Pop music in 2012

Some recommendations from the year-to-date; this written (mostly) before the holiday-gatherings-and-music-banter season, which is typically when I fill in on all the stuff I missed. As in 2010, entire albums only and based on highly subjective and imprecise listening. That which moves, moves.

Five winners from 2012, without justification

Electric Guest.

Punch Brothers.

How to Destroy Angels.

Cat Power.

Tame Impala.

Five more, whose inclusion might require justification

Andrew Bird. continues being: creative, interesting, musical, wonderful. Wouldn’t every person in the English-speaking world have this on their shelf? Why wasn’t this the best-selling album at your local Walmart last year?

Bat for Lashes. I liked Cindi Lauper too, and not for the lyrics. In addition to this and Sun, I dug through the Regina Spektor and Sharon Van Etten. But not Apple, contrary to its 101 mentions in the P&J.

Alt-J. No, I hadn’t heard of them before the Mercury win; but, I’ve enjoyed using the phrase “boffin-rock” ever since.

Swans? Okay, Swans.

Shearwater. Earworms for recovering boffin-rockers.

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