We’ve already discussed our favorite films, TV series, and comics of 2012. Now, to round things out before the impending season 4 premiere, we’ll “discuss” our favorite albums. “Discuss” is in quotation marks because, as we’ve frequently noted on the show, we are really, really bad at knowing how to talk about music. So we figured we’d let the music speak for itself.
Enjoy and check back on Sunday for the season premiere of GOBBLEDYGEEK!
PAUL: 10. SOME NIGHTS by fun.
Key track: “Some Nights”
AJ: 10. LONERISM by Tame Impala
Key track: “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”
PAUL: 9. THE CARPENTER by The Avett Brothers
Key track: “February Seven”
AJ: 9. BEARD, WIVES, DENIM by Pond
Key track: “Fantastic Explosion of Time”
PAUL: 8. EVERY KINGDOM by Ben Howard
Key track: “Old Pine”
AJ: 8. BLUNDERBUSS by Jack White
Key track: “Sixteen Saltines”
PAUL: 7. CLOUD ATLAS by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil
Key track: “All Boundaries Are Conventions”
AJ: 7. OPEN YOUR HEART by The Men
Key track: “Cube”
PAUL: 6. SWEET SOUR by Band of Skulls
Key track: “The Devil Takes Care of His Own”
AJ: 6. LOCKED DOWN by Dr. John
Key track: “Getaway”
PAUL: 5. BLUNDERBUSS by Jack White
Key track: “I’m Shakin'”
AJ: 5. OLD IDEAS by Leonard Cohen
Key track: “Going Home”
PAUL: 4. FEAR FUN by Father John Misty
Key track: “I’m Writing a Novel”
AJ: 4. SLAUGHTERHOUSE by Ty Segall Band
Key track: “Diddy Wah Diddy”
PAUL: 3. THE LUMINEERS by The Lumineers
Key track: “Stubborn Love”
AJ: 3. SWEET HEART SWEET LIGHT by Spiritualized
Key track: “So Long You Pretty Thing”
PAUL: 2. FORT ATLANTIC by Fort Atlantic
Key track: “I’m Wrong”
AJ: 2. ‘ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND! by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Key track: “We Drift Like Worried Fire”
PAUL: 1. BORN AND RAISED by John Mayer
Key track: “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967”
AJ: 1. THE SEER by Swans
Key track: “Song for a Warrior”
Of course, there were more than ten albums in 2012 worth listening to. So, in the interest of spreading the love, here are some more albums we felt merited a mention…
PAUL would like to give shout-outs to Old Ideas by Leonard Cohen, Life of Pi by Mychael Danna, Born to Die by Lana Del Rey, Continued Silence by Imagine Dragons, Last Smoke Before the Storm by Benjamin Francis Leftwitch, My Head Is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men, The Lion the Beast the Beat by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Island of Echoes by The Wilderness of Manitoba.
AJ requests a round of applause for Bloom by Beach House, America by Dan Deacon, Beams by Matthew Dear, Melody’s Echo Chamber by Melody’s Echo Chamber, Clear Moon by Mount Eerie, Twins by Ty Segall, Valtari by Sigur Rós, There’s No Leaving Now by The Tallest Man on Earth, TOY by TOY, and Bend Beyond by Woods.
(You might also enjoy “Insolent Musical Peasants,” the episode in which Paul and AJ attempt to talk about music.)
I love that someone else loves that John Mayer album as much as me.