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  1. 1. Father John Misty – Fear Fun – Once again, I don’t see my 2012 on anyone’s top ten, but if you want the album that did it to me, for me, the most this year, it’s this one from Josh Tillman, the drummer of perianal favorites the Fleet Foxes. Diverse, rich, rockin at times and soft the other, each song its own world, this one just got me right down to the gorgeous last track. Key tracks: Hollywood Forever Cemetary Sings, Writing A Novel, O I Long To Feel Your Arms Around Me, Every Man Needs a Companion

    2. Dr John – Locked Down – I have always loved the music of this man, and never expected such a strong effort so late in his career. Realistically, this album should have been titled Dan Auberach (of the Black Keys) writes all of the songs for Dr John and they both nail it. It’s flavoured with just enough of both to make it an album I turned tons of people onto this year. Funky black keyed flavor but all Dr John charm. Key Tracks – Locked Down, Getaway, Revolution

    3.Plants and Animals – The End of That – At first, I was disappointed with this album. Considering 2008’s Parc Avenue is one of my favorite Canadian band albums of the 2000’s , it felt as if the crazy, unbelievable big sound for this three piece was lost. But the more I listened, the more I realized what we’ve gained here is perfection in simplistic execution of masterful sound writing. Really, really well produced, this album’s first six tracks are a homerun and the boys from Montreal are without saying never to be missed live. Key Tracks: Lightshow, The End of That, Crisis!

    4. Grizzly Bear – Shields - Confession. I have only marginally liked Grizzly Bear in the past. But this album did it for me right off the mark and sounds not much like their past efforts. A great odd album full of angles, drenched in reverb and weirdness and beauty. A truly alternative effort that rewards repeat listens. Key Tracksd : Sleeping Ute, Yet again, A Simple Answer

    5. Bahamas – Barchords – Ahh, my gentle soothing beauty of the year. No one calmed me ,centred me more than Afie Jurvanen aka Bahamas. This one, just drop the needle and drop down on the couch and float away. Key Tracks: Lost in the Light, Caught Me Thinkin, Time and Time Again,

    6. Jack White – Blunderbuss – You had me at vintage organ. Wow, there is so much vintage equipment on this album. It’s the bits and bites album of the year. I find something different everytime I listen.Typical Jack White rockin noise, unexpected genre experiments, loud, soft but all executed by not one but two backing bands (one all female, the other all male, sometimes mixed) And of course Jack’s seemingly endless ability to crank out amazing songs. Key Tracks: Blunderbuss, Sixteen saltines, Missing pieces

    7. Japandroids – Celebration Rock – I’m no spring chicken, so it takes a lot to make me feel young again. This music did that and more. I danced and screamed to this album more than any other this year. Ironically, the words are about being old and staying young throughout. High energy, loud, short, perfect. Key Tracks: The House That Heaven Built, Fire’s Highway, Evil’s Sway

    8. Dirty Projectors – Swing Low Magillan – These folks hands down make some of the quirkiest music around. Every nook and crany of the album has a little harmony or time change or instrument that makes you glad that people are still finding ways to make music interesting and accessible at the same time. If you don’t have the homerun that is 2009 Bitte Orca, grab it too. Key Tracks: Gun has no trigger, Offspring are Blank, Dance for You

    9. Dr. Dog – Be The Void – This album has some of my favorite songs of the year from guys that are super consistent at creating great music. This got a lot of summertime play – if you don’t have 2008’s Fate, I won’t judge but I will wait while you download it, now. Key Tracks: How Long Must I Wait, These Days, Lonesome

    10. Dry The River – Shallow Bed- And the winner of the Sons of Mumford (and Sons) award goes to Dry the River. How did they leap frog other contenders like Of Monsters and Men and The Lumineers? Bigger Builds, more interesting harmonies and some grime. If you like it buildy and brit, with a little less stomp, this is it. Key Tracks: Bible Belt, Animal Skins, Weights and Measures

    11. Ladyhawk – No Can Do – Yay! Ladyhawk is back. Who? Canada’s best kept secret. A little Husker Du, a little Dandy Warhols, all Ladyhawk. So glad they made it back from the wilderness Key Tracks: Footprints, No Can Do, Bed Bugs

