Welcome to the first round of our guest Best of 2012 lists. First at bat we have Chris Farren (Fake Problems), Scott Vogel (Terror), and Scotty Sandwich (Death to False Hope Records). Did they hit it out of the park? Let us know in the comments. We'll be posting more lists as we close out this fine year.
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Chris Farren (Fake Problems)
- The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past: I mean, obviously. I thought I loved this band before this record but holy moly, this just destroys the world. Reoccurring lyrical themes, stellar musicianship and perfectly crafted songs. BRAVO I SAY, TOILET MEN.
- Japandroids - Celebration Rock: Woah oh's for days. Damn great record.
- Twin Shadow - Confess: I imagine if The Police worked with some sort of hip-hop producer it would sound kinda like this record.
- The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth: Some real deal turn-your-frown-upside-down jams on this album.
- Jeff Rosenstock - I Look Like Shit: Jeff's lyrics make me want to die they are so good.
- Cheap Girls - Giant Orange: Loud guitar rock from my dear sweet friend Ian Graham and co.
- Passion Pit - Gossamer: Just some seriously sexy stuff, you guys.
- Hospitality - S/T: This record makes me feel like I'm living inside of a Jean-Luc Godard movie and I love every minute of it.
- Miike Snow - Happy To You: Soothing computer music by two Swedish people and an American hipster.
- Carly Rae Jepsen - Kiss: Eat shit.
Scott Vogel (Terror)
- Make Do And Mend - Everything You Ever Loved
- Vinnie Paz - God Of The Serengeti
- Take Offense - Under The Same Shadow
- The Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
- Strife - Witness A Rebirth
- Outcrowd - Just Us
- Fire And Ice - Not Of This Earth
- Hot Water Music - Exister
- Stick To Your Guns - Diamond
- Roc Marciano - Reloaded
Scotty Sandwich (DTFH Records/Almost People)
- Apologies, I Have None - London
- Luther - Let's Get You Somewhere Else
- Forgetters - Forgetters
- Perdition - Hispaniola
- The Jealous Sound - A Gentle Reminder
- The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
- Fierce Brosnan - Good Luck Exploding
- Jkutchma - Pastorals
- The Holy Mess - Cande Ru Las Degas
- Classics of Love - Classics of Love
- Restorations - A/B
- Great Apes - Great Apes
- Desaparecidos- MariKKKopa/Backsell
- Elway - Hence My Optimism
- Hammer No More the Fingers - Pink Worm
- Handsome Foxes - Don't Care
- War on Women - Improvised Weapons
- The Hell - Vas Te Faire Foutre
- Future Kings of Nowhere - Pirates
- Gunner's Daughter - Dissolutions