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Top 10 Albums of 2012

Posted: December 22, 2012 in Uncategorized
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I just want to use this intro to note that 2012 was an awesome year for music. I definitely like this year’s list more than my 2011 list, and I’d definitely take the top of this year’s list over last year’s. That doesn’t mean I now think 2011 was a bad year for music; I just think 2012 was better. I could’ve easily gone to 20 and still really liked every pick.

Last year I had a “Notable Omissions” section, but I didn’t feel like doing that this year. Sorry. I decided to just give you three honorable mentions instead. I also wrote a little bit more about each of the 10 albums that made the list. As always, any and all comments are welcome. I’ve linked to my favorite song from each album, so check them out if you don’t know them.

Honorable Mentions
The Fresh & Onlys- Long Slow Dance
King Tuff- King Tuff
Mac DeMarco- 2

10. Hospitality- Hospitality
Hospitality is a three-piece indie pop band, but Amber Papini is the clear leader. She’s the lead singer, lead guitarist and lone songwriter, and she’s incredibly smooth and melodic in all three areas. The album’s best moments come when the infusions of electric guitar, synthesizers and saxophone ratchet up the energy. “Eighth Avenue” and “Friends of Friends” make for a great open, and “The Right Profession” and “All Day Today” stand out as highlights as well.

Favorite song: “Friends of Friends”

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If you know me at all, you know that I love music and I love ranking stuff. Therefore, this was an easy choice for the first post on this blog in nearly a year. This wound up being lengthy, so I won’t bore you with a wordy intro or lame excuses for why I haven’t posted here in so long. I’d love to hear what your favorite albums were, so feel free to leave a comment.

10. The War On Drugs, Slave Ambient

The War On Drugs will forever be linked to former guitarist Kurt Vile, who left the band after their debut album Wagonwheel Blues and released a very good album of his own this year with Smoke Ring For My Halo. Vile’s album sold better and got more critical acclaim, but I like Slave Ambient quite a bit more. I think it’s simpler, easier to listen to and easier to get lost in. The War On Drugs have been compared to Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen in terms of sound, and you can see why. They’re not on that level in terms of songwriting, but the Americana themes and longing for something more are all there.

Favorite song: “Brothers”

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All this week, VH1 unveiled its ranking of the 100 greatest artists in music history. You probably know by now that I love both music and rankings, so it should come as no surprise that I was glued to the TV for all five hours of it. I’m always fascinated by lists like this — whether it’s from VH1, Rolling Stone, DigitalDreamDoor, Pitchfork or whomever. I have many times considered (and even started) making my own, but I usually end up getting really frustrated and abandoning the idea. (more…)

Remember when MTV actually played music videos? Remember when there were actually good music videos? Well, here’s something to jog your memory — 25 fantastic music videos. I got the idea for this entry while I was searching for trippy stuff to watch next week while I’m loaded up on painkillers following the removal of all four of my wisdom teeth. Not all the videos on here are trippy, but psychedelia (I’m not sure if that’s even a real word) is definitely a good thing when it comes to music videos. Without further ado, here are my top 25 music videos (note- just click on the song title to watch the video. Embedding all of them would slow things down way too much): (more…)

It’s been two weeks since I’ve posted anything, and I felt like I needed to post something to prevent people from forgetting about this blog. But there wasn’t anything I felt like writing a whole column about, so here are 40 random thoughts from a mind that sometimes bewilders even its owner. (PS- The title was inspired by one of my friends’ propensity for brown-bagging 40s of Colt 45.) (more…)

It’s been three weeks since Landon Donovan’s thrilling last-minute goal against Algeria took the US from the brink of elimination to the top of their group in one swift strike. I thought by now, people would’ve calmed down a little and been able to put this goal into perspective. Unfortunately, this goal continues to be overrated. (more…)