Employee Top Ten's for 2012

 
 ALLISON   ANDY
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
Arlo Darlin' - Europe
Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Beth Orton - Sugaring Season
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
The Young - Dub Egg

Honorable Mention:
Michael Martin Murphey -  Geronimo's Cadillac
(came out long ago, but i couldn't stop listening to it this year.)
 

Cate Le Bon - CYRK
Moon Duo - Circles
Literature - Arab Spring
Ty Segall - Slaughterhouse & Twins
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Melody's Echo Chamber - S/T
Koi Pond - So Higher
Peaking Lights - Lucifer
Mira Cook - Broken Bones

Reissues:
The Clean - Oddities
Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild
Various - Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984
X Ray Pop - Dream Machine
Monochrome Set - Love Zombies & Strange Boutique
Tronics - Love Backed By Force
Cleaners from Venus - Reissues
Shoes - Black Vinyl Shoes
Die Doraus und Die Marinas - Blumen und Narzissen
Drinking Electricity - Overload + Singles
Ilayaraja - Fire Star: Synth Pop & Electro Funk From Tamil Films 1984-1989

 ANGIE ANTHONY
Alkibar Gignor - La Paix (Mississippi/Change/Sahel Sounds)
Attic Ted - Marginalized (Pecan Crazy)
Beach House - Bloom (SubPop/Bella Union)
Beak - >> (Stones Throw)
Beak - "Mono" 7" (Stones Throw)
Cate Le Bon - CYRK (Control Group)
Mira Cook -  Broken Bones (Aquarius)
Crocodiles - Endless Flowers (Frenchkiss)
Cult of Youth -  Love Will Prevail (Sacred Bones)
Dabke - Sounds of Syrian Houron (Sham) Palace/Sublime (Frequencies)
Dikes of Holland - Braindead USA (Screamers)
Diplo -  Express Yourself EP (Mad Decent)
DIIV - Oshin (Captured Tracks)
Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze (SubPop)
Errors - New Relics (Rock Action)
Flesh Lights - Too Big to Fail (Super Secret)
Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch)
Kingdom of Suicide Lovers - Distant Waves (Golden Hour/Super Secret)
Laila Je T'aime - V/A, Mississippi/Change/Sahel Sounds
Literature - Arab Spring (Square of Opposition Records)
Lola Cola - Tough Love (cassette)
Matthew Dear - Beams (Ghostly) 
Wymond Miles - Under the Pale Moon (Sacred Bones)
Mind Spiders - Fall In Line (Dirtnap)
Moon Duo - Circles (Sacred Bones)
Nazi Gold - A Message of Love (Super Secret)
Palit - Popt (Pecan Crazy)
The Orb featuring Lee Scratch - Perry Present The Observer in the Star House
Jane Weaver - The Watchbird Alluminate (Finders Keepers/Bird)
Wild Nothing - Nocturne (Captured Tracks)
The Ripe - Into Your Ears (Get Hip)
Santigold - Master of My Reality (Atlantic)
Sir Douglas Quintet - Border Waves (Fuel)
Ty Segall/White Fence - I Am Not a Game (Drag City)
Tamaryn - Tender New Signs (Mexican Summer)
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II (In the Red)

Reissue Lusciousness:
Strange Passion:Explorations in Irish Post Punk/DIY and Electronic 1980-1983
Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984,
The Cleaners from Venus (Captured Tracks)
Harry Smith Anthology of Folk Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
Kruder & Dormeister:The K&D Sessions LP, Studio (!K7)
The Clean: Oddities, LP (Five Four-O Records)
Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-68
  swans - the seer
tame impala - lonerism
ariel pink - mature themes
grizzly bear - shields
ty segall - slaughterhouse
beach house - bloom
cloud nothings - attack on memory
grimes - visions
blur - reissues
my bloody valentine -  reissues
can - the lost tapes
the men - open your heart
dan deacon - america
deep time - deep time
literature - arab spring
john maus : a collection of rarities
matthew dear - beams
sharon von etten - tramp
sleep - dopesmoker
animal collective - centipede hz
david lynch - eraserhead ost
moss icon - complete discography
the zoltars - should I try once more?
john carpenter - soundtrack reissues
the golden boys - dirty fingernails
     
 BILL   CHIP
01) Moonmen On The Moon - Man Maan ep
02) Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill
03) The only show that mattered this year: The Clean June 5th at Club Deville
04) Favorite event: Ichi Ni San Shi video release party for - "Here Sometime Today" at the Domy   http://youtu.be/ZajiwgmE3gA
05) The Clean - Oddities
06) Cate Le Bon - CYRK
07) Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
08) Pin Group - Ambivalence
09) Guided By Voices - Class Clown Spots A UFO
10) Bring Beer (awesome artist from Austin comp)
  Olly Knights – If Not Now When
Blood Red Shoes – In Time to Voices
Chelsea Wolfe – Unknown Rooms
Orcas – Orcas
Tamaryn – Tender New Signs
Scuba – Personality
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Seamoon – Expression of the Moment
Yeasayer – Fragrant World
Diiv – Oshin
Liars – WIXIW
Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Deep Time – Deep Time
Beach House - Bloom
Jack White – Blunderbuss
Van She – Idea of Happiness
OOoOO – Our Loving is Hurting us EP
Mr. Oizo & Tahiti Boy – WRONG soundtrack
Time & Space Machine – Taste the Lazer

