Well, well, well - 2012 is winding down. A lot a of people are putting out Best of Posts and I have the Band of the Year thing - but that's for my readers to decide. Rather than some neatly organized recap or whatever of 2012 in Music, I thought I would indulge in something I don't get to do very often and that is just write out my random thoughts as they occur to me. I may supplement with some videos or other linkage, but for the most part this will just be my thoughts for whatever that is worth.
By my estimation, 2012 has been a great year for music. Chances are, you will hear someone name some random disposable pop stars of the moment as an argument that "music sucks these days" and then name from great artists/albums from the past and say, "music was better in the 60s/70s/80s/90s/2000s/2011" The thing is, you can always make that argument and quite a few people always do. Every year, the most mundane/crappy pop music of the day does not compare favorable to the classic/legends of the past - so it is in 2012 and so it will be ever after.
2012 was a great year for music because I say so. Not that my say so is that important, but it is for me. Tons of great music have some through various media and into my ears. Some of the best of 2012 include Anais Mitchell's Young Man in America, Bob Dylan's Tempest, Leonard Cohen's Old Ideas, Justin Townes Earle's Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now, Jack White's Blundebuss, Mumford and Sons' Babel, and so many more...
Our friends' The Dead Exs started a Relovolution.
We met and fell in love with tons of great new artists. In addition to those in our Band of Year poll, we also discovered some great music from all over the world including: Cosmonauts, The Danbury Lie, Shelly Colvin, Brennen Leigh, The Grimm Generation, The Amboys, The Dogs of Oz, Christopher Paul Stelling, Citizen Smith, Aoede, Cupla and again so many more. Finding great new music was not our challenge in 2012. Finding the time to post it all was our challenge. While you are here - explore the site. Over on the right side bar, down the page a little, is a list of tags from the most used to the least used. Check out our posts about some of these bands listed above or about of the other music.
In addition to the new stuff, we remain conscious of the fact that was obsessed with music as we are, there is tons of older music which has slipped past us, and when we "discover" some great old music, we aren't ashamed to present it to you and admit that we missed out on the music the first time.
We also like to feature music which shaped our lives. So, we can discover/ or rediscover the music of our youth and young adult lives.
For Ear to the Ground, we are completing our first full year of blogging (we started in May 2011). We outgrew the Band of the Week format, we introduced the Featured Artists of the Month, as always our signature feature is our Morning Music Shuffle. We released our first ever down compilation (on Record Store Day) which featured several of our favorite artists.
In 2013, we have big things on tap. Expect a volume 2 of our Compilation album. We anticipate new music and a Nashville tour stop by our friends The End Men, we are exploring options for moving our blog to our own Domain, we look forward to presenting tons of great new music and continuing to find exciting ways to bring the music to you.