Craig Hlavaty's 10 Best Houston Albums of 2012

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It's that time of year -- or at least it has been since, like, November -- for rock writers to show everyone else how cool they think they are with their year-end best-of lists. How obscure can you get? How controversial can you be with your choices?

"If only Honey Boo Boo released album that I could put next to Frank Ocean!" says one blogger to himself as he makes his Top 50 that no one will ever read. Who the fuck is Grimes anyway?

This best-of list is geared towards my favorite local albums of the year, the ones that grabbed me and shook me for weeks and months on end. No beers. shots, or free merch were involved.

I swear.

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10. Come See My Dead Person, Come See My Dead Person
This was a late-comer this year, releasing just a few weeks back. The gypsy-folk-rock-bleeders' self-titled album was heralded by lead single "John Doe," a grim and grimy bounce through the graveyard or the killing floor of a slaughterhouse.


9. Female Demand, Outside the Universe
Luckily the now-defunct Female Demand dropped this LP before they called it quits. Outside the Universe, their first full-length LP after two EPs. is infinitely groovier and more aggressive than the two EPs. Bassist Bradley Muñoz and drummer Jonathan Perez created one of the most hectic live experiences we've seen in years in their time, trapping crowds inside a harsh bubble of sound, sweat and light.


8. A Sea Es, A Sea Es
Austin Smith wowed me with his multilayered, kaleidoscopic sound on A Sea Es' 11-track debut album. Fans of Animal Collective, Harry Nilsson, ELO, Frank Zappa, T. Rex and the Beach Boys will not be disappointed.


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jenkinshouse55
jenkinshouse55

It was a good year for Houston. Here are 16 I enjoyed hearing, watching, and photographing. Hope I'm not forgetting a favorite...  - Jason Smith

16. Square and Compass – HOW TO ESCAPE

15. Grandfather Child – GRANDFATHER CHILD

14. Linus Pauling Quartet - Bag of Hammers

13. Excusemesir – WITH YOU IN MIND

12. Free Radicals – THE FREEDOM FENCE

11. Venomous Maximus – BEG UPON THE LIGHT

10. Ancient Cat Society – STAY HOME

9. From Beyond – THE COLOR OUT OF SPACE

8. Second Lovers – WISHERS, DREAMERS, & LIARS

7. Sunrise and Ammunition – TESSERACT

6. New York City Queens – BURN OUT LIKE ROMAN CANDLES

5. Bang Bangz – BANG BABGZ EP

4. Featherface – ACTUAL MAGIC

3. The Dead Revolt – A NIGHT OF NOSTALGIA

2. The Manichean – LOVERS

1. Buxton – NOTHING HERE SEEMS STRANGE

sheaserrano
sheaserrano

B L A C K I E's GEN really just made me feel all sorts of ways about all sorts of things. So very good. The part about dancing with his mom is Christmas is undeniably moving. Everything about that specific moment is unbelievable. I want to give him all of my money.

yeep
yeep

I think this is great, and sums up the year just fine. 

Haters, this is not an article on the top 100 Houston albums of 2012.. 

WhiteLightning
WhiteLightning

NYC Queens may be the worst band to pop onto the scene in a long long time.

darkblueskye
darkblueskye

Elect Trick City's EP "Vote Trick City" is on repeat on my computer since I got it in November. No female bands on the list? Shame on you, Houston Press. Shame on you.

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