Steve’s Favorite Albums of 2012 in No Particular Order, and Surely Grossly Incomplete…

I decided to give a best of 2012 list a shot…I don’t usually do these because I can’t rate most higher than others and I listen to so much music from days gone by that I find many times what I’m really into at the time came out 20 years ago. Here are some of my many, many favorites that actually came out in 2012. I know I have left out many important bands and releases; this was just my “off the top of my head” list.

  • The Bloody Strummers – Return of the Halcyon Days
  • Royal Thunder – CVI
  • Killing Joke – MMXII
  • Bill Mallonee – Amber Waves
  • Bob Dylan – Tempest
  • NOFX – Self Entitled
  • Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet on Sky
  • Swans – The Seer
  • Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
  • Joy Electric – Dwarf Mountain Alphabet
  • The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
  • Kissing Cousins – Unfortunate End
  • The Violet Burning – Pentimento Volumes 1 & 2
  • The Choir – The Loudest Sound Ever Heard
  • Hammock – Departure Songs
  • The 77’s – Echos O’ Faith & Played Naked
  • Seventh Circle – The Line (single)
  • The Sword – Apocryphon
  • Graveyard – Lights Out
  • Mammoth Thunderpower – I am Thunder EP

I don’t know when this was released, but I got the 25th anniversary re-mastered edition of Adam Again’s 10 songs. This also reminds me to tell you to head over to and get any Frontline Records release you can want for $5.99. This means that all you guys who have shared CD’s that were long out of print, now you can support the bands!

I am also semi patiently waiting to hear the new albums coming from Bad Religion, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and The Lifesavers. Maybe we will get some new Hidden from Blackout and Western Grace, maybe some new DAS and Ric Alba solo…maybe a new Bloody Strummers??? The new Dropkick Murphy’s is pretty awesome, but it did come out this year and not 2012.

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Music is what moves, motivates and inspires me.
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