Tuesday, January 1, 2013

The Future Is Where You Find It: Some of the Best Songs of 2012

     The best thing about the year that was 2012 was (arguably) the sheer amount of great music that came out of it (second only to the number of motion pictures released in this year, I’d wager).  

     As the Internet increases it’s dominance over us all, it also has the positive effect of making accessibility to both listening and releasing music that much easier, hence the absolutely insane amount of it as years go by. The ironic rub, of course, is with this insane volume of songs, most of these tunes are really quite spectacular.

    Every year I compile a list of songs that caught my ear and place them onto a mixtape/CDR. In the past, those songs would usually fit onto one CD. In 2011, due to that year’s stellar assortment of music, I expanded my compilation to two CDs. This year, however, the avalanche of pure musical greatness forced me to expand my 2012 retrospective mix CD to a whopping eight CDs!

The set I made for my wife for her birthday this year. Now that's love!

     Below is my four volume, eight-disc collection of the 160 song that made me sit up, take notice and fall to my knees in absolute ecstatic appreciation of.

     You’ll notice that the sub-header for this series is “Some of the Best Songs of 2012.” That is to say this collection does not include all of the best songs of 2012, because that would be a fool errand (with the state of music being as plentiful as it is today, compiling a best-of list is fairly pointless, and I make absolutely no claims at being a taste-maker in any way, shape or form).

     Last year was both marked and marred by changes in the way we humans deal with one another. At times, 2012 could absolutely break your heart. It wasn’t a perfect year, but at least the music was pretty damned sweet.

The Future Is Where You Find It: Some of the Best Songs of 2012:

1. The Wedding Present "You’re Dead"
2. The Shins "The Rifle’s Spiral"
3. Chromatics "Back From the Grave"
4. Le Sera “Please Be My Third Eye"
5. Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs "Big Boss Man"
6. Andrew Bird "Eyeoneye"
7. The Magnetic Fields "Andrew In Drag"
8. Cardinal "Kal"
9. M. Ward "Primitive Girl"
10. Beach House "Myth"
11. Lightships "Sweetness In Her Spark"
12. Best Coast "The Only Place"
13. Tindersticks "A Night So Still"
14. Guided By Voices "Billy Wire"
15. The Walkmen "Heaven"
16. Death Grips "I’ve Seen Footage"
17. Bowerbirds "Tuck In the Darkness"
18. DIIV "How Long Have You Known?"
19. Tennis "Origins"
20. Spiritualized "So Long You Pretty Thing"
21. Corin Tucker Band "Ground Hog Day"
22. The Babies “Moonlight Mile"
23. Dum Dum Girls "Lord Knows"
24. OFF! "Cracked"
25. Silversun Pickups "Dots and Dashes (Enough Already)"
26. Eternal Summers "Millions"
27. Father John Misty "Nancy From Now On"
28. Violens "Totally True"
29. The Dandy Warhols "The Autumn Carnival"
30. The Brian Jonestown Massacre "Viholliseni Maalla"
31. Pond "Sun and Sea and You"
32. Animal Collective "Honeycomb"
33. Lower Dens "Candy"
34. Diamond Rugs "Gimme A Beer"
35. PS I Love You "Don’t Go"
36. Black Tambourine "What’s Your Game"
37. Sigur Rós "Varúð"
38. The Young "Livin' Free"
39. Fiona Apple “Valentine”
40. Shakey Graves “Late July”

1. The dB’s “That Time Is Gone”
2. Puro Instinct “Dream Lover”
3. The Raveonettes “Curse the Night”
4. Nick Waterhouse “Some Place”
5. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti “Only In My Dreams”
6. Frank Ocean “Thinkin Bout You”
7. Ladyhawk “No Can Do”
8. Merchandise “Time”
9. Here We Go Magic “Alone But Moving”
10. The Helio Sequence “October”
11. Redd Kross “Researching the Blues”
12. Chairlift “Sidewalk Safari”
13. Daughn Gibson “Tiffany Lou”
14. Beachwood Sparks “Sparks Fly Again”
15. Cat Power “Cherokee”
16. Twin Shadow “Five Seconds”
17. Majical Cloudz “What That Was”
18. Dirty Projectors “Just From Chevron”
19. Mission Of Burma “Second Television”
20. Tame Impala “Apocalypse Dreams”
21. King Tuff “Anthem”
22. The Intelligence “(They Found Me In the Back Of) The Galaxy”
23. Bat For Lashes “Laura”
24. Fergus & Geronimo “Roman Tick”
25. Daniel Rossen “Silent Song”
26. Mystery Jets “Greatest Hits”
27. Lilys “Well Traveled Is Protest”
28. Dinosaur Jr “Watch the Corners”
29. A Place To Bury Strangers “And I’m Up”
30. Menomena “Heavy Is As Heavy Does”
31. Rhett Miller “Out of Love”
32. Holograms “ABC City”
33. Blur “Under the Westway”
34. Lotus Plaza “Strangers”
35. Passion Pit “Love Is Greed”
36. Laetitia Sadier “Find Me the Pulse of the Universe”
37. Jaill “Perfect Ten”
38. Superchunk “This Summer”
39. The Sea and Cake “Harps”
40. Purity Ring “Lofticries”

