Craig Hlavaty's 10 Best Houston Albums of 2012
Zooming into my radio late in 2012 was Sunrise & Ammunition's Tesseract, one of the most live and amplified local albums of the year. The power trio benefited from production and mixing by NY-based producer Jesse Cannon, who streamlined the harsher elements of S&A's last two EPs into something less scatterbrained.
6. Weird Party, Hussy
Weird Party is like this elusive black bear of Houston that appears randomly from the wilderness, mauling a few passersby, dropping an eight-cut album called Hussy with a pair of huge tits on the cover onto the public, and then retreating, not to rest, but to wait. More, please.
5. Buxton, Nothing Here Seems Strange
Buxton has been on the road touring behind their New West debut for the majority of the past year, putting in work for an album into which they had poured the last five years of their lives. Nothing Here Seems Strange got progressively better with each listen, no small feat when most 2012 albums are one-pump chumps. "Oh My Boy" and "Boy of Nine" are two of the biggest standouts, building up promise for an even more harrowing follow-up.