Bittersweet Melody (Music)
Wed Dec 26th 2012 5.00am–7.00am
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Of Monsters and Men “Little Talks” from My Head Is An Animal (Republic 2012) N —Starting my Top 25 of 2012 with Of Monsters and Men ...Buy it!
Of Monsters and Men “Six Weeks” from My Head Is An Animal (Republic 2012) N —This Icelandic six piece band won the Iceland American Idol in 2010 and released their debut full-length in 2012.Buy it!
Band of Horses “Slow Cruel Hands of Time” from Mirage Rock (Columbia 2012) N —Coming in at #24, from their 4th full-length released earlier this year. Not as much love from me as their first three albums but still a solid release.Buy it!
Band of Horses “Electric Music” from Mirage Rock (Columbia 2012) N Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “HOLD ON” from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) N —Brittany Howard, Zac Cockrell, Steve Johnson and Heath Fogg make up Alabama Shakes who come in at #23 for the year. Probably much higher if their 2011 EP didn't have 4 of the best songs from this, their debut full-length.Buy it!
Alabama Shakes “I Ain't the Same” from Boys & Girls (ATO 2012) N Buy it!
Sharon Van Etten “We Are Fine” from Tramp (Jagjaguwar 2012) N —At #22 comes this New Jersey singer/songwriter's third full-length album.Buy it!
Sharon Van Etten “Serpents” from Tramp (Jagjaguwar 2012) N Buy it!
Regina Spektor “Small Town Moon” from What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (Sire Records 2012) N —Coming in at #21, the quirky, enigmatic Regina Spektor was born and raised in Moscow until the age of 9 when her family moved to NYC. Love the album, not so much the album cover.Buy it!
Regina Spektor “All the Rowboats” from What We Saw From the Cheap Seats (Sire Records 2012) N Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “Plant White Roses” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N —At #20 comes Kelly Hogan from her first album in 11 years. She enlisted the help of friends like Andrew Bird, John Wesley Harding and the late Vic Chesnutt to write songs and is backed by a band featuring Booker T. This track is from Stephen Merritt.Buy it!
Kelly Hogan “HAUNTED” from I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Bloodshot www.bloodshotrecords.com 2012) N Buy it!
First Aid Kit “NEW YEAR'S EVE” from The Lion's Roar (Wichita 2012) N —Coming in at #19, possibly the best Americana album of the year comes from the Swedish sister duo of Johanna and Klara Soderberg, aka First Aid Kit.Buy it!
First Aid Kit “Emmylou” from The Lion's Roar (Wichita 2012) N Buy it!
Shoes “The Joke's On You” from Ignition (Black Vinyl 2012) N —#18 - Shoes release their first album in 17 years and don't miss a beat.Buy it!
Shoes “Wrong Idea” from Ignition (Black Vinyl 2012) N Buy it!
Nude Beach “RADIO” from II (Other Music Recording Co. 2012) N —At #17 comes a late comer to the party. I didn't hear this album until about late November. May have been higher on my list if I'd have had more time with it.Buy it!
Nude Beach “Some Kinda Love” from II (Other Music Recording Co. 2012) N Buy it!
Japandroids “Adrenaline Nightshift” from Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl Records 2012) N —At #16 comes this whale of an album from this two-piece from Vancouver, CA.Buy it!
Japandroids “The House That Heaven Built” from Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl Records 2012) N Buy it!
Bob Mould “The Descent” from Silver Age (Merge 2012) N —The former member of Husker Du and leader of the 90's band Sugar put out a solo album this year, his most rocking since his days in Sugar. It comes in at #15.Buy it!
Bob Mould “Angels Rearrange” from Silver Age (Merge 2012) N Buy it!
Graham Parker & The Rumour “Stop Cryin' About the Rain” from Three Chords Good (Primary Wave 2012) N —At #14 comes Graham Parker and the Rumour, their first album together in 32 years and you would never know it. Check out their scenes in the new movie, This is 40.Buy it!
Graham Parker & The Rumour “Three Chords Good” (Primary Wave 2012) N Buy it!
Bruce Springsteen “Wrecking Ball” (Columbia 2012) N —At #13 Bruce gets to split his 2012 album between this week and next ... Bruce hasn't stopped trying to innovate even at 62.Buy it!
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