Lately the beginning of year-end-list season has crept Christmas-like into the weeks well before the actual end of the year, but the Reader hasn’t succumbed to the trend—our issue looking back at 2011 is coming out as close as we can get it to the very end of the year, which means this Thursday. Our music staff and a few friends will run down some of their favorite releases of 2011, but until then, I’ll be getting into the list-making mania that tears through the music-geek community every December all this week on the Bleader.

First up, after the jump, my favorite local releases of 2011.