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Bolachas’ Top Albums of 2012: personal choices



1. Fiona Apple. The Idler Wheel…

2. David Byrne & St. Vincent. Love This Giant

3. Point Reyes. Golden

4. Sharon Van Etten. Tramp

5. Bill Fay. Life is People

6. Matt Elliott. The Broken Man

7. Swans. The Seer

8. Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Psychedelic Pill

9. Hundred Waters. Hundred Waters

10. Spiritualized. Sweet Heart Sweet Light

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Bolachas’ Top 40 Albums of 2012

Check this out, a best of 2012 list that actually wasn’t posted until the year ended! A typical characteristic of a list like this – composed of the individual lists of some people whose music tastes I enjoy enough to ask them to contribute to the blog – is a certain conservatism (although there are some newcomers ranking pretty high, like Hundred Waters, Purity Ring, alt-J or Point Reyes) with some albums that manage to sneak into the top 10 despite not being the artists’ top moments (GY!BE, Spiritualized, Andrew Bird). Was 2012 that boring or are we the boring ones who only listen to boring music? Have your say in the comments section and post your own lists. Enough with the small talk…

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Bill Fay, “Be at Peace With Yourself”

Didn’t see that a new Bill Fay album was due next 20th on Dead Oceans until a few minutes ago. If it’s half as good as 1971’s Time of the Last Persecution, an album I learned to love some years ago due to the Current 93 cover of the title track, we might have a serious contender for album of the year. The first song off it, “Be at Peace With Yourself”, really exceeds my own expectations. Reading the tracklist for the new album, Life is People, and realizing there’s a version of Wilco’s “Jesus, Etc.” in it makes me want to pre-order it right now.