2012 Year-End Lists: Jay Lowe, Indie Retail Coordinator

2012 Year-End Lists: Jay Lowe, Indie Retail Coordinator

10 favorite records from 2012:

Baroness - Yellow and Green
King Tuff - King Tuff
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Hospitality - S/T
Torche - HarmonicraftGrimes - Visions
Fang Island - Major
Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds - I'd Rather Die Than Live Forever
Gross Ghost - Brer Rabbit

10 best shows of 2012:
Imperial Teen @ Noise Pop - San Francisco, CA
Joy Formidable w/ A Place To Bury Strangers @ The Bluebird - Denver, CO
Eleanor Friedberger w/ Hospitality @ The Casbah - Durham, NC
Converge w/ Torche @ Motorco - Durham, NC
Yacht Rock Revue @ Team Clermont Prom - Athens, GA
Fang Island w/ Asobi Shenk @ King's - Raleigh, NC
Spider Bags w/ Golden Boys @ King's - Raleigh, NC
Dum Dum Girls @ King's - Raleigh, NC
The Love Language, Gross Ghost & The Toddlers @ Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC
Japandroids @ The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC

10 best miscellany:
Hopscotch Music Festival continuing to rule very hard
Selling merch for classical musicians with Duke Performances
East coast winning the Team Clermont kickball game
Meeting Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag
3 years with Merge Records!
The record store game
Seeing so many friends getting married. I wish you the best!
Partying with Imperial Teen in San Francisco
Legally driving again
Japandroids, Wild Flag, Grimes, Godspeed! You Black Emperor @ Pitchfork Music Festival - Chicago, IL

And a bonus Spotify Playlist! Jay's Not-your-typical-indie-rock-employee-playlist