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Initial post: Dec 28, 2012, 8:30:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2012, 8:38:28 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
As a compulsive list maker, I call out any other list makers to help me firm up my 32nd Annual Songs & Albums of the Year list. In addition to songs & albums, live shows, movies, books, beers, heck anything you can list that caught your fancy in 2012 is welcome here.

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 9:27:01 PM PST
Gena Chereck says:
The Top 10 albums I enjoyed the most this past year (along with my favorite tracks from each) were:

1. The dB's, 'Falling Off the Sky' (tie: "Write Back" and "She Won't Drive in the Rain Anymore")
2. Shoes, 'Ignition' ("Say It Like You Mean It")
3. Leonard Cohen, 'Old Ideas' ("Going Home")
4. Bob Dylan, 'Tempest' ("Pay in Blood")
5. Wanda Jackson, 'Unfinished Business' ("Pushover")
6. The Gaslight Anthem, 'Handwritten' ("Keepsake")
7. Jack White, 'Blunderbuss' (tie: "Love Interruption" and "Sixteen Saltines")
8. Bruce Springsteen, 'Wrecking Ball' ("Death to My Hometown")
9. The Beach Boys, 'That's Why God Made the Radio' ("Summer's Gone")
10. Gold Motel, s/t ("Musicians")

Honorable mentions:
Joan Osborne, 'Bring it On Home' (tie: "I Don't Need No Doctor" and "Shoorah Shoorah!")
Diana Krall, 'Glad Rag Doll' (tie: "There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth the Salt of My Tears" and "I'm a Little Mixed Up")
Alan Jackson, 'Thirty Miles West' ("Her Life is a Song")
Norah Jones, 'Little Broken Hearts' ("Miriam")
The Little Willies, 'For the Good Times' ("Fist City")
Mary Chapin Carpenter, 'Ashes & Roses' ("Soul Companion," with James Taylor)

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 10:20:14 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 1, 2013, 8:10:36 PM PST
Mike B. says:
Six new albums I liked a lot:

1. Bob Dylan - "Tempest"
2. Graham Parker & The Rumour - "Three Chords Good"
3. Genya Ravan - "Cheesecake Girl"
4. The Blasters - "Fun On Saturday Night"
5. John Cale - "Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood"
6. The Stranglers - "Giants"

Posted on Dec 28, 2012, 10:45:05 PM PST
1. The Electric Age-Overkill
2. A Different Kind Of Truth-Van Halen
3. Afterglow-Black Country Communion
4. Blues For Jimi-Gary Moore
5. Live At The Beacon-Joe Bonnamassa


1. Roger Waters The Wall
2. Maiden England-Iron Maiden-5 shows
3. Michael Schenker-5 shows
4. Joe Bonnamassa
5. Nightwish-2 shows
6. Uli Jon Roth-3 shows
7. Overkill
8. Ted Nugent
9. UFO-3 shows
10. Alice Cooper
11. Tran Siberian Orchestra
12. Blue Oyster Cult
13. Megadeth
14. Mayhem Festival-Slayer, Slipknot, Motorhead
15. Gigantour-Megadeth, Motorhead, Lacuna Coil
16. Lacuna Coil-2 shows
17. Aerosmith, Cheap Trick
18. Ho Ho Hoey-Gary Hoey
19. Chickenfoot
20. Van Halen
21. Scorpions-Farewell Show

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 5:15:25 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2012, 5:16:27 AM PST
Working Man says:
My favorite albums of 2012 (the order may change):

1. Rush - Clockwork Angels
2. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards the Daylight
3. Black Country Communion - Afterglow
4. Ian Anderson - Thick as a Brick 2
5. ZZ Top - La Futura
6. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last of a Dying Breed
7. Heart - Fanatic
8. Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension (I was afraid I wasn't going to like this because of the reviews I have read but since I got it for Christmas I have been pleased)
9. Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth (This album came out way back in January and while I played it a lot early in the year I have not gone back to it that much).

