Best-of-Year Lists

Since 2012 is about to become a musical memory for us, here are my top five albums of the year as well as a playlist with some of my favorite songs.

5. Workers – Both Hands

Let’s hear it for Louisville boys making good with their second release under the Workers moniker. Both Hands grabs you by the ears, nose and throat with, um…

4. The Helio Sequence – Negotiations

Bandmates Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel have been making warm, ethereal music together since 1999. This is their fifth release and includes hints of eighties synth pop.

3. Pinback – Information Retrieved

As a long time Pinback fan, I was delighted to see the band break a five-year recording drought. This album is great to spin at night while watching the stars drift by.

2. King Tuff – King Tuff

The sophomore release from King Tuff (aka Kyle Thomas), this came out in May and knocked Jack White’s Blunderbuss from the top of the CMJ chart. The song Keep On Movin’ will keep you movin’ for sure.

1. Django Django – Django Django

Coming out of left field (if you consider London left field) and claiming that their name has “absolutely nothing to do with Django Reinhart,” fun stuff is had on their debut album – especially the insanely catchy song Default.