Major SF players share their favorites
2. Naytronix, Dirty Glow
3. I Come To Shanghai, Eternal Life Vol. 2
4. Beak, >>
5. Steve Moore and Majeure, Brainstorm
6. Clipd Beaks, Wake
7. Brian Eno, LUX
8. Neurosis, Honor Found in Decay
ALMOST TOP 10 SHOW (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
1. Pulp at the Warfield: Think that was this year. Cocker sings sexy
2. Red Red Red: just saw this guy play at a warehouse in Oakland...live house music made with actual hardware!
3. Flying Lotus at the Fox was pretty epic..... insane visuals.
5. Lumerians at the Uptown
6. Neurosis at the Fox: Fuck!
7. Deerhoof at SXSW ..... maybe the best live band in the universe
8. Indian Jewelry at the Terminal .... strobe light universe
EMILY SAVAGE, GUARDIAN
LIVE SHOWS THAT CREATED THE MOST POSI MEMORIES IN 2012
1. Feb. 14: Black Cobra, Walken, Yob at New Parish
2. Feb. 23: Budos Band and Allah-Lahs at the Independent
3. March 30: Hot Snakes at Bottom of the Hill
4. April 10: Jeff Mangum at the Fox Theater,
5. July 21: Fresh and Onlys and La Sera at Phono Del Sol Music Fest
6. July 28: Total Trash BBQ Weekend at the Continental Club
7. Aug. 11: Metallica at Outside Lands
8. Aug. 31: Eyehategod at Oakland Metro
9. Oct. 9: Saint Vitus at the Independent
10. Oct. 27: Coachwhips and Traditional Fools at Verdi Club
NEW ALBUMS I LISTENED TO ENDLESSLY IN 2012
1. Grass Widow, Internal Logic (HLR)
2. Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory (Carpark)
3. Ty Segall, Slaughterhouse (In the Red)
4. Dum Dum Girls, End of Daze EP (Sub Pop)
5. Frankie Rose, Interstellar (Slumberland)
6. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Alleluja! Don't Bend! Ascend! (Constellation)
7. The Fresh and Onlys, Long Slow Dance (Mexican Summer)
8. THEESatisfaction, awE naturalE (Sub Pop)
9. Terry Malts, Killing Time (Slumberland)
10. Guantanamo Baywatch, Chest Crawl (Dirtnap Records)
TAYLOR KAPLAN, GUARDIAN
TOP 10 ALBUMS OF 2012
1. Hiatus Kaiyote: Tawk Tomahawk (self-released) I could tell you that a bunch of white Australians somehow merged the sound-worlds of Erykah Badu, J Dilla, and Thundercat into a 30-minute, self-released debut LP that rivals the best work of any of those musicians, but you just might have to hear for yourself: hiatuskaiyote.bandcamp.com.
2. Lone: Galaxy Garden (R&S) This is the Lone album we've been waiting for. The British laptop producer's past efforts, while exquisitely lush, were inhibited by a sense of hollow simplicity; Galaxy Garden, his danciest effort yet, shows improvement on nearly every front, from generously layered percussion, to a nuanced, bittersweet take on melody and harmony. A gorgeous fulfillment of Lone's hedonistic vision.
3. Scott Walker: Bish Bosch (4AD) Difficult as it is to proclaim Bish Bosch 2012's best album, (its hulking weight and unyielding grimness renders casual listening a difficult proposition) no LP this year has matched its gutsiness and sonic adventurousness, or consolidated so many ideas into a singular space. An array of musical possibilities as dense, thorny, and encyclopedic as a Pynchon novel, with Walker's quivering, operatic baritone as its sole, anchoring force.