Found November 13, 2012 on The Nosebleeds:
So there have been a whole lot of music to listen to this year, some has been good and some have been major disappointments.  This is the first of six top ten lists we’ll have from Nosebleeds music contributors.  Lets do this….   10. Bob Dylan – “Tempest” Dylan’s 35th studio album was one of my favorite albums to come out in September.  The album has themes of  death, love, and a song about John Lennon.  ”Tempest” has multiple genres throughout the album such as blues, country, folk, and rock.  The record opens with “Duquesne Whistle” which is a hard rocking blues song which is a pretty good idea of what you’re getting with “Tempest”, rocking blues, country themes, meaningful Dylan lyrics, and those raspy vocals that have made Dylan the legend he is today.     9. Passion Pit – “Gossamer”  Everyone is probably sick of their Doritos Taco song, “Take A Walk”, by now but their sophomore album, “Gossamer”, is still in a continuous play for me.  Besides that tasty single, the album has some gems such as “Mirrored Sea”, “On My Way”, and Pete’s favorite song, “Its Not My Fault, I’m Happy”.  Lots of critics were worried that Passion Pit would endure what most groups endure, the dreaded sophomore slump.  I’d say this one definitely doesn’t qualify as a sophomore slump.  ”Gossamer” is fun just like their debut album, but doesn’t have the falsetto vocals that could get a bit annoying after a while, which makes it a better listen.     8. Turbo Fruits – “Butter” Nashville is becoming one of the best cities in the country for alternative rock music, it’s always been a place for country music but their rock scene is one of the best up and coming in the country.  Turbo Fruits just released their latest album, “Butter”, and its a blend of rock and country twang.  The album is full of songs with sweet loving lyrics about getting into fights and finding girls.  One of my favorite songs from the album is the country rock infused “Sweet Thang”.  I found these guys by accident but I’m glad I did, check out their latest album “Butter” and see them on tour this fall.     7. Animal Collective – “Centipede Hz”  With the follow up to their amazing 2009 record, “Merriweather Post Pavilli0n”, Animal Collective went back to their old ways for “Centipede Hz”.  The album keeps up with the avant-garde style folk rock, with strange drum patterns and spacey melodies but, the album reminded me of their earlier albums such as “Strawberry Jam”.  My favorite track was their Beach Boys influenced track, “Rosie Oh”, with layers on layers of melody and vocal harmonies.  This was another album that came out in the monstrous month of September but I still listen to it regularly.     6. Grizzly Bear – “Shields” Grizzly Bear’s “Veckatimest” was an album that I thought they would never top or come close, it was full of melodic pop hits that made the folk rock group a big name.  Fast forward two years and we have “Shields”, the groups fourth studio album.  This album is awesome from start to finish, it doesn’t have the pop songs that their previous album had but it has signature Grizzly Bear harmonies, “oooohs”, melodies, and random percussive hits.  This is an album that needs to be listened to from the opening track to the closing track to get the full effect, but once you start it you won’t want to jump around from track to track, but rather let the album play as it was meant to be.     5. The xx – “Coexist”  Fellow Nosebleeder, Jim, is probably going to be upset that I chose to put The xx’s new album, “Coexist”, as my number 5 rather than 1 or 2 but whatever! This, like many, is another September album that is great from start to finish.  With their sophomore effort, The xx came back with what you would expect from them…. great music.  They continued from where their first album left off, which is alternative-folk-rock-chamber-pop about heart break.  My favorite track off of “Coexist” is “Unfold”, keeping with the theme of heartbreak, they continue to use synthesizers and spacey echos to fill in space.  Great album if you’re getting over a break up or just wanna chill and hear great music.     4. Beach House – “Bloom” This one was a favorite of many people I know, it was the perfect follow up to their previous record, “Teen Dream”.  In typical Beach House fashion there is swelling synths, chamber pop melodies, and Arcade Fire-esque builds.  What I like about this album, and Beach House in general, is that you are forced to be patient throughout the song.  You wait for the build to come up, you wait for the chorus to hit, and you wait for bridge.  That is how I think music should be, a long thought out journey that builds as it progresses.  Some tracks off of “Bloom” to check out are, “Wild” and “Wishes”.     3. The Avett Brothers – “The Carpenter” This one has been playing non-stop since it began streaming prior to its release on NPR.  With the follow up to the well received “I and Love and You”, The Avett Brothers came back rockin’! The themes are deeper and more meaningful than on their previous record, with songs about death and falling in and out of love.  “The Carpenter” also brings that punk-folk side out, that was shown in albums like “Emotionalism”, by bringing in Red Hot Chilli Peppers drummer Chad Smith for a few songs.  This album has been playing at least once a week for me start to finish and I don’t see a change in that rotation coming any time soon.     2. Jack White – “Blunderbuss” This man can literally do no wrong.  The front man of The White Stripes, leader of The Raconteurs, and head/drums of The Dead Weather combined all of those projects to release his long awaited solo album.  White has said many times that he had no intention of writing a solo album and that it all just kind of happened when RZA canceled on a recording session with White.  Thank god he canceled. This album is everything you’d expect from White, blues rock, loud distortion, country influences, and beat up piano sounds.  The album was recording with two different bands, an all female and an all male band, depending on how White was feeling that day.  The songs touch on subjects such as love and how it basically can tear you apart or make you feel great.  The lead single off of “Blunderbuss” was “Love Interruption” but the song that got the most attention was the hard rocking “Sixteen Saltines”, which kicks your ass from the very beginning! If you’re a White Stripes fan or a fan of anything Jack White has touched, then I suggest listening to “Blunderbuss”.     1. Frank Ocean – “Channel Orange”  Is anyone surprised that I picked this? Its amazing! I’ll be honest I was a little skeptical because in my mind I thought “Nostalgia/Ultra” was good but not amazing.  Then he did work on Watch the Throne, some songs off “Channel Orange” slowly started getting leaked and then the album came out.  I was sold, best album of the year from the moment I heard it.   Much like Tyler, the Creator, Frank performed on Jimmy Fallon before his album got released,  which helped build up the hype.  There was also the fact that Ocean came out on his tumblr page that same week.  That made critics rethink his music and his lyrics, songs that were supposedly about girls could be about this person he had a relationship with.  It made Ocean very mysterious but at the same time one of the bravest musicians especially in the hip hop world.  What I like about this album is that it seems very honest and you can hear that in every note Ocean hits, whether he sings about love, religion, or Forrest Gump, it seems very genuine with every breath. The key tracks that made this album so special to me this year are “Bad Religion”, “Pink Matter”,  and “Thinkin Bout You”.  I’m excited to see what 2013 brings to the table for Frank Ocean, hopefully we get another classic album like “Channel Orange” soon.     Honorable Mentions: Japandroids – “Celebration Rock” , Fang Island – “Major” , Titus Andronicus – “Local Business” , John Mayer – “Born and Raised” , Fiona Apple – “The Idler Wheel…” , JEFF The Brotherhood – “Hypnotic Nights” , Oberhofer – “Time Capsules II” , Alabama Shakes – “Boys and Girls”  
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