For me, July was a great month for music, and I’m glad.
I tried to sit down and do this at the end of last month but, obviously, failed. I looked over the list of candidates for favorite albums for the half-year and was decidedly disappointed. I put the notebook away and quickly forgot about it.
And then July started. The new Dirty Projectors and Frank Ocean albums were released. Amazon.com went apeshit and made a ton of good-to-great and/or lauded albums available for download for $2.99, or at least under $5 (including the aforementioned Dirty Projectors and Frank Ocean albums [if it isn’t under $5 at the time that you click on it: you snooze, you lose]). I made the list again, and this time it’s more to my liking. I have enough good-to-great albums to share with you now.
Without further ado:
Fifteen Albums for the Seven-Twelfths Year, 2012:
Be the Void by Dr. Dog (2012)
Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors (2012)
Alien Lanes by Guided by Voices (1995)
Key Lime Pie by Camper Van Beethoven (1989)
Young & Old by Tennis (2012)
Channel Orange by Frank Ocean (2012)
The Three EPs by The Beta Band (1999)
Reign of Terror by Sleigh Bells (2012)
Portamento by The Drums (2011)
Awe Naturale by Theesatisfaction (2012)
The Flaming Lips and Heavy Fwends (2012)
Gemini by Wild Nothing (2010)
Nootropics by Lower Dens (2012)
Nehru Jackets by Himanshu (2012)
Boys & Girls by Alabama Shakes (2012)
So, there you have it. Fifteen recommendations. Fifteen albums to Spotify (v.) before the end of the world (97 days? 142 days? Who knows?). Cheers.