Best Of 2012 Music – 1,000+ Good Albums

This has been a mammoth undertaking, which has occupied way too much of my life.  I hope you enjoy it.


Happy New Year, Everybody!


It is now so easy and inexpensive to record and distribute music that far too many albums are released each week for anyone to hear them all.  I thought if I organized and listed all the bands with good 2012 albums I’ve heard this year it might be helpful to others.


My list differs from other year-end lists in three important ways:


Europe – Since the internet gives everyone around the world instant access to all albums released anywhere, it makes no sense for these other lists to ignore albums released in Europe but not the U.S.  Their probable justification, that there is no point listening to and recommending albums that are not available here, is nonsensical and silly.  Albums released only in Europe are instantly available for us to hear, and to buy as downloads, just like American releases.  Since I haven’t discriminated against or ignored Europe-only releases, this list includes a lot of great music missing from other year-end lists.


Finding Quality Via Quantity – Most year-end lists include a limited number of albums.  Does anyone seriously think there are only a few albums released each year that are worth recommending and hearing?  I’ve attempted to include every good album released this year, not just an inherently arbitrary Best Of.  You might conclude from scanning this list that I heard every indie album released.  Didn’t happen – not even close.  In 2012 I proved conclusively, once again, that no one can hear everything that comes out.


I tried to listen to every 2012 album that got substantial press attention.  As a result, any well-known album not listed below is likely missing because I don’t think it’s worth your time.  Examples of recent artists that released poor 2012 albums include The A, B, C, & D of Boogie Woogie (Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones), Actress (Darren Cunningham), Adrenaline Mob (Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater), Alabama Shakes, Jason Aldean (Macon, GA), Titus Andronicus, Fiona Apple, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, The Avett Brothers, Black Country Communion (with Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonnamassa, and Jason Bonham), Zac Brown Band, Jake Bugg, Kelly Clarkson, Coconut Records (the actor Jason Schwartzman) (soundtrack to indie film Goats), Converge, Crystal Castles, The Darkness, Death Grips, Deer Tick, Gavin DeGraw, Dirty Projectors, Divine Fits (with Britt Daniel of Spoon), El-P (Jaime Meline), Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison), Fun, The Gaddabouts (Edie Brickell), Gossip, Cee Lo Green (of Goodie Mob and Gnarls Barkley), Grimes (Claire Boucher), Heems (Himanshu Suri), Jesca Hoop, How To Dress Well (Tom Krell), How To Destroy Angels (with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and his wife Maniqueen), Japandroids, Waylon ‘Shooter Jennings’ (son of Waylon J. and Jessi Colter), Norah Jones, Keane, Alicia Keys, The Killers, Lady Antebellum, The Lumineers, Spoek Mathambo (Nthato Mokgata), Matisyahu (Matthew Miller), Maximo Park, John Mayer, Ingrid Michaelson, Carla Morrisson, Minus The Bear, Anais Mitchell, Amanda Palmer (of Dresden Dolls), Hunter Parrish (the actor), Passion Pit, Philm (Dave Lombardo of Slayer), ‘Miguel’ Pimentel, Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Shovels & Rope, Esperanza Spalding, Regina Spektor, Sufjan Stevens, Andy Stott, Taylor Swift, The Tallest Man On Earth (Kristian Mattson), Tenacious D (Jack Black), The Ting Tings, Jimmie Van Zant, Elle Varner, The Walkmen, Jessie Ware, Kanye West, Yeasayer.  The common thread among many of these weak albums is their one-dimensionality, sounding the same throughout – how boring is that?  In some cases you wonder whether the artist fell asleep in the studio, or suffered from “obsessive-compulsive repetitious disorder”.


Twentieth-Century Coverage – Other year-end lists copy each other so much they generally include the same albums by the same new artists, and completely ignore albums by artists who’ve been around a while.  Since I don’t ignore older artists (not trusting folks over 30 is such a dated, 60s idea), this list includes categories for artists who made their mark in the 60s, 70s, and 80s, along with categories for well-known 90s artists, including those who released poor albums this year.  Maybe those other lists only care about New Bands That Self-Proclaimed Trendsetters Decide Are Cool.


So, onward to my list of all artists that released 2012 albums worth hearing:


1.  Given how difficult it is to keep all this information and music straight, I haven’t even attempted to deal with the names of the albums.  Thus, listed below is just the band name, without the album title.  The internet of course makes it easy to discover the name of, and listen to, any of these 2012 albums.


2.  None of these albums are included because of just one song.  I’ve listened to each album at least twice all the way through (well, maybe not all the poor albums listed at the end), and would gladly listen to each again in the future.


3.   When at least two band members release solo albums or side projects, I’ve listed them in a separate category named for the band, which also lists the band’s own album if applicable.  I’ve also listed all-stars who released good albums with more than one band this year.


The bands in each category are listed in alphabetical order.  We begin with my Top 10 albums of the year, and at the bottom is the full list of my choices as the best albums of the year, along with some awards.  I hope you enjoy reading this, expanding your musical horizons, and discovering some great new stuff!


Fred’s 2012 Top 10 Albums


Thomas Azier

Willis Earl Beal

Dead Can Dance

Dinosaur Jr.


Daughn Gibson

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders

Mount Eerie (for Ocean Roar)

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding

The Soft Moon

West End Motel

White Hills

Yeti Lane




Allo Darlin’


Animal Kingdom

Antony (Hegarty) & The Johnsons – baroque chamber-pop

Big Deal (not one of the same-named Canada or U.S. bands)

Blood Red Shoes


British Expeditionary Force


Clock Opera

The Cribs

The Crookes

Django Django

The Drowning Men (channeling Arcade Fire)


Exile Parade

Field Music


Hatcham Social

Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny

The Invisible

The Jim Jones Revue – garage rock


Kaiser Chiefs

The Kills

The Maccabees

Mala (Mark Lawrence) – solo – dubstep

Micachu (Mica Levi) & The Shapes

Milk Maid

Morning Parade


Mystery Jets

The 1975

A Silent Film


Touchstone – symphonic metal


The Vaccines


Wolf People – psychedelic rock

The XX

Gabby Young & Other Animals

Zulu Winter




Damon Albarn (soundtrack to his opera about John Dee, Elizabethan astronomer and alchemist)

Graham Coxon – solo


Hot Chip


Hot Chip

New Build (Al Doyle) – solo

The 2 Bears (with Joe Goddard)


Public Image Ltd.


Public Image Ltd.

Jah Wobble (John Wardle) & Keith Levene


Throbbing Gristle


Carter Tutti Void (with Chris Carter and Cosy Fanni Tutti [Christine Newby])

X-TG (aka ex-T. Gristle) (Carter, Christopherson, and Fanni Tutti, covering Nico album Desertshore)




Cheek Mountain Thief (Mike Lindsay of Tunng) (recorded in a shack on the Iceland mountain) – solo

Diagrams (Sam Genders) – solo


England Post-Punk


Bloc Party

Echo Beach (channeling My Bloody Valentine)

I Like Trains



Prinzhorn Dance School (channeling Au Pairs and Delta 5)

Spotlight Kid

Tall Ships




England Psych-Folk



Mumford & Sons

Will Samson – solo


England Experimental


Beak (with Geoff Barrow of Portishead)

Dead Rat Orchestra (soundtrack to documentary on hunting seabirds, recorded on a bobbing tugboat)


Snow Palms

The Steamboat Cabaret


England Prog-Rock


Crippled Black Phoenix

Squackett (Steve Hackett of Genesis and Chris Squire of Yes)


