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favorites of 2012.5

Halfway through 2012,  a stunningly-good string of releases has once again cemented the San Francisco Bay Area as the center of the most creative outpourings of musical aptitude since Dunedin Sound blanketed New Zealand in the 1980s. Here are our favorite record + tracks so far this year. Please let us know what we missed in the comments below:

1) Terry Malts :: Killing Time

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Terry Malts :: Tumble Down
Terry Malts :: Naueseous

2) Young Prisms :: In Between

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Young Prisms :: Floating in Blue
Young Prisms :: Better Days 

3) White Fence :: Family Perfume Volumes 1 + 2
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White Fence :: Swagger Vets and Double Moon
White Fence :: King of the Decade

4) Grass Widow :: Internal Logic

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Grass Widow :: Goldilocks Zone
Grass Widow :: Disappearing Industries 

5) The Mallard :: Yes On Blood

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The Mallard :: Vines
The Mallard :: Mansion

6) Wymond Miles :: Under the Pale Moon

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Wymond Miles :: Pale Moon

7) Ty Segall & White Fence :: Hair

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Ty Segall & White Fence :: Time

8) Burnt Ones :: Meet the Golden One
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Burnt Ones :: Meet the Golden One

9) Blasted Canyons :: 2nd Place

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Blasted Canyons :: Holy Geometry

10) Hunx :: Hairdresser Blues

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Hunx :: Always Forever

Positive Destruction songs of 2011

25. Bare Wires // “Ready to Go”
24. Monster Treasure // “I Don’t Give a Shit”
23. The Tambo Rays // “Doubt”
22. Sonny and the Sunsets // “Teen Age Thugs”
21. The Fresh and Onlys // “I Would Not Know the Devil”
20. Dominant Legs // “Hoop Of Love”
19. Magic Trick // “Daylight Moon”
18. Surf Club // “BB”
17. Pamela // “Lie Down (Eye Contact)”
16. Lilac // “Cathedral”
15. Rank/Xerox // “Nausea”
14. Ty Segall + Mikal Cronin // “Fame”
13. Part Time // “I Wanna Take You Out”
12. Permanent Collection // “Let it Go”
11. Melted Toys // “Rose Again”
10. Wax Idols // “Gold Sneakers”
9. Ganglians // “Drop The Act”
8. Blasted Canyons // “Blood On The Wall”
7. Terry Malts // “Tumble Down”
6. Royal Baths // “Darling Divine”
5. Ty Segall // “Where Your Head Goes”
4. Thee Oh Sees // “The Dream”
3. Sic Alps // “Breadhead”
2. Mikal Cronin // “Get Along”
1. PreTeen // “The Motorcycle Accident”

Positive Destruction albums of 2011

The Bay Area absolutely smashed it in 2011, with some of our favorite artists releasing amazing albums, EPs and cassettes that we’ve been listening to endlessly this year. It was incredibly difficult to cull the past 12 months to our favorite 15 releases, but we did it anyway. Check them out below and let us know what you think in the comments.

15 The Sandwitches // Mrs. Jones’ Cookie

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The Sandwitches //
“Lightfoot”

The Sandwitches // “Joe Says”

14 Bare Wires // Cheap Perfume

mp3:
Bare Wires // “Cheap Perfume”

Bare Wires // “Ready to Go”

13 King Lollipop // Woodland Whoopee Songs

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King Lollipop // “Cheeseburger and Fries”

King Lollipop // “You Will Never Find Me”
 

12 Pamela // Pamela is Hungover

mp3:
Pamela // “Lie Down (Eye Contact)”


11 Weekend // Red

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Weekend // “Hazel”

Weekend // “Sweet Sixteen”
 

10 Wet Illustrated // Wet Illustrated

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Wet Illustrated // “Gypsy Town”

Wet Illustrated // “Claws”

09 Ty Segall // Goodbye Bread

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Ty Segall // “Goodbye Bread”

Ty Segall // “You Make the Sun Fry”
 

08 Swiftumz // Swiftumz

Hunx collaborator Christopher McVicker managed to release one of the most understated albums of the year under the moniker Swiftumz. “Don’t Trip” is an immersive collection of hazy, moving jams that transcends the limits of bedroom pop.

