Various - Lost Notebooks Of Hank Williams: Just awesome.


Tragedy - Darker Days Ahead: I have trouble getting into the vocal delivery.
TS And Past Haunts - Gone And Goner: No substitute for a new Piebald album.
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball: Unashamedly his.
Sleigh Bells - Reign Of Terror: Band/concept continues to grow on me.
Sleigh Bells - RT


Silversun Pickups - Neck Of The Woods: Mildly disappointing.


The Shins - Port Of Morrow: Incredibly underwhelming.
Rockpile - Seconds Of Pleasure: Several singles worthy of repeat listens.
Matt Pryor - May Day: Would not be my first choice for where to start for his related albums.
Portugal. The Man - The Mountain In The Clouds: Perfect album for a live setting in a drug-induced state.
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake: Certainly good, but best of last year? I need more time.
Randy Newman - 12 Songs: Sometimes excellent execution trumps uniqueness.


of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks: Hissing Fauna continues to be the yardstick by which their albums measure up. Not close this time.
The Nighty Nite - Dimples: I miss The Paper Chase.
Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy: Always enjoyable but mostly forgettable.
The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past: Yet another great album, almost like they can do no wrong.
Mars Volta - Noctourniquet: Borderline traditional.
Liverpool - Women & Work: Feels like a very grown-up album.
Ben Kweller - Go Fly A Kite: He has aged well.


Killer Mike - PL3DGE: Best hip-hop album I have heard in a while.
Japandroids - Celebration Rock: Certainly reason to celebrate.


Islands - A Sleep & A Forgetting: Wife walked in while this was on and thought it was Coldplay.


Hot Water Music - Exister: My favorite album of their's.


Dr. John - Locked Down: No part of this album feels forced, but all of it feels awesome.
Death Grips - The Money Store: Certainly more accessible, but less engaging than debut. Not likely to get many more listens.


Dead Swans - Anxiety And Everything Else: Over before I had a chance to get into it.
Cursive - I Am Gemini: Lacking in intensity.


Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas: Certainly respectable for what it is, but not somethings will listen to repeatedly.


Cheap Girls - Giant Orange: Giant awesome would be more apt.
Ceremony - Zoo: Makes we want to revisit the entire post-punk genre. I think I missed something the first time around.
Cartel - Chroma: For all the hype, it has not held up over time unless you were there.



Black Breath - Sentenced To Life: Extremely heavy but engrossing music is like Moby Dick. Meet Moby Dick.
Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself: Title track feels out of place on this superb set of stripped down songs.


The Cult - Electric: Garage rock that likely sounds better live. Find out Sunday.
The Assistant - We'll Make The Roads By Walking: The debut still gets trotted out now and again. This one not likely to share the same fate.