Twerps : Don't Be Surprised : Twerps (2011)
- 2nd Album
- The 2011 album that would've been on my best of show then had I found it in time.
- A spacey brand of indie pop.
- CMJ 2012
14 : The Mountain Goats : Harlem Roulette : Transcendental Youth (2012)
- Latest full length. Previous was 2011's All Eternals Deck and was a Best of the U & U.
- Their last, The Life of the World to Come, was out in October 2009.
- Led by John Darnielle and his unmistakable passionate and powerful vocals.
13 : Menomena : Heavy Is As Heavy Does : Moms (2012)
- 5th full length
- One of the most innovative bands going. Even after Brent Knopf left to form Ramona Falls.
12 : You Won't : Three Car Garage : Skeptic Goodbye (2012)
- Debut album
- M. Ward and T. Rex feel to this track.
- SXSW 2012
11 : Cold Specks : Steady : I Predict A Graceful Expulsion (2012)
- Forthcoming full length debut
- Powerful rough female vocalist.
- RIYL The Head and the Heart
- An awesome video for the track 'Holland' can be found HERE.
10 : Suckers : Figure It Out : Candy Salad (2012)
- 2nd full length
- Eclectic rock that might could be RIYL Wolf Parade or Menomena. (I do)
- Debut EP and LP each received Best of the U & U honors.
- SXSW 2012.
9 : Ty Segall & White Fence : I Am Not A Game : Hair (2012)
- First collaborative album
- San Fran 60’s psych/garage rock leader.
- One three 2012 Ty Segall albums
8 : JEFF the Brotherhood : Country Life : Hypnotic Nights (2012)
- 7th album
- Classic rock duo from Tennessee comprised of Jake & Jamin Orrall
- I'm somewhat reluctant to say a cover is one of my favorite songs of the year, but this song was such an unexpected treat when I listened to this album.
- The rock scene owes a lot of thanks to these guys and Japandroids.
7 : Titus Andronicus : Still Life With Hot Deuce On Silver Platter : Local Business (2012)
- 3rd album.
- 2nd album The Monitor was my pick for best album of 2010 and one of my all time favorites.
- A Rolling Stone ‘Best new band of 2010’ even though their debut came out in 2008.
- SXSW 2012
6 : Matthew E. White : Steady Pace : Big Inner (2012)
- Debut album.
- Take the sound of Iron & Wine's last 2 albums and the Welcome Wagon and make it catchier, funkier and fuller and you get this incredible album.
- I saw him perform it once already and I can't recommend the show enough!.
- One of the best releases of the year.
5 : Perfume Genius : Hood : Put Your Back N 2 It (2012)
- 2nd album
- Debut album, Learning, was a massive critical hit.
- Another easy and catchy piano track.
- This week's band that is blowing up out of the blue. They are everywhere!
T2 : Japandroids : Continuous Thunder : Celebration Rock (2012)
- 2nd album.
- raucous anthem-filled post punk rock
- huge energy and distortion. You’ll want to see this song live and as loud as possible.
- SXSW 2012
T2 : Tame Impala : Feels Like We Only Go Backwards : Lonerism (2012)
- 2nd album
- Australian classic psych outfit.
- Members also responsible for the excellent band POND.
T2 : Spiritualized : Mary : Sweet Heart Sweet Light (2012)
- 7th album since 1992!
- first since 2008.
- Big time success in the UK.
1 : Moonface : Yesterday's Fire : With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery (2012)
- Forthcoming 2nd album. First with Siinai as backing band
- First full length was out last year, Organ Music.
- Debut EP was out last year and was one 20+ minute track.
- Wolf Parade's and Sunset Rubdown's Spencer Krug's solo project.