The Snobbery’s Naughty and Nice List 2012 Edition (Part I)

I read too much this year!  I listened to too much this year!  I…I don’t know, I read and listened to a lot of things and watched a lot of tv.  I honestly have no idea how many parts this list will end up being because I’m indecisive as hell.  Just bear with me, ‘kay?

I will never not find this funny.

What do you think?  How about we start with some music?  Yeah, music!

sj’s Top 5 Albums of 2012

1.  Titus Andronicus – Local Business

I love many, many, many things about this Jersey punk band with the Shakespearean name.  Their 2008 debut The Airing of Grievances had me the second I heard the album’s name, no joke.  While one could say that the current Titus Andronicus bears little resemblance to the band from 2008 (these guys go through drummers and guitarists like nobody’s business), their sound is just as amazing and loud as ever.

Listen to:  Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape with the Flood of Detritus

2.  Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

I didn’t think I could love this band more than I did after 2009′s Bitte Orca (still in heavy rotation), but I DO!  You’re doing yourself a major disservice if you don’t at least listen to the song I’m about to link you to.

There is an answer
I haven’t found it
But I will keep dancing til I do

Listen to:  Dance For You

3.  Whirr – Pipe Dreams

pipe dreams

So, funny story about this album.  I hadn’t even heard OF it, let alone heard it before last week.  But since then, it’s been playing almost constantly.  Seriously, I can’t think of anything new I’ve played this much in a very long time.  Hats off to Robby at FolkLure for reviewing it so that I could enjoy it as much as I have.  Since this is A NEW acquisition, that means something got bumped out of the top five, but whatever.  It’s not like hearts will be broken based on my Nice Lists.

Listen to:  Junebouvier

4.  Los Straitjackets – Jet Set

This is one of those bands that cause people to cast funny looks in my direction.  Do I care?  No.  The truth is that I have a huge soft spot for 60s surf rock, and I love the way these guys play it.  Other than the Bambi Molesters, they’re my favourite current surf band.

Listen to:  Low Tide (that saw!  sounds Hawaiian, dunnit?)

5.  Magnetic Fields – Love at the Bottom of the Sea

Guys, guys.  My favourite band?  This is it/them/him/whatever.  Much like Spiritualized up above, it’s not possible for me to listen to this album with an impartial ear.  Love at the Bottom of the Sea marks the end of the Magnetic Fields’ no-synth trilogy and learning that made me jump up and down and squeal with joy.

Much like almost every song on here did.  Now, if you’re not already a fan, that’s fine – I’m not disowning you, or anything.  I know that not everyone loves them as crazy irrationally as I do.  But I will still scoff at your taste in music.  So, yeah.  Because it’s my favourite band and this is the best damn album they’ve put out in the last 13 years, you get two songs instead of one.

Listen to:  Andrew in Drag and God Wants Us to Wait

Bonus Songs!

Most played songs on my iPod this year (not including anything from the above albums):

1.  Beastie Boys – Hey, Fuck You (tied with) The Ergs! – Kind of Like Smitten (25*)

2.  Sonic Youth – Within You, Without You (19*)

3.  Nick Cave – God’s Hotel (17*)

4.  Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers (all parts) (14*)

5.  Damien Rice – Rootless Tree (11*)

Hmmmm.  I’m kind of surprised by this list, actually.  I think maybe cos I did a lot of listening on Spotify this year?  I wonder what my REALLY MOST LISTENED to songs are this year?  Do I need to start keeping track of songs, like The Silence?

I’ll post another list in a few days or something.  I CAN’T POST EVERYTHING AT ONCE, CALM DOWN.  <3

What did you guys listen to in 2012?

23 thoughts on “The Snobbery’s Naughty and Nice List 2012 Edition (Part I)

  1. Los Straitjackets are awesome! Saw them in concert a few years ago, and they were much fun. And did you know there’s a new Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album coming out in February? :)

  2. I love you. I’m saving this and at some point when I have all the free time (HA HA WHEN AMY WHEN WILL THAT HAPPEN I ASK YOU?) I’m listening to these because you have impeccable taste.

  3. I am crawling out from under my rock and blinking in the sun. I have never heard of these bands before. I am intrigued. I am, however, reading your post and seeing no one naughty. NO ONE. Why is that? YOU PROMISED NAUGHTY! It’s baked right into the title and everything!

