I am the first one to admit that I am not perfect when it comes to finding music. I get overwhelmed by the sheer number of music blogs and the seriously crappy writing and/or layout of most of them (I think they just want to get into shows for free). Plus there are always going to be records that came out too ate in 2012 to be considered for any year end lists. Spotify has been so helpful for this–I am loving all of the year end playlists that are posted.
Here are some of my favorite things I’ve discovered in December.
Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox
He’s been on SNL and literally everywhere else but this record came out too late to make my year end list. Spin tells us to enjoy it because this is the last record Bruno is going to make for him and not for his label. I don’t know about that, but this is one of the catchiest, most fun records since Cee Lo’s The Lady Killer.
Jessie Ware, Devotion
I actually got Devotion a while ago, but never listened to it (there is so much music I can’t even find time to listen to something good). Her inclusion on every year end list ever made me rethink that and I’ve been treated to a wonderful, dark Brit pop/dance record. Plus, I enjoy her elaborate updos and beautiful make up.
This came out in 2011, but leave it to my husband to find something for me that I didn’t even know I was looking for. I saw Phil and Brad Cook play with Hiss Golden Messenger at Hopscotch, effectively blowing my mind. Then I came home and kind of forgot about it until PJ gifted me this double LP for Christmas. It is full of 70s psychedelic folk goodness. I’ve been listening to a lot of Graham Nash and this could go right after him in my Sunday afternoon playlist.
A.C. Newman, Shut Down the Streets
I am pretty sure that I, and the rest of the world, take Carl Newman for granted. We know his warm power pop songs filled with Neko Case harmonies and bone-chilling melodies will always be there. Shut Down the Streets was in my October preview but I didn’t get around to purchasing it until December 26th; a decision I will regret forever.
Big Boi, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
The date of this record kept getting pushed back and it didn’t come out until mid-December. Yes, Big Boi collaborates with a lot of hipsters (I am still waiting for the song with Kate Bush) and sometimes loses himself, but the good songs on Lies are SO GOOD. This will definitely continue to be a favorite into 2013.