gameover. We’ve all seen the phrase. And, it is never one we look forward to.
Today, the San Jose Sharks were eliminated, after a hard fought seven-game series against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, from the NHL Playoffs—ending their 2013 season. As a fan, this hurts. This year looked great, and felt great as well. But, it has come to a close.
While shaving my ceremonial playoff beard, I put together a new mix. It changed as my mood did, and is kind of all over the place.
I’ve included some of my old favorites, and some of my current loves just being released. And, for those of you that don’t know, the last song (‘Seek and Destroy’ by Metallica) is the song the Sharks enter each home game to.

gameover. We’ve all seen the phrase. And, it is never one we look forward to.

Today, the San Jose Sharks were eliminated, after a hard fought seven-game series against the defending Stanley Cup Champions, from the NHL Playoffs—ending their 2013 season. As a fan, this hurts. This year looked great, and felt great as well. But, it has come to a close.

While shaving my ceremonial playoff beard, I put together a new mix. It changed as my mood did, and is kind of all over the place.

I’ve included some of my old favorites, and some of my current loves just being released. And, for those of you that don’t know, the last song (‘Seek and Destroy’ by Metallica) is the song the Sharks enter each home game to.


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May 29
2:52 am
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After taking a few days into this lovely 2013 to listen to a few last albums, I finally had my list completed for the Best Albums of 2012. I spent some time working on my graphic, and typing out a thought-filled post for you all to read. Finally came the time to post it, and it all vanished. I mean, it straight up disappeared. No post, no links, no saved draft. Needless to say, I was angry. So, after taking another day (or two) to rewrite everything, I give you my list for 2012. 
Last year was a strange one when it came to music. It seemed like as the months ticked away, there really weren’t any albums being released that jumped out as standouts for the year. Sure, there was a good one here, and a good one there. I was kind of upset with music overall.
Then, I realized that my Spotify kept playing the same things over and over. And, my iPhone was full of albums that went on and never came off. I found myself finding new bands like the Alabama Shakes. I found duo’s like the Japandroids trying one more and final time to “make it,” producing a hit album like Celebration Rock. Spreading beyond typical hit genres, we saw Abel Tesfaye, The Weeknd, practically reinvent R&B music singlehandedly.
2012 slowly but surely became an amazing year for music, no matter what kind you like. The following is my list of the best twenty five albums released over the past twelve months, in my opinion. I hope you discover something you haven’t heard, and fall in love with it like I did.


25. Father John Misty—Fear Fun24. Glen Hansard—Rhythm and Repose23. Here We Go Magic—A Different Ship22. Grimes—Visions21. Tame Impala—Lonerism20. Divine Fits—A Thing Called Divine Fits19. The Helio Sequence—Negotiations18. Metric—Synthetica17. Soft Swells—Soft Swells16. The Weeknd—Trilogy15. Ben Howard—The Burgh Island EP14. Half Moon Run—Dark Eyes13. Twin Shadow—Confess12. Mumford & Sons—Babel11. The Walkmen—Heaven10. Regina Spektor—What We Saw From The Cheap Seats9. The xx—Coexist8. Chromatics—Kill For Love7. Beach House—Bloom6. Lovedrug—Wild Blood5. Grizzly Bear—Shields4. ∆ (alt-J)—An Awesome Wave3. Frank Ocean—channel ORANGE2. Alabama Shakes—Boys & Girls1. Japandroids—Celebration Rock


In a year where I had originally struggled to find standout music, I ended up discovering more than I could hope for. While it was more of a challenge to refine this list than I could begin to describe, there are several albums that stood out, that just didn’t make the final cut. The following, are my five honorable mentions:



-Purity Ring—Shrines-Ellie Goulding—Halcyon-Vacationer—Gone-Walk the Moon—Walk the Moon-Dinosaur Jr.—I Bet On The Sky


 And while this isn’t enough music already, 2012 has come and gone. This music is in the past. A week into 2013, and we already have some great music surfacing. To prepare you, I give you the five albums that I am currently most excited for to come out in the months to come.


