Father John Misty - Fear Fun
If Bukowski was a musician, he would have written this record.
Ceremony - Zoo
What it must have felt like to hear the Buzzcock's for the first time.
Forgetters - Forgetters
I've only been listening for a week but Blake Schwarzenbach has yet to upset.
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
The first R&B album in a long time to have depth. An honest departure from the parody of what hip hop/R&B has become.
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
This record is full of "I wish I wrote that" feelings. Simple, perfect.
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
Self loathing and juvenile JUST LIKE ME.
Title Fight - Floral Green
Most progressive punk record I've heard in a long time. Very glad this band exists.
The Men - Open your heart
This record screams "wear your leather jacket to the bar tonight" - in a good way.
Torche - Harmonicraft
Although no real record has yet been issued, ThunderBloods has released a bunch of demos on their site. Definitely a band to watch for. They'll be making a lot of lists this time next year.