Firebird St. Louis

Here at The Firebird, we listen to music.  Quite a bit of it, in fact (and not just because it’s our job).  In our opinion, 2012 was a fine year for music – both recorded and live – and with that in mind, we’ve put together a little review of the sights and sounds we’ve enjoyed over the past 12 months.  First up, some staff favorites, with accompanying Spotify playlists:

Robert McClimans

(listed from most favorite on down)

1. Bob Mould – Silver Age (Merge)
2. P.O.S. – We Don’t Even Live Here (Rhymesayers)
3. Deftones – Koi No Yokan (Reprise)
4. Masked Intruder – s/t (Red Scare Industries)
5. Teenage Bottlerocket – Freak Out! (Fat Wreck Chords)
6. Nada Surf – The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (Barsuk)
7. Brother Ali – Mourning In America And Dreaming In Color (Rhymesayers)
8. Garbage – Not Your Kind Of People (Stunvolume)
9. Metric – Synthetica (Mom + Pop)
10. Less Than Jake – Greetings And Salutations (Fat Wreck Chords)

Mike Cracchiolo

(listed from earliest to latest release date)

1. Die Antwoord – Ten$ion (Zef)
2. Mark Lanegan – Blues Funeral (4AD)
3. High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis (E1)
4. Torche – Harmonicraft (Volcom)
5. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure (Fat Possum)
6. Baroness – Yellow And Green (Relapse)
7. Masked Intruder – s/t (Red Scare Industries)
8. Future Of The Left – The Plot Against Common Sense (Xtra Mile)
9. Paul Banks – Banks (Matador)
10. Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights 10th Anniversary Reissue (Matador)

Kenny Hofmeister

(listed alphabetically by artist)

1. Beak> – >> (Invada)
2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! (Constellation)
3. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)
4. Lamps – Under The Water Under The Ground (In The Red)
5. The Mallard – Yes On Blood (Castleface)
6. The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
7. METZ – s/t (Sub Pop)
8. Rayon Beach – This Looks Serious (HoZac)
9. Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II (In The Red)
10. Ty Segall – Twins (and also Slaughterhouse and also Hair w/ White Fence, three-way tie) (Drag City)

Stay tuned for more end-of-year list shenanigans throughout the rest of the week.  Happy 2013!

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