Bittersweet Melody (Music)
Wed Dec 26th 2012 5.00am–7.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Bob Mould “The Descent” from Silver Age (Merge www.mergerecords.com 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!
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!
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