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"
O’ Be Joyful - Shovels & Rope
Great country voices! Listen to "Shank Hill St."