1. Peaking Lights: 936
This is druggy drone-y dubby and delicious! "Hey Sparrow" is one of the best songs of the year.
2. Twerps: Twerps
One of two band from OZ on the list. They coulda been in the Paisley Underground. "Dreamin'" is the killer track.
3. Kurt Vile: Smoke Rings for my Halo. This guy is the bizzle. Strong record from top to bottom. Here's "Jesus Fever"
4. Tune-Yards: Who Kill
Gotta love Merrill Garbus. She is movin' on from the territory that MIA has abandoned (no they don't sound anything alike). Here's the video for "Bizness":
5. The War on Drugs: Slave Ambient
Kurt Vile's Philly friends have put out a great great record. Here's "Baby Missles"
6. Moon Duo: Mazes
Stoned out, droned out, sublime fuzz from San Francisco. Here's the video for the title track:
7. Air Waves: Dungeon Dots
A tad uneven, but the high points are just terrific. My favorite song is "Knock-out":
8. Dom: Sun-Bronzed Greek Gods
It's a cheat. This came out in 2010, but I didn't catch on to it til this year (so it's not on my 2010 list and it has to be memorialized somewhere). I've put the "Living in America" video up elsewhere so here's "Jesus":
9. Eddy Current Suppression Rings: So Many Things
This is kind of a cheat because, though it was released this year, it's a compilation album. But I just discovered these guys and have to give them the props they deserve. Here's the title track:
It's been a tremendous year for box sets and re-issues too. I'll post about that very soon.