1. Hop AlongPainted Shut (Saddle Creek) – Those vocals. The energy. It’s a complete package. And I can’t stop loving this record.
  2. Sleater-KinneyNo Cities to Love (Sub Pop) – While not a fan of bands reuniting, they certainly could have released this record 10 years ago and it would have been just as powerful.
  3. Jim O’RourkeSimple Songs (Drag City) – I am a sucker for Jim’s more accessible records. This is no exception.
  4. DestroyerPoison Season (Merge) – It’s like if indie music was indie music in 1970.
  5. Janet JacksonUnbreakable (BMG) – When Janet and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis make music, I listen.
  6. DeerhunterFading Frontier (4AD) – I didn’t want to like this record, but I came back to it a lot this fall.
  7. DrakeIf You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (Cash Money) – It’s smart – It’s artistic – It’s Canadian.
  8. Prince – HITnRUN Phase Two (NPG) – I will listen to anything Prince does. But I have listened to this record more than a few times and don’t expect to stop.
  9. Miley CyrusHer Dead Petz (Smiley Miley) – It was the train wreck that created something kinda crazy and awesome and wild. And she toured with Dan Deacon.
  10. Best CoastCalifornia Nights (Harvest) – It’s seriously 1993 again and I every second of that and this record. Remember when loud guitars were awesome?
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