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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.


New Music You May have Missed

Velociraptor – Riot

Riot is the new track from Brisbane 12 piece Velociraptor. It’s a fun rock and roll piece that continues on from last years summer hit Cynthia. Watch the film clip as well, a clever Scott Pilgrim inspired action sequence featuring their character Cynthia from earlier videos.

Pigeon – Oh Hebe

Also from Brisbane, electro-rockers Pigeon have released a new single from their upcoming EP, due in October. They are due to support Van She in their upcoming Brisbane shows, and will undergo a national tour in August

The Smith Street Band – I Want Friends

To Melbourne now and the new single from The Smith Street Band. A quintessential Australian punk track with vicious vocals.

Jackson Firebird – Cock Rockin’

The story of Jackson Firebird has gone international, after Lady Gaga arrogantly refused to share a stage with the Mildura act at Cherry Bar last week. I’ll admit I hadn’t listened to them until this incident, but Cock Rockin’ is a balls-out blues rock track. The clip is pretty cool too.

Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams

Saving the biggest for last, Tame Impala have released the first track from their upcoming album Lonerism. If Apocalypse Dreams is any indication to the quality of  Lonerism, it is going to be a ripper.