2012 music that got me all excited! (kind of in rank order):
Swing Lo Magellan - Dirty Projectors As an entire album, possibly my favorite of the year. Listen to "Unto Caesar"
Darlene / Gas On F - White Denim It’s just a digital single, but has to be included because "Darlene" has constantly been playing in my head since it came out. Plus the cover art is awesome.
Be The Void - Dr. Dog Maybe the most energetic/live-sounding Dr. Dog album, which was their goal I think. Listen to "That Old Black Hole"
Wild Race EP - Dr. Dog "Be The Void" didn’t make the cut for the full-length, but I’m so glad they released it.
Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit More “indie” sounding than they’re previous stuff; it took me a little to accept that, but it is an incredible and easy to move to album. Listen to "Empty House"(live!)
The Carpenter - The Avett Brothers Beautiful writing, but “Paul Newman vs. the Demons” is still kinda the bad apple for me. They also could’ve done without some of the drums and heavy production. Listen to "A Father’s First Spring"(live/acoustic!)
Blunderbuss - Jack White Really awesome, but a little overrated at the same time, at least I think so, but maybe I just miss Meg. Listen to "Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy"
Finally got The Carpenter! after vinyl copies had been backordered for the longest time everywhere I went.
I may have to sand over “Paul Newman vs. The Demons” though… While I commend them for being adventurous and putting a song on the record that strays from their typical sound, I condemn them for making it a terrible, post-grungey, generic rock song.
Emotionalism has pretty much been the soundtrack to my finals week, and it’s been making it so much less stressful. Because it’s incredible. Which I knew already, but it’s been addicting these past few weeks. Someone buy me this shit on wax please.
Every time “The Ballad Of Love And Hate” comes on, I’m like “this song is so cheesy.” And then I give it a few seconds and I’m like “I LOVE this beautiful fucking songgg!!”
I’m kind of surprised I didn’t get a signed copy cause I pre-ordered it so fast right when it showed up on the site (they signed the first 500), but I guess that means they’ve grown way past cult-following status, which is great for them, and that people are still willing to pay for physical music.
Of course, I’m just ecstatic that I’ve got some new Dr. Dog tunes! Can’t wait till the Boston show in March!!