1. The Cult “Lucifer”
2. Shoes “Say It Like You Mean It”
3. Earlimart “97 Heart Attack”
4. The People’s Temple “Looter’s Game”
5. Murals “Eyes of Love”
6. These United States “Born Young”
7. Anna Calvi “No More Words”
8. El Perro del Mar “Hold Off the Dawn”
9. Opossom “Blue Meanies”
10. Sebadoh “Keep the Boy Alive”
11. Titus Andronicus “In a Big City”
12. The Soft Moon “Die Life”
13. Mount Eerie “House Shape”
14. The Mountain Goats “Cry for Judas”
15. It Hugs Back “Half American”
16. Howler “Back of Your Neck”
17. Swans “Song for a Warrior”
18. Still Corners “Fireflies”
19. Black Moth Super Rainbow “Like a Sundae”
20. Lambchop “Gone Tomorrow”
21. Mac DeMarco “Freaking Out the Neighborhood”
22. Tyvek “Wayne County Roads"
23. Sonny and the Sunsets “Pretend You Love Me”
24. JAN “Work for the City”
25. No “Big Waves”
26. Popstrangers “Heaven”
27. Ken Stringfellow “Superwise”
28. Alpine “Gasoline”
29. …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead “Catatonic”
30. Goldenboy “Steal Your Face”
31. Public Image Ltd. “Deeper Water”
32. Chris Cohen “Rollercoaster Rider”
33. Spain “Walked On the Water”
34. Parquet Courts “Borrowed Time”
35. Grizzly Bear “Yet Again”
36. Nada Surf “Jules and Jim”
37. Bailterspace “No Sense”
38. Helvetia “RyBro”
39. Night Moves “Country Queen”
40. Sufjan Stevens “Lumberjack Christmas/No One Can Save You From Christmases Past”

1. Twerps “He’s In Stock”
2. Woods “Size Meets Sound”
3. The Antlers “Crest”
4. Divine Fits “Would That Not Be Nice”
5. Frankie Rose “Know Me”
6. Allah-Las “Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind)”
7. Jens Lekman “I Know What Love Isn’t”
8. Cloud Nothings “Stay Useless”
9. A.C. Newman “Not Talking”
10. Yo La Tengo “Stupid Things”
11. The Fresh & Onlys “Presence of Mind”
12. Seapony “Prove To Me”
13. of Montreal “Feminine Effects”
14. Wild Nothing “Nocturne”
15. Sun Kil Moon “Among the Leaves”
16. Dignan Porch “Sad Shape”
17. JEFF the Brotherhood “Mystic Portal II”
18. Hacienda “Don’t Keep Me Waiting”
19. Jack White “Hip (Eponymous) Poor Boy”
20. Peaking Lights “Beautiful Son”
21. Moon Duo “Sleep Walker”
22. Thee Oh Sees “Flood’s New Light”
23. Mark Eitzel “All My Love”
24. Metz “Wet Blanket”
25. Bob Mould “The Descent”
26. Whirr “Toss”
27. Neil Halstead “Full Moon Rising”
28. The Soft Pack “Saratoga”
29. Japandroids “The House That Heaven Built”
30. Calexico “Para”
31. Pinback “Proceed to Memory”
32. Band of Horses “Knock Knock”
33. The xx “Angels”
34. The Men “Open Your Heart”
35. The Avett Brothers “Live and Die”
36. The Music Tapes “Playing ‘Evening’”
37. Sic Alps “Glyphs”
38. King of Spain “Motions”
39. U.S. Girls “Jack”
40. Ty Segall Band “Wave Goodbye”