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We Yell Like Hell to the Heavens: The Top Albums of 2012 January 22, 2013

Posted by Richard Bolisay in Music, Yearender.
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Well, look who made a belated list.

2012 didn’t pass like a breeze. The days came in with unbearable force and slowness, a torturous year when I begged nights to end as soon as they started. Only concerts made me sober, hence my splurge on gigs, and I’m thankful for having friends who joined me in my madness for live music. In many ways 2012 was a turning point, the year when I lost the most important person in my life and when my dreams collapsed on their own, but it was also the year that had to happen, a time that made me realize the importance of concession, the inevitability of reaching such decision, and the need for a wise albeit weary acceptance of defeat. Sadly I didn’t have better options. It took me a while to say that I am doing well, and I guess the business of saying that to people closest to me slowly became natural, for it was an attempt to go past that point where hell is not other people but myself.

Needless to say, the albums below had been wonderful companions, many of which, if I were to be sentimental about it, helped me through. I remember all of them with fondness, sometimes with pain and regret, but often with a smile on my face, because even discomfort makes me grin or laugh. Some of these records serve as time stamps, leaving very distinct impressions on my mind. For instance, I was listening to Album #42 on the bus when my two sisters and I went out together, something which rarely happen these days, and Album #34 when I was on the car with my coworkers during those long drives from Taguig to Quezon City. My favorite record to listen to at the airport is Album #3. Once, when I was on the plane to Cebu it made me feel so happy and giddy that I cried. When my mother was at the hospital, I listened to Album #33 constantly, and several days before she died Album #5 was with me all along, holding my hand as I tried to hold back my tears. Listening to Album #46, #45, #28, #23, and #20 still makes me sad up to now, but nothing beats Album #2 in being so heartbreakingly beautiful.

But surely I had crazy moments, times when happiness was hard to contain, days when I looked high without being under the influence. Album #6 is the first contender for album of the year, pure crystal meth from start to finish, and heaven knows I’m miserable now for missing out on their Hong Kong gig today. Album #49 and #44 are punk rock at its wildest, and Album #39, #31, #21, and #9 are my ever-dependable hip-hop pills. Album #41 isn’t as bad as many critics and fans say it is (in fact, it has a lot of enchanting moments) and Album #25 has haters who may not have even listened to it in full. Normally I won’t put two albums by one artist but I made an exception: Album #30 and #12 are inseparable, brilliantly delivered by a musician who always comes up with heartfelt compositions. And of course, what to say about Album #4? It’s a landmark record whose commercial failure is completely upsetting, but in years’ time music snobs will look back and be blinded by its sheen. How about Album #1? Well, not even the end of the world could stop it from being on top of the list. It’s the record that I had been waiting for months, and when it came it ruined me. After several weeks it put me back together, then ruined me again.

So without further ado, here are the top albums of 2012, the best EPs, a list of the year’s overlooked songs, the most memorable concerts I attended, and more than 170 links to tracks I love, all in one post. See you again next year, friends!

tribes

50. BABY, Tribes

“We Were Children”

“Sappho”

“Himalaya”

holograms

49. HOLOGRAMS, Holograms

“Chasing My Mind”

“You Are Ancient”

“ABC City”

evansthedeath

48. EVANS THE DEATH, Evans the Death

“I’m So Unclean”

“Wet Blanket”

“Threads”

earth

47. ANGELS OF DARKNESS, DEMONS OF LIGHT II, Earth

“His Teeth Did Brightly Shine”

“The Corascene Dog”

“The Rakehell”

lostinthetrees

46. A CHURCH THAT FITS OUR NEEDS, Lost in the Trees

“Neither Here Nor There”

“An Artist’s Song”

“The Dead Bird is Beautiful”

theshins

45. PORT OF MORROW, The Shins

“Simple Song”

“It’s Only Life”

“For a Fool”

off

44. OFF! OFF

“Borrow and Bomb”

“King Kong Brigade”

“Feelings are Meant to be Hurt”

dinosaurjr

43. I BET ON SKY, Dinosaur Jr.

“Don’t Pretend You Didn’t Know”

“Watch the Corners”

“Pierce the Morning Rain”

gravenhurst

42. THE GHOST IN DAYLIGHT, Gravenhurst

“The Prize”

“The Foundry”

“Islands”

animalcollective

41. CENTIPEDE HZ, Animal Collective

“Moonjock”

“Today’s Supernatural”

“Monkey Riches”

DDD

40. WHO NEEDS WHO, Dark Dark Dark

“Patsy Cline”

“Meet in the Dark”

“Tell Me”

bigkrit

39. 4EVA N A DAY, Big K.R.I.T.

