Monday, December 10, 2012

2012: Favorite Tracks



It's back: My 50 favorite tracks of the year. I flirted with dwindling my list down to 40 songs last year, but it's time to return to my roots. Fifty it is. Who was I kidding? No one won when I skimmed 10 songs from the list last year. And as is the tradition, you'll find the list in alpha-order with only one song from each artist, because I wanted to represent the diversity of my 2012 soundtrack. And to add a twist, I'll tag each song with a one-word (or phrase) review, since no one enjoys reading pretentious, thesaurus-laden music reviews. Check out the list below (click the song name to listen) and let me know what you enjoyed in 2012.

Alabama Shakes: Hold On (Tag: Southern Soul)
Alex Winston: Sister Wife (Tag: Poptastic)
Amanda Palmer: Want It Back (Tag: Chick-Rock)
Andrew Bird: Three White Horses (Tag: Harmony)
The Avett Brothers: Live and Die (Tag: Brothers)
Caravan Palace: Clash (Tag: Electroswing)
Dan Deacon: True Thrush (Tag: Organized Chaos)
Daniel Rossen: Saint Nothing (Tag: Minimal)
Danny Brown: Grown Up (Tag: Swag)
Deerhoof: Tete d'Adieu (Tag: Robot Reference)
Dirty Projectors: The Gun Has No Trigger (Tag: Percussion)
Divine Fits: Shivers (Tag: Grit)
Dr. Dog: That Old Black Hole (Tag: Security Blanket)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: Man On Fire (Tag: Empathy)
Fanfarlo: Deconstruction (Tag: Drive)
Father John Misty: Writing A Novel (Tag: Imagined Dance Moves)
Fiona Apple: Anything We Want (Tag: Sexy)
First Aid Kit: King of the World (Tag: Oberst Cameo)
Frank Ocean: Bad Religion (Tag: Falsetto)
The Fresh & Onlys: Long Slow Dance (Tag: Ambling)
Here We Go Magic: How Do I Know (Tag: Men At Work-like)
Hospitality: Friends of Friends (Tag: Pop-o-rific)
Icky Blossoms: Perfect Vision (Tag: Slow Motion Thoughts)
Islands: Hallways (Tag: Staccato Piano)
Jack White: Take Me With You When You Go (Tag: Theme Change)
Japandroids: Fire's Highway (Tag: Lo-Fi)
JEFF the Brotherhood: Mystic Portal II (Tag: Rock-and-Roll)
Kishi Bashi: Bright Whites (Tag: Inventive)
Lambchop: Gone Tomorrow (Tag: Rainy Day)
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Same Love (ft. Mary Lambert) (Tag: Truth)
Maps & Atlases: Fever (Tag: Unique Vocals)
Matthew E. White: Steady Pace (Tag: Jazz Background)
Menomena: Plumage (Tag: Guitar Pedals)
Micachu and the Shapes: Holiday (Tag: Lazy)
Miike Snow: Paddling Out (Tag: Dancetastic)
The Mountain Goats: Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1 (Tag: Darnielle)
New Multitudes: My Revolutionary Mind (Tag: Guthrie)
Porcelain Raft: Puts Me To Sleep (Tag: Dreamy)
Rufus Wainwright: Jericho (Tag: Theatrical)
Santigold: Disparate Youth (Tag: Reverb)
Sean Rowe: Downwind (Tag: Retro)
The Shins: No Way Down (Tag: Cadence)
Spiritualized: Hey Jane (Tag: Epic)
The Tallest Man On Earth: 1904 (Tag: Writing)
Tame Impala: Elephant (Tag: Rhythm)
Tilly And The Wall: Heavy Mood (Tag: Huh!)
Titus Andronicus: In A Big City (Tag: Unapologetic)
Turbo Fruits: Sweet Thang (Tag: Earnest)
Twin Shadow: Five Seconds (Tag: '80s Flare)
The Walkmen: Heaven (Tag: Camaraderie)

LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE LIST ON SPOTIFY.

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