A few incredible cd's worth noting have come out recently.
Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise: this cd is amazing. The album has many instruments such as the accordian, banjo, cello, etc. The songs are very layered, and sufjan's voice is worth noting. Although slower music, this cd is not as slow as say iron and wine or belle and sebastian. People who do not like slow music will have no problem with it.
Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah!- Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah! : this band is the new Arcade Fire. They sound like a cross between the Violent Femmes and the Talking Heads. At times they sound like Interpol or the Arcade Fire. Good luck trying to get it though. Hot Dog Records in Oxford has it.
Check out Here is a list of cd's I have had in heavy rotation recently. Spoon - Gimme Fiction; The Decemberists - Picaresque; Stephen Malkmus - Face the Truth; Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise; Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah!; Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak; Arcade Fire - EP; American Altitude- American Altitude; The White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan; Son Volt - Okemah and the Melody of Riot; and other classics listed under "The Categories Broken Down Below"