Last week, we rolled out Part One of LMB’s Best of 2012 feature, highlighting this year’s noteworthy albums (’s Lonerism, ’s Blunderbuss and Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave), artists () live moments (

PART TWO features even more responses, including picks from LMB’s founder, the Editor of our LMB NOLA page and several contributors from all over the country (some new to the site in 2012 and a few with more tenureContinue below for the Best of 2012 and please share with us your choices in the applicable categories in the comments section below.

We sincerely thank you for visiting Live Music Blog this year and we look forward to showing you what we’ve got in store for the rest of 2012 and beyond!

Justin Ward | Founder, LMB | Chicago > , CA

 

Photo © Justin Ward

Top 5 Albums of 2012:

Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Rubblebucket – Live in Chicago
Monster Rally / Rumtum – Coasting

Top 5 Shows of 2012:

Lotus and NVO @ The Fillmore 4/21/12
Phish @ Bill Graham Civic Center Night Three 8/19/12
STS9 Axe the Cables @ Saratoga Winery 8/25/12
Amon Tobin @ Greek Theater, Berkeley 10/5/12
The Complete Last Waltz @ The Warfield 11/24/12

Honorable mentions: STS9 playing as Sector 9 in for

Live Artist of the Year: – I saw them play three totally unique shows this year: Sector 9 in NOLA, headlining festival set at , and Axe the Cables at Saratoga Winery. All three could not have been more artistically challenging and equally rewarding to see as a long-time fan of the band.

Favorite New Artist: Monster Rally – it’s about all I listened to on Spotify for quite a bit.

Festivals Attended: , , , Guitarfish Festival, Hangtown Halloween Ball

Top 3 Festival Sets:

Bruce Springsteen @ Jazz Fest
Garage a Trois @ High Sierra 2012
Skrillex @ Outside Lands

Skrillex @ 2012 || Photo by Jimmy Grotting

Live Music Moments of the Year:

I got to see Skrillex at just days before absolutely slayed me for three nights here in SF with a special emphasis on night three — both shows completely floored me but in their own unique weird ways. Both shows were where I danced the hardest this year. Both couldn’t have been more different in how they amazed me.

Looking ahead to 2013: NVO on the brain; look for us at 2013 (hopefully)…
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Victoria Holt | Photographer | Seattle, WA

 

Top 5 Albums of 2012:

WIXIW
Be The Void
Love This Giant
Mumps, etc.
The Bloom and the Blight

Top 5 Shows of 2012:

@ The Metro, Chicago, IL (7/19/12)
and Future Twin @ The Rickshaw Stop, , CA (8/8/12)
@ The Paramount Theater, Seattle, WA (9/18/12)
and @ 5th Avenue Theater, Seattle, WA (10/17/12)
Reignwolf @ The Neptune Theater, Seattle, WA (11/24/12)

Live Artist of the Year: and
Favorite New Artist: Reignwolf

Festivals Attended:
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, , Music and Arts Festival, Bumbershoot, Decibel Festival, City Arts Festival

Top 3 Festival Sets:

@
joined by Tenacious D @
@ Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

Live Music Moment of the Year:

It’s a three-way tie between jumping around like a lunatic to ’s “Peacebone,” dancing in the front row to and ’s cover of “Burning Down the House,” and having my mind blown when barrelled through my personal favorite, “Paranoid Android,” at the very end of their Coachella set.

Most Anticipated Releases for 2013: Reignwolf,
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Jackson Haddad | Writer, LMB | , CA

Blunderbuss,

Top 5 Albums of 2012:

Blunderbuss
Centipede Hz
Lonerism
M Ward – A Wasteland Companion
Tempest

Top 5 Shows of 2012:

@ Dicks Sporting Goods Arena (8/31/12)
@ (7/6/12)

@ House of Blues NOLA (5/4/12)
@ (8/10/12)

Live Artist of the Year:

Favorite New Artist:

Festivals Attended:

Top 3 Festival Sets:

Anitbalas @ (8/10/2012)
@ (7/6/2012)
@ (8/12/2012)

Live Music Moment of the Year:

Dick’s “Light” 9/1/2012

Most Anticipated Projected Album of 2013: TOOL
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Pete Merriman | Writer, LMB | , CA

 

Top 5 Albums of 2012:

A Thing Called
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
Tigerface
Lonesome Dreams
Lonerism

Honorable mentions: Fly, West Coast Sounds – It’s About Time

9/11/12 of

Top 5 Shows of 2012:

– The Warfield, , CA (11/24/12)
The – HOB, NOLA (5/4/12)
, , CA (09/11/12)

, , CA (1/26/12)

Live Artist of the Year:

– One of the hardest working guys in the biz. Between 3 New Slang weekend stands at the in SF, a June residency at in LA, reviving the 20th Congress, and being seemingly 3 places at once on , , and Bear Creek, it was definitely a banner year for the funkiest organ player out there.

