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Best LPs of 2012

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Best LPs of 2012

Postby SallyLightfoot » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:22 am

Another disappointing year for music. I must be getting old. I checked out most of the critic's picks for this year but didn't find much that blew me away. I spent another year and 90% of my music $ on oldies/rarities which have recently become available (e.g., Howard Tate, Don Covay, Rodriguez, Klaatu, Toots & the Maytals, Gun Club, Taj Mahal, Badfinger).

Here's the new stuff I liked in 2012:

King Tuff - Self-titled
Ravens & Chimes - Holiday Life
Divine Fits - A Thing Called
The Walkmen - Heaven
Jason Lytle - Dept of Disappearance
Allo Darlin' - Europe
Stars - The North
Great Elk - Autogeography
The Memories - Self-titled
Apache Dropout - Bubblegum Graveyard
Sonny & The Sunsets - Longtime Companion
Young Rival - Stay Young

Do you have any favorites of 2012?


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Paste's Top Albums of 2012

50 Grimes - Visions
49 Kelly Hogan - I Like To Keep Myself In Pain
48 Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams
47 Baroness - Yellow and Green
46 Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
45 Punch Brothers - Who’s Feeling Young Now?
44 Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
43 Stars - The North
42 Bettye LaVette - Thankful N’ Thoughtful
41 Of Monsters And Men - My Head is an Animal
40 Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
39 Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
38 Dr. John - Locked Down
37 Shovels & Rope - O Be Joyful
36 Cat Power - Sun
35 King Tuff - King Tuff
34 Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory
33 Howler - America Give Up
32 Woods - Bend Beyond
31 The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
30 David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant
29 Killer Mike - R.A.P Music
28 Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
27 John K. Samson - Provincial
26 Bob Dylan - Tempest
25 Grizzly Bear - Shields
24 Justin Townes Earle - Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now
23 Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn’t
22 Hospitality - Hospitality
21 The Lumineers - The Lumineers
20 The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
19 Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game
18 Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
17 Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
16 Tame Impala - Lonerism
15 Jack White - Blunderbuss
14 The Walkmen - Heaven
13 The Shins - Port Of Morrow
12 El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
11 The Men - Open Your Heart
10 First Aid Kit - The Lion’s Roar
09 Beach House - Bloom
08 Japandroids - Celebration Rock
07 Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
06 Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
05 Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
04 Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel …
03 Titus Andronicus - Local Business
02 Father John Misty - Fear Fun
01 Frank Ocean - Channel Orange


The Fly's Top 50 LPs of 2012

50 Trailer Trash Tracys - Ester
49 Lucy Rose - Like I Used To
48 Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action At A Distance
47 2:54 - 2:54
46 Egyptian Hip Hop - Good Don't Sleep
45 Errors - Have Some Faith In Magic'
44 Stealing Sheep - Into The Diamond Sun
43 Pulled Apart by Horses - Tough Love
42 Trash Talk - 119
41 Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
40 Allah-Las - Allah-Las
39 Mystery Jets - Radlands
38 Best Coast - The Only Place
37 The Invisible - Rispah
36 Liars - WIXIW
35 Howler - America Give Up
34 David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant
33 Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
32 Beach House - Bloom
31 Here We Go Magic - A Different Ship
30 Graham Coxon - A+E
29 Poliça - Give You The Ghost
28 TOY - TOY
27 Chairlift - Something
26 Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
25 Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
24 Daughn Gibson - All Hell
23 Twin Shadow - Confess
22 Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
21 The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
20 King Tuff - King Tuff
19 Diiv - Oshin
18 Pond - Beard Wives Denim
17 The xx - Coexist
16 The Vaccines - The Vaccines Come Of Age
15 Purity Ring - Shrines
14 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
13 Grizzly Bear - Shields
12 Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
11 Lana del Rey - Born To Die
10 Tame Impala - Lonerism
09 The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
08 Kindness - World You Need A Change Of Mind
07 Field Music - Plumb
06 Django Django - Django Django
05 Jessie Ware - Devotion
04 Cat Power - Sun
03 Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
02 Grimes - Visions
01 Sharon Van Etten - Tramp