England Soul


The Heavy

Nick Waterhouse – solo


England Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Burial (William Bevan) – solo

Miguel Campbell

The Chap

Chris ‘Clark’ – single

Nathan Fake

Mr. Fogg (Phil Barry) – solo

DJ Food (Kevin Foakes) – solo



Halls (Sam Howard)

Herve (Joshua Harvey) – solo


Kindness (Adam Bainbridge) – solo

Dan Le Sac (Daniel Stephens) – solo

LONE (Matt Cutler) – solo

Lukid (Luke Blair)

NZCA/Lines (Michael Lovett) – solo

Omega Man

Seams (James Welch) – solo

Adrian Sherwood – solo

S**t & Cheap

Simian Mobile Disco

Slugabed (Greg Feldwick) – solo

Soulsavers (with Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode)

Stubborn Heart

TEED (aka Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs) (Orlando Higgenbottom) – solo

Toddla T (Thomas Bell) – solo


We Have Band

Whitey (Nathan White) – solo


England Male Solo


Beans On Toast (Jay McAllister)

Crybaby (Danny Coughlan) (channeling Richard Hawley)

Gravenhurst (Nick Talbot)

Richard Hawley

Harrison ‘Cosmo Jarvis’

Jonathan ‘Pop Levi’

Passenger (Mike Rosenberg)

Ed Tullett

Chad Valley (Hugo Manuel of Jonquil)

Patrick Wolf


England Female Solo


Bat For Lashes (Natasha Khan)

Liz Green

‘Charlene Soraia’ Jones

Lianne La Havas (for both Is Your Love Big Enough and Lost & Found)

Sophie Madeleine

Rozy Plain (Rosalind Leyden)

Gemma Ray

Carina Round

Saint Saviour (Becky Jones)

Kami Thompson (daughter of Richard and Linda)

Tiny Ruins (Hollie Fullbrook) – solo





National Jazz Trio Of Scotland


The Unwinding Hours

James Yorkston – solo


Scotland Post-Punk


Holy Esque

North Atlantic Oscillation

The Twilight Sad


Scotland Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Calvin Harris (Adam WIles) – solo

Miaoux Miaoux (Julian Corrie) – solo

Offshore (Ewan Robertson) – solo




Bright Light Bright Light (Rod Thomas) – solo – synth

Future Of The Left


Davie Lawson – solo

Cate Le Bon – female solo

Man Without Country – post-punk

Race Horses


Northern Ireland


Hard Rock

Two Doors Cinema Club


Northern Ireland Hard Rock


Fighting With Wine






Autumn Owls


O Emperor

The Separate (orchestral covers of pop songs)


Ireland Female Solo


Wallis Bird

Lisa Hannigan
Gemma Hayes

Susan McKeown




Avant La Lettre

Bevel Emboss (surf guitar)

Bombay Show Pig


Delain – symphonic metal

Denvis & The Real Deal

The Doo Doo Runs

Eins, Zwei Orchestra

Envy The West

The Fire Harvest

Flying Horseman


Gem (covers including The Band and The Clash)

Half Way Station – alt-country

Hill Made Low

Hit Me TV

The Horse Company

Hospital Bombers

House Of Cosy Cushions



The La La Lies

Lost Bear


The Machine – psychedelic rock


The Marble Hearts Club

M-Jo & The Jesus Herb

Mineral Beings

Moke (not the same-named England 90s band)

Moss (not the same-named England metal band)

The New Shining

Nordpool Orchestra (orchestral Radiohead covers)

Palio Superspeed Donkey

Phantom Four & The Arguido (Patrick Tilon) (for both Morgana and Sounds From Obscure) – surf rock

Polar Twins (2 guys from 80s Netherlands bands Meccano and Spasmodique)


Ziggy Recado (Ricardo Blijden) (for both Liberation and Liberation 2.0) – solo – reggae

R:freshed Orchestra (sic) – soul


Salt Supply

The Secret Love Parade

William Seen’s Transport Music

Spilt Milk (poet Wallace Stevens’ words set to music)

The Sugarettes

Svetkoff Lamps (channeling Sonic Youth)

Swelter (not the same-named 90s U.S. band)

Meindart Talma & The Red Cards

That Band From Holland & Left Hand Orchestra

This Leo Sunrise

Anneke Van Giersbergen – female solo – symphonic metal


Vox Von Braun

Wouter Wierda’s Neobash! – funk

Wooden Saints


Brown Feather Sparrow


Brown Feather Sparrow

How To Throw A Christmas Party


Netherlands Post-Punk


Silence Is Sexy (for Modern Antiques, both Parts 1 and 2)

Space Siren

Wooden Constructions


Netherlands Blues Rock


The Backcorner Boogie Band

The Mighty YaYa


Netherlands Psych-Folk



I Am Oak (for both Nowhere Or Tammensaari and Oasem, which is Thijs Kuijken solo)

Theo Sieben – solo


Netherlands Experimental


B-Movie Orchestra (movie-theme music)

Matto Frank (Frank Schouten) (channeling Eno album Another Green World) – solo

The Kyteman Orchestra

The Netherlands (yes, that’s the band’s name)

Spinsst (sic)


Netherlands Cross-Cultural


Blue Flamingo (Ziya Ertekin) – African

Jungle By Night – afro-funk


Netherlands Garage Rock


Crappydog (Erik Vanderberge) – solo



Netherlands Hard Rock


Accelerators (not the same-named U.S. band)

Birth Of Joy

The Heys

Organisms (channeling Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead)

Shaking Godspeed


TDTMCM (aka The Don’t Touch My Croque-Monsieurs) (a grilled ham-and-cheese sandwich)

Tenement Kids



Netherlands Industrial


Coeverduh (Bastiaan Bosma of Aux Raus)

Rooie Waas (aka Red Glow)


Netherlands Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Thomas Azier (for two EPs) – solo

Black Sun Empire



Daily Bread

DJDNA (Arjen De Vreede) – solo

Drvg Cvltvre (sic) (Vincent Koreman) – solo


Kid Sundance – solo

Kids With Guns

The Kik (not the same-named England band)

Krampfhaft (Joris Van Grunsven) – solo

Le Le

Lola Kite


TJ Kong (Erwin Van Moll) & Modular K (Gijs Janssen)

ME (Minco Eggersman) – solo


Minus The Tiger

Nymfo (Bardo Camp) – solo

Sam A La Bamalot (Sam Verstraten) – solo

Tinlicker (Micha Heyboer) – solo

Tsewer Beta (Leon Van Dyk) – solo


Netherlands Male Solo


Arthur Adam

Blaudzun (Johannes Sigmond)

Robin Block

Johan Borger

Bart Constant (Rutger Haedemaekers)

Broeder Dieleman

‘Hartag’ Eysman

Findel (Bart Van Dalen)

Marty Graveyard (of The Madd)

‘Gerhardt’ Heusinkveld

Kim Janssen

‘Bertolf’ Lentink

Mark Lotterman

Man from the South (Paul Van Heuten)

Case Mayfield

Mensenkinderen (Bas Van Tienes)


Joop Nolles

Joep Pelt

Port Of Call (Pieter Van Vliet) (not the similar-named U.S. band)

Alex Roeka

Royal Parks (Diederik Nomden)

Silmus (acoustic guitar instrumentals)

Roel Smeets

Anne Soldaat (yes, a man)


Netherlands Female Solo


Qeaux Qeaux Jones

Sofie Letitre

Elenne May

Aafke Romeijn

Yori Swart

Carice Van Houten (the actress)

Tamara Woestenburg




Absynthe Minded (sic)


