Monday, December 31, 2012

THE TOPS IN ROCK: 2012 (Guest Post)

THE TOPS IN
ROCK: 2012 
(Guest Post)
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 I'm thrilled to offer as the
last post of 2012, a year-
end music wrap-up from
a very special guest
my 19-year-old son
Jesse. Othe surface,
he may seem swell and
well-adjusted — but he
is MY kid. Beneath his
his chiseled good looks
lies the heart of a young
man who has no problem
speaking his mind.
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Jesse Long’s
Top 20 Albums
of 2012

I have been putting together
“Top (Insert Number Here)”
 album lists since 2010 and
it’s never an easy task. 2012
was definitely the toughest
year for me. It brought forth
amazing albums from Anthony
GreenMaps & Atlases, Frank
 OceanSoundgarden, Two
Gallants, Jack White, Paper
RouteJust Like VinylMinus
The BearThe Blue Van,
Beach HouseFoxy Shazam,
Circa Survive, Japandroids,
Cloud Nothings and Oddisee
 yet none of these made my
list   believe it or not. What
did make my list though was:

1
Koi No Yokan

Wow. Just wow. What makes
this album stand out is its
passion. Every song is
composed with precision
and packs its own set of
punches. Chino Moreno’s
vocals along with the grooves
from the band really come
together to offer something
wonderful.

(Listen to “Leathers.”)
2
Unorthodox Jukebox

When this album came out, I knew
 it was going to be great. But it was
actually better than great. The title
says it all. Mars dabbles in rock,
pop, R&B and even a little reggae.
The way he does this (and he does
it well, by the way) and still
manages to top the charts shows
his true talent. Mars is a brilliant
songwriter, and Unorthodox
Jukebox proves this with every song.

(Listen to “Moonshine”)
3
Grind the Ocean

Let me tell you a little story: There I
am at the Protest the Hero show at
The Social in Orlando back in April,
 just finished their set. Next up was
The Safety Fire. My dad pulled me
aside and asked, “What the hell is
a "safety fire’?” Then, I saw some
 guys wearing Hawaiian button-up
shirts walk onto the stage. Come to
find out, those guys were The Safety
Fire, and for the next 30 minutes or
so, my ears were flooded with beautiful
sounds. Standing about 19 inches
from guitarist Derya “Playgle” Nagle,
I was in awe. When I got home after
the show, I immediately bought the
band’s debut album Grind the Ocean.
The Safety Fire is extremely heavy,
yet they don’t suck. Bands like
Periphery and Between the Buried
 and Me need to take note. Seeing
The Safety Fire live has definitely
affected the way I listen to Grind
the Ocean. The whole band puts
off this vibe that is just really cool.
I have no other way to explain it.
Check out their YouTube page
for music videos, a track-by-track
of Grind the Ocean, tour diaries
and more. (Side note: the video
for the song “Floods of Colour”
may be the best music video ever.)
My iTunes play count for this album
is at 157, but if you add the amount
of times I have listened to it while
driving, that number would be over
300 for sure. Grind the Ocean is a 
beautifully composed metal album 
that deserves recognition. The Safety 
Fire’s next effort is something I’ll be 
anticipating during 2013. 

(Listen to “Circassian Beauties.”)
4
I Am Abomination
Let the Future 
Tell the Truth

(Listen to “One False Step”)

5
Anberlin
Vitals

(Listen to “Modern Age”)

6
Coheed and 
Cambria
The Afterman:
Ascension

(Listen to "Key Entity 
Extraction I: Domino the Destitute")
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CRoN4_kG6XM


7
SOJA
Strength to Survive

(Listen to “Gone Today”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_ClG-DakSE



8
Pierce the Veil
Collide with the Sky

(Listen to “I’m Low On Gas 
and You Need a Jacket”)

9
Enter Shikari
A Flash Flood 
of Colour

(Listen to “Warm Smiles Do Not 
Make You Welcome Here”)
10
The Used
Vulnerable

(Listen to “Give Me Love”)

11
The Mars Volta
Noctourniquet

(Listen to “Molochwalker”)

12
The Sword
Apocryphon

(Listen to “Apocryphon”)

13
Children of Nova
Impossible
Landscape

(Listen to “The Troubled Soul”)

14
Rebelution
Peace of Mind

(Listen to “Day By Day”)

15
Walk the Moon
Walk the Moon

(Listen to “Shiver Shiver”)


16
The Dirty Heads
Cabin by the Sea

(Listen to “Best of Us”)

17
Neon Trees
Picture Show

(Listen to “Teenage Sounds”)
18
Everclear
Invisible Stars

(Listen to “Aces”)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HICbSiwMpyU


19
Billy Talent
Dead Silence

(Listen to “Man Alive!”)

20
Slash
Apocalyptic Love

(Listen to “One Last Thrill”)
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Thanks Jesse,  for sharing your Top 
Albums list — and keep up the good 
work. You're a sharp young man 
with a bright future and I look 
forward to posting more of your 
insightful Guest Blogs in 2013.
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