    12. Zeus – Busting Visions – First real hot day of the year, back porch, cold bevy, this cranked. First three tracks all summer all the time. One of the best live shows of the year taboot! Key Tracks: Are you Gonna Waste My Time,Anything You Want Dear, LovePain

    13. The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now - Ah the sweet sounds of this soulful Swede touch me like few others. A little more production than usual actually lead to more repeat listenings. Beautiful stuff. Key Tracks: 1904, Leading Me Now

    14.Pond – Elegant Design/15. Tame Impala – Lonerism – The dreaded double nomination, for me a tough one and toss up. There are members of Tame Impala in Pond and while both are trippy and psych, Pond really they get the nod for being more on the Stone Roses side of things while Tame Impala is just pure PsychRock Revival. Love em both in the headphones for sure Key Tracks :pond – Elegant Design, Allergies – tame impala – feels like we only go backwards, endors toi

    16. Maps and Atlases – Be Ware and Be Careful – for containing a song that may or may not be (spoliers) my number one song of the year , this band’s energy and harmony is fully on display in this effort but just not total album enough. What I love though is the effort to be energetic, harmonious and weird. Key Tracks: Old and Grey, Winter, Vampire

    17. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls – Found in 2011, I can’t ignore the full length release in 2012. Brittany Howard is the bomb. Late late Saturday night, early morning Sunday for y’all. Key Tracks: Hold On, I Found You, Heartbreaker

    18. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do – I’ve got a soft spot for Fiona. She’s creative. She pushes boundries. She’s a genius. She’s gorgeous. And this year, she put out an amazing soulful, passionate album with the most poetic title of all time. Key Tracks: Every Single Night, Werewolf, Hot Knife

    19. Yeasayer – Fragrant – Largely ignored, I thought this album sound wise started to venture into Radiohead territory in the best possible way. Supersonic (see the end of Blue Paper for details) Key Tracks: Fingers Never Bleed, Blue Paper

    20.Mumford and Sons – Babel – You can’t love the first album as much as you did and not like the second. Because they are cut from the same cloth. I would argue that there have been improvements. What this album needed was an editor. I can’t shake the feeling they needed stuff to fill out their next concert series. But the first half of the album, gold star. Key tracks: Babel, I Will Wait, Lover of the Light

    21. The Avett Brothers : The Carpenter – Solid Songs. Check. Played around here a lot. Check. Anything we haven’t seen before. X. Good enough to be good enough which is nice but not groundbreaking enough for the top ten. Key Tracks: I Never Knew You, Winter in my Heart, Pretty Girl from Michigan

    22 . Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now – Experimental all string band plays with indie sensibilities and throws in a cover of Kid A. What’s not to love? Key tracks: Movement and Location, Kid A

    23. Patrick Watson – Adventures in Your Own Backyard – This may have been the prettiest album of the year. Lush instruments and beautiful songs. I have a feeling I haven’t listened to this one enough.

    24. The Lumineers – The Lumineers – 25. Of Monsters and Men – My Head is An Animal The also-rans of the Sons of Mumford genre for me. Some great tracks by both with lots of potential for the future Key Tracks: Lumineers – Ho Hey,Classy Girls – OMAM – Dirty Paws, King and Lionheart

    On the Outside Looking in, but still on the turntable

    Said The Whale, Cloud Nothings, Divine Fits, Bruce Springsteen, David Byrne and St Vincent, The Walkmen, Lord Huron, Passion Pit, Bobby Womack, Ben Folds Five, The Wooden Sky, Dinosaur Jr, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Godspeed You Black Emperor

    Stuff People Love that I Don’t Complete Get

    Frank Ocean, Cat Power, Swans

    The Dead To Me Category aka Your Last Album was a departure from earlier brilliance but this just sucks

    Past Winners: Kings of Leon

    This year’s winner: Mother Mother – The Sticks – Seriously, WTF happened to these guys and gals? Zero complexity or fun left in this band. Done!

    On Notice: Band of Horses – Mirage Rock – The only mirage was any substance to this album. Weak from a band who I love.

    Songs of the Year

    1.Old and Gray – Maps and Atlases – A song about painting and lost love

    2.Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings – Father John Misty

    3.The House That Heaven Built - Japandroids – “if they love you (and they will) Tell them all they are loving my shadow and if they try to bring you down, tell them all to go to hell!†YES!