Bed Rugs

Blackie & The Oohoos

COEM (aka Coin-Operated Entertainment Machine)

Dez Mona (for both A Gentlemen’s Agreement and Saga) – baroque chamber pop

Fence (not either of the same-named Norway or U.S. bands)

Hong Kong Dong

Hot Zeste Metaal (The Sixth Metal)

Mad About Mountains (Piet De Pessemier) – solo

The Me In You


Oscar & The Wolf


School Is Cool


Tommigun (sic)

Liesa Van Der AA – female solo

The Van Jets

Benny Zen & The Syphilis Madmen



Ansatz Der Maschine


Ansatz Der Maschine

‘Renee’ Sys – female solo


Belgium Post-Punk


Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat

Belgium Psych-Folk


The Bony King Of Nowhere (Bram Vanparys) – solo

Flying Horseman

True Bypass


Belgium Experimental


Dans Dans – freak jazz

Fear Falls Burning (Dirk Serries) – solo

[sic] (channeling Morphine) (not one of the same-named 70s Belgium, or Faeroe Islands, bands)


Belgium Garage Rock


Black Box Revelation

Drive Like Maria

The Experimental Tropic Blues Band

The Marvin Gays

(Jay) Phlitman & (Kim) Kang

Superlijm (Pieter-Jan Delesie) – solo


Belgium Hard Rock




Horses On Fire

Wallace Vanborn


Belgium Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Kohn (Jurgen De Blonde) – solo

Merdan Taplak – solo

Vive La Fete

Zucchini Drive


Belgium Male Solo


Mad About Mountains (Piet De Pessemier)


Belgium Female Solo


Imaginary Family (Joanna Issele)

Liesa Van Der AA




Ribozyme – hard rock

The Samuel Jackson Five – experimental

Team Me


Norway Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



‘Prins Thomas’ Hermansen

Rebekka Karijord – female solo

Hans-Pater ‘Lindstrom’ – solo

Mungolian Jet Set

120 Days

Philco Fiction


Norway Male Solo


Petter Carlsen

Sondre Lerch




Astral Weeks (channeling Judas Priest) – hard rock

First Aid Kit

Melpo Mene (when spelled as one word, the mythical Greek Muse of singing)

Johan Orjanssen – solo – psych-folk

Miike Snow

You Say France & I Say Whistle


Sweden Psychedelic Rock



Dean Allen Foyd (the band name, not a member’s name)



Sweden Hard Rock


Astral Weeks (channeling Judas Priest)


Hong Faux

Year Of The Goat


Sweden Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Agent Side Grinder

Hortlax Cobra (John Eriksson of Peter Bjorn And John) (synth covers of Van Halen’s entire album 1984)

Slagsmalsklubben (translated Fight Club)


Sweden Male Solo


Boy Omega (Martin Gustafsson)

Jens Lekman

Loops Of Your Heart (Alex Willner of The Field) – solo


Sweden Female Solo


Molly Nilsson

Linnea Olsson

El Perro Del Mar (Sarah Assbring)

Taken by Trees (Victoria Bergsman)

Anna Ternheim




Alcoholic Faith Mission – psych-folk

Thee Attacks – garage rock

Choir Of Young Believers

Grand Factory

I Got You On Tape

Kandy Kolored Tangerine

Pinkunoizu – experimental



Denmark Post-Punk


Keith Canisius

The Raveonettes (for both Into The Night and Observator


Denmark Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Rangleklods (Esben Andersson) – solo





Olafur Arnalds (soundtrack to Another Happy Day) – solo – classical music

Of Monsters And Men


Iceland Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Human Widow





Baden Baden (not the same-named 80s France band)

The Liminanas

Melody’s Echo Chamber (Melody Prochet) – female solo

Mr. Day – soul

Herman Dune

Yuri Landman (a luthier, with Jad Fair of Half Japanese and Phillipe Petit, tightrope-walker)


France Post-Punk



Yeti Lane


France Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


C2C (aka Coups2Cross)

Fulgeance (Pierre Troel) – solo

Le Peuple De L’Herbe

Principles Of Geometry

Rone (Erwan Castex) – solo

Total Warr

The Toxic Avenger

Vitalic (Pascal Arbez) – solo


France Male Solo


Bertrand Burgalat

Lucien ‘Lulu Gainsbourg’ (covers of father Serge’s songs)




Air & Sea

Dick Brave (Sascha Schmitz) & The Backbeats – garage rock

Camera – psychedelic rock


Frames (not the similarly named Ireland Glen Hansard-band) – experimental

Gentleman (Tillman Otto) – solo – reggae

Get Well Soon (Konstantin Gropper) – solo – psych-folk

Me And My Drummer

Nighthawks (not the same-named 80s U.S. blues band) – electric jazz

Masha Qrella – female solo

Reflekta Reflekta

Marbert Rocel

Levi Stern (Magdalena Thora) – solo – cross-cultural – Mali

Talking To Turtles

Wino (Scott Weinrich) & Conny Ochs


Germany Hard Rock


CC/DC (Claudia Cane) (covers of AC/DC classics with Bon Scott vocals)

Sep7ember (sic)


Germany Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth







Dragony – hard rock

Lonely Drifter Karen

Mile Me Dead

Parov Stelar (Marcus Fureder) – solo – synth

Soap & Skin (Anja Plaschg) – female solo




Philipp Fankhauser – solo – blues rock

Roy & The Devil’s Motorcycle –garage rock


Switzerland Female Solo


Anna Aaron

Sophie Hunger (Emilie Welti)




Los Fulanos


Spain Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Oscar Mulero – solo

John Talabot – solo




Calibro35 – experimental

The Foreshadowing – prog-metal


Italy Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



Porcelain Raft (Mauro Remiddi) – solo

System Of Survival




Keep Shelly In Athens (for both Campus Martius and Our Own Dream)

The Scantharies (Andy Dragazis) – solo

Zebra Tracks – post-punk


Central Europe


Ewart And The Two Dragons – Estonia

Dracula Lewis – solo – Romania

Repetitor – hard rock – Serbia




Deniz Kurtel & The Marcy All-Stars – female solo

Fatima Yamaha – female solo – synth




Rosi Galan – female solo

Juju & Jordash – synth




Jagwa Music – Tanzania

Janka Nabay – solo – Sierra Leone

KG Omulo – solo – funk – Kenya

Boddhi Satva – solo – Central African Republic

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars

Sinkane (Ahmed Gallab) – solo – synth – Sudan

Staff Brenda Biili – Congo




Zane Diabate – solo

Habib Kolte (Mali) & Eric Bibb ( U. S. blues artist and godson of actor Paul Robson)

Amadou ‘Taga Sidibe’ – solo


South Africa


Dub Elements – synth

The Parlotones (sounds like The Gaslight Anthem)

Skip & Die – experimental

Starseed – hard rock


South Asia and Middle East


Bhi Bhiman – solo – Sri Lanka

Gharib – solo – Syria

Rahum Nahal (plays the santoor) – India




DJ Kentaro – solo – synth

MONO (channeling Explosions In The Sky) – experimental




Oren Ambarchi – solo – experimental


‘Nedeah’ Miranda (of Nouvelle Vague) – baroque chamber pop

San Cisco

Seeker Lover Keeper – psych-folk

Shuriken (not one of the same-named Australia or England bands) – hard rock


The Bad Seeds


Barry Adamson (also of Magazine and Visage) – solo

Nick Cave (soundtrack to film Lawless, with Ralph Stanley, bluegrass)


Tame Impala


Pond (includes Allbrook, Parker, and Watson from Tame Impala)

