Feel Like Going Home (Music)
Wed Dec 26th 2012 7.00am–10.00am
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Alameda “Summer Dharma”
from Procession (self released 2012) —78. Portland-based band led by singer/guitarist Stirling Myles and cellist Jessie Dettwiler.
Brothers Lazaroff “Science Won” (self-released 2012) L —74. Just another fine album -- but this time unplugged -- from the veteran St. Louis band.
The Inner Banks “WILD” (DAG! Records 2012) —71. One of many Brooklyn bands in my top 80. This one features the psych-dream pop of husband and wife Caroline Schutz and David Gould.
Joe Pug “Hymn #76”
from The Great Despiser (Lightning Rod 2012) —70. Joe Pug made a leap to a full band sound on his second full-length album -- the strength of his songwriting sustains him.
A.C. Newman “The Troubadour”
from Shut Down the Streets (Matador 2012) —69. Allan Carl Newman just doing what he does: writing witty, interesting, catchy indie pop. But with banjo on this cut from his third solo release.
Amanda Shires “I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass”
from Lowe Country (Fiesta Red www.fiestaredrecords.com 2012) —68. An album I wish I'd played more this year. Country-influenced covers of great Nick Lowe songs. Artists include Ron Sexsmith, Chatham County Line, JEFF the Brotherhood and Caitlin Rose. Highly recommended.
Kristina Train “Dream Of Me”
from Dark Black (Mercury UK 2013) —60. Very much under the radar west of the Mississippi, but a gorgeous album by Ms. Train. The title cut is one of my songs of the year but I thought this fit into the lush sound of this set. Produced with Ed Harcourt Martin Craft.
Ben Bedford “Cahokia”
from What We Lost (Waterbug 2012) —59. Probably my favorite album from the Springfield, Ill. songwriter. Highly recommended for fans of Slaid Cleaves and Bill Morrissey.
Paul Kelly “Cold As Canada”
from Spring and Fall (Gawdaggle 2012) —58. Just another collection of spotless songwriting from an artist that's virtually unknown in the states but a hero in Australia.
Andrew Bird “Give It Away”
from Break it Yourself (Mom + Pop 2012) —55. A mostly live recording from a barn in Western Illinois with percussionist Martin Dosh, and guitarist Jeremy Ylvisaker, and on this track, the harmony vocals of Nora O'Connor.
Beth Orton “Dawn Chorus”
from Sugaring Season (Anti- 2012) —54. If you're going to take six years to release a follow up to one of your best albums you'd better make it good. And Ms. Orton did just that, with the help of Tucker Martine, Marc Ribot and others.
Sera Cahoone “Deer Creek Canyon” (Sub Pop 2012) —52. Ms. Cahoone's third album was produced by Thom Monohan.
Aaron Embry “When All Is Gone”
from Tiny Prayers (Communion Music 2012) —51. Really, really good songwriting, and some sneakily Dylanesque vocals from the So. Cal. producer and multi-instrumentalist, who recently had the good fortune of touring with Mumford & Sons.
Alejandro Escovedo “Headstrong Crazy Fools”
from Big Station (Fantasy 2012) —50. Alejandro's third consecutive project with producer Tony Visconti and continued songwriting collaboration with Chuck Prophet.
Jens Lekman “I Know What Love Isn't (Radio Edit)”
from I Know What Love Isn't (Secretly Canadian 2012) —47. Just because this album didn't make my top 40 cut, that doesn't mean I don't absolutely love it. Recorded over three years in Brooklyn and in his Native Sweden.
Aimee Mann “Crazytown”
from Charmer Single (Superego 2012) —46. Did you know Ms. Mann turned 52 this year? If you know her secret, feel free to share.
Admiral Fallow “Isn't This World Enough”
from Tree Bursts In Snow (Nettwerk 2012) —45. Frightened Rabbit comparisons are inevitable but Louis Abbott and the rest of these Glasgow dudes put out one of the finest Scot-pop albums of the year.
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