Matthew E. White : Steady Pace : Big Inner (2012)
- Debut album.
- Take the sound of Iron & Wine's last 2 albums and the Welcome Wagon and make it catchier, funkier and fuller and you get this incredible album.
- I saw him perform it once already and I can't recommend the show enough!.
- One of the best releases of the year.
Dusted : (Into the) Atmosphere : Total Dust (2012)
- Debut full length
- Collaborative band from a member of Holy Fuck and Final Fantasy.
- Big Neil Young folk sound.
The UFO Club : July : The UFO Club
- Debut LP from collaboration between The Black Angels and Night Beats.
- Great dark psych rock… not a surprise considering the band's family tree.
Divine Fits : Shivers (Rowland S. Howard cover) : A Thing Called the Divine Fits (2012)
- The long awaited collaborative album from Spoon's Britt Daniel and Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner.
- This album is powered by the Boeckner led tracks but this cover is pretty hard to deny as the album's highlight.
- Rowland S. Howard was the guitarist in the Boys Next Door, Nick Cave's first band, and Cave covered it brilliantly himself for them.
JEFF the Brotherhood : Changes (Black Sabbath/Ozzy cover) : Hypnotic Nights (2012)
- 7th album
- Classic rock duo from Tennessee comprised of Jake & Jamin Orrall
- I'm somewhat reluctant to say a cover is one of my favorite songs of the year, but this song was such an unexpected treat when I listened to this album.
- The rock scene owes a lot of thanks to these guys and Japandroids.
Grizzly Bear : Sleeping Ute : Shields (2012)
- Debut album
- The hype and anticipation surrounding their latest album, Veckatimest, was huge.
- Great eclectic band
Menomena : Heavy Is As Heavy Does : Moms (2012)
- 5th full length
- One of the most innovative bands going. Even after Brent Knopf left to form Ramona Falls.
El Ten Eleven : Thanks Bill : Transitions (2012)
- 5th album.
- Experimental post-rock duo.
Hornet Leg : We're So Ugly : Ribbon of Fear (2009)
- Debut full length.
- Portland garage psych rock
Needles//Pins : I Heart Your Drugs : 12:34 (2012)
- Debut full length
- Fun and loose, anthemic rock.
Tame Impala : Apocalypse Dreams : Lonerism (2012)
- 2nd album
- Australian classic psych outfit.
- Members also responsible for the excellent band POND.
Dark Meat : When the Shelter Came : When the Shelter Came (2009)
- One of the most unique groups making music
- Athens based collective of musicians making sounds that combine Captain Beefheart, Zappa, the Stooges and host of other classic, off-beat psych bands.
- Pretty awesome/inappropriate album art.
Twin Shadow : Five Seconds : Confess (2012)
- 2nd album
- There might not be a song I've listened to more since my move than this one
- Band led by George Lewis Jr.
- Part pop, part 80's synth rock, part dance and all wrapped up in Lewis' dynamic vocals.
College : A Real Hero : A Real Hero EP (2010)
- Dance pop band that one me over with this track's inclusion on the Drive OST.
- I openly admit that my love of this track is directly related to my enjoyment of the movie, but it's still been one I've kept replaying frequently.
- Really love the 80's vibe of the entire soundtrack.
- 2 full lengths out as well.
Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin : Pop Song : Pop Song 7" (2012)
- Fuzzy nd energetic blast of garage sounds from usual San Fran collaborators.
- San Fran 60’s psych/garage rock leaders.
- Ty Segall is in the process of releasing his 3rd full length album of 2012.
Natural Child : B$G P$MP$N : Hard In Heaven (2012)
- 2nd full length.
- Big vintage 1970's classic rock sound here. Think Lynyrd Skynyrd.
- Debut, 1971, was on more than a few best of '11 lists.
Here We Go Magic : Hard To Be Close : A Different Ship (2012)
- 3rd album. Also one EP
- Upbeat indie pop.
Sam Flax : Child of Glass : Age Waves (2012)
- Debut full length. One EP out as well.
- Catchy, fuzzy, eclectic psych rock.
- For fans of Kurt Vile's heavier tracks.