Our favourite Records from 2012...
Top 20 Albums:
I decided not to include our releases, otherwise everyone would have moaned about me being bias. If I had done, there would be 3 All In Vinyl LPs in this list...
- Downtown Struts - Victoria!
- Arms Aloft - Sawdust City
- The Smith Street Band - Sunshine & Technology
- Masked Intruder - S/T
- Japandroids - Celebration Rock
- Mean Jeans - On Mars
- Classics of Love - S/T
- Dopamines - Vices
- Sonic Avenues - Television Youth
- The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
- The Victim Party - The Worst Party On Earth
- The Jealous Sound - A Gentle Reminder
- Hot Water Music - Exister
- White Wires - III
- Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
- Toys That Kill - Fambly
- Nude Beach - II
- The Sidekicks - Awkward Breeds
- Murder By Death - Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon
- Teenage Bottlerocket - Freak Out!
The Titus Andronicus, No///se, Wide Angles and Forgetters albums may all have made it if I'd heard them before late Decemeber. Also just missing out were Sundials, Fear Of Lipstick, Dan Padilla, Astpai, Audacity, OFF! and Like Bats.
Top 20 EPs
- Post Teens - The Heat
- One Man Army - She's An Alarm
- Low Culture - S/T
- Crusades - Parables
- Martha - S/T
- Holy Fever - Ghost Story & S/T
- Warsong - Caravan
- Bad Advice - Do Not Resuscitate
- No Problem - Living In The Void
- Youth Avoiders - Time Flies
- Red Dons - Auslander
- Masked Intruder - First Offense
- The Creeps - AOTU 7"
- Holy Mess - Cold Goodbyes
- Swingin Utters - The Librarians Are Hiding Something
- Borderlines - Magical Paths
- Elway - Hence My Optimism
- Stay Clean Jolene - S/T
- Crashbangboom - S/T
- Heat Tape - S/T
Other great 7"s included Terrible Feelings, Freedom Club, Wax Phantom and No Weather Talks. UK bands Muncie Girls, Bangers, Bear Trade, Linekar, Safe Hands, Southlands and Little Ease all had EPs / Demos well worth checking out
Top 10 Splits
If I included our own releases they would dominate this list, with the Great Apes / Daikon split most definitely at #1. My favourites this year, in no particular order are...
- Dan Vapid / Jetty Boys
- Brokedowns / Wide Angles
- Criminal Culture / Rubrics
- Direct Hit / Haverchucks
- Credentials / Steelhorse
- City Mouse / Homewreckers
- Shang A Lang / Rumspringer
- People Watchin / Nona
- Dwarves / Riptides
- Sister Kisser / Rumspringer