Panda Bear – Tomboy (Paw Tracks)
Psychedelic sampler hymns for the secular.
Rating: 8 out of 10 nights at the jetty
Radiohead – The King of Limbs (tbd)
Thom & Co.’s continued quest to obliterate expectations once again proves rewarding.
Rating: 9 out of 10 obsolete mediums
Shabazz Palaces – Black Up (Sub Pop)
Rating: 9 out of 10 velvet and gold ensembles
Trap Them – Darker Handcraft (Prosthetic)
Bloody faced, brutal and infectious as hell.
Rating: 8 out of 10 GDSOBs
tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l (4AD)
Merrill Garbus upgrades to mid-fi, hires two sax players and creates feisty, skewed pop workout.
Rating: 9 out of 10 inhabitable chicken shacks
Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring for My Halo (Matador)
The Wild, the Innocent and the Illadelph shuffle.
Rating: 9 out of 10 cases of Jesus fever
The Weeknd – House of Balloons (self-released)
Self-indulgent enigma soulfully croons his way into 2011′s most sultry release.
Rating: 8 out of 10 morning after pills
Wild Beasts – Smother (Domino)
Where the subliminally seductive and sinister things are.
Rating: 9 out of 10 playthings
Wye Oak – Civilian (Merge)
Refreshingly earnest rock, with just a dash of MBV sheen.
Rating: 8 out of 10 on the reverb dial
Yuck – Yuck (Fat Possum)
Just like the grunge hits you played to death in the ’90s, only British,
Rating: 8 out of 10 flannel shirts