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Alex Cortright

Top Picks for 2012


(As of 1:15 pm, 12/21/12. I change my mind a lot.)

 

 

ALBUMS, Top 10 in no particular order (top left, clockwise)

 

 

BEACH HOUSE         BLOOM

EVEREST                  OWNERLESS

THE SHINS              PORT OF MORROW

CITIZEN COPE        ONE LOVELY DAY

JACK WHITE           BLUNDERBUSS

ALT-J                       AN AWESOME WAVE

BYRNE & CLARK      LOVE THIS GIANT

DJANGO DJANGO    DJANGO DJANGO

CHAPPO                   MOONWATER

NEIL YOUNG           PSYCHEDELIC PILL

 

SHOWS, Top 10 in no particular order

 

EVEREST                 ‘RNR ROCKIN’ RIVER CRUISE

                                    A fantastic, loose-yourself-in-the-music show followed most

                                    dramatically by the derecho. Wild as hell!

 

CITIZEN COPE        ELECTRIC LADY STUDIOS, NYC and

         GOVERNMENT HOUSE, Annapolis

Two private Cope performances in one year? I’m a lucky man.

 

JACK WHITE           FIREFLY FESTIVAL, Dover

                                    That is what a rock concert is supposed to be.

 

JIMMY CLIFF           RAMS HEAD TAVERN, Annapolis

Reggae superstar in Naptown?! Energetic, impassioned performance. Just great. Glad to have been there that night.

 

 

DAVID BYRNE &      

ANNIE CLARK           STRATHMORE HALL, Bethesda

Talking Head meets shredding pixie. Add an 8-piece horn section and you’ve got one quirky, cool show.

 

                                   

TINARIWEN             RAMS HEAD TAVERN, Annapolis

Tuareg warriors cum blues musicians. Sounds of North Africa and of the Mali desert, infused with American Blues. Rhythmic and righteous.

 

 

RADIOHEAD             VERIZON CENTER, Washington, D.C.

Never disappointing. Less guitar rock and more Yorke at the piano/computer, but very a satisfying set. Cutting edge light and video screen displays.

 

PETER GABRIEL       PATRIOT CENTER, Fairfax

All of So, an acoustic ‘Shock The Monkey’,  and a ‘Biko’ encore. Levin, Sancious, Katche and Rhodes – killer (original So) band. Never miss Gabriel!

 

MEIKO                     BOATYARD BAR & GRILL, Annapolis

An extemporaneous mini-set at a fundraiser for the Performing and Visual Arts program at Bates Middle School. Meiko is such a sweetheart.

 

THE SHINS, TUNE-YARDS, DAWES, AFGHAN WIGS, RHCP,

THE BLACK KEYS, WASHED OUT, GIVERS, + MORE

        LOLLAPALOOZA, Chicago

My first real trip to Chicago. What a great city! The architecture, the food, the casual vibe. The streets are unbelievably clean in the Windy City. The festival was terrific and made even more memorable by a massive storm that forced the evacuation of Grant Park for the first time in Lollapalooza’s 20 years.  Lolla was a holla!

                                   

SONGS, Top 10 in no particular order

 

THE SHINS                          NO WAY DOWN

CITIZEN COPE                     SOMETHING TO BELIEVE IN

FATHER JOHN MISTY          HOLLYWOOR FOREVER CEMETERY SINGS

JACK WHITE                        SIXTEEN SALTINES

FAMILY OF THE YEAR         HERO

LIANNE LA HAVAS               IS YOUR LOVE BIG ENOUGH?

CALEXICO                            SPLITTER

SLIGHTLY STOOPID            TOP OF THE WORLD

LEONARD COHEN                DARKNESS

OF MONSTERS AND MEN     LITTLE TALKS

 

 

FEATURED SONGS FROM THE NEW BLACK

Top 10 in no particular order

                                   

JAKE BUGG                             TASTE IT

PINBACK                              PROCEED TO MEMORY

THE LONE BELLOW                 YOU NEVER NEED NOBODY

MICACHU & THE SHAPES           SLICK

SUN KIL MOON                      AMONG THE LEAVES

THEEsatisfaction                      QUEENS

GRIMES                                  OBLIVION

SLEIGH BELLS                          COMEBACK KID

AC NEWMAN                          YOU COULD GET LOST HERE

JD McPHERSON                        NORTH SIDE GAL

 

 

BEST COVER OF THE YEAR

 

JIMMY CLIFF GUNS OF BRIXTON

 

 

 

FAVORITE INTERVIEW OF THE YEAR

 

JON MEACHAM       THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE ART OF POWER

(CLICK HERE TO HEAR)

 

 

MOVIES

I missed a lot of films this year, including ARGO, BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, THE GREY, THIS IS NOT A FILM, MOONRISE KINGDOM, and many others. Did manage to catch a slew of family/kids movies, though.

 

LINCOLN

MARLEY

FRANKENWEENIE

CROSSFIRE HURRICANE

BRAVE

 

BOOKS

 

THE SISTERS BROTHERS                                     PATRICK DeWITT

THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE ART OF POWER         JOHN MEACHAM

THE BETRAYAL OF THE AMERICAN DREAM         DONALD BARTLETT & JAMES STEELE

DRIFT                                                                  RACHEL MADDOW

PIRATE HUNTERS OF THE CARIBBEAN               DAVID CORDINGLY

 

 

 

 

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