Tame Impala


Australia Post-Punk


Jack Ladder (Tim Rogers) & The Dreamlanders (channeling Nick Cave fronting Joy Division)

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding (Craig Dermody) (channeling Sonic Youth) – solo

The UV Race


Australia Garage Rock


Brat Farrar – solo

Royal Headache


Australia Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth



Gold Fields

San Cisco

Sam Sparro (Sam Falson) – solo

Van She


Australia Male Solo


Jonathan Boulet

Nick Cave (soundtrack to film Lawless, with Ralph Stanley, bluegrass)

Xavier Rudd (plays drums and blows didgeridoo simultaneously)

Angus Stone


Australia Female Solo


Butterfly Boucher

Karlie Bruce

Kate Miller-Heidt


New Zealand


The Black Seeds – reggae

Lawrence Arabia (Lawrence Milne) – solo


South America


Astro – Chile

Novalima – Peru




Maga Bo

Bruno Morais – solo

Amon Tobin – solo – industrial




Bare Bones, Lay Low (Ernesto Gonzales) – solo – experimental

Fur Coat – synth


Central America


Daniel Maloso – solo – synth – Mexico

Junior Toots (son of Toots Hibbert of Toots & The Maytals) – solo – reggae – Jamaica





Bishop Morocco


Chains of Love

Dearly Beloved – post-punk

Hey, Rosetta!

Hot Panda


The Luyas


Plants And Animals

The Sheepdogs – southern rock


The Waxbills




Wolf Parade


Divine Fits (Dan Boeckner, with Britt Daniel of Spoon)

Moonface (with Finland band Siinai [sic]) (Spencer Krug, also of Sunset Rubdown)


Canada Psych-Folk


Bahamas (Afie Jurvanen of Feist) – solo

Great Lake Swimmers

Joshua Hyslop – solo

The Wilderness of Manitoba


Canada Experimental


Aidan Baker – solo



Canada Hard Rock


Indian Handcrafts



Canada Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Akido (Kim Gaboury) – solo

Daphni (Dan Snaith of Caribou) – solo

Diamond Rings (John O’Regan) – solo

Fairmont (Jake Fairley) – solo

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin (of Oneohtrix Point Never)

Loscil (for ‘looping oscillator’) (Scott Morgan of Destroyer) – solo


Shout Out Out Out

TALWST (aka Tall Waist) (Curtis Santiago) – solo

Teen Daze (Jamison) – solo

Young Liars


Canada Male Solo


Ben Caplan

Jason Collett (of Broken Social Scene) (for both Essential Cuts and Reckon)

Mac DeMarco

Chilly Gonzales (Jason Beck) (quiet piano instrumentals)

A.C. Newman (of The New Pornographers)

Gregory Pepper And His Problems

Slim Twig (Max Turnbull)

Christopher Smith

Gordie Tentrees

Liam Titcomb

Patrick Watson


Canada Female Solo


Cold Specks (Al Spx) (sic) (yes, a women)

Kathleen Edwards


Athens, GA


Azure Ray

Baroness (Savannah, GA) – hard rock

Easter Island

Efren – southern rock

Grape Soda

Hope For Agoldensummer (sic) – psych-folk

King Of Prussia

Koko Beware – garage rock


‘Meiko’ Nishimoto (Roberta, GA) – female solo



The Whigs


Athens Alt-Country


The Corduroy Road

Colt Ford (Jason Brown) – solo


Athens Psych-Folk


Hope For Agoldensummer (sic)

White Violet




Delta Moon (with Tom Grey of The Brains) – blues-rock

Ponderosa – alt-country


Atlanta Hard Rock



Royal Thunder


Atlanta Soul


Cody Chesnutt – solo

Anthony David – solo


U.S. Indie


Aaron & The Sea


The Antlers


Bad Books (with Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra)

Bad Veins

Band of Horses


Bear In Heaven

Birds & Batteries

Black Swan Runners

Black Taxi

Brave Station

California Wives

Castle Face Records (label’s artists covering Velvet Underground debut album)


Cheers Elephant


Dan San

The Dandelion Wars

Danny & The Jets

The Dig

Dot Hacker (with Josh Klinghoffer of Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Dots Will Echo

Dr. Dog

Driver Friendly

The Eastern Sea

Earthy Babes

Empires (channeling The Gaslight Anthem)

Emanuel And The Fear


Family Of The Year

Fang Island

The Features

The Few



Freelance Whales

The Fresh & Onlys


The Gaslight Anthem

Gold Motel


Grand & Noble

A Great Big Pile Of Leaves


Grizzly Bear

Hammer No More The Fingers

Here We Go Magic

Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Hoots & Hellmouth

I Come To Shanghai

Jaill (sic)

John The Conqueror

King Of Spain


Little Hurricane

Like Pioneers

The Love Dimension

Lost In The Trees


Magic Bullets

Maps & Atlases

Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s

Mornin’ Old Friend


Murder by Death

New Beard

Night Genes

Nude Beach

Ocean Carolina

The Oh Sees

Old Bricks

Orcas (with Benoit Pioulard, aka Thomas Meluch) (neither of the similarly named England or U.S. bands)

Panoramic & True


Pretty & Nice

Princeton (sounds like Jens Lekman)

Public Jones

Raga & Ribbons

Ravens & Chimes

Retribution Gospel Choir

RMDM (with Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam)

The Rocketboys


Run Dan Run

Trapper Schoepp & The Shades

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

The Shins

Shearwater (Jonathan Meiburg and Will Sheff of Okkervil River)

Sleepy Sun

The Soft Pack

Sonny (Smith) & The Sunsets

Stew (Mark Stewart) & The Negro Problem

Team Genius

That Noble Fury

These United States

This Is Cinema


TS & The Past Haunts

Tu Fawning

Turbo Fruits

Two Gallants

Uncles (channeling Counting Crows)



Vinyl Williams (band’s name, not an individual’s name)

Virgin Forest (4 guys from Phosphorescent)

Walk The Moon

Way Yes


The Welcome Wagon

West End Motel (with Brent Hinds of Mastodon)

White Rabbits



Xiu Xui


U.S. Indie – Female Vocals


Beach House

Best Coast

The Big Sleep

Black Bananas (with Jennifer Herrema of Royal Trux)

Claire (Manchon) And The Reasons

Deep Time (channeling Stereolab)



Family Band

Milo Greene (the band name)


Hundred Waters

Jessie Kilguss & Radio Gold

Lower Dens

Annie (Lynch) And The Beekeepers

Magic Wands
Annie Moses Band

The Mynabirds

Now, Now


Papercranes (with Rain Phoenix)

The Phenomenal Handclap Band

The Pierces


School Of Seven Bells (for both Ghostory [sic] and Put Your Sad Down)


Sleigh Bells

Snowblink (2 guys from MGMT are ex-members)


Tin Hat (with Carla Kihlstedt of Book Of Knots and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum)

Wax Poetic




Animal Collective


Animal Collective

John Maus (also of Ariel Pink) – solo


The Dandy Warhols


The Dandy Warhols

One Model Nation (CourtneyTaylor-Taylor) – krautrock – solo




Chris Cohen – solo



Dum Dum Girls


The Babies (Cassie Ramone) (with Kevin Morby of Woods)

Dum Dum Girls

Frankie Rose (also of Crystal Stilts and Vivian Girls)


Fleet Foxes


Father John Misty (Josh Tillman) – solo – psych-folk

Poor Moon (with Christian Wargo and Casey Wescott) – psych-folk




Emperors Of Wyoming (with Butch Vig) – psych-folk



Red Hot Chile Peppers


Flea (Michael Balzary) – solo

John Frusciante – solo


Six Organs Of Admittance


Rangda (with Sir Richard Bishop)

