Here are some of the things I was most enthusiastic about this year:
Lambchop on Fallon + video – Lambchop made their very first music video ever for “Gone Tomorrow” from the lovely Mr. M and as expected it blew everyone else out of the water. Also, Lambchop visited the most fun show in late night television to perform during “Perm” week AND Fleet week.
Tanlines Mixed Emotions – “All of Me” was on every mix I made this year. I love this record so much!
Mikal Cronin & Ty Segall – In heavy rotation at my house and in our office. We just switched between them nearly every day. So pumped to welcome Mikal to Merge next year!
Divine Fits live – The album is great, but the live show is the BEST! Watch their performance of "Baby Get Worse" on Letterman, and this great feature on Pitchfork.TV.
“Call Me Maybe” – My son & I’s favorite song of the year.
Jens Lekman at the Cradle – An irony-free evening of storytelling and airplane arms. Jens is the most adorably earnest frontman in the biz!
People.com headlines – Always hilarious and head-scratching. Some of my recent favorites include: “Jessica Biel: It Took a Leap of Faith to Wear a Pink Wedding Dress” “Shania Twain & Jennifer Lopez: Looking Bangin' in Bodysuits” “Could Miley Cyrus's Canine Niece Be Any Tinier?”
Rebecca & I Capture the Castle – The two most engrossing and fun-to-read books I read this year! And for new fiction, give the wonderful Emma Straub's debut novel Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures a go!
Merge @ CMJ 2012 – We called it the “Future Merge” showcase! William Tyler, Mount Moriah, Eleanor Friedberger, Telekinesis, Reigning Sound, & Mac solo!
Julie Klausner’s How Was Your Week? & The Dinner Party – My two favorite podcasts of 2012. If you talk to me, I will inevitably mention one of them along with something I learned from listening. Got to see How Was Your Week? Live in Brooklyn and it was soo much nerdy fun!
Nora Ephron – Nora has all of the wisdom. Listen to her audiobooks and watch her movies. You’ll be sad that now we are stuck with Nicholas Sparks and bro-mance.
The Billfold – My favorite website of the year. Of course, it is from the people behind The Awl & The Hairpin. Bookmark it!
And here is my very first Spotify playlist. It's a version of a mix I made for a friend going through a rough time. I called it "Songs You Have Never Heard Before." Except, of course, everyone has heard "Call Me Maybe."