This year has been more than gracious to my ears. I was fond of so many releases in 2012 that it was like pulling teeth trying to narrow this list down to JUST thirty. Since albums have the tendency to grow on me, this list was compiled without review ratings in mind, if I had a chance to review them that is. These thirty albums are the records that I continued to revisit throughout the year and have yet to stop jamming. These are the records that are still fresh and exciting upon the umpteenth listen. Without further adieu, these are my favorite albums of the year.
Minus the Bear have announced a slew of shows for their upcoming fall touring schedule with Cursive. The band will be on the road supporting their upcoming album Infinity Overhead, which is due out on August 28th. Other support will come from Caspian and Girl in a Coma on select dates. Check out those dates below.
It’s currently July which means that 2012 is half way over. Just like any other run of the mill music blogger, I want to share with you the releases that have stuck with me for the past 6 months. So far, 2012 has brought me a plethora of good music but these few releases below have not been able to release their grip on me. In fact, some of these records grew on me quite a bit. I could go into detail on why I loved this releases but since I am lazy today, I’ll let the songs speak for themselves. Check them out and tell me what you think:
Spin.com has premiered the new video for Cursive’s song “This House Alive”. The song is taken from their most recent conceptual album I Am Gemini that is definitely worth a listen. The video shows two twin brothers hunting each other down in the middle of winter. But by the end of it, you are going to wander what actually happened. It’s not the best video in the world but it is worth a viewing. Check it out.
Cursive have been in the music game for a while and constantly find ways to reinvent themselves. On I Am Gemini, they take their established musical formula two steps further. Through prolific storytelling and equally prolific musicianship, the band have created an album of cinematic like proportions.
Cursive’s I Am Gemini will be released on February 21st. But you don’t have to wait to get your chance to listen to it. Rolling Stone has an exclusive stream of the new record available right now! I received this record in the mail a few days ago and believe me when I say it was money well spent. I Am Gemini sees Cursive showing off a new musical direction. It’s the heaviest and most complex of Cursive’s works to date. If you could never get into Cursive before, I think this album may convert you. Check it out.
Alternative/indie rock band Cursive have premiered a new track over at Rolling Stone. The song is called “The Sun and Moon” and will appear on the band’s upcoming full length, I Am Gemini, which comes out on February 21st. It’s a decent little song, definitely not the best they have done. But I am confident the album as a whole will turn out great. I suggest you check out this band even if they are not really your “thing”. Their album, The Ugly Organ, is a MUST listen. But I digress. Check out the song.