Six Organs Of Admittance (Ben Chasny) – solo


Sonic Youth


Lee Ranaldo – solo

Yokokimthurston (sic) (Yoko, with Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore) – experimental


Vivian Girls


The Babies (with Kevin Morby of Woods) (Cassie Ramone) – garage rock

Frankie Rose (also of Crystal Stilts and Dum Dum Girls




The Babies (Kevin Morby) (with Cassie Ramone of Dum Dum Girls)



U.S. Post-Punk


Arc In Round

Paul Banks (of Interpol)

Bear Colony

Big Science

Black Forest Fire

Black Marble




Disappears (Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth) (channeling The Fall doing dance-rock)

The Epilogues (channeling Silversun Pickups)

ERAAS (2 guys from 00s U.S. band Apse)

The Evens (with Ian MacKaye of Fugazi) – post-punk

Happy New Year



Jump Jump Dance Dance

Marriages (3 members of Red Sparowes)

The Men (not one of the same-named U.S. 90s, or 00s experimental, bands)

Mister Loveless

Modern Time Machines (also channeling Silversun Pickups)

Moonlight Bride

Moritat (channeling The Au Pairs and Delta 5)

My Jerusalem

Parquet Courts

A Place To Bury Strangers (for both Onwards and Worship To The Wall)

Lotus Plaza (Lockett Pundt of Deerhunter) – solo

Ramona Falls (Brent Knopf of Menomena) – solo

Ringo Death Starr

Silversun Pickups

The Soft Moon

Standing Shadows

Teen Mom


Wild Nothing


U.S. Psychedelic Rock


All Saints

Electric Shepherd

Eternal Tapestry

Golden Void

Guardian Alien

The Life And Times

MV & EE (Matt Valentine and Erika Elder)

People’s Temple

Prince Rama


Royal Baths

White Hills


U.S. Alt-Country


Beachwood Sparks

Black Prairie (with 3 folks from The Decemberists)

Andrew Combs – solo

Dead Fingers

Justin Townes Earle – solo

Gangstagrass (mash-up of bluegrass and rap)

Daughn Gibson (Josh Martin) – solo

Malcolm Holcombe – solo

The McEuen Sessions (John of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, with his sons)

Onward, Soldiers

Jake Owen – solo

Punch Brothers (with Chris Thile of Nickel Creek) – bluegrass

Luke Roberts

Dulcie Taylor – female solo

The Ugly Club

Bob Wayne & The Outlaw Carnies

Jack Wilson – solo


U.S. Blues-Rock


Alive At The Deep Blues Fest

Gary Clark, Jr.

Rocco DeLuca – solo

Lincoln Durham – solo

Scrapomatic (with Mike Mattison of The Derek Trucks Band)


U.S. Southern Rock


Cody Canada & The Departed

Left Lane Cruiser (Texas-boogie covers of rock classics, channeling early ZZ Top)

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

Uncle Lucious


U.S. Psych-Folk


Alasca (sic)

Johnny Bertram & The Golden Bicycles


Sean ‘S. Carey’ (of Bon Iver) – solo


Michael Chapman (tribute album with Thurston Moore and Lucinda Williams)

The Daredevil Christopher Wright

Dubious Ranger

Dusted (with Brian Borcherdt of Holy F**k)

Simone Felice (of The Felice Brothers)

Field Report (Chris Porterfield)

Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrera Band

Hiss Golden Messenger (MC Taylor) – solo

Hollis Brown

Horse Feathers

Lord Huron (Ben Schneider) – solo

Orpheum Bell

Jessica Pratt (not the same-named England opera singer)

Justin Robinson (of Carolina Chocolate Drops) And The Mary Annettes

Daniel Rossen (of Grizzly Bear)


Mariee Sioux – female solo

Spook Houses

The Spring Standards

Sun Kil Moon (Mark Kozelek of Red House Painters)

Tall Firs



U.S. Experimental



Balmorhea (guitar instrumentals)

Ryan Francesconi (of Joanna Newsom’s band) & Mirabai Peart (Australia)

Golden Retriever

Heavy Blanket (J.Mascis of Dino Jr.) (loud guitar instrumentals)


If These Trees Could Talk

Jim Jarmusch (film director) & Jozef Van Wissem (lutist) (soundtrack to film The Mystery Of Heaven)

LA Vampires (Amanda Brown) & ‘Maria Minerva’ Jour (from Estonia)


Man Forever (John Colpitts of Oneida) – solo

Steve Moore (of Zombi [sic])

Mount Eerie (Phil Elverum) (for both Clear Moon and Ocean Roar)


Plankton Wat (Dewey Mahood of Eternal Tapestry) – solo

Portland Cello Project (cello covers of hip-hop songs)

Omar Rodriguex-Lopez (for both Un Corazon and Saber, Querer) – solo

Turing Machine (named after the first proto-computer)


Jason Urick – solo

Wires Under Tension

Chelsea Wolfe – female solo


U.S. Cross-Cultural


Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra

Caramelo – flamenco

Chicha Libre – Peru

Debo Band – Ethiopian jazz

Hijos De Agneybana – Puerto-Rican bomba

Locura – flamenco

New York Gypsy All-Stars – Balkans

Raya Brass Band – Balkans


Wahid – Turkish “oud”

Zieti – Ivory Coast


U.S Garage Rock


Willis Earl Beal – solo

The Beets

Chain & The Gang (with Ian Svenonius)

Cheap Time (2 guys from Be Your Own Pet)

Cloud Nothings

Mikal Cronin – solo
Crushed Out

The Gaslight Anthem

Grass Widow

The High Strung


King Tuff (Kyle Williams of J.Mascis band Witch) – solo

The Koffin Kats

Larry Livermore (Adeline Records compilation of The Gilman Scene)

Joyce Manor

JD McPherson – solo

The New Lows (from Florida, not the same-named Boston hardcore band)

Off! (Keith Morris of Black Flag, with guys from Redd Kross and Rocket From The Crypt)


Pop. 1280

Riverboat Gamblers


Dan Sartain – solo

Slam Dunk


Timmy’s Organism (Timmy Lampinen, aka Timmy Vulgar) – solo

Ty Segall Band (for both Slaughterhouse and Twins)

Ty Segall & White Fence (Tim Presley)

The Static Jacks


White Fence (Tim Presley) (for both Family Perfume Vols. 1 and 2) – solo


U.S. Hard Rock


Black Light Burns (with Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit)

Cheap Girls (channeling Husker Du)

Christian Mistress

The Contortionist

Eagle Twin

The Ides Of Gemini

Morning Glory




Riotgod (2 guys from Monster Magnet)

River City Tanlines

The Sword


Tweak Bird


U.S. Prog-Metal




U.S. Soul


Candice Anitra – female solo

Jarrard Anthony

Bi-Polar Bear (rap)

Jesse Boykins III & Melo-X (Mustafa)

The Floacist (Natalie Stewart of Floetry) – solo

Induce (Ryan Smith) – solo

Menehan Street Band

Frank Ocean

‘Bobby V’ Wilson

Adrian Young (not the drummer for No Doubt) – solo


U.S. Funk


Emergency Service

Papa Grows Funk

Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band


U.S. Reggae


Cisco Adler – solo

The Dirty Heads

FlyinFisch (sic) (Adrian Fischer)- solo

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

Obi Fernandez – solo

Rebelution (sic)

SOJA (Soldiers of Jah Army)