“4Evanaday (Theme)”

“1986”

“Yesterday”

themaccabees

38. GIVEN TO THE WILD, The Maccabees

“Ayla”

“Pelican”

“Went Away”

catpower

37. SUN, Cat Power

“Cherokee”

“Ruin”

“Nothin’ but Time (feat. Iggy Pop)”

chairlift

36. SOMETHING, Chairlift

“I Belong In Your Arms”

“Take It Out On Me”

“Met Before”

acnewman

35. SHUT DOWN THE STREETS, A.C. Newman

“I’m Not Talking”

“Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns”

“You Could Get Lost Out Here”

jessieware

34. DEVOTION, Jessie Ware

“Wildest Moments”

“Sweet Talk”

“110%”

tindersticks

33. THE SOMETHING RAIN, Tindersticks

“Chocolate”

“Slippin’ Shoes”

“Medicine”

batforlashes

32. THE HAUNTED MAN, Bat for Lashes

“Horses of the Sun”

“Laura”

“Winter Fields”

kendrick

31. good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar

“Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”

“Swimming Pools (Drank)”

“Compton (feat. Dr. Dre)”

mounteerie2

30. OCEAN ROAR, Mount Eerie

“Pale Lights”

“Instrumental”

“I Walked Home Beholding”

fionaapple

29. THE IDLER WHEEL IS WISER THAN THE DRIVER OF THE SCREW AND WHIPPING CORDS WILL SERVE YOU MORE THAN ROPES WILL EVER DO, Fiona Apple

“Every Single Night”

“Jonathan”

“Werewolf”

glenhansard

28. RHYTHM AND REPOSE, Glen Hansard

“Talking with the Wolves”

“The Storm, It’s Coming”

“Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting”

themountaingoats

27. TRANSCENDENTAL YOUTH, The Mountain Goats

“Amy aka Spent Gladiator 1″

“Cry for Judas”

“Transcendental Youth”

swans

26. THE SEER, Swans

“Song for a Warrior (feat. Karen O)”

“Mother of the World”

“The Seer”

johnmayer

25. BORN AND RAISED, John Mayer

“The Age of Worry”

“Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey”

“Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967″

GYBE

24. ‘ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND! Godspeed You! Black Emperor

“Mladic”

“We Drift Like Worried Fire”

“Strung Like Lights at Thee Printemps Erable”

jenslekman

23. I KNOW WHAT LOVE ISN’T, Jens Lekman

“Erica America”

“Some Dandruff on your Shoulder”

“The World Moves On”

rebeccagates

22. THE FLOAT, Rebecca Gates and the Consortium

“& & &”

“Harlesden to Vals”

“Lease and Flame”

nas

21. LIFE IS GOOD, Nas

“Daughters”

“The Don”

“Summer on Smash (feat. Miguel and Swizz Beatz)”

grizzlybear

20. SHIELDS, Grizzly Bear

“Speak in Rounds”

“Yet Again”

“Sleeping Ute”

divinefits

19. A THING CALLED DIVINE FITS, Divine Fits

“Like Ice Cream”

“Would That Not Be Nice”

“Shivers”

theseaandcake

18. RUNNER, The Sea and Cake

“Harps”

“Pacific”

“The Invitations”

dandeacon

17. AMERICA, Dan Deacon

“USA I: Is a Monster”

USA II: The Great American Desert”

“USA III: Rail”

“USA IV: Manifest”

dirtyprojectors

16. SWING LO MAGELLAN, Dirty Projectors

“About to Die”

“Dance for You”

“Unto Caesar”

themen

15. OPEN YOUR HEART, The Men

“Candy”

“Animal”

“Oscillation”

SVE

14. TRAMP, Sharon Van Etten

“Warsaw”

“Serpents”

“Magic Chords”

flylo

13. UNTIL THE QUIET COMES, Flying Lotus

“Until the Colours Come”

“Electric Candyman (feat. Thom Yorke)”

“Tiny Tortures”

mounteerie1

12. CLEAR MOON, Mount Eerie

“Through the Trees Pt. 2″

“The Place Lives”

“Yawning Sky”

liars

11. WIXIW, Liars

“No. 1 Against the Rush”

“A Ring on Every Finger”

“His and Mine Sensations”

deftones

10. KOI NO YOKAN, Deftones

“Swerve City”

“Tempest”

“Goon Squad”

dashcalzado

9. RETURN OF THE PHUNKY JUAN, Dash Calzado

“Return of the Phunky Juan”

“Illegitimate Kingz (feat. B-Roc and Shirley Fuentes)”

Buy the album!

