Mauer’s Top Albums of 2012

by wechslerh66

Mauer V

Top Ten Albums
1. Psychedelic Pill, Neil Young & Crazy Horse
2. Local Business, Titus Andronicus
3. Blues Funeral, Mark Lanegan
4. Tempest, Bob Dylan
5. Wrecking Ball, Bruce Springsteen
6. Here, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
7. Open Your Heart, The Men
8. Temple Beautiful, Chuck Prophet
9. Between the Times & the Tides, Lee Ranaldo
10. Shut Down the Streets, A.C. Newman

Top Ten Songs
1. “Endless Flowers,” Crocodiles
2. “Death To My Hometown,” Bruce Springsteen
3. “Walk Like A Giant,” Neil Young & Crazy Horse
4. “Man On Fire,” Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
5. “Xtina As I Knew Her,” Lee Ranaldo
6. “Harborview Hospital,” Mark Lanegan
7. “Still Life With Hot Deuce on Silver Platter,” Titus Andronicus – what “Bohemian Rhapsody” must have sounded like in 1975. Titus Andronicus is the most technically perfect thinking-man’s guitar band since Lotion.
8. “Tempest,” Bob Dylan
9. “Live It Up,” Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
10. “To the World,” Kanye West & R. Kelly

Also Worth Mentioning
Cat Power, Ruin
Japandroids, Celebration Rock
The Afghan Whigs, Live in New York City – the Haldern DVD/CD bootleg is even better, IMO (other than missing “Summer’s Kiss”)
Crocodiles, Endless Flowers
A Place To Bury Strangers, Worship
The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Aufheben
Wymond Miles, Under the Pale Moon
Lord Huron, Lonesome Dreams
Dr. John, Locked Down
The Magic Castles, The Magic Castles
The Tragically Hip, Now For Plan A –arguably the best Hip album since In Violet Light
Tame Impala, Lonerism
Dinosaur Jr., I Bet On Sky
Bob Mould, Silver Age –arguably the best Bob Mould album since Last Dog & Pony Show
Lower Dens, Nootropics
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Americana
Calexico, Algiers
Alejandro Escovedo, Big Station
Sea Wolf, Old World Romance
Royal Baths, Better Luck Next Life
Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE
Naomi Punk, The Feeling
Low Cut Connie, Call Me Sylvia
Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, & Yim Yames, New Multitudes
G.O.O.D. Music, Cruel Summer
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Mature Themes
Mac DeMarco, Rock and Roll Night Club
The Killers, Battle Born
Sharon Van Etten, Tramp
Redd Kross, Researching the Blues



Temple Beautiful

Times & Tides

Blues Funeral

Local Business

Endless Flowers

Open Your Heart

Lord Huron

Rock & Roll




























Top Quotes
“You go fight the power/, I’m fightin’ off a cold” –Chuck Prophet
“I fed the cat trembling at my feet/, I fed the neighbors’ curiosity” –Crocodiles
“Up on banker’s hill, the party’s going strong” –Bruce Springsteen
“If I had me a gun/ I’d find the bastards and shoot ‘em on sight” –Bruce Springsteen
“We come from the future, where the present is the past” –Greg Dulli live (quoting Kanye West)
“Gonna get me a hip-hop haircut” –Neil Young
“I’ll stay ‘til the wisteria fades/ and falls on LA” –the Tragically Hip
“Cosmonaut every night my dreams/, take a walk in my holodeck, baby” –Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
“Mitt Romney don’t pay no tax” –Kanye West
“Here it goes again/, I hear you took it to another level” –Titus Andronicus
“Look at this youngish man/ already halfway off with his pants/, he’s doing something weird with his hands” –Titus Andronicus
“There’s a street named for every disease here: Syph Alley and Clap Avenue” –Woody Guthrie (by way of Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker, & Yim Yames)
“Tout est noir, mon amour/, Tout est blanc/, Je t’aime, mon amour/, Comme j’aime la nuit” –Mark Lanegan

Other Words
Someone wrote in the New Yorker that Psychedelic Pill’s “She’s Always Dancing” was “a half-remembered ‘Like a Hurricane.’” This is a bad thing?