Wednesday, 19 December 2012

120 albums / EPs that you should have bought this year: Vol. 2

As far as new music goes, 2011 was a tough year to follow. Both veterans and new-coming artists were providing us with stellar releases with each passing month. Predictably enough 2012 followed and brought us another cataclysm of awesome records. So much so that once again, it's virtually impossible to do any kind of top 50 countdown (Or maybe I'm just to lazy to do so), so here is a chronological, month-by-month list of all the albums I've purchased this year, and feel you need to know about. So, stop dancing to Gangham Style and Call Me Maybe, and sink your teeth into these genuinely awesome releases.


January
17/01 Anthony Green - Beautiful Things (Photo Finish)
20/01 Pulled Apart By Horses - Tough Love (Transgressive)
24/01 Foxy Shazam - The Church Of Rock And Roll (I.R.S.)



February
14/02 Classics Of Love - Classics Of Love (Asian Man)
16/02 Less Than Jake - Seasons Greetings From Less Than Jake (Sleep It Off)
20/02 The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past (Epitaph)
21/02 Busdriver - Beaus$Eros (Fake Four Inc.)
24/02 Hodgy Beats - Untitled EP (Odd Future)

March
05/03 Our Time Down Here - Midnight Mass (Self-Released)
06/03 Every Time I Die - Ex Lives (Epitaph)
09/03 The Wonder Years / Polar Bear Club / Transit / The Story So Far / A Loss For Words / Into It. Over It. - Glamor Kills Tour Split (Glamor Kills)
12/03 Young Legionnaire - Wreckonomics (Wichita)
13/03 Melvins - The Bulls & The Bees (Scion A/V)
13/03 Say Anything - Anarchy, My Dear (Equal Vision)
20/03 OFWGKTA - The OF Tape Vol. 2 (Odd Future)
20/03 The Shins - Port Of Morrow (Aural Apothecary)
26/03 The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet (Warner Bros.)


April
06/04 K.Flay - Eyes Shut (RCA)
12/04 Nightlife - The Road To Hope And Glory (Self-Relased)
16/04 In Oceans - Jack The Lad (Self-Released)
23/04 Jack White - Blunderbuss (Third Man)
24/04 The Wonder Years / Stay Ahead Of The Weather - Punk Is Dead. Get A Job. (Hopeless)


May
04/05 DZ Deathrays - Bloodstreams (Hassle)
07/05 The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull (Wichita)
08/05 Matt Skiba And The Sekrets - Babylon (Superball Music)
08/05 OFF! - OFF! (Vice)
11/05 Tenacious D - Rize Of The Fenix (Columbia)
14/05 Anywhere - Anywhere (All Tomorrow's Parties)
15/05 Hot Water Music - Exister (Rise)
17/05 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Un Corazón de Nadie (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
22/05 Glowbug - Suit Of Swords (Self-Released)
28/05 Architects - Daybreaker (Century Media)
29/05 Millencolin - The Melancholy Connection (Burning Heart)
29/05 The Swellers - Vehicle City Blues 7" (Side One Dummy)
30/05 Army Of Champions - Animal Verses Man (Arrest)


June
01/06 The Hives - Lex Hives (Disque Hives)
05/06 Japandroids - Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
05/06 Melvins Lite - Freak Puke (Ipecac)
05/06 Oh No - Ohnomite (Stones Throw)
06/06 Hot Chip - In Our Heads (Domino)
11/06 Maxïmo Park - The National Health (V2)
12/06 B. Dolan - House Of Bees Vol. 2 (Strange Famous)
12/06 Motion City Soundtrack - Go (Epitaph)
12/06 Right Away, Great Captain! - The Church Of The Good Thief (Favorite Gentlemen)
18/06 The British Public - The British Public (Tip Top)
19/06 A Loss For Words - Returning To Webster Lake (Rise)
19/06 NOFX - My Stepdad's A Cop And My Stepmom's A Domme (Fat Wreck)
19/06 MC Lars - The Edgar Allan Poe EP (Horris Records)
20/06 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
26/06 Old Man Gloom - NO (Hydra Head)


