New Portland music from one of our favorites, Grandparents. The kraut-rock group has been around for several years and after an EP and several singles, they finally have a full length album called Sincerely, Bagman. Grandparents bring the heat to this album, with hit after hit. They have an amazing combination of psychedelic rock and pop music. Sincerely, Bagman is one of the catchiest albums that I’ve heard all year. The single “Kids in the Alley” is a song that will force itself in your brain and not let go for ages. Grandparents has excellent songwriting that courses throughout the whole album. Along with catchy guitar riffs, banging keyboards, and groovy harmonies, Sincerly, Bagman is another instant hit this year, and is must buy!
Hope everyone has had a fantastic year this year. We are all a year older, a year wiser. So here is our favorite albums of the year, check out our Spotify playlist to see where we rank everyone else.
20. Baby Island – Baby Island
19. The Soft Moon – Zeros
18. And And And – No Party 7″
17. Grimes – Visions
16. Swans – The Seer
15. Dustin Wong – Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads
14. Grandparents – Fumes
13. Dan Deacon – America
12. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
11. Beach House – Bloom
10. The Holiday Friends – Chicks
9. Tennis – Young & Old
8. Young Magic – Melt
7. Pond – Beard, Wives, Denim
6. Crystal Castles – (III)
5. Delicate Steve – Positive Force
4. DIIV – Oshin
3. Alt-j – An Awesome Wave
2. Tame Impala – Lonerism
1. Purity Ring – Shrines
Check out our comprehensive top 50 playlist on Spotify below or follow the link here.
Now for every body’s favorite category, rock ‘n’ roll. The spirit of rebellion and youthful-ness is the true mean of rock ‘n’ roll. These artists and albums are our favorite from this year check it out.
Alabama Shakes – Boys And Girls
Alabama Shakes’ debut album is full of soul, reminding us all that rock came from blues music. The guitar riffs and vocals are golden on Boys And Girls. I can not wait to hear more from this band.
Best Coast – The Only Place
Another solid album from Best Coast this year as they bring their beach pop-rock back for another round. The Only Place focuses on just how awesome being on the best coast really is.
Caspian – Waking Season
This post-rock band has been around for some time now and this new album is super solid, dare I say hella posty. Check out the entirety “>here and be taken away for a while.
Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory
Cloud Nothings have such a cool, post-punk kind of sound. Attack On Memory has a lot of different elements for anyone to draw on, ranging from a Slint/Nirvana feel to old school punk to pop-rock it has something to offer everyone.
DIIV – Oshin
This Brooklyn band has been on the up-rise since the release of their singles. When Oshin came out it immediately received my stamp of approval. With a sound like Real Estate and an uptempo Pure X this album is definitely a favorite of mine this year. Check it out “>here.
Fang Island – Major
This album has been on repeat all summer long for us. With their own brand of pop-metal Fang Island is always a hit for me. Check out the whole album here.
Finn Riggins – Benchwarmers
Finn Riggins is one of our favorite Boise bands and they came out with a great EP back in April. The prog-rock pop elements they bring are so catchy, it’s hard not to dance.
Grandparents – Fumes
Another great EP release from local Portland bands Grandparents. Fumes has a great psychedelic dream-rock feel to it. I can’t wait to here more new music from these guys and girl.
Heartless Bastards – Arrow
This album rocks and rolls so hard you might think you were back in the 70s. Arrow has great vocals and sweet guitar riffs along with bodacious songwriting. Check it all out here.
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
With Japandroids’ sophomoric full length album they showed more maturity with their songwriting and style.
Jeff The Brotherhood
Another solid album from The Brotherhood, with this one produced by Dan Auerbach (Black Keys), it is definitely worth buying.
Pond – Beard, Wives, Denim
Pond has a classic psychedelic rock and roll style that kicks you back to the 70s. You can see just how awesome this album is by going here to listen to it.
PS I Love You – Death Dreams
PS I Love You is a two man band from Canada that know how to rock out. Death Dreams is full of post punk-rock riffs with really great songwriting included for your pleasure. Check it out here.
Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Spiritualized’s latest album is so full with indie rock ‘n’ roll, cream filling will star pouring out of your orifices.
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Not only is Lonerism a great album name, but it is a great sounding album. It is everything you want in a rock and roll LP. Listen to it’s entirety here.