Category Archives: The Best of 2012

Flashlite #203 – The Best Short Forms and Archives in 2012

Eamon McGrathLast week we introduced the list of 20 best LPs that we liked to listen to here at The Little Lighthouse. This week, we move on to the list of five best reissues and archival recordings that came out in or around 2012. The title goes to Tav Falco and a gorgeous reissue of Beyond the Magnolia Curtain with also included Blow Your Top EP and four pages of early history of the band. The whole list looks like this:

01 Tav Falco’s Panther Burns – Beyond the Magnolia Curtain
02 Epic Soundtracks – Wide Smile An Anthology
03 Sandy Denny – The Notes and The Words: A Collection Of Demos & Rarities
04 Nova Mob – The Last Days of Pompeii
05 Dan Penn – The Fame Recordings

Then we move on to the list of the best short forms in the last year. This includes singles, eps, short dowloads etc… The title goes to one of the hardest working bands today, Natural Child for their 45 Mother Nature’s Daughter, which also came out as in a strange new audio format – a tobacco paper roll! The complete list of top 10 looks like this:

01 Natural Child – Mother Nature’s Daughter
02 King Tuff – Wild Desire
03 Drivin ‘n’ Cryin – Songs from the Laundromat
04 Eric Burdon And The Greenhornes EP
05 Dirtbombs and Dan Sartain Terrible Two / Kelley Stoltz
06 Cozy – Cola Shock Kids
07 King Louie’s Missing Monuments
08 Bad Sports – Red Overlay
09 Grant Hart – So Far From Heaven
10 Daniel Kroha – The Folk-Blues Stylings Of Daniel Kroha

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Chuck Prophet – Limit To It;
Dan Penn – Power of Love;
Nova Mob – The Last Days of Pompeii/Benediction;
Sandy Denny – After Halloween;
Epic Soundtracks – You Better Run;
Tav Falco – Bertha Lou;
Daniel Kroha – Run Little Children;
Grant Hart – Morning Star;
Bad Sports – Stuff;
King Louie’s Missing Monuments – Another Girl;
Cozy – Cola Shock Kids;
The Dirtbombs – Politicians In My Eyes;
Eric Burdon And The Greenhornes – Out of My Mind;
Drivin ‘n’ Cryin – Dirty;
King Tuff – Wild Desire;
Natural Child – Mother Nature’s Daughter;
Natural Child – Bodyswitchers Part II.

Flashlite #202 – The Best Albums in 2012

Eamon McGrathIt’s the end of the 2012 and it’s time to sum things up. As usual, at this time of the year we reflect on the past months and put together a list of our favorite records. Today we will review the year by listing the best albums this year, or at least those that I think were the most exciting and that we featured in detail here at the Little Lighthouse. Those that followed our playlists and reviews will probably not be surprised with the top five. I will follow up with reviews for most of these albums in the days to come, and you can tell us what you think. This year, the title of the greatest album goes to the young Canadian singer songwriter Eamon McGrath who put together a deep, personal and fun album about his life in the wonderful land of Canada and his generation of young people living over there. The list is closely followed by Dan Stuart’s return The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings. Here’s the rest of the list.

01 Eamon McGrath – Young Canadians
02 Dan Stuart – The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings
03 Redd Kross – Researching the Blues
04 Natural Child – For the Love of the Game
05 Rich Hopkins and Luminarios – Buried Treasures
06 Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Grifter’s Hymnal
07 The Wandering – Go On Now, You Can’t Stay Here
08 Golden Boys – Dirty Fingernails
09 Gentleman Jesse – Leaving Atlanta
10 Kevn Kinney – A Good Country Mile
11 Neil Young – Psychedelic Pill
12 Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs – Sunday Run Me Over
13 Nude Beach – II
14 Forty Nineteens – No Expiration Date
15 Kevin Gordon – Gloryland
16 Ian Hunter And the Rant Band – When I’m President
17 Cheap Wine – Based On Lies
18 Jay Gonzalez – Mess of Happiness
19 Happy Thoughts
20 Smrts Have Friends and Visit Them at Night

Smrts – Traumeinsatz;
Happy Thoughts – Sweet Dirty Love;
Jay Gonzalez – Tension;
Cheap Wine – The Big Blow;
Ian Hunter and The Rant Band – Just The Way You Look Tonight;
Kevin Gordon – The One I Love;
Forty Nineteens – I’m The One;
Nude Beach – Some Kinda Love;
Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs – Tank;
Neil Young And The Crazy Horse – Ramada Inn;
Kevn Kinney – Wild Dog Moon Pt. 2;
Gentleman Jesse – Word Gets Around;
The Golden Boys – Run Away;
The Wandering – Love Life And Money;
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Train Yard;
Rich Hopkins And Luminarius – Buried Treasure (It’s Not Out There);
Natural Child – Baby;
Redd Kross – Choose To Play;
Dan Stuart – Love So Rare;
Eamon McGrath – Signals;
Eamon McGrath – Great Lakes.