The Joy Formidable – The Big Roar: One of the more blogger/hipster critically-awaited release of the year, this is not an act you would associate with such types…because they rock pretty hard. A female-fronted, loud, cymbal-crashing rock band which evokes images of Heart for me (and who doesn’t like Heart?).
The Joy Formidable – “A Heavy Abacus” – Edit: Had to change to the live version b/c EMI is clowning me from afar.
J Mascis – Several Shades of Why: Largely acoustic release from lead singer of Dinosaur Jr., along with a long list of great collaborators such as Kurt Vile, Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), and Ben Bridwell (Band of Horses).
J Mascis – “It Is Done”
Noah and The Whale – Last Night on Earth:
Cornershop – “Supercomputed”
Oh Land – S/T: Danish electro-pop star with first stateside release. Currently touring with 80s greats OMD. Really sweet website, btw.
Oh Land – “Sun of a Gun (Savage Skulls Remix)”
The Boxer Rebellion – The Cold Still: Aussie-Brit-Tennessee collective release 3rd full length.
The Boxer Rebellion – “Both Sides Are Even”
The Naked and Famous – Passive Me Aggressive You (Very New Zealandish, but reminds me of Passion Pit at times.)
Nouvelle Vague – Singers
Paper Tiger – Made Like Us
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Scandoulous