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Local Musicians’ Top Album Picks Of 2011

Wilco recording their new album in The Loft earlier this year.

Photo by Zoran Orlic / Wilco

Above: Wilco recording their new album in The Loft earlier this year.


Anthony Lukens plays keyboards, guitar, and sings vocals in local indie band The Donkeys.

Jackson Milgaten plays guitar and sings vocals in local indie band Cuckoo Chaos.

Two musicians from local San Diego bands, The Donkeys (Check out the recent Culture Lust profile on the band here) and Cuckoo Chaos, share their top three eclectic album picks of 2011. Anthony Lukens (The Donkeys) and Jackson Milgaten (Cuckoo Chaos) sat down with Midday Edition host Maureen Cavanaugh to reflect back on this year in music and share their obscure, classic and mainstream album picks—from 1960s one-hit wonders to the emerging genre of "chillwave." Discover some new bands handpicked by musicians with their ears to the ground and revisit the timeless album in a world of mp3s.

Anthony Lukens' Top 3 Album Picks of 2011

Wilco has been together for over fifteen years. Their latest album, "The Whole Love" includes standout song, "Born Alone."

Bay Area band Extra Classic’s latest album “You’re Light Like White Lightning, You’re Light Like Laser Beam” features the reggae-inspired "Congo Rebel."

? and the Mysterians’ hit album “96 Tears," was released in 1966 and has since been rediscovered and re-released this year.

Jackson Milgaten's Top 3 Album Picks of 2011

Gardens & Villa’s self-titled debut album, "Gardens & Villa" draws on their Southern California roots with the melodic song "Black Hills."

Wilco-Born Alone

Extra Classic-Congo Rebel

Gardens & Villa-Black Hills

Washed Out-Eyes Be Closed

Washed Out’s “Within and Without” has been called "chillwave" for its dreamy sound that has been embraced by both mainstream music fans and the critical music community. Features the song "Eyes Be Closed."

Ganglians’ sophomore album “Still Living” has retro Beach Boy influences among others. Check out the song "Jungle."

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