“Look at the birds up in the tree.”
“We’re not birds, we’re a jug band.”
- Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas
That immortal exchange between a bear puppet and a band of otters (one at least) from the 1979 iconic Christmas special have nothing to do with this column but needed to be said somewhere, somehow. So, there you have it. Anyway, underrated Christmas TV specials aside, it’s December, which means everyone and their father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate are unleashing their year-end “top” whatever lists. Suffice to say, this blogger is no different.
As Ashford & Simpson used to sing, 2012 was “solid…solid as a rock” when it came to music. There were many exceptional albums this year, but I’m going to focus on the songs. Before I break into my list of 52 gems that lit up my year (and made for a weak cliche of a sentence) I will say my favorite albums of the year came from the following artists (in no order): Bat For Lashes, Mumford & Sons, The xx, Sleigh Bells, Cat Power, The Chevin, The Gaslight Anthem, Green Day (squared), The Jezabels, Moon Taxi, Yeasayer, and Metric whose Synthetica would top my list of best albums of the year – you know if I composed that list.