Here we are with the list of top albums, events and whatever else our adoring contributors thought was great in 2012. Some had ten, some had 5, some just went crazy and put how ever many they wanted. No standards here, just a list of great things from 2012. Enjoy!
I just honestly couldn’t do top Ten this year and who the hell is going to tell me I have to? So many great albums ended up in my rotation and were serious contenders for my top albums of all time. I’m putting a small explanation of each one, but they are all great albums and this is in no particular order. All of these albums made my year full of wonderful music.
1. Hostage Calm – Please Remain Calm
2. The Sidekicks – Awkward Breeds
3. Vultures United – Girls
4. False Colours – Excess and Design
5. Propagandhi – Failed States
6. Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!
7. Astpai – Efforst and Means
8. Morning Glory – Poets Were My Heroes
9. Stat Dad – Mominatrix
10. Menzingers – On The Impossible Past
11. The Dopamines – Vices
12. Masked Intruder – S/T
13. Black Dots – Again and Again
14. Snuff – 5,4,3,2,1…Perhaps?
15. Municipal Waste – The Fatal Feast
What a year in music and have to give serious kudos to our local Denver scene this year. Keep your ears to Denver people, it’s not over by any means. We’re just getting started!
1. Propagandhi – Failed States
Favorite Song: “Devil’s Creek”
2. The Sidekicks – Awkard Breeds
Favorite Song: “Grace”
3. Tin Horn Prayer – Grapple the Rails
Favorite Song: “Stumble”
4. The Menzingers – On the Impossible Past
Favorite Song: “Sun Hotel”
5. False Colours – Excess and Design
Favorite Song: “My Greatest Sphere”
6. Perdition – Hispanola
Favorite Song: “These Are the Droids We’re Looking For”
7. Larry and his Flask – All That We Know
Favorite Song: “Ebb and Flow”
8. ASTPAI – Efforts and Means
Favorite Song: “Intentions”
9. Calder’s Revolvers – Steady By Your Side
Favorite Song: “One More Chance”
10. Classics of Love – Classics of Love
Favorite Song: “Bandstand”
Top 5 EPs/7”
The Shell Corporation – Time and Pressure
In a very particular order…..
Top 5 full lengths I listened to a lot.
1. Propagandhi – Failed States
Top 5 shows I got the most drunk at.
1. Propagandhi and Comeback Kid: Highline Ballroom (NYC) – I hadn’t seen Propagandhi in over 5 years. They played just about everything off of their new record, which is incredible.
|Chris Coleshaw||1. Aplogies I Have None – London
2. The Skints – Part & Parcel
3. Sam Russo – Storm
4. Hot Water Music – Exister
5. No Trigger – Tycoon
6. Cory Branan – Mutt
7. The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past
8. Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me No
9. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
10. River Jumpers – Chapters
|Jo Jo King||
Allow me to preface by saying I dislike lists of any numerical variant. Top 10 movies of all-time, Top 100 albums of 2000s, Top 20 songs my brother and I listened to while snowboarding from 1991-1997. It’s all very subjective, personal and often biased.
I can’t produce a list of best albums, because I listen to albums per mood. One month I may be in a skating mood and have NoFx, U.S. Bombs, Pennywise, No Use For a Name, et al, playing on a loop in my preferred digital music device. Another I may find myself in a state of social and political angst (like November 2012) and living nostalgically hardcore, playing Damaged, I Against I, 13 Songs and Frankenchrist. Then there are those times when I jump in my TARDIS and turn my attention to anything across the pond.
With that backdrop, I give you:
A List of Songs – in no particular order – That I Really Enjoyed Listening to This Year
Comet – The Bouncing Souls, Comet
Woke Up Next To A Body – Hostage Calm, Please Remain Calm
My Sycophant Others – NoFx, Self-Entitled
My Old Friend – The Adicts, All The Young Droogs
Gemini – Cursive – I Am Gemini
This is Where it Starts – The Jealous Sound – A Gentle Reminder
Mary Poppins – Snuff – 5-4-3-2-1-Perhaps?
