Okay…so it’s 12 days late. Which I think is so apropos! 12…2012..oh never mind, I’m a nerd anyway.
In random order and without a lot of reasoning, because I could go on for days.
- Matthew Ryan – I Recall Standing As Though Nothing Could Fall
Matthew could sing the McDonald’s Big Mac song and I’d buy it and tell all my friends to buy it. I haven’t disliked anything he’s released. Fantastic album from Mr. Ryan
Favorite song: “Hey Kid”
Skybombers – Black Carousel
I discovered this band when they came into the studio for an acoustic performance. They have 2 albums out and I look forward to hearing where they head. Not too punk. Not too rock. Not too pop. Just right.
Favorite songs: Tie between “One for Two” and “Love Me Like You Use To Do”
Lady GaGa – Born This Way
Roll your eyes if you want, I really loved this album when it was released. I don’t care who you are, you know her songs, who she is and let’s be honest, girl can sing.
Favorite songs: Tie between “Scheiße” and “The Edge of Glory”
The Kills – Blood Pressures
I was super stoked when this album came out. This band just has swagger on tape or on stage. Everyone should own this one.
Favorite song: “Nail in My Coffin”
honeyhoney – Billy Jack
My favorite little duo of music and fun. Banjo, guitars, drums, and more. They are fun to watch live. Fun to listen and a great band. I look forward to what 2012 will bring from them.
Favorite song: “Let’s Get Wrecked”
Grace Askew and the Black Market Goods – Grace Askew and the Black Market Goods
Discovered this artist on WNCW and immediately bought the album. Grace’s voice is haunting and sad yet oddly optimistic at times.
Favorite song: “I Remember”
– Burn Halo – Up from the Ashes
I played this album for about 2 months straight. There is something about James Hart’s voice that I just love.
Favorite song: “Stuck in a Rut”
EP Honorable Mentions: These were a 3 song EPs, so to me, it doesn’t qualify as an album
– Econoline Crush – The People Have Spoken Volume 1
3 new songs from one my favorite Canadian bands
– 26 – Aloha EP
This is a reissue of the song “Aloha” with 2 songs from their 2008 release “Births, Deaths, & Marriages”