Blue Wave by Operators
Dan Boeckner is one of my favorite individual musicians working today. Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, and Divine Fits is a pretty damn impressive resume, and his latest project Operators, is every bit as amazing as I hoped it would be.
Holy Ghost by Modern Baseball
I had no idea who these guys were before this album, so this hit me by total surprise. If you're into mid-2000s indie rock (even more so if you loved The Weakerthans then Modern Baseball is going to get into your head.
Painting of a Panic Attack by Frightened Rabbit
I thought I was done with Frightened Rabbit, I really did. I loved 2008's masterful The Midnight Organ Fight as well as their incredible follow up The Winter of Mixed Drinks, but it had been 6 years since then and nothing had really impressed me since then. Painting of a Panic Attack is a wonderful return to for this Scottish group.