Stuff N Such’s Best and Worst of 2012

I guess I’m a bit later on this than everyone else, but I guess if I wanted to do something more conventional (aka boring),  I’d write for No Country. Anyways, 2012 was definitely an interesting year. Shit got realer and lamer. The usual was seen, with Nicki Minaj picking fights with everyone and not realizing she’s a joke to the Smashing Pumpkins still calling themselves that even though its more like Billy Corgan’s solo career carried over (or was that always what SP was?). One Direction didn’t pull a Lynard Skynard and die in a plane crash, JEFF the Brotherhood got even bigger by making another Weezer album (and not a good one), D Watusi managed to get on every show possible (wonder how…), and even though his album was pretty decent, Jack Gillis still named his album Blunderbuss.  However, as always, there are some diamonds in the rough. The Stone Roses reunited, Spiritualized toured America (and have promised to hit every state next year), awesome bands like the Promised Land, Western Medication and Fly Golden Eagle became more prominent, and production began on albums from the Bad Seeds, Queens of the Stone Age (with Dave Grohl!) and more.

So was it the best year musically? Not entirely, but it did have its moments and it did set us up for what is sure to be phenomenal year next year. And with that, we give you the best and worst of those moments.

The Best

Endless Flowers – Crocodiles

A lot of people don’t like this band. I’m a fan but even I’ll admit that this band is pretty much a one-trick pony. However, it is a damn good trick.

The Road Gets Darker From Here – Gallon Drunk

One of the better surprises I’ve gotten from a press release this year. I had no idea about this band, but their previous ties to Nick Cave are evident, as this sounds like the Birthday Party if they were more pissed off and older. Not exactly a pick me up album, but definitely one for the mornings when you feel like you’re stumbling right out of the junkyard.

Weed Seizure – The Hussy

The Hussy are prolific as hell and slow down for no one. I think they’re like sharks at this point; if they stop moving, they’ll die. So instead of that, they put out another installment of their piss and vinegar style rock ‘n’ roll to remind us that at this point, they have to keep kicking against the pricks.

A+E – Graham Coxon

While Damon Albarn’s post-Blur output has been questionable (doesn’t help that the man is a cock tease about Blur’s new material), the nerdy looking guitarist has had a solo career that has consistently put out new and good material. This is no exception, as this album is all the punk parts of Blur without Albarn’s sometimes goofy optimism. Fuck yeah.

Blues Funeral – Mark Lanegan Band

8 years after their last release, the Mark Lanegan Band bummed out those expecting a guitar album in the same vein as the last one and came out with what might be Lanegan’s most experimental work to date. For those who are worried about that, don’t. Lanegan’s signature snarl is still ever present on this album.

Sweet Heart Sweet Light – Spiritualized

One band I’ve really come to love this year and the timing couldn’t have been better. I know I don’t number this stuff, but if I had to pick an album of the year, this would be it. As always, Jason Pierce delivers an album that can be the soundtrack to the best of times and the worst of times. Well done, Spaceman, well done.

Lonerism – Tame Impala

These Aussies had significant pressure on them before this album came out. Not like people knocking on their doors kind of pressure, but creative pressure. With their contemporaries MGMT falling victim to the dreaded sophomore slump with their second LP, people like me were wondering if this band had the capability of avoiding the plunge. They not only avoided it, but actually gained higher ground in the process.

Putrifiers II – Thee Oh Sees

This band has always been around and I had heard their songs on shows like Breaking Bad and the like, but I had never sat down and gave any of their albums a solid listen. With their show here in Nashville being an absolute blast, I decided it was definitely to finally sit down and give their record a spin. And it was awesome. If you haven’t given this band the time of day yet, do it now.

Butter – Turbo Fruits

After a 3 year delay, JoNasty and the boys finally released some new tunes. From the sound of it, it looks like the boys are finally growing up. Well, not really. They still talk about getting stoned and drinking ALOT, but their songwriting is definitely growing up. That counts for something, right?

Hair – Ty Segall and White Fence

Twins – Ty Segall

Ty has been more active this year than two hookers in Bangkok. Luckily, most of it pays off and he’s probably avoided getting the clap. While the Ty Segall Band was not the best, Ty soon released two more albums that more than picked up the slack. Even if you want to be annoyed at how prolific he is, you know you’re still nodding your head along to his songs.

Lawless soundtrack – V/A

Yeah, yeah, I know this is a soundtrack and all, and its full of covers, but that’s not the point. Nick Cave had the balls to take songs by the Velvet Underground and Captain Beefheart about smoking meth, fast cars and even faster women and drench em in whiskey-drinking, foot-stomping bluegrass. The result is unexpectedly punk but expectedly fucking cool.

United States of Being – PUJOL

The band’s major label LP debut introduces more of the world to PUJOL. Armed with good punk riffs and catchy choruses, PUJOL’s tunes pack so much of a punch, you might lose some teeth. Quite the introduction, indeed.