Favorite New Artist:

Festivals Attended: Jamcruise, 22nd , , ,

Top 3 Festival Sets:


Garage a Trois –

Live Music Moment of the Year: over Thanksgiving weekend in was one for the ages that will not soon be forgotten. For one magical evening, The Warfield played host to a life affirming celebration of the power of music, it’s ability to bring people together and move your soul.

36 years after The Band’s final concert, which featured some of the biggest names in blues, rock, and folk, this tribute brought together musicians from some of my favorite bands of the last decade: Dr Dog, , , , Bustle in Your Hedgerow, , Wilco, and , to name a few. Seeing so many talented musicians coming together for one night to pay tribute to their own musical heroes was a powerful statement of The Band’s legacy, and the unbridled joy emanating from the performers as they tore into the revered canon was a beauty to behold. This was truly the epitome of a once-in-a-lifetime event, and I will be eternally grateful that I was able to bear witness.

Most Anticipated Projected Albums of 2013:

/ / / (fingers crossed)

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John “Krott Disciple” Stephens | Editor, LMB NOLA

 

Top 5 Albums of 2012:

Fear Fun
The Heaven
Lonesome Dreams
Lonerism
and Love This Giant

Top 5 Shows of 2012:

@ NOLA (10/17/12)
White Denim plus @ NOLA (11/7/12)
The plus @ Tipitina’s Uptown NOLA (9/22/12)
@ The Republic NOLA (9/7/12)
plus Har Mar Superstar and Moon Hooch @ (5/23/12)

Live Artist of the Year:

Favorite New Artist: ( comes in at a close second)

Festivals Attended:
, , Voodoo Experience

Top 3 Festival Sets:

@
@ Voodoo Experience
and his Extraordinaires @

Live Music Moment of the Year:

Speaking with Steve Terebecki (White Denim bassist) after their show, telling him that I was the one who requested “No Real Reason” via twitter, which read, “If White Denima plays ‘no real reason’ many a baby will be made.” We went on to discuss that I probably wouldn’t be making any babies after all (turned out to be true).

Or maybe seeing the unplugged mini-set by Punch Brothers in the media tent at

Or maybe kneeling down to piss in that plastic cup right before the set at – so as to not lose my spot – and then accidentally spilling that cup on the nice ladies’ purses in front of me…
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Joe Szopa | Writer, Photographer | , CA

Arrow,

Top 5 Albums of 2012:

Blak and Blu
Lonesome Dreams
Arrow
Hello Land!

Top 5 Shows of 2012:

Night 3 @ , , CA (9/13/12)
Night 1 @ , , CA (9/11/12)
@ The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA (11/14/12)
@ Nokia Theater, (11/5/12)
with @ The Troubadour, West Hollywood, CA (6/8/12)

Live Artist of the Year:

Favorite New Artist:

Live Music Moment of the Year:

My Morning Jacket’s 25 minute face-melting rip of “Dondante” on Night 3 of their stand at the Wiltern.. 4. When said “This may or may not be the last time we see each other again, so tonight, we’re going to give it all we got,” before a three-hour legendary performance and four mid-set standing ovations.

Most Anticipated Releases for 2013: Broken Bells
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Jimmy Grotting | Photographer | NOLA > San Diego, CA

 

Bomba Estereo @ 2012 || Photo by Jimmy Grotting

Top 5 Albums of 2012:

Lonerism
Kill for Love
Break it Yourself
Wrecking Ball
Fear Fun

Top 5 Shows of 2012:


@ Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA (8/15/12)
@ , , CA (9/12/12)
@ , NOLA (1/19/12)

Live Artist of the Year:

Favorite New Artist:

Festivals Attended:

(Weekend 1), , French Quarter Fest, Final Four Music Fest

Top 3 Festival Sets:
@ Jazzfest
@
Bomba Estereo @

Live Music Moment of the Year:

Post- karaoke session featuring Ben Grotting on dubstep beatbox and lead vocals
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Billy Morgan | Contributor | Nashville, TN > Atlanta, GA

 

Top 5 Albums of 2012

Lonerism
Psychedelic Pill
Dr. John – Locked Down
Blunderbuss
Valtari

Top 5 Shows of 2012

Sigur Ros @ 2012

@ Dick’s Sporting Goods Arena, Commerce City, CO (all of it, but esp. 8/31/12)
@ , Manchester, TN (6/8/12)
@ , , CA (8/11/12)
AM Sessions featuring , Eric Krasno, George Porter Jr., and Johnny V @ HOB Parish Room, , LA 5/5/12 (Post late-night Meters and MMJ at the Fest earlier that day)
@ Star Lake, Burgettstown, PA (6/23/12)

Live Artist of the Year:
Favorite New Artist: ,

Festivals Attended: , ,

Top 3 Festival Sets

@
Sigur Ros @
Superjam w/ D’Angelo @

Live Music Moment of the Year:
This is a 3-way tie between the realization that meant business at Dick’s and was going to be stretching things out all weekend, seeing Sigur Ros for the first time in a purple-lit, fog-blanketed, nook of Golden Gate Park closing with one of my favorite songs, “Popplagio,” and seeing close their set with “Paranoid Android” and then literally running to the opposite side of Centeroo and waltzing to the front row of the Other Tent to see The Word> Dumpstaphunk> Big Freedia with a tiny crowd as far as standards go.

