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#228: Fiona Apple, “Fetch the Bolt Cutters”

Another week, another half-surprise release. We didn’t have access to a single song off Fiona Apple’s stunning new record (her first in 8 years) and we missed how good it is to be able to be surprised in an age where we already listened to a third of a record by the time it’s out. Plus: almost two hours of brand new music by the Mountain GoatsBright EyesHamilton Leithauser, King Khan, Malena ZavalaFaye WebsterLido PimientaRina SawayamaBedouineSarah SiskindCourtney Marie AndrewsHazel EnglishPacific RangeFruit BatsTrace MountainsNathan KalishDougie PooleWhiskey Wolves of the West, The Howling Hex, FlatwormsCar Seat HeadrestStereoboyMalojianSir Richard Bishop, and The Deep Dark Woods.

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Bolachas’ Top Albums of 2012: personal choices

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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…