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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


Top 20 of 2012: 5. Flume – Flume

5. Flume – Flume

FlumeIt was a big year for Flume. At only 20, the Australian producer also known as Harley Straten toured with the xx, got over a million YouTube views and even has a gold record in his home country.

But even without all that, Flume’s self-titled debut album would still make this list. Streten creates fascinating electronic music full of rich textures and vibrancies. But it’s his rare talent of turning those sounds into great songs that puts him above most other electronic musicians.

Streten’s already got an even bigger 2013 lined up. In addition to headlining tours, he just signed to indie mega-label Mom + Pop — home of Andrew Bird, Metric and Tokyo Police Club, to name a few — for the U.S. release of Flume. Get ready to hear a lot more about Harley Streten.

Flume – Flume

FlumeThe staggering electronic music of Flume comes from an unlikely source: 20-year-old Harley Streten. But the Australian producer sounds years ahead of his age, incorporating a multitude of styles into his own melodic, bass-heavy sound.

Flume’s self-titled debut album blows past typical first-time standards and easily puts him in line with experienced producers like Flying Lotus. He swiftly moves from choppy, cut-and-paste beats to hip-hop to slow grooves without ever losing his original edge.

He started making waves in Australia with his first single “Sleepless.” Streten mixes  loops, fluctuating pitches and a stomping beat with singer Jezzabell Doran’s voice, but creates something much more than a collage of sounds.

Many of the album’s other tracks mirror the method of”Sleepless” — mixing vocals with loops and beats to create catchy, dancey songs. Even with a rap verse from T.Shirt on “On Top,” Streten fluidly incorporates it into his own sound.

Flume has been receiving substantial attention, both back home and abroad – including being named a “hopeful worth watching at the CMJ Music Marathon” by the New York Times. He’s already opened for the xx and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, sold out two Australian headlining tours, become a mainstay on the iTunes Australian Electronic charts and made a highly anticipated American debut at CMJ, but this is only the beginning for Flume.

This debut album will take Flume from an up-and-coming next big thing to one of the most sought-after producers in the genre.

Flume’s self-titled debut will be out November 12 via Future Classic. Check out “Sleepless” and an album teaser below.

Kind of Bleu’s CMJ 2012 Recap

CMJ’s annual Music Marathon recently took over parts of New York City (mostly Manhattan’s Lower East Side and Williamsburg, Brooklyn). Even without an official badge, it was easy to find a mix of old favorites and bands that could be the next big thing. Here’s our recap:

Paper Garden Records Showcase

While CMJ didn’t start until Tuesday, we spent Monday night watching the Mountain Goats at Bowery Ballroom. The following day, we headed to the Paper Garden Records showcase at the Living Room. Although we didn’t win any of the Schwinn bikes the label was giving away, we did get to see Washington, D.C.-based Pree and Conveyor, one of the buzz bands of this year’s CMJ.

Conveyor at the Paper Garden Records showcase -- The Living Room, Manhattan, New York -- CMJ 2012 -- Tuesday, October 16, 2012 -- Photo by Peter Cauvel

Terrorbird Media/Impose Showcase

Terrorbird Media and Impose’s showcase at Cake Shop on Wednesday featured some of the best performances we saw all week. Early sets from Wild International, Win Win and Michna started the day off great, but the highlight was producer Flume. The 20-year-old Australian performed songs from his upcoming debut album and even mixed in a bit of Notorious B.I.G. into his set.

After Flume, cross-dressing rapper Mykki Blanco gave a fiery performance, moving spastically around the small stage. And then, Prince Rama played songs from their new album, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World, in which they don the personas of ten fictional bands who perished in the apocalypse.

Tell All Your Friends PR Showcase

Tell All Your Friends PR held their party a few doors down at Pianos. Wooden Indian Burial Ground played a gritty, psychedelic rock set in the upstairs lounge to a fairly small crowd, but we did spot NPR’s Bob Boilen right up front.

The Delancey

Finally, we finished off the night by stopping in to see Rochester-favorites the Demos play a set at the Delancey. Despite the weird setup of the venue, the band laid their power pop on thick enough to leave an impression on NYC.

The Demos -- The Delancey, Manhattan, New York -- Wednesday, October 17, 2012 -- Photo by Peter Cauvel


On Friday, we camped out at Union Square Ballroom for KEXP’s annual CMJ event. The Seattle radio station broadcast music and live performances there throughout the week, and on Friday, the tiny room hosted some incredible bands.

Wild Nothing played early in the day, followed by one-man-band Kishi Bashi, who looped his violin and voice to create complex arrangements in the vein of Owen Pallett.

Wild Nothing at KEXP at CMJ -- Union Square Ballroom, Manhattan, New York -- CMJ 2012 -- Friday, October 19, 2012 -- Photo by Peter Cauvel

The Antlers headlined the event, playing mostly songs from their new Undersea EP, like “Drift Dive,” and a few from Burst Apart“No Widows” and “Hounds.”

The Antlers at KEXP at CMJ -- Union Square Ballroom, Manhattan, New York -- CMJ 2012 -- Friday, October 19, 2012 -- Photo by Peter Cauvel

AAM Showcase

On Saturday, AAM hosted their CMJ party at Knitting Factory. The Denzels got rid of any CMJ hangover with the first set of the day. The group, who recently released their new EP, Easy Tiger, gave a powerful performance that got even the most tired concertgoers on their feet.

Fleet Foxes side project Poor Moon filled the room with harmonies, and later, Free Energy closed out the show with a bunch of new jams and favorites.

Free Energy at AAM CMJ Party -- Knitting Factory, Brooklyn, NY -- October 20, 2012 -- Photo by Peter Cauvel

BrooklynVegan Saturday Day Party

In between Poor Moon and Free Energy, we skipped over to Public Assembly to catch a not-typical CMJ set from Miguel. After some initial setup problems, Miguel charmed the packed room, which left many standing outside. The set was short, only four songs, but he more than proved himself.

Miguel at BrooklynVegan Day Party - CMJ 2012 - Public Assembly, Brooklyn, NY - October 20, 2012 - Photo by Peter Cauvel

The Launch Pad

We finished CMJ at Spike Hill, where Baeblemusic held their Launch Pad event. Choir of Young Believers played their final show at CMJ. All the way from Denmark, the band’s dark orchestral pop was definitely a standout of this year’s lineup.

Choir of Young Believers at Spike Hill, Brooklyn, NY -- CMJ 2012 -- October 20, 2012 -- Photo by Peter Cauvel