U.S. Dance-Rock/Electro/Synth


Art Bleek (Arthur Prochon) – solo

Dave Aju (Marc Barrite) – solo

Apollo Cobra

Baby Monster

Beat Generation

Marco Benevento

Boyz Noise (Alexander Ridha) – solo



Daydream Vacation

Dan Deacon

Matthew Dear – solo

Dynasty Electric

Jimmy Edgar – solo


Expensive Looks (Alec Feld) – solo

Family Living (Wesley Bunch) – solo

Fortune Of What

The Gaslamp Killer (William Bensussend ) – solo


The Hundred In The Hands

Ice Choir (with Kurt Feldman of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart)


Infernal Devices

Junk Culture (Deepak Mantena) – solo


Leonard Friend (Alex Feder) (album Lynyrd Frynd)


Light Asylum

Lightning Love

Logreybeam (Gabriel Morley) – solo

Midnight Magic

Mux Mool (Brian Lindgren) – solo

Nickodemus (Nick DiSimone) – solo

Nite Jewel (Ramona Gonzalez) – female solo

oOoOO (Chris Greenspan) – solo

Morgan Page – solo

Peaking Lights


Purity Ring

Santigold (Santi White) – female solo

Jamuel Saxon
Scissor Sisters

Sun Airway


Twitch The Ripper (channeling Depeche Mode)

Visions Of Trees

Wild Cub

Dustin Wong (of Ponytails) – solo

Young Magic

Yppah (Jose Corrales) – solo

Nick ‘Zamutto’ – solo


U.S. Male Solo


Advance Base (Owen Ashworth)

Nels Andrew

Adam Arcuragi

Ape School (Michael Johnson)

Battleme (sic) (Matt Drenik)

Ryan Bingham

Sean Bones

Bright Moments (Kelly Pratt of Beirut)

Paul Brill

Peter Broderick (of Efterklang)

Clarence Bucaro

Careful (Eric Lindley)

Paul Cook (not the Sex Pistols drummer) & The Chronicles

Dana Buoy (Dana Janssen of Akron/Family)

Anthony Da Costa

Ryan Darton

Edmund II (Edmund Pellino)

Craig Finn (of The Hold Steady)

Gabriel & The Hounds (Gabriel Levine of Takka Takka)

Kevin Gordon

Kyle James Hauser

Ari Hest

Young Hines

Heyward Houkins

Brendan James

Joshua James

Justin Jones (not the same-named England singer)

Ben Kyle

Dylan LeBlanc

Amos Lee

Calvin Love

Magic Trick (Tim Cohen)

‘Delicate Steve’ Marion

Dent May

Midway In Wake (Greg Reynauld)

Nick Miller & The Hustle Standard

Keith Moody

Eric Nicolau

Franz Nicolay (of The Hold Steady)

Perfume Genius (Mike Hadreas)

Ariel (Rosenberg) Pink’s Haunted Grafitti

Louis Prima, Jr. (son of big-band leader)

Radical Face (Ben Cooper)

Joshua Radin

Aaron Roche

Sean Rowe

Mike Scheidt

Ben Sollee

Twin Shadow (George Lewis)

Ben Utecht (ex-Cincinnati Bengal)

Mike Wexler

Matthew E. White

Young Moon (Trevor Montgomery)


U.S. Female Solo


Anabot (Analise Nelson)

Jessie Baylin

Sera Cahoone

Hannah Cohen

Lana Del Ray (Elizabeth Grant) (for both Born To Die and Paradise)

Hannah (Fairchild) Vs. The Many

Josephine Foster

Laura Gibson

Melora Hardin (the actress)

Julia Holter

Sarah Jaffe

JAN (Kim Talon)

Dayna Kurtz

Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns (New Orleans jazz)

Marissa Nadler

Angel Olsen (Anna Babbler)

Sara Radle (ex-The Rentals)

Terry Radigan

Kayln Rock

Jen Schande

Lissie Trullie (Elizabeth McChesney)

Sharon Van Etten

Emily Wells

Emily Jane White


90s Artists – good albums




Ryan Adams (acoustic covers)

All Good Funk Alliance

Tori Amos

… And You Will Us By The Trail Of Dead

Tim Barry (of Avail)

Andrew Bird (for Break It Yourself and Hands Of Glory)

Big Bad Voodoo Daddies

Birthmark (Nate Kinsella of Joan Of Arc) (not one of the same-named bands from Eng./Greece/Slovakia)

Brad (Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam)

Buckethead (Brian Carroll) (for both Balloon Cement and Electric Sea)

Calexico (with John Convertino, ex-Giant Sand)

Cardinals (not the same-named Ryan Adams band)

Neal Casal

Cat Power (Chan Marshall)

The Coup


The Dandy Warhols


Ani DiFranco

Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing) (covers)

Johnny Dowd

Down By Law


Alejandro Escovedo

Eskmo (Brendan Angleides)

The Faint

The Features

Ben Folds Five

Ben Gibbard (of Death Cab for Cutie)

Green Day (for 3 albums – Uno, Dos, and Tre)

Neil Halstead (of Slowdive)

The Helio Sequence

Honky (not the same-named 80’s England hip-hop band) (Jeff Pinkus of Butthole Surfers)

Patterson Hood (of Drive-By Truckers)

Robert Hood

Hot Water Music

James Iha (of Smashing Pumpkins)

Imperial Teen (with Roddy Bottum of Faith No More)

Will Johnson (of Centro-Matic)

Brian Jonestown Massacre (Indian/sitar themes)

Jr. Juggernaut (channeling Social Distortion)

Damien Jurado

Ben Kweller (of Radish)


Mark Lanegan (of Queens Of The Stone Age and Screaming Trees)

‘Christiane D’ Leach (of Soma Mestizo)

Shawn Lee

Lilian Axe

Jeff Loomis (of Nevermore)

Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy)

Eleni Mandell

Dave Matthews Band

Rhett Miller (of The Old 97’s)

The Mountain Goats

Nada Surf

Meshell Ndegeocello (Michelle Johnson) (some covers)

Of Montreal

One Man Army

Red Wearing Blue

Josh Ritter

Chris Robinson Brotherhood (of The Black Crowes) (for Black Moon Ritual and The Magic Door)

Rusted Root

The Sea and Cake


Slightly Stoopid

Smashing Pumpkins

Todd Snider (for both Agnostic Fables and Time As We Know It [Jerry Jeff Walker covers])


The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion

The Spinto Band

Los Straitjackets

Sugarman 3 (with Neal Sugarman, also of Dap-Kings)

Ben Taylor (son of James and Carly Simon)

Three Mile Pilot

Matthew ‘M. Ward’

Jack White (of The White Stripes)


Rest Of World


Air (soundtrack to remake of Georges Melies’ silent film classic A Trip To The Moon)



Geoff Barrow (of Portishead) & Ben Salisbury (soundtrack to comic book 2000AD)

Bento (Mike Gillies of Silverchair)

Tiru Burgess (of The Charlatans)


Café Tacvba

Vinicio Caposella (song cycle about both Herman Melville and the Greek poet Homer)

Jesse Cook (acoustic guitar instrumentals)


Gaz Coombes (of Supergrass)

Go Kart Mozart (Lawrence Heyward)

The Cranberries

Adrian Crowley

Dakota Suite (Chris Hoosen)

De Portables


Dirty Three

Dub Pistols

Fake Blood (Theo Keating of The Wiseguys)

Bernhard ‘B. Fleischmann’

Gallon Drunk

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead) (soundtrack to film The Master)

Glen Hansard (of The Frames, The Swell Season, and the movie Once)

Stevie Johnson (of Belle & Sebastian)

