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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: 14. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter

14. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter

The Avett Brothers - The CarpenterRelentless touring and raucous live shows have helped the Avett Brothers build a cult fanbase. This year was their biggest ever: they sold out massive  venues, and their seventh studio album, The Carpenter, debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200.

Rick Rubin, known for his stripped-down productions, returned for The Carpenter. Rubin landed on a mature sound for the Avetts, but unlike their last LP, I and Love and You, he seemed to dial back his influence and free up a bit of the band’s real spirit.

The Carpenter keeps the poignancy but picks up the pace. “Live and Die” and “I Never Knew You” bounce with a cheery ease. “Down with the Shine” could easily have been a leftover from Emotionalism. And the distortion on “Paul Newman vs. the Demons” is something new entirely.

While they’re not the stompin’ and hollerin’ band from years past — although their live set hasn’t toned down at all — the Avett Brothers’ honesty and heart still go unmatched.

The Avett Brothers – “Live and Die”

The Avett Brothers - Live and DieThis is a bit old, but new music from the Avett Brothers is always worth mentioning. The band — brothers Seth and Scott Avett, Bob Crawford and Joe Kwon — are releasing their seventh studio album, The Carpenter, in September.

They again worked with producer Rick Rubin, who also produced their last effort, I and Love and You.

The new album’s first single, “Live and Die,” was streamed on NPR’s website and never really made it much farther. But finally, it’s on SoundCloud, and you can stream the wonderful new track below.

The Carpenter is out September 11. Check out the tracklist and artwork after the jump.

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