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Best Twin Cities albums 2012: Staff lists

Best Twin Cities albums 2012: Staff lists
Photo by Shervin Lainez

The waterfall of opinion flows s'more today with a collection of the best albums released locally in the Twin Cities in 2012. As opposed to the list that appeared in this week's issue, these are 14 15 distinct opinions on what was impressive in the past year, and a bunch of links to the related stories found in City Pages.

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Cyn Collins:

Bloodnstuff - Bloodnstuff
Twin Cities Funk and Soul (Secret Stash)
Magic Castles - Magic Castles
Flavor Crystals - III
Dark Dark Dark - Who Needs Who
Demographics - If Ever
The Magnolias - Pop the Lock
Gay Witch Abortion - Opporntunistic Smokescreen Behavior
P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
Sean Anonymous - Anonymo

See Also:

Bloodnstuff release new album: Band's overstuffed sound comes from just two people
Secret Stash releases new R&B compilation: Local archival label revives retro funk and soul of the Twin Cities
Magic Castles unveil a self-titled batch of mystical tunes at Kitty Cat Klub

Reed Fischer:

1. Now, Now - Threads
2. Big Cats - For My Mother
3. P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
4. Marijuana Deathsquads - Tamper, Disable, Destroy
5. Brother Ali - Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
6. MaLLy & the Sundance Kid - The Last Great...
7. BNLX
8. Greg Grease - Cornbread, Pearl, and G
9. Prissy Clerks - Bruise or Be Bruised
10. Gay Witch Abortion - Opporntunistic Smokescreen Behavior

See Also:
Now, Now band leave Minneapolis to record: Trio comes home with Threads
Big Cats! creates for a cause: Spencer Wirth-Davis dedicates new release to his mother
Brother Ali in His Own Words: Opening up about everything from new album Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color to politics and religion

Jeff Gage:

Prissy Clerks - Bruise or Be Bruised
Night Moves - Colored Emotions
Greg Grease - Cornbread, Pearl, and G
Zoo Animal - Departure
Big Cats - For My Mother
Polica - Give You the Ghost
Carnage - Respect the Name
MaLLy - The Last Great...
Now, Now - Threads
P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here

See Also:
Prissy Clerks debut Bruise or Be Bruised: Clara Salyer's newest band revels in youthful abandon and high volume
Polica: Wandering star Channy Leaneagh finds her path: Singer okay with vulnerability on Give You the Ghost
Carnage the Executioner comes into his own: The best rapper from Minnesota you've never heard

Natalie Gallagher:

Chastity Brown - Back-Road Highways
Polica - Give You the Ghost
Bomba de Luz - What a Heavy Weight
Field Report - Self-titled
A. Wolf and Her Claws - Self-titled
P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
Actual Wolf - Lightning and the Wolf EP

See Also:
Chastity Brown releases Back-Road Highways: New album documents her complex musical journey
Bomba de Luz's Lydia Hoglund on new album and Rhymesayers
Field Report on Justin Vernon, Fergus Falls, and folk music

 

Best Twin Cities albums 2012: Staff lists
Photo by Nick Walker

Dave and Laura Hoenack:

Adam Kiesling - Unclouded Day
Grolar Bears - Cos: The Original Motion Picture Score
Swallows - Witching & Divining
Magic Castles - Self-titled double album
The Story of the Sea - Self-titled double disc
Night Moves - Colored Emotions
Big Cats - For my Mother
Is/Is - III
Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers - Mississippi Roll
Southside Desire - Songs to Love and Die To

See Also:
Grolar Bears release album inspired by fictional "Blaxpoitation" movie
Is/Is show kaleidoscopic talent on new album III: Sarah Nienaber, Sarah Rose, and Annie May form punk-chick trifecta
Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers release collaborative album: Mississippi Roll is a gem
Southside Desire on analog recording, old-school retro, and Hymie's

Monica LaPlante:

1. Hollow Boys - When You Think of Us, Pray for Us
2. Fathom Lane - Down by Half
3. The Honeydogs - What Comes After
4. Teenage Moods - Grow

Kyle Matteson:

1. P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
2. Prissy Clerks - Bruise or Be Bruised
3. Now, Now - Threads
4. MaLLy - The Last Great...
5. The Evening Rig - Nothin' to Hear Here
6. Actual Wolf - Lightning & The Wolf + Actual Wolf: USA EPs
7. Poliça - Give You The Ghost
8. Dark Dark Dark - Who Needs Who
9. The Pines - Dark So Gold
10. Bloodnstuff - Bloodnstuff

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Dark Dark Dark explores breakups, moving on: New album dives into dark territory full of emotion and heartbreak
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Best Twin Cities albums 2012: Staff lists
Photo by Tommy Ellis

Zach McCormick:

Greg Grease - Cornbread,Pearl & G
Mally & The Sundance Kid - The Last Great...
I Self Devine - The Sound of Low Class Amerika
P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
Brother Ali - Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
Tie: Dark Dark Dark - Who Needs Who
Tie: Secret Stash's TC Funk and Soul
Night Moves - Colored Emotions
Frozen Teens - S/T
Teenage Moods - Grow
Howler - America Give Up

