Infinite Body - Carve Out the Face of My God (Post Present Medium)
Ceephax Acid Crew - United Acid Emirates (Planet Mu) and Psychtapolis EP (WéMè Records)
it's my list, count 'em both.
Owen Pallett - Heartland (Domino)
a concept album whose narrative and ideas seem to unfold more with each listen. smart and challenging while remaining utterly listenable.
The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme (Labrador)
who else engineers flawless pop tunes the way these swedes do? no one, that's who.
A Sunny Day In Glasgow - Autumn, Again (self-released)
available free (on purpose) for not much longer, go get it!
The Chap - Well Done Europe (Lo Recordings)
Abe Vigoda - Crush (Post Present Medium)
Grasslung - Sincere Void (Root Strata)
Captain Ahab - The Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts (Cock Rock Disco)
also available for free, but indefinitely. The End of Irony, Captain Ahab's studio album from this year is not bad, but the energy on this live recording is pretty infectious, and has a lot of the same tracks as the proper album.
alright i think that does it. any favorites you care to share? please do.