The best two releases of the year hands down and by a country mile are:
"Street Horrsing" by F**k Buttons and "Nouns" by No Age. They are both just brilliant.
A Step below but still at least 7 kinds of awesome are:
"Rip it Off" by Times New Viking
"Motion to Rejoin" by Brightblack Morning Light
"Free Drugs" by Harlem
Also worthwhile are these releases by established groups that, while not up to their very best, are still excellent:
"The Devil, You & Me" by the Notwist
"Heretic Pride" by the Mountain Goats
"At Mount Zoomer" by Wolf Parade
Under the category of guilty pleasure comes:
"Youth Novels" by Lykki Li. This is just sensational pop music
Under the category of acquired taste:
"For Emma Forever Ago" by Bon Iver
"Love is Overtaking Me" by the late, great Arthur Russell
Ooops, I guess there are 11 items in my top 10!!
Finally under the heading "not if you were the last mp3 on earth" (i.e overrated trash):
TV on the Radio, Vampire Weekend, Fleet Foxes.
Yes, I said it and I meant it.