Top Reissues:
My Bloody Valentine – all of them
Everything But The Girl - Eden
Elbow – Asleep in the Back
Blur – all of them
Lee Hazlewood – A House Safe for Tigers
Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild

Top Import Blu Rays (new at Waterloo)
Thorne
Strike Back – Prequel Series
Wallander starring Kenneth Branagh
Episodes
Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec
An Idiot Abroad
     
 CHIQUITA
  CORBY
John Frusciante- PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone
Flying Lotus- Until the Quiet Comes
Death Grips- The Money Store
Metronomy- Late Night Tales
Thee Satisfaction- Awe Naturale
Azalia Banks-1991 EP
Poor Moon- Illusion Ep
Battles - Gloss Drop
Metal Dance: Industrial Post-punk/EBM Classics and Rarities 80-88
Lee Fields and The Expressions-Faithful Man
Andrew Bird- Break it Yourself
Minimal Wave tapes VOL 2
Grimes- Visions
Hospitality- S/T
Gangrene- Vodka and Ayuhuasca
Tame Impala- Lonerism
Why?- Mumps INC
Gaslamp Killer- Breakthrough
Wild Nothing- Nocturne
Nas- Life is Good
Various Artists- Fac Dance 02
Various Artists- Johnny D Presents Disco Jamms
Christian Scott-Christian aTunde Adjuah
Robert Glasper Experiment- Black Radio
  Polysick - Digital Native (Planet Mu)
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp (Jagjaguwar)
Pinback - Information Retrieved (Temporary Residence)
Jussi Lehtisalo - Interludes for Prepared Beast (Ektro/Full Contact)
Slussenanalys - Aquila Helvetos Asfaltos (Full Contact)
Circle - Serpent (Ektro)
Circle - Manner (HydraHead)
Grumbling Fur - Furrier (Aurora Borealis)
Grumbling Fur - Alice (Latitudes)
Soundtrack/Korzynski-Possesion (Finders Keepers)
Soundtrack/D'aram-Fascination (Finders Keepers)
 
fave reissues
All the John Carpenter reissues on Death Waltz
Circle - Taantumus (reissue) (Ektro/Full Contact)
Circle - Zopalki (reissue) (Ektro/Full Contact)
Circle - Forest (reissue) (Ektro/Full Contact)

     
 CYNTHIA   DC
Beach House Bloom
Cloud Nothings:  Attack on Memory
Chromatics:  Kill for Love
DIIV:  Oshin
King Tuff:  King Tuff
Twin Shadow:  Confess
Ty Segall:  Slaughterhouse
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros: Here
Of Monsters and Men:  My Head is an Animal
Lumineers:  The Lumineers
Grimes: Visions
First Aid Kit:  The Lion's Roar
Purity Ring:  Shrines
The XX:  Coexist
Michael Kiwanuka:  Home Again
Trust:  TRST
Alt-J:  An Awesome Wave
Alabama Shakes:  Boys and Girls
Neil Young & Crazy Horse:  Psychedelic Pill
Andrew Bird:  Break it Yourself
Santigold:  Master of My Make-Believe
Haun's Mill: Away
Kadavar:  Kadavar
Kingdom of Suicide Lovers: Distant Waves

7inch:  The Well:  Seven

CD Reissue:  Townes Van Zandt:  No Deeper Blue

Book:  I'll Be Here in the Morning:  The Songwriting Legacy of Townes Van Zandt by: Brian Atkinson
  Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 2
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Cobra Juicy
Death Grips - Money Store
Thavius Beck - The Most Beautiful Ugly
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
Sleigh Bells - Reign Of Terror
Pelican - Ataraxia/Taraxis
Dethklok - Dethalbum II
Maserati - Maserati VII
Why? - Mumps, etc.
Tides - Resurface
WZRD - WZRD
     
