1. Greg Poree … Phoenix … 2012

    I feel like I should be relaxing in a club in NYC listening to this. It focuses on acoustic guitar throughout, but incorporates uke, piano, African djembe, and jazz drums.

    (Source: Spotify)

     

  2. Liars … WIXIW … 2012

    A tense and dark album with a lot of bassy textures. Singer Angus Andrew’s voice slides hoarsely overtop this ambient and rhythmic album. Recommended!

    (Source: Spotify)

     

  3. Japandroids … Celebration Rock … 2012

    A rip-roaring album about being young and irresponsible - pretty standard, I know, but they do it really well. This album is really a celebration of rock. Recommended! RIYL No Age, The Gaslight Anthem, Husker Du, Wavves, Titus Andronicus & The Replacements.

    (Source: Spotify)

     

  4. Jaill … Traps … 2012

    A twee-punk band with a slightly psychedelic edge. This is lo-fi with just the right amount of pop to keep it catchy. Recommended!

    (Source: Spotify)

     

  5. Jimmy Fallon … Blow Your Pants Off … 2012

    This album is comprised of musical skits from his late-night TV show. It’s hilarious and actually pretty awesome. He does a killer Neil Young, and there are stellar guest performances on here. Including Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney (singing “Scrambled Eggs,” the original lyrics for his hit “Yesterday”), and Justin Timberlake. Super good.

    (Source: Spotify)