• The Top 75 Singles of 2012

    7 Jan 2013, 03:59 by Carali

    The Top 75 Singles of 2012

    My personal list of the best singles of 2012.

    1. Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know
    No matter how many times I heard this song over the course of the year, I still love it. That's a really unusual quality in a song.

    2. Taylor Swift - I Knew You Were Trouble
    Taylor Swift discovers dubstep. I've always been a fan of hers, but this song is perfect chaos.

    3. Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe
    THE pop song of the year.

    4. First Aid Kit - Emmylou
    My best discovery this year.

    5. Florence + the Machine - Shake It Out (acoustic)
    I love both versions of the song, but there's something about the acousic version on the Unplugged album that I love just a little bit more.

    6. Blur - Under the Westway
    This song really grew on me. I'm not normally a huge blur fan, but this won me over.

    7. Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing
    In my opionion the best song on Calvin Harris' album. Of course that could be because I love everything Florence Welch does.
  • 2012: (July) Oh Mike Love, all is forgiven (August) Oi Mike Love, fuck off you…

    27 Dec 2012, 13:44 by thedeal

    After the non-stop breathless ride that was 2011 and a promising kickoff by Foster the People, 2012 turned out to be a damp squib of a year. There were as many disappointments as there were highlights: the cancellation of the Java Rockin' Land festival due to a lack of major sponsors, the cancellation of Avenged Sevenfold's Jakarta show mere hours before start time due to promoter incompetence, the audience at Sigur Rós ruining what would otherwise have been a mystical experience - imagine a packed field of 9,000 people with half of them chatting among themselves - and, last but not least, the surprising meh-ness of Laneway 2012 (a face-melting headliner following a dozen lackluster bands does not a great festival make. I mean, I actually slept through one of the higher-billed acts' entire set - says it all, eh?). On the other hand, the show that made it to #1 was nothing short of a historical event: a three-hour 50th anniversary concert by one of the best pop/rock groups in history featuring all of the surviving original members…