 EDMUND   ERIC
Metz - Metz
Swans - The Seer
Woods - Bend Beyond
Hospitality - Self Titled
El-P - Cancer For Cure
Literature - Arab Spring
Mind Spiders - Meltdown
Tamaryn - Tender New Signs
Chelsea Wolfe - Unknown Rooms
Hannibal Buress - Animal Furnace
Royal Headache - Royal Headache
Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory
The Zoltars - Should I Try Once More
Evening Meetings - Evening Meetings
Wymond Miles - Under The Pale Moon
Clams Casino - Instrumentals 2 Mixtape
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action At A Distance
Intelligence - Everybody's Got It Easy But Me
Lamps - Under The Water Under The Ground
William Basinski - Disintegration Loops Box Set
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - ‘Alleujah!Don't Bend! Ascend!
  i don't normally rank these things, but there was one clear #1 this year and it was...
1. Wiccans - Field II metal, hardcore, proggy. heavy and melodic. consistantly engaging and i'm still peeling back layers and finding something new. a masterpiece.

the rest are in the order i thought of them
2. Coma In Algiers - Christ Adonis Algiers
3. Dikes Of Holland - Braindead U.S.A.
4. The Golden Boys - Dirty Fingernails
5. Sic Alps - Sic Alps
6. Moon Duo - Circles
7. Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers - Distant Waves
8. The Gory Details - Killer Waves (cassette)
9. Cate Le Bon - Cyrk / Cyrk II
10. The Sword - Apocryphon

7"'s
1. Shortwave Party - Where To Begin...
2. Lola Cola - Tough Love
3. Flesh Lights - Too Big To Fail
4. The Sour Notes / Marmalakes split
5. Love Collector - Human Bodies
6. The French Inhales / Bottle Service split
7. Black Gum - Sludge
8. Sic Alps - L Mansion
9. Sic Alps - Pangea Globe
10. The Well - Seven

shows:
1. Wiccans 8/22 @ 29th St. Ballroom - this is not just the best show of the year, it's the best show of my life.the Ballroom was destroyed by the time they finished. dethroned Jane's Addiction
2. Neighbor / Ichi Ni San Shi / Foreign Mothers / Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers 01 /12 @ The Scoot Inn
3. Pure X 04/06 @ Red 7
4. Cate Le Bon 9/29 @ Red 7
5. Sic Alps 11/05 @ Red 7
6. Power Trip @ Red 7 during Chaos In Tejas
     
 IAN   JAY
Swans - “The Seer”
Tin Hat - “The Rain is a Handsome Animal”
Air - “Le Voyage Dans La Lune”
Chairlift - “Something”
Dead Can Dance - “Anastasis”
Death Grips - “The Money Store”
Deep Time - “Deep Time”
Dirty Projectors - “Swing Lo Magellan”
Donnie & Joe Emerson - “Dreamin' Wild”
Lee Hazlewood - “A House Safe for Tigers”
Ilaiyaraaja - “Fire Star: Synth-Pop & Electro-Funk From Tamil Films 1985-1989”
The Left Banke - “Walk Away Rene/Pretty Ballerina”
David Lynch - “Eraserhead”
Killer Mike - “R.A.P. Music
Om - “Advaitic Songs”
Annette Peacock - “I'm the One”
“Country Funk: 1969-1975”
JJ Doom - “Key to the Kuffs”
Shawn Lee - “Synthesizers in Space”
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - “Allelujah! Don't Bend Ascend”
“Zendooni: Funk, Psychedelia & Pop from the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation”
“This Ain't Chicago: The Underground Sound of UK House & Acid 1987- 1991”
“Metal Dance: Industrial, Post Punk, EBM Classics & Rarities 80-88”
  Records:
Acephalix - Deathless Master
A$AP Mob - Lord$ Never Worry [Mixtape]
Burning Love - Rotten Thing to Say
Creem - Creem
Cult of Youth - Love Will Prevail
Dinosaur Jr - I Bet on Sky
Dom Kennedy - Yellow Album [Mixtape]
Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 2
Freddie Gibbs - Baby Face Killa [Mixtape]
Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage
Hank Wood & the Hammerheads - Go Home
Hooded Menace - Effigies of Evil
the Men - Open Your Heart
Merchandise - Children of Desire
Mind Spiders - Meltdown
Nas - Life is Good
Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
Rise and Fall - Faith
Rome - Hell Money
Tragedy - Darker Days Ahead
Wiccans - Field II
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Witchcraft - Legend

Reissues:
Warrior Kids - Les Enfant De L'Espoir LP
The Dicks - Kill From The Heart LP
Sleep - Dopesmoker LP
Poison Idea - The Fatal Erection Years 1983-1986

     
 JESSIE    

2012 . What a tough effing year!! We only have a few days left right? This was a really good year in music with bands playing their hearts out like it was the end of the world. There were times this year, particularly early on, when I really thought the world would end. Thank goodness for the music. It was really hard to get to everything. These are the ones that I did get the chance to get to and love...in the chronological order in which I fell in love with them.

New Multitudes – Tribute to Woodie Guthrie – Such a polished and fitting tribute honoring someone who helped so many people. Woodie was an innovator of honesty and heart. So is this record. Good from start to finish. An excellent dinner with friends record but it has to be just the right friends.

