I have been thinking about what were my favourite new to me records of 2011. And the following are the ones I came up with. A fuller write-up of these will appear soon in the pages of Frank's APA and ultimately on Inuit Panda. Where possible I have linked back to my original reviews of these records.
The Fallen By Watch Bird 
My favourite record is this piece of somewhat psychey neo-folk from Jane Weaver, Bird Records supremo. If strange folky sounds are your thing then check this out.
Lord of the Rings 
Mr Hansson wrote his own musical accompaniment to the Tolkien-classic back in the past. He seems a bit more interested in the dark and sinister aspects of the great book.
The Flaming Lips
Some say that the Flaming Lips have become dull and mainstream. They may not have listened to this.
Broadcast & The Focus Group
Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults Of The Radio Age 
Spooky electronic music from this interesting collaboration, lent a certain poignancy by the recent death of Trish Keenan of Broadcast.
Dean & Britta
13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests 
A series of tunes recorded to accompany showings of Andy Warhol screen tests, some covers and some original. Sonic Boom has some production input and it does all end up sounding a bit neo-shoe gaze, but in a good way.
Tom Tom Club
[Untitled First Album] 
Funky side project band from Talking Heads rhythm section, together with input from their friends and relations. Impossible not to like.
1000 Years of Popular Music [live] 
Mr Thompson and his two lady friends perform tunes from the last thousand years, including quite a few pop tunes of the last 100 years. Given that this is Richard Thompson we are talking about, most of these songs are a bit sadface.
Black Mountain Transmitter
Black Goat of the Woods 
This seems to be an Irish-made record, so I am for once doing my bit for Team Ireland. It is like a soundtrack to a low budget 1980s horror film, and all sounds vaguely Lovecraftian. Iä! Iä!
Magnet & Paul Giovanni
The Wicker Man OST 
A collection of original neo folkie tunes and creepy instrumental pieces from the film that made people think twice about trips to isolated Scottish islands.
v/a nlgbbbblth CD 11.14: Níl sé anseo [CD-R]
Mr Nlgbbbblth's offering is a rare example of a CD-R that deserves a commercial release, painting as it does a picture of Ireland in the late 1970s and early 1980s from musical pieces, TV jingles, snippets of news programmes, and so on. Also features priests.
v/a Rajasthani Street Music [CD-R]
This is a version of something due to appear on Sublime Frequencies at some stage. It is a selection of pieces recorded by Mr Seb Bassleer on a trip to India and is delightful to the ear.
Thom's Ween TOAD [CD-R]
This CD-R from my old friend and quaffing partner Thom has been my introduction to the music of Ween – and I like it.
An inuit panda production