12 Hippest Songs of 2012

I’d like to apologize to all the fine tunes I had to leave out, but these dozen were the ones that I listened to the most. Enjoy.

alt-J, “Breezeblocks”
Father John Misty, “Nancy From Now On”
Grizzly Bear, “Yet Again”
Hospitality, “Eighth Avenue”
Mansions on the Moon, “Darkness”
Miniature Tigers, “Female Doctor”
Patrick Watson, “Quiet Crowd”
Poor Moon, “Holiday”
Rhye, “The Fall”
Sea Wolf, “Old Friend”
WhoMadeWho, “Below the Cherry Moon”
Wild Nothing, “Shadow”

Feel free to comment with your fave song of the year.

Best New Music: May 2012

Father John Misty, Fear Fun
“Nancy From Now On”
“I’m Writing a Novel”

Formerly the drummer for the Fleet Foxes, J. Tillman is now focusing on his own stuff and recording under the moniker Father John Misty. This album is a throwback to the 1970s AM radio singer-songwriter. In turns both dreamy and rollicking, Fear Fun is a potent mix of the Heartland and California.

Patrick Watson, Adventures In Your Own Backyard
“Quiet Crowd”

With a voice like falling feathers, Patrick Watson has created, on this album, an ethereal sound. The melodies seem to twinkle overhead. Adventures In Your Own Backyard is a beautiful journey from start to finish.