Stream: 12 best songs of 2012

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As 2012 has faded away, it left back memories, sounds, tastes and so on. Many people tend to look behind nostalgically and recall what they experienced during the past year. Some others enlist whatever enthralled them, from a piece of art to a book, musician, song or movie. As we all know these lists never end… So though it is cliché, here is another list of some tracks worth to be heard longer than during the year that is passing. Just to make a difference (slight one but still) I propose a 12 song list for you to go through.

Happy New Year! I wish you all the best!

The listing is random, and since I live in Thessaloniki I included stuff from the local Thessalonian scene too.

1. TY SEGALL – WOULD YOU BE MY LOVE

‘Would You Be My Love’ is the second single from Ty’s titanic third album of 2012.  Ty Segall is an American musician and songwriter based in San Francisco, vowed to make us cherish the new explosive revival of garage rock.

2. NENEH CHERRY AND THE  THING –  DREAM BABY DREAM (FOUR TET REMIX)

After a remarkable presence in the 80s she is back with a gorgeous cover of the Suicide’s classic, which was recorded by her with the Scandinavian jazz ensemble the Thing. This version is remixed by Four Tet, therefore it is more tense, but still in a free jazz hypnotic way.

3. GRIMES – OBLIVION

Love the song, but what should be mentioned here is the controversy between the dreamy and subversive character of the video. Claire Boucher, the singer states about its theme: “The sports world is so different from what we normally engage with, so it was like this voyeuristic look into a really violent community. Art gives me an outlet where I can be aggressive in a world where I usually can’t be, and part of it was asserting this abstract female power in these male-dominated arenas– the video is somewhat about objectifying men. Not in a disrespectful way, though”

With all these fans around you might wonder whether anybody got hurt during the making of the video or not. Claire clears out that :

“The shot where I get pushed towards the camera was so painful– just this huge guy smashing into me. It looks great, though. And people were slipping because we covered everybody in the cheapest oil we could find, which then got on the floor.”

4. TAME IMPALA – FEELS LIKE WE ONLY GO BACKWARDS

Taken from the latest album ‘Lonerism’, Tame Impala perform and Joe Pelling and Becky Sloan direct, both outstandingly.

 5. MINOR MINE – OUT OF  HEAVEN

MM were formed in Thessaloniki Greece in 2007. Their Debut album “Where they go” was out in 2010.

This track is taken from their latest album “Out of heaven”. Their folky, misty atmosphere let us travel through far out lanes and mysterious desserts. They mix blues, psychedelia, folk and post punk in a simple yet unique and fancy way. Their live performances are amazing too.

6. THE BLACK ANGELS – SHE’S NOT THERE

The Texan psychedelic rock band’s cover is pretty good.

7. THIS IS NOWHERE – PERFECT  HELPLESS

The Thessalonian band explains about themselves:

“Named after Neil’s masterpiece? Maybe…We now accept psychedelia as the one way road to nowhere…
The beginning…Suffering needlessly to escape from the reality we carefully created…We never really tried…Though the music is healing…At least for us…”It has worked for me too. Well done guys.

 8. ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED  GRAFFITI – KINSKI ASSASSIN

The band’s new album starts with “Kinski Assassin,” a rollicking rollercoaster that Pink says is “supposed to have that kind of Question Mark and the Mysterians thing going on,” and is underpinned by a Doors-toasting Hammond organ melodic through-line. “There’s a whole lot of Ray Manzarek all over the fuckin’ album, all over my stuff,” Pink claims.

 9. DE SADES -MOTHERFUCKING  BLUES

Inspired by Marquis de Sade, and influenced by blues, garage sixties & revival, lot of soul and punk ’n’ roll they know how to impress us exploding our ears and make us dance!

 10. ALLAH LAS –TELL ME WHATS ON YOUR MIND

The Allah-Las are here with their distinct Southern California country/western-tinged sound. “This group sounds like bungalows in canyons; hidden deco stairsteps peeking from leafy hillsides; kustom kars and dovetails and chicks in OP shorts with long, long hair, like a Dennis Hopper photo come to life.” – Nick Waterhouse

11. MARYS FLOWER SUPERHEAD –   A TOUCH TO THE BLAST (LIEBE REMIX)

Their sound is influenced by indie and post punk scene. This track taken from their ep “Digesting the animal” and remixed by Liebe, is full of synths, guitars and groovy elements and it is inviting us to move our bodies!

12. SOLANGE – LOSING YOU

“Losing You” is a R&B song mixed with pop and electro. The single’s accompanying music video was directed by Melina Matsoukas and shot at multiple locations in the township of Langa in Cape Town, South Africa.