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01.04.14 Klap 4 2013 12.31.13 Klap 4 Shows 2013
12.16.13 Klap's Favorite Songs Of '1312.16.12 Favorite '12 Songs
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04.13.11 Klap 4 Coachella12.24.10 Klap's Top 20 Of 2010
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Favorite '12 Songs

General indie bs in no particular order save for the first few. 2012 was sweet.
45The Shins
Port of Morrow


40 Mark Strasse - I can't quit you James Mercer
44Lord Huron
Lonesome Dreams


Time To Run - Mumford & Sons if they meant something
43Hospitality
Hospitality


Eighth Avenue - overlooked indie pop record of the year
42Heavenly Beat
Talent


Faithless - guy from Beach Fossils makes a compelling case to do things his own way
41Chromatics
Kill for Love


Kill for Love - I took a pill almost every night
40Liars
WIXIW


No. 1 Against the Rush - swampy
39Nada Surf
The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy


Clear Eye Clouded Mind
38Submotion Orchestra
Fragments


Thousand Yard Stare - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxopViU98Xo
37Metric
Synthetica


Lost Kitten - Tell me one thing you will never do / I was looking for a hooker when I found you.
36Dum Dum Girls
End of Daze


Lord Knows - your new soundtrack to rehab
35Benjamin Gibbard
Former Lives


Bigger Than Love - Gibbard needs to do more duets.
34Taylor Swift
Red


State of Grace - Red may be overwrought and bloated and shocking to those who want Taylor Swift to stay the same virginal pop princess she made a mint on, but "State of Grace" makes a strong case that she remains the best pop star out there.
33The Helio Sequence
Negotiations


Harvester of Souls - about as creepy as it sounds
32Simian Mobile Disco
Unpatterns


Interference - chk chk chk
31Blur
Blur 21


Under the Westway - our long international nightmare is over. New Blur
30Dirty Projectors
Swing Lo Magellan


Impregnable Question - another band I normally dislike releasing a song I can't resist. So deceptively retro.
29The Men
Open Your Heart


Candy - more of this please Men
28Maps & Atlases
Beware and Be Grateful


Remote and Dark Years - i-i-i-i-i-i-i
27Bat for Lashes
The Haunted Man


Laura - like Spektor this year, Natasha Khan can't even write a mediocre album without accidentally including something brilliant
26Andrew Bird
Hands of Glory


Beyond the Valley of the Three White Horses - if you haven't heard this EP and you liked Break It Yourself, you need it immediately. This song is Bird's version of the apocalypse and the disintegration is haunting to hear.
25Divine Fits
A Thing Called Divine Fits


Shivers - Britt Daniels + Dan Boeckner = effortless bliss.
24School of Seven Bells
Ghostory


Lafaye - losing one Deheza sister may have been just what these guys needed to properly shoegaze.
23Miike Snow
Happy To You


God Help This Divorce - the weirdest song on an album that increasingly doesn't make that much sense to me, but it's tripply inflections and general psychedelic malaise work out exceedingly well where the rest of the album can't decide what it wants to do.
22Burial
Kindred


Ashtray Wasp - tough choice
21Wild Nothing
Nocturne


Only Heather - pure love
20 First Aid Kit
The Lion's Roar


Emmylou - a nice reminder that whatever we will ever do, the Swedes will do it better.
19Grimes
Visions


Skin - name your genre
18Sharon van Etten
Tramp


Serpents - insert "venomous" pun here
17John Talabot
Fin


Destiny ft. Pional - ok Dev you win
16Tame Impala
Lonerism


Feels Like We Only Go Backwards - i'm in a purple tube of consciousness
15Cloud Nothings
Attack on Memory


Wasted Days - authentic enough for you?
14Regina Spektor
What We Saw From The Cheap Seats


Firewood - in spite of herself, Spektor can't stop making gems, even if they are in short supply on the lackluster Cheap Seats. Firewood is a classic.
13 Godspeed You! Black Emperor
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!


We Drift Like Worried Fire - mandatory GY!BE mention
12Cat Power
Sun


Cherokee - the wolf effect pushes this dangerously close to cheese territory but not quite. Plus that beat!
11Lost in the Trees
A Church That Fits Our Needs


Golden Eyelids - this is what it sounds like to lose something
10The Walkmen
Heaven


We Can't Be Beat" - a giant middle-finger to growing old.
9Andrew Bird
Break It Yourself


Lazy Projector - hard to pick one from here, but "Lazy Projector's" slow burn to that cathartic "I can't see the sense in us breaking up at all" is the pinnacle of the record.
8Passion Pit
Gossamer


Constant Conversations - whitest R&B
7A.C. Newman
Shut Down The Streets


I'm Not Talking - i'm still not sure whether Shut Down the Streets was disappointing as a whole or just disappointing because the rest of the album had to follow up this immense opener. Perhaps Newman's best song, and if you're including his New Pornos work, that's something.
6Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel...


Werewolf - nothing wrong when a song ends in a minor key, indeed. Never change Fiona
5Menomena
Moms


Plumage - having never been a huge Menomena fan, it was a fairly tall order for one song to immediately flip my perception of a band, but "Plumage" did that and more, all pretty easily.
4 The Tallest Man on Earth
There's No Leaving Now


1904 - metaphors! Sometimes noise is just your mind.
3Hot Chip
In Our Heads


Flutes - a seven-minute jam of everything Hot Chip have ever done well, sprawling yet tightly controlled and relentless in its beat.
2Japandroids
Celebration Rock


"The House That Heaven Built" - this record wore on me--I liked when they were doing the exact same thing for the first time--but damn if this song isn't the second- best song they've ever written (the first is "Younger Us"--it's pretty close though).
1Islands
A Sleep And A Forgetting


Oh Maria - on a breakup album filled with bleak, depressing songs, "Oh Maria" is probably the simplest, but it connects on such a fundamental level of love and permanent loss that I still feel pangs listening to it, for the 152nd time, ten months later. RIYL: Buddy Holly, Maria Elena Holly, plane crashes
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