Diamond Rugs – Diamond Rugs

Out of all the Black Lips side projects that have sprung up, I think this is my favorite. Don’t be turned off by some of the song titles as a song like “Gimme a Beer” is the perfect anthem for after a long day of bullshit work.

Aloha Moon – Magic Wands

I never saw this band when they were based out of here, but apparently they didn’t get a warm reception from this city’s crowd. Too bad but I guess having a chip on your shoulder really does pay off. After a bunch of delays, their debut album finally came out this year and showed that the duo can put their money where their mouth is.

Aufheben – The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Another band I got more into this year. I’m generally shocked that this album didn’t get more press than it did. Volatile frontman Anton Newcombe has had a reputation for never compromising thanks to the some unflattering footage from the movie Dig!. Yet, when it comes to making music, this uncompromising attitude pays off as his output is as good as it is vast. Aufheben is no exception.

Researching the Blues – Redd Kross

Not only did these guys make one of the first punk albums, but they opened for Black Flag when one of them was still in MIDDLE SCHOOL. Most people can hang up their guitars and call it a day after that. These dudes said fuck that and made their first new album in 15 years, still showing the rest of the pricks in the watered down punk that is circulating around who’s boss.

King Tuff – King Tuff

This dude may look homeless, but damn, can he write a good song.

Old Ideas – Leonard Cohen

What can be said about Cohen that hasn’t been said a million times before? Despite his greatness, his lyrics and songs have always been considered second to Bob Dylan’s. While I like them both, even I gotta admit that Cohen put out an album that beat Zimmerman’s latest this year. Nearing the age of 80, no one has ever made cynicism look this cool.

Hard in Heaven – Natural Child

At first, I didn’t like this band cause I thought their music was being hyped up too much for being the equivalent of a less competent version of the Rolling Stones. Then I heard this record and that the band signed to Burger Records after they got dropped from Infinity Cat Records because Wez was banging one of JEFF the Brotherhood’s girlfriends; I thought they were pretty cool after that.

The Worst

The Only Place – Best Coast

We get it, Best Coast. You and your boyfriend Wavves don’t ever want to grow up and want to keep singing about weed, cats, California and how Blink-182 is the best band in the world. It was cool for a little bit (minus the Blink 182 part) but now, it’s getting embarrassingly bad. When you’re on top of the world and still write like a brat, nobody gives a shit.

Somethin’ Bout Kreay – Kreayshawn

It’s funny how Pitchfork at one point called this bitch great over a shitty viral video but when this ear-raping album came out, they stopped drinking her cool-aid. It makes sense why they chose her to begin with though. She’s a white-female who’s image screams “Look at me! I’m like a hipster Amy Winehouse who doesn’t have a drug problem!” Sounds right up Pitchfork’s alley. Quit half-assing it and get a drug problem.

Born Villian – Marilyn Manson

Oh Marilyn. Irrelevance hasn’t stopped you from not taking a hint! The dude hasn’t realized that being a shock rocker in an age of YouTube and Honey Boo Boo isn’t quite as potent as it used to be. In fact, if anything, it seems like the roles have reversed and that he is now emulating his audience: gothic nerds who have no real talent but will do anything for attention. This isn’t going to end pretty, but it needs to fucking end.

Red – Taylor Swift

For fuck’s sake Taylor Swift. We get it! You have had a lot of shitty boyfriends and despite the fact that you are one of the top selling artists in the world (which makes anyone who’s not a girl under the age of 15 want to puke), you’re still not happy. That does not give you permission to combine your whiny songwriting with dubstep, cause you know the copycats you spawn are going to follow suit now. Great. It’s gonna take a long time to clean up this mess.

Babel – Mumford and Sons

God, these people are annoying. Their lead singer doesn’t seem to understand that though, so he keeps egging on the situation. A few weeks ago, he referred to his band as “a poor man’s version of the Beatles.” Please dude. The Beatles were talented fuck ups. You guys are just fuck ups.

Monster – KISS

These make up wearing dinosaurs aren’t dead yet? What a shame.

The 2nd Law – Muse

I think my friend Max Erwin said it best: “if you love the lowest common denominator between Freddie Mercury and Skrillex, you’ll love Muse’s The 2nd Law!”

Some Nights – Fun.

I had an old roommate at SLU who used to blast this band’s old album a lot. He also used to be a complete narc and would tell on me for a variety of things. Do you see a connection here? Judging by the annoying single that’s been making its rounds all over the place, it should be easier to spot a snitch for the rest of these dude’s fifteen minutes.

Take Me Home – One Direction

Seriously, out of all the heinous crimes Simon Crowell has committed against music, he should get the death penalty for this one. Do they still have that in England? Fuck lethal injection. Let’s find bitch tits a guillotine.

Theatre is Evil – Amanda Palmer

The Lady Gaga of goths strikes again. She’s kind of like Marilyn Manson, but I feel like the slip into irrelevance will be much harder on her, since she doesn’t have a drug problem and probably will be aware of how much she sucks. In the meantime, shave your armpits already, bitch.