NME

01. Tame Impala - Lonerism
02. Grimes - Visions
03. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
04. Crystal Castles - III
05. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
06. The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
07. Pond - Beard Wives Denim
08. The Cribs -In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
09. Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
10. Jack White - Blunderbuss
11. Django Django - Django Django
12. David Byrne & St Vincent - Love This Giant
13. DIIV - Oshin
14. The XX - Coexist
15. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
16. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
17. Grizzly Bear - Shields
18. Tribes - Baby
19. Toy - Toy
20. Howler - America Give Up
21. Cat Power - Sun
22. Beach House - Bloom
23. Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge
24. Merchandise - Children Of Desire
25. Ariel Pink - Mature Themes
26. Spector - Enjoy It While It Lasts
27. Jessie Ware - Devotion
28. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
29. Mac DeMarco - 2
30. Breton - Other People's Problems
31. Kanye West - Cruel Summer
32. Graham Coxon - A+E
33. Hot Chip - In Our Heads
34. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
35. Metz - Metz
36. The Vaccines - Come Of Age
37. Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood Of Colour
38. TEED - Trouble
39. Liars - WIXIW
40. Polica - Give You The Ghost
41. Ty Segall - Twins
42. Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks
43. Ratking - Wiki93
44. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, MAAd City
45. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
46. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe
47. John Talabot - Fin The
48. 2 Bears - Be Strong
49. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
50. Purity Ring - Shrines


MOJO's Best LPs of 2012

01. Jack White - Blunderbuss
02. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
03. Bill Fay - Life is People
04. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
05. Dexys Midnight Runners - One Day I'm Going To Soar
06. Black Keys - El Camino
07. Django Django - Django Django
08. Dr John - Locked Down
09. Julia Holter - Ekstasis
10. Bob Dylan - Tempest
11. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
12. Tame Impala - Lonerism
13. The xx - Coexist
14. Hot Chip - In Our Heads
15. Cat Power - Sun
16. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man in the Universe
17. Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral
18. Orbital - Wonky
19. Advance Base - A Shut-In's Prayer
20. Lee Fields & The Expressions - Faithful Man


Rough Trade's Top 10 Albums of 2012

10 - Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
09 - Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
08 - Django Django - Django Django
07 - Alt J - An Awesome Wave
06 - Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
05 - Goat - World Music
04 - Allo Darlin' - Europe
03 - Toy - Toy
02 - John Talabot - Fin
01 - Grimes - Visions
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Postby schwenko » Mon Dec 03, 2012 2:29 am

Chairlift - Something
Miniature Tigers - Mia Pharaoh (was this 2012?)
Saint Etienne - Words and Music by Saint Etienne / More Words and Music by Saint Etienne

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Postby djcraig » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:23 am

Good to see Tame Impala making a few of the lists.

Even better to see critical darlings Mumford And Sons making NONE of them. If I wanted to hear Hippie Dippy, pastoral shite I'd bust out an old Seals and Crofts album!

Amen to Stars, Beach House, Sharon Van Etten, Cloud Nothings and Two Door Cinema Club!

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Postby SallyLightfoot » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:53 am

Frank Ocean and Grimes seem to make the top of a lot of the lists. Which is soul-crushing.
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Postby popreactor » Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:17 pm

I believe this is the best guide...
http://www.albumoftheyear.org/
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Postby djcraig » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:57 am

SPIN's Top 50 Albums of 2012

50. fun. - Some Nights
49. Heems - Nehru Jackets
48. Best Coast - The Only Place
47. Metric - Synthetica
46. Spoek Mathambo - Father Creeper
45. Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded
44. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
43. Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
42. Lindstrom - Six Cups of Rebel and Smalhans
41. Purity Ring - Shrines
40. Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
39. Roc Marciano - Reloaded
38. Taylor Swift - Red
37. R. Kelly - Write Me Back
36. Beak> - >>
35. Jack White - Blunderbuss
34. Mala - In Cuba
33. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
32. Goat - World Music
31. The xx - Coexist
30. Frankie Rose - Interstellar
29. Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky
28. Jessie Ware - Devotion
27. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
26. Tame Impala - Lonerism
25. Action Bronson - Blue Chips
24. Cat Power - Sun
23. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
22. Torche - Harmonicraft
21. Daphni - Jiaolong
20. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
19. Traxman - Da Mind of Traxman
18. King Tuff - King Tuff
17. Grizzly Bear - Shields
16. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
15. Baroness - Yellow & Green
14. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
13. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
12. Death Grips - No Love Deep Web
11. Future - Pluto
10. Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
9. Ty Segall - Twins
8. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
7. Swans - The Seer
6. Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man
5. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
4. DJ Rashad - Teklife Vol. 1 - Welcome to the Chi
3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
2. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
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Postby wherewereuin82 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 12:24 pm

