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ON 12/12/12 HERE IS MY TOP 12 OF 2012


This is the first time I’m publishing a top list of my favorite albums of the year and I’m pretty stoked. Even though I’m passionate for music, for many years I adopted a vey comfy position in which there was someone doing the hard work of pre-listening and filtering new stuff on my behalf, thus only what  he enjoyed reached me. Yeah, I became lazy and detached from current musical updates at that time.

But here I am, posting my top 12 of this weird year, which has been excellent in terms of music, and disastrous in general. I must admit I’m proud for behaving as the good girl I really am, doing my musical homework and paying attention to new album releases.

Of course it’s impossible to cover all of them, especially when I take my time in analyzing the albums, going on them with the intensity required. And it’s a classic that, right after choosing my favorite albums, I discover a new one that blows my mind, but cannot be added to the list. Guess this is the greatness of music, you can enjoy it any time, no matter how much late you are. it will always be there.

Let’s get started, otherwise it will be the 13th and this top 12 won’t make sense anymore.

Most of the albums have been the album of the week at some point this year, or due to the expectations I had, commented as soon as they were available, as an exceptional event, and theres’s one in particular which had to be mentioned apart, because it doesn’t fit into what I usually consume.

I’m very pleased with the variety of styles and sounds in the list, once again confirming it doesn’t matter I’m growing old and relaxing, I can enjoy metal sounds same as folkie one, and I find that quite enriching for both mind, soul and ears.


Thus in no particular order I will refer to my top 12 of 2012. There we go!


What can I say at this point I haven’t told already? On week 12 I was telling you about my crush on Brad Smith’s project, and one month ago I was telling you my experience enjoying their half acoustic show, and how adorable Blind Melon’s bass player was.

I foresaw this album was being here, because not many albums make my heart pound in such way as Death & Joy does.



One of the greatest surprise of the year which started when I was assigned the review of this album. On a random Sunday afternoon, in hangover conditions, I receive a wake of punches right in my face in the shape of songs performed by this band. Raw, powerful and overwhelming.




Several friends are devoted fans of this unknown band here in Spain, and I had been told about the charisma of the leader of the band, Ben Nichols. Songs about work, women, broken hearts and booze, and a catchy opening song, On My Way Downtown, which makes you feel the urge of having a beer at a bar.



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 Wow! I ADORE this album. Straight to the top 5. Lanegan has gone beyond himself with this album.  I got obsessed about this album for 2 weeks or more, and I still listen to it compulsively. One of these albums that the more you listen the more you love them and discover tiny new elements with each listening. So fuckin’ great!



Finally the genius went solo, after delivering outstanding stuff with his different projects, and released this magnificent album I’ve been enjoying so much. It was the final proof to show the world he’s far from the hype and possesses a great deal of talent. Perfection would be mentioned here if the show he offered with the female band would have been more passionate rather than so “cool” looking.



Allow me not to extend much in explanations and check my previous post. Solid, powerful, rockin’, this is the exact dose of music you need for headbanging to the max. Very glad this album has been praised by both critics and people, and proud my “guys” have reached so far. BRAVO




This is one of the exceptions as it hasn’t been included YET in the albums of the week. One of the reasons is because I was encouraged to listen to this album after purchasing Loteria on the record store day and recovering Metallic I.O.U. The truth is that the most New Yorker band in L.A, real street bad asses led by Bryan Small, have again delivered an intense album full of booze, drugs, filth and broken hearts, and Homesick Blues is damn awesome.


I know, this is close to be a dealbreaker, and coulf be named as the guilty pleasure of the year too. I made public I had surrendered to the hype, and I’m still hooked to Born To Die, something which scares me somehow, because I don’t think what Lana del Rey might offer us, can keep the same level.



 I wrote about this album when the band, days before the worldwide release, allowed the fans to listen to the album online. I literally devoured it and felt in love right away. The guys from New Brunswick are about to jump into the mainstream thanks to this wonderful album, which shows a noticeable evolution and improvement, and personally speaking, I love they are capable of gathering new and older generations at venues for attending the shows. They bring youth to the adults, and transmit old school values to the youngsters. Their story telling is sublime.



Thanks to a friend who invited me to attend the show they offered in Barcelona one month ago I discovered a wonderful band which, wrongly following my name instincts, I had completely ignored. After 30 seconds of the opening song, I knew that, what I was about to discover was different and classy. Amazing album and excellent live performance.



