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(Slicing Up Eyeballs)   The ten best albums of 2012, according to the readers of Slicing Up Eyeballs, who you can be sure won't put Carly Rae Jepsen or Gotye or Rihanna on the list   (slicingupeyeballs.com) divider line 86
    More: Cool, Rihanna, Pet Shop Boys, Killing Joke, Public Image Ltd., J Mascis, power trio, John Lydon  
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2012-12-31 10:59:38 AM
Missing Born Villain
 
2012-12-31 11:01:08 AM
As annoying as "Somebody That I Used To Know" was, Gotye's album was pretty farking good.
 
2012-12-31 11:07:33 AM
PiL, Dinosaur Jr, Dead Can Dance...farking Pet Shop Boys?! Is it 1989?!
 
2012-12-31 11:32:04 AM

AnotherBluesStringer: As annoying as "Somebody That I Used To Know" was, Gotye's album was pretty farking good.


This.
 
2012-12-31 11:34:42 AM

Gecko Gingrich: PiL, Dinosaur Jr, Dead Can Dance...farking Pet Shop Boys?! Is it 1989?!


Ultravox?  Killing Joke?

More like 1981.
 
2012-12-31 11:54:53 AM

Flab: Gecko Gingrich: PiL, Dinosaur Jr, Dead Can Dance...farking Pet Shop Boys?! Is it 1989?!

Ultravox?  Killing Joke?

More like 1981.


Well, the site is devoted to 80's college rock.
 
2012-12-31 03:49:55 PM
The Fixx is still around??
 
2012-12-31 04:10:23 PM
I heard that Rihanna and Chris Brown are doing a duet together of Michael Jackson's Just Beat It.
 
2012-12-31 04:13:53 PM
I can vouch for both the Dead Can Dance and Pet Shop Boys albums. But WTF is up with nearly every album on the list being from bands that I grew up with? Don't you people listen to new artists? There's tons of them out there, and more easily accessible than ever. It's a great time to be a music fan.
 
2012-12-31 04:16:36 PM

poonesfarm: Well, the site is devoted to 80's college rock.


I was unaware of this, and thus retract the post above.
 
2012-12-31 05:08:29 PM
Vince Clark is still alive?
 
2012-12-31 05:21:29 PM
I have heard of Pet Shop Boys and Killing Joke, and Killing Joke only because Millenium was in the soundtrack for The Bigs.
 
2012-12-31 05:24:13 PM
No, but it's (mostly) crap that's just as bad.
 
2012-12-31 05:28:09 PM
Holy crap, Killing Joke is still around? Or are they living off of the royalties from Nirvana ripping them off still?
 
2012-12-31 05:33:31 PM
Right on.  Good stuff.
 
2012-12-31 05:41:04 PM
I Picked up THIS after falling in love with the first two tracks as soon as I heard them in a shop:

sephjnr.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk
 
2012-12-31 05:43:39 PM
More importantly, who the fark is Slicing Up Eyeballs and why should I care about their opinion?
 
2012-12-31 05:53:03 PM

marius2: Missing Born Villain


No, it isn't.
 
2012-12-31 05:54:56 PM
Lou Barlow can fart into a microphone for an hour and I would listen to it. One of my favorite song writers, pure genius.
 
2012-12-31 06:00:27 PM

Flab: AnotherBluesStringer: As annoying as "Somebody That I Used To Know" was, Gotye's album was pretty farking good.

This.


I have to say I checked out some of his other songs on youtube, left feeling with a "Phil Collins if he hadn't gotten old and a little lame" vibe from him.

I want to do dirty things to Kimbra.
 
2012-12-31 06:03:36 PM

Mad_Radhu: More importantly, who the fark is Slicing Up Eyeballs and why should I care about their opinion?


And why are they using embeds that require me to register with a third party?
 
2012-12-31 06:04:30 PM

Crotchrocket Slim: Flab: AnotherBluesStringer: As annoying as "Somebody That I Used To Know" was, Gotye's album was pretty farking good.

This.

I have to say I checked out some of his other songs on youtube, left feeling with a "Phil Collins if he hadn't gotten old and a little lame" vibe from him.

I want to do dirty things to Kimbra.


I agree with all of this. Especially the Kimbra part. She was the best thing about that video.
 