    4.Bright White - Kishi Bashi – I told my Gr 12 politics class this song would be a commercial in May. Last month it was selling Windows 8.

    5.Locked Down – Dr John

    6. Oh My God It Still Means A lot to Me – The Wooden Sky - Song I sang the most around the house

    7.Stay Useless – Cloud Nothings- Bratty and loud

    8.Hold On – Alabama Shakes

    9.Andrew In Drag – The Magnetic Fields – Funniest Catchy Song of the Year

    10.Are you going to waste my time? - Zeus

    11.Sleeping Ute – Grizzly Bear

    12.Heartbreaker - Walkmen

    12.Love is Blindness – Jack White – cover of the year

    13. Mystery Jets – Greatest Hits – Sometimes breakups hurt record collections too

    14. Hail Bop- Djanjo Djanjo – Jump and Dance

    15.Lighting Bolt - Joel Plaskett

    16. Myth- Beach House

    17. John K Samson – When I Write My Masters Thesis

    18. This is not a Song - Islands

    19. Bible Belt – Dry The River

    20. Spiritulized – Hey Jane

  2. 1.Fruit Bats -Tripper – This album wins because in the end of the year playback, I like (nay, love almost) every song for completely different reasons. It's everything I want in music. Bouncy, groovy, jammy, spacey, every song a different bite.

    2.Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues – Mystical, Spiritual, Harmonious Musicianship. True Composers and each song, wonderful complexities.

    3.The Dodos – No Color – The spiritual heirs to the Dirty Projectors for me this year. Rhythmic, Quick Changes and Raw Energy. Love the drumming and acoustic on this. Lots of great songs.

    4.Bon Iver – Bon Iver – There is similarity and difference to the sound he brought this time and yet at once can be only Bon Iver. Signature songs, no one like him.

    5.TuneYards - WhoKill – Totally Original, Totally Wacky, the most interesting and fun album of the year

    6.Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean – Sam Beam got a band! And it was good. Full rich sounds, tons of instruments and different beats keep this fresh.

    7.Middle Brother _ Middle Brother

    8.Dawes – Nothing is Wrong – I Love the Southern California 70's AM Country Revival Moment. One of these bands is Dawes, and the other is made of up the main songwriters from Dawes (aforementioned) Delta Spirit (no album this year)and Deer Tick (terrible album this year) Both do it for me the same, in the same way, but Middle Brother gets the nod for a little less cheese and a better version of “Million Dollar Billâ€

    9.Wilco – The Whole Love – This band has gone from writing some of my favorite songs to playing my favorite music. The musicianship is AAA and is all on display from the first 7 min masterpiece.

    10. Radiohead Live from the Basement King Of Limbs – This soundtrack from the unbelievable video covering of most of the songs from the super cool King of Limbs. Watch it, then just listen to this and then tell me its not waaay better than the album.

    11.My Morning Jacket – Circuital – I love the fuzz and stomp on this album. MMJ makes another batch of super tunes in a new sound. Moving forward.

    12. White Denim – D – Brahm tells me he's been trying to get me into this band for years. Psfft. Super psychadelic, jammy indie.

    13.The Sheepdogs- Learn And Burn – The summer (and the Guess Who) in a nutshell. Perfect for July.

    14. Yuck - Yuck- Love, love , love from my Dinosaur Jr heart!

    15. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost – This one caught me by surprise with how much I went back to it. Deeper than its seems on early listens

    16.The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh – Haunting music that sounds great by candlelight and with a shot of bourbon

    17.The Decemberists – The King Is Dead – Great songs that got a lot of play morning times around here.

    18.The Black Keys – El Cammino[/b] – C'mon. Just cause its been out for 8 days doesn't mean it can't crack the top 20. Can't wait to see it on everyone's top ten next year. BOOMBASTIC!

    19.Young The Giant – Infectious. I tried but I can't turn away from those first four tracks.

    20 .The Rural Alberta Advantage – Departing – So tough to make the last cut but it had some real keepers.

