A Global Army of Veteran Rockers
I have enjoyed most of the recommendations here and have found some other really good music on the power pop blogs' "best of" lists. Thank you all. My favorite of the year - by far, actually - is The Shins Port of Morrow. James Mercer, who was in my Top 2 of 2010 with Broken Bells, has really got it figured out. Perfectly crafted pop songs.
Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur
Guided By Voices - Let's Go Eat The Factory
Cloud Nothings - Attack On Memory
Imperial Teen - Feel The Sound
Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
Shearwater - Animal Joy
Dr. Dog - Be The Void
Explorers Club - Grand Hotel
Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself
The Men - Open Your Heart
Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is An Animal
Dry The River - Shallow Bed
Gotye - Making Mirrors
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Beach House - Bloom
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Here
Admiral Fallow - Tree Bursts In Snow
Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos - Rot Gut, Domestic
Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished Gold
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
The Lumineers - The Lumineers
John K. Samson - Provincial
The Crookes - Hold Fast
Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
Bob Mould - Silver Age
Cat Power - Sun
Stars - The North
Henry Clay People - 25 For The Rest Of Our Lives
The xx - Coexist
Two Gallants - The Bloom and The Blight
Mumford & Sons - Babel
Royal Headache - Royal Headache
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Guided By Voices - Class Clown Spots a UFO
Tall Ships - Everything Touching
Beth Orton - Sugaring Season
Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't
Band of Horses - Mirage Rock
Titus Andronicus - Local Business
A.C. Newman - Shut Down The Streets
Tift Merritt - Traveling Alone
Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
Chris Devotion and the Expectations - Amalgamation and Capital
Memory Tapes - Grace/Confusion
Alcest - Les Voyages de l’Âme
The Well Wishers - Dreaming of the West Coast
Mystery Jets - Radlands
The Pure Conjecture - Courgettes
Guided By Voices - The Bears For Lunch
Neil Halstead - Palindrome Hunches
Still pouring through the various best of lists and recommendations (ok - I got off to a slow start in 2012) and thought I'd post Dave Bash's great list if anyone didn't see it. It can be found here: http://www.facebook.com/notes/david-bash/my-best-of-2012-lists/1015...
Not many of his top 20-25 have been mentioned on RRTribe and I am really enjoying his entire list, the top 10 which include:
1. Nelson Bragg-We Get What We Want (Steel Derrick)
2. Marty Graveyard-Summer Holiday (V2)
3. David Myhr-Soundshine (Lojinx, Thistime)
4. The Tor Guides-Strawberries & Chocolates (Self-Released)
5. Green Day-Tre! (Reprise/Warner Bros.)
6. Throwback Suburbia-Shot Glass Souvenir (Self-Released)
7. King Washington-The Gears (Self-Released)
8. Sweet Diss and The Comebacks-Emerald City Love Song (Thistime)
9. The Kik-Springlevend (Excelsior)
10. Sitcom Neighbor-Charmed (Gravy Works Music Group)
And kudos for him uncovering 3lb Thrill's Rycopa release, finally, 15 years after it was recorded. I used to love that band in the early 90's - then known as Uncle Green.
Neil Halstead - Palindrome Hunches
Will Johnson - Scorpion
Wintersleep - Hello Hum
Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves
Hey Gail and Stan, Kozolek (Sun Kil Moon) and Halstead are titans of Namby Pamby Land.
Noted! Thank you Harry. I started Todd Rundgren immersion therapy today.
Great news Gail, keep at it. If you don't love the Utopia albums, save them for last, but there's some greatness in there as well.
On the "solo" albums he plays all the instruments/vocals on most of them.
You probably need to take my opinion on this topic with a grain of salt.
I'm in the tank, a true believer, a member of the Todd is Godd Squad.
Seen him play out like 25 times.
Wow. I feel like I've started a new diet . I will keep at it Harry until I feel the burn. Thank you for cheering me on!
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