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It’s Christmas!!!

You had to know that any decent throwback around Christmas is gonna have to be this song right? Well we do not disappoint!

I have been listening to this song on Christmas eve for years now and it never gets old. Sometimes I have been too drunk to almost make it through before passing out. Other times I have been surrounded by great friends and loved ones. But either way I always listen to this song at the holidays.

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I’ve got my best albums of 2012 ready for Friday, but I have to be honest that I always enjoy putting together my best songs lists.  You might not sit down and listen to your ten or twenty favorite albums at once, but you can relieve the year through single songs in a couple of hours.

My best of ____ mixes (and those throwback one’s made by Dan) are some of my favorite mixes of all time.  If you’re not already making best of ____ mixes, you need to start. Today.  The only rules? One song per artist, and the song was released in some fashion (album, EP, 7″, mp3) in 2012.

In the meantime, check out the list of my favorite songs of the year.  Jams, every single one of them.
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It’s list time again folks! And Laura says I can write some lists too!! So here are some lists of some random things – books, records, songs, etc. It’s long but I hope you enjoy it some… either way, it’s the end of the year wrap up!!

IRRITATING THINGS!
Since I write the throwback Thursday section sometimes I get to be the resident cranky person. I love it since I can often be found shaking my fist at baggy pants wearing teenagers who have the gall to walk on my lawn!

Anyway, here is a list of things that are dumb and/or irritating to me right now. They aren’t in any real order except number 1 is probably in the right spot… I would say that this is for the whole 2012 but I can’t remember all the way back an entire year!

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Best of 2012 continued.  Fave covers are up, and top tracks and albums will be posted this week.

Keeping the albums separate from the EPs again this year, because how can you judge a 5 song EP to 17 song album?

And let me say, for the millionth time, more EPs please!  Perfect introduction to a new band, perfect release that keeps me happy between full-lengths from a favorite band.  So thank you to these bands/artists for indulging my craze by putting out some excellent EPs.

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Kicking off “Best of 2012″ week a little early with my top five cover songs from this year.  Next week, I’ll post my favorite EPs, songs, and albums, along with some of Dan’s favorites (and least favorites) of the year.

As I’ve ranted about before, covers can be a tricky thing, particularly if you’re a fan of the original song.  Too close to the original, and its karaoke.  Too far from the original, and it’s blasphemy. Here are a few I thought hit that sweet spot. Read More

Screen Shot 2012-12-12 at 9.45.03 PMSince it’s “Best of” list time*, it’s also time to talk about albums/bands you think got overlooked this year.  And one I think people have been sleeping on?  Pale Fire, the latest from Sweden’s Sarah Assbring aka El Perro Del Mar.

[* Next week, I'm gonna get my life and my best of 2012 lists together. Promise.]

If you haven’t heard her latest, here’s a chance to remedy that by checking out her video for “Hold Of The Dawn.”  The video was shot in a dimly lit Stockholm studio, which feels like the perfect setting for keeping the sunlight out.

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Not only is our Throwback Thursday friend Dan good for epic posts connecting Modest Mouse with the ecojustice movement, but he’s also a great source of music recommendations.  Today he hipped me to this band, via Afropunk.

New York’s Wishes and Thieves has a dreamy yet epic vibe that feels like it shouldn’t work, but somehow does.  Afropunk says, “This is music for rainy afternoons but also dance parties.”  Again, doesn’t make sense, but tell me they’re wrong after listening to “Forest Fire,” the title track off their 2012 EP:

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I’ve posted about my love for Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles before, so it’s probably no big shock that I’m digging the recent collaboration between Dee Dee (Dum Dum Girls) and Brandon Welchez (Crocodiles), who also happen to be married.

The two have formed a new group, Haunted Hearts, that will be releasing a 7″ on February 5th via Zoo Music, a record label they co-own.  The 7″ features “Something That Feels Bad is Something that Feels Good” b/w “House of Lords,” which you can pre-order now (though it is pretty NSFW, if that’s your thing).

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It’s “Best Albums of 2012″ list time* and I swear, those lists are my best source of music discovery.  If I see a band I haven’t heard of on enough lists, there’s an 87% chance that I’ll dig it.  Class Actress and the xx are just a  few bands I discovered this way.  (Yeah, I don’t know why I was so late on the xx thing, either.).  

This band, Parquet Courts, has been popping up on some early lists I’ve seen, and, as usual, I’m glad I took the time to check them out.  Though the band just released their debut LP, Light Up Goldthis year, you might know band member Andrew Savage from Denton’s Fergus & GeronimoRead More

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