Friday, 4 January 2013

Albums of 2012

Back in the studio working on the new Miracle Mile album 'In Cassidy's Care', more of which later. Meanwhile, here's my tardy 'Best of 2012' list; might justify them later:

Tree Bursts in Snow by Admiral Fallow

Traces by Karine Polwart

                                                               Life is People by Bill Fay

Crown and Treaty by Sweet Billy Pilgrim

                                                    Hello Cruel World by Gretchen Peters

                                                The Salesman and the Shark by Sean Rowe

                                                      The Lion's Roar by First Aid Kit

                                                            Piramida by Efterklang

                                                        Shallow Bed by Dry the River

                                                         Mid Air by Paul Buchanan

Reissues of the Year:
Tell My Sister by Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Walk Across the Rooftops & Hats by The Blue Nile
So by Peter Gabriel

Disappointment of the Year:
The Devil You Know by Rickie Lee Jones
Babel Mumford and Sons

Books of the Year:
Ron Rash The Cove
Richard Ford Canada
Jonas Jonasson The Hundred Year Old Man...
Charles Frazier Nightwoods
Patrick deWitt The Sisters Brothers

Films of the Year:
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (USA)
Take Shelter
Midnight in Paris
Plus two films I haven't yet seen but kind of know will be on the list:
The Master


  1. I've got 4 of these and 3 made my top 10 (dry the river almost did). I must get the Bill Fay one as my boss also keeps on recommending it.

    I need to give Canada ago as I've only read the frank novels

    I've got to pull you up on including films you havent seen yet!!

    1. Love the Bascombe books; just reading Ford's debut from late 70s 'A Piece of My Heart' which is totally different fare... narrative, dirty Americana noir etc...
      Yup, I did neglect the cinema in 2012; must remedy.
      I'm in the studio so am falling behind on albums; will sort soon...

  2. I have half of these.I bought Gretchen Peters after you and Tim raved about it and it doesn't dissapoint . Also love the First Aid Kit abum .Hard to believe they're two young Swedish sisters. They make a lovely noise.Included 'Emmylou' on the compilation I've just posted to you.

  3. Look forward to it as ever Phil.
    Will reciprocate of course...