Artwork by Francesca Bonifacio Yesterday, we unveiled your picks for our 2012 Reader's Poll , and today we're continuing our year-end coverage by revealing our Honorable Mentions. 2012 was a great year for music, and it was tough to only choose 31 albums, so we made sure to include some picks that we enjoyed but didn't quite make it on our list . Be sure to come back to the site everyday for the rest of the week to see our Best EPs and Best Songs of 2012, along with our personal picks [...]
Head over to 4AD’s website & download some of their favorite 2012 tracks from artists of their current roster. The sampler includes 10 songs featuring Twin Shadow, SpaceGhostPurrp, Indians, Mark Lanegan Band, Ariel Pink, inc., Efterklang, Daughter, Purity Ring, David Byrne + St. Vincent, & Grimes.
A few weeks ago, some believed that the Mayan Long Count Calendar would represent an end to the human race, with large beastly demigods destroying the planet Earth and its inhabitants. Thankfully, not true. However, what if the end was nigh? Would you have been pleased that the songs of 2012 made you dance with joy before being eaten by Quetzalcoatl? Would you kick rocks and wait impatiently for doom knowing that you would never-ever have to listen to Mumford and Sons one more time? Or would you moon over the albums that you would miss in 2013 as the [...]
St. Vincent @ Chicago's Vic Theatre in May ( more by James Richards IV ) Annie Clark may not have released a St. Vincent record this year, but she did tour quite a bit in support of 2011's Strange Mercy . The one record Annie DID welcome this year was a collaboration with David Byrne , titled Love This Giant . She also toured a bunch [...]
Clif's top ten list for 2012 with twenty others receiving honorable mention: 10. Cat Meat – Cat Meat We previewed Cat Meat’s self-titled debut as a Friday Free Feature on November 9, and it’s been in constant rotation between my iPod and car stereo. A complex, experimental alt. country/folk album that claims influences such as Wilco, Sparklehorse and Califone; the classic psychedelic experimenalist, Captain Beefheart; and the legendary bluesmen Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Willie McTell. When you listen, they’re all there in subtle drips, drabs and dollops. [...]
2012 was a great year for collaborations, and an even better year for surprises. The rising stars of rap, pop, and indie all worked together as we might have expected, but some of the best pairings took place in the form of odd couples. We saw some things we never would have expected, and the year was better off for it. Here are some of our favorite unholy unions of the year. no lie i just finished something with @ psy_oppa and @ 2chainz the mayan calendar predicted this — dıpןo (@diplo) December 4, 2012 [...]
2012...what a year of music. We got new releases from favorites such as Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear and heard new favorites in Father John Misty, Nude Beach, Tanlines, and more. Last year Earbuddy celebrated one year of existence with the best 50 albums of 2011 . However, we've grown since [...]
A couple of weeks back, we took a look at the best books that various Flavorpill staffers had read over the course of the year, and today we're repeating the exercise with albums — we've surveyed our highly trained staff and asked them what the best record they heard in 2012 was. The results, we hope you'll agree, are rather interesting, encompassing everything from Ke$ha and Swans to a hitherto undiscovered fondness for obscure country reissues. Do feel free, of course, to add your voice to the discussion in the comments section! [...]
#35: The Head and the Heart @ Forecastle [Original Post] I'd heard a song or two by Head and the Heart going into their show at Forecastle, but I'll admit that I was really just seeing them because there wasn't a lot of competition for their time slot at Forecastle. But just like what happens [...]
As I looked over my playlists from the year 2012, I have tried to only add the songs that either charge me up or songs that seem to find a way to my heart and soul. Here are my favorites for 2012. I couldn’t possibly rank them, so they are simply listed in the order that they were released. Editor's Note: The majority of the songs are in a playlist at the bottom of the post page. Cloud Nothings - "Stay Useless" This song reminds me of that awkward wonky [...]
Filed under: News , Exclusive Amazon Just like our picks for the 50 Best Albums of 2012 , the editors of Spinner and AOL Music put our minds together, tallied our votes, demanded recounts and came up with this list of the best songs of the year. Have a listen to them all below! 50. Lianna La Havas, "Is Your Love Big Enough?" 2012 was [...]
We debated, we disagreed, we came up with our collective best 50 albums of 2012.
We’ve finally reached that inevitable part of December, when we all reflect upon the triumphs and trails of the past year. In terms of music, 2012 has seen great things come out of the Vancouver music scene. Not only did local duo Japandroids release one of the best records of the year with “Celebration Rock”, but the Peak Performance Project also showcased some amazing up-and-coming talent. Among PPP’s standout artists were Tough Lovers , a band that consists of four dudes with standout personalities and even better tunes. And yes ladies, they’re all really good looking. Hey Dane [...]
Visit Indie Shuffle to download. Sounds like: Regina Spektor, Nellie McKay, Cat Power Song: Fiona Apple - Dull Tool [download here ] What's so good? Just [...]
Visit Indie Shuffle to download. Sounds like: The Cardigans, She & Him, St. Vincent Song: Foxtails Brigade - Winter's Feat [download here ] What's so good? [...]
Another year, another great crop of songs. Some of you might be surprised to see a handful of radio smash hits on here, but I'd be lying to myself and you if I didn't include them in a list of my favorite songs of 2012. There's a Spotify playlist (with a few extra songs) to [...]
So this is it. Whilst John Lewis, and Nigella Lawson, and all those other odious household bods and sods build up to Sufjan Stevens' excessively beloved time of the season , here's us stealing their mistletoe and smooching with your attention. Right? Below be ten veritably bulging gifts from we to you. There: have at 'em. Early Christmas pressies. Free of charge. Or that's at least 'til the BMI enforce the absurd licensing regulations long since menaced, when we'll henceforth trawl the annals of our analytics and embark upon a marathon knock-a-door dressed as Mr. C circa Sycophant Slags, [...]
GUMMYS WEEK CONTINUES. So we're all on the same page, let's recap the results to date. Your Best Track is Japandroids' "House That Heaven Built," your Best Video is M.I.A. and Romain Gavras's "Bad Girls," your Best New Artist is DIIV. And now, we look inside your hearts. Which, when it comes to dudes, is a fairly fickle thing! Compare to last year , and you'll see almost complete turnover, with only one repeat, in the Mr. Indie Rock results. Your affections have more durability when it comes to ladies, [...]
Andrew Bird se juntó con Annie Clark , más conocida como St. Vincent , y juntos hicieron una hermosa versión de la canción Lusitania , uno de los tracks de su último disco Break It Yourself (2012). El video que pueden ver al final de esta entrega registra parte del ensayo del tema y su interpretación sobre un escenario. Todo esto fue registrado por el director Xan Aranda que hace [...]
There are few people that will get indie fans as delightfully excited as Andrew Bird and St. Vincent . Put them together? Blog world explodes. The two performed their duet "Lusitania," which was featured on Bird's most recent Break It Yourself LP on Refinery 29 . See for yourself below.