Fear In Bliss

The debut album of this Oklahoma band was long-awaited by those who have seen them play live in the last few years. Horse Thief are a group of guys who graduated from the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma. It’s essentially an incubator of people wanting to be in a band.Continue reading “Fear In Bliss”


Black Hours

I wrote about this album in the past, so I won’t spend too much time here. The solo debut of the former frontman of The Walkmen did not disappoint. Hamilton Leithauser used the opportunity of a solo album to explore some of the themes he began to touch on The Walkmen’s last album Heaven, butContinue reading “Black Hours”

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams is one of the most prolific musicians alive, whose music spans genres from Country, to Americana, to Blues, to plain old Rock and Roll. Adams actually took three years off from his last album before putting out his self-titled 14th album, the longest hiatus between albums in his career. Featuring the best straightforwardContinue reading “Ryan Adams”


These heavily-accented rockers from Scotland have had a number of songs become popular in the last few years, but until Unravelling they hadn’t put out a complete album of quality. I love their older stuff, but some of their songs are so similar in the beginning that I can’t tell the difference between them forContinue reading “Unravelling”

El Pintor

One of the biggest surprises of the year for me, Interpol returned to the realm of indie greatness with El Pintor. Interpol are indie darlings from New York, but they really haven’t done anything great since Antics in 2004. I almost didn’t give El Pintor much of a shot, most bands don’t wait a fullContinue reading “El Pintor”

Hold My Home

Last year when I put Cold War Kids’ Dear Miss Lonelyhearts in my top ten I said that they had finally found their voice and put it together in a complete album. I’m glad they put out another album so quickly after last year’s triumph, because Hold My Home is a continuation of the momentumContinue reading “Hold My Home”

Into the Wide

There were a number of surprises this year, but Delta Spirit’s amazing Into the Wide is definitely my favorite surprise. I’ve liked a number of Delta Spirit’s songs over the years, but never a full album. I didn’t know anything about their new album until I saw that it was released on the amazing SeptemberContinue reading “Into the Wide”