Andrew Daw is one of my best friends. As this list will probably show you, we have very similar musical tastes. I can't think of anyone I enjoy discussing music with more(all though there are a few people who he's tied with) and he always has an open invitation to post on this blog. Daw listed his 10 favorite albums of the year, and 8 of them were in my top 15!
10. Weathervanes - Freelance Whales
9. The Suburbs - Arcade Fire
8. Contra - Vampire Weekend