Best Music of 2012

It’s that time again. I did get a lot of music this year and it’s the odd result of listening to too much of NPR’s World Cafe and getting too many samples off PE. So stand back in awe as the worlds of Alternative, Classic Rock and Progressive Rock violently collide. In no particular order:

  • Alabama Shakes: Boys & Girls
  • Astra: The Black Chord
  • Big Big Train: English Electric
  • Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball
  • Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos
  • Dr. John: Locked Down
  • Grizzly Bear: Shields
  • Jack White: Blunderbuss
  • John Hiatt; Mystic Pinball
  • Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
  • Lo-Fi Resistance: Chalk Lines
  • O.S.I.: Fire Make Thunder
  • The Pineapple Thief: All the Wars
  • Rush: Clockwork Angels
  • The Smashing Pumpkins: Oceania
  • Steve Hogarth/Richard Barbieri: Not the Weapon but the Hand
  • Sonny Landreth: Elemental Journey
  • Soundgarden: King Animal
  • Van Halen: A Different Kind of Truth
  • Vietgrove: The Stellar Nursery

An odd collection I admit but that’s the way I roll. Yes, the Zeppelin is the recording of the reunion show from 2007 but it was the best live recording of the year in a year that saw a few good ones. If you told me last year that Rush, Soundgarden, and Van Halen would make shattering statements about their vitality I would have doubted your sanity and crystal ball, especially the last one. No one, I mean no one, saw that resurgence coming.

Who knows what 2013 will bring but this was a pretty good year. I was amazed at the amount of old musicians in this list that made vital albums. Rush has been building up steam for a few years now but Dr. John laying down some righteous fury and Donald Fagen laying down righteous funk were great surprises. Some of these new bands were a surprise as well. The Alabama Shakes have given us a great new vocalist who is far has more genuine soul than Adele’s pastiche. Grizzly Bear might be my new R.E.M. and that’s damn high praise. And Lo-Fi Resistance takes the movement of merging alt and prog creating something shiny and new. I’ll be listening to all of these for a very long time.

About jeroljohnson

I guess I'm the crying on the inside kind of clown
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One Response to Best Music of 2012

  1. Brad says:

    You are an eclectic bloke!

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