Saturday, 5 January 2013

TSATF Best of the 2012 Playlists

As you may or may not know, I really hate writing end-of-year wrap-up columns, and this one is similarly painful for me to write.  However, this is no ordinary wrap up - this is just a brief summary of what happened this year that caught my eye and changed my world if ever so slightly.

Firstly, Spotify finally launched in Australia this year and the way I discovered new music has been turned on it's head.

Pandora also launched this year and that will also add some interesting dimensions to music listening.  It'll be interesting to see what happens with that one.

We all sat and held our breath as US President Obama was re-elected.  Whatever your opinion on the man and his presidency, he was re-elected, and there's no escaping that fact.  Now in 2013 we have to stomach our own federal electoral circus in Australia.  The mud-slinging hasn't started yet, but I'm sure it won't be long...

The family of the late John Peel started scanning in the covers of the first 100 LPs of each alphabetical letter of his 26,000+ record collection on their site this year, and it was a revelation.  Plus there were links to a lot of the records on Spotify which made for some very interesting musical discoveries.  Plus, it was a lot of fun. Check it out here.

Bob Dylan, Bob Mould, Best Coast, Band of Horses, Mystery Jets, Jack White, Trail of Dead, The Evens and Alabama Shakes all released some pretty decent music this year.

On the local front: Cactus Channel released one hell of a killer record in the form of "Haptics", Drawn From Bees released some great music this year too.  Other great local releases this year include albums from Alpine, Something For Kate, Tame Impala, Jonathon Boulet, The Jezabels and San Cisco.

Some of the bands I had never heard of previously, but nonetheless blew my mind at times this year were: Parry Gripp
Heywood Banks
Frank Turner
Jake Bugg
Best Coast
A Rocket To The Moon
Skipping Girl Vinegar
Rob Clarkson
Dale Hawkins, whose original version of "Suzy-Q" blows the crappy Creedence version out of the water

and of course: RASTAMOUSE!

The RIP list is exhaustive, but we lost
Dave Brubeck,
Ravi Shankar,
Frank Sidebottom,
Fontella Bass,
Jon Lord (Deep Purple),
Charles Durning (aka "Doc Hopper" in the Muppet Movie),
Johnny Otis
Etta James
Whitney Houston
Davy Jones (The Monkees)
Levon Helm (The Band)
Adam Yaunch (aka MCA, The Beastie Boys)
Donald "Duck" Dunn
Donna Summer
Chuck Brown, go-go-pioneer
Robin Gibb (The Bee Gees)
Hal David, songwriter
Daryl Cotton (Zoot)

Apologies if I have missed anything.

Here, for your listening pleasure is a best-of playlist of the Sound and the Fury Spotify playlists from 2012 featuring a selection of all the cool music we have championed on the site this year, and on our Twitter feed.  Here's to a great 2013 for everyone.

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