The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #20 - The Men

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2012, there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2012 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of quite a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it enough. A big thank you to all of the artists who created the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: The Men

WHAT: Open Your Heart

WHEN: March 2012

WHERE: Sacred Bones Records

WHY: I am easily bored, so I'm definitely thankful when bands don't stick with the same sound for the duration of an album. Obviously, then, The Men was destined to show up on my list, since their sound is actually comprised of a whole heck of a lot of various and sundry noise (country! punk! psych!). It's never a dull moment on Open Your Heart, and for those of us who like it loud and rather complex, The Men fits the bill quite nicely. 

MY JAMS: "Country Song" "Oscillation" "Candy" "Presence"


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