Eleanor Friedberger - Last Summer
She is one half of the brother-sister duo The Fiery Furnaces releasing nine albums and she has inspired songs (most notably: "Eleanor, Put Your Boots On" by Franz Ferdinand), but this is her first solo album. It's very similar, stylistically, to her work with her brother, so this is a good bet if you're already a fan!
Grooms - Prom
I may have cut back on the fashion coverage on my blog in favor of music, but trust I still follow it closely. One of my favorite sites, Refinery 29, started a song-of-the-day feature that highlights some real gems. Last Thursday, they featured the song "Tiger Trees" by this band and I just about fell in love. Their music is a great homage to classic indie rock in a time when the genre has become little more than a catch-all for many diverse styles.
Washed Out - Within and Without
"Chillwave" seems to be a hot subgenre right now, with Pitchfork wet dreams Toro Y Moi and Neon Indian getting a lot of play this year. While I can already tell the genre will probably be over-represented on some year-end best-of lists, that doesn't mean there isn't some good coming from the movement. Washed Out is probably the best I've heard so far. He seems broader than the genre has been thus far, with a stated influence of hip hop likely creating some of the diversity of sound in his record. I often buy one vinyl record every Tuesday of something I already know I'm going to love, this is this week's purchase.
Big Talk (Robbie Vanucci of The Killers) - Big Talk
"The Next One Living"
James Blake - "Order"/"Pan"
Les Demoniaques (Dee Dee Penny of the Dum Dum Girls and Tamaryn) - "Teenage Lust" (The Jesus and Mary Chain cover)