ManSquatch’s Top 20 albums of 2012 (AND THEN SOME)

Tramp

1. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

That voice, those songs, the intensity — Sharon Van Etten, this isn’t a review so much as a marriage proposal. Where did you come from? Why are you so good at everything? Can I have your number?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBldhDijhfg

2. Deep Sea Diver – History Speaks

That voice, those songs, the intensity — Jessica Dobson, this isn’t a review so much as a marriage proposal. Where did you come from? Why are you so good at everything? Can I have your number?

Oh, I said that already about SVE? WHAT ARE YOU, THE INDIE ROCK CRUSH DREAM KILLER?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alsfAS4l1FY

3. Father John Misty – Fear Fun

J. Tillman writes like a honty-tonk Beatle, sings like a Fleet Fox (because he was a Fleet Fox), and has a sense of humor that is somewhere in the middle of Nilsson and Zappa. No way I’m not loving that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iS84BMFszW0

4. The Orwells – Remember When

Listen to the album, and then realize that these lo-fi punk-rocking fuckers are all still in high school. Something’s in the water in Chicagoland.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXrd6pnehpA

5. The Lumineers – S/T

Hey, Mumford & Sons — suck it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2yTiDlr8Mc

6. Damien Jurado – Maraqopa

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iyhKQKtPLl4

7. Grizzly Bear – Shields

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuG9i5cwGW0

8. Soundgarden – King Animal

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iyv4le1ap8

9. Sera Cahoone – Deer Creek Canyon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YWR7ZM7xQE

10. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROla_B49KbQ

11. Gardens & Villa – S/T

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcNUFOlynPI

12. Jack White – Blunderbuss

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s92smjLq_38

13. Bowerbirds – The Clearing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fijyCMF9D80

14. Deep Time – S/T

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0loDMML7YU

15. Heartless Bastards – Arrow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAJOXrnPIUg

16. Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXCBKMOF7OI

17. Gary Clark Jr. – Blak and Blu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3zW0iX8Xw8

18. The Maldives – Muscle for the Wing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fIAkcgiqLdU

19. Tame Impala – Lonerism

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H570ifQfpDk

20. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bemz-7fofcs

Honorable mentions: The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter; Baroness – Yellow & Green; Beach House – Bloom; Christian Mistress –Possession; Delta Spirit – S/T; Dr. Dog – Be the Void; Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…; King Tuff – S/T; The Mynabirds – General; Pinback –Information Retrieved; Sea Wolf – Old World Romance; Two Gallants – The Bloom and the Blight

One Comment to “ManSquatch’s Top 20 albums of 2012 (AND THEN SOME)”

  1. How do people even remember what things came out in what year? I never make year end lists because time is a fluid mess to me. That said, I really dig the Alabama Shakes album.

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