22 of Mike Turner’s Favorite Songs of 2012 So Far
Joanna Gruesome – Madison
Welsh youth filtering Boyracer, Wedding Present, and Urusei Yatsura. I mean holy fucking batshit this is so purely golden that anyone listing Animal Collective as an influence should watch this video and then stop everything they are doing including breathing as they are too out of touch.
Hive Dwellers – Lynch The Swan
This song references a hangman and I’ve bee really into stories around hangmen, artwork based around hanging, and the history of it lately. Calvin Johnson is a super freak, but will always be someone that will inspire so many folks to just go and do it. Anyway, by far the best record to come out on K Records in years,
The Tuts – I Call You Up
It’s been a super rough spring, and it’s been fun little pop songs like this that helped brighten up some super shitty days.
Younger Lovers – We Are Younger Lovers / Keeps on Falling Down
Black, gay, and garage rock? You have to be kidding me. I never thought something like this would ever exist. This video is from 2011, but ‘Rock Flawless’ came out right before or right after it turned 2012. It’s like someone wrote an album about hanging on the telephone with melodies straight out of a schoolyard hopscotch or jumprope game with fuzzy guitars and garage beats.
Lambchop – Gone Tomorrow
Probably the most out of the ordinary track on my top picks, but I have been a Lambchop fan for almost 16 years now. They never seem to go that far out, but they never seem to make the same record either. There are lots of southern references in the lyrics in each album, so maybe that’s what keeps me coming back.