2012 - The Year of the Dozen(s)

Angel Olsen – Half Way Home  (Bathetic)
Cat Power – Sun  (Matador)
Catherine Irwin – Little Heater  (Thrill Jockey)
Eleni Mandell – I Can See The Future  (Yep Roc)
Jennifer Castle  - Castlemusic  (No Quarter)
Jennifer O’Connor – I Want What You Want  (Kiam)
Kelly Hogan – I Like To Keep Myself In Pain  (Anti)
La Sera – Sees The Light  (Hardly Art)
Laura Gibson – La Grande  (Jealous Butcher)
Megan Reilly – The Well  (Carrot Top)
Rebecca Gates and the Consortium – The Float  (12XU)
Sharon Van Etten  - Tramp  (Jagjaguwar)
Waxahatchee  (Katie Cruthchfield) – American Weekend  (Don Giovanni)
*Allowing myself a baker’s dozen for the ladies.

Bob Dylan – Tempest  (Columbia)
Chuck Prophet – Temple Beautiful  (Yep Roc)
Father John Misty – Fear Fun  (Sub Pop)
Gentleman Jesse – Leaving Atlanta  (Douchmaster)
King Tuff  (Kyle Thomas) – s/t  (Sub Pop)
Lonnie Holley – Just Before Music  (Dust To Digital)
Luke Roberts – The Iron Gates At Throop and Newport  (Thrill Jockey)
M. Ward – A Wastland Companion  (Merge)
Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks  (Yep Roc)
Peter Buck – s/t  (Mississippi)
Simon Joyner – Ghosts  (Sing Eunuchs)
Will Johnson – Scorpion  (Undertow)

LADIES and/or GENTLEMEN - together in GROUPS
Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold  (Sub Pop)
Best Coast – The Only Place  (Mexican Summer)
Cardinal – Hymns  (Fire)
Gap Dream – s/t  (Burger)
Hiss Golden Messenger – Poor Moon  (Paradise of Bachelors / Tompkins Square)
Hospitality – s/t   (Merge)
Lavender Diamond – Incorruptable Heart  (Paracadute)
Liminanas – Crystal Anis  (Hozac)
Poor Moon – Illusion EP / s/t  (Sub Pop)
Redd Kross – Researching The Blues  (Merge)
Sonny & The Sunsets – Longtime Companion  (PolyVinyl)
Swearin’ – s/t  (Salinas)

Blitzen Trapper – Hey Joe / Skirts On Fire 7”  (Sub Pop)
Cuffs – Private View 7”  (Ride The Snake)
Doug Paisly – Golden Embers EP  (No Quarter)
Hospitality – Drift 7”  (Merge)
Jesse Baylin – The Pleasure Center EP  (soundcloud.com/jessiebaylin)
Jonathan Wilson – Pity Trails and Tomorrow’s Child EP  (Bella Union)
Obits – Let Me Dream If I Want To  7”  (Sub Pop)
Retribution Gospel Choir – The Revolution EP  (Sub Pop)
Superchunk – This Summer / Cruel Summer  7” (Merge)
The Paperhead – Pictures of Her Demise 7”  (Trouble In Mind)
The Resonars – Long Long Thoughts EP  (Trouble In Mind)
Wild Woods – Where Did You Go / Paper Cutout  (Suicide Squeeze)

Codeine – When I See The Sun  (Numero)
Cotton Mather – Kontiki  (Star Apple Kingdom)
Donnie and Joe Emerson – Dreamin’ Wild  (LITA)
Eraserhead – Soundtrack  (Sacred Bones)
Mickey Murray – People Are Together  (Secret Stash)
Paul McCartney – RAM Mono Vinyl Edition  (Hear Music)
Sleep – Dopesmoker  (Southern Lord)
Sloan – Twice Removed Deluxe Edition  (Yep Roc / Murder)
The Cleaners From Venus – Vol. 1  (Captured Tracks)
The Hollies – Imperial Mono LPs   (Sundazed)
The Louvin Brothers – Satan Is Real / Tragic Songs of Life  (LITA)
Vis-à-vis – Obi Agye Me Dofo  (Secret Stash)