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Postby schwenko » Sun Dec 09, 2012 12:40 am

I know this is an LP thread, but I want to include a digital EP from
Pulselize called "Decay"

http://nspcc.fairsharemusic.com/release/decay-2

I've never (until now) paid for a download, but since there is no physical product I've done it, especially for the track "A Daydreamer". I saw them perform this at SynthJAM 2012 in Tokyo last month.

http://www.neuronrecords.com/node/30

Sugoi !!!
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Postby SallyLightfoot » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:41 am

[quote][i]Originally posted by wherewereuin82[/i]
<br>http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-vice-albums-of-the-year-2012
[/quote]Pretty accurate!
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Postby anemiccinema » Mon Dec 10, 2012 8:21 am

Here is my Top 20 albums I bought this year

1. Pet Shop Boys - Elysium
2. Daybehaviour - Follow that car
3. Ostrich - The Ostrich Effect
4. Spleen United - School of Euphoria
5. Passion Pit - Gossamer
6. Iamwhoiam - Kin Cd
7. Travelogue - The Noise is only Temporary
8. Delerium - Music Box Opera
9. Hot Chip - In Our Heads
10. Mark Stewart - Politics of Envy
11. Nikki and the Dove - Instinct
12. The Soulsavers - The Light The Dead See
13. Dekad - Strange Situations
14. And One - S.T.O.P.
15. De/vision - Rocket and Swords
16. VCMG - SSSS
17. Grimes- Vision
18. Cinemascape - The Falling Impossible
19. Metroland - Mind the Gap 2 Cd + Metroland - Mixing the Gap
20. James and Evander - Bummer Pop
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Postby coop41 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:59 pm

Every year as soon as the Top 10 lists come out you start hearing the same old crap, terrible year for music, these lists suck, and on and on. Back in my day….
It reminds me of the person you tell about a funny skit on this past week’s episode of Saturday Night Live and they tell you “that show hasn’t been funny since ____________ left. The old ones were way funnier.” Really? Exactly when was that? When was the last time you watched SNL? I would argue the past couple years have been great. This year, to me, it has been one of the best in some time. Uneven? You bet. Has been forever. My opinion. But I digress….
I am not sure if Frank Ocean put out the best record this year. I have friends that go both ways on it. I haven’t listened to it and I doubt I ever will. fun. put out a good record this year with a couple of great songs. They are up for a bunch of Grammy Awards. Super popular. Should I hate them because they are popular or is it ok to still like them since I think Nate Reuss is a songwriting genius and I have followed him since the first ep he put out with his band The Format? I would argue his songwriting and songs still sound the same to me. The Format struggled in its early days to sell anything. Now they are everywhere. I get why some people hate them. I’m not sure if Dylan or Springsteen or The Rolling Stones put out the best record of their careers this year. Didn’t listen to them. Half the stuff on these lists I haven’t listened to nor even heard on the radio. Ever hear of Gotye? That song sucks ass. Unfortunately, me and the rest of the world will never be able to get it out of our heads. Maybe that entire album is great. Don’t know, never listened to it. Do some of my favorite records this year get some airplay? Yup. That’s ok. I like them anyway. Am I as cool as some music critic? Probably …errr I mean I doubt it. Will my picks be ridiculed? Probably, that’s ok though.
With that said, I listened to a hell of a lot of music this year, as much, if not more than most people I would guess but not as much as plenty of other people. It by no means makes me an expert. The albums I selected were the best to me. I thought it was a pretty darn good year for music but I tend to be a fairly positive person. I saw a lot of good bands live, there are so many great places to hear music now for little to no cost and may I suggest, if you don’t like what you hear, start seeking out other options. There were many 80’s and 90’s artists who put out good records this year (The Cult, Dinosaur Jr., the Fixx, etc.) and there were a lot of good reissues as well. So, as Frau once said, I like what I like and I know what I like when I hear it or something like that. If you want to listen to any of this stuff I am happy to make anyone a mix cd or fill your thumb drive or whatever, just let me know.

