I love year end “best of music” lists. Each list title reads with the promise of revelation. Each list ends with the end of a list. It is so amazing. They are so much better than “all-time” lists which age so poorly. This is due to the total lack of appropriate certification and supervision  in the area of “50 Best Albums of All Time” and “100 Best Guitar Players”.  In contrast, End-of-year lists don’t carry the same importance and almost anybody can write one.  The real art is making a list that represents a  super narrow focus usually associated with the demographic of the magazine or website or blog publishing it. And you don’t even need an appropriate disclaimer that reads “this list of the best tracks of 2012 will all be hip hop records because anything else was excluded from the sample data because our readers will SHAKE THEIR HEADS at us for the inclusion of The Lumineers which was already mentioned in People magazine (does People magazine still exist?)”.   Some lists are actually pretty good because they are really lists of music that do not belong on “best of” lists.   They are really just lists of really good things. Not “best of”. So here is my best of “best of” music lists for 2012.

The best thing is that at the end of part two there  IS A LINK TO DOWNLOAD ALL 100 SONGS AS A ZIP FILE.  So awesome!

File under: Electro Indie


i-D Online

You can stream 52 of their list of top tracks on Soundcloud.

File under: Urban Indie



Culture and politics magazine. You can’t listen to their top ten but they have a Soundcloud player imbedded with some really cool stuff including a hour long retrospective mix of Killing Joke tunes you can stream or download.

File under: Post punk


National Public Radio

NPR’s cool factor is rising with this list and functioning links to Youtube for each of the songs.  I hope those scandal plagued NPR interns were not part of this.

File under: Family of 5 shares one ipod



If you really need to know how Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” faired (#29) then Pitchfork’s version of what is top might be for you.

File under: I prefer Spotify over record stores



UK online music magazine with a well currated list of great music I have never heard. I will spend some significant time exploring this list.

File under: Avant garde


The Elliott Bay Leisure And Music Club

Let’s not forget that I am one of 11 members of The Elliott Bay Leisure And Music Club and our annual retrospective podcast is a must. These are our 18 recommended listens in a 74 minute podcast.

File under: China in a bull shop




Elliott Bay Leisure And Music Club Podcast – 2012 Retrospective

Elliott Bay Leisure And Music Club Podcast – 2012 Retrospective by Brad Muller on Mixcloud

Each year the Elliott Bay Leisure and Music Club releases their top songs from the year in retrospect.  The songs do not have to be new in 2012. These are the songs the club featured as part of their discussions and podcasts. Each of the 11 members voted to determine this selection of the club’s favorite 18 songs from 2012.

Track Listing:

Mysteria – In My Soul
MS MR – Hurricane
Galaxie 500 – Another Day
Van Halen – Atomic Punk
ball boy – I Hate Scotland
Blue States – Your Girl
Mackintosh Braun – Line In The Sand
Towa Tei – Mind Wall (Feat. Miho Hatori)
Shawn Lee – Jackie Blue
Sander Van Doorn – Lobby
Iggy & The Stooges – Search And Destroy
Lemolo – On Again, Off Again
Bobby Womack Feat. Fatoumata Diawara – Nothin’ Can Save Ya
Fujiya & Miyagi – Ankle Injuries
Ben Folds Five – She Don’t Use Jelly
Cowboy Junkies – Why This One
Future Islands – Tomorrow
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – Purple Balloon 

Listen to or download the EBLAMC Best of 2012 Podcast

Post-Fauxpocalypse Future Shock















Huh. We’re all still here. Go figure.

I guess as a society we better quit fantasizing and actually address the issues the world is facing… There was a brief time in the early 1970’s that looked like the pressing concerms of the day might have enough weight on the popular consciousness to affect some change. Then everybody got disillusioned. Curtis Mayfield nailed it here.

Win a copy of SpokAnarchy! on DVD!

“A kaleidoscopic look at an under-recognized under-ground scene that deserves to be seen, moshed and celebrated.” – Lenny Kaye, Patti Smith Group

About the film:

SpokAnarchy! is a feature-length documentary that chronicles the manic highs and desperate lows in the emergence of the punk rock scene in culturally barren 1980s of Spokane, Washington.

This coming-of-age story becomes a coming-of-middle-age story as the scene’s survivors take an unflinching look at their past, and how their lives were shaped by those years of music and mayhem. Aggressive and experimental music, art, and rebellion was the glue that brought them together, and 30 years on still resonates.

For some the results were devastating. Some went on to bigger and better things. But all carry with them the independent and creative DIY spirit that made SpokAnarchy! live up to its name.

The film that launched a thousand record labels (well, ok, this one) can be yours for free! Music is having a contest to win one of three copies. You have until Jan 15, 2013 – oddly enough the same day as the new Vampire Lezbos reissue hits the streets. Also, check out the soundtrack. Good luck!

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Elliott Bay Leisure And Music Club Podcast #18

Elliott Bay Leisure And Music Club Podcast #18 by Brad Muller on Mixcloud

 “How can you govern a country which has 246 varieties of cheese?” ― Charles de Gaulle

From grunge to funk, brie to Velveeta, EBLAMC volume 18 displays a remarkable diversity of frommage, intermingled with some queso and Käse. But don’t miss the meatier cuts from Modest Mouse, Miss Kitten, and the sweet treats from The Concretes and The Rulers…This selection includes music spanning five decades, two continents from the old world to the ex-colonies, so don’t be surprised by a remarkable degree of variety in style and substance.  Enjoy! (Geof H.)

Listen to or download Elliott Bay Leisure And Music Club Podcast 18 here