music of 2012

Okay, I’m being totally biased, but 2012 was a GREAT year for music, especially in the pop-punk-rock ‘n’ roll genres.

In no particular order…

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The second studio release from Joey Ramone. Rather than leave old recordings behind and prohibit the world from hearing what Joey left behind, brother Mickey Leigh, Daniel Rey and Ed Stasium produce a fine records with guest appearances from Joan Jett, Steve van Zandt and more, recorded and later added to Joey’s vocal tracks.

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First album, post-Screeching Weasel/Riverdales/Methadones. Album has great Methadones/Riverdales sound.

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Ducky Boys do it again, after a long break since The War Back Home. Great album, then surprises us all with a digital EP and Kickstarter campaign for a new album next year. Keep ’em coming….

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Kurt Baker, on the heels of Rockin’ for a Living, pounds out more tuneage this year, with a 4 track EP teaser as we waited for Brand New Beat. Infectious, stuck-in-your-head tunes I would not expect anywhere else and nothing less from Kurt Baker.

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Beatles-British Invasion-rockabilly-Chesterfield Kings mash up. Opening with the multi-covered rockabilly-esque “Seven Nights to Rock” sucks you into the record big time.

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Beach Boys released a record to commemorate 50 years of being a group (not to mention, 2012 was 50 years for the Beatles, Rolling Stones and James Bond). The album led to a tour, with a phenomenal show with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks.

What were your picks for 2012?

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