[b]TL;DR - Don't be a grumpy old person[/b]

Here’s my list I guess (I’m sure I likely forgot something):

1. Eugene McGuiness – The Invitation To The Voyage
2. Saint Motel - Voyeur
3. The Baddies - Bronto
4. Imagine Dragons – Night Visions (with 2 additional ep’s, deluxe version and itunes extra songs)
5. Dan Wholey - The Dan Wholey ep
6. The Wedding Present – Valentina (plus 4 songs ep)
7. Shearwater – Animal Joy
8. Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly - Maps
9. The Prostitutes – Deaf To The Call
10. Reverend & the Makers - @Reverend_Makers
11. Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
12. Jack White - Blunderbuss
13. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
14. Fun. – Some Nights
15. Frank Turner – Last Minutes and Lost Evenings
16. The Black Keys – El Camino
17. Why? – Mumps
18. Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
19. Green Day – Uno
20. Green Day - Dos (haven’t listened to Tre yet)
Other records I enjoyed this year in no particular order- Fear – the Record (re-release), Dinosaur Jr. – Chocumel Daze, Die Antwoord – Ten$ion, Hatcham Social – About Girls , Django Django – Django Django, Chappo - Moonwater, Fidlar –Fidlar, Marcy Playground – Lunch Recess and Detention, Youngblood Hawke – ep, The Stranglers - Giants
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Postby Frau_Blucher » Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:07 pm

[quote][i]Originally posted by coop41[/i]
<br>Every year as soon as the Top 10 lists come out you start hearing the same old crap, terrible year for music, these lists suck, and on and on. Back in my day….
It reminds me of the person you tell about a funny skit on this past week’s episode of Saturday Night Live and they tell you “that show hasn’t been funny since ____________ left. The old ones were way funnier.” Really? Exactly when was that? When was the last time you watched SNL? I would argue the past couple years have been great. This year, to me, it has been one of the best in some time. Uneven? You bet. Has been forever. My opinion. But I digress….
I am not sure if Frank Ocean put out the best record this year. I have friends that go both ways on it. I haven’t listened to it and I doubt I ever will. fun. put out a good record this year with a couple of great songs. They are up for a bunch of Grammy Awards. Super popular. Should I hate them because they are popular or is it ok to still like them since I think Nate Reuss is a songwriting genius and I have followed him since the first ep he put out with his band The Format? I would argue his songwriting and songs still sound the same to me. The Format struggled in its early days to sell anything. Now they are everywhere. I get why some people hate them. I’m not sure if Dylan or Springsteen or The Rolling Stones put out the best record of their careers this year. Didn’t listen to them. Half the stuff on these lists I haven’t listened to nor even heard on the radio. Ever hear of Gotye? That song sucks ass. Unfortunately, me and the rest of the world will never be able to get it out of our heads. Maybe that entire album is great. Don’t know, never listened to it. Do some of my favorite records this year get some airplay? Yup. That’s ok. I like them anyway. Am I as cool as some music critic? Probably …errr I mean I doubt it. Will my picks be ridiculed? Probably, that’s ok though.
With that said, I listened to a hell of a lot of music this year, as much, if not more than most people I would guess but not as much as plenty of other people. It by no means makes me an expert. The albums I selected were the best to me. I thought it was a pretty darn good year for music but I tend to be a fairly positive person. I saw a lot of good bands live, there are so many great places to hear music now for little to no cost and may I suggest, if you don’t like what you hear, start seeking out other options. There were many 80’s and 90’s artists who put out good records this year (The Cult, Dinosaur Jr., the Fixx, etc.) and there were a lot of good reissues as well. So, as Frau once said, I like what I like and I know what I like when I hear it or something like that. If you want to listen to any of this stuff I am happy to make anyone a mix cd or fill your thumb drive or whatever, just let me know.
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You pompous ass.
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Postby coop41 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 10:49 pm