Jono El Grande (Jon Hatum)

Junkie XL (Tom Holkenborg)

Kandodo (Simon Price of England band The Heads)

Kid Koala (Eric San)

Angelique Kidjo


Laid Back

Land Observations (James Brooks of Appliance) (acoustic guitar instrumentals)

Legowelt (Danny Wolfers)

Lightships (Gerard Love of Teenage Fanclub)

Malcolm Middleton (of Arab Strap)

Barbara Morgenstern


Mr. Oizo (Quentin Dupieux) & Tahiti Boy (David Sztanke)


Beth Orton

Pepe Deluxe


Ponderecki/Greenwood (Polish composer Krzysztof P. and Jonny G. of Radiohead)

Laetita Sadier (of Stereolab)

Saint Etienne

John K. Samson (of The Weakerthans)

Sigur Ros

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives


Therapy? (sic)

Tanita Tikaram



Gert Vlok Nel

Waco Brothers (Jon Langford of Mekons) & Paul Burch

The Wallflowers

Susumu Yakota


90s Artists – weak albums




Abandoned Pools (Tommy Walter of Eels)

Christina Aguilera


Fiona Apple

Ben Arthur

Eric Benet

Brendan Benson (of The Raconteurs)

Dan Berns

‘Steve Tyrell’ Bilao

Blues Traveller

Big Boi (Antwan Patton of Outkast)

Busdriver (Regan Farquhar)


Cannibal Corpse

The Casket Lottery

Citizen Cope (Clarence Greenwood)

Cheryl ‘Coko’ Clemens


Imani Coppola

Counting Crows (wretched covers of good songs)

Cypress Hill

Death By Stereo


Iris Dement

DMX (Earl Simmons)

Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello of The Postal Service)

Melissa Etheridge


Fear Factory

The Gathering

Macy Gray (Natalie MacIntyre) (for 2 albums, one covering S.Wonder’s Talking Book album)


Kelly Hogan


Insame Clown Posse

Juvenile (Terius Gray)

Toby Keith

Robert ‘R. Kelly’

Kid Rock (Robert Ritchie)

Kottonmouth Kings

Ed Kowalczyk (Of Live)

Lamb Of God

Aaron Lewis (of Staind)


Love And Death (Brian ‘Head’ Welch of Korn)

Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner)

Matchbox Twenty

Tim McGraw


Nas (Nasir Jones)

No Doubt

‘Brandy’ Norwood

Old Crow Medicine Show

Pig Destroyer



Chuck Prophet

‘Usher’ Raymond

Reel Big Fish

Royal Bliss

Shadows Fall

Smash Mouth

Stone Sour (with Corey Taylor of Slipknot)

John Taglieri

Serg Tankian (of System Of A Down)


Traxman (Cornelius Ferguson)

John Tyrell

Rufus Wainwright (son of Loudon W. and Kate McGarrigle)

Travis Warren (of Blind Melon)

Wilson Phillips (covers of their parents’ bands, Beach Boys and The Mamas And The Papas)

Bebe Winans



Rest Of World


Air Traffic Controller

Daniel Bedingfield (of The DNA Algorithm)

Carlinhos Brown (Carlos de Frietas)

‘Monica’ Brown

Tim Christensen And The Damn Crystals


Carl Cox

Fair Warning

Fout Tet (Kieran Hebden)

Sascha Funk

The Hives

Ihsahn (Vegard Treitan of Emperor)

Diana Krall


Lacuna Coil

Cari Lekebusch


Alanis Morrisette

Mr. Vegas (Clifford Smith)



Orange Goblin

Our Lady Peace

‘Terri Clark’ Sauson

Shaggy (Orville Burrell)

Slaves On Dope


Sterac (Steve Rachmad)

Ana Tijoux (Annamaria Merino)


Paul Van Dyk (Matthias Paul)
Wishmountain (Matthew Herbert)


60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – good, worthy, interesting, “I’m glad they’re still around” albums





Trey Anastasio (of Phish)

Bad Brains

The Beach Boys

Big Dipper

Pete Buck (of R.E.M.)

Bush Tetras

‘Karen Dalton’ Cariker

Neneh Cherry

Shawn Colvin

Ry Cooder

Corrosion Of Conformity

Robert Cray

The dB’s

‘Dion’ DiMucci

Dinosaur Jr.

Jerry Douglas

Drivin’ n’ Cryin’

Dr. John (Mac Rebennack)

Bob Dylan

Mark Fossen

Giant Sand

Graham Central Station (Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stones)

Guided By Voices (for 3 albums, Bears For Lunch, Class Clown, and Eat The Factory)


Penelope Houston

Alan Jackson

Wanda Jackson

Daniel Johnston

Carole King (her 60s acoustic demos)


Bettye LaVette (companion to autobiography about her 50 years in music)

Chuck Leavell (of Sea Level) (piano blues covers)

Aimee Mann (of ‘Til Tuesday)


Mission Of Burma

Molly Hatchett (covers of rock classics)

Bob Mould (of Husker Du)

Willie Nelson (duets album)

The Nighthawks

NON (Boyd Rice)

The Outlaws

Robert Pollard (of Guided By Voices) (for both Jack Sells The Cow and Mouseman Cloud)

Amy Ray (of Indigo Girls)

Joey Ramone (of The Ramones)

Redd Kross

Stan Ridgway (of Wall Of Voodoo)


Neal Schon (of Journey)

Patti Smith

Soul Asylum

Bruce Springsteen

Sugar Man (Sixto Rodriguez)


Tom Tom Club (Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads)

The Tragically Hip

Steve Vai (of Alcatrazz and Whitesnake)

Suzanne Vega

Joe Walsh

Steve Walsh (of Kansas)

Andre Williams (for both Hoods & Shades and, with The Sadies, Night And Day)

Bobby Womack

Young Fresh Fellows


Rest Of World


Viv Albertine (of The Slits)


Bailter Space

Paul Buchanan (of The Blue Nile)

John Cale (of Velvet Underground)

CCC Inc.

Clan Of Xymox (darkwave covers of post-punk classics)

Jimmy Cliff (James Chambers)

Cockney Rejects

Leonard Cohen

Julian Cope (of The Teardrop Explodes, for Psychedelic Revolution)

Cowboy Junkies

Crime & The City Solution

La Crimosa

Dali’s Car (with Mick Karn of Japan and Peter Murphy of Bauhaus)

Dead Can Dance

The Durutti Column

Keith Emerson Band (of Emerson, Lake, & Palmer) (with Munich Orchestra)

Brian Eno (ambient)

Bill Fay

Habib Faye



Bruce Foxton (of The Jam)

Graham Gouldman (of 10cc.)

