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Best of 2012...so far

What happens when you put a bunch of music nerds in a room and ask them to talk about their favorite music of the year so far? Why you get a Top Ten List of course! There's been a metric sh@# ton of great music this year, with new releases from the likes of Punch Brothers, Leonard Cohen, Alabama Shakes and more, but ultimately there can be only TEN that make the cut.

With over sixty albums mentioned the whittling down process was arduous and sometimes painful, but in the end we came together and saw our way through the adversity/diversity to deliver unto you this list of the best that 2012 to date has to offer. 

#10 Hospitality - Hospitality

KEVIN - New York hasn’t sounded this cool since the glorious heyday of CBGB’s, Blondie and The Talking Heads. Complex, confident, and unabashedly poppy, this is easily the most memorable debut record from any band on a long, LONG while. 


ANDRE - I recommend talking to Kevin on this one. Just remind him that the first step is accepting you have a problem.  I dig it as well, just not as much as Kevin...because that's impossible.

LIVE: Father John Misty @ The Rock And Roll Hotel - 5/20/12

I’ll be the first to admit, that when I first heard that Tillman, who’s most recent gig was the drummer/arranger for a little band by the name of Fleet Foxes was releasing a solo album, my interest wasn’t exactly piqued. Not to beat a dead horse, but 2011’s Helplessness Blues was at best a tired exercise in overly beardmotive mountain songs that went nowhere, said nothing, and except for a few moments of sonic beauty (which was to be expected) failed to deliver in every conceivable way. At its worst…well I guess it’s a quick trip to the bottom from there isn’t it?

So color me surprised when upon hearing Fear Fun few weeks ago (read our review here) I found that it wasn’t just good, but that it was everything I had wanted that second Fleet Foxes record to be and more. Fear Fun burst to life with tales of drugs, debauchery, and confessions of insecurity. But instead of being the sexless, dreary affair that was Helplessness Blues, Tillman injected a sense of humanity, humor and confidence deep into the DNA of his songs and in the process turned out one hell of a sexy record, even despite its beirdness.

Kicking off the show Sunday night with the bad-trip/country slow burn of “I’m Writing a Novel”, Tillman and his band proceeded to deliver a truly Thompson-esque performance as refracted through some weird Hollywood lens - or at least some weird literary approximation of it. Fearless and unhinged, Tillman “shook his shit” through nearly every track on Fear Fun, taking longish breaks between each song to engage, or as he said, “understand”  the audience.