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My Top Albums Of 2012

A list I made today. Went through some of the albums I’ve listened this year, other top lists, some music blogs and music websites. Couldn’t make just one Top 10 list. Proved to be pretty hard. Made a quick Top 5 tho. It’s in the end.

Rock / Indie:
 
Field Music – Plumb
Donald Fagen – Sunken Condos
Ben Folds Five – The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind
Grizzly Bear – Shields
alt-J – An Awesome Wave
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant 
Chairlift – Something
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
Grimes – Visions
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Lost Songs 
Hexvessel – No Holier Temple
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Electric-ish:
 
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Trouble
Todd Terje – It’s The Arps
Crozet – We’ll Be Gone By Then
Diiv – Oshin
Vcgm – SSSS
Ghost Monkey – Boxy Music
Disasterpeace – Fez
Lindström – Smalhans
Lone – Galaxy Garden
Machinedrum – SXLND EP
Mux Mool – Planet High School

 
Hard Rock / Metal:
 
Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Aerosmith – Music From Another Dimension (without the ballads)
Ginger – 555% / Mutation – The Frankenstein Effect / Hey!Hello! – S/T (Ginger released 3+1+1 albums this year)
Gallows – Gallows
Testament – Dark Roots Of Earth
Turbonegro – Sexual Harassment
The Darkness – Hot Cakes
Torche – Harmonicraft

Bubblin’ under:

Com Truise – In Decay
Futurecop! – The Movie
Mitch Murder – Glass Cities
Nitemoves – Longlines
The Men – Open Your Heart
Passion Pit – Gossamer
John Maus – A Collection of Rarities and Previously Unreleased Material
Purity Ring – Shrines
Sekuoia & Rain Dog – Finest Ego / Faces Series Vol. 3
S. Mahabra – S. Mahabra
Seams – Tourist / Sleeper
The Shins – Port Of Morrow
Slow Magic – Triangle
Slugabed – Time Team
Uppermost – One
Swans – The Seer
Lambchop – Mr. M

Top 5 of all of the above.


Van Halen – A Different Kind Of Truth

Field Music – Plumb

Mutation – The Frankenstein Effect

Disasterpeace – Fez

Deftones – Koi No Yokan

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Mega Therion / Hexvessel / Islaja

Two Hexvessel-related poster designs. These are quite old already, 6-12 months or so. Hexvessel is my friend’s band. He also organizes a club called Mega Therion, tho I think they’re taking a break at the moment.

These were fun to do. Quite a lot of reference pictures of nature and crazy scenes of forest and occultism. And artistic freedom. Which is always nice.

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Albums / 2011

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead – Tao Of The Dead

Rock album of the year. Just as you think they can’t get any more massive, any further, more vast, more adventurous, they come out with an album like this. An ocean of stories, denotations and culture to dive into.

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Annie Clark, the next the bobdylan, sufjan, macca, only smarter, handsomer, better sounding and slightly more awesome. The songs get better and better, though I still love Marry Me. Her songs are like trip, more luscious versions of anything Joni Mitchell has ever composed, as trippy as Magical Mystery Tour or as strange and intriguing as Pet Sounds. Album of the year.

Junior Boys – It’s All True

Good, tiny, electronic album from Canada. The Tavastia gig was also one of the best ones this year.

Little Dragon – Ritual Union

This album came out a year ago, just before the year changed, but Spotify seems to give it the year 2011, so it made the list. The record is awesome. Maybe not as great as Machine Dreams, but still great beyond a lot of albums this year.

Bon Iver – Bon Iver

Best “soft rock” album of the year. Beautiful melodies, moods and songs. You really don’t need much more.

Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Wolfroy Goes To Town

It’s Will Oldham. That’s about it. I really hope next year’s new Bonnie & Matt Sweeney -album is going to be as good as Superwolf-masterpiece.


Jamie Woon – Mirrorwriting

James Blake – James Blake

These albums, like brothers, are eery, moody, interesting compilation of songs. Blake found a sound on his first long play, clearly. Woon made a great, great album, but the live performances have yet to reach its level. Blake on the other hand wiped the floor other performers at Flow 2011 -festival.


Com Truise – Galactic Melt

Neon Indian – Era Extran̂a

Toro Y Moi – Freaking Out

Siriusmo – Mosaik

Justice – Audio, Video, Disco

Interesting year for electronic albums. Electric and electric, I don’t know, but hey, they have good songs in them. Interesting melodies.


Mazes

The 90′s alternative revival. Yuck lost and Mazes won.


Jane’s Addiction – The Great Escape Artist

Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Two very solid rock albums. Foo Fighters’ gig in Finland was one of the year’s highlights.


Hexvessel – Dawnbearer

Very peculiar and strange mood in this one. Death folk? Swamp rock? Occult acoustic? Give it a listen, I bet it’ll challenge you in a way you didn’t think was possible


Paul Simon – So Beautiful Or So What

Simon’s at it somewhat in the spirit of his masterpiece Graceland. Works well, it’s easy to feel the recording session’s easygoing experimental atmosphere.


M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

Good songs. What else do you need? Anthony Gonzalez has decided to start composing and not only doing anthems for the alternative emo’s.


The Shit of 2011:

Lulu

Gerry Rafferty died

Columbo died

the Big Man, Clarence Clemeons, died

Gil Scott Heron died

Pete Postlewaithe died

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