- Weinland - Los Processaur
Finally, an album that captures the energy of Weinland’s highly touted live show. No surprise, it’s fantastic. Don’t worry, it still has some quiet indie folk.
- Battleme - Battleme
It wasn’t clear until Battleme absolutely blew me away live that I hadn't been playing them loud enough. Make no mistake, for all of the sonic details, this is a rock n’ roll record.
- Lost Lander - DRRT
Glad Lost Lander came out of the woods to deliver their thoughtful and layered pop.
- Wooden Indian Burial Ground - Wooden Indian Burial Ground
Wooden Indian Burial Ground make some of the most playful and exciting garage psych this side of Ty Segall.
- Brainstorm - Heat Waves
Feels a little like cheating, since I’ve been jamming to a handful of these art-pop jams for years, but they all sound fresh and the new songs continue to showcase Brainstorm's wide-ranging influences. Dance, stomp, and bob along.
- Horse Feathers - Cynic’s New Year
While still masters of mood and texture, this catches Horse Feathers at their most melodic and upbeat (ok, least depressed). For my money, their best record yet.
- Menomena - Moms
Menomena expertly balance lyrically heavy themes with rousing and dynamic music.I keep coming back just to see what I missed.
- Kim Baxter - The Tale Of Me And You
Fans of the All Girl Summer Fun Band rejoice. Kim Baxter is back with a new batch of buzzing indie pop.
- Miracle Falls - Debasement Tapes
It may be hard to believe, but Miracle Falls actually lives up to its incredible pysch pop pedigree (Mercury Rev, Sparklehorse, Longwave).
- Y La Bamba - Court The Storm
Warning: Y La Bamba's intricate and beautiful folk music may haunt your nights.
December 11, 2012
It was another great year for local music, so singling out my top 10 Portland albums is a bit of a fools errand. Are these the best albums released this year? I don’t know. They are the ones I loved the most... I think.