An album per paycheck, here’s what you should have been spending your cash on this year.

1. Frightened Rabbit-Midnight Organ Fight (Fat Cat)(review) Scottish drunken rock
2. Thao Nguyen and the Get Up Stay Down-We Brave Bee Stings and All (Kill Rock Stars)(review) Folkie sweet love
3. Santogold-Santogold (Downtown) Smart hip hop
4. Cloud Cult-Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes)(Self-released) Angsty indie
5. LoDeck and Omega One-Postcards From The Third Planet (Groove Attack)(review) Headzy hip hop
6. Gaslight Anthem-The 59 Sound (Side One Dummy)(review) Bar band
7. Grand Archives-The Grand Archives (Sub Pop)(review) Indie pop
8. Hasan Saalam-Children of God (Self-released)(review) Conscious rap
9. Vampire Weekend-Vampire Weekend (XL Recordings) Indie rock/afrobeat
10. Jedi Mind Tricks-A History of Violence (Babygrande) Hardcore hip hop
11. Sebastien Grangier & The Mountains-s/t (Saddle Creek) Punkdancerock
12. C-Rayz Walz and Kosha Dillz-Freestyle vs. Written (Modular Moods)(review) Underground rap
12. Nobunny-Love Visions (Self-released)(review) Retro ’50s rock
13. Chad VanGaalen-Soft Airplane (Sub Pop)(review) Acoustic folktronica
14. Cold War Kids-Loyalty to Loyalty (Downtown)(review) College rock
15. Future of the Left-Last Night I Saved Her From Vampires (Self-released) Live punk
16. Diacon-Panthers-Make it Feel Better (Self-released)(review) Southern indie rock
17. Black Mountain-In the Future (Jagjaguwar)(review) Southern grunge
18. Fuck Buttons-Street Horrrsing (Atp Recordings)(review) Industrial noisepunk
19. Blood on the Wall-Liferz (The Social Registry)(review) Indie/experimental
20. Elzhi-The Preface (Fat Beats) Intelligent hip hop
21. Joseph Arthur-Temporary People (Fargo) (review) Rock/folk/pop
22. Tilly and the Wall-o (Team Love)(review) Rock/folk/pop
23. Curumin-Japan Pop Show (Adrenaline Records)(review) Hip hop/soul/rock
24. Weinland-La Lamentor (Badman)(review) Delicious weirdness
25. Foul Mouth Jerk-Streetlight Music (GFE)(review) Ignorant hip hop
26. Langhorne Slim (Kemado)(review) Americana

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