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2012, The year the world ended.

2012 Record of the Year

So some of you may have seen my list of ten albums of 2012 on our new blog Four North Men of the Rockpocalypse.  If you are one of those who hasn’t yet, go check out the three other North Men and see what they thought the top albums of the year were.  Remember we are four completely different guys with four greatly varying opinions, so the lists should be pretty interesting.  You should also be careful, you may just discover something new…

Here, I will get into a little bit more details on to what I liked so much about some of the albums I chose for my version of the list.  I will be very interested in seeing if any albums I picked even make it onto any of my counterparts lists. Anyway, here I go…

1.  Fionna Apple – The Idler Wheel – This albums was one of my biggest surprises this years, although most of that was probably self inflicted.  I may have had a unfair bias against Miss Apple from my youth.  (a misguided one at that)  I have since discovered that she has an amazing catalog of albums.  Like much of the music I like I need to contain substance.  This album was both passionate and even abstract at times.

2.  Jack White – Blunderbuss – Does anything Jack White touches not amazing?   Mr. White has an incredible way of taking classic american sound and taking modern spin on the sound.  He is constantly stealing from the past while creating something new and fresh.

3. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant – I did love this giant!  I couldn’t stop playing this album for a while.  I even frequently would start this one right from the beginning after listening to once. It’s funny, I didn’t even know who David Bryne was before this, so this album opened the door to the Talking Heads. It is now one that I am happy to have passed though this door.  The music has so many layers, and it makes me want to get up and dance.  Not much I listen to does that.  Now I finally see why so many artists love them.  

4.  First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar – I was in love with these young ladies even before this record came out.  These ladies have such beautiful harmonies!  I love the modern Folk movement.  I still find the lyrics so mature for such young song writers though. 

5.  Grizzly Bear – Shields  – At the beginning of 2012 I  thought for sure that this would be #1 on my year end list.  As you can see it isn’t, and I actually wonder if their previous album Veckatimist may hurt them.  Veckatimist is certainly one of my favorite albums of all time and it may have made it hard for this one to live up to.  All together, I obviously did like this album if it is here, but it just wasn’t as cohesive as Grizzly Bears previous album.  

6.  The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter – These brothers are so good.  They much like Mumford (and the Lumineers) bring that old time country sounds a modern feel.  These albums just make me feel warm and fuzzy and I do like me some bluegrass.

7.  Heartless Bastards – Arrow – This is the only album in my top 10 that I did not discover on my own.  A special thanks to Andrea Civello for introducing me to this blues group from Ohio.  It is a very soulful album, and is somewhat is the realm of the older Black Keys albums.

8.  Mumford & Sons – Babel – See both 5 & 6, that pretty much sums up this one.

9.  Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill – I have always been fond of Neil Young.  Despite varying opinions of his more recent albums,  I have been quite a fan of everything he releases.  You really never know what your going to hear out of him next.  The first track on this album alone is worth giving this one a listen.

10.  Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror  – This on just rips.  If you put this one on, be sure to turn it way up!

Honorable mentions: The xx – Coexist, Cat Power – Sun, The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet, Poor Moon – Poor Moon, The Shins – Port of Morrow, Lisa Marie Presley – Storm & Grace, Muse – The 2nd Law, The Lumineers – The Lumineers

Biggest suprise by far is Lisa Marie Presley.  She has always just been a pop artist until now.  Storm & Grace actually had a lot of substance, and was nothing like you would expect!  The Lumineers came to me from another blog I follow,  You Hear that?.  I was instantly in love.  Then this band blew up!  It’s amazing the trend of great music in the mainstream realm at present.  Last one I’ll mention is Poor Moon.  Another great folk record coming from former members of the Fleet Foxes.  I just missed seeing these guy this past summer.  Poor me!

If you would like to listen to these on Spotify here is the link…

So what do you think?  Am I crazy? Amazing? Crying? Living on the Edge?  Tell me what you think!  And share your top albums with me too!


Movin’ on up

So I mentioned a couple posts ago how my “top” lists on Spotify were screwed up.   They still are but I digress on that topic.  I wanted to share my weekly Top 10 Artist (based on play count anyway).   Here is the list:

As you can see Heartless Bastards to the crown this week.  They certainly were my new obsession thanks to Andrea C.  More of a discussion can be read on my post Arrow to My Heart.

Of coarse Mumford, Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, the Fleet Foxes and to some extend NIN are all main stays in my top 25 every week. 

The Black Widows was a neat discovery.  As part of the I’m a Self Made Man mix tape (that I have yet to finish)  Joe T.  suggested Butch Walker and the Black Widows.  When I searched for them on Spotify, I just typed “Black Widow” and it came up with three bands, Butch Walker and the Black Widows, The Black Widows and Black Widows.  (None of which are associated with other)  I listened to all three and The Black Widows appear to be the winner.  They are a blend of surf and punk rock.  I have only listened to them a few times, but I am pretty certain there isn’t any singing in any songs.  (I know most don’t anyway…)  They kind of a modern Dick Dale.

Mustasch also come from that last mix tape courtesy of a suggestion with my good friend Chauncey B.  They are are a cool power metal band from Sweden.  Chauncey is always sending new hard rock and metal my way.  I think this is the first one I’ve really latched onto in recent memory.  I used to be such a big metal head, now I’m in to much mellower stuff.  (Still think its funny I’m become a cliche)

Last on this list is Mars Volta.  They fell from the number one spot a week ago.   How quickly I move on.  Actually that not that bad considering the amount of music I listen to in a given week.  They will actually stay in my top 25 for some time now.  I really have fallen for them.  Sparta I am guessing will not be the same case.  Not that I dislike them, just didn’t have the love for them I did for the Mars Volta.

So that is the list for this week.  Not sure if I’ll do this every week, but I though it could be interesting.  Plus is shows I am listening to your suggestions! So keep them coming!

What is your Top 10?

So here is my year end list of the best albums according to me in 2011.  I have been a faithful listener of NPR’s All Songs Considered for 3 years now and they have year end shows dedicated to both their opinions and their listeners votes.   The following list below is my top ten.  I really had a hard time with my top 6 for they all were very special to me this year.  I would have to say this has been a pretty amazing year in music.  So here it goes:

  1. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  3. Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
  4. Black Keys – El Camino
  5. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
  6. Wilco – The Whole Love
  7. Radiohead – The King of Limbs
  8. Fruit Bats – The Tripper
  9. tUnE-­yArDs – w h o k i l l
  10. Noah and the Whale – Last Night on Earth

Honorable mentions include Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials, Feist – Metals, Alison Krauss And Union Station – Paper Airplanes, Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys, James Blake – James Blake, Brown Recluse – Evening Tapestry, Metronomy – The English Riviera and Cass McCombs – Humor Risk

If you want to give them a listen on Spotify “here” is my playlist what include all of the above albums. (including the honorable mentions).

So what are your favorites?  What do you think of my list?  What did I miss? What is your Top 10?

Here are some great link to others top ten lists.

NPR All Song Considered Listener’s Top Albums

NPR All Song Considered Year in Music – (Bob Boilen’s, Stephen Thompson’s and Ann Power’s Top Albums)

Metacritic’s Top 1o of 2011 – this one includes the top ten list’s from 50+ different sources!