Top Albums of 2012

Alternative Rock
Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
Big Wreck – Albatross
Bloc Party – Four
Bob Mould – Silver Age
Jack White – Blunderbuss
Muse – The 4th Dimension
the Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania
Soundgarden – King Animal

Electro/Electronica
Air – Le Voyage dans la Lune
Azure Ray – As Above, So Below
Grimes – Visions
Trifonic – Ninth Wave

Folk/Folk Rock
Andrew Bird – Break it Yourself
Bahamas – Barchords
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Here
Evening Hymns – Spectral Dusk
Glen Hansard – Rhythm and Repose
Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
Jason Collett – Reckon
John K. Samson – Provincial
Langhorne Slim & the Law – The Way We Move
Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams
the Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
the Wooden Sky – Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun

Indie Rock
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Joel Plaskett Emergency – Scrappy Happiness
The Shins – Port of Morrow
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Yukon Blonde – Tiger Talk

Metal
As I Lay Dying – Awakened
Baroness – Yellow & Green
Between the Buried and Me – the Parallax II: Future Sequence
the Contortionist – Intrinsic
Deftones – Koi No Yokan
Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
Periphery – Periphery II: This Time it’s Personal
Lamb of God – Resolution
Meshuggah – Koloss
the Safety Fire – Grind the Ocean
Torche – Harmonicraft
Veil of Maya – Eclipse

Pop
Mumford & Sons – Babel
Neon Trees – Picture Show
the Salads – Music Every Day
St. Lucia – St. Lucia EP
Tenacious D – Rise of the Fenix

Progressive
Art By Numbers – Reticence: The Musical
Chimp Spanner – All Roads Lead Here
David Maxim Micic – Bilo 2.0
the Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud
Intervals – In Time
Jeff Loomis – Plains of Oblivion
the Mars Volta – Noctourniquet
Rush – Clockwork Angels
Sithu Aye – Isles EP & Invent the Universe
T.R.A.M. – Lingua Franca

Punk
Cancer Bats – Dead Set on Living
Circa Survive – Violent Waves
Every Time I Die – Ex Lives
the Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Rap/Hip Hop
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, M.A.A.D. city
Moka Only – Airport 6
Nas – Life is Good

Soul/RnB
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

My Top 10

1. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
2. Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
3. Periphery – Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal!
4. the Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
5. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
6. Bloc Party – Four
7. Sithu Aye – Isles EP
8. Big Wreck – Albatross
9. Meshuggah – Koloss
10. Jason Collett – Reckon

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Off to Lollapalooza!

So this morning I’m setting off with a few friends to Chicago for the mighty Lollapalooza Festival at Grand Park, so you wont be hearing much from me until I get back on Monday.  I figured I’d start the trip off with some videos from bands I’ll be seeing at the shows, and hopefully I can get some decent quality videos with my camera while I’m there too.  Stay tuned.

Tool

Kings of Leon

Jane’s Addiction

Ben Harper

Lou Reed

Fleet Foxes

Andrew Bird

The Decemberists

Ben Folds

Bon Iver

Coheed & Cambria

TV on the Radio

Band of Horses

Silversun Pickups

Sam Roberts

Vampire Weekend

Portugal. The Man

Kaiser Chiefs