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2012 Wrap-Up: Top Concerts of 2012

I’m fairly certain I wrote this at the end of 2011, but I don’t see how any year could ever top the live performances I saw this year. Though not as plentiful as last year, 2012 was a combination of luck and eagerness on my part and it couldn’t have been better. Good luck 2013. […]

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2012 Wrap-Up: Top Commenters of 2012

Well folks, at this time last year, SOPA was ready to break the internet, LMFAO’s “Sexy and I Know It” was #1 on Billboard and I was still amazed MSU beat UGA in the Outback Bowl (and I was there to witness it!). A lot of things have changed since January 2012, but you’ve still […]

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2012 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2012 #5-#1

Honorable Mention #20-#15 #14-11 #10-6 The grand finale is here. Leave your top albums list in the comments. 5. Kendrick Lamar-good kid m.A.A.d city While not every artist Dr. Dre has backed has panned out (see Truth Hurts, RBX, Hittman), the good Dr.’s latest protege Kendrick Lamar has the makings of a special artist. good […]

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2012 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2012 #10-#6

10. Miguel-Kaleidoscope Dream The act I wouldn’t have predicted to be one of my favorite albums of the year is Miguel. I assumed the 26 year old artist’s sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream would be more weak dance fodder (see Trey Songz, Chris Brown), but Miguel takes funk, rock and electronic influences and crafted an expansive […]

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2012 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2012 #14-#11

14. District Attorneys-Slowburner GA-based The District Attorneys enlisted producer/engineer Drew Vandenberg to rework a handful of demos from their Waiting on the Calm Down EP that were filled with precise hooks and reverb-filled guitar tracks that balanced accessibility with creativity. Those songs and a few make up the eclectic make-up of Slowburner, an album that […]

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2012 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of the Year #20-15

20. Poliça-Give You The Ghost The debut from Minneapolis duo Bryan Olson and Channy Leabeagh aka Poliça is drenched in so much vocoder it would make rapper/sanger Future jealous. That might seem like a bad attribute, but the vocal effects used by Leabeagh result in an enchanting synth and drum-filled affair. Many tracks like “Amongster” […]

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2012 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of the Year – Honorable Mention

While 2012 wasn’t a banner year for the album format, there were many notable long form efforts to be had. It was a struggle to get to 20 or so albums that I was enamored with, but that probably means 2013 is going to be out of control with expected releases from Local Natives, Phoenix, […]