Alex Chilton – Free Again: The 70’s Sessions  (Omnivore)
Lee Hazlewood – The LHI Years: Singles Nudes & Backsides 1968-71  (LITA)
Lou Ragland – I Travel Alone  (Numero)
Rev. Charlie Jackson –Live Recordings Vol. 1 & 2  (50 Miles of Elbow Room)
The Funkees – Dancing Time: The Best of Eastern Nigeria’s Afro Rock Exponents 1973-77  (Soundway)
Tim Maia – Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maiua  (Luaka Bop)
Wendy Rene – After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles & Rarities 1964-65  (LITA)
v/a – Aimer et Perdre:  To Love & To Lose Songs, 1917-34  (Tompkins Square)
v/a – Love Songs For Lamps – Complied by Calvin Johnson  (Believer Magazine - Cassette / Download)
v/a – Omnibus 45 Box Set  (Numero)
v/a – Twin Cities Funk & Soul  (Secret Stash)
v/a – Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard: Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music 1923-36  (Tompkins Square)

*This list could easily have been comprised of a dozen Mississippi Records releases.  Considering that, I’ve left them off entirely and created the following extra dozen – theirs is a category unto itself.

Boyd Rivers – You Can’t Make Me Doubt
Henry Thomas – Bull Doze Blues
Mahmoud Ahmed – s/t
Pandit Pran Nath – Ragas of Morning and Night
Rev. Louis Overstreet – There’s No Future In Gaining the World and Losing Your Soul
v/a – Bed Of Pain
v/a – Five Minutes To Midnight
v/a – Hasabe
v/a – Sticks Over My Shoulder
v/a – Time Will Make Change
v/a – To What A Strange Place: The Music of the Ottoman-American Diaspora Vols. 1-3
v/a – What Remains Of Eden: Anatolian & Levantine Music 1928-52

January 14th  -  Scud Mt. Boys  / John Cunningham  (Brighton Music Hall)
February 25th  -  The Low Anthem  (South Church, Portsmouth, NH)
March 30th  -  Rosie Thomas  (Café 939)
May 12th  -  Daniel Johnston  (Rochester Opera House, NH)
June 15th  -  Laura Marling / Willy Mason  (Berklee Performance Center)
July 10th  -  Chuck Prophet  (Lizard Lounge)
August 14th  -  Sonny and the Sunsets / Magic Trick  (Johnny D’s)
September 24th  -  Will Johnson / Anders Parker  (Living Room Show)
October 11th  -  Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys  (Lizard Lounge)
October 18th  -  Chris Elliott  (Coolidge Corner / Brookline Booksmith)
November 10th  -  Hospitality  (Brandeis)
December 4th  -  Kelly Hogan / Chris Mills  (Johnny D’s)

Athens, GA. – Inside / Out  (Ominvore DVD/CD)
Fear and Desire / The Seafarers – directed by Stanley Kubrick  (Kino / Library of Congress Blu-Ray)
Heaven’s Gate – directed by Michael Cimino  (Criterion Collection Blu-Ray)
Louie – Season 3  (FX)
One Nation Under Dog: Stories of Fear, Loss and Betrayal  (HBO)
On The Bowery - The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Vol. 1  (Milestone Blu-Ray)
Paradise Lost 3:  Purgatory  (HBO)
The Daily Show / The Colbert Report  (Comedy Central)
The Master – directed by Paul Thomas Anderson  (70mm presentation at Coolidge Corner)
The Prowler – directed by Joseph Losey  (VCI / UCLA DVD)
Veep – Season 1 (HBO)
Weekend - directed by Jean Luc Godard  (Criteiron Collection Blu-Ray)

Bob Mould – See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody  (Little Brown)
Brock Clarke – Exley / An Arsonist’s Guide To Writers’ Homes In New England  (Algonquin)
Chris Elliott - The Guy Under the Sheets: The Unauthorized Autobiography  (Blue Rider Press)
Chris Ware - Building Stories  (Pantheon)
Dave Eggers – Zeitoun / A Hologram for the King  (McSweeney’s)
E.L. Doctorow – Homer & Langley  (Random House)
Frederick Exley – A Fan’s Notes  (Vintage)
Jason Brown - Why The Devil Chose New England For His Work: Stories  (Open City)
John D’Agata & Jim Fingal – The Lifespan of a Fact  (WW Norton)
Kelly Link – Magic For Beginners / Pretty Monsters / Stranger Things Happen  (Small Beer / Viking)
Lee Friedlander – Mannequin  (Fraenkel Gallery)
Ossian Brown – Haunted Air  (Random House UK)

*More of a reading list than a list of 2012 titles.