Father John Misty – Fear Fun –I started listening to this record when it was still cold out, the very end of last winter, during long starry drives. Its got a cinematic quality and a playfulness but its also impeccably witty.  He’s a funny bunny this one.

Wendy Rene – After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax and Volt Singles Plus Rarities 1964-65- Light In the Attic Re-Issue This is the perfect weekend record for the weather turning warmer, for backyard BBQ’s with friends, for twilight dance parties
underneath string lights.

Lee Fields & the Expressions– Faithful Man – Everybody needs a really good classic soul record.

Ty Segall & White Fence – Hair – Just enjoyable. Fun. Carefree. Thank god!

Turnpike Troubadours – Goodbye Normal Street – Hey! I’m from Drippings Springs Texas! That means I’m at least 1/4
hillbilly! I love this record. These guys aren’t hillbilly at all. This is the way main stream country music could sound! I
particularly like the refined narrative set against this somewhat twangy backdrop.

Twin Shadow – Confess- This is going out music. Going out dancing that is. Night on the town music.

Cat Power – Sun –She is a freakin inspiration in my opinion. Ever the chameleon and always very intuitive. The record for the apocalypse?

  Sera Cahoone- Deer Creek Canyon – Quiet mornings in a warm, peaceful, sun filled house where time just stretches out.

Tame Impala – Lonerism -I’m lucky enough to have officemates with really great music taste. Thanks to them, I get hooked on shit like Tame Impala. It took me several listens but now I’m totally addicted. That’s the problem with free fronts.

Calexico – Algiers – There are some bands that you continue to love because you’ve loved them during an important part
of your past. Even knowing that,  I can’t help but think track 4 is their masterpiece. I haven’t had my heart broken by a song
like that since Bottles and Bones by Califone.

Rodriguez- Searching For Sugar Man (soundtrack) - I’m listing this because there are still people on this planet who have
yet to listen to this man. Stop what you are doing right now. Listen. It’s so damn good! It’s a concrete cold fact.

Will Johnson – Scorpion – My contract limits my ability to comment on this record.

Kingdom of Suicide Lovers- Distant Waves – To love with abandon. To scream it out with tears falling and your hair sticking to your face. This record makes me want to wear black eye liner and just let it run.

Beach House – Bloom – How did I not get into this band until November 2012!? To me, its proof that we should give things a second, third even fourth chance! I’m not always going to be blown away on a first listen. Track one is such a good driving song!!! Hell, the whole record is a great Drive the Eff Out of This Town record!

Alt J­ –An Awesome Wave - The darkness is setting in much earlier these days. The air is colder and the stars are brighter. There is sadness that the summer is ending but also hope for a brilliant fall and winter. A completely unique sound and vibe that seems so fitting right this very minute. 
     
 KELSEY KEN
Air - Le Voyage Dans La Lune
Cate Le Bon - CYRK
Chairlift - Something
Deep Time - Deep Time
Errors - New Relics
Kingdom of Suicide Lovers - Distant Waves
Liars - WIXIW
Literature - Arab Spring
Moon Duo - Circles
Raveonettes - The Observator
The Ripe - Into Your Ears
Santigold - Master of My Make Believe
Swans - The Seer
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Zoltars - Should I Try Once More?
  Beach House - Bloom
Dan Deacon - America
Dr. Dog - Be the Void
Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
Godspeed You! Black Emperor: 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Grizzly Bear - Shields
JJ DOOM - Keys to the Kuffs
Liars - WIXIW
Matthew Dear - Beams
How to Dress Well - Total Loss
Sigur Rós - Valtari
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Swans - The Seer
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Twilight Sad - No One Can Ever Know
Wild Nothing - Nocturne


Reissues/Comps:
Archers of Loaf - All the Nations Airports/Vee Vee/White Trash Heroes
Blur - Blur 21: The Box
Can - The Lost Tapes
Genius/GZA - Liquid Swords: Chess Box Deluxe Edition
Ivory Coast Soul 2 - Afrofunk in Abidjan 1976-1981
Mantronix - King of the Beats (Anthology 1985-88)
Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984
The English Beat - The Complete Beat
     
 KERBY KESEY
Raveonettes - Observator
Tamaryn - Tender New Signs
Frankie Rose - Interstellar
The Men - Open Your Heart
Tennis - Young & Old
Lost In the Trees - A Church That Fits Our Needs
Dinosaur Jr - I Bet On Sky
Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory
Screaming Females - Ugly
2:54 - 2:54
The Young - Dub Egg
Black Bananas - Black Bananas
Chairlift - Something
Chelsea Wolfe - Unknown Rooms
Van Halen - A Different Kind Of Truth
Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania

Reissues:
Should - A Folding Sieve
Dreamscape - La-Di-Da Recordings
Can - The Lost Tapes