  4. I came here for the naughty dammit. ;)

    Hell’s bells I’ve never heard of these bands…I don’t know what is up with my music lately. I think having teenagers has screwed me up. I either seem to listen to oldies or top 40.

  5. I like this. Now that you ask. I didn’t listen to much new music this year, and I was obsessive about what I did listen to. I’m guessing none of my Top 5 most listened-to albums came from 2012 and they were probably:

    The Age of Adz – Sufjan Stevens
    Vampire Weekend – Contra & their self-titled one
    Dead Prez – Revolutionary but Gangsta
    Radiohead – King of Limbs
    Wise Intelligent – The Talented Timothy Taylor

    And those bands (with the exception of Radiohead) were probably used the most on pandora too.

    I’m excited to listen to yours because I’m only familiar with a couple!

    • Based on what you’ve just said, I predict you will like at least 60% of the songs here.

      (and Hail to the Thief is clearly the superior album, sir)

      • Oh, okay, are we gonna do this here?! Alright. I see you’re Hail to the Thief and I raise you Amnesiac. Pyramid Song could be elected president and you would vote for it!


        (But really, Myxamatosis can literally change the physiology of my body and A Wolf at the Door makes me want to cry. Every time.)


        • Dude, I have EIGHT GIGS of live RH (not even joking), and their HttT tour shows are some of the best live music EVER.

          Also, my 3 favourite songs of theirs are either live only, or were never really recorded.

          You can guess which songs. ;)

          • That is rather a great many GBs. But really, you’re not going to tell?

            I will bow to the clear authority here, HOWEVER, you didn’t deny that you’re voting Pyramid Song 2016 :P

            But actually, I like so many of their albums, I’m happy with it all for the most part. I think I was stuck on King of Limbs this year because I find it calming and light-hearted.

            Oh, and thanks again for sharing the list. It seems good after a couple listens.

  6. Surf rock — that sounds awesome. That album cover is awesome, too. Like great book covers, I’m a huge fan of great CD covers.

    Hmm, my most recent musical discoveries…

    1. Lately, I’ve gotten into… wizard rock. That’s right — Harry and the Potters. The Parselmouths. Gred and Forge. The Hermione Crookshanks Experience. I don’t really buy whole albums anymore; I usually just download individual mp3s from Amazon, so I’ve been surfing around through the adorable/awesome silliness of the Potter rockdom, and it’s been fun. And, of course, it being the Christmas season, I’ve been playing “The 12 Days of Wizarding Christmas” quite frequently :)

    2. Ooh! Ooh! One of my favorite new bands is Circa Paleo. I read on this past summer’s local Ren Faire schedule that they were going to be performing, and that their thing was folk music from around the world. Sadly, I wasn’t able to go that particular weekend, so I Google’d them, listened to a few song samples, and then Amazon’d a bunch of mp3s from their Eleven Lives, Roseland, and Tideland albums. Here’s a video of them playing at a Texas Ren Fest back in 2009 (the song’s not actually “Patsheeva”; it’s their medley of “Blair Athol” and “Sleepy Maggie”).

    3. I also recently discovered a Michigan-based folk duo called Mustard’s Retreat when my family visited a Lithuanian folk song festival back in October (one of the musicians, David Tamulevich, is of Lithuanian descent). I’m not into all of their songs, but they do have a few really nice ones, like “The Minstrel and the Bear” (I’m linking to the Amazon mp3 samples because I couldn’t find a YouTube video of “The Minstrel” and the only one for “The Moon Howls” wasn’t that great) and “When the Moon Howls and the Wolves are Still” (which gets extra points for that awesome title).

    4. And my most recent musical discovery is Katie Melua. My grandmother actually introduced me to her music — she watches a German TV channel called Deutschewelle (DW-TV), and during one of their arts/culture programs, there was a segment about this singer. Like with Mustard’s Retreat, I’m not into all her songs, but the ones I do really like so far are “Blues in the Night,” “Spider’s Web” (the title of which which may or may not constantly remind me of Sherlock describing Moriarty…but I digress) and “A Happy Place” — which has the most bizzare(ly awesome) music video I’ve seen since Gotye’s “Somebody that I Used to Know.”

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