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.