[quote][i]Originally posted by Frau_Blucher[/i]
<br>[quote][i]Originally posted by coop41[/i]
<br>Every year as soon as the Top 10 lists come out you start hearing the same old crap, terrible year for music, these lists suck, and on and on. Back in my day….
It reminds me of the person you tell about a funny skit on this past week’s episode of Saturday Night Live and they tell you “that show hasn’t been funny since ____________ left. The old ones were way funnier.” Really? Exactly when was that? When was the last time you watched SNL? I would argue the past couple years have been great. This year, to me, it has been one of the best in some time. Uneven? You bet. Has been forever. My opinion. But I digress….
I am not sure if Frank Ocean put out the best record this year. I have friends that go both ways on it. I haven’t listened to it and I doubt I ever will. fun. put out a good record this year with a couple of great songs. They are up for a bunch of Grammy Awards. Super popular. Should I hate them because they are popular or is it ok to still like them since I think Nate Reuss is a songwriting genius and I have followed him since the first ep he put out with his band The Format? I would argue his songwriting and songs still sound the same to me. The Format struggled in its early days to sell anything. Now they are everywhere. I get why some people hate them. I’m not sure if Dylan or Springsteen or The Rolling Stones put out the best record of their careers this year. Didn’t listen to them. Half the stuff on these lists I haven’t listened to nor even heard on the radio. Ever hear of Gotye? That song sucks ass. Unfortunately, me and the rest of the world will never be able to get it out of our heads. Maybe that entire album is great. Don’t know, never listened to it. Do some of my favorite records this year get some airplay? Yup. That’s ok. I like them anyway. Am I as cool as some music critic? Probably …errr I mean I doubt it. Will my picks be ridiculed? Probably, that’s ok though.
With that said, I listened to a hell of a lot of music this year, as much, if not more than most people I would guess but not as much as plenty of other people. It by no means makes me an expert. The albums I selected were the best to me. I thought it was a pretty darn good year for music but I tend to be a fairly positive person. I saw a lot of good bands live, there are so many great places to hear music now for little to no cost and may I suggest, if you don’t like what you hear, start seeking out other options. There were many 80’s and 90’s artists who put out good records this year (The Cult, Dinosaur Jr., the Fixx, etc.) and there were a lot of good reissues as well. So, as Frau once said, I like what I like and I know what I like when I hear it or something like that. If you want to listen to any of this stuff I am happy to make anyone a mix cd or fill your thumb drive or whatever, just let me know.
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You pompous ass.
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So you liked the Frank Ocean album?
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Postby i_like_lectric_motors » Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:54 pm

[quote][i]Originally posted by coop41[/i]
<br>[quote][i]Originally posted by Frau_Blucher[/i]
<br>[quote][i]Originally posted by coop41[/i]
<br>Every year as soon as the Top 10 lists come out you start hearing the same old crap, terrible year for music, these lists suck, and on and on. Back in my day….
It reminds me of the person you tell about a funny skit on this past week’s episode of Saturday Night Live and they tell you “that show hasn’t been funny since ____________ left. The old ones were way funnier.” Really? Exactly when was that? When was the last time you watched SNL? I would argue the past couple years have been great. This year, to me, it has been one of the best in some time. Uneven? You bet. Has been forever. My opinion. But I digress….
I am not sure if Frank Ocean put out the best record this year. I have friends that go both ways on it. I haven’t listened to it and I doubt I ever will. fun. put out a good record this year with a couple of great songs. They are up for a bunch of Grammy Awards. Super popular. Should I hate them because they are popular or is it ok to still like them since I think Nate Reuss is a songwriting genius and I have followed him since the first ep he put out with his band The Format? I would argue his songwriting and songs still sound the same to me. The Format struggled in its early days to sell anything. Now they are everywhere. I get why some people hate them. I’m not sure if Dylan or Springsteen or The Rolling Stones put out the best record of their careers this year. Didn’t listen to them. Half the stuff on these lists I haven’t listened to nor even heard on the radio. Ever hear of Gotye? That song sucks ass. Unfortunately, me and the rest of the world will never be able to get it out of our heads. Maybe that entire album is great. Don’t know, never listened to it. Do some of my favorite records this year get some airplay? Yup. That’s ok. I like them anyway. Am I as cool as some music critic? Probably …errr I mean I doubt it. Will my picks be ridiculed? Probably, that’s ok though.
With that said, I listened to a hell of a lot of music this year, as much, if not more than most people I would guess but not as much as plenty of other people. It by no means makes me an expert. The albums I selected were the best to me. I thought it was a pretty darn good year for music but I tend to be a fairly positive person. I saw a lot of good bands live, there are so many great places to hear music now for little to no cost and may I suggest, if you don’t like what you hear, start seeking out other options. There were many 80’s and 90’s artists who put out good records this year (The Cult, Dinosaur Jr., the Fixx, etc.) and there were a lot of good reissues as well. So, as Frau once said, I like what I like and I know what I like when I hear it or something like that. If you want to listen to any of this stuff I am happy to make anyone a mix cd or fill your thumb drive or whatever, just let me know.
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You pompous ass.
[/quote]


So you liked the Frank Ocean album?
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Is that Billy's kid?
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Postby Frau_Blucher » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:55 pm

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