Menomena : Plumage : Moms (2012)
- 5th full length
- This is the best track on the album.
- One of the most innovative bands going. Even after Brent Knopf left to form Ramona Falls.
Divine Fits : Baby Get Worse : A Thing Called the Divine Fits (2012)
- The long awaited collaborative album from Spoon's Britt Daniel and Wolf Parade/Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner.
- This album is powered by the Boeckner led tracks but this cover is pretty hard to deny as the album's highlight.
- Rowland S. Howard was the guitarist in the Boys Next Door, Nick Cave's first band, and Cave covered it brilliantly himself for them.
A.C. Newman : Not Talking : Shut Down the Streets (2012)
- Latest solo release from the New Pornographers' frontman.
- The New Porno's released their fourth album, Together, in 2010.
- One of the brightest, good-mood-evoking voices in the indie rock world.
Natural Child : Derek's Blues : Hard In Heaven (2012)
- 2nd full length.
- Big fun and loose, vintage 1970's classic rock sound here. Think Lynyrd Skynyrd.
- Debut, 1971, was on more than a few best of '11 lists.
Tony Castles : One Tone Man : Sharon Stone EP (2012)
- 2nd EP. Out 10/23/12
- Debut EP, No Service was out in 2010
- Download for free at RCRDLBL!
- Brooklyn band that I feel are going to be massively successful once they get some more music rolling out.
Slam Donahue : C'mon C'mon : Hemlock Tea EP (2012)
- Forthcoming 2nd EP
- One of the catchier songs I've come across in quite a while
Withered Hand : Heart Heart : Heart Heart EP (2012)
- Latest EP of 3.
- 2011 debut full length, Good News, was one of my favorite releases of the year.
- Neil Young-heavy sound.
- His best song and unfortunately very profane. The FCC would not appreciate it if I didn’t edit… or maybe they would because it would result in them getting more cash for no good reason!
- Favorite new (to me) band!
Dusted : Property Lines : Total Dust (2012)
- Debut full length
- Collaborative band from a member of Holy Fuck and Final Fantasy.
- Big Neil Young folk sound.
Goodnight, Texas : Jesse Got Trapped In a Coal Mine : A Long Life of Living (2012)
- Forthcoming debut album
- Great slightly more country brand of folk.
Raymond Byron & the White Freighter : You'll Never Surf Again : Little Death Shaker (2012)
- Debut full length from this new project from Ray Raposa, of the Castenets.
- Out on Asthmatic Kitty Records… Sufjan's label.
- Rootsy, easy folk.
- RIYL The Tallest Man on Earth
Tame Impala : Elephant : Lonerism (2012)
- 2nd album
- Australian classic psych outfit.
- Members also responsible for the excellent band POND.
The UFO Club : Chapel In My Mind : The UFO Club/Night Beats 10" (2012)
- Split 10" with Night Beats
- Also one LP from collaboration between The Black Angels and Night Beats.
- Great dark psych rock… not a surprise considering the band's family tree.
Psychic Ills : Take Me With You : Zoned b/w Take Me With You (2012)
- Latest split single with Moon Duo.
- 3rd full length, Hazed Dream was out in 2011, but numerous other EP and single releases.
- Trippy garage psych rock.
The xx : Chained : Coexist (2012)
- 2nd album. Debut was a massive indie hit.
FIDLAR : Cheap Beer : FIDLAR (2012)
- Latest single. 2 EPs out as well.
- Rough garage rick with a bit of surf rock.
- So glad to see these guys getting a bit of publicity.
- FIDLAR = Fuck It Dude Life’s A Risk.
- SXSW 2012
Why? : Jonathon's Hope : Mumps, Etc. (2012)
- 4th album
- An incredibly unique blend of Alt hip hop, spoken word and alt indie rock.
- Some of their rock-heavy songs bring forth some of the most interesting combinations of sounds.
- This is one of their best to date.