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Fasano - Played It Last - The Factory - GODMODE

"Played it Last" by Fasano // The Factory (Out Soon via Godmode)

It’s been a couple of months since we last heard from Matty Fasano. Back in January, we got to hear his short but sweet stunner, "It Wasn’t Me Who Left You Alone", taken from his forthcoming lp, The Factory. Now, we’ve got a second single from that release, and it’s another gem. “Played It Last” is a lo-fi beauty that floats on a buoyant beat and lovely choral backing vocals. Once again, Fasano’s stunning vocals are the star, but the full sound on display is equally exciting and another reason to keep an eye on Fasano in the near future. Highly recommended for fans of Grizzly Bear, Spencer Krug, and Jens Lekman.  

FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
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FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
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FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
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FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
ZoomInfo
FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
ZoomInfo
FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013
This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 
So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.
THE TOP TEN FAVORITES
10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 
9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.
8.) “Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.
7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.
6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.
5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.
4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.
3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.
2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.
1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.
AND THE REST OF THE BEST
I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.
“Push the Sky Away” by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
“Clash the Truth” by Beach Fossils
“Cerulean Salt” by Waxahatchee
“Azure Drift” by Seismograph
“Waking on a Pretty Daze” by Kurt Vile
“Surrounded” by Richard Buckner
“Herein Wild” by Frankie Rose
“Seasons of Your Day” by Mazzy Star
“Unreal” by Hebronix
“The New Life” by Girls Names
“At Home” by Keep Shelly in Athens
“Amok” by Atoms for Peace
“The Man Who Died in his Boat” by Grouper
“Skyer” by Postiljonen
“Impossible Truth” by William Tyler
There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 
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FAVORITE ALBUMS OF THE YEAR // 2013

This year, I found myself making extra effort to experience more albums from front to back. Sitting down to take in an album as a whole, as opposed to just hearing tracks here and there - whenever time permitted. Many of those albums were experienced in transit. Many while sitting in hospitals and airports. And many still in the privacy of my home, late into the night when sleep couldn’t be found. Point being, I spent a lot of time alone, with music, this year. It was a year filled with more downs than ups, but through out the darker days, I had the music when I didn’t have the friends or family. All that being said, I’m an optimistic person and I fully buy into the healing power of music - if only for an escape - and so these twenty-five albums all deserve my praise and love for being there. It’s difficult to rank things that you love, but I gave it a shot based on plays and general obsessions. Things get a little fuzzy after the first handful so really, depending on the day, and of these could shift in rank. Let’s just call everything after ten, a tie. 

So without further ado. Here are my favorite albums of 2013. Click title for band and/or purchase information.

THE TOP TEN FAVORITES

10.) "Julia with Blue Jeans On" by Moonface - Spencer Krug brought only a piano and still managed to turn out some of his most urgent and heart wrenching work while still maintaining a beautiful sound throughout. 

9.) "Tomorrow’s Harvest" by Boards of Canada - This album was a wonderful surprise on two levels. One, it came out of nowhere after seven years of inactivity, and two, it is the bands most richly textured, atmospheric creation to date. Spooky and haunting at time, somber and beautiful at others. Always special.

8.) Nepenthe” by Julianna Barwick – An album of gorgeous, ethereal spaces that feel magical and transcendent. Recorded in Iceland at Sigur Ros’s studio, the album is Barwick’s most lush and dreamy album to date.

7.) “Whirlpool” by A Grave With No Name – A huge leap forward for Alex Shields’ lo-fi rock project (now officially a band). “Whirlpool” is a hazy, reverb drenched beauty that sways from grunge-y shoegaze to wistfully nostalgic indie rock ballads that call to mind Jesus and Mary Chain, The Lemonheads, and Mazzy Star all at once.

6.) “Evergreen” by Plastic Flowers – A damn near perfect dream pop album. If i’d had more time to spend with this album before compiling the list, it might have been higher. At any rate, it’s a stunning collection of autumnal pop songs that you want to live in for months. Just incredible.

5.) “Limits of Desire” by Small Black – A great companion album to “Evergreen”. Here Small Black crafts an album of breathless beauty. Airy, dreamy synth pop that is tailor made for spring’s shift to summer. Warm nights and dark blue skies lit by headlights is the best way to experience this phenomenal album.

4.) “Reflektor” by Arcade Fire – A big, heart on sleeve, disco rock album that caught me completely off guard, because I had started to think that I was over my Arcade Fire obsession. James Murphy proved me wrong. Some truly beautiful music swirled with deliriously good high energy pop jams. Hard to beat.

3.) “Huntress” by Camp Counselors – The sleeper hit of the summer. A dark, haunting, and often times, beautiful collection of electronic and ambient soundscapes. One minute you might get the feeling that you’re hearing some brilliant long last horror film score, and the next your hearing some majestic, otherworldly stunner. I’ve often praised the work of Kyle J. Riegle (also of Cemeteries) here at PMW, and one listen to “Huntress” is all you need to understand why I’m so consistently impressed the artist’s work.

2.) “Trouble Will Find Me” by The National – It’s a big, billowing collection of orchestral rock songs from one of the best band’s in the world. It’s an album that might be their best, but more than anything just feels like a visit from an old friend. You don’t know how many more times you’ll see them, so each time feels more special. It doesn’t hurt that said friend brings some of the best songs of his career. If the band never records again, that will be fine, because “Hard to Find” is one of the best things that they’ve ever done.

1.) “M B V” by My Bloody Valentine – Twenty-two years later, the band still manages to create something that feels new and vital while hammering home their ownership of a sound that is often imitated and never reproduced. At first, I didn’t know what to think of the album as it felt too familiar, but over time I slept in it, and lived in it and kept finding new things to be excited about inside the walls of sound. I know it’s probably the easy pick, but let’s be honest – after all that time did anyone really think that they’d pull out something this excellent? Not me, but I’m damn sure glad that they did because I love every second.

AND THE REST OF THE BEST

I’ll forgo the blurbs. If you liked what’s above, hopefully, you’ll like what’s below. Check them out. As I said, any one of them could be tied for tenth.

There you have it. My favorite albums of 2013. The songs list has been particularly hard, but it will be coming up next. Hope that you found something that you liked in the collection. There’s plenty of goodness to go around. Thanks for reading/listening/commenting. 

"JULIA WITH BLUE JEANS ON" by MOONFACE // (Out 10.29.2013 via Jagjaguwar)
REVIEW: For the last dozen or so years, Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake) has been about as prolific an artist as one could imagine. His creative output is downright staggering in that he’s released more than 25 albums in which he’s been either the primary creative force or an equal parts contributor.  Looking over those releases, it would be easy to say that Krug’s bread and butter are synth and piano-heavy songs with lush, electro-tinged,  layered production. Perhaps that’s why his latest album under his Moonface alias feels like such a departure. 
“Julia With Blue Jeans On” is comprised of mostly two things. Krug’s pained, haunted vocals and a lonely piano. Each song is a stripped back affair that goes for a less-is-more approach and the final result is a lovely ten song confessional that feels more intimate and personal than anything in Krug’s catalog to date. Once again, Krug’s brilliant songwriting takes center stage - only this time there’s little room for error, or hiding blemishes under production - and his ability to consistently craft memorable hooks that pack an emotional punch is why he often stands head and shoulders above his contemporaries. All it takes is one listen to the album opener, “Barbarian” to know that this is not your usual Spencer Krug. A sense of melancholy fills the spaces between each breath. At no point do you get a peak at the artist who crafted such wonderfully soaring anthems as “I’ll Believe in Anything” and “California Dreamer”. In his place is an older artist who believes he can still move you with more personal words, and less production - and he’s absolutely right. 
Where does “Julia With Blue Jeans on” rank in the Spencer Krug catalog? To be honest, it’s hard to pinpoint without spending a few more spins inside it’s stark, somber walls. I can say without question, the album contains some of the best Krug tracks that he’s recorded since the early days of Wolf Parade. I love the minimalist production, but I can’t help but wonder how these songs would sound fleshed out with a full band as good as Wolf Parade. All that said, I can’t help but love the raw nature of these ten songs. With or without an arsenal of musical instruments and session players at his disposal, Krug can still craft beautifully haunting music that challenges and rewards listeners with infectious melodies and powerful lyrics. 
KEY TRACKS: “First Violin”, “Dreamy Summer”, “November 2011”
LISTEN // WATCH: Listen to "Everyone is Noah, Everyone Is" //Watch a Paper Bag Session of Spencer Krug performing "Love The House You’re In"
Purchase @ Jagjaguwar

"JULIA WITH BLUE JEANS ON" by MOONFACE // (Out 10.29.2013 via Jagjaguwar)

REVIEW: For the last dozen or so years, Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, Swan Lake) has been about as prolific an artist as one could imagine. His creative output is downright staggering in that he’s released more than 25 albums in which he’s been either the primary creative force or an equal parts contributor.  Looking over those releases, it would be easy to say that Krug’s bread and butter are synth and piano-heavy songs with lush, electro-tinged,  layered production. Perhaps that’s why his latest album under his Moonface alias feels like such a departure. 

