Posts Tagged ‘Best of 2012’

the best groove of 2012 …

Monday, January 7th, 2013

… came from the remote Swedish villagers in Goat, makers of rumbling, voodoo-steeped Afro-psych. This is the final song on their album “World Music,” which landed on my list of 2012′s 10 best albums.

If you can, strap on some headphones and immerse yourself in this. Right now.

Free music? Cool!

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Hello there, music lover! You have landed at the Frequency blog and Near/Far, The Bulletin’s online hub for coverage of 2012′s best music. Welcome!

Here, we’ve collected three dozen of the finest tunes of the past 12 months from both local and national acts and created a two-disc compilation of free, legal MP3s for your downloading pleasure, complete with nifty cover art. Let’s get to the good stuff:

Download “Far” by clicking here
Includes 18 songs by some of the coolest national acts of the year: Father John Misty, Cloud Nothings, DIIV, Beach House, Himanshu, Lotus Plaza, Goat, Redd Kross, Ty Segall Band, Moon Duo, Metz, Lushlife, Dawn Richard, Mind Spiders, Line & Circle, Nicholas Szczepanik, Terry Malts and The Orwells.

Download “Near” by clicking here
Includes 18 songs by some of Central Oregon’s best artists: Mosley Wotta, Eric Tollefson, The Mostest, All You All, Hilst & Coffey, Beland, Third Seven, Jackie Barrett, Subliminal, Bobby Lindstrom, The River Pigs, Amsterdam & Goodwill, Shannon Bex, Silvero, Hawkmeat, Finn Miles and Five Pint Mary.

Now how about some thoughts/words on music in 2012? For example:

My 10 favorite albums of the year, with short reviews, plus 40 more good ones.

–My eight favorite local albums of the year, plus a roundup of other notable releases.

–My short overview of the Central Oregon music scene in 2012. (Hint: It was a year of ups and downs, of big crowds, bad news and a hopeful ending.)

My favorite concerts of the year in Central Oregon. (Coming soon.)

–The best musical moments of the year — part one and part two — through the eyes of those closest to the scene, presented in handy Top 5 list format. Plus lots more that we didn’t have room for in print. (Coming soon.)

And finally, we still have the 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Near/Far compilations available for free download. That’s 174 great songs, including Arcade Fire, Jamie Lidell, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Atmosphere, The Avett Brothers, Aesop Rock, Band of Horses, Das Racist, Superchunk and more. Click here to grab them all.

I’ll be adding more stuff to this post in the next week or so, so be sure to check back in!

My favorite albums of 2012 so far

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Here are 25 albums from the first half of the year that I love, have listened to a ton, and would highly recommend. I had hoped to write a little more about each, but a few words will have to do. Hopefully that’ll be just enough to give you some idea of whether or not you want to investigate further.

These are in alphabetical order. The 12 bolded titles are the cream of the cream of the crop. Any questions? Wanna talk about ‘em or tell me what I missed? That’s what the comments are for!

Alcest, “Les Voyages De L’Ame”
–French metal band creeps ever further into beautiful shoegaze

Arkells, “Michigan Left”
–snappy Canadian pop-rock with heavy Hall & Oates influence

Cloud Nothings, “Attack on Memory”
–angsty, mega-catchy post-punk-pop, like Kurt Cobain fronting Fugazi

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