Top Albums of 2012 Part 4 of 5: Rock ‘n’ Roll

Now for every body’s favorite category, rock ‘n’ roll. The spirit of rebellion and youthful-ness is the true mean of rock ‘n’ roll. These artists and albums are our favorite from this year check it out.

Alabama Shakes – Boys And Girls

Alabama Shakes’ debut album is full of soul, reminding us all that rock came from blues music. The guitar riffs and vocals are golden on Boys And Girls. I can not wait to hear more from this band.

Best Coast – The Only Place

Another solid album from Best Coast this year as they bring their beach pop-rock back for another round. The Only Place focuses on just how awesome being on the best coast really is.

Caspian – Waking Season

This post-rock band has been around for some time now and this new album is super solid, dare I say hella posty. Check out the entirety “>here and be taken away for a while.

Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory

Cloud Nothings have such a cool, post-punk kind of sound. Attack On Memory has a lot of different elements for anyone to draw on, ranging from a Slint/Nirvana feel to old school punk to pop-rock it has something to offer everyone.

DIIV – Oshin

This Brooklyn band has been on the up-rise since the release of their singles. When Oshin came out it immediately received my stamp of approval. With a sound like Real Estate and an uptempo Pure X this album is definitely a favorite of mine this year. Check it out “>here.

Fang Island – Major

This album has been on repeat all summer long for us. With their own brand of pop-metal Fang Island is always a hit for me. Check out the whole album here.

Finn Riggins – Benchwarmers

Finn Riggins is one of our favorite Boise bands and they came out with a great EP back in April. The prog-rock pop elements they bring are so catchy, it’s hard not to dance.

Grandparents – Fumes

Another great EP release from local Portland bands Grandparents. Fumes has a great psychedelic dream-rock feel to it. I can’t wait to here more new music from these guys and girl.

Heartless Bastards – Arrow

This album rocks and rolls so hard you might think you were back in the 70s. Arrow has great vocals and sweet guitar riffs along with bodacious songwriting. Check it all out here.

Japandroids – Celebration Rock

With Japandroids’ sophomoric full length album they showed more maturity with their songwriting and style.

Jeff The Brotherhood

Another solid album from The Brotherhood, with this one produced by Dan Auerbach (Black Keys), it is definitely worth buying.

Pond – Beard, Wives, Denim

Pond has a classic psychedelic rock and roll style that kicks you back to the 70s. You can see just how awesome this album is by going here to listen to it.

PS I Love You – Death Dreams

Sentimental Dishes by PS I Love You on Grooveshark

PS I Love You is a two man band from Canada that know how to rock out. Death Dreams is full of post punk-rock riffs with really great songwriting included for your pleasure. Check it out here.

Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized’s latest album is so full with indie rock ‘n’ roll, cream filling will star pouring out of your orifices.

Tame Impala – Lonerism

Not only is Lonerism a great album name, but it is a great sounding album. It is everything you want in a rock and roll LP. Listen to it’s entirety here.

Sharing Is Caring

As much as I love brand new music, sometimes it’s fun to go back and listen to albums that you haven’t heard for a while. That’s what I did this past weekend and was pleasantly reminded how great these artists are.
First is The Besnard Lakes. This band is great. I mean great vocal work, great guitar ambiance and layering, and great songwriting. This is the kind of band that should be popular, but aren’t. My favorite song/video is below and if you like that check out their stuff here. I really like the “Dark Horse” album.

Next up is a killer guitar band Fang Island. High flying guitars and awesome harmonics make up their self titled debut. Check out their bandcampand listen to it for free. They are really fun to listen to. Also stayed tuned, there will be a new album very soon.

Why? is one of the best hybrid bands out there. Combining a great original hip-hop vocal delivery with a rockin’ undertow of baselines and sweet guitar solos. Definitely one of my favorite albums of all time is their 3rd album Alopecia. Check out all of their music here.
For all of you new music junkies, how about one of my favorite bands The Shins. They just put out the new single “Simple Song” for their next album Port Of Morrow¬†due out March 20th.