“Julia With Blue Jeans On” is comprised of mostly two things. Krug’s pained, haunted vocals and a lonely piano. Each song is a stripped back affair that goes for a less-is-more approach and the final result is a lovely ten song confessional that feels more intimate and personal than anything in Krug’s catalog to date. Once again, Krug’s brilliant songwriting takes center stage - only this time there’s little room for error, or hiding blemishes under production - and his ability to consistently craft memorable hooks that pack an emotional punch is why he often stands head and shoulders above his contemporaries. All it takes is one listen to the album opener, “Barbarian” to know that this is not your usual Spencer Krug. A sense of melancholy fills the spaces between each breath. At no point do you get a peak at the artist who crafted such wonderfully soaring anthems as “I’ll Believe in Anything” and “California Dreamer”. In his place is an older artist who believes he can still move you with more personal words, and less production - and he’s absolutely right. 

Where does “Julia With Blue Jeans on” rank in the Spencer Krug catalog? To be honest, it’s hard to pinpoint without spending a few more spins inside it’s stark, somber walls. I can say without question, the album contains some of the best Krug tracks that he’s recorded since the early days of Wolf Parade. I love the minimalist production, but I can’t help but wonder how these songs would sound fleshed out with a full band as good as Wolf Parade. All that said, I can’t help but love the raw nature of these ten songs. With or without an arsenal of musical instruments and session players at his disposal, Krug can still craft beautifully haunting music that challenges and rewards listeners with infectious melodies and powerful lyrics. 

KEY TRACKS: “First Violin”, “Dreamy Summer”, “November 2011”

LISTEN // WATCH: Listen to "Everyone is Noah, Everyone Is" //Watch a Paper Bag Session of Spencer Krug performing "Love The House You’re In"