2012-12-31 06:16:13 PM
WHAR BEEBER??!? WHAR!??!
 
2012-12-31 06:20:35 PM

titwrench: Lou Barlow can fart into a microphone for an hour and I would listen to it. One of my favorite song writers, pure genius.


Is this his Christmas album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jklTFh nf7ts&feature=youtube_gdata_play er
 
2012-12-31 06:25:14 PM
assets.rollingstone.com

My choice for 2012 album of the year
 
2012-12-31 06:34:40 PM

StrikitRich: [assets.rollingstone.com image 306x306]

My choice for 2012 album of the year


good choice
 
2012-12-31 06:35:13 PM
Gotye was 30 years too late
userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2012-12-31 06:35:27 PM
Got to give mention to this:
www.nowtoronto.com

and
media.winnipegfreepress.com


/liked Carina Round's new record, too
 
2012-12-31 06:37:23 PM

sephjnr: I Picked up THIS after falling in love with the first two tracks as soon as I heard them in a shop:

[sephjnr.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk image 638x638]


any relation:
img.youtube.com
 
2012-12-31 06:39:46 PM
Puscifer was 2011.....

*feels shame*
 
2012-12-31 06:41:19 PM

sephjnr: I Picked up THIS after falling in love with the first two tracks as soon as I heard them in a shop:

[sephjnr.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk image 638x638]


farking cd is almost $23 here in the states.
 
2012-12-31 06:48:32 PM

poonesfarm: Flab: Gecko Gingrich: PiL, Dinosaur Jr, Dead Can Dance...farking Pet Shop Boys?! Is it 1989?!

Ultravox?  Killing Joke?

More like 1981.

Well, the site is devoted to 80's college rock.


Also, the list of Top 10 Albums of 2012 was based on a reader's poll. Since most of the website's readers are people who came of age during the 1980s, it makes sense that the Top 10 list would skew toward 80s acts that released new albums during the last 12 months as opposed to newer acts (e.g., Alabama Shakes).
 
2012-12-31 06:51:54 PM
Nice. I've heard of one group on the entire list.

I don't care what farkers think I enjoyed Making Mirrors and Some Nights
 
2012-12-31 06:54:35 PM
I'm really happy for you, imma let you finish but "Love Like Blood" was the best Killing Joke song of all time.
 
2012-12-31 06:55:59 PM

Carth: Nice. I've heard of one group on the entire list.


Riiight
 
2012-12-31 07:02:59 PM
I also enjoyed Anthony Green's album.
 
2012-12-31 07:05:54 PM
@ sephjnr
"I Picked up THIS after falling in love with the first two tracks as soon as I heard them in a shop: The Jim Jones Revue - The Savage Heart"

Go see them live! It's a gospel experience, they will make you believe in rock n'roll again, the real stuff: Little Richard, MC5, the Sonics, Dictators, Jerry Lee, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, etc. And get the previous records, too, especially the singles collection. Lo-fi and don't care. More piano, please. And what the hell, another guitar solo for good measure. Preach it, brother: "burnin' / your / house / DOWN!!"

/Jim Jones used to be the singer in an 80s UK Stooge-oid band called Thee Hypnotics. Even SubPop licensed their stuff for one record here in the States. They were damn good. But nothing like, and not as good as -this-.
 
2012-12-31 07:10:48 PM

acronym: sephjnr: I Picked up THIS after falling in love with the first two tracks as soon as I heard them in a shop:

[sephjnr.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk image 638x638]

farking cd is almost $23 here in the states.


Got mine for £10, so $16-17ish.
 
2012-12-31 07:16:54 PM
I didn't even know that some of these releases happened. That must mean I'm turning old.
 
2012-12-31 07:27:51 PM
PiL, Pet Shop Boys, Ultravox, Killing Joke? Is this 1980?
 
2012-12-31 07:31:29 PM
That Bob Mould album is really good. Otherwise the list was a bit meh.
 
2012-12-31 07:31:38 PM
Looks like a "are they still around?" list, but no "best of the year" list is any good unless it has the new Gaslight Anthem on it.
 
2012-12-31 07:32:01 PM
Is this all Hipster or coffee-house crap or is it worth a listen?
 
