In December of 2013, KDHX DJ Jason Robinson placed "Major Arcana," the explosive debut album from Speedy Ortiz, on a year-end top 10 list titled the "Household Names, and Some That Will Be Edition." Two years later, that prophecy is coming true. Last month, the Boston-based experimental rockers released their sophomore album, "Foil Deer," launching the five members into a swarm of critical praise and national attention.
To accompany my forthcoming St. Louis-centric list, here's a look at my favorite 10 albums on the national and regional scene, in no particular order.
The riveting lyrics and grungy sound make Speedy Ortiz's debut full-length album "Major Arcana" one to be played again and again.
A song of youthful fears and longing, with echoes of noise pop and Liz Phair, "No Below" by North Hampton, Mass. band Speedy Ortiz slowly unwinds a story in sound and words -- until it explodes through the morbid angst.