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
- The Laurels – Plains
- Tame Impala – Lonerism
- The Dirty Three – Whatever You Love You Are
- Cat Power – Sun (see my review)
- Mosman Alder – Burn Bright
- Fabulous Diamonds – Commercial Music (see my review)
- Holy Balm – It’s You
- Tenniscoats – All Aboard (see my (review)
- Dinosaur Jr – I Bet On Sky
- Catcall – The Warmest Place
- 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.
- Thurston Moore with Chelsea Light Moving at the Melbourne Festival
- PJ Harvey at Sydney Festival, State Theatre
- Deerhoof at Sydney Festival, Hyde Park Barracks
- The Dirty Three at Sydney Opera House
- Tortoise + The Laurels at Hi-Fi Sydney
- Shellac at Hi-Fi Melbourne
- 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.