I can never remember what gets issued year to year, so I'll defer on my best of list for now.
Oh, I do like the Avett Brothers new one.
-God Help The Girl, a side project from Belle & Sebastian front man Stuart Murdoch is very enjoyable.
-Them Crooked Vultures is interesting hard rock. The album is a collaboration between Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters fame, and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.
-The Beatles mono boxed set probably isn't entirely an answer in the spirit of your question but it's given a couple of generations a chance to hear The Beatles as they intended, in mono. Plus the upgrade in sound quality from the remastering was very welcome too.
I've been thinking about this all year, and my list changes pretty much every day. I think this has been an amazing year for new music. A few random selections that I keep turning to:
Girls: AlbumSonic Youth: The EternalCold Cave: Loves Comes CloseGary War: Horribles ParadeZola Jesus: the SpoilsTalk Normal: SugarlandVivan Girls: Everything Goes WrongRamses III: I Could Not Love You MoreLights: RitesBowerbirds: Upper AirGrizzly Bear: VeckatimestTom Abbs: Lost & FoundYeah Yeah Yeahs: It's BlitzFiery Furnaces: I'm Going AwayGrowing: All The WayPsychic Ills: Mirror EyeIUD: The Proper SexPens: Hey Friend!...Espers: IIIDucktails: LandscapesWye Oak: The KnotHealth: Get ColorPontiak: Sea VoidsValet: False Face SocietyOOIOO: Arminico HewaA Sunny Day in Glasgow: Ashes GrammarThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart: s/t
Too much great stuff.
Abums:Bob Dylan-"Together Through Life"Wilco-(the album)Neil Young-"Fork in the Road"Tortoise-"Beacons of Ancestorship"
Reissue that wasn't The Beatles or Neil Young-"Crazy Rhythms"--The Feelies
Download Only-"Buddha Machine 2.0"
Book-"Blues and Chaos: The Music Writing of Robert Palmer"
Live: Wilco and Yo La Tengo at Keyspan Park, Coney Island, NY
Quote:Reissue that wasn't The Beatles or Neil Young-"Crazy Rhythms"--The Feelies
Betty Davis: Is It Love or Desire