1) Bill Frisell – Good Dog, Happy Man …I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, this is by far my favorite Jim Keltner performance. Do yourself a favor. Listen to this album.
2) Radiohead – Kid A …the perfect soundtrack for walking through airports.
3) Pedro The Lion – 2012 Remasters …free downloads of awesomeness from David Bazan. I already owned all these tracks but the remastered versions was a good excuse to revisit them.
4) Rage Against The Machine – Evil Empire …one of my top ten albums of all time, and not just because it immediately transports me to being in a skatepark in 10th grade.
5) Helios – Eingya …A Berklee grad makes ambient instrumental music and it doesn’t suck.
Unrelated editorial comment: I was going to link to a Pitchfork review of that Helios record, but I actually felt myself getting dumber as I read it. I’ve basically given up completely on Pitchfork. What a massive hipster joke that website is.