Buzz Meter

Buzz Meter
Animal Collective (pictured)
The quintessential buzz band. The announcement of a new album will always top the meter.

Killer Mike and El-P
These hip-hop vets have partnered to produce two of the finest rap albums of 2012.

My Bloody Valentine
It took them forever and the unreleased stuff was meagre, but those reissues were still pretty damn exciting.

POP ETC
Which is worse for the former Morning Benders: the change in name or the change in music? Either way, neither feels right.

Rye Rye
2008: Top of the Buzz Meter. 2012: Bottom of the Buzz Meter. Just how the bread crumbs fall, I guess.