Rex Manning Day’s Top Tracks of 2012 {Part 1}

June 13, 2012 in Alt-Country, Alternative, Blues, Dance, Disco, Electro, Electronic, Folk, Indie, Pop, Punk, R&B, Rock, Rockabilly, Soul, Surf Punk, Surf Rock, Top 2012 by Rex

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Wintersleep – “In Came the Flood” {Rock}

Wintersleep is one of the many reasons why everyone should give credit to the Canadian province of Nova Scotia (with the first being the Trailer Park Boys and the second being Mr. Lahey, of course). After gaining a massive fan base over the past decade, Canada’s hottest rock band is back with another highly-anticipated album Hello Hum, which was just released yesterday by Capitol/EMI.
For more info on Wintersleep click here.

THEESatisfaction – “QueenS” {R&B}

Even though this Seattle-based duo has been self-releasing their own music on Bandcamp for years, their debut/Sub Pop-supported album awE naturalE has become one of the most talked about releases of the year thanks to this anthem-worthy track.
Watch the official music video for “QueenS” here.

Lotus Plaza – “Monoliths” {Alternative Rock}

Just when we were starting to think that no one would be able to top Deerhunter, the band’s guitarist/vocalist Lockett Pundt goes off and forms an equally awesome side project.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Tapes & Money” {Electronic/Dance}

The general rule of thumb is that if a man named Orlando Higginbottom starts a band called “Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs,” that should be a good enough reason for you to give his music a listen. “Tapes & Money” is the band’s recent album Trouble, which was just released on June 11th.
Watch the official music video for “Tapes & Money” here.

Alabama Shakes – “Hang Loose” {Blues/Rock}

Now that everyone and their dog is a fan of The Black Keys, it’s time for the indie kids to find another new bluesy-rock band to obsess over. Luckily for them the Alabama Shake’s recent album (Boys & Girls) came out just in time, and can easily win any classic rock/blues fan over thanks to some mean CCR-style riffs and Brittany Howard’s Janis Joplin-like vocals.

Breton – “Interference” {Electronic/Rock}

We didn’t really dig this track at first because its music video was depressing as hell, but the song eventually won us over because we’re a sucker for the synth.This track is off the band’s debut album Other People’s Problems which was released via FatCat Records on March 26th.

Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” {Folk/Rock}

Turns out there is life after the Fleet Foxes, because Father John Misty’s recent LP Fear Fun has already become one of the most talked about releases of the year. The band’s main-man J. Tillman has been recording music for nearly ten years now, and he also drummed for the Fleet Foxes from 2008 to 2011.
Watch the official music video for “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” here

Sleigh Bells – “Demons” {Noise Pop}

Their sound may not be for everyone, but Sleigh Bells have been breaking down musical barriers since 2008 thanks to a combo of explosive synthpop sounds mixed in with heavy, metal-influenced guitar chords.  This track is off their sophomore album Reign of Terror, which has been praised by the likes of Spin, TIME, Pitchfork, Metacritic, NPR and The New York Times (just to name a few).

Friends – “Mind Control” {Electropop}

This wasn’t the first Friends song we got addicted to, and it probably won’t be our last…who needs friends when bands like Friends exist? The band is based in Brooklyn, and just released their debut LP Manifest! on June 5th.
Watch the official music video for “Mind Control” here

Jack White – “Love Interruption” {Folk/Rock}

It’s hard to believe that in between starting up his own record label and working with artists like Wanda Jackson, Tom JonesInsane Clown Posse and Beck, Jack White somehow managed to fit in a solo debut, (because he’s a true-blue music nerd like that). Jack is obviously still suffering from the post-divorce blues, but at least his heartbreak was put to good music.

Screaming Females – “Expire” {Rockabilly/Surf Punk}

The Screaming Females are clearly a reincarnation of No Doubt (pre-Gavin Rossdale). Their latest single is off the band’s fifth album Ugly which was released via Don Giovanni Records.

Parlovr – “Holding on to Something” {Pop/Rock}

In the continuing saga of our obsession with Quebecois music groups, (as seen here and here), we couldn’t help but fall in love with Montreal’s hottest new indie rock group Parlovr (pronounced “Parlour”). The track is off the band’s recent album Kook Soul, which was released by the mega-Canadian record label Arts & Crafts this past May.
For more info on Parlovr click here.

Vitamin Pets – “Christmas Song” {Indie Rock}

If you like free and independent music that actually sounds good, then chances are you’re going to dig this New Jersey-based band. (And while you’re at it check out the band’s latest track “Peanut Butter Jesus” via Soundcloud).
For more info on the Vitamin Pets click here.  

Miike Snow – “Paddling Out’ {Pop/Disco}

Word of Miike Snow’s latest release first starting buzzing around the music blogosphere last fall, but because we were drowning in Christmas Spirit (AKA rum and egg nog) we didn’t truly pay attention to the Swedish duo until the release of this song in early January. “Paddling Out” is the first single off Happy to You, followed by “The Wave” and ”Bavarian #1 (Say You Will).”

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