  1. White Fence- Family Perfume Vol. 1 & 2
2. Can- The Lost Tapes
3. Black Bananas- Rad Times
4. Ty Segall & White Fence- Hair
5. Personal Space- Electronic Soul 1974-1984 (comp)
     
 KEVIN   KIM
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Literature - Arab Spring
Wymond Miles - Under the Pale Moon
Kingdom of Suicide Lovers - Distant Waves
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Faithful Man
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
Mind Spiders - Meltdown
White Fence - Family Perfume Vol 1 & 2
Cheap Time - Wallpaper Music
Melody's Echo Chamber - S/T
  Taken by Trees -- Other Worlds
Dirty Projectors -- Swing Lo Magellan
Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
Prometheus
Zombie II Soundtrack (vinyl release - Death Waltz Records)
The Sword-- Apocryphon
Cat Power - Sun
Father John Misty -- Fear Fun
Bon Iver - Bon Iver
Animal Collective -- Centipede Hz
     
 LISA   PATRICK
John Maus - A Collection Of Rarities
OM - Adviatic Songs
Swans - The Seer
Grimes - Visions
Eagle Twin - The Feather Tipped The Serpents Scale
Literature - Arab Spring
Peaking Lights - Lucifer
Kadavar - Self Titled
Graveyard - Lights Out
King Tuff - Self Titled
Naam - The Ballad Of The Starchild

Reissues
Shinki Chen - Shinki Chen
Die Doraus Und Die Marinas - Blumen Und Narzissen
Wicked Lady - Axe Man Cometh
Annette Peacock - I'm the one
Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild
Dalek I - Compass Kumpass
Witch - We Intend To Cause Havoc (box set)
 

Best New Releases:
Punch Brothers - Who's Feeling Young Now
John Frusciante - PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone
Raveonettes - Observator
The Beach Boys - That’s Why God Made The Radio

Best Live Show:
Max Frost & Kydd (local)
Hadden Sayers (local)

Best Reissue:
GZA Liquid Swords Chess Box Deluxe Edition
(YOU GET A GODDAMN CHESS SET WITH IT!!)

     
 LINDSEY    
LPs
01.The Men –Open Your Heart
02. Deep Time – Deep Time
03. Purity Ring – Shrines
04. Moon Duo – Circles
05. Chromatics – Kill For Love
06. Woods – Bend Beyond
07. DIIV – DIIV
08. Tame Impala – Lonerism
09. A Place to Bury Strangers –Worship
10. Ty Segall / White Fence– Hair
11. Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II
12. Here We Go Magic –A Different Ship
13. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
14. Grizzly Bear – Shields
15. Walkmen – Heaven
16. Matthew Dear – Beams
17. Eddy Current Suppression Ring – So Many Things
18. Lotus Plaza  – Spooky Action at a Distance
19. Cate Le Bon – CYRK
20. Symmetry – Themes For an Imaginary Film
  Compilations
1. The Minimal Wave Tapes Vol. 2
2. Strange Passion: Exploration in Irish Post Punk, DIY, and Electronic Music 1980-83
3. Tally Ho! Flying Nun’s Greatest Bits
4. Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-84

EPs
1. Daniel Rossen – Silent Hour. Golden Mile EP
2. Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze EP
3. A Place to Bury Strangers – Onwards to the Wall EP
4. Matthew Dear – Headcage EP
    
Reissues:
1. Wicked Lady – The Axeman Cometh
2. Sleep – Dopesmoker
3. John Maus – A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material
4. My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything /Loveless/EPs 1989-1991
     
 MARTIN    MATT
John Fullbright - From The Ground Up
Ruthie Foster- Let It Burn
Carper Family - BAck When
James Hand - Mighty Lonesome Man
Joe "King" Carrasco - Que Wow
Walter Tragert - Single Drop Of Rain
John Lilly - Cold Comfort
Mastersons - Birds Fly South
Hardin Burns - Lounge
Glen Fukanaga - Not A Word
Alejandro Escovedo - Big Station
Kat Edmonson - Way Down Low

Live Shows:
Stooges at ACL

Saxon Happy Hour w/ Denny Freeman + Johnny Nicholas
  Beach Fossils – shallow 7”
Fucked Up/Dirtbombs – booze cruise vol. 8
Grouper/Fred & Annie McDowell/tiki men split.
At The Drive In represses
Archers of Loaf remasters
Balmorhea - rivers arms repress.
Burial – kindred
Chairlift – something
Cloud Nothings – attack on memory
Fabio Frizzi – beyond soundtrack
Fucked Up – year of the tiger
Liz Harris/Ilyas Ahmed split
Japandroids celebration rock
Led er Est – the diver
Literature – arab spring
The Men – open your heart
Mirroring – foreign body
Moon Duo - circles
Moss Icon – complete discography
Pelican – australasia repress
Tame Impala - lonerism
Tanlines – mixed emotions
Weezer – s/t [blue] MFSL remaster
Amps for Christ/Woods split
Burial/four tet – nova
V/A – bring beer
Eraserhead soundtrack
     
