My Most Highly Favoured LPs Which Just So Happened to be Released in 2012

31 Dec

Just a few hours left in 2012 and I’m hitting the Publish button. Typical.

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10. Hop Along – Get Disowned
Simultaneously great and grating.

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9. Bad Books – II
Indie heavy-hitters Hull and KevDev make a strong argument that this is a side project with staying power.

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8. Loudon Wainwright III – Older Than My Old Man Now
Seasoned songwriter’s songwriter puts together his finest album in a decade by focusing even more intently on his impending demise than he already was.

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7. The Menzingers – On the Impossible Past
Most enjoyable Scranton export since The Office (which itself could be considered a British import, but I digress).

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6. Cheap Girls – Giant Orange
Catchy as all get-out; try to not bob your head or tap your toes.

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5. Jeff Rosenstock – I Look Like Shit
Sounds decidedly better than that.

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4. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Literal fireworks at the beginning and end, but plenty explosive in-between.

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3. Hallelujah the Hills – No One Knows What Happens Next
Extended meditation on mortality proves to be HtH’s high-water mark.

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2. John K. Samson – Provincial
Fantastic solo turn from Weakerthans mastermind; for perspective, listen to previous solo LP (1993’s Slips and Tangles) first.

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1. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
The best album by the future PLOTUS since Heretic Pride.

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