Rocks Off's 10(ish) Favorite Local Albums of 2012

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JEF WITH ONE F: Kathryn Hallberg's Nocturnal EP can calm the most restless minds with her songs. No matter what's going on in your life, when the soft sounds of "Move On" or quiet ode to nighttime contemplations "Nocturnal" comes on, it just seems like life hits a little less hard. I don't know what I'd do without her.

MATTHEW KEEVER: The Manichean's Lovers. I've been of fan of these drama junkies for a few years now, and I was ecstatic to hear Lovers. Like their previous EPs, Lovers has a distinctive air of mystery, as listeners follow a story arc that is sometimes difficult to grasp, but like abstract poetry, the music, lyricism and delivery is so on-point that you end up getting lost in it all the same.

CHRISTINA LYNN: I wanna go with the Free Radicals' The Freedom Fence. It's like the Houston answer to Joe Jackson's Night and Day, which felt like a musical walk through New York City.

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Blasphemy, Chris Gray. You didn't pick some disposable hipster shite record for album of the year? "Just to remind all you kids out there -- he said, shaking his cane from the front porch -- that there is a scene out there far, far away from Mango's, Walters and Fitzgerald's." More blasphemy. Shame on you for not "supporting the scene." And shame on your for suggesting that a woman who sang with Louis Armstrong might've released the best album in Houston this year. Hell, she probably doesn't even know where Mango's is. Chris, please turn in your hipster badge now.


I'm really glad Craig gave it to Gen in his article, because I would have loved to mention that one too.

Creg Lovett
Creg Lovett

Dang. I wish I'd answered this one. This is a good, good list.


Did we all manage to pick different albums? Go team!

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