I thought this might be a fun end of the year discussion. I'm sure some arguments will come from this, but let's keep it fun!
My Top 5 Albums of 2012
1) "Boys and Girls" by Alabama Shakes
2) "Blunderbuss" by Jack White
3) "Signs and Signifiers" by JD McPherson
4) "Some Nights" by Fun.
5) "Slipstream" by Bonnie Raitt
I definitely agree with "Signs and Signifiers".
Great album! Great artist!
Putting it at #3 was tough, but I think "Blunderbuss" and "Boys and Girls" edged it.
I think this was a slow year for music, but here are mine. Not sure about the order.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel ...
Jack White: Blunderbuss
Jason Aldean: Night Train
The Man with the Iron Fists Soundtrack
I've recently had it suggested to me to listen to Fiona Apple. Haven't listened to her since her debut.
She is surprisingly good. Not too "girly." Her cover of Across the Universe is one of my favorite songs.
Okay, it took a while and I had to go a little obscure but here it goes:
The Gaslight Anthem-Handwritten
JD McPherson-Signs & Signifiers
Dave Tucker- In Kind
David Byrne & St. Vincent-Love this Giant
Lee Rocker-Night Train to Memphis
These are in no particular order.
Some great albums already mentioned. I'd add:
Lucero - Women and Work
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Nick Waterhouse - Time's All Gone
I tried to get into Nick Waterhouse. Hasn't caught my ear yet.
I'll give him a second go around.
The song that hooked me was Some Place - http://youtu.be/zwQxIOlm_xQ
Tried to put these in order but it didn't work, so NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
Mac Demarco 2
Julia Holter - Ekstasis
Ty Segall - Slaughterhouse
Kendrick Lamar - good kid maad city
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Also in there: Mount Eerie "Clear Moon/Ocean Roar," Death Grips' "No Love/Deep Web," Swans' "The Seer," and others