See Also:
Greg Grease "Cornbread, Pearl and G" Release Show, 7th St Entry, 12/14/12
Frozen Teens reunite after a lull: Thawing out after a break-up and a makeup, the band embraces the local scene again
Howler and the hometown hate debate

Tony Nelson:

P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
Ben Kyle - Ben Kyle
Polica - Give You the Ghost
Night Moves - Colored Emotions
Chastity Brown - Back-Road Highways

See Also:
P.O.S. bows out of tour After kidney concerns, the rapper plays First Avenue with promises for the future
Romantica's Ben Kyle on his solo album, and Saturday's Northeast Riverfeast
Night Moves channel the past: Retro-rock band release debut album Colored Emotions

Pat O'Brien:

1. Wiping out Thousands - This Came First
2. Brother Ali - Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
3. P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
4. Solid Gold - Eat Your Young
5. Pony Trash - Pony Trash EP

See Also:
Wiping Out Thousands capture starving artistry: Electronic duo talks about not selling product, but giving their art to an audience
Solid Gold aim for a solid record: After a four-year wait, they release the cohesive and brooding Eat Your Young
Pony Trash reveal their secret: The band open up about their new EP

Stacy Schwartz:

Dark Dark Dark - Who Needs Who
Wiping Out Thousands - This Came First
Bob Mould - Silver Age (yes, I'm counting him - I DON'T CARE)
Bloodnstuff - Bloodnstuff
Jim & the French Vanilla - II
Night Moves - Colored Emotions
Actual Wolf - Lightning and the Wolf EP
Howler - America Give Up
Motion City Soundtrack - Go
Van Stee - Do they actually have an album out yet?

Danny Sigelman:

1. Lazerbeak - Lava Bangers
2. BloodnStuff - BloodnStuff
3. Food Pyramid - Mango Sunrise
4. Littlefoot - Symbols of Love
5. Jim Ruiz Set - Mount Curve Avenue

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Best Twin Cities albums 2012: Staff lists
Photo by Darin Back

Jack Spencer

1. Metasota - Meta May
2. I Self Devine - The Sound of Low Class Amerika
3. Brother Ali - Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
4. P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
5. Greg Grease - Cornbread, Pearl and G
6. Mike Mictlan - SNAXXX
7. The Tribe and Big Cats! - Space
8. Mankwe - Science and Spirit
9. Big Cats! - For My Mother
10. Guante and Big Cats! - You Better Weaponize

See Also:
I Self Devine: Rhymesayers legend returns: The Sound of Low Class Amerika gets personal
Doomtree's Mike Mictlan talks SNAXXX!, touring with P.O.S., and his shift towards being the "bad-guy wrestler"
Mankwe Ndosi's Science and Spirit fuses hip-hop, soul, and activism: Juxtaposition Arts hosts release show on Saturday
The Tribe and Big Cats unveil latest album, Space: Release show Saturday at the Entry
Guante calls for activism You Better Weaponize mixes personal and political

Erik Thompson:

1. Now, Now - Threads
2. Dark Dark Dark - Who Needs Who
3. Polica - Give You the Ghost
4. P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
5. Solid Gold - Eat Your Young
6. Wiping Out Thousands - This Came First
7. Bloodnstuff - Bloodnstuff
8. BNLX - LP
9. Howler - America Give Up
10. Night Moves - Colored Emotions

See Also:
BNLX commit to an album: After seven EPs, the band finally release their first full-length album

Rob Van Alstyne:

Actual Wolf - Lightning & the Wolf EP
Vicious Vicious - Vicious Vicious
Sleep Study - Nothing Can Destroy
John Mark Nelson - Waiting and Waiting
Solid Gold - Eat Your Young
Demographics - If Ever
Lucy Michelle & the Velvet Lapelles - Heat
Hello Blue - How'd It Get This Late?
Prissy Clerks - Bruise or Be Bruised
Now, Now - Threads

See Also:
Picked to Click 2012: #6. Actual Wolf
Vicious Vicious bringing sincere sexy back: Erik Appelwick, Martin Dosh, and James Buckley drop fourth album
Sleep Study debuts with bold pop-rock: Ryan Paul Plewacki comes clean on addiction and folk music
John Mark Nelson channels folk-pop sophistication: Minnetonka teen charms the Current with his second album
Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles embrace maturity on Heat: Fourth album from the Twin Cities sextet

Youa Vang:

Motion City Soundtrack - Go
All Eyes - Shelf Life
Ben Rosenbush and the Brighton - A Wild Hunger
A. Wolf & Her Claws - A. Wolf & Her Claws
Weaver at the Loom - Before Now, Was Then
Polica - Give You the Ghost
Now, Now - Threads
Greycoats - Helicline
The Small Cities - With Fire

See Also:
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All Eyes ramp up dark electronica: Singer-songwriter Alicia Wiley begins her latest venture
Aby Wolf and Her Claws' experimentation pays off: Vocalist's album with new group is a departure
Greycoats stay theatrical but get catchy on new EP: Helicline Release show at Kitty Cat Klub
The Small Cities inspired by rural Wisconsin: With Fire highlights growing up in the heartland


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