Purchase @ Jagjaguwar

PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012
Here go the full lengths. These are this year’s albums that I most adored from front to back. Certainly, much could be said about each album, but in an effort to keep this short, I’m going to try and keep myself concise and provide with links to seek out the material in your own way. 
Once again, I can’t stress enough, this is not a “Best Of” list. These are my favorites from the year, and the order could change on any given day (outside of the top 5 or so, which are pretty steady). My hope here is to point out some albums that might inspire you to seek them out, or hell - make a list and share your own. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with these twenty wonderful albums, born in the year 2012. 
Click the Titles for Band Info and/or Purchase Info:
20.) "Beams" by Matthew Dear - One or the best dance/electronic albums witha real heart since LCD Soundsystem left the game. 
19.) "Calendar" by Motorama - A Russian shoegaze band doing it as good as anyone. Deserves massive exposure. 
18.) "S/T" by Melody’s Echo Chamber - Gorgeous, dreamy psych pop. Like a female fronted Spiritualized. 
17.) "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters - If Coldplay became a dream pop band and worked with Robin Guthrie instead of Brian Eno. Super good orchestral dream pop. 
16.) "Shields" by Grizzly Bear - A more mature, challenging, rock record than I expected. They’re pushing into some wonderful experimental sounds.
15.) "Nootropics" by Lower Dens - A swirling blend of ambient, synth pop, and psych pop that unravels more wondrously with each listen. 
14.) "Interstellar" by Frankie Rose - A big gorgeous pop record that sounds equal parts the Cure, Deerhunter, and M83 boiled down into a killer lo-fi synth pop sound. 
13.) "Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Returning after a too-long hiatus and sounds just as powerful and vital as ever. Epic is an understatement. 
12.) "True" by Violens - Dark, textured, and haunting dream pop that never misses a false note. Everything about it feel rich and real. 
11.) "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids - A modern day Replacements who blast through songs with fist pumping urgency and an incredible command of a catchy hook. Some truly wonderful songwriting as well. 
10.) "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn - The most pure and ethereal shoegaze album of the year. 
9.) "Heartbreaking Bravery" by Moonface (w/ Siinai) - An aggressively challenging album loaded with explosive emotion and killer hooks. Some of Spencer Krug’s best writing to date.
8.) "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - What else is left to say? This guy is an amazing producer, writer, and singer. He’s absolutely the real deal. 
7.) "Soft Fall" by Sun Airway - Criminally underrated. A stunningly gorgeous surrealist dream pop album, layered and textured to sound totally original. 
6.) "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes - A massive achievement in big, lushly orchestrated pop songs that further proves what an incredible talent Natasha Khan has turned out to be - beautifully written and performed. One of my favorite voices in music today. 
5.) "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries - Popping up seemingly out of nowhere, late in the year was this absolutely captivating bit of shadowy dream pop, wrapped in infectious hooks. Every song is a winner and if their is any justice in the world, “The Wilderness” will find a massive audience. 
4.) "Kill For Love" by Chromatics - It took four albums, but finally I was drinking the Chromatics Kool-Aid. A lush and rich, dark, shadowy album perfect for late nights. It’s music for the dark, and it’s perfect.
3.) "Heaven" by The Walkmen - An immensely enjoyable album of big hearted rock music. An ode to growing old and getting your shit together. So consistent and powerful with every track. Some incredible writing here as well. Its nice to hear something that leaves you feeling optimistic and this late in the game, The Walkmen leave me feeling just that. 
2.) "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well - Tom Krell returns with another heartbreaking, but equally soul stirring album full of power. Despite the often melancholic vibe of the overall affair, the album never feels depressing, but more celebrates life. A true original. Every ounce of this album is special.
1.) "Oshin" by DIIV - Clearly, I’m a dream pop fan, and this is the album that I feel like I’ve been waiting for for years. A dark counterbalance that hovers over the dreamy sounds keeps the album sounding original and vital. Every song has a killer hook, and just finds it’s way to embed in your brain. The most truly pleasurable listening experience of the year for me. It was my soundtrack from the moment I first pressed play. Perfect. 
There you have it. Albums, EPs, and Music Videos down - Songs to go. Hope you find something to love here - I know I love every note. 
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PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012
Here go the full lengths. These are this year’s albums that I most adored from front to back. Certainly, much could be said about each album, but in an effort to keep this short, I’m going to try and keep myself concise and provide with links to seek out the material in your own way. 
Once again, I can’t stress enough, this is not a “Best Of” list. These are my favorites from the year, and the order could change on any given day (outside of the top 5 or so, which are pretty steady). My hope here is to point out some albums that might inspire you to seek them out, or hell - make a list and share your own. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with these twenty wonderful albums, born in the year 2012. 
Click the Titles for Band Info and/or Purchase Info:
20.) "Beams" by Matthew Dear - One or the best dance/electronic albums witha real heart since LCD Soundsystem left the game. 
19.) "Calendar" by Motorama - A Russian shoegaze band doing it as good as anyone. Deserves massive exposure. 
18.) "S/T" by Melody’s Echo Chamber - Gorgeous, dreamy psych pop. Like a female fronted Spiritualized. 
17.) "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters - If Coldplay became a dream pop band and worked with Robin Guthrie instead of Brian Eno. Super good orchestral dream pop. 
16.) "Shields" by Grizzly Bear - A more mature, challenging, rock record than I expected. They’re pushing into some wonderful experimental sounds.
15.) "Nootropics" by Lower Dens - A swirling blend of ambient, synth pop, and psych pop that unravels more wondrously with each listen. 
14.) "Interstellar" by Frankie Rose - A big gorgeous pop record that sounds equal parts the Cure, Deerhunter, and M83 boiled down into a killer lo-fi synth pop sound. 
13.) "Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Returning after a too-long hiatus and sounds just as powerful and vital as ever. Epic is an understatement. 
12.) "True" by Violens - Dark, textured, and haunting dream pop that never misses a false note. Everything about it feel rich and real. 
11.) "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids - A modern day Replacements who blast through songs with fist pumping urgency and an incredible command of a catchy hook. Some truly wonderful songwriting as well. 
10.) "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn - The most pure and ethereal shoegaze album of the year. 
9.) "Heartbreaking Bravery" by Moonface (w/ Siinai) - An aggressively challenging album loaded with explosive emotion and killer hooks. Some of Spencer Krug’s best writing to date.
8.) "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - What else is left to say? This guy is an amazing producer, writer, and singer. He’s absolutely the real deal. 
7.) "Soft Fall" by Sun Airway - Criminally underrated. A stunningly gorgeous surrealist dream pop album, layered and textured to sound totally original. 
6.) "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes - A massive achievement in big, lushly orchestrated pop songs that further proves what an incredible talent Natasha Khan has turned out to be - beautifully written and performed. One of my favorite voices in music today. 
5.) "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries - Popping up seemingly out of nowhere, late in the year was this absolutely captivating bit of shadowy dream pop, wrapped in infectious hooks. Every song is a winner and if their is any justice in the world, “The Wilderness” will find a massive audience. 
4.) "Kill For Love" by Chromatics - It took four albums, but finally I was drinking the Chromatics Kool-Aid. A lush and rich, dark, shadowy album perfect for late nights. It’s music for the dark, and it’s perfect.
3.) "Heaven" by The Walkmen - An immensely enjoyable album of big hearted rock music. An ode to growing old and getting your shit together. So consistent and powerful with every track. Some incredible writing here as well. Its nice to hear something that leaves you feeling optimistic and this late in the game, The Walkmen leave me feeling just that. 
2.) "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well - Tom Krell returns with another heartbreaking, but equally soul stirring album full of power. Despite the often melancholic vibe of the overall affair, the album never feels depressing, but more celebrates life. A true original. Every ounce of this album is special.
1.) "Oshin" by DIIV - Clearly, I’m a dream pop fan, and this is the album that I feel like I’ve been waiting for for years. A dark counterbalance that hovers over the dreamy sounds keeps the album sounding original and vital. Every song has a killer hook, and just finds it’s way to embed in your brain. The most truly pleasurable listening experience of the year for me. It was my soundtrack from the moment I first pressed play. Perfect. 
There you have it. Albums, EPs, and Music Videos down - Songs to go. Hope you find something to love here - I know I love every note. 
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PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012
Here go the full lengths. These are this year’s albums that I most adored from front to back. Certainly, much could be said about each album, but in an effort to keep this short, I’m going to try and keep myself concise and provide with links to seek out the material in your own way. 
Once again, I can’t stress enough, this is not a “Best Of” list. These are my favorites from the year, and the order could change on any given day (outside of the top 5 or so, which are pretty steady). My hope here is to point out some albums that might inspire you to seek them out, or hell - make a list and share your own. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with these twenty wonderful albums, born in the year 2012. 
Click the Titles for Band Info and/or Purchase Info:
20.) "Beams" by Matthew Dear - One or the best dance/electronic albums witha real heart since LCD Soundsystem left the game. 
19.) "Calendar" by Motorama - A Russian shoegaze band doing it as good as anyone. Deserves massive exposure. 
18.) "S/T" by Melody’s Echo Chamber - Gorgeous, dreamy psych pop. Like a female fronted Spiritualized. 
17.) "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters - If Coldplay became a dream pop band and worked with Robin Guthrie instead of Brian Eno. Super good orchestral dream pop. 
16.) "Shields" by Grizzly Bear - A more mature, challenging, rock record than I expected. They’re pushing into some wonderful experimental sounds.
15.) "Nootropics" by Lower Dens - A swirling blend of ambient, synth pop, and psych pop that unravels more wondrously with each listen. 
14.) "Interstellar" by Frankie Rose - A big gorgeous pop record that sounds equal parts the Cure, Deerhunter, and M83 boiled down into a killer lo-fi synth pop sound. 
13.) "Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Returning after a too-long hiatus and sounds just as powerful and vital as ever. Epic is an understatement. 
12.) "True" by Violens - Dark, textured, and haunting dream pop that never misses a false note. Everything about it feel rich and real. 
11.) "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids - A modern day Replacements who blast through songs with fist pumping urgency and an incredible command of a catchy hook. Some truly wonderful songwriting as well. 
10.) "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn - The most pure and ethereal shoegaze album of the year. 
