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Music of 2012

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I haven't found the whole Frightened Rabbit EP, but I got two of the songs - State Hospital, and Boxing Night. The latter is decent, but overall, nothing too impressive. And I'm a pretty big fan of theirs...

Finally gave Divine Fits a couple listens...ah, what the heck, I'll make a review...

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Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits

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As a big fan of Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs, and Spoon as I am, I was almost guaranteed to like this. And I do. In fact, the first 2/3 of the album is outstanding.

As Glassjaw mentioned, it sounds like you would expect. My Love Is Real is the lead-off track, and it would fit like a glove on Handsome Furs' Face Patrol album (which is a good thing). Then Flaggin a Ride is totally a Spoon song - but a better song than anything off of their last album. Then there is a Wolf Parade song, another Spoon song, and so on.

The album peaks on For Your Heart, a dance-rock jam which is immediately one of my favourite songs of the year. Unfortunately, the next song, Shivers is immediately one of my least favourite. It would have been cliched back in the 90's. The last two songs are kind of weak as well.

Still, the first eight tracks are good enough to approve.

7.5/10

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i thought MY top song list would be weird

but lana del rey???

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so where's this goddamn My Bloody Valentine album? Shields only has a couple weeks left to hold up his side of the deal

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i can never remember my actual favourite songs of the year so i just pick my favourite songs off my favourite albums and order them from there

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that pitchfork list-making thing was funny. not sure what was harder; top 5 songs or top 5 albums. both were nearly impossible though. i know it's crazy, but my favourite song of the year might be Born to Die.

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That new album from The Evens is great. Maybe not "top 10" good, but pretty close.

Ultraista is...well...intersting. I enjoyed a few songs on the first listen, but nothing really stood out.

Any fans of Elbow out there? They have a new B-side collection out, called Dead In The Boot. Only scanned through it, so can't say how good it is. Seems pretty laid back, and ballad-heavy. But their releases are consistently good.

Haven't been able to listen to Tempest all the way through yet. Dylan has never sounded older.

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Well...I've gone through all the albums I wanted to hear. Should I go first?

D-Money's Best of 2012

Top 10 Albums:

1. Lonerism - Tame Impala

2. Shields - Grizzly Bear

3. The Haunted Man - Bat For Lashes

4a. End Of Daze (EP) - Dum Dum Girls

4b. Undersea (EP) - The Antlers

5. Coexist - The xx

6. Break It Yourself - Andrew Bird

7. Animal Joy - Shearwater

8. Confessions - Twin Shadow

9. A Thing Called Divine Fits - Divine Fits

10. Mr. M - Lambchop

Honorable Mentions: Kill For Love, Django Django, Blues Funeral, Bloom, My Heart Is an Animal

Top 20 Songs:

1. Simple Song - The Shins

2. Orpheo Looks Back - Andrew Bird

3. Why Won't They Talk To Me? - Tame Impala

4. Yet Again - Grizzly Bear

5. For Your Heart - Divine Fits

6. Animal Life - Shearwater

7. Run My Heart - Twin Shadow

8. Try - The xx

9. All Your Gold - Bat For Lashes

10. Undertow - Ane Brun

11. Be Above It - Tame Impala

12. I Had It Coming - White Rabbits

13. Longevity - Yeasayer

14. Mine Tonight - Dum Dum Girls

15. A Wall - Bat For Lashes

16. The Riot's Gone - Santigold

17. Harbourview Hospital - Mark Lanegan Band

18. Zelda - Antlers

19. Elephant - Tame Impala

20. Gun-Shy - Grizzly Bear

Honorable Mentions:

Look At Where We Are - Hot Chip

Feels Like I Only Go Backwards - Tame Impala

Every Single Night - Fiona Apple

Slow And Steady - Of Monsters And Men

The Gravedigger's Song - Mark Lanegan Band

Song For Leigh - The Walkmen

Too Late - Spiritualized

Lady - Chromatics

I Got Nothing - Dum Dum Girls

Biggest Surprise:

An pretty underwhelming year of music gets completely redeemed in the last quarter by Tame Impala's masterpiece.

Biggest Disappointment:

Loved Sleigh Bells' debut, but outside of a couple songs, their new album was crap.

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Great choices, and your top 3 is pretty much my top 3.

No Marilyn for top 20 tracks though? :\

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Great choices, and your top 3 is pretty much my top 3.

