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10 Great Albums of 2012

I love lists. Especially best of lists. This is a list of my favourite albums from this year. I’ll also do a list of best songs, best gigs and best musical moments of 2012. Then I’ll have a list of lists. It’s turning me on just thinking about it.

In no particular order.

Cloud Nothings – Wasted Days

“Can I feel so utterly unreal but nothing I could do would make things changes”

He might sing in an annoying, nasally, out of tune voice, but Dylan Baldi has made one of the years best punk records. Teen angst is a common theme throughout.

‘Cause greed is glory and god is money, government is government it’s all so fucking meaningless!’

My favourite Australian album of the year. Which is a big call because there has been some brilliant albums this year. There’s just something in the roar emotion from lead singer and song-writer Will Wagner. Also being from a nearby suburb makes this album particularly relatable for me.

Grimes – Vision

“To look into my eyes and tell me la la la la la”

Clare Boucher finally gets the break she deserves, with this electro-pop masterpiece.

Tame Impala – Lonerism

“You know that you’re dreaming about being loved by him. Too bad your chances are slim”

Obligatory Tame Impala mention. It is a great album, and has been on repeat since I caught them at Meredith last week.  The Perth lads have the world at their feet at the moment.

Pond – Beard, Wives, Denim

“Now I live with a yeti and a caterpillar king. I wanna make love on everything”

I am pretty sure I prefer this album to their companions Tame Impala. More psychedelic, more 70s more enjoyable. Pretty great listen.

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes

“If at first you don’t succeed at love just dream a little dream about a girl so real”

You might have guessed that this is a more mature work than previous Pink records. He does manage to retain some quirkiness though and his ability to write a killer pop track

Japandroids – Celebration Rock

“And if they try to slow you down, Tell em all to go to hell”

It’s been a good year for Canada, with Japandroids being the second Canadian acts on my list. Go Canada!


Boomgates – Boomgates

“Mixed messages I was receiving, or at least that’s what they said”

A Melbourne indie-pop supergroup formed from members of Dick Diver, Eddy Current, Twerps amongst others. Laid-back pop rock has been getting great reviews from those in the know

DZ Deathrays – Bloodstreams

24 hours and I’m lying on the kitchen floor. You wanna use me? Well, use me fast.”

It’s been a staple in my playlist this year from when it came out earlier on. Topped off a great year for the duo by winning an ARIA award. Great stuff.

Spiritualised – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

“Well you got good style and you a little taste. Carved your name right into my face”

Only started getting into these guys three weeks ago, but my lord are they awesome. Barely a bad moment in this one.

Monday Round-up: Bjork for VIVID Live?

News

It’s been a slow news day today. I think it’s to do with the Labour Day public holiday, and partly because all the media companies are hung over and returning from Golden Plains. As the summer festival season has come to a close, with Future and Golden Plains now over, it’s time to start looking for the next bunch of line-up announcements, namely Splendour in the Grass and Vivid Live. In the last week Vivid rumours have been heating up, and the lovely people over at FasterLouder have hinted that Bjork may well be on her way to present her Biophilia set. Having already confirmed Sufjan Stevens for the Sydney-based festival, Vivid is on its way to match last years effort, a festival that included The Cure, OFWGKTA, Tame Impala and The Avalanches.

We’re about a month away from the first Splendour announcement as well but there have already been a couple of clues as to who will be playing. You can as good as lock Last Dinosaurs in, as their track Zoom featured on the Splendour teaser video. In international acts, The Shins have claimed they’ll be here in June, and The Ting Tings and Band of Skulls have both said they’ll be coming twice in the next year, with Splendour seemingly a certain. I think the headliners are still a little hard to pick, but with Jack White headlining Fuji Rock, you’d think he’d be favourite for one of the nights, and with Bloc Party due to reform they could be another shout.

Gig of the Week

I wrote about their new album two weeks ago, but this Friday, The Dirty Three play a sold-out show at the Palace Theatre. It will be weird to see them somewhere other Meredith, but it will be a magical set. For gigs still with tickets available, check out The Beards at the Corner hotel on Thursday, The Fearless Vampire Killers at the Toff in Town on Saturday, Velociraptor at The Tote on Saturday, or free the tight-arses reading, Rapskallion will play a gig of gypsy brilliance at Bar Open on Saturday. That last one is free.

Album of the Week
The Shins – Port of Morrow

The Shins have been one of my favourite bands for years, but they haven’t released an album since 2006. I’m personally pretty excited for this one, that comes out on Friday, and I’m already loving first single Simple Song. I’m hoping that the change of band-members has not disrupted James Mercer’s genius too much.

What I’m listening too

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today

We went and saw them on Friday night in what was one of the weirdest gigs I’ve ever attended. Even at the moment, we’re arguing over who should review it because we really don;t know when to start. But nevertheless the album is brilliant. The man is a genius!