9.) "Heartbreaking Bravery" by Moonface (w/ Siinai) - An aggressively challenging album loaded with explosive emotion and killer hooks. Some of Spencer Krug’s best writing to date.
8.) "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - What else is left to say? This guy is an amazing producer, writer, and singer. He’s absolutely the real deal. 
7.) "Soft Fall" by Sun Airway - Criminally underrated. A stunningly gorgeous surrealist dream pop album, layered and textured to sound totally original. 
6.) "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes - A massive achievement in big, lushly orchestrated pop songs that further proves what an incredible talent Natasha Khan has turned out to be - beautifully written and performed. One of my favorite voices in music today. 
5.) "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries - Popping up seemingly out of nowhere, late in the year was this absolutely captivating bit of shadowy dream pop, wrapped in infectious hooks. Every song is a winner and if their is any justice in the world, “The Wilderness” will find a massive audience. 
4.) "Kill For Love" by Chromatics - It took four albums, but finally I was drinking the Chromatics Kool-Aid. A lush and rich, dark, shadowy album perfect for late nights. It’s music for the dark, and it’s perfect.
3.) "Heaven" by The Walkmen - An immensely enjoyable album of big hearted rock music. An ode to growing old and getting your shit together. So consistent and powerful with every track. Some incredible writing here as well. Its nice to hear something that leaves you feeling optimistic and this late in the game, The Walkmen leave me feeling just that. 
2.) "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well - Tom Krell returns with another heartbreaking, but equally soul stirring album full of power. Despite the often melancholic vibe of the overall affair, the album never feels depressing, but more celebrates life. A true original. Every ounce of this album is special.
1.) "Oshin" by DIIV - Clearly, I’m a dream pop fan, and this is the album that I feel like I’ve been waiting for for years. A dark counterbalance that hovers over the dreamy sounds keeps the album sounding original and vital. Every song has a killer hook, and just finds it’s way to embed in your brain. The most truly pleasurable listening experience of the year for me. It was my soundtrack from the moment I first pressed play. Perfect. 
There you have it. Albums, EPs, and Music Videos down - Songs to go. Hope you find something to love here - I know I love every note. 
ZoomInfo
PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012
Here go the full lengths. These are this year’s albums that I most adored from front to back. Certainly, much could be said about each album, but in an effort to keep this short, I’m going to try and keep myself concise and provide with links to seek out the material in your own way. 
Once again, I can’t stress enough, this is not a “Best Of” list. These are my favorites from the year, and the order could change on any given day (outside of the top 5 or so, which are pretty steady). My hope here is to point out some albums that might inspire you to seek them out, or hell - make a list and share your own. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with these twenty wonderful albums, born in the year 2012. 
Click the Titles for Band Info and/or Purchase Info:
20.) "Beams" by Matthew Dear - One or the best dance/electronic albums witha real heart since LCD Soundsystem left the game. 
19.) "Calendar" by Motorama - A Russian shoegaze band doing it as good as anyone. Deserves massive exposure. 
18.) "S/T" by Melody’s Echo Chamber - Gorgeous, dreamy psych pop. Like a female fronted Spiritualized. 
17.) "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters - If Coldplay became a dream pop band and worked with Robin Guthrie instead of Brian Eno. Super good orchestral dream pop. 
16.) "Shields" by Grizzly Bear - A more mature, challenging, rock record than I expected. They’re pushing into some wonderful experimental sounds.
15.) "Nootropics" by Lower Dens - A swirling blend of ambient, synth pop, and psych pop that unravels more wondrously with each listen. 
14.) "Interstellar" by Frankie Rose - A big gorgeous pop record that sounds equal parts the Cure, Deerhunter, and M83 boiled down into a killer lo-fi synth pop sound. 
13.) "Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Returning after a too-long hiatus and sounds just as powerful and vital as ever. Epic is an understatement. 
12.) "True" by Violens - Dark, textured, and haunting dream pop that never misses a false note. Everything about it feel rich and real. 
11.) "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids - A modern day Replacements who blast through songs with fist pumping urgency and an incredible command of a catchy hook. Some truly wonderful songwriting as well. 
10.) "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn - The most pure and ethereal shoegaze album of the year. 
9.) "Heartbreaking Bravery" by Moonface (w/ Siinai) - An aggressively challenging album loaded with explosive emotion and killer hooks. Some of Spencer Krug’s best writing to date.
8.) "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - What else is left to say? This guy is an amazing producer, writer, and singer. He’s absolutely the real deal. 
7.) "Soft Fall" by Sun Airway - Criminally underrated. A stunningly gorgeous surrealist dream pop album, layered and textured to sound totally original. 
6.) "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes - A massive achievement in big, lushly orchestrated pop songs that further proves what an incredible talent Natasha Khan has turned out to be - beautifully written and performed. One of my favorite voices in music today. 
5.) "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries - Popping up seemingly out of nowhere, late in the year was this absolutely captivating bit of shadowy dream pop, wrapped in infectious hooks. Every song is a winner and if their is any justice in the world, “The Wilderness” will find a massive audience. 
4.) "Kill For Love" by Chromatics - It took four albums, but finally I was drinking the Chromatics Kool-Aid. A lush and rich, dark, shadowy album perfect for late nights. It’s music for the dark, and it’s perfect.
3.) "Heaven" by The Walkmen - An immensely enjoyable album of big hearted rock music. An ode to growing old and getting your shit together. So consistent and powerful with every track. Some incredible writing here as well. Its nice to hear something that leaves you feeling optimistic and this late in the game, The Walkmen leave me feeling just that. 
2.) "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well - Tom Krell returns with another heartbreaking, but equally soul stirring album full of power. Despite the often melancholic vibe of the overall affair, the album never feels depressing, but more celebrates life. A true original. Every ounce of this album is special.
1.) "Oshin" by DIIV - Clearly, I’m a dream pop fan, and this is the album that I feel like I’ve been waiting for for years. A dark counterbalance that hovers over the dreamy sounds keeps the album sounding original and vital. Every song has a killer hook, and just finds it’s way to embed in your brain. The most truly pleasurable listening experience of the year for me. It was my soundtrack from the moment I first pressed play. Perfect. 
There you have it. Albums, EPs, and Music Videos down - Songs to go. Hope you find something to love here - I know I love every note. 
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PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012
Here go the full lengths. These are this year’s albums that I most adored from front to back. Certainly, much could be said about each album, but in an effort to keep this short, I’m going to try and keep myself concise and provide with links to seek out the material in your own way. 
Once again, I can’t stress enough, this is not a “Best Of” list. These are my favorites from the year, and the order could change on any given day (outside of the top 5 or so, which are pretty steady). My hope here is to point out some albums that might inspire you to seek them out, or hell - make a list and share your own. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with these twenty wonderful albums, born in the year 2012. 
Click the Titles for Band Info and/or Purchase Info:
20.) "Beams" by Matthew Dear - One or the best dance/electronic albums witha real heart since LCD Soundsystem left the game. 
19.) "Calendar" by Motorama - A Russian shoegaze band doing it as good as anyone. Deserves massive exposure. 
18.) "S/T" by Melody’s Echo Chamber - Gorgeous, dreamy psych pop. Like a female fronted Spiritualized. 
17.) "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters - If Coldplay became a dream pop band and worked with Robin Guthrie instead of Brian Eno. Super good orchestral dream pop. 
16.) "Shields" by Grizzly Bear - A more mature, challenging, rock record than I expected. They’re pushing into some wonderful experimental sounds.
15.) "Nootropics" by Lower Dens - A swirling blend of ambient, synth pop, and psych pop that unravels more wondrously with each listen. 
14.) "Interstellar" by Frankie Rose - A big gorgeous pop record that sounds equal parts the Cure, Deerhunter, and M83 boiled down into a killer lo-fi synth pop sound. 
13.) "Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Returning after a too-long hiatus and sounds just as powerful and vital as ever. Epic is an understatement. 
12.) "True" by Violens - Dark, textured, and haunting dream pop that never misses a false note. Everything about it feel rich and real. 
11.) "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids - A modern day Replacements who blast through songs with fist pumping urgency and an incredible command of a catchy hook. Some truly wonderful songwriting as well. 
10.) "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn - The most pure and ethereal shoegaze album of the year. 
9.) "Heartbreaking Bravery" by Moonface (w/ Siinai) - An aggressively challenging album loaded with explosive emotion and killer hooks. Some of Spencer Krug’s best writing to date.
8.) "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - What else is left to say? This guy is an amazing producer, writer, and singer. He’s absolutely the real deal. 
7.) "Soft Fall" by Sun Airway - Criminally underrated. A stunningly gorgeous surrealist dream pop album, layered and textured to sound totally original. 
6.) "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes - A massive achievement in big, lushly orchestrated pop songs that further proves what an incredible talent Natasha Khan has turned out to be - beautifully written and performed. One of my favorite voices in music today. 
5.) "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries - Popping up seemingly out of nowhere, late in the year was this absolutely captivating bit of shadowy dream pop, wrapped in infectious hooks. Every song is a winner and if their is any justice in the world, “The Wilderness” will find a massive audience. 
4.) "Kill For Love" by Chromatics - It took four albums, but finally I was drinking the Chromatics Kool-Aid. A lush and rich, dark, shadowy album perfect for late nights. It’s music for the dark, and it’s perfect.
3.) "Heaven" by The Walkmen - An immensely enjoyable album of big hearted rock music. An ode to growing old and getting your shit together. So consistent and powerful with every track. Some incredible writing here as well. Its nice to hear something that leaves you feeling optimistic and this late in the game, The Walkmen leave me feeling just that. 
2.) "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well - Tom Krell returns with another heartbreaking, but equally soul stirring album full of power. Despite the often melancholic vibe of the overall affair, the album never feels depressing, but more celebrates life. A true original. Every ounce of this album is special.
1.) "Oshin" by DIIV - Clearly, I’m a dream pop fan, and this is the album that I feel like I’ve been waiting for for years. A dark counterbalance that hovers over the dreamy sounds keeps the album sounding original and vital. Every song has a killer hook, and just finds it’s way to embed in your brain. The most truly pleasurable listening experience of the year for me. It was my soundtrack from the moment I first pressed play. Perfect. 
There you have it. Albums, EPs, and Music Videos down - Songs to go. Hope you find something to love here - I know I love every note. 