 MICHELLE    PABLO
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
Ariel Pink - Mature Themes
Beach House - Bloom
Chairlift - Something
Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory
Deep Time - S/T
DIIV - Oshin
Godspeed You Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Toure - Raichel Collective - The Tel Aviv Session
Twilight Sad - No One Can Ever Know
Twin Shadow - Confess
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
  Advance Base - A Shut-in's Prayer
Chromatics - Kill For Love
Maya Jane Coles - DJ-Kicks
Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
DIIV - Oshin
Dirty Three - Toward The Low Sun
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Hammock - Departure Songs
Holy Other - Held
How To Dress Well - Total Loss
JBM - Stray Ashes
Jeremiah Jae - Raw Money Raps
Lemonade - Diver
Loscil - Sketches from New Brighton
Lushlife - Plateau Visions
Monolake - Ghosts
Orcas - Orcas
Sinkane - Mars
SpaceGhostPurrp - Mysterious Phonk: The Instrumentals
Tanlines - Mixed Emotions
Turing Machine - What Is The Meaning Of What
Trust - TRST
The Twilight Sad - No One Can Ever Know Remixes
Twin Shadow - Confess
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Yppah - Eighty One

Reissues:
deardarkhead - Oceanside: 1991-1993
Dreamscape - La-Di-Da Recordings
     
 PATRICK    PAUL
general population
Beach House - Bloom
Literature - Arab Spring
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
Andrew Bird - Hands of Glory

re-issue/archival
Carole King - Legendary Demos
Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin’ Wild

in the shadow of a pink granite dome
Kingdom of Suicide Lovers - Distant Waves
Haun’s Mill - Away  
Will Johnson - Scorpion
The Light Upstairs - Hour of the Pearl
  01. Cate Le Bon “CYRK & CYRK II” CD/LP
02. Azita “Year” LP
03. Lee Hazlewood “A House Safe for Tigers” LP/CD
04. Ty Segall/White Fence “Hair” LP/CD
05. White Fence “Family Perfume V1&2” LP/CD
06. Paperheads “Focus in on the Looking Glass” LP
07. V/A “Bollywood Steel Guitar” LP
08. V/A “Music from Saharan Cellphones” LP
09. Tim Foljahn “Songs for an Age of Extinction” LP/CD
10. Getatchew Mekurya “Ethiopian Urban Modern Music V5”  LP
11. Chris Ware “Building Stories” BOOK

Cool Reissues
The Clean “Oddities” LP
Karuna Khyal “Alomoni 1985” LP
     
 PAUL B.
   ZIMMERMAN STARBUCKLE
Ebo Taylor  --  Appia Kwa Bridge
Battles -- Dross Glop
Cate Le Bon -- CYRK
Andy Shepard/Michel Benita/Sebastian Rochford -- Trio Libero
Pet Shop Boys -- Elysium
Kat Edmonson --Way Down Low
Neneh Cherry & The Thing -- The Cherry Thing
Wild Nothing -- Nocturne
Scott Walker - Bish Bosch
Khana! Khana -- Funk, Psychedelia and Pop from the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation
Ivory Coast Soul 2 -- Afrofunk In Abidjan from 1976 to 1981
The Magnetic Fields -- { 7 inch } Andrew in Drag  b/w  When Next in Love I Fall
Istanbul 70 -- { 7 inch } = (Volumes I, II , III)  -- Psych, Disco, Folk Edits  by  Baris K
  Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
Sharon Van Etten _ Tramp
Mirroring - Foreign Body
Bat For Lashes - Haunted Man
Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
Jesse Ware - Devotion
Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
Rick Ross - Rich Forever
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
Nas - Life Is Good
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Django Django - Django Django
     
 RUSSELL
IN MEMORY OF ELLIOTT CARTER (December 11, 1908 - November 5, 2012)

BACH: 6 Suites for Cello Solo.  Pieter Wispelwey, cello.  Evil Penguin Records Classic
EPRC 0012 (542500837754) (2 CDs and 1 bonus DVD).
Wispelwey's decision to adopt the Cothen pitch of A-natural equals 392 wavelengths per second
instead of the standard period pitch of 415 wps or the standard modern pitch of 440 wps led to
performances that seem to convey a timelessness imbued with ancient wisdom, an impression
further enhanced by the greater physicality required to negotiate those thickened strings, the
prominence of Wispelwey's finger work adding to the music's visceral impact.


BARBER: "An American Romantic" (choral works).  Conspirare; Craig Hella Johnson, conductor.
Harmonia mundi HMU 807522 (09304675226) (SACD).
This recording is a wonderful memento of the astonishingly fine live performances of Barber's
choral music Conspirare gave last year--buy it either to relive whichever concert you attended or
to see what you missed, but buy it!