-The Joy Formidable—Wolf’s Law-Local Natives—Hummingbird-Frightened Rabbit—Pedestrian Verse-Arcade Fire-James Blake


 Music is something special. It has a way of resonating with people on a level nothing else can. It is something that I surround myself with daily, and something that I truly love. You may know these artist and albums already. But, if you don’t, I hope that you find something that speaks to you. I’m attaching a link to a full Spotify playlist for you to subscribe to (Click Here), and including the playlist below for ease as well. Now turn up the speakers, and enjoy.

After taking a few days into this lovely 2013 to listen to a few last albums, I finally had my list completed for the Best Albums of 2012. I spent some time working on my graphic, and typing out a thought-filled post for you all to read. Finally came the time to post it, and it all vanished. I mean, it straight up disappeared. No post, no links, no saved draft. Needless to say, I was angry. So, after taking another day (or two) to rewrite everything, I give you my list for 2012. 

Last year was a strange one when it came to music. It seemed like as the months ticked away, there really weren’t any albums being released that jumped out as standouts for the year. Sure, there was a good one here, and a good one there. I was kind of upset with music overall.

Then, I realized that my Spotify kept playing the same things over and over. And, my iPhone was full of albums that went on and never came off. I found myself finding new bands like the Alabama Shakes. I found duo’s like the Japandroids trying one more and final time to “make it,” producing a hit album like Celebration Rock. Spreading beyond typical hit genres, we saw Abel Tesfaye, The Weeknd, practically reinvent R&B music singlehandedly.

2012 slowly but surely became an amazing year for music, no matter what kind you like. The following is my list of the best twenty five albums released over the past twelve months, in my opinion. I hope you discover something you haven’t heard, and fall in love with it like I did.

25. Father John Misty—Fear Fun
24. Glen Hansard—Rhythm and Repose
23. Here We Go Magic—A Different Ship
22. Grimes—Visions
21. Tame Impala—Lonerism
20. Divine Fits—A Thing Called Divine Fits
19. The Helio Sequence—Negotiations
18. Metric—Synthetica
17. Soft Swells—Soft Swells
16. The Weeknd—Trilogy
15. Ben Howard—The Burgh Island EP
14. Half Moon Run—Dark Eyes
13. Twin Shadow—Confess
12. Mumford & Sons—Babel
11. The Walkmen—Heaven
10. Regina Spektor—What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
9. The xx—Coexist
8. Chromatics—Kill For Love
7. Beach House—Bloom
6. Lovedrug—Wild Blood
5. Grizzly Bear—Shields
4. ∆ (alt-J)—An Awesome Wave
3. Frank Ocean—channel ORANGE
2. Alabama Shakes—Boys & Girls
1. Japandroids—Celebration Rock

In a year where I had originally struggled to find standout music, I ended up discovering more than I could hope for. While it was more of a challenge to refine this list than I could begin to describe, there are several albums that stood out, that just didn’t make the final cut. The following, are my five honorable mentions:

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-Purity Ring—Shrines
-Ellie Goulding—Halcyon
-Vacationer—Gone
-Walk the Moon—Walk the Moon
-Dinosaur Jr.—I Bet On The Sky

 And while this isn’t enough music already, 2012 has come and gone. This music is in the past. A week into 2013, and we already have some great music surfacing. To prepare you, I give you the five albums that I am currently most excited for to come out in the months to come.

-The Joy Formidable—Wolf’s Law
-Local Natives—Hummingbird
-Frightened Rabbit—Pedestrian Verse
-Arcade Fire
-James Blake

 Music is something special. It has a way of resonating with people on a level nothing else can. It is something that I surround myself with daily, and something that I truly love. You may know these artist and albums already. But, if you don’t, I hope that you find something that speaks to you. I’m attaching a link to a full Spotify playlist for you to subscribe to (Click Here), and including the playlist below for ease as well. Now turn up the speakers, and enjoy.


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Jan 8
1:44 am
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Another year has come, another year has gone. With that year, memories of laughter, joy, heartbreak, and loss. Throughout it all, the constants are what remain atop our memory of what was 2012. What greater constant to recall than that of music.
Throughout the journey of the last twelve months, we’ve all been immersed in music of different likings. What follows, are my 25 favorite tunes of the time that was. If you know some, enjoy. If there are some new tracks you’ve yet to hear, I am pleased to introduce you to some great songs (in my opinion, of course).



