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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: 2. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

2. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Japandroids - Celebration RockThe best thing about Japandroids isn’t their music. Don’t get me wrong, Brian King and David Prowse are incredible musicians, but what really got me about their debut Post-Nothing and still gets me on Celebration Rock is the feeling that comes with it.

Most albums have perfectly planned highs and lows, but Celebration Rock is all highs, and better for it. It’s an unrelenting tornado of youth, energy, sing-along shouts and distortion that borders on perfect. It’s heart-racing, fist-pumping rock that never stops and never wears out.

In his review of “The House That Heaven Built,” Pat Hosken of Astro Cannon said, “Anthem is too soft a word.” It definitely is, but I can’t think of a better one. Celebration Rock is an anthem. And it’s changing rock music entirely.

Japandroids – “Jack the Ripper” (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds cover)

Japandroids - The House That Heaven BuiltAs we previously announced, Japandroids is releasing “The House That Heaven Built,” the first single from their upcoming sophomore record, Celebration Rock, on 7″ vinyl. We also mentioned that the b-side of that single would be a cover of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Jack the Ripper.”

You can check out the cover below, and if you haven’t yet (even if you have, it’s worth listening again), listen to its a-side “The House That Heaven Built.”

Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”

Japandroids - Celebration RockFinally. Japandroids are back.

The Vancouver duo has finished their follow up to 2009’s Post-Nothing, and thankfully, it looks like they’re not changing. Their upcoming sophomore album, Celebration Rock, has similar cover art, and their first single sounds dead on. “The House That Heaven Built” is every bit as raucous and anthemic as we could have hoped.

Celebration Rock and “The House That Heaven Built” b/w “Jack the Ripper” (Nick Cave) are both available for pre-order from Polyvinyl.