I wrote these down in about five minutes. There’s probably a lot missing but here’s what came to mind:
1. Grizzly Bear, Shields
Best record of the year.
2. Beach House, Bloom
Second best record of the year.
3. Tame Impala, Lonerism
That’s ONE DUDE playing everything.
4. Father John Misty, Fear Fun
Ex-Fleet Foxes drummer, sarcastic but great songs.
5. Lambchop, Mr. M
Return to form.
6. Metz, Metz
Crushing. Jesus Lizard/Melvins/Big Black awesomeness.
7. Lotus Plaza, Spooky Action at a Distance
Deerhunter guitar player/indie heartthrob Lockett Pundt does his best Ride impression.
8. The Fresh & Onlys, Yes or No
Best Echo & the Bunnymen impression of the year.
9. Goat, World Music
Freaky, melodic, amazing.
10. James Levy & the Blood Red Rose, Pray to Be Free
He’s my brother.