Top 40 Singles of 2012: 20 – 11

December 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm | Posted in 7 inch, Lists, Music, Singles, Vinyl | 3 Comments
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11. Kelley Stoltz – Caroline (Les Disques Steak)

How many songs have been written about Caroline? Who knows? Kelley Stoltz adds one more to the list, but instead of being about Caroline it’s about all the songs that have been written about Caroline. It’s kind of like looking into a mirror reflecting a mirror with a great pop song for the soundtrack. Put it on repeat for optimum effect.

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12. Veronica Falls – My Heart Beats (Slumberland)

Veronica Falls’ autumnal jangle is perfect for any season. My Heart Beats does not let up from the full throttle that the band was operating at on their debut album from last year, in fact it ups the ante. This record has got the oddsmakers putting the chance of sophomore slump for their album due early next year at about a 1000 to 1.

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13. Vermillion Sands – Summer Melody (Shit Music For Shit People)

If spaghetti westerns were still being made, I imagine that Italy’s Vermillion Sands would be littering the soundtracks with their flipped out slightly countrified brand of garage rock. Summer Melody with it’s warbly guitar and bouncy rhythm kicks up some great Italian dust.

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14. Guy Harvey – The Rope (Mayo Factory)

Florida’s Guy Harvey are named after the artist that is more synonymous with Jimmy Buffet than indie rock. Their single from early in the year doesn’t really evoke images of sword fish and marlins, but it is bolstered with beautiful sad melody and piano crescendos that left me wanting more from this seemingly reclusive band. Will they make another record or will they choose to pursue careers in snorkeling?

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15. Sugar Stems – Greatest Pretender (Certified PR)

Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s Sugar Stems immediately bring to mind the Bangles, but where the Bangles were initially part of paisley underground, the Sugar Stems deal in the skinny tie and straight leg pants of powerpop. Greatest Pretender packs a wallop that you want to keep hitting yourself with.

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16. Lamps – All Seeing Eye (Sweet Rot)

You know that eye on top of the pyramid on the back of a one dollar bill? That is the all seeing eye. It knows where you are, what you buy and what you think. You cannot escape it. You need it. It dominates your life. Kind of like this single from the Lamps.

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17. Aggi Doom – Bring Me the Head (Soft Power)

Brand new Glasgow band Aggi Doom nearly made the perfect single. The hyper Bring Me the Head brought to mind Gang of Four and Lilliputand with its tribal drums and chanted lyrics. The flip was moody and atmospheric sounding like it was culled from some long lost 4AD single. Aggi Doom, bring me more singles!

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18. The Twerps – Work It Out (Underwater Peoples)

The Melbourne scene kind of exploded this year. So many bands releasing so many great records. Well the Twerps were leading the pack. True, their album came out last year, but this quality single easily kept them fresh in our minds.

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19. Joanna Gruesome – Do You Really Wanna Know Why Yr Still in Love with Me (HHBTM)

Joanna Gruesome are the zombie sisterhood of their namesake. If you dig distorted pop that jangles and scrapes instead of plucked harp made by elves then you are one of the walking pop dead. Going from record store to record store mumbling to yourself, muuussst fiiiinnnddd mmmorrrre kiiiiiillllleeeerrr popppppp reeeecoorrrrdzzzz. Click!

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20. Keel Her – Riot Grrrl (Critical Heights)

Keel Her appeared on the Family Portrait record that came out on Art Is Hard this year. It also featured Gum, Joanna Gruesom, and Playlounge, the cornerstones of a rising blown out pop scene in the UK. Keel Her is the nom de guerre of Rose Keeler-Schaffeler who has released numerous cassettes and singles over the past two years. Riot Grrrl is her roaring x-rated best yet.

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  1. This is becoming my favorite end of year list. It makes me happy to see so many bands from my hometown of Melbourne getting kudos as well. Great job!

    • Thanks Ben. Melbourne seems to be the current day pop-utopia.

  2. great top singles ! 1-8-9-11-12-18 will be on mine too ! i just love this Kelley Stoltz single and spin it in my “dj set” quite everytime ! another regular 7′ in my bag is the awesome one by King Khan and the Shrines (bit my tongue)
    happy to see there the Aggi Doom single too, it will be probably in mine too, Soft power is a really cool label


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