2012-12-31 07:36:47 PM

Time Traveling Bunnies: Crotchrocket Slim: Flab: AnotherBluesStringer: As annoying as "Somebody That I Used To Know" was, Gotye's album was pretty farking good.

This.

I have to say I checked out some of his other songs on youtube, left feeling with a "Phil Collins if he hadn't gotten old and a little lame" vibe from him.

I want to do dirty things to Kimbra.

I agree with all of this. Especially the Kimbra part. She was the best thing about that video.


If you haven't seen this one you'll thank me.

Kimbra - Cameo Lover
 
2012-12-31 07:38:48 PM
... That none of you know what Slicing Up Eyeball's core mission is... FARK THAT, THAT NONE OF YOU KNOW WHERE THE REFERENCE COMES FROM...


Fark, you disappoint with your lame comments, yet again!



/Girl is so groovy
//I want you to know
 
2012-12-31 07:45:22 PM

mekkab: ... That none of you know what Slicing Up Eyeball's core mission is... FARK THAT, THAT NONE OF YOU KNOW WHERE THE REFERENCE COMES FROM...


what do I win?
 
2012-12-31 07:45:31 PM

mekkab: ... That none of you know what Slicing Up Eyeball's core mission is... FARK THAT, THAT NONE OF YOU KNOW WHERE THE REFERENCE COMES FROM...


Fark, you disappoint with your lame comments, yet again!



/Girl is so groovy
//I want you to know


Debaser by Pixies

Also Bob Mould is awesome.
 
2012-12-31 07:45:32 PM

Gecko Gingrich: PiL, Dinosaur Jr, Dead Can Dance...farking Pet Shop Boys?! Is it 1989?!


I still quite like some of their early stuff
 
2012-12-31 07:46:28 PM
I lost the prize by seconds dammit...
 
2012-12-31 07:49:36 PM

Haerski: That Bob Mould album is really good. Otherwise the list was a bit meh.


By far one of the best of 2012.
 
2012-12-31 07:52:23 PM

mekkab: ... That none of you know what Slicing Up Eyeball's core mission is... FARK THAT, THAT NONE OF YOU KNOW WHERE THE REFERENCE COMES FROM...


Fark, you disappoint with your lame comments, yet again!



/Girl is so groovy
//I want you to know


You need to switch to decaf.
 
2012-12-31 07:54:49 PM

BronyMedic: I heard that Rihanna and Chris Brown are doing a duet together of Michael Jackson's Just Beat It.


FTFY
 
2012-12-31 08:04:01 PM

fastfxr: Is this all Hipster or coffee-house crap or is it worth a listen?


Most hipsters weren't even born when some of these bands were in their prime.
 
2012-12-31 08:10:48 PM

Rev. Skarekroe: marius2: Missing Born Villain

No, it isn't.


Sounds like a challenge of fisticuffs Sir!
 
2012-12-31 08:17:25 PM

New Age Redneck: Got to give mention to this:
[www.nowtoronto.com image 468x300]

and
[media.winnipegfreepress.com image 272x250]


/liked Carina Round's new record, too


I vote for Puscifer too. Great album.
 
2012-12-31 08:21:05 PM
cdn.stereogum.com

My favorite album this year.
 
2012-12-31 08:33:40 PM

Flab: Gecko Gingrich: PiL, Dinosaur Jr, Dead Can Dance...farking Pet Shop Boys?! Is it 1989?!

Ultravox?  Killing Joke?

More like 1981.


Hey now...the new Killing Joke album is GREAT.
 
2012-12-31 09:00:52 PM

FriarReb98: Holy crap, Killing Joke is still around? Or are they living off of the royalties from Nirvana ripping them off still?


Actually with David Grohl drumming on one of Killing Joke's albums, you could say they come full circle.
 
2012-12-31 09:04:59 PM
 
2012-12-31 09:07:11 PM
www.notreble.com

That is all.
 
zez
2012-12-31 09:17:06 PM

sephjnr: I Picked up THIS after falling in love with the first two tracks as soon as I heard them in a shop:

[sephjnr.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk image 638x638]


Checked out some of their stuff on youtube, real nice, lots of energy. Would work out real nice on my cycling playlist.
 
