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(365) Days of Favorites//2.21.22

Happy 10 years Reign of Terror!

You think you’re classic today?
You must be basic, baby
You think you’re classic today?
I better check on you
Make you or break you!
Who are you gonna run to now?
Make you or break you!
Who are you gonna run to now?

I got a crush on you
I got a crush on you
(baby please)
I got a crush on you
I gotta crush you now

Sleigh Bells – Crush [from Reign of Terror]

Sleigh Bells


Top 10 Albums of 2012


Here you go, my top 10 albums of 2012.  I went back and forth on this up until the last minute.  But alas, there’s no going back now.  My picks are official and floating around the world wide web for everyone to scrutinize.  And speaking of scrutiny, I would love some feedback.  Do you agree/disagree with my picks?  What were your favorites this year?  Heck, what were your least favorites?  Leave a comment below and keep the conversation going.

[p.s. see how my final top 10 compared to my favorites back in June and July]


10. Sigur Rós//Valtari


Scratched them off my concert bucket list this year and totally lived up to my expectations.  I have no idea what Jonsi and company are singing about and I really don’t care.  Beautiful music is beautiful music.  Period.

Sigur Ros – Ekki múkk



9. Sleigh Bells//Reign of Terror


I can’t get enough of this duo.  My favorite driving music.  Turn it up, roll down the windows, drive fast.  Noise pop at it’s best.

Sleigh Bells – Crush



8. Exitmusic//Passage


An amazing and emotionally charged record that I seem to enjoy more with every listen.  If Beach House were to team up with Sigur Rós, I imagine it would sound like this.

Exitmusic – White Noise [from Passage]



7. Blackbird Blackbird//Boracay Planet


If you haven’t already, you need to give Blackbird Blackbird a proper listen.  This guy is amazing and he just keeps getting better.  Boracay Planet is his best yet.

Blackbird Blackbird – It’s A War [from Boracay Planet]



6. Kishi Bashi//151a


This record makes me happy.  Smart lyrics, beautiful vocals, imaginative arrangements, and quite the impressive violin work.  Kishi Bashi’s debut album 151a is all of these things and more.  Kishi Bashi is my favorite new artist of 2012 and it’s no surprise he’s on so many year end lists.

Kishi Bashi – Bright Whites



5. Crystal Castles//Crystal Castles (III)


My favorite Crystal Castles release to date.  With every new track the Canadian experimental/electronic duo dropped, the more and more my excitement and anticipation grew.

Crystal Castles – Wrath of God



4. Lost In The Trees//A Church That Fits Your Needs


One of the most personal, and beautiful, records i’ve fallen in love with (probably since The Antlers’ Hospice in 2009).  Lead singer/guitarist based the record largely around his mother’s suicide, stating that — “I wanted to give my mother a space to become all the things I think she deserved to be and wanted to be, and all the beautiful things in her that didn’t quite shine while she was alive.”

Lost In The Trees – Golden Eyelids



3. Porcelain Raft//Strange Weekend


Mauro Remiddi, as Porcelain Raft, has crafted a dreamy and visceral sound unlike no other.  One of the most impressive debut albums since The xx’s xx in 2009.

Porcelain Raft – Drifting In And Out



2. Beach House//Bloom


Baltimore’s Beach House continue to set a high standard for dream pop with each and every release.  This year’s Bloom might be their best yet.  It’s definitely my personal favorite from the duo.

Beach House – On the Sea



1. The xx//Coexist


Easily my favorite album of the year.  Totally exceeded my expectations.  Like their debut, I can listen to this record, from start to finish, over and over again.

The xx – Try

(31) Days of Good: 12.7.12

Yesterday’s good highlighted some of the year’s best debuts, which makes today the perfect opportunity to highlight tracks from some of 2012’s most impressive sophomore efforts.  I can only imagine how difficult it is to follow up a debut album, especially when the sophomore release is in high demand.  The bands below most definitely avoided the dreaded “sophomore slump”, none better so than The xx.  Coexist was my most anticipated release of the year and it exceeding all of expectations.  Easily my favorite album of the year.  And like yesterday’s good, the tracks below are a very small representation of the year’s best follow ups.  Enjoy.


Best Coast – How They Want Me To Be [from The Only Place]


Chairlift – I Belong In Your Arms [from Something]


Fanfarlo – Tightrope [from Rooms Filled With Light]


First Aid Kit – Emmylou [from The Lion’s Roar]


Freelance Whales – Locked Out [from Diluvia]


Sleigh Bells – Crush [from Reign of Terror]


Tennis – My Better Self [from Young & Old]


Twin Shadow – Five Seconds [from Confess]


The xx – Try [from Coexist]
The xx – Try [Abisko remix] [bonus]

Favorite Albums of 2012 (so far): Part 4


Sorry for the delay, but here it is, the fourth and final post of my favorite albums of 2012 (so far).  If I had to rank my favorite albums of the year today, at least three of the albums below would make the cut.  But alas, I still have about 5 months to narrow it down, but please check back in December to see who makes the cut.  If you haven’t already, be sure to check out parts 1-3 (part 1//part 2//part3) and please, leave a comment below, or look me up on twitter or facebook, and let me know what your favorite albums of 2012 are (so far).


Sigur Rós//Valtari



Sleigh Bells//Reign of Terror



Spiritualized//Sweet Heart, Sweet Light



Tanlines//Mixed Emotions



Teen Daze//All of Us, Together



Tennis//Young & Old






The Walkmen//Heaven



Yann Tiersen//Skyline



Yellow Ostrich//Strange Land