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Best of 2012: Music

I can’t help but to love this time of year in the blog world for all the recap posts. They may be cheesy, but this girl loves them. There is something about taking account the past year as the new one approaches. So, here’s my contribution to the bunch.

Music:

1. The Avett Brothers Concert, July 27 @ Chesapeake Energy Arena. One of the best concerts I’ve been to. There was no opener, so the bros played for two glorious hours straight. After the concert, I just went home and laid in bed reliving all my favorite moments. Utter perfection. Highlights: Murder in the City and Tear the House Down

TAB!

c/o Lindsay Eckert

2. The Lumineers by The Lumineers. I just got this CD this month, but it still makes my list. Upbeat, cheeky, and one of the 2 CDs (save musical soundtracks) that the little sister and I can agree on. Highlights: Ho Hey, Classy Girls, Stubborn Love

3. The Head and the Heart Concert, Sept. 30 @ Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK. Completely worth the late night Sunday drive and Monday sleep deprivation. The last time I did that was for HP7B, so clearly my love for The Head and the Heart is deep. The energy that night was incredible. Highlights Rivers & Roads, Down in the Valley, T is for Texas (Tulsa) cover

4. The Carpenter by The Avett Brothers. 2012 was a year of deep love for the bros. This CD was no exception and the sole comfort to my prolonging buying Mumford’s sophomore album based on fear that it would be a horrible disappointment. This CD didn’t leave my car CD player much this fall. It reaches perfection at 1:29 of Through My Prayers. Highlights Through My Prayers, The Once and Future Carpenter, A Father’s First Spring

5. Babel by Mumford and Sons. This was a huge source of anxiety for me for weeks. A sophomore album can be a huge let down and the intensity which I loved Sigh No More cannot be emphasized. So, I intentionally avoided buying this CD for weeks. However, turns out, I didn’t have anything to worry about. While it is not a huge departure from SNM, it is exactly what I wanted in a sophomore album. Highlights Lover of Light, Ghosts That We Knew, Reminder

6. Les Miserables, Oct. 13, The Civic Center Music Hall, OKC. Are there any words for the magic of Les Mis live? No. Highlights, I Dreamed a Dream, On My Own, singing everything I said for the two hours after the show

7. Hell on Heels by The Pistol Annies. Though a 2011 album, I added in because 2012 was the year I finally embraced a love for country music, and I didn’t think that putting Jenny’s “The Big 2-5 Country CD” really would count. Highlights Hell on Heels, Boys from the South

8. “The Big 2-5 Country CD” compiled by Jenny Fish. I know I just it didn’t count, but then I remembered I was making the rules. This CD is all Jenny’s favorite country songs that I could handle as a newbie. Her bread and butter is 90s country, so Garth, George, Alan, all made the CD, along with a bunch of Texas country. This CD was my country education. Highlights She’s Like Texas is the one that changed it all, and of course, Oh Tonight

9. There’s No Leaving Now by The Tallest Man on Earth. This always makes me think of lonely autumn days and black and white movies. Highlights 1904

10. Every Kingdom by Ben Howard. Soundtrack for the winter, for rainy days, or anytime you are feeling particularly thoughtful or quiet. Highlights Old Pine and The Wolves

11. Bear’s Den, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Staves, [Ben Howard], March 19 @ The Blue Door, OKC. This was maybe the most perfect concert, peaceful, well lit, intimate for Bear’s Den, Nathaniel Rateliff (save the douchey comments about Oklahoma), and The Staves. Then some other dude came on who was not with the Austin to Boston Communion Tour and the show went downhill. Singing angry songs about God, making awkward comments about sex, that song about the GI Bill? Not a great idea. Abigail and I left before Ben Howard (depressing, I know), but that’s just because we’re too old for Tuesday night concerts. Highlights The Staves’ harmonies, and that GI Bill song for the endless fodder it has provided for Abigail and I

12. My Head is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men. I can listen to this album over and over again. It feels like the best of all the saddest things. Highlights Little Talks, Love Love Love, Dirty Paws

I have a good feeling about 2013.

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