Thursday, February 9, 2012

January 2012: A Retrospective

Woah. 2012 has gotten off to a rocky start. Usually, in every month there is at least one album that warrants attention, but January 2012 was an incredible disappointment. It should be noted that early in any year there tends to be an absence of high-quality releases (last year being an exception [Kaputt]), but this year it's been especially bad. Not only were there few albums that piqued interest, but there were few tracks that even blipped the radar. Of the full-legnth albums that came out, I can count on one hand ones that I would consider "good." And those are:

Porcelain Raft, Strange Weekend
Craig Finn, Clear Heart Full Eyes
Nada Surf, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy
Hospitality, Hospitality

That's about all for albums in January. As far as tracks are concerned, it took some struggling and slogging to assemble a presentable mix. I actually had to dig back into some 2011 overlooked tracks to make it work (Mikal Cronin!). Here is that mix.

She Dreams in Color All the Time

01. Zammuto - Too Late To Topologize (Album due out 4/3/2012)
02. Django Django - Default (2012)
03. The Maccabees - Pelican (2012)
04. Nada Surf - Looking Through (2012)
05. Ku Klux Glam - Come My Way (2011)
06. Hospitality - Eighth Avenue (2012)
07. Young Governor - Where It's Quiet (2011)
08. Campfires - Melted Rubber Soul (2012)
09. Mikal Cronin - Is It Alright? (2011)

Enjoy! And let's look forward to the future.