1. Of Montreal … Paralytic Stalks … 2012

    Kevin Barnes is that weirdo theater freak from your high school. And he’s a genius. Everything he produces is f**king brilliant and epic, he always goes big. This new album from Of Montreal is no exception. Every song is a manic showtune on steroids, or acid, or some kind of drug. I don’t even know justlisten to it!

     
     
  2. Cass McCombs … Humor Risk … 2011

    Part depressing odes, part ‘70s macchismo throwback, all rock. Somewhere between lust and lament, Cass is looking for salvation.

     
     
  3. Atlas Sound … Parallax … 2011

    Dense but accessible; more mod rock and Bowie-esque than I thought even Brad Cox was capable of. A varied, hard to pin down weirdo pop album that just needs to be listened to.

    RIYL David Bowie

     
     
  4. Sigur Rós … Inni … 2011

    Sigur Rós’ peculiar orchestral rock translates super well to a live setting, with only a minimal Coldplay-esque arena rock impression. The songs all feel a little stretched out and slowed down, they’re even more haunting than on the studio albums.

     
     
  5. Thee Oh Sees … Carrion Crawler/The Dream EP … 2011

    Thee Oh Sees is sorta primo in the lo-fi indie seen right now… no big deal. This EP, I think, is more accessible than their jangly, rushed debut album. Heavy riffs and grooving bass lines drive this EP forward into the realm of decent music. 

    RIYL No Age, Cloud Nothings