The Best New Platters From The First Half of 2012
I don't think for a second that my dear and loyal readers share my taste in music. You're not crazy, are you? My taste can be easily defined as crap I like. It's not evolved in any way. But I do think it's weirdly picky. You could say I lack interest in modern metal, hip-hop, emo, dubstep, chillwave, reggae, blues, jazz, country, punk, ska, R&B, techno, electro-clash, pop and any other genre you might put forth. In fact, it appears I don't actually like music! Maybe I just like words.
OK, whatever it is, this is a list of 25 albums I listened to this year that made me a) crack a smile, b) feel friendlier towards my fellow man, c) think I was somehow connected to humanity, d) dream of world peace in a land where people put down their swords in favor of plowshares, link arm in arm and clap hands, with Vaseline Intensive Care, let the healing begin!
25) Various Artists -- Devil's Jukebox: Taboo 60s: OK, right off I'm cheating! It's listed as 2011 at Spotify, but so near the end of the year that I didn't hear it until 2012. Besides, all the music featured is from the 1960s, when everyone who was in a band apparently made a glorious noise. These songs encompass drugs, sex, rock 'n' roll with little spoken word pieces spliced between tunes by The Smoke, The Sonics, The Shandells, Max Romeo, Larry & The Blue Notes, Satan's Breed and James Brown! Let's hear it for Various Artists! The most versatile performer ever!
24) Brian Jonestown Massacre -- Aufheben: Anyone who has sat through Hype! knows what an interesting idea Anton Newcombe is. The chaos surrounding him is just unfathomable. Sure, everything he does sounds like one big noise, but if you like that noise, you can't go wrong.
23) Lee Ranaldo -- Between The Times and The Tides: As the hummable Sonic Youther, Ranaldo defies his Glenn Branca arthouse upbringing and goes about writing modal drones and singsongs for everyone! It's just a shame he's a little past his teen idol years or else young girls would be screaming "Lee Is Free" the whole world over. Instead, he settles for us.
22) The Big Sleep -- Nature Experiments: Anything with a name this good has to be amazing, right? Who wouldn't want to listen to nature experiments? This Brooklyn-based ensemble are said to be "post-rock/ experimental," but it sounds pretty pre-post-rock to me. But then I haven't bought any new apps for my ears in years, so I'm likely running on an older operating system.