The Soft City – Four Stories Calico Cat 7″
19. The Higher State – I’ll Always Be Around Get Hip 7″
20. The Kik – My Eyes Are Still Dry Excelsior 7″

Best Swedish single/ep:
Terrible Feelings – Blank Heads Erste Theke Tonträger 7″

Best reissue:
The Nashville Ramblers – The Trains Ugly Things 7″

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December 6, 2011

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