Partly because I don’t want to distract from my “Best local albums of the year (so far)” list, I’ve always resisted the temptation to do a second tally of my favorite non-local albums at the mid-year. But there are so many of these June lists out there nowadays, why not? Here’s what I came up with, in alphabetical order (although the Black Keys would probably still be at the top if ranked; that one, or Willie’s beautiful T-Bone collaboration).

The Black Keys
, “Brothers”
The Dead Weather, “Sea of Cowards”
Delta Spirit, “History From Below”
Patty Griffin (with Buddy Miller), “Downtown Church”
Rhymefest, “El Che”
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
, “I Learned the Hard Way”
Trombone Shorty, “Backatown”
Vampire Weekend, “Contra” (almost forgot this one, since it came out early January)
Willie Nelson, “Country Music”
White Stripes
, “Under Great White Northern Lights”

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