Best of 2012

There was WAAAAYYYYY too much music that came out this year to try and quantify or rate in terms of “Best Of..” which is why we’ve posted so much stuff on social media with links to what Paste magazine, NPR’s All Songs Considered and other outlets are doing to rate the selections.

Turns out, after reading many of there posts, I missed a lot of music that came out this year. So I’ll be playing some catchup for the next few weeks on my own with going back and checking out a lot of the new stuff released this year.

What this indicates to me is something I’ve mentioned here and there a bit, which is there is so much volume in the music industry now with all that’s available online and on radio that even attempting to keep up with it is impossible. Kudos to Paste and NPR for even attempting. Although, in reality that have pretty large staffs of writers, bloggers, and so forth to go through all that. What we have is myself and Martha, and she can only give a portion of her time to writing for us.

So all of that to say that I’m very satisfied with what we heard this year in terms of new music. I’m also very satisfied in what we have been able to do in introducing new and emerging artists with brand new music to you on our radio program. Much of these new and emerging artists’ music isn’t on the lists of “Best of” in other places, though I believe they deserve to be.

What’s happening is we’re discovering more and more what our role is in the greater scheme of things regarding music and our place in the game. Discovering new and emerging musicians that you don’t find anywhere else continues to be part of what we do each week. Also, giving you b-side cuts from artists you know, but songs you might not is another part. And doing the best we can to continue presenting new material to you from the known and unknown alike. We’ll continue this in 2013 and continue to keep serving you what we feel is the best music that’s out there.

And from my perspective, here on some of the Best Albums of 2012
From what we featured on our radio program, here are the best known/established artists
(Artist-Album)

The Walkmen-Heaven
Tennis-Young & Old
Snow Patrol-Fallen Empires
Walk The Moon-Walk The Moon
Rufus Wainwright-Out Of The Game
Regina Spektor-What We Say From The Cheap Seats
P.O.D.-Murdered Love
Matisyahu-Spark Seeker
Gold Motel-Gold Motel
Fun.-Some Nights
Bruce Springsteen-Wrecking Ball
Bob Dylan-Tempest
Best Coast-The Only Place
Ben Folds Five-The Sound OF The Life Of The Mind
Bonnie Raitt-Slipstream
Andrew Bird-Break It Yourself
Mumford & Sons-Babel
Rachael Yamagata-Heavyweight EP
Norah Jones-Little Broken Hearts
Robert Cray-Nothin But Love
Chimes of Freedom Presents The Music of Bob Dylan Compilation
Kathleen Edwards-Voyageur
Brandi Carlile-Bear Creek

Best Indie and New/Emerging Albums 2012
The Young Romans-Tiger Child
Vanessa Peters-The Burn, The Truth, The Lies
Slightly Stoopid-Top Of The World
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds-Pound Of Dirt
SHEL-SHEL
Ruthie Foster-Let It Burn
Michael Chorney & Dollar General-Dispensation of the Ordinary
Makaya McCraven-Split Decision
Kelley McRae-Brighter Than The Blues
Joe Pug-The Great Despiser
Joe Bonamassa-Driving Towards The Daylight
Jenny & Tyler-Open Your Doors
Hospitality-Hospitality
Grace Pettis-Two Birds
Chantal Claret-The One, The Only…
Brad-United We Stand
Among Savages-Starting At The Beginning

Believe it or not, these are just a handful of the 2012 albums we aired on our show this year. Not every album that came out made our list. But these are what we felt were the real gems of the year. Your comments are welcome. Let us know what you think of our list.

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2 thoughts on “Best of 2012

  • December 12, 2012 at 5:58 PM
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    Michael Chorney & Dollar General-Dispensation of the Ordinary is atmospheric, stirring, and interesting: talented musicians with intricate parts pull together for a album that is wonderful to listen to in a sitting. Great choice!

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    • December 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM
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      Thanks Dee Yee. Great comment and description of Michael Chorney & Co. We loved their album and look forward to more of their work in the future. Any other picks stand out to you?

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