1. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar

 2. Shovels and Rope - O' Be Joyful

 3. Rayland Baxter - Feathers & Fishhooks

 4. The Shins - Port of Morrow

 5. Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself

 6. Sera Cahoone - Deer Creek Canyon

 7. Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls

 8. Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson - Wreck and Ruin

 9. Mark Lanegan-  Blues Funeral

10. Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is An Animal

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Comment by Easy Ed on December 18, 2012 at 2:45pm

Love your list. Knew that the nineties rocker in you would poke their head. The Shins! I liked it too and consider it a guilty pleasure. And Lanegan! Rayland Baxter is a new one on me. Like. I think I nominate your best of list the best of lists, so far. 

Comment by Kyla Fairchild on December 18, 2012 at 3:38pm

Wow, that means a lot coming from you Ed!  Thanks.  Be sure and check out Rayland Baxter's album.  It's a gem. Mark Lanegan is one of my all time favorite artists; from all his solo albums to the Screaming Trees, to his stint with Queens of the Stone Age, and also his albums with Isobel Campbell, and The Gutter Twins (His collaboration with Greg Dulli of the Afghan Whigs).

Comment by Julie Wenger Watson on December 20, 2012 at 7:32am

Love, love, love having all this new music to check out. Thanks for the great list. 

Comment by Dirty Roots Radio on December 20, 2012 at 7:37am

Thanks for the list, Kyla.  Looking forward to checking out the Mark Lanegan!

Comment by Jay Minkin on December 20, 2012 at 8:11am

I saw Shovels & Rope play a tavern show in Cleveland and they were fun, fun, fun.  Nice list Kyla ... I'll have to do some shopping after the holidays.

Comment by Fred Lindstrom on December 20, 2012 at 10:26am

Kyla ~ I adore you even more, knowing your love for Lanegan! Hands down, one of my all-time favorite artists too. I can get lost in all of his solo stuff, love the Isobel Campbell records, the Dulli records, and everything he's done. Got to meet him briefly at the Denver show this past year/he graciously signed my vinyl... =).

Comment by Kathy Sands-Boehmer on December 20, 2012 at 2:51pm

Very cool list.  First Aid Kit were on my list too.  So much good music came out this year.  It was real hard for me... my list of honorable mentions was incredibly long.

Comment by Easy Ed on December 20, 2012 at 4:19pm

Might I add that if people like the First Aid Kit, and I certainly do, you may also want to check out the Smoke Fairies. Similar sonic concept, slightly older women. At least twenty years old.

Comment by Kyla Fairchild on December 21, 2012 at 1:16am

@Ryan I'm excited for you and anyone else interested in delving into Mark Lanegan. There are a wide vast array of great albums he's been involved with.  So many great ones it's hard to know where to begin. Of his solo albums Field Songs is a relatively Americana friendly place to start. Whiskey For the Holy Ghost is one of my personal favorites. His albums with former Belle and Sebastian vocalist Isobel Campbell are all beautiful and accessible. There is also his work with the Soulsavers which I forgot to mention in the comment above. He provided vocals on most of the tracks on It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land,  an album which is as good as it's name.

There are several reviews in the ND archives and also a great feature article that Grant wrote back in '98 when Scraps at Midnight was released.

If you're into a heavier sound be sure and check out The Screaming Trees.  Sweet Oblivion is a good entry point. I like all their albums but Buzz Factory and Even If and Especially When are two of my favorites.  Lullabies to Paralyze is a good starting (and ending) point for Queens of the Stone Age.


Comment by Joe Lepper on December 21, 2012 at 3:21am

Great list. Didn't think any other album could unseat First Aid Kit from their deserved top placing in your affections.

Right, now to check out some of the others I haven't heard. That's always the best thing about these lists, discovering new music.


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