Year in Music: More of Minnesota's best 2011 releases

​Our annual Year in Music issue is online now, and hits stands tomorrow.

As we were narrowing down the volumes of albums released this year for our Best Minnesota Albums of 2011 list, I couldn't help but be a little astounded at just how many high-quality releases were issued this year. And these are albums from across the board, too -- hip-hop had an especially strong showing this year, but so did rock 'n' roll and its many offshoots, from folk-pop to punk to more experimental, electro-heavy rock, showing just how diverse our scene was over the past 12 months.

So once you've absorbed our list of the 14 best local albums of the year, take a gander at the list below and see some of the other excellent albums that we've enjoyed. It's our biggest list of runners-up yet.

Atmosphere, The Family Sign
Banner Pilot, Heart Beats Pacific
Buffalo Buffalo Buffalo, Fables of the Cloth
CLAPS, Wreck
Communist Daughter, Something Wicked This Way Comes EP
Dan Israel, Crosstown Traveler
Daymoths, Back in Time
Dead Man Winter, Bright Lights
Elite Gymnastics, Ruin 1 and Ruin 2 EPs
Ghost in the Water, Shooting Stars and Battle Scars
Gramma's Boyfriend, The Human Eye
Halloween, Alaska, All Night Long the Calls Came In
High on Stress, Living is a Dying Art
Humanda, Chateau Mammal/Eagle Island Double EP
Joey Ryan and the Inks, Dennis Lane
Kevin Steinman, Pre-Existing Condition
Kid Dakota, Listen to the Crows as They Take Flight
M.anifest, Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America
Mary Louise Knutson, In the Bubble
Mason Jennings, Minnesota
Mayda, Tusks in Furs
Mint Condition, 7...
Night Moves, Colored Emotions
No Bird Sing, Theft of the Commons
Oriel, Repetition for a Motion
Pennyroyal, Sad Face/Glad Face
Peter Wolf Crier's, Garden Of Arms
Skoal Kodiak, Kryptonym Bodliak
Spyder Baybie Raw Dog and 2% Muck, Bang the World
The Cloak Ox, Prisen EP
The Jayhawks, Mockingbird Time
Thomas Kivi, Crying Child
Toussaint Morrison and Dr. Wylie, Makin' Mistakes & Feelin' Great
Usonia, Usonia
Various Artists, Audio Perm Block Party Compilation
Various Artists, Minnesota Beatle Project, Vol. 3
Various Artists, Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt
Villa Rosa, Blue Diamond Island
Wize Guyz, '85