Uprooted Music Revue's Favorite Audio Releases of 2012

2012 arrived in hurry and brought with it three monumental events for me, my family, and Uprooted Music Revue: the birth of our son, a new teaching position, and an "uprooted" cross-county move from Brooklyn, NY to Portland, OR.

So with keeping these joyous, thrilling, and forever life-altering experiences in mind, these are the albums that I have been listening to most as a fan, artist, teacher, writer, husband, and father this year.

Uprooted Music Revue's Favorite Audio Releases of 2012

Father John Misty: Fear Fun (Sub Pop)

Carolina Chocolate Drops: Leaving Eden (Nonesuch)

Trampled By Turtles: Stars and Satellites (Banjodad)

Old Crow Medicine Show: Carry Me Back (ATO)

Hurray For The Riff Raff: Look Out Mama (Born To Win)

Bettye LaVette: Thankful N' Thoughtful (Anti-)

The Two Man Gentlemen Band: Two At A Time (Bean-Tone)

The Wandering: Go Now, You Can't Stay Here (Songs of the South)

Preservation Hall Jazz Band: The Preservation Hall 50th Anniversary Collection (Legacy)

The Tallest Man on Earth: There's No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans)

Hiss Golden Messenger: Poor Moon (Tompkins Square)

Beth Orton: Sugaring Season (Anti-)

Hurray For The Riff Raff: My Dearest Darkest Neighbor (handmade limited edition for Kickstarter fundraiser) (Hurray For The Riff Raff)

Luther Dickinson: Hambone's Meditations (Songs of the South)

Joan Shelley: Ginko (Ol Kentuck)

Elephant Micah: Louder Than Thou (Product of Palmyra)

Justin Townes Earle: Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot)

Wanda Jackson: Unfinished Business (Sugar Hill)

Laura Gibson: La Grande (Barsuk)

Elizabeth Mitchell: Little Seed: Songs For Children By Woody Guthrie and Blue Clouds (Smithsonian Folkways)

Daniel Martin Moore & Joan Shelley: Farthest Field (Ol Kentuck)

Shovels & Rope: O' Be Joyful (Dualtone)

Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three: Live in Holland (Free Dirt)

Calexico: Algiers (Anti-)

The Black Swans: Occasion For Song (Misra)

Woody Pines: You Gotta Roll EP (Woody Pines)

Doug Paisley: Golden Embers EP (No Quarter)

Del McCoury & David Grisman: Del & Dawg (Acoustic Oasis)

Woody Guthrie: Woody at 100 (Smithsonian Folkways)

Iris DeMent: Sing The Delta (Fariella)

Mark Lanegan: Blues Funeral (Reprise)

Daniel Bachman: Seven Pines (Tompkins Square)

Sera Cahoone: Deer Creek Canyon (Sub Pop)

The Stray Birds: The Stray Birds (The Stray Birds)

Bro. Stephen: Baptist Girls: (Crossroads of America)

Water Liars: Phantom Limb (Misra)

Lambchop: Mr. M (Merge)

Angel Olsen: Half Way Home (Bathetic)

Cahalen Morrison & Eli West: Our Lady Of The Tall Trees (Cahalen Morrison & Eli West)


Chris Mateer is a freelance music writer living in Portland, OR. He is the founder and writer of the Uprooted Music Revue and has been contributing regularly to No Depression. In addition to music writing, Chris teaches visual art and plays the mandolin, banjo, and drums.

As a player and music writer, Chris is always excited to share and learn more. He believes a community thrives on participation and enthusiasm, and he's thrilled to contribute.

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Comment by Shipcote on December 28, 2012 at 4:39am

Some great stuff there Chris & indeed  two of my top 3 picks of the year. Hurray For The Riff Raff & IrisDement. For more of that swinging jazz stylee ( like Two Gentleman's Slim & Slam take) check out Gregory Page - Shine Shine Shine. My other top 3 album of 2012.


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