Four – Bloc Party

I thought these guys broke up and I was stoked. However, it appears that they were either not happy with the lack of music catered to posh prep school kids or realized that the solo albums they all made amounted to nothing more than dog shit. Either way, these dudes thought they’d be clever (as they always do) and say they missed each other, when really, they missed their cash cow. Give me a break.

Battle Born – the Killers

Douchebag lead singer makes a godawful solo album that no one cares about, calls off the hiatus (is two years REALLY a hiatus?) and puts the band back together. Boring Sidney, boring. EXTERMINATE

Overexposed – Maroon 5

Maybe the end of the world won’t happen like we think it will. Maybe it won’t be all fire and brimstone. Maybe it won’t be technology turning on us. Maybe it won’t be zombies. Maybe instead, we’ll be stuck with an abundance of Maroon 5 music, seeing how these dudes put out this album without giving their annoying “Moves Like Jagger” single a chance to die. It kinda makes sense in relation to the title, but isn’t a turd in plain sight always considered overexposed?

Music From Another Dimension – Aerosmith

You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villian. Yeah, that’s from a Batman movie, but it seems in play here. Once, Aerosmith provided the soundtrack to a generation of kids who would end up in movies like Dazed and Confused and Wayne’s World. However, just like with the Stones, a jive frontman with an annoying urge to stay young and hip threatens to make the band look as dumb as possible. Hey Steven Tyler, claiming to want to save rock ‘n’ roll but then posting up on Simon Cowell’s old post doesn’t seem ironic to you?

An Omen EP – How To Destroy Angels

I think I heard this from, but if you take apart the name of this band, it’s an anagram for “Trent’s old age shows.” However, if you needed help figuring that out like I did, the music will help you out. I wish Trent would go back to talking about killing himself and fist fucking people. At least it wasn’t so boring back then.

Super Treatment – Heavy Cream

Someone needs to tell the bands on Infinity Cat that it doesn’t matter who they get to produce their albums, whether its Dan Auerbach or Ty Segall. If the tunes aren’t there, then the tunes aren’t there. Simple.

Fortune – Chris Brown

Getting real sick of this dude. As if his music isn’t bad enough, it’s becoming more clear that the only reason that he is famous is because he beat the shit out of his girlfriend and they’re both dumb enough to stick together either way. It’s like Ike and Tina Turner without the talent.

Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – Nicki Minaj

I don’t get what this chick’s deal is. She claims to be the biggest and baddest in the land because she can pick fights with washed up people like Mariah Carey and Lil Kim. The irony is that she herself is starting to seem washed up as her only good tracks come about when Kanye is behind the sound booth. I’m not even a huge fan of Kanye’s latest output, but if he can make this chick seem like she’s got a lick of talent, he might be able to walk on water as well.

Everything Green Day Put Out This Year

Poor Billie Joe Armstrong. A public meltdown and rehab must mean that he’s finally realized the truth: even though he’s in his 40’s now, his desire to make his musical output stay young by dressing it up in eye-liner and telling it that its parents suck isn’t going to make his drawn out message last any longer. It just makes him look like the goofy dad who tries to relate to his kids by listening to their music, wearing black hoodies everywhere and taking them on the Warped Tour. Yikes.

Told Ya So EP – the Black Shades

If you want a guide for exactly what not to do when it comes to forming a rock ‘n’ roll band, follow this band.

3 Responses to “Stuff N Such’s Best and Worst of 2012”
  1. Chris DeLine says:

    JTC tried to turn me on to Tame Impala before & I didn’t get the album at the time… slowly coming around to it. Lanegan’s record is great – appreciate the tip there. Interesting to see Slaughterhouse stand as the odd-LP-out of Segall’s 2012 onslaught – that was probably my favorite of his this year. Far as the “worst” section… yeesh. Lots of low hanging fruit there – really don’t see much use in pointing out how glossy turds still smell like shit.

    • Jordan Canio says:

      I feel like the latest Tame Impala was a lot better than their debut. It’s just clicks easier for me. Slaughterhouse never sat well with me. It’s by no means bad, but I just never got into it as much as the other albums Ty put out. The worst of list is of a lot of polished turds, but that was always the point of it. Obviously, Kreayshawn and Aerosmith would make the worst of list, but even though its obvious, I felt the need to reiterate. I don’t know. Some indie albums I have hated at least felt like they made SOME effort to be better than they were. Even if I’m apathetic to them (such as JEFF’s new record), I didn’t feel like it was appropriate to include them in the worst of portion. Still not a fan and I think they are pretty bad, but not as bad as the worst, if you know what I mean.

      • Chris DeLine says:

        I didn’t listen to a ton of rock this year but you might enjoy Trail of Dead’s Lost Songs. Passionate. Aggressive. Melodic. Best I’ve heard from them in ages. (Might be my favorite rock album from the year, to boot.)

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