And just like that, we’ve arrived at the second part of my Top 25 Albums of 2012. As I’ve said, I easily could have listed 50 releases, but I realized that half of those would have been albums that I only listen to when I’m in a particular mood. In other words, they’re not immediately accessible, and that to me knocks them down a notch. So, if you’re looking for 25 releases that you can immediately dive into and love, this is the place to be. Enjoy.
20) Why? – Mumps, etc
There are few things better than listening to Yoni Wolf as he unloads a lyrical collage of images right onto your brain. Oh, you don’t want to pay attention? That’s OK. There’s also plenty to sing-a-long with.
:Why? – White English:
19) Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II
Whenever I hear anything off this album, I immediately want to be in a sweaty club somewhere watching Thee Oh Sees play. Putrifiers II is a fantastically fuzzed-out blast.
:Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light:
18) Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky
I love that Dinosaur Jr. are still cranking out quality albums. Those guys definitely have the right to just sit on a couch somewhere, and yet they’re out and about rocking harder than most of us ever will.
:Dinosaur Jr. – Pierce The Morning Rain:
17) Yellow Ostrich – Strange Land
Strange Land didn’t hit me like last year’s The Mistress did, but it does feature a nice step forward sound-wise for the band, and there are some really fantastic tracks on it.
:Yellow Ostrich – The Shakedown:
16) The Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
I’m not sure the Dirty Projectors will ever really be easily accessible, but I do think that Swing Lo Magellan is them actually giving it a shot. The album is loud, oddly hooky, and just so very interesting to listen to.
:The Dirty Projectors – Offspring Are Blank: