TOP 30 ALBUMS OF 2012’S FIRST HALF AND THE SECOND TO LAST HALF YEAR OF HUMANITY HOLY SHIT APOCALYPSE

Last year, I kind of struggled trying to find a total of 30 albums for the entire year. I guess with the impending apocalypse, everyone put out awesome material as quickly as they could. You will find no objection from me.

30. DELAY - RUSHING CEREMONY
29. BURNING LOVE - ROTTEN THING TO SAY
28. ACTION BRONSON - BLUE CHIPS
27. MIND SPIDERS - MELTDOWN
26. NERVOSAS - ARDENTE
25. HIGH ON FIRE - DE VERMIS MYSTERIIS
24. OFF! - OFF!
23. NATURAL LAW - FIND THE FLOCK
22. THE SIDEKICKS - AWKWARD BREEDS
21. CEREMONY - ZOO
20. DIIV - OSHIN
19. OLD MAN GLOOM - NO
18. CHROMATICS - KILL FOR LOVE
17. JACKIE CHAIN - AFTER HOURS
16. SCREAMING FEMALES - UGLY
15. POP. 1280 - THE HORROR
14. CLOUD NOTHINGS - ATTACK ON MEMORY
13. JOYCE MANOR - OF ALL THINGS I WILL SOON GROW TIRED
12. SLICES - STILL CRUISING
11. KING TUFF - KING TUFF
10. TY SEGALL BAND - SLAUGHTERHOUSE
9. DEATH GRIPS - THE MONEY STORE
8. THE MEN - OPEN YOUR HEART
7. FUTURE OF THE LEFT - THE PLOT AGAINST COMMON SENSE
6. SONIC AVENUES - TELEVISION YOUTH
5. CLAMS CASINO - INSTRUMENTAL MIXTAPE 2
4. JAPANDROIDS - CELEBRATION ROCK
3. ROYAL HEADACHE - ROYAL HEADACHE
2. TORCHE - HARMONICRAFT
1. WHITE LUNG - SORRY


I would like to note that I have a LOT of stuff to catch up on, so this list might look very different come December.

Don’t really know why I stopped posting here. Guess I thought it was time to unplug from the content stream for a while.

It’s beardless season.

I’m playing music with every member of Till Plains again in some capacity. A lot of different sounding stuff coming from each band, all of which I’m really excited about. Finally feeling not as sequestered away from the world and the creative endeavors a lot of my friends are involved with.

Bought too many records since the last time I posted to bother you about them.

Still in graduate school. Still working two jobs. Still 100% behind my decision to move back to Ohio.

That about covers it.

Last one of these for a while, I promise. Mainly because work and school start back up this week, and the amount of time I’ll have to dick around and just drive around Columbus going to record stores is going to decrease exponentially.

Recent Audio Acquisitions:

Eric Dolphy With The Latin Jazz Quintet - Caribe

The Fucking Champs - VI

Isaac Hayes - Black Moses

Love Is All - Two Thousand And Ten Injuries

Bill Withers - ‘Justments

Happy 2012, everyone.

I swear this shit will slow down once I’m done with these giftcards/my birthday.

Recent acquisitions:

Miles Davis - In A Silent Way

Devo - Freedom Of Choice

Oxbow - The Narcotic Story

Ponytail - Ice Cream Spiritual

Thin Lizzy - Live And Dangerous

I have recently come into possession of the following LPs:

Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison (FOR ONE FUCKING DOLLAR)

Elvis Costello and the Attractions - Imperial Bedroom

The Girls - S/T

Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters

Herbie Hancock - Thrust

Low - C’mon

Pushtwangers - S/T (never heard of this band in my life, but their name combined with the artwork sold me)

Some Girls - All My Friends Are Going Death

Vangelis - Chariots Of Fire OST

XTC - English Settlement

Best dude.

Best dude.

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Till Plains - Various People, Various Places

OK, today’s dispatch from the Till Plains vaults is not as bullshitty, as it is an actual song. “Various People, Various Places,” is one of four tracks that will be appearing on our third and final EP, which will only be released in physical form at our last show. Afterwards, I’ll probably just post it on here for free download or something.

VPVP was the first song Till Plains wrote with Peyton in the band. You might know Peyton more these days for his fucking awesome guitar work and sky-high backing vocals in the blissfully ear-blasting destruction unit known as Vacation. Anyway, we wrote this song in a day during the brief period where we practiced at Bikehaus in Over-The-Rhine, Cincinnati. Peyton is in the left speaker, Joe is in the right. Hope you enjoy it!

Oh, and the picture above is from the first Till Plains tour in January 2009. It’s of Casey drying off his wet shoes and socks with a space heater at the Halloween House in Indianapolis, IN.

In the opening credits of Saturday Night Live, Fred Armisen is shown browsing at a record store. It seriously always bothers me that the section he’s looking at jumps from The Jam all the way to the Sex Pistols. What kind of store would have such a shitty selection? And better yet, why does he seem so satisfied about it?

Till Plains - Phantom Vibrations

So yeah, Till Plains is kind of sputtering out to its expected end (as if the fact that we haven’t played a show since December 2010 wasn’t indication enough). Therefore, I wanted to post a couple of things that never saw the light of day.

"Phantom Vibrations" was a song written and recorded by Joe and I in one day at the Frankl church in Cincinnati, OH. I think we were both equally shocked at how good this sounds considering the extremely minimal recording setup we were using. Hence Joe’s comment at the beginning: "Hopefully this doesn’t sound like a piece of fucking shit."

Joe played guitar and drums on this, I played bass. The goal was for Joe to just lay down a really basic drum part, then we would send it down to Nashville for Casey to jazz up a bit.

By the way, a phantom vibration was the name I came up with for when it feels like your phone is going off in your pocket but it really isn’t. VERY STIMULATING, I KNOW.

Today’s vinyl finds weren’t as diverse as last time’s, but still really tight.

fIREHOSE - Ragin’, Full On

fIREHOSE - If’n

Devo - New Traditionalists

Stoked about the fIREHOSE records being originals, too.

Today was my first real day off (read: no work, no grad school, no obligations to anyone) in months. So, I bought the following used records:

Blue Cheer - Vincebus Eruptum

Buzzcocks - A Different Kind Of Tension

Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

Teenage Panzerkorps - Games For Slaves

Wax Idols - No Future

A pretty good haul, if I do say so myself.

I have listened to at least five Lil B mixtapes, from beginning to end, in the past week.
My perceptions of reality are unraveling.

I have listened to at least five Lil B mixtapes, from beginning to end, in the past week.

My perceptions of reality are unraveling.

Freddie Gibbs + Madlib. Seriously? What is this album going to be called? MadGibbs? Giblib? Whatever the case, a lot more of this needs to happen.

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