2012, like any year, didn’t disappoint in the music department. I was contemplating making one of these lists this year. I guess the main reason I am doing it is more a to create a list of what I listened to this year and suggest you check them out if you haven’t already. I did listened to more music than this over the course of the year, but these ones stood out. So without further ado, here are my favorite records of 2012.
The Snips: Highs of Low - I’d only heard of The Snips prior to listening to this record. I heard a song on a podcast in the spring and went to check it out. Turns out the record is free to download off their website so began listening right away. I instantly became a fan. The sounds are very melodic and I love the singers voice. I ended up revisiting it many times throughout the year.
The Holy Mess: Cande Ru Las Degas - I knew these guys were recording at some point and was anticipating this release. It didn’t disappoint at all and is probably my favorite form the list. Good old gruff punk from Philadelphia.
Propagandhi: Failed States - These guys keep taking each record to the next level. I know I am probably in the minority but I liked their last record (Supporting Caste) better. Some of the song’s lyrics are somewhere I can’t get to and don’t really want to. With that being said I think musically they hit it out of the park with this one.
Menzingers: On the Impossible Past - I loved their last record and this one was a bit more polished. The songs were a little slower and it took me a bunch of spins for it to click but it finally did. The final product is, to me, timeless.
No trigger: Tycoon - If you read my blog you know I’ve not only been anticipating this record but hyping it as well. Even though they haven’t put out a record in like 7 years it’s as if they never missed a beat. Which make me think how ahead of it’s time Canyoneer was. Every song on this record is great.
Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball - What can I say? I’m a bing fan of The Boss but haven’t been blown away by anything he’s put out in the last 10 year. This record was an exception. The song Wrecking Ball is one of those that I think could live on forever.
Teeange Bottlerocket: Freak Out! - I don’t know why it took me so long to get into this band. Gratned the super poppy punk has been done a million times but these guys nail it. Even the jokier songs are good. If there is one band I want to see live in 2013 it’s these guys.
Daytrader: 12 Years - This was kind of a guilty pleasure. Even though I kind of dug the E.P. they put out last year I saw them play a show and was unimpressed . This full length was a great next step for the band. It has some super catchy songs on it. It’s too bad they broke up before the year was over.
Anchors: Lost at the Bottom of the World - Another solid release from a band that I don’t think gets much love from the media. I had no idea this record was out until near the end of the year. Every song is solid. It’s just good, catchy, fast punk that seems to be missing these days.
NOFX: Self-Entitled - To me, NOFX hasn’t released anything groundbreaking in the last 15 years but I do own and really like everything they’ve done. This record was great. It was was simple with no joke songs. You can hear many Bad Religion influences throughout it. It had a rawness to it as well that created a refreshing, back-to-basics sound.