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Top 12 of 2012

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12. Fiona Apple – The Idle Wheel

I love Fiona Apple to death. she is by far, my favorite female this millennium by a mile. Weird, perverted, dark and sulky. My favorite kind of girl. I didn’t like this album as much as Extraordinary Machine, which was absolutely brilliant. However, it grew on me. It’s stark, lonely and naked. Disturbing on many levels. Fiona proves her artistry once again. Here is one with lyrics so you can understand why she would make a very scary ex-girlfriend. “Werewolf” http://youtu.be/sOSBJbrvGis

11. John Cale – Shifty Adventures In Nookie Wood

Why this album has not appeared in anybody’s list this year is a mystery to me. I am not even sure anyone knows about it. John Cale was the genius alongside Lou Reed in Velvet Underground. He is still making albums, still touring and still interesting. This album is no exception. Hypnotic, experimental, and all around a great record. Here is the opening track: I Wanna Talk 2 U – http://youtu.be/v4ob6_oMLhs

10. Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory

I heard about this album on WFUV quite often and finally got to hear it. It’s strong, simple and a fun listen. I listened to the earlier albums. This one is far better. They seem to have hit their mark. I admit they are hipster doofuses, but who cares. It’s rock n roll and I Like it. Here is one called “Wasted Days” (live) http://youtu.be/1rGOU2XfmfQ

9. Mumford & Sons – Babel

Excellent follow-up to the smash debut. This one doesn’t break any new ground, just digs the well deeper. Probably on their way to arena rock stardom, a la Dave Matthews. Too bad. I will miss the simple pleasures they brought. Let’s hope success doesn’t spoil the family. The song you probably hear everywhere and it ain’t stopping anytime soon: “I Will Wait” http://youtu.be/rGKfrgqWcv0

8. Jack White – Blunderbuss

Some of this is familiar Jack White territory but I enjoyed the introspective and dark side of this album very much. Not much I can say about Jack White that hasn’t already been said. He is a complex artist. Can’t seem to pin him down. Good for him. Keep it up. See what I mean with this performance “Love Interruption” http://youtu.be/pptjtlCsNBY

7. Regina Spektor – What We Saw From The Cheap Seats

Regina is not just another wacky chick in the bunch. She plays with songs like a kid in a sandbox. The kid that all the other kids veer away from. This is an interesting album and certainly not for all tastes. If you know Regina from her past efforts you will probably like this one a little more. It’s a strong next step for her. Yes, she is weird. I like weird chicks, but not as annoyingly weird as Tori Amos. “Don’t Leave Me” http://youtu.be/BWXWivwhi14

6. Tom Tom Club – Downtown Rockers

The rhythm section of Talking Heads, Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz, return with Tom Tom Club’s new album. It’s a fairly decent album but I have it on my list for sentimental reasons, and for the title track alone, which I can’t seem to get out of my head. http://youtu.be/io6yjlq1IiU

5. Norah Jones – Little broken Hearts

Norah has been trying to escape every label that is pinned on her. Jazz chanteusse, country siren, pop idol all in a nice little package fit for mass marketing. Except, she decided to say something on this one. She is angry, disturbed and scorned. Lyrically her best so far. Musically, with the help of Danger Mouse, she doesn’t over reach, but it works beautifully. A solid effort by a solid artist. “Happy Pills” http://youtu.be/uOujZK1Iv6A

4. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

A duo from Vancouver blew my mind. This is not The Black Keys or The White Stripes type of duo. It borders on arena rock with just enough Cheap Trick cheekiness to work. I am really starting to love these guys. Excellent album. “The House That Heaven Built” http://youtu.be/TRVCtbfuDqw

3. Fun. – Some Nights

Once every millennium comes a band that sounds like Queen, has the production value of Abba and the cheese factor of the cast of Glee. Before you say kill me rather than make me listen to something with that combination. It has to be crap, right? WRONG. Fun. works on all levels. This is the most fun I have had listening to music in a long time. Put aside the hit song that has been in every commercial and sitcom preview. This album is infectious, hook-laden pop at it’s best. I am not ashamed to say it and I will not apologize. Fun. is FUN period. Here is The HIT – “We Are Young” http://youtu.be/Sv6dMFF_yts

2. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls

Brittany Howard is an unbelievable singer. This band is tight. It’s soulful garage rock at it’s best. I love this album. Jack White had something to do with it. No surprise there. “Hold On” http://youtu.be/Le-3MIBxQTw

1. Bob Dylan – Tempest

First listen, I was hooked on a couple of songs. Over time, the entire album grabbed me. This is the best Dylan has done since “Time Out Of Mind” which was masterful. It’s at the top of my list not only because it’s the best release this year, but because at his age and point in his career, to put out anything worth a listen is a testament to his genius. His voice is better than the last few and the lyrics are as poignant as anything he has ever done. And that says a lot. “Duquesne Whistle” http://youtu.be/mns9VeRguys

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About Stevie GB

60 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.

One response to “Top 12 of 2012

  1. jcverrall

    I love looking at all these lists – there has been some great music in 2012. I’ve listened to more stuff this year then I have in ages, but I’ve still managed to miss Japandroids & Alabama Shakes 😦
    Fiona Apple is also on my list to catch up on.

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