Favourite Albums and Gigs of 2012

That time of year has come, and the “best of 2012” lists are proliferating. Overall I’m listening to less music than ever, due to a podcast addiction, but I still think 2012 has been a good year for album releases. Here is my top ten. Make that eleven.

Top 11 Albums

  1. The Laurels – Plains
  2. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  3. The Dirty Three – Whatever You Love You Are
  4. Cat Power – Sun (see my review)
  5. Mosman Alder – Burn Bright
  6. Fabulous Diamonds – Commercial Music (see my review)
  7. Holy Balm – It’s You
  8. Tenniscoats – All Aboard (see my (review)
  9. Dinosaur Jr – I Bet On Sky
  10. Catcall – The Warmest Place
  11. Ned Collette + Wirewalker – 2

Out of these, I only managed to catch The Laurels and The Dirty Three live, both excellent shows. Cat Power is touring in early 2013, which I’m looking forward to. I didn’t go to heaps of gigs this year, so my favourite list is basically the list of gigs I attended.

Top Gigs

  1. Thurston Moore with Chelsea Light Moving at the Melbourne Festival
  2. PJ Harvey at Sydney Festival, State Theatre
  3. Deerhoof at Sydney Festival, Hyde Park Barracks
  4. The Dirty Three at Sydney Opera House
  5. Tortoise + The Laurels at Hi-Fi Sydney
  6. Shellac at Hi-Fi Melbourne
  7. Lee Ranaldo + The Laurels at Hi-Fi Melbourne

Thurston Moore was a clear winner, even better than I had been anticipating, with an excellent mix of his solo work over the years. PJ Harvey was also a real highlight, performing the entirety of her 2011 masterpiece, Let England Shake.





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