And here it is: the obligatory year end list. Did I miss something? Tell me about it in the comments.
10. Telekinesis 12 Desparate Straight Lines
I was lucky enough to see them twice this year (at the Granada and at SXSW) and both performances were filled with their high energy indie pop gems.
9. M83 Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
I am never a fan of the double album. Too much material to digest. But I waded through this one and connected to it much more than M83's previous work. Plus, "Midnight City" is the best song of the year.
8. The Antlers Burst Apart
7. Toro y Moi Underneath the Pine
One of my favorite shows of the year was seeing these dudes on the patio of Club Dada in early October. Errbody had their dance pants on.
6. Smith Westerns Dye It Blonde
5. Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne
4. Cults Cults
Some of my favorite jams of the year are on this record. So catchy.
3. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds S/T
I miss Oasis forever, and I've always been Team Liam. But this album proves that, yeah, he's probably the more talented brother.
2. Yuck Yuck
1. Foo Fighters Wasting Light
I don't know any other way to say this, but no one makes rock music better than the Foo Fighters. Even as a FF superfan, I had no expectations before listening to Wasting Light and was still completely blown away. Recorded directly to analog tape in Dave Grohl's garage and produced by Butch Vig, the record is up for six Grammy's. Also shout out to the creative marketing effort surrounding it's release using social media and a series of "secret" live shows.