by: Sam Farzin, KUCI Music Director
Sunset Rubdown - Dragonslayer [Jagjaguwar]
Fact: this band's first full-length as a band and not as Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade) alone is one of my favorites. On this album, Sunset Rubdown continue constructing deconstructive emotive spectacles in art-pop that is unafraid to shred and yelp.
Tortoise - Beacons Of Ancestorship [Thrill Jockey]
This is really awesome! Totally instrumental (duh), avant-everything, just totally "rocking" and really unpretentiously fun but complex. There is a track on here that' name starts with a Y and is very long. It rules and apparently the name is the Chinese word for "Synthesizer."
Rock Plaza Central - ... At The Moment Of Our Most Needing [Paper Bag]
Canada's best alt-not-country-orkestra. Like, the Arcade Fire run through a poignant metaphor machine and without the pomp and mythos. And less Bruce Springsteen.
The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band - The Phenomenal Hand Clap Band [Friendly Fire]
Simply put--disco revival without any concerns for cool. And therefore, cool as F.
Tiny Masters Of Today - Skeletons [Mute]
Two kids doing the noise-pop thing.
The Nightgowns - Sing Something [Self-Released]
Really nice weird dream pop with unique and intriguing flourishes. DIY or die.