2012 Album Roundup

2012 LPs

Many of my 2012 LPs

I give up.

I’ve been thinking about the inevitable year-end top whatever list of albums for more than a month now. Countless records have found their way across the turntable or into my phone for listening on the train and some have risen to the top and others aren’t even a blip. But so many of them are just too good to rank, dismiss, or inadvertently diminish by stacking it above (or below) some other great album. The real message that bears conveying is that I’ve listened to a lot of great music this year and, while some of it was new in 2012, some of it dates well back to the past.

In keeping with the spirit of things I’ll limit this post to great things that came out in 2012 but stay tuned for more on those other things that have been occupying my ears in an upcoming post. Continue reading

Live Links

Jerry week was fun but, I’ve been catching up on a lot of other great, live, music lately and I thought I’d share some of it with you.

First up, on the heels of yesterday’s Spiritualized article, I have a link to a show from just last month. On July 25, 2008, Spiritualized kicked much ass onstage at Washington DC’s 9:30 Club. Being a completely oblivious fool, I missed the show. However, NPR’s All Songs Considered made the gig and they’ve made it available for your listening pleasure. Check It Out.

This Summer, My Bloody Valentine broke 13 years of silence and hit the stage in the UK. For some fans this is a dream come true. Me, I’m waiting for the full-blown US tour before I crap myself. Anyway, they did play and they brought their sheets of sound in a big way. Web In Front has a recording of the 2008-06-13 show up as a podcast right here. I have to tell you two things about the recording. First, the vocals are inaudible beneath the rest of the instruments. Second, Web In Front suggests that you start listening at a conservative volume and they are not messing with you. It gets loud. Handle with care.

TAB marquee image shamelessly linked from one of my favorite music blogs: Hidden Track

Next up is the guy who first hipped me to My Bloody Valentine, Trey Anastasio. He played two electric shows last week in the NYC area with a band he’s calling “Classic Tab.” Continue reading