Rocks Off's 10(ish) Favorite Local Albums of 2012
NATHAN SMITH: My vote goes to the Linus Pauling Quartet's Bag of Hammers (right). In addition to featuring the year's best cover art, it's chock-full of heavy, stoney grooves that sound equally great live and blasting out of the stock speakers of a used car.
MARCO TORRES: Grandfather Child's Grandfather Child -- another case of an underappreciated talent who flew under the our radar but were later signed and hopefully on to bigger and better horizons. Even after seeing them live more than a few times over the last two years, I never expected their self-titled debut to rattle me the way it did.
The combination of the tearfully sweet wine of Lucas Gorham's lap-steel guitar and the country-blues vocals makes this album top-notch. My favorite tracks are "Can't Seem To Forget" (that breakdown is downright killer!) and "Magical Words."