We’ve asked a few of our contributing writers to pick their ten favorite releases of 2012. These are, of course, in no particular order and there were so many outstanding releases this year, inevitably we’ll have left out some great ones after it is all said and done. Our intent is that maybe there are some amazing albums that have escaped your attention and these lists will get your ass to Amazon or Itunes or your local record store (are there still any?) and fill up your ever music-lovin’ senses with something new. There’s not much overlap in the Writer’s Picks, as each has their favorite genre. Our favorite Midwestern genius, Nik Havert, somehow finds time to write reviews for Outlaw in between writing graphic novels, creating new Comic Book series, DJ’s on his radio show and who knows what else! He’s a Punk man at heart, but he doesn’t limit himself to one genre….
Nik Havert’s Best Albums of 2012
Corb Lund – Cabin Fever: I can’t remember the last time I heard a country record, or any record by any solo artist in any genre, this game-changing.
Heartless Bastards – Arrow. I didn’t think Erika Wennerstrom could make a better album than The Mountain, but she did.
Bloc Party – Four. One of the few bands in existence that gets better with each record.
Screaming Females – Ugly. I found my new favorite guitarist – Marissa Paternoster.
Ty Segall – Slaughterhouse. Is it punk? Is it rock? Is it punk rock? Is it almost beyond description? Yes. Yes, it is.
Dead Dick Hammer and the TBA Band – Res-Erection. A band that’s come back from the dead and knocks out blistering rock? Sold.
The Reverb Appreciation Society Sampler. This compilation album of new psychedelic rock band will blow your mind.
Jeff the Brotherhood – Hypnotic Nights. Two brothers, one guitar, one drum set. That’s all they need to flatten you.
Mynabirds – Generals. Electro love songs sung by the lovely Laura Burhenn. It’s infectious. You won’t be able to get it out of your head.
MNDR – Feed Me Diamonds. The best electro album you didn’t realize you’d been wanting for the last three years.
~ Nik Havert
Nik Havert is a writer, DJ, harmonica player, martial arts instructor, comic book publisher, crime fighter,music lover, cult movie enthusiast, and modern day Renaissance man. He hopes to shark cage dive sometime in the next few years and enjoys travel and good natural root beer. Visit his web site at http://www.picklepress.net.
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