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(streaming mixes, including tracks from my top 10 albums, can be found here)
10. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Hysterical
* solid rebound from an uneven 2007 release; ignore the haters on this one, it's full of great tracks and some of the best vocals Alec Ounsworth has ever delivered.
09. The Vaccines - What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
* super-catchy Brit-pop, was my summer driving soundtrack.
08. The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
* a haunting and fascinating listen, must be experienced with headphones and an open mind.
07. Emperor X - Western Teleport
* recommended if you like Mountain Goats.
06. Beirut - The Rip Tide
* the album I've been waiting for Zach & Co. to make since 2005.
05. Woods - Sun and Shade
* Woods are quickly becoming the most consistently good and prolific indie pysch/pop bands around, and this album is another great release from them.
04. Caveman - Coco Beware
* hands-down the best debut album of the year; for anyone else who saw these guys play with The War On Drugs at Club G, you'll know what I am talking about...speaking of which...
03. The War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
* the sound of a band on top of their game; was lucky enough to see the play twice this year, including an opening slot for Destroyer...speaking of which...
02. Destroyer - Kaputt
* I can safely say that this was the most unique release of the year; best experienced while walking amongst people who aren't listening to it.
01. Hospital Ships - Lonely Twin
* simultaneously forceful and fragile, this masterpiece will connect with listeners who are ready for it.