25. Anna Sun—Walk the Moon24. Only Son of the Ladiesman—Father John Misty23. October—The Helio Sequence22. Paradise—Wild Nothing21. Impregnable Question—Dirty Projectors20. Oats in the Water—Ben Howard19. On The Sea—Beach House18. Chained—The xx17. Nerve—Half Moon Run16. Feel So Close—Calvin Harris15. Breathing Underwater—Metric14. Sugar—Paper Route13. Firewood—Regina Spektor12. Oblivion—Grimes11. Kill For Love—Chromatics10. Constant Conversations—Passion Pit9. State Hospital—Frightened Rabbit8. Breezeblocks—∆ (alt-J)7. Great Divide—Lovedrug6. Thinkin Bout You—Frank Ocean5. The Mother We Share—CHVRCHES4. Yet Again—Grizzly Bear3. Five Seconds—Twin Shadow2. Hold On—Alabama Shakes1. The House That Heaven Built—Japandroids




To make things even easier for you to discover these lovely songs, I give you a full Spotify playlist. You are all very welcome.
Spotify Playlist

Another year has come, another year has gone. With that year, memories of laughter, joy, heartbreak, and loss. Throughout it all, the constants are what remain atop our memory of what was 2012. What greater constant to recall than that of music.

Throughout the journey of the last twelve months, we’ve all been immersed in music of different likings. What follows, are my 25 favorite tunes of the time that was. If you know some, enjoy. If there are some new tracks you’ve yet to hear, I am pleased to introduce you to some great songs (in my opinion, of course).

25. Anna Sun—Walk the Moon
24. Only Son of the Ladiesman—Father John Misty
23. October—The Helio Sequence
22. Paradise—Wild Nothing
21. Impregnable Question—Dirty Projectors
20. Oats in the Water—Ben Howard
19. On The Sea—Beach House
18. Chained—The xx
17. Nerve—Half Moon Run
16. Feel So Close—Calvin Harris
15. Breathing Underwater—Metric
14. Sugar—Paper Route
13. Firewood—Regina Spektor
12. Oblivion—Grimes
11. Kill For Love—Chromatics
10. Constant Conversations—Passion Pit
9. State Hospital—Frightened Rabbit
8. Breezeblocks—∆ (alt-J)
7. Great Divide—Lovedrug
6. Thinkin Bout You—Frank Ocean
5. The Mother We Share—CHVRCHES
4. Yet Again—Grizzly Bear
3. Five Seconds—Twin Shadow
2. Hold On—Alabama Shakes
1. The House That Heaven Built—Japandroids

To make things even easier for you to discover these lovely songs, I give you a full Spotify playlist. You are all very welcome.

Spotify Playlist


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Jan 3
11:36 pm
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Japandroids—The House That Heaven Built

One of my favorite albums of the year. The guys just announced that they’ll be playing the Fillmore in November.

Count me in.

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Aug 13
9:34 pm

Album of the Week: Celebration Rock by Japandroids

Albums like this come few and far between. If you’ve never heard the Japandroids, you’re already missing out.

Celebration Rock, the Canadian duo’s sophomore album, is one that needs to be played; and it needs to be played loud.

A sing-along album that hits you with an emotional and nostalgic presence, they did everything right. My only complaint is that it is too short. Clocking in at just over 35 minutes and eight tracks, it is following the trend of shorter albums here in 2012. The fact that each song on the album delivers allows me to quickly forget its length.

With standout tracks such as “Younger Us”, carrying lines like “gimme that night you were already in bed, said f**k it got up to drink with me instead,” and connecting with each and every one of us on at least some memory growing up. Or the ever-increasingly popular anthemic "The House that Heaven Built" with its chanting "Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh oh oh, oh’s.”

Like I said, this album is only a half hour long. You’re likely to spend that much time on Facebook today anyway. Might as well have a great soundtrack to listen to while doing so.

Celebration Rock, not an album I’m going to forget any time soon. And one that will definitely surface again later in the year when I begin piecing together my best of 2012 lists.

Purchase Celebration Rock in locations as follows:

Amazon (cd)   |   iTunes (digital)   |   Insound (vinyl)

(Source: Spotify)


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Jun 5
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