1) True Widow - The Jackyl
Read the description for this record on the Aquarius Records site and decided to pick it up and was immediately blown away. Since then each person I've introduced this band to has also become obsessed. I think Josh summed their sound up best when he said Slowdive meets late Earth.
2) Myrtha - Death and Destiny
Bukowski turned me on to some early Swedish metal (FWOSHM) and while searching blogs for some music to download I stumbled upon this. Not sure why this record isn't mentioned next to Diamond Head or Angel Witch, but it's every bit as good.
3) Umberto - The Psychic
This dude played on an LP I released on Peasant Magik and ended up receiving his first solo cassette through some trades. Thought it was a decent debut and picked up his follow up, Prophecy of the Black Widow. Dude killed it.
4) Leviathan - Shed This Skin
I thought it would be impossible to top his last record, but I think he might have.
5) Belong - A Walk
Took me a long time to get into this record. I originally thought it sounded a little too modern and the drum machine really annoyed me. Looking back, I'm not sure why I kept coming back to this, but I'm glad I did. The Cure meets My Bloody Valentine, maybe?
6) Of The Wand and The Moon - Shine Black Algiz
This record changed my mind about buying 7"s. Great song which might have been lost if presented in a full length.
7) Blaze Foley - Clay Pigeons
Recent discovery. The description mentioned Townes Van Zandt, so I bought it. Been depressed ever since.
8) 40 Watt Sun - Open My Eyes
Hands down, album of the year. Also a contender for best live show of the year, but Neurosis might take that one.
9) Jandek - I'm Ready
Spent a few weeks this year going trying to go through his discography. Pretty daunting task, but, in the end, one of the better decisions I have made.
10) Coil - Batwings (A Limnal Hymn)
I got into Coil shortly before last year's list. Don't think a day has gone by this year where I haven't listened to them. This was played at John Balance's funeral service and apparently the singing at the end is in some made up language.