2012-12-31 09:39:54 PM
These people who have the exact same taste in music that I do.

I find that slightly annoying.
 
2012-12-31 10:10:20 PM
I actually like this list. It's one of the few I've seen that's not loaded with bands consisting of either a pair of hipsters, one hipster and one waifish looking indie chick, or a group of hipsters and a waifish looking indie chick.

/It is missing Japandroids though.
 
2012-12-31 10:11:57 PM
I really liked the last Killing Joke album, although the thing about Killing Joke is they've basically released variations on the same album for the last 20 years so if you like one, you'll like everything else they've done since then

I've been meaning to check out the new Bob Mould but I haven't gotten around to it yet.
 
2012-12-31 10:14:52 PM

CZMisfitsFan: I actually like this list. It's one of the few I've seen that's not loaded with bands consisting of either a pair of hipsters, one hipster and one waifish looking indie chick, or a group of hipsters and a waifish looking indie chick.

/It is missing Japandroids though.


you seem to not understand the kind of music that site covers. This was hipster music 30 years ago.
 
2012-12-31 10:21:11 PM

FriarReb98: Holy crap, Killing Joke is still around? Or are they living off of the royalties from Nirvana ripping them off still?


Killing Joke is like the Motorhead of post-punk. As long as Jaz is still breathing, they will keep making records.
 
2012-12-31 10:55:37 PM

downstairs: The Fixx is still around??


Yup. And their new one is pretty good. Saw them live over the summer and enjoyed it.. but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't waiting for them to play Stand Or Fall.

Swans The Seer is my top record for the year. Glad to see This Is PiL get some love too. Excellent record and very much overlooked.

Highly recommend A Place To Bury Stranger's new album Worship. That's another on my tops for the year.
 
2012-12-31 11:46:47 PM
PiL? farking PiL? BWAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!! Oh geez fark you...
 
2013-01-01 02:10:22 AM

FriarReb98: Holy crap, Killing Joke is still around? Or are they living off of the royalties from Nirvana ripping them off still?


that would be the replacements and the pixies..

Killing Joke makes enough of their own money.
 
2013-01-01 02:33:20 AM

mekkab: ... That none of you know what Slicing Up Eyeball's core mission is... FARK THAT, THAT NONE OF YOU KNOW WHERE THE REFERENCE COMES FROM...


Fark, you disappoint with your lame comments, yet again!



/Girl is so groovy
//I want you to know


Do you know the movie?
/lawn, off it
 
2013-01-01 02:38:25 AM

FeedTheCollapse: CZMisfitsFan: I actually like this list. It's one of the few I've seen that's not loaded with bands consisting of either a pair of hipsters, one hipster and one waifish looking indie chick, or a group of hipsters and a waifish looking indie chick.

/It is missing Japandroids though.

you seem to not understand the kind of music that site covers. This was hipster music 30 years ago.


Oh, I know. Just back then it seemed the hipsters were more innovative. You could at least tell them apart and each band had a true signature sound for the most part. These days it's like an assembly line when it comes to "alternative" or "indie" music.

/Bitter old fart with an onion belt.
//And a faded "Relax" shirt
 
2013-01-01 02:41:10 AM

The Goddamn Batman: [cdn.stereogum.com image 608x608]

My favorite album this year.


I liked Japandroids a lot. Also, Frank Ocean.
 
2013-01-01 03:01:01 AM
The correct answers are Slash and KISS.
 
2013-01-01 03:15:07 AM

Land Ark: Best Albums
3. Maximo Park - The National Health

2. Garbage - Not Your Kind of People

1. Infadels - The Future of the Gravity Boy

Honorable Mention:
Hot Chip - In Our Heads
Metric - Synthetica
We Have Band - Ternion

Most Disappointing:
Bloc Party - Four

Best Songs:
5. Kent - Petroleum

4. Metric - Youth Without Youth

3. The Gossip - Get a Job

2. Garbage - Automatic Systematic Habit

1. Infadels - The Future of the Gravity Boy


Horrible
 
2013-01-01 06:38:24 AM

The Goddamn Batman: [cdn.stereogum.com image 608x608]

My favorite album this year.


