Best of 2012, Tom’s Picks

Best Album of 2012

THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, The Wolf You Feed

Austin by way of Denton, these cats can rock. Pour some rock, punk, soul, and twang into the cauldron and you'll summon THe Riverboat Gamblers. These guys are what the Kinks would sound like if they returned as zombies. The Wolf You Feed is their first full-length since 2009's Underneath The Owl. Three years was worth the wait.


Tom's Top 20 of 2012

  1. THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, The Wolf You Feed
  2. BRANDI CARLILE, Bear Creek
  3. SHOVELS & ROPE, O' Be Joyful
  4. GLEN HANSARD, Rhythm And Repose
  5. MUMFORD & SONS, Babel
  6. THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, Handwritten
  7. KASEY CHAMBERS & SHANE NICHOLSON, Wreck And Ruin
  8. SARA WATKINS, Sun Midnight Sun
  9. THE AVETT BROTHERS, The Carpenter
  10. JOSHUA JAMES, From The Top Of Willamette Mountain
  11. LUCERO, Women & Work
  12. GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS, The Lion The Beast The Beat
  13. BOB MOULD, Silver Age
  14. JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now
  15. DR. DOG, Be The Void
  16. JOE PUG, The Great Despiser
  17. JOSHUA RADIN, Underwater
  18. MINDY SMITH, Self-titled
  19. PHILLIP PHILLIPS, The World From The Side Of The Moon
  20. THE DUNWELLS, Blind Sighted Faith

BONUS: Three playlists

I spent some time grouping some stand-out tracks from the year. Enjoy and follow me on Rdio.

Shaken: Rock and Soul

Stirred: Alternative

Chilled: Folk and Down-tempo


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  • http://www.facebook.com/jack.ripple Jack Ripple

    The Kinks are zombies now, aren’t they?