Now that we have Thanksgiving gluttony and sloth out of the way, it's time to look back and reflect on the year in music. And it's been a very good year.
First up, I'll be listening to Pitchfork's Best Albums of 2012. The video playlist above includes a track from each artist's album below. I've also created a playlist on MOG which includes all but one of these albums.
- Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
- Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
- Grizzly Bear - Shields
- Beach House - Bloom
- Tame Impala - Lonerism
- Swans - The Seer
- Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
- Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
- Japandroids - Celebration Rock
- Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Australia's Tame Impala hit the US festival circuit -- god, I love the fact that there IS a US festival circuit -- this past summer to promote the release of their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Lonerism.
I saw them at this year's Outside Lands Festival and was totally blown away. For sheer face-melting rock, Tame Impala outdid much bigger bands that weekend, including Metallica.
The YouTube video playlist above includes most of Tame Impala's set at this year's Lollapalooza, everything but "Solitude Is Bliss," and "Why Won't You Make Up Your Mind?"
If you're a fan, I recommend checking out Tame Impala's 2011 live performance at KEXP's studio while you're at it.
I'll be seeing Tame Impala at The Fillmore in San Francisco this week. Can't wait.
Bonus: here is New York City's PS22 covering "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards." Awesome. Thanks to Brooklyn Vegan for the tip.