>> Sunday, January 20, 2013
We Love. We celebrate. We List. The world needs people like us. Where would the world be without the lovers of things?
I know its been a long time. And you have my apologies. I will explain what is going on with the blog in an upcoming post in the next week or so. But, as promised, here are my favorite records of 2012. I'm not able to go into as much depth as in years past, so, this is it. No best songs/album covers/cover songs/or worst records this year, again, I'm sorry.
Now, onto the goodstuff. This year was a tough year for me musically. Nothing, outside of maybe 3-5 albums really stuck with me, so putting together this list was a real challenge, probably the hardest year-end list in my 5 years to date. But, I think, I did it. Keep in mind that the top five records are all timers. Records that will never leave my rotation. I hope you enjoy.
1. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
I am busy working on the best albums of 2012. It will not be as in depth as in years past, and I apologize. But, to answer the handful of questions, yes, it is coming.
Impossible Bird escaped me. It was not until a lovely reader commented on our facebook page that I was lucky enough to hear this enchanting duo. As much as I try to keep my feelers out there on the local music scene, there are bound to be those I miss out on. But, I am stoked that Impossible Bird is no longer one of those bands I was missing out on. This record, and this song especially is choice. This duo is an uncomplicated force to be reckoned with. Simple beauty does not need complication to stand out.
Please, if you have a favorite band that I have missed. Local (Pacific NW) or otherwise, please let us know here, or on our Facebook page. Although, we hate to admit it, we cannot be all knowing.
"Here I Am" by Impossible Bird
Here is a fun little thing. I love this video. It is the prefect way for me to introduce you to my favorite new band. Delta Rae. This is a 4 song medley of their material. It gives you a great taste for their diverse and beautiful sound. I have never seen a band with so many lead singers. Capable leads at that. I know they are a little more country than I generally lean, but quality is quality. Give them a taste.
"Morning Comes," "If I Loved You," "Is There Anyone Out There," and "Bottom of the River" Medley by Delta Rae
OK, I'll admit it, this record is winning me over, majorly. I've been a (huge) fan of fun. since they were just a whisper of a band after The Format ended. I heard rumors of members of The Format and Steel Train coming together to form a lowercased, punctuated indie supergroup. And jumped on board right away. And their first record killed me. My favorite record 2009, and one of my favorites of the decade. But, this album took a while to catch with me. I think because of how big Aim & Ignite was in my life, it was hard to let that record go to embrace this one. But, apparently, I am over that. Slowly but surely, this record climbed to the top of my rotation.
This is a bonus track, and it is one of my favorites. Enjoy.
"Out On The Town" by fun.