As the first official snowfall of the season accumulates on the streets of Manhattan, thousands of what I like to call “Frat Santas” have descended on our fair Metropolis to participate in the annual Pub Crawl ritual known euphemistically as SantaCon. Dressed in the manner of Santa Claus (give or take a White Beard of Red Hat) these people have only one goal: to get as wasted as possible while disguised as Jolly Old St. Nick. Be forewarned: As you navigate the sidewalks and gutters, be wary of spontaneously created piles of fresh yellow snow and be extra careful not to slip in the Times Square Eggnog!
Tame Impala, Lonerism
People who’ve taken a lot of psychedelics (raises hand) and listened to way too much music while lounging in a room lit only by a black light bulb will often talk about how certain albums sound like they were made while the band was on drugs. Tame Impala’s sophomore album, Lonerism, is drugs.
Read my awesome review of Lonerism at This Link.
The Darkness, Hot Cakes
Hot Cakes is my favorite Queen album since A Night at the Opera.
Read my amazing review of Hot Cakes at This Link.
Little Barrie, King of the Waves
Little Barrie’s King of the Waves was Number One on the list for most of the year until The Darkness nudged it from the top spot, only to be further nudged by Tame Impala. This only means it was a pretty fucking great year for Rock & Roll.
Read more of my opinion on how Little Barrie Saved Rock in 2012 at This Link.
It is my belief that The SheepDogs operate in this realty via adept use of a well-oiled Time Machine. Read more about my hypothesis at This Link.
Mott Boroff, Filling In The Cracks EP
My mind was blown away last year by the discovery of Matt Boroff, an artist who refers to himself as a “Gold Medalist in the Best Kept Secret Olympics.” Read more at This Link.
The Killers, Battle Born
I like This Album.
Bento, Diamond Days
I was in the process of reviewing Diamond Days when I was unexpectedly evacuated from my apartment due to the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy. Drama! Bento is the solo project by Ben Gillies, former drummer for Silverchair. I interviewed Ben once and he was hilarious. If you enjoyed Siverchair’s artsy fartsy 2007 Swan Song, Young Modern, you will probably dig this album.
The Vaccines, Come of Age
The first time I played this CD each song managed to distinguish itself from the next, so it gets to be on this list.
Lita Ford, Living like a Runaway
No pain, no gain. Guitarist and Rock Godess Lita Ford bounces back from a messy divorce to make the album of her career. My indepth review of Living Like a Runaway can be found at This Link.
Mike Viola, Acousto De Perfecto
If real musical talent – quality songwriting, musicianship, charisma – were still rewarded with popularity and financial success in the way they were back in the ‘70s, Mike Viola would be as revered as Elton John and sell out bigger concert tours than Lady Gaga.
Read more from me about Mike Viola and Acousto De Perfecto by clicking Here.
Now that we know the world isn’t ending, be one of the first to own this cool I Survived The Mayan Apocalypse shirt! Only $14.95 at This Link!
Photographer and renowned antique dealer, Roger Prigent, who snapped the infamous cover of 1971’s Love it to Death, the breakthrough third album by the band Alice Cooper, has passed away at the age of 89.
Primarily known for his fashion photography, Prigent became a prominent Manhattan antiques dealer when his eyesight began to fail three decades ago. Prigent died in New York City on Saturday, December 15th, 2012 after suffering a recent stroke that left him in a coma. Read more about Roger Prigent’s life and career at This Link.
SantaCon 2012 invades a Chiptole at 14th Street and Irving Place NYC.
Thanks to Melissa Altman for the Image!
Jimi Hendrix would have celebrated his 70th Birthday today, November 27th, 2012. RIP Jimi!