Top 10 Albums of 2012 Revisited

Now, Now - ThreadsAs is my yearly tradition prior to posting my top 10 albums list, I look back at my top album from the previous year and tweak it with things I missed or ended up growing on me. Looking back on 2012, there’s one album that was on the list that jumped a few spots, and new entrants barely knocked out the previous slot holders at the list’s bottom.

The Original Top 10 Albums of 2012

1. Celebration Rock – Japandroids
2. Negotiations – The Helio Sequenc
3. History Speaks – Deep Sea Diver
4. Threads – Now, Now
5. Fear Fun – Father John Misty
6. The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
7. Tramp – Sharon Van Etten
8. Touch Screens – Erik Blood
9. On the Impossible Past – The Menzingers
10. North – Stars

The Updated Top 10 Albums of 2012

1. Celebration Rock – Japandroids
2. Threads – Now, Now
3. Negotiations – The Helio Sequence
4. History Speaks – Deep Sea Diver
5. Fear Fun – Father John Misty
6. The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
7. Tramp – Sharon Van Etten
8. We Don’t Even Live Here – P.O.S.
9. The Kaleidoscope – Lemolo
10. Visions – Grimes

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Sasquatch! Festival 2013 Photo Recap

GrimesI headed over the The Gorge this Memorial Day weekend for Sasquatch! Music Festival and put together a recap slideshow that features Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Postal Service, Grimes, P.O.S., Nick Offerman, and more. Check it out.

SXSW ’11 Final Recap

A final look back on the best of my journey to Austin for SXSW. Includes my list of the 10 best acts of the fest. Once again, I oblige you to check it.

LL the Album’s Best Photos From SXSW ’11

I took way too many pictures out SXSW. Here are some I liked more than the others.

(Click to enlarge images.)

TV on the Radio

The Antlers

Electric Child

Death From Above 1979

DFA Riot

Okkervil River

Lazerbeak

P.O.S.

Fences

Sharon Van Etten

Kevin Devine

Tapes ‘n Tapes

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SXSW ’11 Day Two Recap

Again, I’m covering SXSW 2011 for The Newshouse. Day 2 included P.O.S., Maps & Atlases, Sharon Van Etten, Say Hi, and We Are Hex. Check it.

SXSW ’11 Day One Recap

I’m covering SXSW for The Newshouse. Day 1 included The Antlers, Now, Now, The Dodos, Mister Heavenly, The Gay Blades, Four Fists, Darwin Deez, Deafheaven, and Young Man. Check it.

Top 10 Albums of 2009

The decade closed out strong. While there was only one album that was overwhelmingly spectacular and moving this year (hint: it’s #1), there were more wonderfully solid and balanced albums than there had been in years.

Rather than try and cram my thoughts on these gems into suffocatingly concise little blurbs, I thought it better if I made it so you could just click on the album titles to be linked to the full review.

Enjoy.

1. Hospice – The Antlers
2. Daisy – Brand New
3. Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band – Mt. St. Helen’s Vietnam Band
4. Actor – St. Vincent
5. Yes! – k-os
6. Never Better – P.O.S.
7. Now We Can See – The Thermals
8. Sainthood – Tegan & Sara
9. Mean Everything To Nothing – Manchester Orchestra
10. Mama, I’m Swollen – Cursive