Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 in review: new music I was listening to

Top TunesWell, I don't think I'll be getting any 2012 albums before the end of the year, so ... here are the (new) albums and songs that I was listening to in 2012:
  • Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (by far the album with the longest title! Nice "comeback" set from Fiona).
  • The Beach Boys, That's Why God Made Radio (Wow, this was just such a great album).
  • Bob Dylan, Tempest (Dylan just keeps cranking out new classics in the 21st century, "Duquesne Whistle" was fabulous; I was less impressed by "Tempest" than the critics)
  • Aimee Mann, Charmer (Aimee gets all pop-y with some real "charmers")
  • Rush, Clockwork Angels (a simply amazing album, the best by Rush in years; probably the set of songs I listened to most this year; "Caravan" is great)
  • Smashing Pumpkins, Oceania (post-grunge for the 21st century as Bill Corrigan returns to form)
  • Patti Smith, Banga (very good album that is highlighted by the stunning and epic, "Constantine's Dream")
  • Ringo Starr, Ringo 2012 (Ringo puts out yet another pleasant set of tunes)
  • Sufjan Stevens, Silver & Gold (another set of Christmas songs by Stevens; the standout is "Christmas Unicorn"
  • The Wallflowers, Glad All Over (very good album by the reunited Wallflowers; standout song is the opener, "Hospital for Sinners"; also includes some collaborations with Mick Jones, of The Clash)
  • Neil Young, Americana (critically mixed reception for this set, but I thought it worked well as a warm up for ...)
  • Neil Young, Psychedelic Pill (... which was released just a few months later; with one song nearly as long as Ringo 2012, NY stretches the bounds of "album")
  • Adele, "Skyfall" (Best Bond theme in years)
  • The Rolling Stones, "Doom and Gloom" (great classic riffing single from the Stone's greatest hits package)
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Thanks to my middle-schooler, I also get to hear various pop tunes:
  • Carly Rae Jepsen, "Call Me Maybe"
  • PSY, "Gangnam Style"
  • Flo Rida (and Sia), "Wild Ones"
  • Wanted, "Glad you Came"
  • One Direction, "What Makes You Beautiful"
  • Bridgit Mendler, "Ready or Not"
  • Taylor Swift, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
  • Maroon 5, "Payphone"

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