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PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012
Here go the full lengths. These are this year’s albums that I most adored from front to back. Certainly, much could be said about each album, but in an effort to keep this short, I’m going to try and keep myself concise and provide with links to seek out the material in your own way. 
Once again, I can’t stress enough, this is not a “Best Of” list. These are my favorites from the year, and the order could change on any given day (outside of the top 5 or so, which are pretty steady). My hope here is to point out some albums that might inspire you to seek them out, or hell - make a list and share your own. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with these twenty wonderful albums, born in the year 2012. 
Click the Titles for Band Info and/or Purchase Info:
20.) "Beams" by Matthew Dear - One or the best dance/electronic albums witha real heart since LCD Soundsystem left the game. 
19.) "Calendar" by Motorama - A Russian shoegaze band doing it as good as anyone. Deserves massive exposure. 
18.) "S/T" by Melody’s Echo Chamber - Gorgeous, dreamy psych pop. Like a female fronted Spiritualized. 
17.) "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters - If Coldplay became a dream pop band and worked with Robin Guthrie instead of Brian Eno. Super good orchestral dream pop. 
16.) "Shields" by Grizzly Bear - A more mature, challenging, rock record than I expected. They’re pushing into some wonderful experimental sounds.
15.) "Nootropics" by Lower Dens - A swirling blend of ambient, synth pop, and psych pop that unravels more wondrously with each listen. 
14.) "Interstellar" by Frankie Rose - A big gorgeous pop record that sounds equal parts the Cure, Deerhunter, and M83 boiled down into a killer lo-fi synth pop sound. 
13.) "Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Returning after a too-long hiatus and sounds just as powerful and vital as ever. Epic is an understatement. 
12.) "True" by Violens - Dark, textured, and haunting dream pop that never misses a false note. Everything about it feel rich and real. 
11.) "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids - A modern day Replacements who blast through songs with fist pumping urgency and an incredible command of a catchy hook. Some truly wonderful songwriting as well. 
10.) "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn - The most pure and ethereal shoegaze album of the year. 
9.) "Heartbreaking Bravery" by Moonface (w/ Siinai) - An aggressively challenging album loaded with explosive emotion and killer hooks. Some of Spencer Krug’s best writing to date.
8.) "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - What else is left to say? This guy is an amazing producer, writer, and singer. He’s absolutely the real deal. 
7.) "Soft Fall" by Sun Airway - Criminally underrated. A stunningly gorgeous surrealist dream pop album, layered and textured to sound totally original. 
6.) "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes - A massive achievement in big, lushly orchestrated pop songs that further proves what an incredible talent Natasha Khan has turned out to be - beautifully written and performed. One of my favorite voices in music today. 
5.) "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries - Popping up seemingly out of nowhere, late in the year was this absolutely captivating bit of shadowy dream pop, wrapped in infectious hooks. Every song is a winner and if their is any justice in the world, “The Wilderness” will find a massive audience. 
4.) "Kill For Love" by Chromatics - It took four albums, but finally I was drinking the Chromatics Kool-Aid. A lush and rich, dark, shadowy album perfect for late nights. It’s music for the dark, and it’s perfect.
3.) "Heaven" by The Walkmen - An immensely enjoyable album of big hearted rock music. An ode to growing old and getting your shit together. So consistent and powerful with every track. Some incredible writing here as well. Its nice to hear something that leaves you feeling optimistic and this late in the game, The Walkmen leave me feeling just that. 
2.) "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well - Tom Krell returns with another heartbreaking, but equally soul stirring album full of power. Despite the often melancholic vibe of the overall affair, the album never feels depressing, but more celebrates life. A true original. Every ounce of this album is special.
1.) "Oshin" by DIIV - Clearly, I’m a dream pop fan, and this is the album that I feel like I’ve been waiting for for years. A dark counterbalance that hovers over the dreamy sounds keeps the album sounding original and vital. Every song has a killer hook, and just finds it’s way to embed in your brain. The most truly pleasurable listening experience of the year for me. It was my soundtrack from the moment I first pressed play. Perfect. 
There you have it. Albums, EPs, and Music Videos down - Songs to go. Hope you find something to love here - I know I love every note. 
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PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012
Here go the full lengths. These are this year’s albums that I most adored from front to back. Certainly, much could be said about each album, but in an effort to keep this short, I’m going to try and keep myself concise and provide with links to seek out the material in your own way. 
Once again, I can’t stress enough, this is not a “Best Of” list. These are my favorites from the year, and the order could change on any given day (outside of the top 5 or so, which are pretty steady). My hope here is to point out some albums that might inspire you to seek them out, or hell - make a list and share your own. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with these twenty wonderful albums, born in the year 2012. 
Click the Titles for Band Info and/or Purchase Info:
20.) "Beams" by Matthew Dear - One or the best dance/electronic albums witha real heart since LCD Soundsystem left the game. 
19.) "Calendar" by Motorama - A Russian shoegaze band doing it as good as anyone. Deserves massive exposure. 
18.) "S/T" by Melody’s Echo Chamber - Gorgeous, dreamy psych pop. Like a female fronted Spiritualized. 
17.) "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters - If Coldplay became a dream pop band and worked with Robin Guthrie instead of Brian Eno. Super good orchestral dream pop. 
16.) "Shields" by Grizzly Bear - A more mature, challenging, rock record than I expected. They’re pushing into some wonderful experimental sounds.
15.) "Nootropics" by Lower Dens - A swirling blend of ambient, synth pop, and psych pop that unravels more wondrously with each listen. 
14.) "Interstellar" by Frankie Rose - A big gorgeous pop record that sounds equal parts the Cure, Deerhunter, and M83 boiled down into a killer lo-fi synth pop sound. 
13.) "Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Returning after a too-long hiatus and sounds just as powerful and vital as ever. Epic is an understatement. 
12.) "True" by Violens - Dark, textured, and haunting dream pop that never misses a false note. Everything about it feel rich and real. 
11.) "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids - A modern day Replacements who blast through songs with fist pumping urgency and an incredible command of a catchy hook. Some truly wonderful songwriting as well. 
10.) "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn - The most pure and ethereal shoegaze album of the year. 
9.) "Heartbreaking Bravery" by Moonface (w/ Siinai) - An aggressively challenging album loaded with explosive emotion and killer hooks. Some of Spencer Krug’s best writing to date.
8.) "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - What else is left to say? This guy is an amazing producer, writer, and singer. He’s absolutely the real deal. 
7.) "Soft Fall" by Sun Airway - Criminally underrated. A stunningly gorgeous surrealist dream pop album, layered and textured to sound totally original. 
6.) "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes - A massive achievement in big, lushly orchestrated pop songs that further proves what an incredible talent Natasha Khan has turned out to be - beautifully written and performed. One of my favorite voices in music today. 
5.) "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries - Popping up seemingly out of nowhere, late in the year was this absolutely captivating bit of shadowy dream pop, wrapped in infectious hooks. Every song is a winner and if their is any justice in the world, “The Wilderness” will find a massive audience. 
4.) "Kill For Love" by Chromatics - It took four albums, but finally I was drinking the Chromatics Kool-Aid. A lush and rich, dark, shadowy album perfect for late nights. It’s music for the dark, and it’s perfect.
3.) "Heaven" by The Walkmen - An immensely enjoyable album of big hearted rock music. An ode to growing old and getting your shit together. So consistent and powerful with every track. Some incredible writing here as well. Its nice to hear something that leaves you feeling optimistic and this late in the game, The Walkmen leave me feeling just that. 
2.) "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well - Tom Krell returns with another heartbreaking, but equally soul stirring album full of power. Despite the often melancholic vibe of the overall affair, the album never feels depressing, but more celebrates life. A true original. Every ounce of this album is special.
1.) "Oshin" by DIIV - Clearly, I’m a dream pop fan, and this is the album that I feel like I’ve been waiting for for years. A dark counterbalance that hovers over the dreamy sounds keeps the album sounding original and vital. Every song has a killer hook, and just finds it’s way to embed in your brain. The most truly pleasurable listening experience of the year for me. It was my soundtrack from the moment I first pressed play. Perfect. 
There you have it. Albums, EPs, and Music Videos down - Songs to go. Hope you find something to love here - I know I love every note. 
ZoomInfo
PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012
Here go the full lengths. These are this year’s albums that I most adored from front to back. Certainly, much could be said about each album, but in an effort to keep this short, I’m going to try and keep myself concise and provide with links to seek out the material in your own way. 
Once again, I can’t stress enough, this is not a “Best Of” list. These are my favorites from the year, and the order could change on any given day (outside of the top 5 or so, which are pretty steady). My hope here is to point out some albums that might inspire you to seek them out, or hell - make a list and share your own. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with these twenty wonderful albums, born in the year 2012. 
Click the Titles for Band Info and/or Purchase Info:
20.) "Beams" by Matthew Dear - One or the best dance/electronic albums witha real heart since LCD Soundsystem left the game. 
19.) "Calendar" by Motorama - A Russian shoegaze band doing it as good as anyone. Deserves massive exposure. 
18.) "S/T" by Melody’s Echo Chamber - Gorgeous, dreamy psych pop. Like a female fronted Spiritualized. 
17.) "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters - If Coldplay became a dream pop band and worked with Robin Guthrie instead of Brian Eno. Super good orchestral dream pop. 
16.) "Shields" by Grizzly Bear - A more mature, challenging, rock record than I expected. They’re pushing into some wonderful experimental sounds.
15.) "Nootropics" by Lower Dens - A swirling blend of ambient, synth pop, and psych pop that unravels more wondrously with each listen. 
14.) "Interstellar" by Frankie Rose - A big gorgeous pop record that sounds equal parts the Cure, Deerhunter, and M83 boiled down into a killer lo-fi synth pop sound. 
13.) "Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Returning after a too-long hiatus and sounds just as powerful and vital as ever. Epic is an understatement. 
12.) "True" by Violens - Dark, textured, and haunting dream pop that never misses a false note. Everything about it feel rich and real. 
11.) "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids - A modern day Replacements who blast through songs with fist pumping urgency and an incredible command of a catchy hook. Some truly wonderful songwriting as well. 
10.) "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn - The most pure and ethereal shoegaze album of the year. 
