2012: The Year in Music, Part 1 of 4

Musically, it’s been a strange year. I’ve been trrbl about listening to full albums. More than ever, I’ve found myself getting stuck on singles (many Spotify playlists were streamed in ‘postrophe 12). I even just came to the realization that I didn’t buy even ONE CD this year. Nuts.

Am I in a musical rut or something? I don’t really think so … because a lot of said singles I really enjoyed. An played over and over. And over.

I’m going to share my favorite 2012 singles (or album cuts) in four parts — and I thought I’d present them in a way where they could be viewed in a bit more of a “fleshed out” manner. Whenever possible, I tried to find a live in-studio performance or well recorded live show of each tune. And so you can compare it to the studio version, I embedded that audio for each. HOPE YOU ENJOY IT.

Father John Misty: Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (released May 1)

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Twin Shadow: Five Seconds (released May 21)

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Bowerbirds: Tuck the Darkness In (released March 6)

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Cloud Nothings: Fall In (released January 24)
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Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) (released October 11)
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Grizzly Bear: Yet Again (released August 3)

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The Men: Open Your Heart (released March 5)

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Wild Nothing: Wait (released January 30)
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King Tuff: Bad Thing (released May 29)

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