Tug Baker’s Top Albums of 2012

December 31st, 2012 · 1 Comment

I don’t think Tug Baker has an enemy in this world. I can’t say the same about many people I know. In addition to his Top 15 albums listed here, Tug has compiled his 100 favorite tracks of 2012, which you can find over at his music blog, About Today, which you should check out anyway, […]

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Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2012

December 31st, 2012 · Comments Off on Patrick Wall’s Top Albums of 2012

Patrick Wall’s skills are as varied as they are impractical. KNEE MEETS JERK: In Which a Beleaguered Music Journalist Attempts — and Fails — to Identify Ten Records Released Between December 2011 and December 2012. That Were Better Than All Other Releases in the Same Time Period. Listed in alphabetical order. Results subject to change. […]

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Drew Harkins’ Top Albums of 2012

December 21st, 2012 · Comments Off on Drew Harkins’ Top Albums of 2012

Drew Harkins is currently following some sort of bizarro, modernized version of Don Draper’s esteemed trajectory, replete with passels of women, ankle-bearing suits, and ad campaigns … without all that inconvenient identity theft nonsense. 1. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl) They aren’t long; all the weeping and the laughter. Hold damn tight onto those days, because […]

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k’s Top Albums of 2012 (@kerryrm)

December 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on k’s Top Albums of 2012 (@kerryrm)

Wild Nothing – Nocturne Like M83’s Saturdays = Youth, Wild Nothing’s Nocturne tugs at the heartstrings of my ’80s childhood and my ’90s twee indie pop infatuation. Tennis – Young & Old This album makes me want to lay in the grass on a sunny Summer day with nothing to do. Marina & The Diamonds […]

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Kevin Foster Langston’s Top Albums of 2012

December 20th, 2012 · 3 Comments

Kevin Foster Langston is a recovering music critic who likes what he likes because he likes it, and anyone who has a problem with that can bugger off. 1. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl) 2. Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory (ADA/Carpark Records) 3. Frank Ocean, Channel Orange (Def Jam) 4. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is […]

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Eric Greenwood’s Top Albums of 2012

December 19th, 2012 · Comments Off on Eric Greenwood’s Top Albums of 2012

I’ve written for Drawer B for 14 years, and so it stands to reason that this is my 14th year-end list of albums (unless I slacked off one or two times). You’ll undoubtedly disagree with several of my choices, as these are not necessarily the “best” records of the year- just the ones I preferred […]

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Logan K. Young’s Top Albums of 2012

December 18th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Logan K. Young is a former contributor to Drawer B, who managed to stir up his fair amount of shit while in residence. He’s now moved on to bigger and better things, including being a fellow for 11th annual USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program. Unsurprisingly, a few of his best album choices are a tad […]

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Robert Howell’s Top Albums of 2012

December 18th, 2012 · Comments Off on Robert Howell’s Top Albums of 2012

Robert Howell is a philosophy professor at SMU, author and proud new father of a boy called Julian. He also digs good tunes. Streamable playlist via Rdio. 1. Grizzly Bear, Shields (Warp) 2. Sharon Van Etten, Tramp (Jagjaguwar) 3. Father John Misty, Fear Fun (Sub Pop) 4. Spiritualized, Sweet Heart, Sweet Light (Fat Possum) 5. […]

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VIDEO: Chromatics “Cherry”

December 12th, 2012 · 1 Comment

I love everything this band touches. “Cherry” is on the forthcoming After Dark 2 triple LP from Italians Do It Better. The retro production reminds me of the “Drive” OST, which makes sense since Chromatics had a song on it, but the feel of this song in particular evokes that opening piece by Kavinski. This […]

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Cat Power Mocks Reputation for On-stage Meltdowns in Funny Or Die Clip

December 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Cat Power Mocks Reputation for On-stage Meltdowns in Funny Or Die Clip

Kids Songs With Cat Power from Cat Power Having witnessed many, many of Cat Power’s on-stage meltdowns this is amazingly funny. [via K]

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Yoko Ono Wins the Internet for Today

December 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Yoko Ono Wins the Internet for Today

Yoko Ono’s cover (I’m not sure you can tell, but those are very loose quotation marks) of Kart Perry’s “Fireworks” is not going to be topped any time soon. Enjoy! [via @heywardsims]

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Dave Grohl Publicist “Won’t deny” Nirvana Reunion with Paul McCartney on Vocals

December 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Dave Grohl Publicist “Won’t deny” Nirvana Reunion with Paul McCartney on Vocals

Photo swiped from Stereogum because it is awesome. Also, the file name is “Macvana.” I’m not sure what to make of the news that “Nirvana” will reunite tonight with Paul McCartney for the Hurricane Sandy Benefit. Are Dave Grohl and Kist Novaselic just taking the piss for hype’s sake? Or is Sir Paul going to […]

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Frank Ocean Teases Crowd with Radiohead Snippet

December 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on Frank Ocean Teases Crowd with Radiohead Snippet

Frank Ocean teases the crowd at the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet in New York with about a minute of Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees” from its second LP The Bends. I realize this was all over the internet yesterday, but I just now listened to it. I wish he had been given more attention from the […]

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New Iceage Album Details

December 12th, 2012 · Comments Off on New Iceage Album Details

I love how Iceage is referred to as straight up “punk” as opposed to “post-punk” in most references. I assume it’s due to the rowdiness and wild reputation of its live shows more so than the dark, minimalistic music it produces. But any band that steals its name and sense of sonics from Joy Division’s […]

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Depeche Mode Signs to Columbia, Leaves EMI

December 11th, 2012 · Comments Off on Depeche Mode Signs to Columbia, Leaves EMI

Depeche Mode has signed a new record deal for its forthcoming album due out in March of next year. Columbia Records will release the as-yet-untitled album, which primary songwriter Martin Gore – in a message on the band’s website – describes as having “similar vibe to Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion.” I’m down […]

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The Faint – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC (12.5.12)

December 10th, 2012 · 2 Comments

I still remember the very first time I heard Blank Wave Arcade. It was in the Fall of 1999. We had received it as a promo for review. Eric knew right away that I would love it. And fall in love I did. 13 years later it is still one of my all-time favorite albums, […]

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Savoir Adore

December 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on Savoir Adore

I have no idea how this slipped through the cracks this year, but I’m looking forward to listening to it on repeat until the end of the year.

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Queens Of The Stone Age Recording with Dave Grohl and Nick Oliveri

December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on Queens Of The Stone Age Recording with Dave Grohl and Nick Oliveri

Queens of the Stone Age has finally (just about) reassembled the group that made Songs for the Deaf, its last truly great record, which is somehow a decade old now. Dave Grohl is back playing drums on the album, and long-banned bassist Nick Oliveri has been allowed to re-enter Josh Homme’s sanctuary to lay down some […]

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REVIEW: Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Epic)

December 5th, 2012 · Comments Off on REVIEW: Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Epic)

Fiona Apple’s re-emergence every half decade or so is a triumphant celebration for a niche community of devotees and rather an apathetic shrug for the rest of America, which assumes (wrongly) that she’s just a Lilith Fair throwback, trying to claw her way back into the limelight. I belong to the former group, as my […]

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So, Shiner (Shiner!) Reunited and I Had No Idea

December 3rd, 2012 · Comments Off on So, Shiner (Shiner!) Reunited and I Had No Idea

Ugh, my day is ruined. My love for Shiner is not understood by many. This is a band that people either love with an obsessiveness that knows no bounds or they simply do not get at all. Not only did Shiner reissue a remastered version of The Egg (on vinyl for the first time) without […]

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