9.) "Heartbreaking Bravery" by Moonface (w/ Siinai) - An aggressively challenging album loaded with explosive emotion and killer hooks. Some of Spencer Krug’s best writing to date.
8.) "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - What else is left to say? This guy is an amazing producer, writer, and singer. He’s absolutely the real deal. 
7.) "Soft Fall" by Sun Airway - Criminally underrated. A stunningly gorgeous surrealist dream pop album, layered and textured to sound totally original. 
6.) "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes - A massive achievement in big, lushly orchestrated pop songs that further proves what an incredible talent Natasha Khan has turned out to be - beautifully written and performed. One of my favorite voices in music today. 
5.) "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries - Popping up seemingly out of nowhere, late in the year was this absolutely captivating bit of shadowy dream pop, wrapped in infectious hooks. Every song is a winner and if their is any justice in the world, “The Wilderness” will find a massive audience. 
4.) "Kill For Love" by Chromatics - It took four albums, but finally I was drinking the Chromatics Kool-Aid. A lush and rich, dark, shadowy album perfect for late nights. It’s music for the dark, and it’s perfect.
3.) "Heaven" by The Walkmen - An immensely enjoyable album of big hearted rock music. An ode to growing old and getting your shit together. So consistent and powerful with every track. Some incredible writing here as well. Its nice to hear something that leaves you feeling optimistic and this late in the game, The Walkmen leave me feeling just that. 
2.) "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well - Tom Krell returns with another heartbreaking, but equally soul stirring album full of power. Despite the often melancholic vibe of the overall affair, the album never feels depressing, but more celebrates life. A true original. Every ounce of this album is special.
1.) "Oshin" by DIIV - Clearly, I’m a dream pop fan, and this is the album that I feel like I’ve been waiting for for years. A dark counterbalance that hovers over the dreamy sounds keeps the album sounding original and vital. Every song has a killer hook, and just finds it’s way to embed in your brain. The most truly pleasurable listening experience of the year for me. It was my soundtrack from the moment I first pressed play. Perfect. 
There you have it. Albums, EPs, and Music Videos down - Songs to go. Hope you find something to love here - I know I love every note. 
ZoomInfo
PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012
Here go the full lengths. These are this year’s albums that I most adored from front to back. Certainly, much could be said about each album, but in an effort to keep this short, I’m going to try and keep myself concise and provide with links to seek out the material in your own way. 
Once again, I can’t stress enough, this is not a “Best Of” list. These are my favorites from the year, and the order could change on any given day (outside of the top 5 or so, which are pretty steady). My hope here is to point out some albums that might inspire you to seek them out, or hell - make a list and share your own. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with these twenty wonderful albums, born in the year 2012. 
Click the Titles for Band Info and/or Purchase Info:
20.) "Beams" by Matthew Dear - One or the best dance/electronic albums witha real heart since LCD Soundsystem left the game. 
19.) "Calendar" by Motorama - A Russian shoegaze band doing it as good as anyone. Deserves massive exposure. 
18.) "S/T" by Melody’s Echo Chamber - Gorgeous, dreamy psych pop. Like a female fronted Spiritualized. 
17.) "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters - If Coldplay became a dream pop band and worked with Robin Guthrie instead of Brian Eno. Super good orchestral dream pop. 
16.) "Shields" by Grizzly Bear - A more mature, challenging, rock record than I expected. They’re pushing into some wonderful experimental sounds.
15.) "Nootropics" by Lower Dens - A swirling blend of ambient, synth pop, and psych pop that unravels more wondrously with each listen. 
14.) "Interstellar" by Frankie Rose - A big gorgeous pop record that sounds equal parts the Cure, Deerhunter, and M83 boiled down into a killer lo-fi synth pop sound. 
13.) "Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Returning after a too-long hiatus and sounds just as powerful and vital as ever. Epic is an understatement. 
12.) "True" by Violens - Dark, textured, and haunting dream pop that never misses a false note. Everything about it feel rich and real. 
11.) "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids - A modern day Replacements who blast through songs with fist pumping urgency and an incredible command of a catchy hook. Some truly wonderful songwriting as well. 
10.) "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn - The most pure and ethereal shoegaze album of the year. 
9.) "Heartbreaking Bravery" by Moonface (w/ Siinai) - An aggressively challenging album loaded with explosive emotion and killer hooks. Some of Spencer Krug’s best writing to date.
8.) "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - What else is left to say? This guy is an amazing producer, writer, and singer. He’s absolutely the real deal. 
7.) "Soft Fall" by Sun Airway - Criminally underrated. A stunningly gorgeous surrealist dream pop album, layered and textured to sound totally original. 
6.) "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes - A massive achievement in big, lushly orchestrated pop songs that further proves what an incredible talent Natasha Khan has turned out to be - beautifully written and performed. One of my favorite voices in music today. 
5.) "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries - Popping up seemingly out of nowhere, late in the year was this absolutely captivating bit of shadowy dream pop, wrapped in infectious hooks. Every song is a winner and if their is any justice in the world, “The Wilderness” will find a massive audience. 
4.) "Kill For Love" by Chromatics - It took four albums, but finally I was drinking the Chromatics Kool-Aid. A lush and rich, dark, shadowy album perfect for late nights. It’s music for the dark, and it’s perfect.
3.) "Heaven" by The Walkmen - An immensely enjoyable album of big hearted rock music. An ode to growing old and getting your shit together. So consistent and powerful with every track. Some incredible writing here as well. Its nice to hear something that leaves you feeling optimistic and this late in the game, The Walkmen leave me feeling just that. 
2.) "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well - Tom Krell returns with another heartbreaking, but equally soul stirring album full of power. Despite the often melancholic vibe of the overall affair, the album never feels depressing, but more celebrates life. A true original. Every ounce of this album is special.
1.) "Oshin" by DIIV - Clearly, I’m a dream pop fan, and this is the album that I feel like I’ve been waiting for for years. A dark counterbalance that hovers over the dreamy sounds keeps the album sounding original and vital. Every song has a killer hook, and just finds it’s way to embed in your brain. The most truly pleasurable listening experience of the year for me. It was my soundtrack from the moment I first pressed play. Perfect. 
There you have it. Albums, EPs, and Music Videos down - Songs to go. Hope you find something to love here - I know I love every note. 
ZoomInfo
PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012
Here go the full lengths. These are this year’s albums that I most adored from front to back. Certainly, much could be said about each album, but in an effort to keep this short, I’m going to try and keep myself concise and provide with links to seek out the material in your own way. 
Once again, I can’t stress enough, this is not a “Best Of” list. These are my favorites from the year, and the order could change on any given day (outside of the top 5 or so, which are pretty steady). My hope here is to point out some albums that might inspire you to seek them out, or hell - make a list and share your own. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with these twenty wonderful albums, born in the year 2012. 
Click the Titles for Band Info and/or Purchase Info:
20.) "Beams" by Matthew Dear - One or the best dance/electronic albums witha real heart since LCD Soundsystem left the game. 
19.) "Calendar" by Motorama - A Russian shoegaze band doing it as good as anyone. Deserves massive exposure. 
18.) "S/T" by Melody’s Echo Chamber - Gorgeous, dreamy psych pop. Like a female fronted Spiritualized. 
17.) "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters - If Coldplay became a dream pop band and worked with Robin Guthrie instead of Brian Eno. Super good orchestral dream pop. 
16.) "Shields" by Grizzly Bear - A more mature, challenging, rock record than I expected. They’re pushing into some wonderful experimental sounds.
15.) "Nootropics" by Lower Dens - A swirling blend of ambient, synth pop, and psych pop that unravels more wondrously with each listen. 
14.) "Interstellar" by Frankie Rose - A big gorgeous pop record that sounds equal parts the Cure, Deerhunter, and M83 boiled down into a killer lo-fi synth pop sound. 
13.) "Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Returning after a too-long hiatus and sounds just as powerful and vital as ever. Epic is an understatement. 
12.) "True" by Violens - Dark, textured, and haunting dream pop that never misses a false note. Everything about it feel rich and real. 
11.) "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids - A modern day Replacements who blast through songs with fist pumping urgency and an incredible command of a catchy hook. Some truly wonderful songwriting as well. 
10.) "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn - The most pure and ethereal shoegaze album of the year. 
9.) "Heartbreaking Bravery" by Moonface (w/ Siinai) - An aggressively challenging album loaded with explosive emotion and killer hooks. Some of Spencer Krug’s best writing to date.
8.) "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - What else is left to say? This guy is an amazing producer, writer, and singer. He’s absolutely the real deal. 
7.) "Soft Fall" by Sun Airway - Criminally underrated. A stunningly gorgeous surrealist dream pop album, layered and textured to sound totally original. 
6.) "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes - A massive achievement in big, lushly orchestrated pop songs that further proves what an incredible talent Natasha Khan has turned out to be - beautifully written and performed. One of my favorite voices in music today. 
5.) "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries - Popping up seemingly out of nowhere, late in the year was this absolutely captivating bit of shadowy dream pop, wrapped in infectious hooks. Every song is a winner and if their is any justice in the world, “The Wilderness” will find a massive audience. 
4.) "Kill For Love" by Chromatics - It took four albums, but finally I was drinking the Chromatics Kool-Aid. A lush and rich, dark, shadowy album perfect for late nights. It’s music for the dark, and it’s perfect.
3.) "Heaven" by The Walkmen - An immensely enjoyable album of big hearted rock music. An ode to growing old and getting your shit together. So consistent and powerful with every track. Some incredible writing here as well. Its nice to hear something that leaves you feeling optimistic and this late in the game, The Walkmen leave me feeling just that. 
2.) "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well - Tom Krell returns with another heartbreaking, but equally soul stirring album full of power. Despite the often melancholic vibe of the overall affair, the album never feels depressing, but more celebrates life. A true original. Every ounce of this album is special.
1.) "Oshin" by DIIV - Clearly, I’m a dream pop fan, and this is the album that I feel like I’ve been waiting for for years. A dark counterbalance that hovers over the dreamy sounds keeps the album sounding original and vital. Every song has a killer hook, and just finds it’s way to embed in your brain. The most truly pleasurable listening experience of the year for me. It was my soundtrack from the moment I first pressed play. Perfect. 
There you have it. Albums, EPs, and Music Videos down - Songs to go. Hope you find something to love here - I know I love every note. 
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PMW’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012

