Five out of five.
The five bands whose most recent albums are also the last five albums that I've bought are:
The New Pornographers
What a great surprise Maps was. I am one of those customers, who went into Sonic Boom with no intention of buying anything, won over by the album playing in the store at the time. How good it is to be susceptible.
Nothing unanticipated with the Stars album (In Our Bedroom After the War), which I've been waiting for for months. I guess the album leaked online in an earlier stage, but I'd held off for the real release. Stars and the New Pornographers seem to be on a simultaneous release schedule. Last time, the Stars album was a clear winner for me; Set Yourself on Fire is in my top few albums ever, while Twin Cinema was merely very good. This time I think I'm giving the edge to the New Pornographers, but both are in pretty heavy rotation right now.
I'm in a music acquisition mode and I'm apparently all about what's happening right now -- anything else recent and great to recommend?