Thursday, January 17, 2013

One Music Director's Choices for the 31Best Records of 2012

***UPDATE*** I have received an incredible response to this list...all positive. One thing to my band, label, and promotion buddies to know: you don't need to thank me. Keep making great music and rest assured that someone is always listening. Here's to a rockin', soulin', blues'n, or whatever 2013!


A few things before you dive in, ok? 1) I don't make any difference between a new album or a reissue of a long dead and out of print title. 2) They aren't in any order. Seriously. 3) Don't give me any shit about what I missed. I am sure your Pitchfork approved list is much better. I'll just have to live with that. Anyway, if you don't know any of these do yourself a favor and give them a listen. I am thinking of doing a Spotify list and if'n I do, you'll be the first to know.



Bill Fay - Life Is People (Dead Oceans)

Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel (Tompkins Square)

Calexico - Algiers (ANTI-)

Ahleuchatistas - Heads Full of Poison (Cuneiform Records)

Cheap Girls - Giant Orange (Rise Records)

Cory Branan - Mutt. (Bloodshot Records)

Colin L. Orchestra - COL (Northern Spy)

The dB's - Falling Off the Sky (Bar None Records)

Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild (Light in the Attic)

Games - S/T (HoZac Records)

J.D. McPherson - Signs & Signifiers (Rounder Records)

J.C. & Co. - "Music" by (S/R)

Joey Kneiser - Moonlight for the Graveyard Heart (S/R)

Hondo - Entertainment for Man & Horse (S/R)

Joel Plaskett Emergency - Scrappy Happiness (Maple Music Recordings)

Justin Townes Earle - Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot Records)

Jin Choi - A Thousand Whales of Love (Private Gold)

Kid Koala - 12-bit Blues (Ninja Tune Records)

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat + Bone (Mom + Pop Records)

Lucero - Woman & Work (ATO Records)

Moritz Von Oswald - Fetch (Honest Jon's Records)

Nick Waterhouse - Time's All Gone (Innovative Leisure)

Nico Muhly - Drones (Bedroom Community)

The Orb Feat. Lee "Scratch" Perry - Present the Orbserver in the Star House (The End Records)

Chris Smither - Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature Sounds)

Lee Fields & the Expressions - Faithful Man (Truth & Soul)

Shoes - Ignition (Black Vinyl Records)

Terry Malts - Killing Time (Slumberland Records)

Vitamin Pets - The Fang (S/R)

Sly & Robbie - Blackwood Dub (Groove Attack)

The Allah Las - S/T (Innovative Leisure)