Majical Cloudz : Savage (2013)
- Latest single and first release since their excellent and haunting 2013 debut, Impersonator.
- Debut EP was 2012’s Turns Turns Turns.
- Intense and completely engrossing band I caught as an opener for Youth Lagoon.
Moonface : November 2011 : Julia With Blue Jeans On (2013)
- 3rd full length album from this Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade & Sunset Rubdown) project.
- Debut, Heartbreaking Bravery, was my pick for best album of 2012.
- This is album is a solo piano effort.
Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks : Lariat : Wig Out at Jagbags (2014)
- 6th album with the Jicks
- Leader of the incredibly influential indie band Pavement.
- 2008’s Real Emotional Trash is one of my all-time favorite albums.
Quasi : See You On Mars : Mole City (2013)
- 9th album and it’s a double album.
- Portland indie rock duo, former couple, playing since 1993.
Diane Coffee : Gov T (2013)
- One off single inspired by our wonderful government from Foxygen’s drummer Shaun Fleming.
- Debut full length came out recently as well.
- The second member of the wildly vintage psych band to test the solo waters.
Arcade Fire : Normal Person : Reflektor (2013)
- 4th full length
- Produced by James Murphy and this track sounds like it especially.
- David Bowie also contributed to the album.
- This release is going to further propel them into being one of the indie bands with the most mainstream success.
Shearwater : I Luv the Valley OH!! : Fellow Travelers (2013)
- 9th album.
- Led by former Okkervil River member, Jonathan Meiburg.
- This track washes the power showcased in their great album Palo Santo.
Gap Dream : You’re From the Shadow : Shine Your Light (2013)
- 2nd album
- Catchy, big beat indie rock/pop.
- Got a bit of hype during the run up to SXSW 2013.
Bill Callahan : Small Plane : Dream River (2013)
- 5th solo album.
- His 4th, Apocalypse, was one of the best albums of 2011.
- Former leader of Smog.
- His voice has so much warm, fatherly power. Fall and winter don’t stand a chance.
Gregory Alan Isakov : Amsterdam : The Weatherman (2013)
- 5th album
- More traditional-leaning folk singer-songwriter.
Ty Segall : The Man Man : Sleeper (2013)
- Mellowest album to date.
- Also readying the debut release from his appropriately named group FUZZ.
Thee Oh Sees : What You Need : Singles Collection Vol 3 (2013)
- A collection of tracks off singles and other minor releases.
- Prolific San Fran garage psych from John Dwyer.
- Their latest, Floating Coffin , is one of the best psych rock albums of the year.
Jack Name : Pure Terror : Light Show (2013)
- Debut single.
- Tour guitarist for garage punks White Fence.
Los Angeles Police Department : Enough Is Enough : LAPD (2013)
- Debut LP.
- Lazily rolling rock.
- Full length is supposed to be on its way.
The Hunt : Fifteen Minutes (2013)
- This was a track recorded in 2009 by the band now known as Cult of Youth.
- The 100th release from the continually impressive Sacred Bones record label.
- Soaring tempo-shifting track with an 80’s feel to the vocals.
Solids : Traces : Blame Confusion (2014)
- Debut LP,
- Three minor releases leading up to this release.
- Montreal post-punk rock band.. Think Japandroids with less shouting.
- CMJ 2013