Absolutely no one who reads this blog cares about this kind of thing, but I'm posting it anyway.
1. Your Face Left Before You- Buke and Gass
2. Helicopter- Deerhunter
3. We Used to Wait- Arcade Fire
4. BluzzBlood Ohio- The National
5. Angela Surf City- The Walkmen
6. Locust Valley- Women
7. Manifest Destiny- Zola Jesus
8. A More Perfect Union- Titus Andronicus
1. Normally I find The National to be incredibly boring. But their latest album is just too solid to not be included here. Same for The Walkmen, but to a lesser extent.
2. I'm getting really tired of Brooklyn indie rock, otherwise this list would be twice as long and four times as pretentious. I like a lot of it individually, but I think I've just been listening to too much music that draws from the same influences.
3. I think the Buke and Gass album is my favorite of the year. With that being said, Titus Andronicus is probably the best band I've discovered this year. A Civil War concept album is just about the worst idea I've ever heard, but they really made it work.