BIRTWISTLE: Complete String Quartets. Arditti Quartet. Aeon AECD 1217 (376005836017).
Though I already own the Arditti Quartet's recording of Birtwistle's 9 Movements for String
Quartet from a decade ago, his 2007 "String Quartet:  The Tree of Strings" made too strong an
impression to exclude from this list, and I look forward to further encounters with it.  Please can
we now have Birtwistle's Violin Concerto and a domestic release of his "Theseus Game"?

ELGAR/CARTER/BRUCH: Cello Concertos; Kol Nidre.  Alisa Weilerstein, cello; Staatskapelle
Berlin; Daniel Barenboim, cond.  Decca 02894782735.
It speaks volumes about Weilerstein's growth as a musician that she is the only cellist with whom
Daniel Barenboim has performed Elgar's Cello Concerto since the death of his late cellist wife
Jacqueline Du Pre, who remains the concerto's most revered exponent.  As for the inclusion of
Elliott Carter's Cello Concerto between the Elgar and Bruch's Kol Nidre, Barenboim feels that
Carter in his last surge of productivity matched Mozart's knack for writing only the right notes--
remove even one note, and there is diminishment.  Carter was a mere 93 when he composed
this concerto, and this is already its third recording in the last 7 years.

FAURE: Piano Quintets Nos. 1 & 2, Op. 89 and Op. 115.  Eric Le Sage, piano; Ebene Quartet.
Alpha 602 (376001419602).
Faure's two beloved Piano Quartets, Op. 15 and Op. 45, have long been considered the greatest
of his chamber music masterpieces, yet the older I get the more convinced I am that Faure's
Piano Quintet No. 2 is his greatest chamber work, and Quintet No. 1 only gets better with age as
well.  This recording provided me with new insights into works that more people likely would rank
more highly if they listened to them with the same frequency as the Quartets.

NORGARD: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Spaces of Time.  Peter Herresthal, violin; Stavanger
Symphony Orchestra; Rolf Gupta, cond.  BIS 1872 (67575403716).
Per Norgard's 80th birthday (July 13th) has been celebrated with numerous CD releases, yet though he is my favorite living composer I am ashamed to say that I have fallen way behind in purchasing them all, so to only put one of them on this list is downright shameful.  I own every recording that has been made of both of these concertos, and as with the Faure quintets they only get better with age, though the second concerto will take you longer to assimilate.

RIHM:"Astralis" (choral works).  RIAS Kamerchor; Hans-Christoph Radermann, cond.
Harmonia mundi HMC 902129 (314902021292).
The music of Wolfgang Rihm, who celebrated his 60th birthday this year (March 13th), is at its most consistently communicative when it involves the human voice, the two largest works on this CD, "Siebens Passions-Texte" and "Astralis", being no exception, the latter including an unearthly cello and the occasional very discreet contributions of the timpani.

"Vox Clamantis".  Filia Sion; Jaan-Eik Tulve, cond.  ECM 2244 (02894764499).
This impressive and beautiful ECM debut recording by the Estonian vocal ensemble Filia Sion offers a wide variety of sources for medieval chant settings that had me under its spell from the very first note to the very last--wish all my dreams were like this recording!

REISSUE OF THE YEAR:
"Richter the Enigma" (documentary about pianist Sviatoslav Richter).  Euroarts/idealeaudience
3073518 (88024273518) (2 DVDs).
Earlier in the year before this DVD was reissued, I watched this documentary on YouTube over a month of Saturday lunch breaks, via a rather frustrating three or four eleven-minute segments per Saturday, the picture more often than not lagging behind the sound.  Since the 1970's I have been in love with Richter's playing, yet I became so fired up all over again that I went on a Richter CD buying spree to fill in gaps in my collection, in addition to which I probably have listened to every Richter recording I already own at least once since my viewing experience.  (In the book companion to the documentary, filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon said that Richter was the only pianist that every single one of his colleagues agreed was one of the greatest.)
     
 SAYRE   STEPHEN
TOP REISSUES 2012 (some are comps)
1 Annette Peacock "Im The One" (LITA)
2 Personal Space - Electronic Soul from 1974 - 84 (Numero)
3 Donnie and Joe Emerson “Dreamin’ Wild” (LITA)
4 The Beyond - soundtrack - (MONDO / Alamo Drafthouse)
5 Rodriguez "Cold Fact" (LITA)
6 Prince of Darkness - Carpenter soundtrack (Death Waltz)
7 Trin Tran "Dark Radar" (Drag City)
8 Palais Schaumburg - self titled - (Bureau B)
9 Drinking Electricity "Overload + Singles" (Medical Records)
10 Kim Fowley "Outrageous" (Vinillmissimo - spanish label)
11 Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid: M.A.A.D City”

