Heems, ‘Wild Water Kingdom’ (Greedhead)
6SPIN Rating: 6 of 10Release Date: November 14, 2012Label: GreedheadReleased five months after his group Das Racist's first foray into sold-in-stores, all-samples-cleared, album-oriented rap, Heems'
Titus Andronicus, ‘Local Business’ (XL)
7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: October 22, 2012Label: XLCoverage of Titus Andronicus' albums, tours, and Twitter rants tends to focus exclusively on their grandness.
Animal Collective, ‘Centipede Hz’ (Domino)
8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: September 04, 2012Label: DominoFrom the beginning, Animal Collective intended to create not just sounds, but worlds. Even before settling…
Surfer Blood, ‘Tarot Classics’ (Kanine)
Despite a reliance on familiar, guitar-driven tunes, Surfer Blood's latest has no interest in embracing traditional rock'n'roll swagger. Blame (or thank) John Paul Pitts, whose…
Neon Indian, ‘Era Extrana’ (Mom + Pop)
Laid-back, atmospheric 2009 tracks like "Deadbeat Summer" and "Terminally Chill" established Neon Indian's Alan Palomo as a chillwave founding father. But Palomo's un-self-conscious messiness also…