Two albums I just got that I have not fully digested yet, but I like what I have heard:
10. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - The Lion The Beast The Beat
11. Black Berry Smoke - Whipporill

As for songs, it's difficult for me because I am more into albums.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 11:21:19 AM PST
My annual mix tape of favorite songs of the year (the songs are not ranked; it's just how I placed them in the mix). There's also a volume two, a country edition, that I'll post on the country forum.

1. Willow - Richard Buckner
2. Emmylou - First Aid Kit
3. I'm Not Talking - A.C. Newman
4. Play That Song Again - Chuck Prophet
5. Don't Do Anything Tonight - Chris Richards & the Subtractions
6. Well Oh Well - The Blasters
7. North Side Gal - JD McPherson
8. Revolution - Dr. John
9. Runaway - Imperial Teen
10. Head vs. Heart - Shoes
11. That Time Is Gone - The dB's
12. Man of the World - Alejandro Escovedo
13. Charmer - Aimee Mann
14. So Long - Trapper Schoepp & the Shades
15. Give Your Love to Me - World Famous Headliners
16. Take Hold of My Hand - Dwight Yoakam
17. Heartbreaker - The Walkmen
18. I Love You to Pieces - Tommy Womack
19. The Darkness - Leonard Cohen
20. Bronx Poem - Dion

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 12:25:53 PM PST
I had posted my best of 2012 so-far list on one of these threads a month or two ago, but here it is again, with some slight changes to the running order:

1. "Lonerism", Tame Impala
2. "Oceania", The Smashing Pumpkins
3. "Echolyn", Echolyn
4. "Channel Orange", Frank Ocean
5. "Sweet Heart Sweet Light", Spiritualized
6. "Hello Land!", Guillemots
7. "The Idler Wheel", Fiona Apple
8. "Shields", Grizzly Bear
9. "Viljans Oga", Anglagard
10. "English Electric (Part One)", Big Big Train

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 1:04:14 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Gena - Excellent list. I am completely unfamiliar with Gold Motel so will check them out. I kind of dismissed the latest dB's album, but so far have "Before We Were Born" on my song list. I will revisit the whole thing, especially the two songs you mention. I completely dismissed the new Shoes record. It just didn't strike me as having enough of that mid-tempo jangle and hooks as they did in their glory days. I will go back and at least pay more attention to the song you list. The Gaslight Anthem put out another solid album in 2012, maybe not quite as good as their last two, but they consistently, if unsurprisingly deliver that enthusiastic heart-on-their-sleeve rock n' roll. I am going with "45" for my song list.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 1:06:26 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Mike B. - I must have been sleeping. I didn't know Graham Parker put out a record in 2012, and with The Rumour no less! Plus The Stranglers have new music? I am looking forward to checking those two out.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 1:10:45 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Jim - Another one that slipped past me: A.C. Newman. I am a fan of his (as well as The New Pornographers). I also didn't know Imperial Teen had a release in 2012. I think The Walkmen really stepped it up in quality on their latest. It was a hard choice for me to pick only one song for my year end list. At the moment I am going with "Heaven". In addition to "Heartbreaker" another track I really love off that record is "The Love You Love".

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 1:13:40 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Thanks for the lists! Everyone has at least a couple of things that I am unfamiliar with and I want to check out as much music as I can before I finalize my list. Rather than try to get it done by New Year's Eve like I used to, these days I shoot more for the end of January as I get many more ideas when I see others' year end lists.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 2:02:33 PM PST
Gena Chereck says:
Thanks! :)

The Shoes album actually took a while to grow on me. The tracks pretty much sounded all the same when I first sampled them individually this past summer, but some time later after I was able to sample the whole thing -- on both YouTube and SoundCloud -- certain songs started sticking in my head, and I finally caved and bought the CD a couple months ago (whereas with the dB's, it was love at first listen). :D

Re: Gold Motel -- I'd say their sound is sort of like She & Him, but less twee and more power-pop. A bit reminiscent of classic Blondie, even...