Here go the full lengths. These are this year’s albums that I most adored from front to back. Certainly, much could be said about each album, but in an effort to keep this short, I’m going to try and keep myself concise and provide with links to seek out the material in your own way. 

Once again, I can’t stress enough, this is not a “Best Of” list. These are my favorites from the year, and the order could change on any given day (outside of the top 5 or so, which are pretty steady). My hope here is to point out some albums that might inspire you to seek them out, or hell - make a list and share your own. Whatever the case, you can’t go wrong with these twenty wonderful albums, born in the year 2012. 

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20.) "Beams" by Matthew Dear - One or the best dance/electronic albums witha real heart since LCD Soundsystem left the game. 

19.) "Calendar" by Motorama - A Russian shoegaze band doing it as good as anyone. Deserves massive exposure. 

18.) "S/T" by Melody’s Echo Chamber - Gorgeous, dreamy psych pop. Like a female fronted Spiritualized. 

17.) "Space Between Us" by Daniel Land & the Modern Painters - If Coldplay became a dream pop band and worked with Robin Guthrie instead of Brian Eno. Super good orchestral dream pop. 

16.) "Shields" by Grizzly Bear - A more mature, challenging, rock record than I expected. They’re pushing into some wonderful experimental sounds.

15.) "Nootropics" by Lower Dens - A swirling blend of ambient, synth pop, and psych pop that unravels more wondrously with each listen. 

14.) "Interstellar" by Frankie Rose - A big gorgeous pop record that sounds equal parts the Cure, Deerhunter, and M83 boiled down into a killer lo-fi synth pop sound. 

13.) "Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend" by Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Returning after a too-long hiatus and sounds just as powerful and vital as ever. Epic is an understatement. 

12.) "True" by Violens - Dark, textured, and haunting dream pop that never misses a false note. Everything about it feel rich and real. 

11.) "Celebration Rock" by Japandroids - A modern day Replacements who blast through songs with fist pumping urgency and an incredible command of a catchy hook. Some truly wonderful songwriting as well. 

10.) "Tender New Signs" by Tamaryn - The most pure and ethereal shoegaze album of the year. 

9.) "Heartbreaking Bravery" by Moonface (w/ Siinai) - An aggressively challenging album loaded with explosive emotion and killer hooks. Some of Spencer Krug’s best writing to date.

8.) "Channel Orange" by Frank Ocean - What else is left to say? This guy is an amazing producer, writer, and singer. He’s absolutely the real deal. 

7.) "Soft Fall" by Sun Airway - Criminally underrated. A stunningly gorgeous surrealist dream pop album, layered and textured to sound totally original. 

6.) "The Haunted Man" by Bat for Lashes - A massive achievement in big, lushly orchestrated pop songs that further proves what an incredible talent Natasha Khan has turned out to be - beautifully written and performed. One of my favorite voices in music today. 

5.) "The Wilderness" by Cemeteries - Popping up seemingly out of nowhere, late in the year was this absolutely captivating bit of shadowy dream pop, wrapped in infectious hooks. Every song is a winner and if their is any justice in the world, “The Wilderness” will find a massive audience. 

4.) "Kill For Love" by Chromatics - It took four albums, but finally I was drinking the Chromatics Kool-Aid. A lush and rich, dark, shadowy album perfect for late nights. It’s music for the dark, and it’s perfect.

3.) "Heaven" by The Walkmen - An immensely enjoyable album of big hearted rock music. An ode to growing old and getting your shit together. So consistent and powerful with every track. Some incredible writing here as well. Its nice to hear something that leaves you feeling optimistic and this late in the game, The Walkmen leave me feeling just that. 

2.) "Total Loss" by How to Dress Well - Tom Krell returns with another heartbreaking, but equally soul stirring album full of power. Despite the often melancholic vibe of the overall affair, the album never feels depressing, but more celebrates life. A true original. Every ounce of this album is special.

