the arteries @ the fire.

the arteries @ the fire.

10 best songs of 2012 cont.

the menzingers - sun hotel (demo)
off of the album on the possible past

this song breaks my heart every time i hear it. the final version of of on the impossible past is pretty good too, but this is a classic.

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10 best songs of 2012 cont.

desaparecidos - mariKKKopa
off of the new EP


desaparecidos’ first album was around in 2003 to remind me that i wasn’t the only one who was uncomfortable with what “progress” has come to mean in america. it’s comforting to find them in the same corner as me once again when they decide to take on the inherent racism of the way that america interacts with it’s immigrants.

also like 2003, the tune rips, and the sarcasm is top-notch.

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10 best songs of 2012 cont.

big eyes - back from the moon
off of the single of the same name

this song, like everything that big eyes does, is just so rock and roll. the chorus is catchy as hell, and a great use of dynamics means that whenever the cymbals are crashing and the guitar is slamming on the same chord, it just sounds so powerful.

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10 best songs of 2012 cont.

the bad doctors - spit it out
off of 7” cat. no. ee05

all of the best things about devo, but in 2012 and in philadelphia. the band moves like a machine and the lead singer has such a good wail.

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truly you are speaking for us all. the potential johns make me feel a little better about that gaping hole in my life, though.

truly you are speaking for us all. the potential johns make me feel a little better about that gaping hole in my life, though.

for real. also, only this band could turn a sheryl crow song into a scorcher.

for real. also, only this band could turn a sheryl crow song into a scorcher.

10 best songs of 2012 cont.

john k. samson - when i write my master’s thesis
off of the album provincial

this is the catchiest tune off of provincial, to start, and the writing is on point, as always. it’s easy to forget that lyrics can be poetry, and john k. samson always reminds me of that with his lyrics pretty quickly, even when he’s not writing sonnets. i really like the way that he flips the whole story with the last line of the song.

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10 best songs of 2012 cont.

swearin’ - kenosha
off of the album swearin’

ok, so “movie star” is probably technically a better song of of this album, but “kenosha” is my personal favorite. I love how mean it is. i love the rhyme “i hope you like/kenosha so much/you stay there forever/and we all lose touch”. i love that goofy little riff that they play after each line of the chorus. “movie star” is probably more affecting, but this song is a lot more fun.

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10 best songs of 2012 cont.

mind spiders - wait for us
from the album meltdown

the first time i heard the mind spiders’ 7” EP, i remember thinking of it as the soundtrack to a beach vacation. all four tracks make me want to set up a hammock on a deserted island and watch the tide go out, so i was kind of confused when I heard the more psychedelic full length. it was a good album, but it wasn’t the beach music that I was looking for.

this is the song that revealed the mind spider manifesto to me. the mind spiders aren’t beach-combing hippies. the mind spiders are evil, calculating alien beings who have come to earth to control us all with the stupefying power of their layered psych music. this song isn’t a day at the beach. this song is the sound of a black hole eating the earth.

they made a great video for the song too. i neglected to use the official version because it has a silent 2 minute intro.

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