2012: A Musical Odyssey
For me, 2012 was a year of extreme ups, downs and a whole lotta time spent clutched onto crutches (D’oh!) or sauntering around town with the assistance of a wooden walking cane. My inability to walk for a good part of this year didn’t stop me from listening to music every single day with my, you guessed it, headphones hugging my bald head. Here is a recap of some of my favorite and not so favorite musical moments of 2012.


Favorite Record of 2012 — Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Here
This record is what I wish going to church felt like. There is a lot of talk about love and happiness surrounded by handclaps and foot stompin’.  Is this the feel good record of 2012? You better believe it.

Runner Up — Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
The record features guest spots by  Kesha, Biz Markie, Bon Iver, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Nick Cave, Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band, Erykah Badu and Coldplay’s Chris Martin. It is so out there on another level, even for Flaming Lips and alien ringleader Wayne Coyne.
Second Runner Up — Black Joe Louis and The Honeybears Scandalous
This record actually came out last year, but it was under my radar until I interviewed Mr. Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top this year, and he highly recommended I check them out. It’s dirty blues rock you can speed down the highway to.

Favorite Music DocumentaryShut Up and Play the Hits The Very Loud Ending of LCD Soundsystem
The concert flick makes you feel like you’re part of the audience that was lucky enough to see LCD Soundsystem’s sold-out farewell concert at Madison Square Garden during the peak of their success. What’s better than listening to dance -driven techno rock cuts mixed with the emotions of walking away from it all?


Annoyingly Catchy Tune of 2012 — “Call Me Maybe” Carly Rae Jepsen
I remember being angry at this stupid song, like a crotchety old Scrooge every time I would catch a passing clip. It wasn’t until a summer afternoon, when I witnessed a car full of females screaming this song to each other at full volume that I realized there was indeed a purpose to this song. It’s not meant to be “Hey Jude”.

Best Live RecordWilco Roadcase 6 July 28, 2012  Cooperstown, NY
It was rainy one and I know a good amount of people that went to this show near the Baseball Hall of Fame. Jeff Tweedy and Co. didn’t hold anything back during their raucous set and they let the crowd know they were having a fine old time. Tweedy said, “We’ve had some really good crowds on this tour, and I’ve complimented them, but you guys are the best. You’re now the best. Those other audiences are dead to me!”

The rest of 2012 goes a little bit like this: Favorite New Artist — Gary Clark Jr.; Song of 2012 — Goyte featuring Kimbra “Somebody That I Used to Know”; Great Live Moment — 12.12.12. Concert for Sandy Relief; Crappiest Song of 2012 — Muse “Madness”; Crappiest Live Performance of 2012 — 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne “Yuck!” at the MTV Music Awards; Worst New Artist — PSY and that Gangnam Style crap; and The Worst Musical Trend of 2012 is, of course, that stupid incentive based begging machine known as Kickstarter.



Here’s what’s in my headphones this week: Ministry The Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Taste (Sire/Warner Bros) 1989

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