1.) "Oshin" by DIIV - Clearly, I’m a dream pop fan, and this is the album that I feel like I’ve been waiting for for years. A dark counterbalance that hovers over the dreamy sounds keeps the album sounding original and vital. Every song has a killer hook, and just finds it’s way to embed in your brain. The most truly pleasurable listening experience of the year for me. It was my soundtrack from the moment I first pressed play. Perfect. 

There you have it. Albums, EPs, and Music Videos down - Songs to go. Hope you find something to love here - I know I love every note. 

P|M|W’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012 //first half//
Last year, I was a month premature (May is the sixth month of the year, right?), so this year I waited it out to make sure I’d heard as much of the goodness out there, as I possibly could have. Once again, I’ve decided to only rank my top three, and then the rest will be alphabetical. Outside of my number one spot, I’d say that it might change on a day to day basis, depending on mood, weather temperature, and or what I ate the day before. By this point last year, I’d already heard what ended up my favorite album of the year, as well as my favorite song of the year. That being said, there are still a lot of potentially great albums on their way, and that’s not even counting all of the wonderful gems that we have no idea about that will surely surprise us and become embedded nuggets of ear goodness in the months to come. So take this list with a grain of salt. It might be the same list you see again in six months, or it might be radically shifted. The only thing for sure is that each of these albums is wonderful in their own way and deserve multiple listens from all ears, everywhere. 
* My mixtape of top twenty favorite songs of the year will post later this weekend as soon as mix finishes. 
** Click Album title to stream album on Spotify. 
DIIV - OSHIN /// DIIV’s beautifully dreamy debut album hit me dead on in a way that I wasn’t expecting. The familiarity with the sounds drawing on all influences that I obsessed over in my youth, coming together in this new, but lived in sound - took my breath away. Having been a fan of Beach Fossils (Z. Cole Smith’s other band) for a while now, I was thoroughly impressed that the material stood out and has it’s own distinct sound. A fully realized debut album that gives me massive hope for the future of the band. KEY TRACKS ("Wait", "Doused", "Home")
THE WALKMEN - HEAVEN /// The Walkmen have been quietly (and not so quietly - have you seen them live in a confined space? fuck eardrums!) turning out the hits for a decade now and after always finding something to love about each release. Yet here, a decade in, they’ve produced an album so incredibly absorbing and likable that it’s like listening to a greatest hits album of one of your favorite bands. Even more amazing, the band swapped up some of their more anthem-like sounds for stripped back 50’s guitar and doo-wop influences and it fucking works every time! A gorgeous album about being an adult. KEY TRACKS ("Heaven", "The House We Made (b-side)", "We Can’t Be Beat").
MOONFACE - WITH SIINAI: HEARTBREAKING BRAVERY /// A dark and loud album from one of my favorite writers (and serial band starter, Spencer Krug). This is probably the most challenging album on my favorites list and it’s recently made a strong resurgence in favor, after I realized that I’d been humming about half the album for the better part of the year. This isn’t Krug’s masterpiece, but with Finnish rockers Siinai, in tow, it’s probably his heaviest (which is not always my usual pick). What is amazing about the album is that after the bouncing around in various bands for the better part of a decade, Krug feels at home here. Like some of his best material with Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown, he’s at his best when he’s angry or hurt and you feel both on this album. The melodies and harmonies are top notch and if you don’t mind some tracks getting a little loud on you, then this might be your cup of tea. It certainly is mine. (KEY TRACKS: "Lay Your Cheek Down", "Shitty City", "Headed For the Door")
///THE REST (alphabetical)///
CLOUD NOTHINGS - ATTACK ON MEMORY
ETERNAL SUMMERS - CORRECT BEHAVIOR (Out 7.24.12)
FRANKIE ROSE - INTERSTELLAR
GRIMES - VISION
JAPANDROIDS - CELEBRATION ROCK (a close 4th)
LIARS - WIXIW
PORT ST. WILLOW - HOLIDAY
TWIN SHADOW - CONFESS (album released 7/10/12)
Okay, so I guess that’s eleven albums, but fuck it - limits are a waste of time. The podcast/mixtape of my favorite single tracks (not singles, but single songs) will go up tomorrow. It’s a doozy. As for the albums, I’m sure I probably missed something (I’m already regretting the absence of Echo Lake), but I’m sticking to what I had written down. How about you? Did I get it right-ish enough for you? Spill blood in my mailbox if you must. 
Thanks for listening and tune in tomorrow for the big half year roundup mixtape. Take care!

P|M|W’s FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2012 //first half//

Last year, I was a month premature (May is the sixth month of the year, right?), so this year I waited it out to make sure I’d heard as much of the goodness out there, as I possibly could have. Once again, I’ve decided to only rank my top three, and then the rest will be alphabetical. Outside of my number one spot, I’d say that it might change on a day to day basis, depending on mood, weather temperature, and or what I ate the day before. By this point last year, I’d already heard what ended up my favorite album of the year, as well as my favorite song of the year. That being said, there are still a lot of potentially great albums on their way, and that’s not even counting all of the wonderful gems that we have no idea about that will surely surprise us and become embedded nuggets of ear goodness in the months to come. So take this list with a grain of salt. It might be the same list you see again in six months, or it might be radically shifted. The only thing for sure is that each of these albums is wonderful in their own way and deserve multiple listens from all ears, everywhere. 

* My mixtape of top twenty favorite songs of the year will post later this weekend as soon as mix finishes. 

** Click Album title to stream album on Spotify. 

  1. DIIV - OSHIN /// DIIV’s beautifully dreamy debut album hit me dead on in a way that I wasn’t expecting. The familiarity with the sounds drawing on all influences that I obsessed over in my youth, coming together in this new, but lived in sound - took my breath away. Having been a fan of Beach Fossils (Z. Cole Smith’s other band) for a while now, I was thoroughly impressed that the material stood out and has it’s own distinct sound. A fully realized debut album that gives me massive hope for the future of the band. KEY TRACKS ("Wait", "Doused", "Home")
  2. THE WALKMEN - HEAVEN /// The Walkmen have been quietly (and not so quietly - have you seen them live in a confined space? fuck eardrums!) turning out the hits for a decade now and after always finding something to love about each release. Yet here, a decade in, they’ve produced an album so incredibly absorbing and likable that it’s like listening to a greatest hits album of one of your favorite bands. Even more amazing, the band swapped up some of their more anthem-like sounds for stripped back 50’s guitar and doo-wop influences and it fucking works every time! A gorgeous album about being an adult. KEY TRACKS ("Heaven", "The House We Made (b-side)", "We Can’t Be Beat").
  3. MOONFACE - WITH SIINAI: HEARTBREAKING BRAVERY /// A dark and loud album from one of my favorite writers (and serial band starter, Spencer Krug). This is probably the most challenging album on my favorites list and it’s recently made a strong resurgence in favor, after I realized that I’d been humming about half the album for the better part of the year. This isn’t Krug’s masterpiece, but with Finnish rockers Siinai, in tow, it’s probably his heaviest (which is not always my usual pick). What is amazing about the album is that after the bouncing around in various bands for the better part of a decade, Krug feels at home here. Like some of his best material with Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown, he’s at his best when he’s angry or hurt and you feel both on this album. The melodies and harmonies are top notch and if you don’t mind some tracks getting a little loud on you, then this might be your cup of tea. It certainly is mine. (KEY TRACKS: "Lay Your Cheek Down", "Shitty City", "Headed For the Door")

///THE REST (alphabetical)///

Okay, so I guess that’s eleven albums, but fuck it - limits are a waste of time. The podcast/mixtape of my favorite single tracks (not singles, but single songs) will go up tomorrow. It’s a doozy. As for the albums, I’m sure I probably missed something (I’m already regretting the absence of Echo Lake), but I’m sticking to what I had written down. How about you? Did I get it right-ish enough for you? Spill blood in my mailbox if you must. 

Thanks for listening and tune in tomorrow for the big half year roundup mixtape. Take care!