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2012 Year-End Lists: Keith Artin, Merge Label Manager

2012 Year-End Lists: Keith Artin, Merge Label Manager

Keith's NJ-themed Spotify Playlist
(Please note, I had this idea before The Best Show on WFMU did their post-Sandy tribute to NJ set)

1.  The Feelies, "Crazy Rhythms"
One of my favorite bands ever, Jersey or otherwise. Although I must admit the original allure when I was first drawn to them as a kid is that they were, indeed, from New Jersey.
2.  Yo La Tengo, "Sudden Organ"
3.  East River Pipe, "Happytown"
4.  Frank Sinatra, "Three Coins In The Fountain"
I bussed tables for a couple of summers at a total stereotype, the NJ family-owned Italian restaurant. And to perpetuate the stereotype, the overhead music *always* included a Frank Sinatra CD. This song was the biggest ear-worm of the batch.
5.  Titus Andronicus, "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future"
The video for this song makes me tear up a little. A video tour of NJ, and they start out in the Pine Barrens of all places! Simply brilliant. God bless Tom Scharpling.
6.  Adrenaline O.D., "Sightseeing"
7.  Hogan's Heroes, "Full On"
Saw these two NJ hardcore bands at a local "5 bands 5 bucks" show when I was in high school. AOD was the big headliner, and Hogan's Heroes were the hometown kids.  I remember some kid everyone called "Rat" getting tossed in the air, and his foot-high super-glued mohawk took out a ceiling tile.  At least that's how I remember it.
8.  Skid Row, "Youth Gone Wild"
I think a couple of these guys dropped out of my high school. Seriously. Compelled to put them on the list because of their link to my home town.
9.  Bruce Springsteen, "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City"
Have found myself loving his music more and more as I get older and more nostalgic. Is it wrong, though, that I discovered this particular song because of the cover version that David Bowie included in the Sound + Vision box set?
10.  Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, "Bottled in Cork"
11.  The Misfits, "Astro Zombies"
12.  The Smithereens, "Blood and Roses"
Saw them play some local radio sponsored concert on the boardwalk in Asbury Park opening for Aussie-band Pseudo Echo. Remember Pseudo Echo? They did that hit cover of "Funky Town." Remember? Of course you don't.
13.  Spent, "Excuse Me While I Drink Myself to Death"
14.  The Bongos, "Space Jungle"
15.  Kool & the Gang, "Get Down On It"
The first band I ever saw in concert, and it was at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, NJ.

Keith's Baker's Dozen of Favorite Non-Merge Albums of 2012, in alphabetical order:
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Reason
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
The Evens - The Odds
Gross Ghost - Brer Rabbit
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
King Tuff - King Tuff
Lightships - Electric Cables
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Menomena - Moms
Royal Headache Royal Headache
Ty Segall Band Slaughterhouse
Titus Andronicus - Local Business
The Trypes - Music For Neighbors