Welcome back, Terriers. I hope you had a wonderful break, just as I did. Let me tell you, I downloaded a large amount of music so I can make some great posts this semester. However, seeing as we have passed into a new year, a new semester, and a new blog post, I would bring together a list of my top 12 favorite tracks from 2012. Some may have shown up on my posts before–which is a good thing, since, you know, I “approve” or whatever–and some are from artists that I didn’t even know I liked. Not all of them were produced (if any) in 2012, but I came across them in the past 12 months. Enjoy the count down, some great music, and a brand new semester for brand new things.
12. Addicted by Amy Winehouse, Back to Black
Amy Winehouse is great. Of course, she was notorious, infamous even, for her drug use and “fuck-it-all” attitude. And that is all fine and good, except her music… is excellent. I love Amy Winehouse more than many other artists because she lived. She did what she wanted to, made the music she wanted to, and lived a (relatively) happy life. This is really superficial and a terrible explanation. This song is great because it may or may not be about weed.
11. Always On Time (Ja Rule & Ashanti Cover) by Town Hall, Town Hall Plays the Hits
This is a cover, obviously, but it is by this awesome band called Town Hall. They are pretty flippin’ great–I mean listen to their voices and the harmonies and the aaaaaaaaaaah. It’s great! When I first heard the song, I quickly listened to the original and picked my favorite (as you can see, Town Hall won.) The way they move the lyrics to their own melody is pretty spectacular, and see how the artists spit raps back at us!
10. Big Machine by Mark Duplass, Safety Not Guaranteed
I’ve posted about Mark Duplass before here. There isn’t much to say, other than sometimes you get unexpected sounds from unexpected people.
9. Halcyon by Ellie Goulding, Halcyon
8. Come Into My Head by Kimbra, Vows
Read more about Kimbra here.
7. Turn It Around by Lucius, Lucius EP
Lucius is so good, it is on this list twice. Turn It Around confirmed my admiration for this girl duo and boy band after seeing them at the Middle East a few weeks ago in Cambridge. They were awesome live, and it turns out, comparably amazing recorded.
6. Happiest Times by Little Big Adventure, The Hateful Eye
This track lurked in my library for some time before I actually listened to it. As soon as I did, I felt calm, collected, and inspired.
5. Shake Hands by Birthmark, Shaking Hands
Much like Happiest Times, this kicked around in my iTunes after countless skips because I simply never took the time to listen to it. Eventually, I did, and as you can see it is pretty high on this list. It is a great track by a great band.
4. 2nd Gun by Volcano, I’m Still Excited!, Volcano, I’m Still Excited!
Read more about Volcano, I’m Still Excited! here.
3. Seven Swans by Sufjan Stevens, Seven Swans
Sufjan always has a special place in my heart. Always.
2. Shenandoah by Lucius, Songs From the Bromley House
Lucius came out with a (hard to locate) album before their EP, which brings us to number 2 with Shenandoah. Amazing.
1. 40k by Pearl and the Beard, Killing the Darlings
Read more about Pearl and the Beard here. Pearl and the Beard will always be number one in my heart, though 40k definitely deserves this spot on our top 12.