Best Albums of 2012 (First Half)

It’s been a busy 10 days since last I posted here, with a lot of stuff getting done at work, a quick trip over to North Carolina to visit my mother and sister, and a thoracic disc problem that makes sitting at the computer painful all conspiring to keep me from my regularly appointed Indie Moines rounds. I have been listening to a lot of music, though, even though I haven’t been writing much, so as the end of June peeks at us from around the calendar’s corner, I figure it’s time for my mid-year report on the new records that are rocking my world these days, with solid potential to end up on my year-end Best Albums of 2012 List. Here are the top contenders to date, with links to their websites if you’d like to listen and explore a bit more:

Here We Go Magic, A Different Ship

Santigold, Master of My Make-Believe

Death Grips, The Money Store

Hawkwind, Onward

Jack White, Blunderbuss

Napalm Death, Utilitarian

Ian Anderson, Thick As A Brick 2

Xiu Xiu, Always

Various Artists, Sonic Harvest

I have a date with a chiropractic table (again) tomorrow morning, so am hopeful that I will be better able to sit and spew piffle and tripe your way again sometime soon. Now, however, I am going to go drink wine in the hot tub, because I am pretty sure that is what the doctor prescribes for a thoracic impingement, right?

6 thoughts on “Best Albums of 2012 (First Half)

  1. Pingback: The Best Albums of 2012 So Far (with videos!) - Kevin Marshall's America

  2. One of these days I will understand what everyone sees in Santi(o)gold. The first album left me cold/colder still. (I actually just moved it to the “chopping block” section of the hard drive, where old, non-listened-to music goes to die…)

    Eric–listen to Kevin. The new Alcest album is fucking gorgeous.

    I’m always at least seven steps behind everyone else and haven’t heard nearly enough from 2012 to come up with a proper list, but I can guarantee it would include:
    Alcest: Les Voyages de l’Ame
    Author and Punisher: Ursus Americanus
    Delain: We Are the Others
    Skin Graft: Wet Engines (the revised-and-lengthened LP version of the 2010 cassette)

    …and I won’t get to hear it for another month, but the chance that the new Agalloch disc will not be on the list is zero. I don’t need to hear it to know this.

    • Kevin’s been listening to a lot more than I have so far this year, so I’m definitely doing exploratory investigation there . . . I liked the Alcest and I liked Off!, who I didn’t know existed. Nice to see Keith Morris and Raymond Pettibon working together again, sort of . . .

      In re Santigold: I think she’s akin to M.I.A., minus the gross appropriation of other people’s music via over-sampling that M.I.A engages in . . . and also minus the desire to provoke for provocation’s sake . . . plus, most of her stuff has a good beat, and you can dance to it.

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