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Top 20 of 2012

Punch Brothers - Who's Feeling Young Now?

1. Punch Brothers – Who’s Feeling Young Now?
2. Japandroids – Celebration Rock 
3. Tropical Punk – Ends of the World 
4. John K. Samson – Provincial 
5. Flume – Flume
6. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE 
7. Tame Impala – Lonerism 
8. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
9. Balmorhea – Stranger
10. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
11. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
12. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
13. The Men – Open Your Heart
14. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
15. Bob Dylan – Tempest
16. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
17. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
18. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
19. St. Lucia – St. Lucia EP
20. Yeasayer – Fragrant World

Honorable Mentions: People Get Ready, Grizzly Bear, Lucero, Black Moth Super Rainbow, The Tallest Man on Earth

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Top 20 of 2012: 3. Tropical Punk – Ends of the World

3. Tropical Punk – Ends of the World

Tropical Punk - Ends of the WorldTropical Punk was by-far my most-played artist of 2012. No contest. The Nashville-via-Ithaca band put out a series of three 7″ EPs called Runaway American Kids and their debut full-length Ends of the World this year on their own Denim Records, and I can’t stop playing them.

The handmade Ends of the World CD lived in my car for months, where it became my go-to album. If I didn’t have a specific plan for something else, Ends of the World stayed in, and when it was over, I just let it cycle through again.

Usually, this is a great way to start hating your favorite bands, but for some reason, with each listen, Tropical Punk keeps getting better.

Ends of the World and all three Runaway American Kids 7″s are now available on vinyl via Tropical Punk’s Bandcamp. The rest of Denim Records is also worth checking out — including Music Band‘s Satan’s Grave and Kin Ship’s Where I Live, released yesterday.

Tropical Punk – Ends of the World

Tropical Punk - Ends of the World cassetteEvery second Wednesday of every month for the last three years, the guys in Tropical Punk have had a party and pretended the world is ending at midnight. Recorded in just two days in Ithaca, N.Y., their debut album, Ends of the World, captures those feelings in its ten tracks.

I tried, but couldn’t come up with a better description than the band’s own: “ten songs about parties and highways and broken hearts that sound like The Ramones and Bruce Springsteen if they played together in some basement and then woke up & went driving around the country.”

The album opens with the hum of an amp, two chords and the click of drumsticks before the band dives into the surfy garage-punk of “Basement.” The catchy energy of the first track carries through the whole album. The bar-rock anthem “Dream Darlin’,” perhaps my favorite on the album, sounds exactly like a summer night with friends. “Take Me to the Party, Baby,” “Why Don’t We Take a Ride” and “Hearts” maintain the party vibe, and the band channels The Stooges on “Crackin’ Up,” the album’s heaviest track. “Together in Texas” and “Old Rebel” slow it down, but are every bit as catchy.

Tropical Punk - Ends of the WorldClocking in at just 30 minutes, Ends of the World begs for frequent listens. By the second time, you’ll be singing right along.

You can order a copy of Ends of the World on Tropical Punk’s Bandcamp page. The limited edition CD-Rs with hand-made covers are only $5. It’s definitely worth it. Ends of the World is hands-down my favorite album of the year so far.