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2012 & the Abysmal Company You Kept

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The walking first act minstrel show that is the Jack White Blues Explosion released his debut solo record in 2012, and Jack has traded up his farmer cotton blues licks for some sweet Bruce Hornsby piano and songs to sooth the most discernible Paste magazine reading Bacon Brothers fan. I have to give it to Mr. White. It takes some balls to create such a shitty record for his rabid fan base then press it into some crazy record within a record that is frozen in a block of ice and then E-Bay it to the highest bidder in some pathetic race with the Flaming Lips to be the most wacky musician creating music in formats or packages where the fans can’t hear it. At least Bono never made a record this bad, and that’s not a good place to be Mr. White.

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Then Deerhoof did something that never happens in the world of music. A band releases their 11th and what might be their best record 18 years into their career with a run of albums in build up that hints the 12th one could even top it. Deerhoof have their own unique sound but they are never the same. They create art yet have no pretension of being artists.

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Dear 2012, as a year for me personally you sucked. I’m so ready for 2013. One of the better things about 2012 though is that I was able to discover this band.

The musical toilet paper clinging to the bottom of your shoe that I didn’t mention that I just got bored with before I could even scribble it out includes Mumford & Sons, Japandroids, Ariel Pink, Dirty Projectors, Beach House, Animal Collective, Mac Demarco, and Alabama Shakes.

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4 Responses to 2012 & the Abysmal Company You Kept

  1. Tim Cushing December 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Dead on about The Shins. I remember hearing Zach Braff telling me the band would “change my life,” although he coyly put the words into someone else’s mouth so as to avoid appearing to be a pretentious a-hole with absurd designs on shoving his tastes in my earholes.

    But he was right. I DID listen to the Shins and indeed, my life changed. Shortly after this, my wife took ill and stopped working. A two-year pursuit of a diagnosis led to the actually rather wonderful Mayo Clinic and a lifetime’s worth of debt, medical and otherwise. Now, I work three jobs just to break even. I’m not sure exactly which waifish bit of Shinnishness flipped the “Life” switch from “Good” to “Bad” (and then from “Bad” to “Worse”), but I DO KNOW that I hold them (and to a lesser extent, Zach Braff) entirely responsible for this turn of events.

    Also: my tastes do not line up directly with yours, therefore this list is COMPLETELY WRONG, except for the Grimes bashing and, of course, the Fucking Shins. Rest assured, they’ll pay for this someday. Unfortunately, I doubt it will be with actual money, which is what I need. It’s hard to get the electric company to accept “vindictive spite” as payment, no matter how creative the swearing contained therein.

  2. Parks December 7, 2012 at 6:58 am

    Nice.
    just throwing out the muuy biien video at the end with no mention.
    “Click on this video” if you dare…..

  3. Debbie Harry December 7, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Mostly post-hipster drivel, but spot freaking on RE: Micachu. One of the best LPs of the year.

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