• Top Albums and Songs of 2012

    26 Dec 2012, 03:50 by bowen77

    Well, 2012 - it's sad to see you go. Thanks for not killing us all, and for leaving us with some really great music. Of course, there were some missteps and disappointments (Animal Collective, Metric, Deerhoof, and Mountain Goats, among others) along the way, and, as tends to be the case, my ears failed to find the greatness of certain critically-acclaimed releases (including Frank Ocean, Swans, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, and Tame Impala), but on the whole, you were more than good to us. From the 1234 tracks collected within my iTunes library over the past twelve months, I present here my favorite 25 albums and 50 songs; more so than in previous years, in 2012 I feel my list diverges from those assembled by other indie music enthusiasts. And so, we begin...

    TOP 50 SONGS OF 2012

    50. Claro Intelecto - Quiet Life
    49. Leila - boudica
    48. John Talabot - Oro y Sangre
    47. Royal Headache - 2 Kinds of Love
    46. Here We Go Magic - How Do I Know
    45. Mount Eerie - Through The Trees pt. 2
    44. Passion Pit - Carried Away
  • TOP 52 ALBUMS OF 2012

    23 Dec 2012, 15:21 by Confessions87

    I feel like it gets harder to do these every year. To really keep up with the volume of great music being released takes commitment and a real passion for discovering new sounds and artists. My aim is to hear at least fifty two records thoroughly each year. Any more than that is a bonus. 2012 was a peculiar year in the sense that I feel as though no single record truly swept me off my feet. Unlike previous years where there was a clear winner that felt life-affecting in the greatest ways possible, 2012 has been an almost clinical process of getting through the slew of new releases, amongst them multiple disappointments from long-established artists and a series of overwhelmingly surprising new releases from up and coming bands.

    I've made the decision to omit Burial's Kindred only on the grounds that it was an EP and not a proper full-length. It was far and away the greatest EP I heard this year and builds on an already stunning back catalogue. …
  • Hostess Club Weekender @ 恵比寿 Garden Hall Feb 19 Sun 2012

    19 Feb 2012, 15:55 by emicom

    Sat 18 Feb – Hostess Club Weekender


    一人アーティストということでSpiritualized以外は、lo-fiというタグがついているように、サンプリングでのループを多用していたり、演奏人数も限られていたり、またHostessの特色なのかChillwaveとかShoegaze寄りの静かな曲に轟音やアカデミックな方向での実験的、サイケな音が加わったようなものが多い気がした。終焉後に会場でかかっていたSEがMogwaiのFriend of the Nightであったのもうなずける。

    (Rugby, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, since 1990…