Poor Dorian – The Casket Lottery – Real Fear
Class(war) Room – Great Apes – Split 7” with Know Your Saints
There are so many more amazing releases from this year I could mention like The Menzingers’ On The Impossible Past, whichis awesome. As is Masked Intruder’s poppy self-titled. Freak Out! from Teenage Bottle Rocket is a blast (crappy pun intended). Exister isn’t quite Fuel for the Hate Game, but it is worthy of your Hot Water Music record collection and, of course, Title Fight’s Floral Green deserves attention. I won’t mention those, though, because I’m not doing a list of best albums.
Now things to look forward to in 2013:
Finally, a farewell to one of the greatest songwriters of my generation: you will be missed Tony Sly.
I have a problem with making lasting decisions. Much like the ones that are required for top ten lists. So I’m only doing a top five list. That’s all I can commit to!
5. NOFX – Self Entitled
NOFX could put out a dub step album, and I’d still rate it in my top five. Honestly, I don’t think these guys could make bad punk rock if they tried. OK, well maybe they could but that’s not the point. It’s good fucking record, and I’m disappointed at the low levels of buzz around it.
Favorite track: “My Sycophant Others.” Fast, funny and is heavy on Mel Yells, a personal favorite of mine.
4. Hot Water Music – Exister
Simply put, this album gives me the feels. I want Chuck Ragan, and his glorious beard, to sing the whole thing to me as I sleep. Exister is warm and comfortable without being repetitive or boring.
Favorite track: “Drag My Body.” Good lord, the feels!
3. Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out!
Freak Out! was easily my favorite pop-punk album of the year. It’s catchy, weird and I can’t get enough of it. Teenage Bottlerocket consistently prove that pop punk is not dead and won’t be defined by the clean, MTV versions touted about during the 1990s and 2000s.
Favorite track: It’s a tie between “Necrocomicon” and “Mutilate Me.” “Necrocomicon” cracks me up, but “Mutilate Me” is an extra quality track. Don’t make me choose!
2. OFF! – OFF!
I shouldn’t even have to explain this. It’s everything I wanted to hear this year and then some. While a lot of people tend to mellow out and become less intense as they age, Keith Morris proves he not only still has the anger for the music, but the passion as well. We all need more of this.
Favorite track: “(I Need One) I Want One.” It’s like falling in love with punk all over again.
1. Anti-Flag – The General Strike
I listened to this record every day during my 20-minute commute to and from work for six weeks after it came out. Being a 23-minute long record, that meant I heard this twice a day, minimum, for more than a month. And I still can’t get enough of it. I love the passion, I love the anger, I love the energy and I love Anti-Flag. It’s as simple as that.
Favorite track: “Bullshit Opportunist.” Bring on the rage, brothers!
With how great 2012 was musically, I’m excited as all hell for 2013. Bad Religion’s next album, “True North,” has already been preordered, and I’m gearing myself up for a pretty rad year.
|Donny Kent||1. Title Fight – Floral Green
2. Killers – Battle Born
3. Ryan Adams – Life After Deaf
4. Muscle & Bone – Muscle & Bone
5. Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
6. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
7. Ceremony – Zoo
8. Oddczar – One Word
9. Bob Mould – Silver Age
10. Sharks – No Gods
My top list thingy of 2012.
10. 2 Chainz – Based on a T.R.U. Story
9. Burning Love – Rotten Thing To Say
Bang your head.
8. Title Fight – Floral Green
7. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
6. Waxahatchee – American Weekend
5. Birds In Row – You, Me, and The Violence
4. Ceremony – Zoo
3. The Menzingers – On the Impossible Past
2. Masked Intruder – S/T
This album is so catchy, it hurts.
1. The Sidekicks – Awkward Breeds
John K. Samson – Provincial