There's been enough good music in 2012 to warrant putting together a best-of list. Having looked at Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2012, I know I'm getting old. So let me know what I missed in the comments. Hope you enjoy -- they're all listenable via Spotify through the link.
Favorite songs: "Lusitania," "Desperation Breeds," (love the wild electric violin towards the end) and "Orpheo Looks Back"
I've written before about the Tallest Man On Earth, the stage name of Kristian Matsson, who penned my favorite album of 2010. I continue to believe he is wildly under-appreciated. I get that his voice isn't for everyone and there's not a lot of production here, but There's No Leaving Now is an album I could see myself still listening to years from now. There's not a lot of other music put out these days that I could say that about.
Favorite songs: "There's No Leaving Now," "Leading Me Now," and "1904"
And so we've arrived at Provincial, my favorite album of the year. John K. Samson, lead singer of the Weakerthans, put this out in the beginning of 2012 and ever since I heard it, it's been on heavy rotation. The album is reminiscent of "Left & Leaving"-era Wekearthans, but with a few acoustic songs thrown in for good measure. I'll concede that there's nothing earth shattering about Provincial, and yeah, it's a little more accessible than the pop-punk sound through which they made a name for themselves, but I like every song here. It's well-worthy of the title spot.
Favorite songs: "Heart of the Continent," "Cruise Night," and "www.ipetitions.Com/Petition/Rivertonrifle/" (yes that's actually the name of the song)
Thanks for reading. I also put together a playlist of my favorite 40 songs of the year, listenable here: Favorite Songs of 2012.
Onwards to 2013.