CTV

8. TRANSVERSE, Carter Tutti Void

“V1″

“V2″

“V3 (edit)”

“V4″

angbandangshirley

7. TAMA NA ANG DRAMA, Ang Bandang Shirley

“Nakauwi Na”

“Iyong”

“Di Na Babalik”

japandroids

6. CELEBRATION ROCK, Japandroids

“Adrenaline Nightshift”

“The House That Heaven Built”

“The Nights of Wine and Roses”

perfumegenius

5. PUT YOUR BACK N 2 IT, Perfume Genius

“Normal Song”

“Hood”

“Take Me Home”

CRJ

4. KISS, Carly Rae Jepsen

“Hurt So Good”

“This Kiss”

“Guitar String / Wedding Ring”

caspian

3. WAKING SEASON, Caspian

“Halls of the Summer”

“Hickory ’54”

“Gone in Bloom and Bough”

paulbuchanan

2. MID AIR, Paul Buchanan

“Cars in the Garden”

“Two Children”

“Mid Air”

updharmadown

1. CAPACITIES, Up Dharma Down

“Turn It Well”

“Thinker”

“Feelings (feat. Paul Buchanan)”

*

BEST EPs: UNDERSEA, The Antlers; SILENT HOUR/GOLDEN MILE, Daniel Rossen; KAYA MO MAG-SANDO? Pedicab

BEST OST: THE MASTER: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, Jonny Greenwood

BEST ALBUM COVER: NO LOVE DEEP WEB, Death Grips

*

ANOTHER P-P-P-PLAYLIST (Best Songs not on the Albums and Tracks Shit)

1. “Under the Westway,” Blur

2. “Ill Manors,” Plan B

3. “Only In My Dreams,” Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

4. “Angels,” The xx

5. “Lost,” Frank Ocean

6. “Duquesne Whistle,” Bob Dylan

7. “The Celestials,” The Smashing Pumpkins

8. “Clique,” Kanye West (feat. Big Sean and Jay-Z)

9. “R U Mine?” Arctic Monkeys

10. “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It,” Stars

11. “Do Ya Thing,” Gorillaz (feat. Andre 3000 and James Murphy)

12. “Anna Sun,” Walk the Moon

13. “I’ve Seen Footage,” Death Grips

14. “I’ll Be Alright,” Passion Pit

15. “Adorn,” Miguel

16. “Heaven is a Ghost Town,” Minus the Bear

17. “Arena Rock Encore with Full Cast,” The Cribs

18. “Sixteen Saltines,” Jack White

19. “Watching You Watch Him,” Eric Hutchinson

20. “Hey Jane,” Spiritualized

*

MOST MEMORABLE CONCERTS 

1. Radiohead. The King of Limbs Tour. Nangang Exhibition Hall, Taipei, July 2012. With Ayn.

2. The Smashing Pumpkins. Oceania Tour. Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, August 2012. With Megan.

3. Sigur Rós. Valtari Tour. Fort Canning, Singapore, November 2012. With Ayn and David.

4. Morrissey. World Trade Center Manila. May 2012. With Megan, Beverly, and Jerrold.

5. Up Dharma Down. Capacities album launch. One Esplanade, Pasay City, November 2012. With Ayn and Bolix.

6. Keane. Strangeland Tour. SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, October 2012. With Ali.

7. Lady Gaga. Born This Way Ball Tour. SM Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City, With Ayn, Leo, Dohna, and Ate.

8. Sting. Back to Bass Tour. Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, December 2012. With Tish and Tita.

9. Snow Patrol. Fallen Empires Tour. Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, August 2012. With Ayn and Ali.

10. Toe. NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, March 2012. With Gian.

11. Pupil. 70s Bistro, Quezon City, May 2012.

12. James Morrison. The Awakening Tour. Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City, October 2012.

Comments»

1. Jayclops - January 24, 2013

oi! its up! nakakaiyak sa ganda ang capacities. huhuhu

2. Richard Bolisay - January 24, 2013

Where’s yours? Post mo na nga dito!

3. Jayclops - January 24, 2013

tapos na din ako actually pero snobbish ako eh. ayaw kong i-share? hahahaha

4. sharingismyvirtue - February 2, 2013

HUWAAAAW! At 12 concerts pala! Huwaw lang talaga!

5. Richard Bolisay - February 2, 2013

Hehe, I didn’t include everything. Ikaw kaya naka-isa ka na ngayong taon, yay!

6. Kent Oliver Laurel - April 1, 2013

this is awesome, isn’t it? haha. talagang huwaw. ^_^


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