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 2:24:13 PM PST
I was unfamilar with Gold Motel as well. Listening to various tracks now on YouTube, just added it to the shopping list (and the price is way-right here on Amazon). I agree with the She & Him/Blondie comparisons. They also remind me of one of my favorite current bands, Lucky Soul.

Speaking of YouTube, here are the key tracks from the Imperial Teen and A.C. Newman albums, along with my favorite power-pop song of the year by Chris Richards & the Subtractions.

Imperial Teen - Runaway

A.C. Newman - I'm Not Talking

Chris Richards - Don't Do Anything Tonight

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 2:29:42 PM PST
D. Sippel, When you complete your lists, please share. I like looking at the kind of thing as I'm also compulsive about making lists.

I agree with your and Gena's assessment of Shoes' Ignition. Not as fully satisfying as Black Vinyl Shoes or Present Tense (what is?), but some nice tracks. I'm happy to own it.

This was my first Walkmen record. I heard "Heartbreaker" on an Internet radio show back in June and immediately ordered the album.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 2:41:44 PM PST
Mike B. says:
I think you'll like them, but be forewarned they are a bit mellower than what these 2 once-incendiary acts used to do. Once I adjusted my expectations, I found I was able to enjoy every track on them.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 7:06:08 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Mike - I haven't found The Stranglers yet. I'll check over at youtube next. I did listen to GP & The R and well, it's no Squeezing Out Sparks, that's for sure. For 30 second sound bites, nothing really grabbed me, but I'll come back to it when the mood strikes me to mellow out a bit.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 7:44:28 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Jim - you are 3 for 3 on the youtube links. All three of those are songs I'd listen to again. I downloaded the Chris Richards tune. He is new to me, but nails that classic power pop sound that has been a staple on playlists for oh 35 years or so. My favorite of the three is the A.C. Newman clip. Unfortunately eMusic doesn't have it, so I'll have to look elsewhere to buy it.

Speaking of power pop, my album of the year is most likely going to be ¿Posible O' Imposible?. I rarely buy CD's, but had to buy this one. When this first came out, as a fan of the band, I was fairly disappointed and thought it rather sloppy. It took a few listens, but the package of hooks and smarts inevitably grabbed me. "The Luck You Got" is my standout track at the moment, but there are a handful of others equally as good.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 8:16:10 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2012, 8:16:38 PM PST
Two Tub Man says:
1. Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance - Patterson Hood
2. Silver Age - Bob Mould
3. Girl From The Neck Down - Suzi Chunk
4. Ignition - Shoes
5. King Tuff - King Tuff
6. Researching The Blues - Redd Kross
7. Big Dipper Crashes On The Platinum Planet - Big Dipper
8. Falling Off The Sky - The dB's
9. Don't Hear It...Fear It! - Sir Admiral Cloudesley Shovell
10. Tornadoes Here And Past - Kenny Howes

Note : Both the Big Dipper & Kenny Howes albums are December 2012 releases. Given time they would
most likely climb northward on my list, they're both really good!

Honorable Mention :
Weed Seizure - The Hussy
Pure - The Bluefields

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 29, 2012, 8:40:28 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Hey Two Tub Man - Yet another classic band I missed in 2012: Redd Kross!! I listened to all the bites and for $5 snapped up the mp3 album here on amazon. Not to get overly excited, but Redd Kross has always been a band that had a few excellent songs among a less than stellar album. These 10 songs all appear to rock with loads of energy and hooks. I am looking forward to listening to this.

I think I own most if not all of Big Dipper releases from back in the day, so need to check out this reissue. Great band. Saw them in Philadelphia while on vacation what like 25 years ago? The Promise Ring remind me of Big Dipper, although BD was slightly more traditional with their pop song structures.

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 8:57:23 PM PST
Two Tub, thanks for the tips on Big Dipper and Kenny Howes. Jeesh, this thread is costing me money. I need to be checking out that King Tuff record, too, which went completely over my head.

