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2012 Memories: A Mixtape

Songs of 2012 that I'll remember.
1John K. Samson
Grace General

John K. Samson essentially started 2012 for me, with Provincial dropping just as my initial Weakerthans obsession was starting to wear off. Grace General is an oddball of sorts. While my main issue with Provincial is that it lacks the trademark Weakerthans depth, Grace General is completely undefinable in my mind. It wanders seemingly aimlessly, as if improvised. It brings me closer to my favorite Canadian and his country perhaps more than any of his other songs.
2Japandroids
Fire's Highway

It's taken me quite some to mentally separate Celebration Rock from Post-Nothing, but now that enough time has passed I'm able to appreciate one without thinking of the other. Fire's Highway was never subjected to this hesitation however. As the school year faded away into June I had time to do whatever I liked and have fun again, and the massive bridge and shout of "one night to have and to hold / to let live, but never let go" was the perfect soundtrack.
3fun.
We Are Young

We Are Young existed, at least initially, in the same realm that Fire's Highway did, a declaration of youth and screw-it-all naiveté. While its exaggerated popularity has unfortunately turned it into a parody of itself, I can't help remember its rise to prominence with affection. Over the summer I found myself cleaning dishes in a camp kitchen with around 20 friends, and we started singing songs. Someone would belt something out, and those that knew the words would join in. Eventually one person shouted "to-naaaayyyyyyyaaaayyyayyyttt!!!" and suddenly the roar was deafening.
4Anberlin
Other Side

My first time listening to Other Side confirmed my hopes that one of my longest- standing "favorite bands" still had something left in them after the Dark Is The Way? I was doubtful to say the least that the "electronic influences" would live up to promise, but my first listen of Vital, and this song in particular, convinced me otherwise. I suppose there's no story here, but to know that I could think of Anberlin again as I used to years ago was special enough.
5The Tallest Man On Earth
There's No Leaving Now

Undoubtedly 2012's most beautiful song, I still have to stop and pause whenever There's No Leaving Now comes on. Listening to it now I can think of several of these moments, some of them trivial like driving to my girlfriend's house, and some of them of more weight, like finally being in another continent.
6House of Heroes
The Cop

My mother and I went to Denver this fall for several days to spend time with my ailing grandmother and her even-more ailing husband. House of Heroes are a nice band to listen to in a car with your folks, and The Cop sometimes ended up on repeat as we drove. Now it has a different meaning, as my step-grandfather has passed, and my grandmother is even-more ailing. The Cop holds that weekend in a standstill, when both of them were in different places.
7The State Lottery
Someone Else

On a different note, I ran a half-marathon this year, something I never would have thought of several years ago. I also finished my last cross-country season, a bittersweet time. Someone Else was one of my rallying songs, so to speak, for the last cross-country race. It came on my headphones at a crucial moment of the Half as well. Also, if they can make a full LP as good as this and Fistfuls of Sand, The State Lottery will give us a true AOTY.
8Sigur Ros
Ekki Mukk

I was inclined to put Varuo here in this spot, as it is the best song on Valtari, but as I started to drag it into the playlist I paused and switched to Ekki. If Valtari was not a success, though I believe it is, Ekki Mukk is still an example of what Sigur Ros wanted it Valtari to be. It's not an uplifting album like Takk, nor a numb, nervous album like ( ), but something in between. It sounds more like an acknowledgment of their surroundings and existence rather than a commentary, and I suppose this is how Ekki Mukk has affected me as well.
9Vocal Few
Every Second

In March I turned right on red a bit too eagerly and was nearly struck by a U-turning truck (a cement truck no less) which triggered me to have a momentary panic attack where I pondered the implications for my family and friends had I died. Every Second was playing, and it's about death and plane crash and stuff so it worked. Thankfully it's also an uplifting song, so I was able to get over it quickly enough.
10Everyone Everywhere
Wild Life

Everyone Everywhere is my favorite active emo band mostly because they don't sound like everyone else. Sure, there's some echoes of the Promise Ring in there, but they're smarter than TPR was most of the time. The cavalier attitude of EE masks the heart wrenching moments. Wild Life is one of the best examples of this, as they remark in the chorus "I wanna go / I wanna know / and understand the basic concept of / human completeness" but it doesn't sound like some whiney Wave song, like they really actually want to know, but instead it sounds like an awareness that they can't know why things happen or why people do the things they do. And that's a message I need to hear sometimes.
11mewithoutYou
Fiji Mermaid

I was lucky enough to get an advance stream of Ten Stories back in April, and I celebrated by throwing it on my speakers at full volume one night close to midnight. I gave it my undivided attention, something I wish I could give albums more often. Around the 2:35 mark, when the song hits full stride, I jumped up and down savagely and more or less just yelled. It was really weird but it felt good.
12Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Their Helicopters Sing

This is more or less a placeholder for Alleluia as a whole, though Helicopters is my favorite of the drone tracks. When Alleluia was "announced" I had tickets to see Godspeed the next week, so my excitement immediately grew. It was a surreal concert, unsurprisingly, and my first post-rock show. That night sort of just exists on its own, ambiguously. Not a bad year I suppose.
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