Powerslave_85's Best of 2012
Okay, I think I finally figured this shit out. As usual, most of you won't give two shits about a lot of shit on here, but I've been here since 2004 so fuck you.
This is probably the best group of albums that didn't make the cut in a really long time. The first four especially could have made the top 10 if I'd been feeling a bit less decisive.
Titus Andronicus- [I]Local Business[/I]
Propagandhi-[I] Failed States[/I]
High On Fire- [I]De Vermis Mysteriis[/I]
Murder By Death- [I]Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon[/I]
Hot Water Music- [I]Exister[/I]
Cloud Nothings- [I]Attack On Memory[/I]
Ash Borer- [I]Cold Of Ages[/I]
Gaslight Anthem- [I]Handwritten[/I]
Shonen Knife- [I]Pop Tune[/I]
Heard and liked all of these. Two are in my top ten. I guess old married couples do start to look alike.
[B]10. Screaming Females- [I]Ugly[/I][/B]
Sure, there were a lot of great metal/hard rock releases this year, but if you want pure, bombastic guitar wizardry, you can't go wrong with Screaming Females. The Jersey band have been around for a few albums, but they're starting to get more buzz thanks to recent tours with indie punk mainstays like Against Me! and Titus Andronicus. Front woman Marissa Paternoster may be a quiet, reserved presence offstage (and barely taller than her guitar), but she turns into a vicious, fretboard-shredding beast at showtime. Their new album, [I]Ugly[/I], is their tightest as a band. Paternoster's riffs are tethered to reality by some excellent rhythm work, and this especially shows on songs like "Doom 84." This is also their catchiest and most accessible record yet (though Paternoster's vocals are definitely an acquired taste), and Steve Albini's production is crisp as ever, but the record does suffer a bit from a lack of focus: 14 tracks is a bit much for an album like this. Still, if you're looking for a new guitar hero, you could do a lot worse.
[B]Key Tracks: [/B] [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ism4J7QvsZQ"]"It All Means Nothing,"
Ugh, you know what? I'm leaving for vacation in a few days, and my heart's not in it this year. I really don't feel like doing ten write-ups. Here's my list, discuss if you want:
1. Fiona Apple- [I]The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do[/I]
2. Converge- [I]All We Love We Leave Behind[/I]
3. Baroness- [I]Yellow and Green[/I]
4. The Corin Tucker Band- [I]Kill My Blues[/I]
5. Bob Mould- [I]Silver Age[/I]
6. The Men- [I]Open Your Heart[/I]
7. Pig Destroyer- [I]Book Burner[/I]
8. Japandroids- [I]Celebration Rock[/I]
9. The Menzingers- [I]On the Impossible Past[/I]
10. Screaming Females- [I]Ugly[/I]
My favorite music moments of the year:
1. Meeting Corin Tucker
2. Having Janet Weiss dedicate a Fugazi cover to me at the Wild Flag show in Boston
3. Seeing Maiden twice on a great tour
4. Everything else
Gotta figure out how to like Fiona Apple one of these days. :(
Five of your 10 are in my 10. Good list. :D
So you're saying Bob Mould's new album is good? I haven't heard much I liked by him since [I]Black Sheets of Rain[/I], basically.
It's excellent. He totally broke out of that electronic phase he was in for a few albums, and now he's back to lots of hooks and big guitars.
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