Americana was a bunch of revisited covers after all, it was compulsory uncle Neil and his pals ended jamming eventually, because this is what Psychedelic Pill is about, a reunion of good old friends grabbing their instruments and recovering the spirit of Harvest playing in the barn. Two words must be pronounced which will sum up the concept of the album: RAMADA INN. Greatness!



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You just wouldn’t believe what just happened here. I’ve just changed my last album at the very last minute, finally choosing hard rock over power pop, and leaving Redd Kross out of the list.

This is a surprise, even to me, but this is how I feel at 22:52h. It took me ages to listen to this album, in fact I got it less than a month ago, no matter that many friends insisting I’d love it, I felt lazy thinking it wouldn’t be worth it. The insistence of Felix and my soul bro, together with Xavi aka the deal hunter, made me push the button and start moving my ass right away. If there’s a song which drives me crazy, reminding me of wild 1984, VH personal favorite, no doubt is Bullethead. The return of Van Halen with David Lee Roth is one of the greatest #dealmakers of the decade.

Once this list has been done, I have to mention those albums which are following very close and deserve my love, respect and credit. Here they are:

– Redd Kross – Researching the Sun

– Chris Robinson Brotherhood – Magic Door

– Pulled Apart By Horses – Tough Love

– The Avett Brothers – Carpenter

What a year friends! Rough and harsh in many aspects, thanks to the amazing releases I’ve been gifted with, I’ve managed to approach the end better than expected. At the end of the day, same thought comes to mind, and I sigh in relief glad to be aware that music, not only has saved my life, but also has given me the one I’m currently living, and I feel grateful and merry.

Keep on rockin’ dears!


Sometimes you don’t relate names to band nor people. From time to time this happens to me at least. Lucero is a remarkable example.

To start with, I thought this band was Spanish…perfect! They’re actually from Memphis. Due to my self-imposed confusion I never paid attention to them, till a couple of friends who had been in NY on holidays, related what seemed to be an amazing live show on board of a boat surrounding Manhattan, with Lucero as headliners. I think that was actually the moment when I silently became aware of my ignorance.

What can I say? I can be too scatterbrained with certain things. Perhaps one of the most outrageous moment, was to discover that Nicke Royale, from The Hellacopters, was left-handed…I AM left-handed, for God’s sake!!! Hundreds of pix, videos, live performances with me in first row…I used to think that he and Strings made an awesome couple when posing! Facepalm Mode ON, friends, I was made too much fun this for some time.

Let’s get back to Lucero before I ruin my reputation for good. Never been a huge fan, because I’ve never spend time enough to listen to their stuff properly. From time to time I used to listen to Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers, and always with a slight feeling of regret, for not digging further, because it’s very enjoyable. I lost the CD during my widowing process, thus this is another pending album to my MUST RECOVER list.

I heard of Women & Work few weeks ago, and this time I decided to give it a try as soon as it was available. You can think of me as very easy influenced, but after listening to some of music trustworthy friends praising this band, and Ben Nichols, the leader, I felt the urge of listening and liking what my friends thought it was great. I’m quite open to suggestions nowadays, as many friends’ and even strangers’ recommendations have become great acquisitions.

The title of the album is quite explanatory, don’t you think? Songs of booze, hanging out ladies and broken hearts…perfect! Not so different to some of our personal stories. The story telling is a blast, and I love Nichols’ broken voice, yet keeping that youth essence…wonderful. Perhaps I find an illogical resemblance, but The Gaslight Anthem Brian Fallon’s voice and singing style, seem very alike. Also Mike Ness, quickly comes to my mind. And that Springsteen not so subtle presence is noticed.

I’m very pleased regarding the strictly sound of the album. The basics are perfectly settled, and the, let’s call them, additional intruments, are perfectly pasted to them.  The combination of the rhythmic section with the gentle guitars, the keyboards, pedal steels and horns is perfect.

The more I listen to Women & Work, the more I like it. There are songs such as On My Way To Downtown, Juniper, or Like Lightning,  super catchy, and then you listen to these priceless diamonds I Can’t Stand To Leave You, and Sometimes, and you start noticing something in your belly. I love feeling moved and impressed by songs, when that happens I feel alive, and yes, finally I have to thank those who encouraged me to give Lucero a try: Feri and Jaume on one hand, Cuque and Artie on the other. THANK YOU, dears!