here are a bunch of releases i liked. not too much stuff that totally knocked me for a loop but there was never a lack of something interesting to be had. a lot of favorites from last year returning, it seems...
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion (Domino)
let's just get it out of the way up top. i might feel differently about it years down the line but this year this album just sounds really good. hooks and brightness and depth and everything. "Brothersport" sounds like carnivale in the future. and all my friends have heard me say it but i'll say it again here in print: MPP is proof positive that more (if not all) bands should listen to techno.
A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Ashes Grammar (Mis Ojos Discos)
Lotus Plaza - The Floodlight Collective (Kranky)
i enjoyed this far more than any other Deerhunter-related release this year.
Kevin Drumm - Imperial Horizon (Hospital Productions)
Prurient - Rose Pillar (Heartworm Press)
Few Nolder - New Folder (Planet µ)
while this LP does recycle some tracks from last year (really good tracks at that), it manages to cover a lot of ground and is a fun listen from front to back. also has one of my absolute total favorite songs / musical moments of the year (crank it at 4.50 on "Top," watch your house cave in from bass destruction).
Tim Hecker - An Imaginary Country (Kranky)
saving more for the next post...