TOP NEW RELEASES 2012
1 Deep Time - self titled
2 John Maus - "A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material"
3 Thee Oh Sees "Putrifiers II"
4 Cate Le Bon “CYRK”
5 Om "Advaitic Songs"
6 Ariel Pink "Mature Themes"
7 DEVO "Live In Seattle 1981"
8 Led Er Est "The Diver"
  1. Cheap Time- Wallpaper Music
2. Wiccans - Field II
3. Fergus and Geronimo - Funky Was the State of Affairs
4. OBNIII's - S/T
5. Merchandise - Children of Desire
6. Lamps - Under the Water Under the Ground
7. King Tuff - S/T
8. Gentleman Jesse - Leaving Atlanta
9. Nazi Gold - A Message of Love
10. Holograms - S/T"

   
     
 TRACY    
Wiccans- "Field II"
Fergus & Geronimo- "Funky Was the State of Affairs"
John Mulaney- "New in Town"
Donnie & Joe Emerson- "Dreamin' Wild"
Smashing Pumpkins- "Oceania"
Gentleman Jesse- "Leaving Atlanta"
Mind Spiders- "Meltdown"
Literature - “Arab Spring”
Hannibal Buress- "Animal Furnace"
Useless Eaters- "C'est Bon!"
Shoes- All the reissues!
Merchandise - Children Of Desire
  Favorite movies that were released in theaters in 2012:
Beasts of the Southern Wild
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Last Days Here
God Bless America
Searching For Sugarman
Imposter
Raid: Redemption
Klown
Miami Connection
Sleepwalk With Me

Favorite DVD/Bluray releases of 2012:
In the Mood For Love (Criterion) BR
Alfred Hitchcock: Masterpiece Collection BR
Story of Film DVD
Rosemary’s Baby (Criterion) BR
Burning Moon DVD
Battle Royale BR
Halloween III BR
Get a Life (Complete Series) DVD
Savage Streets DVD
Belle De Jour (Criterion) BR
     
 AND THE WINNERS ARE...
01. Tame Impala - Lonerism
02. Literature - Arab Spring
03. Cate Le Bon - CYRK & CYRK II
04. Beach House - Bloom
05. Cloud Nothing - Attack On Memory
06. Wild Nothing - Nocturne
07. Deep Time - Deep Time
08. Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers - Distant Waves
09. DIIV
10. Swans - The Seer
11. Moon Duo
12. The Men - Open Your Heart
13. Chairlift - Something
14. Ty Segall & White Fence - Hair
15. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
16. Mind Spiders - Meltdown
17. Tamaryn - Tender New Signs
18. Santigold - Master Of My Make Believe
19. Wiccans - Field II
20. Ty Segall - Slaughterhouse & Twins
21. Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action At A Distance
22. Can - The Lost Tapes
23. Grimes - Visions
  24. Twin Shadows - Confess
25. John Maus - Collection Of Rarities
26. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
27. Grizzly Bear - Shields
28. The Zoltars - Should I Try Once More
29. Wymond Miles - Under The Pale Moon
30. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
31. Lee Fields - Faithful Man
32. Chelsea Wolfe - Unknown Rooms
33. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
34. Liars - WIXIW
35. Matthew Dear - Beams
36. Chromatics - Kill For Love
37. King Tuff - King Tuff
38. OM - Advaitic Songs
39. Dum Dum Girls - End Of Daze
40. Ariel Pink - Mature Themes
41. The Raveonettes - Observator
42. Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
43. Will Johnson - Scorpion
44. Cheap Time - Wallpaper Music
45. Kat Edmonson - Way Down Low
     
   
   RE-ISSUES   COMPILATIONS  
  Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild
The Clean - Oddities
My Bloody Valentine - Multiple Re-Issues
Eraserhead - Original Soundtrack
Blur - Multiple Re-Issues
GZA - Liquid Swords
Sleep - Dopesmoker
Annette Peacock - I'm The One
Archers Of Loaf - Multiple Re-Issues
William Basinkski - Disintegration Loops
Moss Icon - Complete Discography
Feedtime - The Aberrant Years
  Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974 - 1984
Strange Passion: Explorations In Irish Post Punk / DIY & Electronic 1980 - 1983
Khana Khana: Funk, Psychedelia & Pop from The Iranian Pre-Revolution
Bring Beer
Fire Star: Synth Pop & Electro Funk from Tamil Films 1984 - 1989
Ivory Coast Soul 2: Afrofunk in Abidjan 1976 - 1981
Bollywood Steel Guitar
Music from Saharan Cellphones
Tally Ho! Flying Nuns Greatest Bits
Dabke: Sounds of Syrian Houron
The Minimal Waves Tapes: Volume 2
Fac. Dance: Volume 2
 
         
         
 
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