July
09/07 Serj Tankian - Harakiri (Serjical Strike)
13/07 Right Away, Great Captain - The Lost Sea (Self-Released)
15/07 John Frusciante - Letur-Lefr (Record Collection)
16/07 Domo Genesis X Alchemist - No Idols (Odd Future)
17/07 Baroness - Yellow & Green (Relapse)
20/07 The Antlers - Undersea (Transgressive)
23/07 The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten (Mercury)
24/07 Mike Patton & Luciano Berio - Laborintus II (Ipecac)
24/07 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Octopus Kool Aid (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
30/07 The Locust - Molecular Genetics From The Gold Standard Labs (Anti)
31/07 Deantoni Parks - Touch But Don't Look (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
31/07 Reel Big Fish - Candy Coated Fury (Piss Off Publishing)


August
01/08 Converge / Napalm Death - Converge / Napalm Death Split (Self-Released)
06/08 El Alamein - New Patterns (Self-Released)
06/08 Hold Your Horse Is - Frimley (Apres Vous)
14/08 Such Gold - Misadventures (Razor & Tie)
19/08 Bloc Party - Four (Frenchkiss)
20/08 JJ DOOM - Key To The Kuffs (Lex)
24/08 The Smith Street Band - Sunshine & Technology (Poison City)
27/08 Just Like Vinyl - Black Mass (Superball Music)
28/08 Circa Survive - Violent Waves (Self-Released)
28/08 The Chariot - One Wing (Good Fight)
28/08 Minus The Bear - Infinity Overhead (Dangerbird)


September
03/09 Jonathon Boulet - We Keep The Beat, Found The Sound, See The Need, Start The Heart (Modular)
04/09 Propagandhi - Failed States (Epitaph)
05/09 Melvins - 1983 (Self-Released)
07/09 The Presets - Pacifica (Modular)
10/09 Billy Talent - Dead Silence (Atlantic)
10/09 Gallows - Gallows (Venn)
10/09 The xx - Coexist (Young Turks)
11/09 NOFX - Self Entitled (Fat Wreck)
16/09 Grizzly Bear - Shields (Warp)
17/09 Freeze The Atlantic - Speakeasy (Alcopop!)
18/09 Band Of Horses - Mirage Rock (Hugher Lewis And The Dudes Inc.)
18/09 Title Fight - Floral Green (Side One Dummy)
19/09 Paul Gilbert - Vibrato (Music Theories)
24/09 Green Day - ¡Uno! (Reprise)
24/09 John Frusciante - PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone (Record Collection)
30/09 Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes (Warp)


October
02/10 Touché Amoré / The Casket Lottery - Split (No Sleep)
08/10 Coheed And Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension (Everything Evil)
08/10 Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind (Epitaph)
09/10 Black Books - II (Triple Crown)
09/10 Hostage Calm - Please Remain Calm (Run For Cover)
09/10 MellowHype - Numbers (Odd Future)
09/10 Trash Talk - 119 (Odd Future)
10/10 Waiting Room - A Sad Day For Dennis May (Monolith)
11/10 The Prize Fighter Inferno - Half Measures (Evil Ink Comics)
15/10 Anberlin - Vital (Universal Republic)
15/10 Light You Up - (Ice Grills)
15/10 Sonic Boom Six - Sonic Boom Six (Xtra Mile)
15/10 The Swellers - Running Out Of Places To Go (Snowbird Songs)
16/10 We Are The Union - You Can't Hide The Sun (Paper + Plastick)
23/10 Basement - Colormeinkindness (Run For Cover)
30/10 Peace'd Out - Peace'd Out (Siren)
31/10 Nightmare Of You / Nightmares For A Week - Nightmares Split (Paper + Plastick)


November
05/11 Rolo Tomassi - Astraea (Destination Moon)
06/11 Uncommonmenfrommars - Easy Cure (Effervescence)
12/11 Crystal Castles - (III) (Fiction)
12/11 Green Day - ¡Dos! (Reprise)
12/11 Soundgarden - King Animal (Seven Four)
13/11 Deftones - Koi No Yokan (Reprise)
23/11 Farman - Over And Over Again (Self-Released)
27/11 Departures - Teenage Haze (No Sleep)



December
04/12 Alexisonfire - Death Letter (Dine Alone)
04/12 Endless Heights - Lady Wisdom 7" (Broken Hive)
11/12 Green Day - ¡Tré! (Reprise)
18/12 Angels & Airwaves - Stomping The Phantom Brake Pedal (To The Stars)
18/12 Blink-182 - Dogs Eating Dogs (Self-Released)



So, there you have it. My favourite releases of the year. But do you disagree with me? Is there anything that you have found particularly eargasmic this year that I have failed to mention? Feel free to post your opinion in the comment box below. This is my shallow attempt to make this site look like it may be worth Blogger's bandwidth costs. See you next year!