Robin Guthrie (of Cocteau Twins)

Kiki Gyan (Kofi Kwarko)

Steve Hackett (of Genesis) (reworkings of 70s Genesis songs)

Steve Harris (of Iron Maiden)

Paul Heaton (of The Beautiful South)

Mick Hucknall (of Simply Red) (covers of American soul classics)

Ian Hunter (of Mott The Hoople)

Paul Kelly


Jeff Lynne (of ELO) (covers of mid-century traditional standards)

Phil Manzanera (of Roxy Music) (with poet Anna Le)

Kylie Minogue

Sinead O’Connor

The Orb (with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry)

Graham Parker & The Rumour

Pet Shop Boys

Adele (Pickvance) & Glenn (Thompson) (of The Go-Betweens)

Terry Reid

The Scenics

Shonen Knife

Ringo Starr

David Stewart (of Eurythmics)

Mark Stewart (of The Pop Group) (for both Exorcism Of Envy and The Politics Of Envy)

Sweet (covers of rock classics)

Ebo Taylor


Tracey Thorn (of Everything But The Girl)

Pat Travers (blues-rock covers of classic rock hits)

Jethro Tull (entirely rewritten Thick As A Brick)



Wang Chung

Paul Weller (of The Jam)

(Christopher) Willets & (Ryuichi) Sakamoto (of Yellow Magic Orchestra)

Neil Young (for both Americana and Psychedelic Pill)

Wieb Ziegtema


60s, 70s, 80s, Over-40 Crowd – dull, boring, poor, “why did they even bother?” albums




Adler (with Steven Adler of Guns ‘n Roses)

The American Relay

Paul Barker (ex-Ministry)

David Byrne (of Talking Heads) & St. Vincent (Annie Clark)

Joe Cocker

De La Soul

Danny Elfman (of Oingo Boingo) (soundtrack to Dark Shadows film)

Donald Fagen (of Steely Dan)

Don Felder (of The Eagles)

Lee Fields

Roberta Flack (Beatles’ covers)

Glenn Frey (cocktail-lounge standards) (of The Eagles)

‘Kenny G’ Gorelick

Barry Manilow

Richard Marx


The Mommyheads

The Oak Ridge Boys

The Offspring

Public Enemy

Bonnie Raitt

Lionel Richie

Richie Sambora (of Bon Jovi)

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Slash (Saul Hudson of Guns’n’Roses)


Soul Asylum

James Taylor

They Might Be Giants

Van Halen

Luther Vandross

Loudon Wainwright

Scott Walker

Cassandra Wilson

Dwight Yoakam


Rest Of World


(Michel) Banabila & Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt)

Blind Guardian

‘Wayne Wonder’ Charles

The Congos (with Sun Araw [Cameron Stallones])

Julian Cope (of The Teardrop Explodes, for Woden)

Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Bryan Ferry (of Roxy Music) (Jazz Age covers of Roxy hits)

Joe Jackson (Duke Ellington tribute album)

Nik Kershaw

Leningrad Cowboys

Paul McCartney (jazz standards)

Nena (Gabrielle Kerner)

Running Wild


Rod Stewart

VCMG (Vince Clarke of Erasure and Martin Gore of Depeche Mode)



Worthwhile Live Albums – U.S.


The Avett Brothers (2009 Charlotte, N.C.) – alt-country

Big Brother And The Holding Company (1968 San Francisco – Carousel Ballroom)

Bon Jovi

Conspirator (2 guys from Disco Biscuits) (2011 Athens, GA – Georgia Theater)

The Decemberists (2011)

John Doe & Exene Cervenka (both of X) (2008)

Electric Six (2012)

Godsmack (2011 Detroit – Fox Theater) – hard rock

Van Hunt (2011 Los Angeles – The Troubadour) – solo – funk

The Knack (1978 Los Angeles)

Los Lobos (performing Kiko albym) (2006 San Diego)

Jamie McLean Band (2012 N.Y. – Gibson Showroom) – southern rock

The Reverend Horton Heat (Jim Heath) (2010 San Francisco – Fillmore Theater) – garage rock
Joe Satriani (2011 Montreal)

The Sound Of Philadelphia: Harold Melvin, Billy Paul & The O’Jays (1973 San Francisco) – soul

Bruce Springsteen (1973 radio concert broadcasts)

Widespread Panic (Athens, GA) (2012 – first-ever acoustic tour)


Worthwhile Live Albums – Rest Of World


AC/DC (2009 Argentina) – hard rock – Australia

Asia (2010 Switzerland – Basel) – prog-rock – England

Black Country Communion (with G.Hughes, J.Bonnamassa, and Ja.Bonham) – hard rock – England

Blackmore’s Night (with Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow) – England

Blur (2012 London – Hyde Park during Olympics) – England

Deep Purple (1999 Melbourne) – England

The English Beat (1982 U.S. – The US Festival) – reggae – England

Fields Of The Nephilim (2008 London) – post-punk – England

Hillsong (2011 Miami) – Australia

Joy Division (1980 Amsterdam – Paradiso Club) – post-punk – England

Minny Pops (1981) (channeling Suicide) – post-punk – Netherlands

The Mount Fugi Doomjazz Corporation (2011 Moscow) – experimental – Netherlands

Skinny Puppy (201 Europe) – industrial – Canada

Spock’s Beard (2010) – jam rock

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros (2002 London) (last concert before his death) – post-punk – England

Sweet (Desolation Boulevard album) – England

Triggerfinger – hard rock – Belgium

Triumph (2008 Sweden) (20-year reunion) – hard rock – Canada

Ultravox (2012) – post-punk – England


Poor Live Albums


Peter Gabriel (2011 London – Hammersmith Apollo ) – England

Jay-Z (Shawn Carter) (2012 New York – Barclays Center) – rap

Jack Johnson – acoustic jam rock

The Plimsouls (1983 California – Huntington Beach)

Paul Simon (2011 New York)

Tedeschi Trucks Band (Susan and Derek) (2011) – blues rock

Yanni (Yiannis Hrysomallis) (2011 Puerto Rico) – Greece


Most Overrated And Boring Indie Band  Crystal Castles

Most Disappointing Album Of The Year Dirty Projectors


Most Valuable Players, Who Released Good Albums With More Than One Band In 2011


Allbrook, Parker, and Watson (3 guys with both Pond and Tame Impala)

Al Doyle (with Hot Chip and New Build)

Jonny Greenwood (with Krzystof Ponderecki and solo)

Steve Hackett (for Squackett and solo)

Kevin Morby (with The Babies and Woods)

Robert Pollard (for 3 albums with Guided By Voices and 2 solo)

Tim Presley (as White Fence [2 solo] and with Ty Segall)

Cassie Ramone (with The Babies and Dum Dum Girls)

Frankie Rose (with Dum Dum Girls and solo)

Ty Segall (2 with self-titled band and with White Fence)

Andre Williams (with The Sadies and solo)


Fred’s Best Albums Of The Year




Advance Base

Willis Earl Beal

Apollo Cobra

Beach House

Beat Generation

Black Forest Fire


The Dandelion Wars

Deep Time

Dinosaur Jr.


Daughn Gibson

If These Trees Could Talk


Brian Jonestown Massacre

Mark Lanegan

The Life And Times

Modern Time Machines

Mount Eerie (for Ocean Roar)


Pop. 1280

Lee Ranaldo


Ringo Death Starr

The Soft Moon

Turing Machine


West End Motel

White Hills




Rest Of World



Thomas Azier

Miguel Campbell

Keith Canisius

Dead Can Dance

Echo Beach

Fields Of The Nephilim (live)

B. Fleischmann

Matto Frank

Godspeed You! Black Emperor




Kaiser Chiefs

Kiss The Anus Of A Black Cat

Jack Ladder & The Dreamlanders


120 Days

Pet Shop Boys

Prinzhorn Dance School

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding

Shout Out Out Out


Spotlight Kid



The Twilight Sad

Yeti Lane


Released Outside America And On My 2011 List, Then Released In America In 2012


Thee American Revolution (sic) – garage rock – U.S.

Bombay Bicycle Club – England

John Foxx (of Ultravox) – England

Gotye (Wouter DeBacker) – solo – Belgium

Nightwish – symphonic metal – Finland

Shonen Knife (Ramones covers) – Japan

Snow Patrol – Northern Ireland

The Unthanks – baroque chamber pop – England

‘Guido Belcanto’ Versmissen – Belgium

Yuksek (Pierre-Alexandre Busson) – solo – synth – France





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