Feel Like Going Home (Music)
Wed Jan 2nd 2013 7.00am–10.00am
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Leonard Cohen “Banjo”
from Old Ideas (Columbia 2012) —37. I had very high hopes for this album, and if it doesn't quite rise to the level of "Ten New Songs" or his recent concert recordings, it's still a testament to the poet's genius.
Great Lake Swimmers “Ballad Of A Fisherman's Wife”
from New Wild Everywhere (Nettwerk 2012) —36. I fell in love with "Easy Come, Easy Go" when this album first came out, but this story of Gulf Coast communities devastated by the BP oil spill.
from In The Brick (self-released 2012) L —34. One of the finest albums out of St. Louis this year, featuring the dreamy harmonies of Jeffrey Albert and Megan Rooney. Hear the entire release at their Bandcamp page: http://spectatorstl.bandcamp.com/
Band of Horses “Slow Cruel Hands Of Time”
from Mirage Rock (Columbia 2012) —29. A major label debut but also the band's most country-flavored album. Completely underrated.
Allo Darlin' “Northern Lights”
from Europe (Slumberland 2012) —28. Elizabeth Morris, Paul Rains, Bill Botting and Mikey Collins from the UK. Special to John Wendland: Apparently this band has a Christmas EP.
Nada Surf “The Future”
from The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy (City Slang 2012) —27. After a somewhat forgettable album of covers, the New Yorkers return with their best album yet. Would you believe me if I said they put on one of the loudest show of the year at the Old Rock House? Well, they did.
Alabama Shakes “I Found You”
from Boys & Girls (ATO www.atorecords.com 2012) —25. An album that collects the recordings from the 2011 EP and supplements them with a few more powerhouse vocals from Brittany Howard. A gutsy and grand full-length debut.
Neal Casal “How Quiet it Got”
from Sweeten the Distance (Fargo 2012) —24. I believe this release came out in the UK in 2011, but I'm including it in the 2012 countdown because it's so beautifully realized.
Janiva Magness “Whistlin' In The Dark”
from Stronger For It (Alligator 2012) —22. A spotless collection of covers and originals from the blues powerhouse. This cut is a terrific song written by Magness and producer Dave Darling.
Craig Finn “Balcony”
from Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant www.vagrant.com 2012) —21. The Hold Steady is hardly gone but till the next album it was so very good to hear Craig Finn test his vocals and songwriting in a more acoustic, Americana setting, and doing it more than ably.
Michael Kiwanuka “I'll Get Along”
from Home Again (Interscope 2012) —18. Another stunning debut from a young musician with so much potential. STL booking agents, get this guy in town in 2013.
Bob Dylan “Soon After Midnight”
from Tempest (Columbia 2012) —15. Two theories explain Mr. Dylan's failure to appear in my top 10. 1) This was an insanely great year for new music or 2) this album isn't among his best late-period releases. It's a combination of both.
The Walkmen “We Can't Be Beat”
from Heaven (Fat Possum 2012) —14. Hamilton Leithauser leading his band of post-garage hipsters in an acoustic doo-wop tune = One of my songs of the year. And the whole album is gorgeous.
Rough Shop “Convenience Store”
from Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition 2012) L —11. Written and sung by Andy Ploof, one of the purest musicians in town. This is the album of Rough Shop's career and, deservedly, the most-played album on KDHX in 2012.
Ed Romanoff “St. Vincent de Paul”
from Ed Romanoff (self released 2012) —10. The best new collection of songs I heard this year, by the little known New Yorker. Produced by Crit Harmon (Martin Sexton, Lori McKenna, and Mary Gauthier) and featuring backup vocals from Josh Ritter and Tift Merritt.
The Amazing “Flashlight”
from Gentle Stream (Partisan 2012) —9. You better have the goods if you're going to call yourself "The Amazing." These Swedes do. Featuring guitarist Reine Fiske and drummer Johan Holmegard from Dungen, along with Granada singer Christoffer Gunrup and Fredrik Swahn.
Bill Fay “This World”
from Life Is People (Dead Oceans 2012) —7. Featuring vocals by one of Mr. Fay's champions, Jeff Tweedy. One of my songs of the year. This is only the third album by Mr. Fay, and his first since 1971.
Chuck Prophet “I Felt Like Jesus”
from Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc 2012) —6. "It's Chuck Prophet's world, and I'm glad to live in it." -- Steve Pick. And add to that poet klipschutz, who co-wrote most all these songs.
Kathleen Edwards “Empty Threat”
from Voyageur (Zoe 2012) —3. "I'm moving to America. It's an empty threat." Fine, Kathleen, you just continue to freeze yourself up in Canada, but you're always welcome here in cozy St. Louis.
Dr. John “Revolution” (2012) —2. I'm not going to bag on or hype the Black Keys -- I like them just fine -- but Dan Auerbach's work on this album really is masterful.
Iris DeMent “The Kingdom Has Already Come”
from Sing the Delta (Flariella Records 2012) —1. Sixteen, yes, sixteen years. That's how long I've been waiting for a new album of new songs by one of the singers and songwriters I love most of all singers and songwriters.
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