(at least in this listmaker's opinion...)
  1. 1.
    Sylvan Esso - SYLVAN ESSO
    Catchy electropop, was basically on repeat all year.
  2. 2.
    Asgeir - IN THE SILENCE
    Like an Icelandic Bon Iver. What more could you want?
  3. 3.
    Raury - INDIGO CHILD (mixtape)
    Just a teenager, but now collaborating with Kanye and primed to blow up.
  4. 4.
    Jenny Lewis - THE VOYAGER
    Jenny Lewis forever.
  5. 5.
    Run the Jewels - RUN THE JEWELS 2
    Probably the best rap duo album since Outkast.
  6. 6.
    The War on Drugs - LOST IN THE DREAM
    Feels like it wasn't made in this era.
  7. 7.
    Courtney Barnett - THE DOUBLE EP: A SEA OF SPLIT PEAS
    Technically two EPs from past years put together, but who's counting. Reminds me of a grunge Jenny Lewis.
  8. 8.
    Future Islands - SINGLES
    Their Letterman performance of "Seasons" warrants a watch for dance moves alone.
  9. 9.
    The New Pornographers - BRILL BRUISERS
    Great band with impressive staying power.
  10. 10.
    Sharon Van Etten - ARE WE THERE
    Probably wins my favorite album cover here.
  11. 11.
    St. Vincent - ST. VINCENT
    Off-kilter goodness.
  12. 12.
    Enjoyable to listen to on a sunny morning. Would pretty much get a vote just for "Blue Moon."
  13. 13.
    Benjamin Booker - BENJAMIN BOOKER
    Second place album art. Bluesy rock.
  14. 14.
    Streets of Laredo - VOLUME I & II
    Wins the prize for accidentally stumbled into a live show and left with their EP.