Best Albums of 2012: version 1.0

Best Albums of 2012
Version 1.0 (January-March)
For previous years see
LPs
  1. Shearwater – Animal Joy
  2. Damien Jurado – Maraqopa
  3. Dr. Dog – Be the Void
  4. Andrew Bird – Break it Yourself
  5. Gift of Gab – The Next Logical Progression
  6. fun. – Some Nights
  7. John K. Samson – Provincial
  8. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
  9. Ben Kweller – Go Fly a Kite
  10. Rocky Votolato – Television of Saints
  11. Matt Pryor – May Day 
  12. Matt Pryor – Still There’s a Light 
  13. Great Lake Swimmers – New Wild Everywhere
  14. Beach House – Bloom
  15. Craig Finn – Clear Heart Full Eyes
  16. For all the Girls (Drew Danburry) – For all the Girls
  17. Lyrics Born – Lyrics Born Variety Show: Season 5
  18. Galactic – Carnivale Electricos
  19. Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled with Light

    EPs
    1. RA Scion – Beg, Borrow, Steal [Free EP]
    2. Damien Jurado – Maraqopa Sessions Blue/Red/Yellow 3×7″ series
    3. Rocky Votolato – The Let Go EP  
    4. Josh Ritter – Bringing in the Darlings
    5. Less than Jake – Seasons Greetings 

      Singles / 7 inches / Misc
      1. Jeremy Enigk – Last Rights [Damien Jurado cover] [Free Download from Seattle Times]
      2. Andrew Bird – The Crown Salesman [single] b/t So Much Wine
      3. Bon Iver – Towers [single] b/t Bruised Orange (Chain of Sorrow)
      4. Cold War Kids – Minimum Day [single]

      Best Albums of 2010 (1 of 4) (amended)

      This is an amendment to my previous post.  I recently have been listening to the new Mumford & Sons album, and didn’t include it on this list because I saw that it had been released in October of 2009.  But, a friend (Ryan of You Look Nice Today Photography) just mentioned that October 2009 was the UK release, the US release was February 2010!!!  Hooray!  That means I can include it on this years list, and at #1 on less!

      Here are my favorite albums for the first 3 months of 2010.  Rather than monthly editions, I am only doing 4 this year. 

      LPs

      1. Mumford & SonsSign No More
      2. ShearwaterThe Golden Archipelago
      3. Rocky VotolatoTrue Devotion
      4. JonsiGo 
      5. Vampire WeekendContra
      6. The Weakerthans Live at Burton Cummings Theatre
      7. The Morning BendersBig Echo
      8. Broken BellsBroken Bells
      9. Beach HouseTeen Dream
      10. SpoonTransference
      11. Drew DanburryGoodnight Gary
      12. GalacticYa-Ka-May
      13. Rogue WavePermalight

      EPs

      1. Cold War Kids Behave Yourself
      2. Bright Eyes & Neva DinovaOne Jug of Wine, Two Vessels (Reissue with new tracks)

        Best Albums of 2010 (1 of 4)

        Here are my favorite albums for the first 3 months of 2010.  Rather than monthly editions, I am only doing 4 this year. 

        LPs

        1. ShearwaterThe Golden Archipelago
        2. Rocky VotolatoTrue Devotion
        3. JonsiGo 
        4. Vampire WeekendContra
        5. The Weakerthans Live at Burton Cummings Theatre
        6. The Morning BendersBig Echo
        7. Broken BellsBroken Bells
        8. Beach HouseTeen Dream
        9. SpoonTransference
        10. Drew DanburryGoodnight Gary
        11. GalacticYa-Ka-May
        12. Rogue WavePermalight

        EPs

        1. Cold War Kids Behave Yourself
        2. Bright Eyes & Neva DinovaOne Jug of Wine, Two Vessels (Reissue with new tracks)

        Bands you Should Know Nr. 002 – Rocky Votolato

        Rocky Votolato
         Seattle-based.
        Singer songwriter in the Dylan tradition.
        New album, True Devotion, is a great return to his stripped-down, no frills, roots.
        from True Devotion [2010]
        from Makers [2006]
        from Makers [2006]
        from Suicide Medicine [2003]
        from Suicide Medicine [2003]
        from A Brief History [2000]

        Stream Rocky Votolato’s new album, True Devotion, at Paste Magazine

         
        Via Paste Magazine, you can now stream Rocky Votolato’s new album, True Devotion
        After some troubling devolutions into alt-country no-man’s-land, he is back with what listens to me like Suicide Medicine Vol. 2.  A triumphant and much appreciated return to form!
        Buy it on Amazon on February 23rd, or now on iTunes.
        Download a track while you’re at it: