(31) Days of Good: 2012 has come to an end. Between the huge amount of good music this year and a much needed vacation, I have once again failed to recognize everything 2012 had to offer. Thanks to Spotify though, you can at least take a look at the 500+ tracks I believe to be the year’s best. But before I close things out, I still need to talk about one more artist and track. Frank Ocean’s channel Orange was my biggest surprise of the year. I hate most RnB, but Ocean isn’t your typical RnB artist. His lyrics are smart and his production is top notch. He really is a one-of-a-kind artist, with huge crossover appeal. Heck, even my wife like’s him, and she hates RnB more than I do. So without further ado, my biggest surprise of 2012, followed by the (31) Days of Good: 2012 Spotify playlist. Enjoy and Happy New Year.
♩Frank Ocean – Lost [from channel Ocean]
(31) Days of Good: 2012
Since i’ll be in the car for the long trek home after another great holiday, today’s good is a bit different. I can’t drive without listening to something. I love talk radio in the morning and music on the way home from work in the afternoon is the best. A little bit of both on long drives is my favorite. So without further ado, I’d like to give a little shout out to my favorite podcasts that make those long drives bearable (and help me discover new music on regular basis).
All Songs Considered
The Hype Machine Radio Show
The Dinner Party Download
The Noise Pop Podcast
“‘Dreams So Real,’ which is one of the darkest, greatest things Metric has ever created. It’s one of the boldest musical choices on the album, fit with stripped down instrumentals and deceptively complex composition. This stripped down background works so well because Haines’s words are so honest. ‘Have I ever really helped anyone but myself?’ she asks.” (via Surviving the Golden Age)
♩Metric – Dreams So Real [from Synthetica] (stream on soundcloud)
“‘Now that you’ve grown so wise / Use that head and stop to think a little / Just cause you’re crazy doesn’t mean you’re free,” sings frontman Torquil Campbell on the opening track and first single, “The Theory of Relativity.’ The track, which bumps and throbs to an ‘80s bass line and synth, creates a separation between the watered-down radio hits that have become synonymous with recent pop.” (via Paste)
♩Stars – The Theory of Relativity [from The North]
“A standout on one of the year’s best debuts, ‘Doused’ is an intricate rock song that manages to sound different from just about anything else out there. With a guitar riff that hauntingly pervades the whole song and vocals that are only partly discernable, DIIV has created a benchmark for their future recordings, a lofty standard that their next songs will be measured against.” (words by Mark Steinbach, via Surviving the Golden Age)
♩DIIV – Doused [from Oshin]
“With a bassline–percussion duet chugging the song along throughout each its five minutes, “Brains” gives us one of the best and most subtle crescendoes since Of Montreal’s ‘The Past Is a Grotesque Animal’.”(via I Guess I’m Floating)
♩Lower Dens – Brains [from Nootropics]
“…not only is Nocturne one of the most consistently excellent pop records I’ve heard this year, it’s also a remarkably mature statement for an artist whose first album was recorded in his Blacksburg dorm room in 2010. This is Jack Tatum’s Platonic pop record, and if it doesn’t meet the expectations of critics, for lack of soupy textures or the rough edges of home recording or whatever, it’s because he exceeded them.” (via Tiny Mix Tapes)
♩Wild Nothing – Paradise [from Nocturne]
“Craft Spells combine shy synthesizers and and jangly guitars to create a sound reminiscent of Joy Division and indie-shoegaze veterans The Radio Dept. ‘Still Left With Me’ is a touching pop song about love that is born through time and circumstance shrouded in a dream-like atmosphere, making it perfect for a lazy summer afternoon.” (via KEXP)
♩Craft Spells – Still Left With Me [from Gallery]
Technically, this song was first released in 2010, but since it was included on Oberhofer’s debut album Time Capsules II this year and it’s such a good track, i’m including it with this year’s good.
♩Oberhofer – oOoO [from Time Capsules II]
“Heaven is a record with the power to grab your heart, like an ex-lover you just can’t shake off–no matter how many years you’ve been without them.” (via BBC Music)
♩The Walkmen – Heartbreaker [from Heaven]