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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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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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Dum Dum Girls are one of the more prolific indie bands out there right now, having released 2 full-lengths and 4 EPs since 2008.  So if you haven’t gotten a change to check out their most recent EP, End Of Daze, it’s understandable.

But, it’s also something you’re going to want to rectify real soon.  The EP, released last month via via Sub Pop, features 5 garage pop jams you’ll want to hear.

You can hear Dum Dum Girls talk about their music and their fans in Pitchfork.tv’s “+1″ series, as well as perform the track “Season in Hell” off that release.

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Here’s Dum Dum Girls latest video for the track “Lord Knows” of their End of Daze EP, released via Sub Pop.  The Christin Turner-directed clip features a blonde-haired Dee Dee leading the rest of the band in a mystical ritual.

I also think it’s pretty badass that the video premiered on ROOKIE, the fashion/lifestyle/culture site run by wunderkind Tavi Gevinson.  Unlike fellow wunderkind Ryan Howard, though, Tavi seems cool – like the 16-year-old you pretend you were.

Check out the video below:

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Dum Dum Girls have a commitment to their style I can appreciate.  I saw them at SXSW a few years back, and each time, whether they were playing or just hanging out, they had the same look: in a group, never smiling, clad in black from their ever-present sunglasses to their boots.

It was completely intimidating and completely intriguing.  Everywhere they went, they elicited furtive glances from a crowd that was always concerned with looking uninterested.

Now, does that mean their music is any good?  Of course not.  There’s plenty of bands that look badass, but happen to sound terrible.  In this case, though, Dum Dum Girls have the music to back up their look – 60s girl group combined with garage rock.

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So, I could write a really self-righteous post about “best of” lists right now – about how its ridiculous that people are posting them in the beginning of December, about how everyone is rushing to be the first to put their list up – but here’s the reality: i’m putting up my best of 2011 lists now because this is the first time in a few months I’ve actually had the time to do so.

I’ve taken a break from blogging for the last few months, but I haven’t taken a break from consuming music.  So for that reason – and because “best of” lists are one of my favorite parts about blogging – I’m kicking off Best of 2011 posts today!  My top albums will be up later this week, and my top tracks will be up next week, but in the meantime, here are my favorite EPs of 2011.

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