Delightful comes off as a word used by British Pollyanna movie characters, but it's been nothing short of delightful working with Dan and Page on this record. Their enthusiasm and non-stop stream of thank-yous kept me powering through all of my fourth quarter 2012 campaigns. Oh yeah: the record is beautiful.
Looks like this one is being re-released by What's Your Rupture? (Iceage, Throwing Up) in 2013, but I'm going to call it 2012.
Dreamy, shoegazy debut from Austinites you should look out for at SXSW. Storm Thorgersen designed the album art. He also designed Dark Side of the Moon, Houses of the Holy, and a slew of other noteworthy albums.
I met Ryan Graveface (of Graveface Records and Black Moth Super Rainbow) on a trip to Savannah earlier this year. When he sent me this record, I freaked out. Ryan and I both share a penchant for ghosts and other spooky oddities, and it comes through in his lyrics.
Thee Oh Sees can do no wrong by mees.
This LP lived on my turntable all summer long.
Matt's Hopscotch performance might just be my favorite show of 2012. From the anticipation backstage, to the 30+ piece orchestra, full opera house, choir led by Phil from Megafaun, the looks of joy on the faces of Matt's family and label friends, and the encore of CSNY's "Woodstock," it was such a special night and the culmination of so much work and love. I'm very grateful to have been both behind the scenes and watching from the audience.
Super nice dudes, super good record. If you like Gang of Four, Wire, or Devo, you'll dig this.
How many times did I see yall in 2012? I don't even remember. I do remember when we put a whole sheet of temporary tattoos on Joe on my porch after one of them.
This band of Aussies has been a blast to work with this year, and I can't wait to share the EP and LP due in 2013 on Critical Heights. Members of slacker-pop peers Twerps and Family Portrait helped with the making of this record.
Sweet dudes, sweet sounds. After a rough trip up to Hopscotch Fest this year to play our showcase, we took them out to dinner. Asher called my boss to ask permission before ordering the steak. He said yes, because who could say no to anyone in Easter Island?
I'm biased because like many bands on this list, I like these guys personally a whole stinkin' lot. I got to hear a lot of these songs come together over time, and put them in touch with Bruno Borges for the album art. The final product is unmistakably a Maserati record.
Favorite show of CMJ 2012.
I'm still not over my kick where I want every band to sound a little bit like Joy Division. Soft Moon does the trick. Dark, brooding, new wave-y and industrial. Don't miss them at Caledonia in January.
Lovely friends, lovely songs. Another record that was a pleasure to help with publicity for.
So much good stuff comes out of New Zealand.
Can't believe I haven't bought this one yet.
Jacob has shared the stage with endless Athens heavy hitters from E6 artists to Patterson Hood from Driveby Truckers. His solo work will go over well with fans of Elliot Smith or Tusk-era Fleetwood Mac.
I know I'd love you if I only got to know you more:
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Jeff The Brotherhood - Hypnotic Nights
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Titus Andronicus - Local Business (this one just kind of snuck past me, and I'm kind of ashamed I didn't spend more time with it yet, since I love these guys.)