Entries for the ‘Top 10 of 2012’ Category

Top Ten of Twenty Twelve: Jack Duckworth (Soft Riot, ex-A Luna Red, Radio Berlin)

Jack Duckworth is no stranger to the indie scene, and although he doesn’t garner name recognition in many sets, he probably should.  While a resident of Canada, he contributed his considerable efforts to A Luna Red, Primes, and Radio Berlin, and since relocating in England, Duckworth struck out on his own with band Savage Furs, [...]

Top Ten of Twenty Twelve: Mark Kaiser (Mt. St. Mtn., ex-Mayyors)

  If Mt. St. Mtn. isn’t already on your short list of best indie labels, it should be.  The label, run by Mark Kaiser (formery of Mayyors) and artist Jay Howell (of Bob’s Burgers), is art and recording project centered around vinyl only pressings, limited to 200 – 500 copies, of exclusive material by artists [...]

Top Ten of Twenty Twelve: Nick Testa (Nightbeast)

In Fall 2011, the probably love child of Har Mar Superstar and T-Pain, Nightbeast, reemerged with his sophomore EP, You’re Welcome.  The follow-up to his debut, Inside Jokes For Outside Folks (which featured contributions from dudes from Punchline, Hawthorne Heights and even Say Anything’s Max Bemis), the LP is a effervescent, celebratory romp featuring a [...]

Top Ten of Twenty Twelve: Mike Hill (Tombs)

  Although 2012 wasn’t a release year for Mike Hill’s metal/post-rock trio Tombs, if he did any relaxing it wasn’t apparent to You Indie.  Primarily known for his role as Tombs guitarist/vocalist, his musical efforts has earned the band and their albums wide spread critical acclaim from the most discerning critics (NPR, Pitchfork, Decibel).  However, [...]

Top Ten of Twenty Twelve: Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles)

Russian Circles released their most recent album, Empros, last October via Sargent House and it was a barn burner.  Empros picked up where the anthemic riffs and melodies of 2009’s Geneva left off and injected evermore slithering rhythms amid skull-crushing heft with all the visceral intensity of Godflesh, Swans and Neurosis. For all intents and [...]

Top Ten of Twenty Twelve: Andy Gabbard (Buffalo Killers)

Buffalo Killers are three Ohio boys whose output harkens to ‘60s rock songwriting, but still manages to maintain a timelessness that makes them relevant in 2012.  And though Dig. Sow. Love. Grow., their 2012 record for Alive could have come out 40 years ago, it also proves that memorable, hooky songs don’t have a shelf [...]

Top Ten of Twenty Twelve: Andrew Shiraki (Koji)

Pennsylvania singer-songwriter Andrew Shiraki, better known by his middle and stage name Koji, who was once a staple of community house, hall and basement shows has had a big 2012.  In addition to spending the Summer on the Warped Tour and playing The Fest in Gainesville, he was invited to spend part of the year [...]

Top Ten of Twenty Twelve: Joseph Mitra (Diamond Youth and a bunch of other stuff)

Baltimore musician and engineer Joseph Mitra has been a crucial player in east coast hardcore and indie music for decades now.  Not only has he been behind the boards on records by Frodus, Coke Bust, Regents, Trapped Under Ice, Solar Powered Sun Destroyer and more, he’s collaborated with alt-hip hopper Cex (under his MC pseudonym [...]