I like the first two albums by these guys. This video has an early Elvis Costello & the Attractions meets The Replacements vibe to it.

Archie Powell & the Exports - Crazy Pills

Posted on Dec 29, 2012, 9:04:46 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 29, 2012, 9:05:39 PM PST
D. Sippel says:
Since I haven't given any hint at my shambling list, here are a few songs that are top 10 contenders for me right now: "Teenage Icon" by The Vaccines - Their last album knocked me off my feet, so I had high hopes for their latest. This first single had me near salivating. While not bad, not much of the rest of the new record resonated with me like the debut did. Sophomore slump perhaps? "Adrenaline Nightshift" from duo Japandroids. Nothing fancy here, just loud Replacements-esque Rock n' Roll. Now this album I like quite a bit, even if the approach is similar throughout, the enthusiasm and sheer love for the Rock music gets me going every time. Raveonettes with "Downtown", a monster sing-a-long chorus drenched in the usual shimmer and reverb.

Posted on Jan 2, 2013, 8:07:38 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2013, 8:09:06 AM PST
vivazappa says:
Top 10 Concets I saw in 2012:

1-Ian Anderson-Thick as a Brick (1 and 2)
2-Bobby Keys and the Suffering B@stards (w/Dan Baird on guitar and vocals)
3-Los Lobos-Kiko
4-Grace Potter-3 nights at the 9:30 Club in DC
5-Waters-Philly stadium show
6-Bruuuce-2 shows in DC, one arena, one stadium
7-Patty Smith/NEIL Young
8-The Who-Quadrophenia
9-Joe Walsh
10-Van Halen

Posted on Jan 2, 2013, 9:10:43 AM PST
JM says:
Anders Osborne- Black Eye Galaxy- Singer , Great Guitarist, Song writer
Ollabelle- Neon Blue Bird- The only disk from 2011 , five lead singers
Patterson Hood-Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance- This is the cd I always wish he made
Jack White -Blunderbuss- Punk, pop, rock, hard rock etc., Jack does them all sometimes on 1 cd
Alabama Shakes- Boys and Girls- New Band , I hear Janis
Andrew Bird-Break it yourself- I wish all pop music was this intelligent
Alejandro Escovedo-Big Station - This guy should be better known
Trampled by Turtles-Stars and Satellites- I love all these new young folk-bluegrass bands
The DB's -Falling off the sky- Come back CD of the year
Mark Knopfler Privateering- Something about Knopfler's voice calms me
Rodriguez-Searching for Sugarman- Great story Google it

Trembling Downs The Marble Downs
Avett Brothers: The Carpenter
Beach House-Bloom
Bonnie Raitt-Slipstream
Carolina Chocolate Drops -Leaving Eden
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood -Big Moon Ritual
Counting Crows-Underwater Sunshine
David Hidalgo/Luther Dickerson-3 Skulls and the Truth
Dwight Youkam- 3Pears
Ellen Jewell- Sea of tears
Gary Clark Jr- Blak and Blu
Shearwater-Animal Joy
The Sheepdogs

Posted on Jan 2, 2013, 9:31:28 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 2, 2013, 9:41:14 AM PST
Top Ten songs (no order)
Sail - AWOL Nation
Paradise - Coldplay (whole album is great)
Some Nights - fun.
Gold on the Ceiling - The Black Keys(whole album is great)
If Only - Dave Matthews Band (whole album is great)
Home - Phillip Phillips(whole album is great)
Somebody That I Used to Know - Gotye
Love Interruption - Jack White(whole album is great)
I Will Wait - Mumford & Sons(whole album is great)
Madness - Muse

Posted on Jan 2, 2013, 9:42:01 AM PST
JM says:
Jason Isbell-Live from Alabama
Porcupine Tree- Octane Twisted
Tedeschi Trucks Band- Live Everyone is Takin
Warren Hayes Band-Live at the Moody Theater
The Decemberist- We all raise our voices
Celebration Day-Led Zeppelin
Grateful Dead-Spring 1990 So glad you made it
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