I was gonna do a video for each one but fucking Blogger keeps deleting the videos so fuck it. Whoops, there goes my Xmas Spirit.
1. Sturgill Simpson, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
You haven't lived until you've heard a guy who sounds like Waylon Jennings sing about "reptile aliens made of light" and name-drop psilocybin and DMT. I listened to this album so many times this year.
2. Cocktails, Adult Life
One of the two local bands on the list, which is crazy unusual for me. But this album, a totally fun power pop gem, would make the list either way.
3. Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else
Am I crazy if I say this is what the Replacements might have sounded like if they practiced more and drank less?
4. Woods, With Light and With Love
I love these crazy hippies.
5. Young Fathers, Dead
It's not really going out on a limb to pick an album that won the Mercury Prize (which is a big deal in Britain, let me assure you) but it doesn't change how great this album is. Mercury Prize =/= Grammy.
6. TV on the Radio, Seeds
I haven't had that much time with this album yet (by which I mean I've only listened to it 7 or 8 times) but I already love it. I love everything TVOTR does. I think 2 of my favorite 10 albums of the '00s were by TVOTR.
7. Generationals, Alix
I suggested "Black Lemon" to my friend Stephen and he said that I like that "post-MGMT stuff" more than he does. HRMPH.
8. Painted Palms, Forever
The other local band. Every city gets the Miike Snow it deserves.
Being a contrarian, I didn't like a lot of stuff that everyone else fell all over themselves about. I thought the new Spoon album sounded exactly like a Spoon album. Jenny Lewis's Voyager was whatever. You have to be kidding me with that Leonard Cohen thing. Be honest, you don't like Leonard Cohen.
Merry Christmas! See you again one more time before New Years, for my annual Top Tweets of the Year post. THE EXCITEMENT IS PALPABLE.