Yeah, I know it’s just a subway ad for Led Zeppelin Album Reissues that have already been available for over a month, but still, it’s Led Zeppelin! I actually hopped off the L one stop before I needed to, just so I could take this photo. Of course, I got back on once the next train arrived.
Photographed on the L Train Platform at Third Avenue, Brooklyn Bound Side.
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.
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 Perfectoby clicking Here.
Are you looking for a perfect gift for that hard-to-please old school Vinyl Aficionado-slash-Salvationist? Then check out these awesome wall clocks made from retired turntables by Etsy vendor Pixel This. What makes these clocks especially cool is how the LP or 45 adorning each clock’s face can be interchanged, for an even more personal touch. The clock pictured above displays The Doobie Brothers’ album Minute By Minute — clever!
Wow, what a fantastic Christmas gift this would be for the Beatles fan in your life (hint hint)! Apple and EMI are cooperatively releasing this very unique Beatles inscribed, apple shaped 16GB flash drive with all 14 of the group’s released LPs plus 13 mini-documentary films! That’s just crazy! The Beatles’ music is included in both 24-bit 44.1Khz FLAC and 320 kbps MP3 format, and has, of course, been digitally remastered prior to encoding. The drive is also packed with album art and liner notes. OMG! Complete track listings can be found here.