Most Anticipated Releases of 2013:
Yo La Tengo, ,

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Jake Krolick | Contributor / Videographer | Philadelphia, PA

 

Top 5 Albums of 2012

Psychedelic Pill

Beware and Be Grateful
Gone
Lonesome Dreams
Neil Young and Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill
Fear Fun

Honorable mentions: Black Pistol Fire – Big Beat 59, Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth, Gardens and Villa – Gardens and Villa, Geographer – Myth

Top 5 Shows of 2012

with the Soul Rebels Brass Band @ The Blockley – Philadelphia, PA 2.24.12
@ Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA 5.16.12
@ Kung-Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA (4.13.12)
Yellow Ostrich @ Kung-Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA (10.26.12)
The Extraordinaires @ Kung-Fu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA (5.22.12)

Live Artist of the Year:
Best New Artist:
Festivals Attended: Roots Picnic, Firefly Festival, Allmans Peach Festival, Equifunk, Made In America

Top 3 Festival Sets

@ The Roots Picnic
@ The Peach Festival
@ Firefly Festival

Live Music Moment of the Year

This is a toss-up between two miniscule club shows, at the Kung-Fu Necktie. I’ve seen close to 100 shows there and was the first band/crowd interaction that made the floor in that place bounce. There really is no stage so the band and audience merged into a mass of sweaty flesh with everyone banging on something or dancing with a band member. The other moment was at at Johnny Brendas, Singer Channy Leaneagh’s auto tuner was barely working and her improvisation on the songs “Amoungster” and “Lay Your Cards Out” out was insanely beautiful and sent chills down my spine.
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Grant Thomas | Contributor | NOLA > SF > NOLA

 

Top 5 Albums of 2012

Diamond Rugs – Diamond Rugs
Lonesome Dreams
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Radlands
Arrow

Top 5 Shows of 2012

@ Republic || Photo by Corey Thomas

@ Republic (9/7/12)
Lee Fields and the Expressions @ (4/27/12)
@ Verizon Ampitheatre, ATL (8/24/12)
@ Tipitina’s Uptown NOLA (Lundi Gras 2k12)
@ House of Blues NOLA / (Karl Denson guest appearance) HOB NOLA (5/3/12)

Live Artist of the Year:
Favorite New Artist: Alt-J

Festivals Attended: JazzFest, Hangout Fest, French Quarter Fest, OysterFest

Top 3 Festival Sets

1. – Hangout Festival
2.
3. – Hangout Festival

Live Music Moment of the Year: Look at this f***ing setlist.

Sam Nachbar | Contributor |

 

Top 5 Albums of 2012

Grizzly Bear – Shields
Lonerism
The Garden of Joy and the Well of Loneliness
Remember When

Top 5 Shows of 2012

@ Coachella (04/14/2012)
@ The Satellite (11/03/2012)
Grizzly Bear @ The Greek Theatre (10/10/2012)
@ El Rey (09/27/12)
@ (09/11/12)

Live Artist of the Year: . Although I was only able to catch the opening night of their 3 night stint at , it was enough to earn live artist of the year. The diversity of their set (which included a pristine cover of Elton John’s Rocket Man), and ability to move a crowd of casual and dedicated fans alike, made their performance the most memorable of 2012.

Favorite New Artist:
Festivals Attended: Coachella, FYF Fest

Live Music Moments of the Year

of (8/28/12)

Parking inside the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and climbing the ascending stairs to the beautiful Masonic hall to see one of the first performances of indie-super group, , definitely stands out as a live music highlight this year. Seeing or ( and ’s respective bands) would only be possible at a major music venue, and that’s what made seeing both performers in the intimacy of the Masonic hall so memorable.

Also, at Coachella was a treasure. Regardless of ticket price, if you have a chance to catch them in the future, do it. You shan’t regret it.

Looking Forward to in 2013: ’s side project, , is slated for late January, so that will undoubtedly be an early 2013 treat. Also in January, will be releasing their first full-length, via Jagjaguwar. Their 2012 EP, Take the Kids off Broadway, was a monster, and the single for the new record continues the band’s run of making uniquely constructed, synth heavy, Jagger influenced tunes.

BEST OF 2012: PART ONE