Here is the start to my list of favorite songs from 2012. As with last year's posts, and my Facebook posts from 2009-2010, these are songs released either in this year or the past year. A few entries, and a few more artists, appear on some real music critics' lists for 2012, but I assure you that is merely coincidence.
21. Everybody Talks by Neon Trees.
"Hey honey you could be my drug.
You could be my new prescription.
Too much could be an overdose;
All this trash talk make me itchin'."
Close to a guilty pleasure. But a pleasure it is.
22. Gold on the Ceiling by The Black Keys.
"Clouds covered love's barbed-wire snare.
Strung up, strung out, I just can't go without."
A little blues, a little straight-up rock 'n roll (T-Rex, perhaps?).
23. Grand Optimist by City & Colour.
"I fear I'm dying. From complications.
Complications, due to things that I've left undone.
That all my debts will be left unpaid,
feel like a cripple without a cane.
And a jack of all trades
who's a master of none."
I could see that it would suck, growing up a pessimist with an optimistic dad.
24. North Side Gal by J.D. McPherson.
"I got some good talk, but not enough game.
Wooing the sweet thing; oh ain't it a shame.
Every time I try.
Crazy about a north side gal."
The juke joint is rockin'.
24. JERK! by Stephie Coplan and The Pedestrians.
"Cut the small talk, cut to the chase, cut the cord, cut the crap.
Set the mood, set the tone, set the vibe, set the beat, set the trap.
Appear unimpressed with the dress that I bought today just for this.
Think of someone else while you're giving me that half-hearted post-sex kiss."
Stephie sent me a personal note enclosing her cd that I ordered from the band's website. If that doesn't get you on my list, nothing will.
26. Love Interruption by Jack White.
"I want love to
forget that you offended me;
Or how you have defended me
when everybody tore me down.
Yeah and I want love to
change my friends to enemies;
change my friends to enemies,
and show me how it's all my fault."
A little dark, even by Mr. White's standards. Love the video -- makes the lyrics seem plaintive rather than angry.
27. Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings) by Silversun Pickups.
"See you laughing in a picture;
but I know it's out of place.
You barely cried.
But you made it out alive."
A perennial list resident. I have no idea what the "artsy" parts of the video symbolize.
28. Hold On by Alabama Shakes.
"So, bless my heart. And bless my mind.
Got so much to do. I ain't got much time.
So, must be someone up above sayin':
C'mon girl. You got to get back up!"
I would love to see them live.
29. Songs for Teenagers by Fake Problems.
"Last night is all a blur to me.
I don't remember anything.
But at vaguely recall
Sounds like a happy song. Until you listen to the lyrics.
30. Country Roads by Mike Doughty.
"Almost heaven, West Virginia.
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River.
Life is old there, older than the trees.
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze."
One of my favorite artists, singing about my favorite state.