These are great lists, you guys. I can't wait to check out what I don't know.
I know mine falls under the same ol' same ol' category but I've got to just stay true to what I like the most with these lists. I feel like if I ever try to put a record where I know it 'should' be, I almost feel guilty for going against my gut. In the end my list is just the records that moved me the most this year.
Man this was hard. A lot of shuffling and adding and removing. I'm not sure if the fact that there are 10-12 here that I haven't seen on other lists means I have crappy taste in music, but in the end it was fun to put together.
1 Alt-J - An Awesome Wave 2 Father John Misty - Fear Fun 3 Frank Ocean - Channel Orange 4 Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city 5 Django Django - Django Django 6 Tame Impala - Lonerism 7 Jessie Ware - Devotion 8 Neneh Cherry & The Thing - The Cherry Thing 9 Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan 10 Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again 11 Chromatics - Kill For Love 12 Lumineers - Lumineers 13 METZ - METZ 14 Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar 15 Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man 16 El-P - Cancer 4 Cure 17 Baroness - Yellow and Green 18 Jack White - Blunderbuss 19 Anais Mitchell - Young Man in America 20 DIIV - Oshin 21 Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music 22 Punch Brothers - Who's Feeling Young Now? 23 XX - Coexist 24 Kishi Bashi - 151a 25 Dead Can Dance - Anastasis 26 Twin Shadow - Confess 27 Woods - Bend Beyond 28 Stars - The North 29 Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist 30 First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar 31 Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls 32 Walk the Moon - Walk the Moon 33 Joey Bada$$ - 1999 34 Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes 35 Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit 36 Exitmusic - Passage 37 Patrick Watson - Adventures in Your Own Backyard 38 Grizzly Bear - Shields 39 Lee Fields and the Expressions - Faithful Man 40 The Men - Open Your Heart 41 Grimes - Visions 42 Julia Holter - Ekstasis 43 Matthew E. White - Big Inner 44 Andy Stott - Luxury Problems 45 Japandroids - Celebration Rock 46 Ben Howard - Every Kingdom 47 Purity Ring - Shrines 48 Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind 49 Death Grips - The Money Store 50 Trampled by Turtles - Stars and Satellites
Honorable Mentions - all of these were tentatively on the list at some point, but had to get cut in the final analysis:
Daphni - Jiaolong Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal Cat Power - Sun Walkmen - Heaven King Tuff - King Tuff Sigur Ros - Valtari Gary Clark Jr - Blak and Blu Beach House - Bloom Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill Angel Olsen - Half Way Home