Rudy K.

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01.21.19 klap 4 decade / top 100 Elliott 12.16.18 klap 4 2018
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12.17.13 Klap's Favorite Songs Of '1312.16.12 Favorite '12 Songs
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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

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

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

Kill for Love - I took a pill almost every night

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

Clear Eye Clouded Mind
38Submotion Orchestra

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

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

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

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

Interference - chk chk chk
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

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.

Ashtray Wasp - tough choice
21Wild Nothing

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

Skin - name your genre
18Sharon van Etten

Serpents - insert "venomous" pun here
17John Talabot

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

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

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

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
8Passion Pit

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

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.
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).
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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