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Old 11-19-2012, 07:39 PM   #31
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This reminds me: I still need to listen to the new Animal Collective.
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I would assume that we'll start a new thread later next month for the point tallying? Otherwise, it'll all get lost in a month of discussion

My Last.fm is so inaccurate these days

But most played songs from 2012 that I've listened to according to Last.fm:
Chairlift - I Belong in Your Arms
Th Killers - Runaways
Chairlift - Wrong Opinion
Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless
Chairlift - Met Before
*Gotye - Somebody That I Used to Know (obviously only a 2012 release in the states)
Cloud Nothings - Fall In
The Big Pink - Future This
The Big Pink - Hit the Ground (Superman)
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Wild Nothing - Paradise
Laura Gibson – Milk-Heavy, Pollen-Eyed
Laura Gibson – Red Moon
Grimes – Genesis
Grimes – Vowels = Space and Time
Grimes – Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U)
Porcelain Raft – Put Me To Sleep
Craig Finn – When No One's Watching
Porcelain Raft – The Way In
Japandroids – The House That Heaven Built
Stars – Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It


The rest of it is just albums in total. But really, that's WILDLY inaccurate, first of all, since "Theory of Relativity" by Stars isn't even on there, and because I've heard the album Nocturne enough that every track from it would have been there.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:57 PM   #33
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I like Animal Life far more than practically every other song that was released by any band this year.
Fixed.

Actually, there's a fair chance that shearwater album would be my favorite album of the year. It's the only one that came out a while ago that I both loved immediately and go back to. Even Springsteen, the magnetic fields, Ducky Boys...I enjoyed them all immensely and played the fuck out of them for about a month around their respective release and haven't listened to them since.
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This reminds me: I still need to listen to the new Animal Collective.
Don't do it.
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On the Aussie front you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't at least listen to Alpine's A is For Alpine. A pretty great little indie album with female vocals.
Obviously I'm going to second this. I suppose it's a bit hard for me to be objective about it given how close I am to the band, but I really do think it's a fantastic effort - I wasn't sure they'd actually top the Zurich EP but I think this does (shitty album name aside).

It's been a good year for Aussie music. Some of my other local favourites:

Voltaire Twins: Apollo EP and Romulus EP (synth pop)
The Process: The Process (goth/post-punk with a bit of post-rock)
Pop Singles: All Gone (jangle pop - the title track has one of the most infectious bass lines ever recorded in jangle pop history)
Sugar Army: Summertime Heavy (alt rock)
The Laurels: Plains (shoegaze)
DZ Deathrays: Bloodstreams (noise rock)
Allo Darlin': Europe (jangle pop, and I don't care that they're technically a British band; Elizabeth Morris's songs are Queensland through and through)
Ne Obliviscaris: Portal of I (black/prog metal)

Across the Tasman, Ladyhawke outdid herself with Anxiety (synth pop) and Bailter Space's return with Strobosphere (shoegaze/post-punk) was pretty awesome. God we have a good music scene down here.

Internationally, my album of the year remains Alcest's Les Voyages de l'Âme, closely followed by Pinback's Information Retrieved. Agalloch's Faustian Echoes EP is pretty fucking sensational too.
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That Alcest album makes my list of "albums that were pleasant enough I didn't hate them, but never need to hear again".
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Here are some albums I enjoyed in barely any order:

Beach House - Bloom
Father John Misty - Fear Fun
Passion Pit - Gossamer
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Jack White - Blunderbuss
Shearwater - Animal Joy
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Twin Shadow - Confess

Not only have I not heard that much, some of the ones I have heard I have already forgotten. Bad year by me.
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That Alcest album makes my list of "albums that were pleasant enough I didn't hate them, but never need to hear again".
I could say that if you replace "hear" with "read", you've described your posting history.

So I will.
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I doubt it. If that was the only word you replaced, you'd be calling my posts pleasant at least once. I'm sure they were never that.
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Unfortunately I barely had time to listen to any new music this year, but when I did I listened to St Lucia's brilliant EP.
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Here are some of my favorite albums of the year in no particular order:

Tame Impala - Lonerism
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Twin Shadow - Confess
Stars - The North
Real Estate - Days
Poor Moon - Poor Moon
Passion Pit - Gossamer
Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Grizzly Bear - Shields
The Fresh & Onlys - Long Slow Dance
Father John Misty - Fear Fun
Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
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I do believe that Real Estate album came out last year.
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As it stands, my top ten (in no order):

Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
Chairlift - Something
Frankie Rose - Interstellar
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
The Killers - Battle Born
Metric - Synthetica
Shearwater - Animal Joy
Spirtiualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Wild Nothing - Nocturne

And on the Brink:
  • Twin Shadow - Confess
  • Stars - The North
  • Sun Kill Moon - Among the Leaves
  • Beach House - Bloom
  • Passion Pit - Gossamer

I would love to see a few more albums get around to that point, I have a lot left, and a lot to rehear that's missing from the list incluing:
DIIV - Oshin
Bloc Party - Four

Chromatics - Kills For Love
Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
Four Tet - Pink
School of Seven Bells - Ghoststory
And of Course!

Ke$ha - Warrior
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A few more suggestions for those loading up their year-end "To Check Out" playlists:

Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
Friends - Manifest!
Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods
Grimes - Visions
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Kanye West presents... - Good Songs Cruel Summer
Best Coast - The Only Place
Deftones - Koi No Yokan
Civil Twilight - Holy Weather
Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
Strand of Oaks - Dark Shores

And don't forget Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth...not too bad, actually...
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