I sort of avoided Japandroids this year because of all the hype for that album (am always let down by hype). Then I got a few tracks from Amazon and, holy sh*t do they rock. It's not pretentious or otherwise hipster-ish; it flat-out rocks.

I now have the whole album in regular rotation on both my laptop and phone.
 
2013-01-01 06:49:02 AM

hinten: I didn't even know that some of these releases happened. That must mean I'm turning old.


I'm 38 but at least half of my albums are from the past ten years. That's the beauty of the internet. We no longer rely on radio or that hipster asshole at the record store to turn us on to new stuff. There's about 4,872 music discovery sites out there. Get on it. Don't let me down, gramps. :)

 I've never understood why older farts like me stick with the same tired-ass classic rock or whatever. Music is exploding these days, in many ways due to the internet bypassing the record companies' formulaic machine. It's truly a great time to love music.
 
kab
2013-01-01 10:15:29 AM
Here's my vote:

upload.wikimedia.org

Runner up:

theageofmetal.com
 
kab
2013-01-01 10:24:23 AM

dickfreckle: I've never understood why older farts like me stick with the same tired-ass classic rock or whatever. Music is exploding these days, in many ways due to the internet bypassing the record companies' formulaic machine. It's truly a great time to love music.


Because the average music consumer, regardless of age, wants to be told what to listen to, rather than exploring various genres for themselves. It takes far less effort to say "ugh, everything sucks", and continue listening to music that is already established for said individual.

It's reflected in nearly every thread here when it comes to lists as well. One of the first 10 comments is almost always "I've never heard of any of these" drivel.

There are no obscure music acts, only lazy listeners.
 
2013-01-01 11:38:45 AM

kab: There are no obscure music acts, only lazy listeners.


Well said. As noted above, nearly half of my insane collection is from people I would never have heard of if not for the 'tubes. What used to be "obscure" now packs venues everywhere, if not stadiums. And I think that kicks ass,

 Living on the internet, as opposed to radio and what not, gives you a great opportunity to listen to some tunes you would otherwise have ignored. Or it passed over you. But the artists and the listener now have this amazing tool to connect. In my collection (roughly 2000 albums), I attribute half to this laptop and the ability to browse for music in my robe.
 
2013-01-01 11:47:34 AM

dickfreckle: There's about 4,872 music discovery sites out there. Get on it. Don't let me down, gramps. :)


I'm 47. Name me five of those sites that won't waste my day. Don't let me down, junior.

/backsliding into the Eighties again lately
 
2013-01-01 12:36:39 PM

dickfreckle: hinten: I didn't even know that some of these releases happened. That must mean I'm turning old.

I'm 38 but at least half of my albums are from the past ten years. That's the beauty of the internet. We no longer rely on radio or that hipster asshole at the record store to turn us on to new stuff. There's about 4,872 music discovery sites out there. Get on it. Don't let me down, gramps. :)

 I've never understood why older farts like me stick with the same tired-ass classic rock or whatever. Music is exploding these days, in many ways due to the internet bypassing the record companies' formulaic machine. It's truly a great time to love music.


Especially since so many new acts are re-doing 80s new wave?
 
2013-01-01 12:57:42 PM
Bought the Bob Mould album. "The Descent" and the samples I heard sounded right up my alley.
 
2013-01-02 04:21:51 AM

sephjnr: I Picked up THIS after falling in love with the first two tracks as soon as I heard them in a shop:

[sephjnr.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk image 638x638]


you might also like Henry's Funeral Shoe or Black Diamond Heavies as well.
 
2013-01-02 12:17:15 PM

LewDux: Gecko Gingrich: PiL, Dinosaur Jr, Dead Can Dance...farking Pet Shop Boys?! Is it 1989?!

I still quite like some of their early stuff


I see what you did there- you're a winner! I'm a winner!

Let's enjoy it while it lasts...
 
2013-01-02 01:06:10 PM
0/10 this list was not made with me in mind.
 
2013-01-02 02:16:55 PM
I saw Dead Can Dance last summer in Atlanta and it was a great show.  I did not know about the Ultra Vox album.  I will have to check it out.

And to answer some of the questions raised in this thread: The reason why old farts like me like to listen to bands of our youth is because they make good music.  Now don't get me wrong, I like new music too.  But sometime it's an easier starting point to go with what you know.
 
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