Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #23 - Pontiacs

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: Pontiacs

WHAT: Bursting

WHEN: March 2012

WHERE: Self-released

WHY: I stumbled upon Pontiacs one day, many months ago, and was instantly all sorts of smitten with their sexy, smoldering, simmering psych rock. While I don't quite love it as much as its' 2010 predecessor, Bursting is the 2012 output from the Chilean maelstrom, and it is quite a treat. Bouncing off the walls with energy, Pontiacs tear through song after song of snarling, swirling squalling noise. Shades of early Kinks and Small Faces mingle with heavier, darker psych flavors (well hello, Brian Jonestown Massacre), and the combination suits them so very well. Don't be surprised to hear me talk a lot more about these gents in the very near future. In the meantime, try Bursting on for size.

MY JAMS: "Slow Motion" "Pills" "Open Fire"


The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #24 - White Laces

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: White Laces

WHAT: Moves

WHEN: September 2012

WHERE: Speakertree Records

WHY: I know I've beat this drum near about to death, y'all, but Richmond has it going on with regards to music. White Laces, who just so happen to be of Richmond, just so happen to illustrate how this just so happens to be factual. Alive with electricity and swagger and abandon, Moves is a whirlwind of glorious noise. A little bit psych, a little bit shoegaze, a little bit post-punk, the breadth of the White Laces appeal is far-reaching. Sounds better the louder you play it.  

MY JAMS: "Trading" "Heavy Nights" "Parallel Chills


The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #25 - Lee Hazlewood

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: Lee Hazlewood

WHAT: The LHI Years: Singles, Nudes, & Backsides (1968-71)

WHEN: April 2012

WHERE: Light In The Attic

WHY: Lee Hazlewood. Friends, if you don't already love Lee Hazlewood, well, I just don't know what to say. With that unforgettable, rich voice and air of effortless, inherent cool to his songs, Hazlewood was a legend. This compendium of B-sides and other songs was released on Record Store Day last year, and was one of my best purchases from that day. He is still much missed after his 2007 passing, but it's great that more of his incredible catalogue is seeing the light of day. A must-own. 

MY JAMS: "The Bed" "Leather and Lace" "Bye Babe" "I Just Learned to Run"

The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #26 - MMOSS

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: MMOSS

WHAT: Only Children

WHEN: November 2012

WHERE: Trouble In Mind

WHY: I was initiated into the wonderful world of MMOSS a couple of years ago, when they played Richmond and opened for someone who I ended up not enjoying nearly as much as them. Live, they are breathtaking. On record, they're none too shabby. Their breed of psych rock is positively intoxicating, very heady and at times the songs become sonic opiates. Only Children is triumphant, masterfully messy and full of all manner of wonderful noises. Another of those psych bands that's not afraid to record ten minute plus songs, MMOSS paints a pretty picture of psychedelic utopia with their music. Highly recommended.

MY JAMS: "Okay" "War Sux" "Hands" "Another Day"


The Fashionably Late Top 50 of 2012: #27 - Melody's Echo Chamber

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: Melody's Echo Chamber

WHAT: Melody's Echo Chamber

WHEN: September 2012

WHERE: Fat Possum

WHY: We all know that Paris is pretty cool, generally speaking. Musically, Parisians are also pretty darned cool. Melody's Echo Chamber, led by a ridiculously cool chanteuse, is, wait for it, cool. With Kevin of Tame Impala producing it, this record was going to start off on the right foot immediately, and the gorgeous swirl of psych and lounge and that certain something makes it a mighty fine listening experience. The more I listen, the more I like.  

MY JAMS: "I Follow You" "Some Time Alone, Alone" "Bisou Magique" "Endless Shore"