The Best New Platters of the Second Half of 2012
Unlike so many publications that start making up their annual "best of" lists sometime in late September, I pride myself with procrastinating until the year is over. I don't profess to have heard every new album released last year. Nor do I try. I limit the new data input to the point where I still feel optimistic at the end of the day and not beaten down by a sense of duty. I don't think music listening should be like an all-you-can-eat-buffet. I need time to digest what I've heard. However, if I make a meaningful emotional connection with a musical one-night-stand, then that's cool, too. It's why I write things down.
I like to do things in lists of 25. Keeps it simple. Keeps it regular. It's in my contract. Do I remember all 25 of these albums? Absolutely not. But that's because my memory is not what it once was. It's why I write things down. I should also admit there are technically two releases here that came from my list of potentials in the first half of the year. They made more of an impression on me between July 12 and the third week of October.
For the record, I don't think anyone would like more than a few of these. I'd worry if we agree on too much. Just look at all the awful things people say about me.
24) Soundtrack of Our Lives -- Throw It To The Universe: At this point they've made too many albums for anyone but the totally obsessed to keep it straight. The sound is so dense and informed that it takes headphones to make sense of it. Though you're probably not supposed to make sense of it.
23) Permanent Collection -- Newly Wed Nearly Dead: The vocals can be charmingly amateurish in that 'I'm-in-a-garage-band-from-1984' kind of way. I'm a fan of Leaving Trains, The Psycho Daisies, The Prisoners, The Blackjacks and Dream Syndicate, so I consider this a huge compliment. Maybe you don't.
22) Black Wine -- Hollow Earth: Maybe it's the old dude in me, but this NJ punk group remind me of stuff I really liked when I was younger! Just the other day I sat in a diner and watched as young people walked in dressed exactly as me and my friends dressed back in 1992, which is essentially the same as 2012. Time is standing still. Back in the 1970s, only old people dressed like it was the 1940s or 1950s. Now we all dress alike. Is if ok if I borrow your hoodie?