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Swiftumz // “4EVA”

Swiftumz // “Angelita”
 

07 Rank Xerox // Rank Xerox


Rank/Xerox // “Sterile Regions”


Rank/Xerox // “Nausea”

06 Blasted Canyons // Blasted Canyons

Never before has an ode to weed and ice cream sounded so raw, explosive and all-together effortless.

mp3:
Blasted Canyons // “Ice Cream Man”

Blasted Canyons // “Death and a Half”

05 White Fence // Is Growing Faith



mp3:
White Fence // “And By Always”

White Fence // “Lillian (Wont You Play Drums?)”
 

04 Ty Segall // Singles 2007-2010
 

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Ty Segall // “Bullet Proof Nothing”

Ty Segall // “The Drag”
 

03 Wax Idols // No Future

The debut LP by Wax Idols features singer/songwriter Hether Fortune elevating the charming pop sensibilities found on her earlier work to a complete full-length, with lyrics veering from the lovesick to the macabre.

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Wax Idols // “Gold Sneakers”


Wax Idols // “Dead Like You”

02 Mikal Cronin // Mikal Cronin

This scuzzed-out compilation of pop songs marked a solid debut album from Moonhearts/Ty Segall collaborator Mikal CroninUnexpectedly wistful and incredibly catchy, this is a record we’ve been spinning endlessly.

mp3:
Mikal Cronin // “Get Along”

Mikal Cronin // “Apathy”

01 Thee Oh Sees // Carrion Crawler/The Dream

Thee Oh Sees scorched through 2011, releasing two mind-blowing full-length albums and a singles only double-LP all while maintaining a frenetic touring schedule that recently concluded (with Total Control). Carrion Crawler/The Dream was announced only a few weeks after Castlemania, and proved to be the “pummeling” record John Dwyer promised it to be. An instant classic and our unequivocal favorite record of 2011.

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Thee Oh Sees // “The Dream”

Thee Oh Sees // “Carrion Crawler”


cool 2k11

NME recently put together a “cool list” of music makers and shakers for 2011;  GorillavsBear did a good job ripping it apart in their list and perhaps pointed out the obvious in stating that making “‘cool lists’ is not really that cool.” Nevertheless, here’s our Bay Area version. Let us know what you hate in the comments.

10 Shiv Mehra // Creepers



mp3:
Creepers // “Spiral”

09 Corey Cunningham // Terry Malts



mp3:
Terry Malts // “Tumble Down”

08  Lars Finberg // Thee Oh Sees


mp3:
Thee Oh Sees // “The Dream”

07 Mikal Cronin


mp3:
Mikal Cronin // “Get Along”
 

06 Mark Tester // BURNT ONES


mp3:
Burnt Ones // “Do the Spell (Loud)”
 

05 Robbie Simon // Wet Illustrated



mp3:
Wet Illustrated // “Gypsy Town”

04 Tim Presley // White Fence



03 Blasted Canyons


02 Chris McVicker // Swiftumz


mp3:
Swiftumz // “Angelita”

01 Mike Donovan // Sic Alps



mp3:
Sic Alps // “Breadhead”

top 10 bay area bandcamps

Here are our top 10 favorite artist Bandcamps — our favorite source of high-quality streamable music — all of which we have written about before. Let us know if we’ve missed anything:

1. Burnt Ones

Features: Free download(s); full-album stream; extensive discography.

2. Art Museums (Burundi Cloud)

Features: Full-album streams; extensive discography; memories.

3. PreTeen

Features:
Free download of full EP.
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Features: Reverse Shark Attack.
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