    Things getting a hard evaluation based on other top 10 lists

    Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

    The Antlers- Burst Apart

    Cults – Cults

    The Roots – Undun

    Real Estate - Days

    King Creosote and Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine

    Single of the Year – Peter Bjorn and John – Second Chance

    Offerings from Beloved Bands That Fell Short

    Ryan Adams- Ashes and Fire

    Deer Tick – Divine Providence

    Elliot Brood – Days Into Years

    Mother Mother – Eureka

    Blitzen Trapper- American Goldwing

    Bright Eyes- The People's Key


  3. I'm an old school Who nerd from the years where TVO was one of three channels we got. Tom Baker will always be "my" Doctor but David Tennant revitalized the role completely. What a Doctor.

    Matt Smith's two seasons have been fun and very well produced. Enjoy and don't skip the Christmas Specials!

  4. Phish

    Fri, Sep 02, 2011

    Dick's Sporting Goods Park

    Commerce City, CO

    Soundcheck: Jam, My Soul, Timber (jam only), Buffalo Bill

    Set 1:

    Sample in a Jar


    The Sloth

    Sweet Virginia

    Suskind Hotel

    Strange Design


    Sneakin' Sally through the Alley >

    Sparks >

    Scent of a Mule

    Stealing Time From the Faulty Plan

    Shine a Light

    Split Open and Melt

    The Squirming Coil

    Set 2:

    Sand >

    Simple >

    Steam >

    Soul Shakedown Party >

    Seven Below >

    Suzy Greenberg >

    Scents and Subtle Sounds >

    Slave to the Traffic Light >

    Silent in the Morning >


    Sweet Adeline



    Notes: This show was brought to you by the letter "S." Sparks was played for the first time since 11/29/96 (463 shows). Sweet Adeline was played for the first time since 8/1/99 (285 shows). Sabotage was played for the first time since 11/21/98 (318 shows).

  5. I'm not sure how to say this but...it was me and BW.

    We needed to blow off steam and with BW's store right next door what can I say? Anyone who has seen me dance before could use few better words to describe it than prancing, jumping and slamming about. SKOALS BABY!

    Sorry about pissing off the band. We as Londoners have so much great music rolling through these days, we have to disgust bands so they never come back.

  6. I have been doing this awhile, and all that Friday showed me was still after all these years, there's is plenty of magic still to come. That I was lucky enough to catch one of those shows. You know the one were you look in your Almanac has all the awesome reviews, maybe in a Phan Pick, this was one of those shows.

    Pre Show, it was a beautiful night. Very relaxed lot scene. Some beers and homemade subs. The folks we were staying with knew the back way in and out (which by the way is right in front of one of the gates, dirt road) Had pavillions, Fishman side , great stuff. Of course its Mike's birthday and Gordo looked spiffy.

    Set 1: Wolfman's Brother, Funky Bitch, Sample in a Jar, NICU[1], Mike's Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Tela > Chalk Dust Torture, The Wedge

    Set 2: Down with Disease[2] -> Fluffhead > David Bowie, Waste > Also Sprach Zarathustra[3] > Cavern

    Encore: Good Times Bad Times

    [1] Happy birthday wish from Trey to Mike; Happy Birthday tease from Trey.

    [2] Happy Birthday tease and A Love Supreme jam.

    [3] Sex Machine and Super Bad teases from Trey.

    The thing about this show was it had no stinkers. Zero. Sure you may not love Tela but it's beautifully placed for a rest and on a hot summer night, why not? Tremendous energy and commitment from the crowd.

    The first set could have been a second set. Great jams up front to start, the Chalkdust had some nice sticotto jams. But that second set, transcendent. The DWD was so good live, I haven't dared listen to it yet, and I think I will try to get an Aud recording for this, because the way the crowd was pushing, you need to hear it. Everyone knew what was happening. The Fluffhead, savage and tight, into Bowie, more jammed out than I've heard in years. 1 hour 3 songs. Waste cool down, 2001 with James Brown teases (I knew I wasn't crazy) re ignition and boom, dance all the way home. Complete show. A++

    I temper this review of course, knowing that I had a great night in a great section and that this will be my only show for the summer. But this was a top notch show I would recommend to any phan.I took a friend who had never seen Phish before. What a show for him! He asked me if it was always like this. I said no, but when you catch one like this, you're in for good.

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