These up and comers from Italy put out these two releases this year that probably flew under a lot of radars. In fact, I may be overcompensating by putting them so far up on my list so more people check these guys out.
14. Scherbatsky by Snowing
12. Ormai by Fine Before You Came
11. It's Still Pretty Terrible by Dowsing
Dowsing has been around here quite a few times; they are from Chicago and myself from Michigan. In fact, Saturday we are making the trek to Chicago to catch Coping's last show and these guys are supporting them! However, this will be our first time seeing them since this came out. Let the sing alongs commence!
10. Feeling Better by Nai Harvest
These lads form the UK put out this 7 inch this year, and are in the process of recording new material at the moment. In fact, you may be hearing it soon...on our winter sampler. Oops!? No but for real, I listen to these songs way to much. So this is(n't) new to meeee!
9. Giant Orange by Cheap Girls
8. Future Reference by Legs Like Tree Trunks
7. NOPE by Coping
6. Broad Shoulders by Dikembe
5. Awkward Breeds by The Sidekicks
4. Sirs by Sirs
3. Eunoia by Invalids
2. Get Disowned by Hop Along
For the longest time, I thought this album would be the album of the year for me. Frances has a way with her voice that can make knees buckle. It doesn't hurt that she is also a great songwriter that had the help of producer Joe Reinhart to make every part sound as good as it could in the Algernon Warehouse. Plus, she told me about some Korean breakfast place in Ann Arbor I never heard of that is really awesome.
1. Glocca Morra (1 and 2)