No Marilyn for top 20 tracks though? :\

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Glass jaw's best of 2012:

TEN ALBUMS:

1. Tame Impala - Lonerism

2. Grizzly Bear - Shields

3. Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man

4. Bob Dylan - Tempest

5. Ty Segall - Slaughterhouse

6. The Shins - Port of Morrow

7. The Antlers - Undersea (EP)

8. Philip Glass - RE:WORK

9. The Walkmen - Heaven

10. Dinosaur Jr - I Bet on Sky

Honourable mentions: Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas, Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory, Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance, Four Tet - Pink, Blondes - Blondes

SONGS:

1. The Shins - Simple Song

2. Bat for Lashes - Marilyn

3. Tame Impala - why won't they talk to me?

4. Hot Chip - Flutes

5. Grizzly Bear - Yet Again

6. Philip Glass - NYC: 73-78 (Beck remix)

7. Blondes - Lover

8. Ty Segall - Oh Mary

9. Tame Impala - Feels like we only go backwards

10. Bob Dylan - Duquesne Whistle

11. Ty Segall - You're The Doctor

12. Lotus Plaza - Monoliths

13. The Antlers - Drift Drive

14. Cloud Nothings - Wasted Days

15. Grimes - Genesis

16. The Shins - Port of Morrow

17. Dinosaur Jr - Don't Pretend you didn't know

18. Dinosaur Jr - Rode

19. Animal Collective - Wide Eyed

20. The xx - Try

Lots of great songs this year. That track list, minus the top 10, is just a mess. Depends on mood, obviously. But "Simple Song," to me, is just about as perfect as any straight forward pop song can get. I hated that Shins album at the start, and still STRONGLY dislike 2 or 3 songs, but many others have grown on me significantly.

Weak year, but a few total gems out there, and some (i.e. Heaven) are still growing on me more and more with each listen.

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^^^

Agreed.

Not as many front-to-back-awesome albums this year. But a lot of bands released decent-to-good albums with at least 2/3 great songs on them.

It's funny, outside of my top 3, I don't think any 2012 album would have made my top 10 in any other year.

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NME's top 10:

1. Tame Impala - Lonerism

2. Grimes - Visions

3. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

4. Crystal Castles - III

5. Alt J - An Awesome Wave

6. The Maccabees - Given to the Wild

7. Pond - Beard Wives Denim

8. The Cribs - In the belly of the brazen bull

9. Jake Buzz - Jake Buzz

10. Django Django - Django Django

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The Guardian is doing their top 10 now, a new one each day. Each entry has its own write up. A worthwhile read if you're interested. Currently on #8 (The xx)

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Australia is close enough to England so I guess its allowed to top the NME list.

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You know who's really good that I finally got into this year? Bill Callahan. Before his super dry, monotone voice drove me crazy, but I finally get it.

"I wish I were an eagle" is amazing

"apocalypse" is very solid too

His music sounds like a Cormac McCarthy novel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwPyWkOMGxw

Plus his album artwork is generally awesome.

apocalypse.jpg

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ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

1. Grizzly Bear - Shields

2. Burial - Kindred EP

3. Telstar Drugs - Telstar Drugs

4. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory

5. Beach House - Bloom

6. Trailer Trash Tracys - Ester

7. Ultraista - Ultraista

8. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

9. Tame Impala - Lonerism

10. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

Honorable mentions: Animal Collective - Centipede Hz, THEESatisfaction, Peaking Lights - Lucifer

SONGS OF THE YEAR

1. Grizzly Bear - Yet Again

2. Cloud Nothings - Wasted Days

3. Ultraista - Small Talk

4. Sunless '97 - Azul

5. Trailer Trash Tracys - Candy Girl

6. Animal Collective - Today's Supernatural

7. Ariel Pink - Kinski Assassin

8. Grizzly Bear - Sun in Your Eyes

9. Tame Impala - Elephant

10. Trailer Trash Tracys - You Wish You Were Red

11. Converge - Sadness Comes Home

12. Burial - Loner

13. Grizzly Bear - Gun Shy

14. Beach House Lazuli

15. Telstar Drugs - Young Jane Fonda

16. The xx - Swept Away

17. Death Grips - Hacker

18. Grimes - Oblivion

19. Burial - Ashtray Wasp

20. Telstar Drugs - Te Quiero Corazon

A lot of bands released albums I was really excited for but I thought really missed the mark, Animal Collective being the big one. Peaking Lights and The xx also had really promising debuts but neither of their albums did anything for me this year.

Overall I thought it was a pretty good year, Shields might be my favourite album released this decade so far, a true classic. Even though Kindred was technically and EP its basically long enough to be an album, and I really love the direction he's going in. I wasn't into a lot of the other big indie releases really other than that, but there was a lot of new bands I got into that did a lot of interesting things. Overall it was a pretty good year, probably my favourite year since 2009, but that'll always have a special place in my heart.

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great BBC documentary about the most tragically under appreciated band in history, The Fall

mark e smith makes english punk musicians look like p.ussy cats. dude is vicious. can't even understand half the things he says through that thick accent, but you get the idea.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G4cm-99lVW4

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Really? Absolute favourite song of the year?

I didn't get ANY of the hype over her, that song, or Video Games.

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Man I don't get why so many people thought Centipede Hz was such a big disappointment. I really like that album, it's probably in my top 5 of the year. I know it's a different direction but did you really expect Animal Collective to stick to their guns?

couldn't find the studio version but I think this song is brilliant

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