Before I get into them, I know that there’s a ton of great music from last year that I should be including on here. If it’s not on here, it’s because I’ve spent little to no time with those CDs. There are either plenty of CDs my friends like or highly acclaimed CDs — Lee Bains, Frank Ocean, Shovels and Rope, Bruce Springsteen, Alabama Shakes, Leonard Cohen, Killer Mike, Big Boi, Band of Horses, the list goes on — but I just haven’t gotten to know these well enough. But hey, I guess that’s what 2013 will be about.
Dr. John, “Locked Down” – I started listening to this one after my brother, Matt, recommended it, and it’s got such a cool funky sound to it. Favorite track: probably “Ice Age,” but the priest in me really like “God’s Sure Good” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgcsWaOuCcA
Todd Snider, “Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables” – I was vaguely familiar with Todd Snider before getting a copy of this cd from Jimmy Hensley, a friend of the Varners’ at Lake Santeetlah. This isn’t a very polished or clean record, but to me that’s what makes it great (like Neil Young’s “Tonight’s The Night”). Favorite track: “In the Beginning”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HK7b1FL5yE8
Japandroids, “Celebration Rock” – Favorite CD of the year. I got this one while in Charleston at Earshot Records out in West Ashley (Mester’s boyfriend Frank’s store — check ‘em out if you’re down there. They’re awesome!). Straight-up rock the entire way through, and while I’ve never seen them, I’m sure that the drummer must have forearms that put Dan Uggla to shame. Favorite track: almost any of them, although it varies between “Younger Us,” “The House That Heaven Built,” and “Celebration Rock” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqaEQTi3rew
Neil Young, Psychadelic Pill – It’s good, but beware: it’s got 3 tracks that exceed 16 minutes. IMO, two of those are excellent (“Ramada Inn” and “Walk Like a Giant”), and one is okay (“Driftin’ Back”).
Bob Dylan, Tempest – Going back to 1997′s Time Out Of Mind, Dylan’s music has been really strong, even if it’s got a good bit of filler in there. This album is kinda like that — some very strong tracks, as well as a good bit of filler.
Beach House, Bloom – The only reason this one isn’t mentioned above is that I haven’t listened to it quite enough as the others. Great album though, just as all of their other albums have been to date.
Okay, that’s it. Feel free to suggest your favorites down below. And thanks, Bean, for letting me wax musical on here!