Here’s the top 15 at WAMH from this past week:
1. Shins – Port of Morrow: May or may not change your life.
2. The Men – Open Your Heart: Rock revivalists take on many different genres/eras, do a uniformly fantastic job.
3. Julia Holter – Ekstasis: Greek myth indebted classicist goes pop, crafts a quite beautiful record in the process.
4. Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself: Indie folk hero’s latest seems to be well liked.
5. Grimes – Visions: Indie’s hottest new act of the year with an album of warped, high-pitched electropop.
6. Danny Brown – “Grown Up”: Underground hip-hop favorite releases a transcendent pump up/feel good single.
7. Black Keys – El Camino: Blues rock’s biggest institution (right now) with another satisfying record.
8. Menzingers – On the Impossible Past: Gaslight Anthem by way of Green Day (or the Thermals?) punk band craft perhaps the year’s best record so far with kickass Americana punk
9. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory: Emo-indebted album of the year contender from a guy who started out copping Jay Reatard
10. El-P – “The Full Retard”: Killer lead single for the upcoming album from one of underground hip-hop’s greatest.
11. Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror: Another noise pop record (might lean slightly more towards pop than towards noise this time)
12. Tanlines – Mixed Emotions: Not sure
13. Torche – “Kicking”: The poppiest (and one of the best) “metal” songs you’ll hear all year.
14. Lambchop – Mr. M: Quiet, subtle, and brooding, but rich with detail and off-kilter songcraft.
15. Twilight Sad – No One Can Ever Know: Not sure