39 thoughts on “GIMMIE 5: YOUR TOP 5 OF THE FIRST HALF OF 2012?”

  1. No particular order…
    – Cheap Girls-Giant Orange
    – Lucero- Women & Work
    – Lee Baines & the Glory Fires- Bomb in Gilead
    – Alabama Shakes- Boys & Girls
    – Arliss Nancy- Simple Machine

  2. In order-ish:

    — Damien Jurado — Maraqopa
    — Gaslight Anthem — Handwritten
    — The Lumineers — self-titled
    — JTE — Nothing’s Gonna Change
    — Micah Schnabel — I’m Dead, Serious

    1. that Lumineers album is really really good. If you like it you’ll probably like the Apache Relay album as well. Check it out if you’ve never heard of them.

  3. 5 is proving to be too difficult. The Bohannons may belong on the list too but I need more time with that one.

    Lee Bains III
    Cheap Girls
    Arliss Nancy
    Truckstop Darlin
    Michael Dean Damron
    Branden Barnett
    Japandroids

    Finally bought McDougall last night so looking forward to hearing it. I think I included the Micah Schnabel record on my 2011 list or it would be on the list too.

  4. Swearin’
    Lee Baines III
    Joel Plaskett
    Branden Barnett
    Teenage Bottlerocket

  5. In no particular order. My list is pretty well all over the place so far.

    Trampled by Turtles – Stars and Satellites
    Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
    McDougall – A Few Towns More
    Lucero – Women and Work
    The Lumineers – Self-Titled

    I’m still completely undecided about OCMS’s Carry Me Back, and JTE’s Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now.

  6. Joseph Huber – Tongues of Fire
    JP Harris and the Tough Choices – I’ll Keep Calling
    The Bloody JUG Band – Coffin Up Blood
    TurnpikeTroubadors – Goodbye Normal Street
    The Boomswagglers – The Bootleg Beginnings from the Shack Out Back

    Technically Boomswaglers released this album as a download in 2011 but the official release was just recently.

    1. Love that Boomswagglers record as well. Good list, I’m going to have to check Joseph Huber and The Bloody Jub Band, haven’t heard them yet.

  7. Numero-Uno is hands down Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires – There is a bomb in Gilead.. also if you get a chance to catch them in your area or within 100 miles of it you might wanna do that.

    2- Arliss Nancy-Simple Machines
    3-Hurray for the Riff Raff- Look out Mama
    4-Truckstop Darlin’- Hope & the Heart it Breaks
    5-Mike D- Nah Mr.Death Ima Comin for you

  8. Narrowing it down to five is really, really hard especially when some of my favorite songs so far don’t come off what I think are the best albums. – but here goes:

    The White Buffalo – Once Upon a Time in the West
    Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires – There’s a Bomb in Gilead
    Joe Bonamassa – Driving Towards the Daylight
    Joe Lewis Walker – Hellfire
    The Record Company – Superdead (ep)

  9. Off the top of my head:

    Matt Harlan & the Sentimentals – Bow and Be Simple
    Father John Misty – Fear Fun
    Walt Wilkins – Plenty
    Jason Eady – AM Country Heaven
    Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Going to Change The Fact That This is a Long Album Title

  10. In no order…

    The Sparklers – Crying at the Low Bar
    Tim Barry – 40 Miler
    Jonathan Segel – All Attractions
    High Dive – Self-Titled

    I’m really basing this off of albums I’ve come back to and listened to over and over. I enjoyed Lee Baines and the new District Attorneys albums, but I haven’t really returned to either of them since they came out.

  11. Late to the party, but…

    1. Arliss Nancy – “Simple Machines”
    2. Truckstop Darlin’ – “Hope and the Heart it Breaks”
    3. Jkutchma & the 5 Fifths, “Pastoral”
    4. Japandroids, “Celebration Rock”
    5. Cory Branan – “Mutt”

    honorable mentions to these records that could easily be in the top five when my mood changes:
    -Gaslight Anthem, “Handwritten” (gimme more time with it)
    -The Sparklers, “Crying at the Low Bar”
    -Lucero, “Women & Work”
    -Lee Bains III & the Glory Fires, “There is a Bomb in Gilead”

  12. 1. Women & Work – Lucero
    2. Blunderbuss – Jack White
    3. Locked Down – Dr. John
    4. Days Go By – The Offspring (soft spot for this band, reminds me of high school days)
    5. Damaged Goods – Hellbound Glory

    Others worthy of mention: Harder than Hammered Hell – Otis Gibbs, Hambone’s Meditations – Luther Dickinson, Live at the Moody Theater – Warren Haynes, What the Hell is Going on?- Paul Thorn.

  13. Otis Gibbs – Harder Than Hammered Hell
    Truckstop Darlin – Hope And The Heart It Breaks
    Left Lane Cruiser & James Hand – Painkillers
    Ray Wylie Hubbard – The Grifter’s Hymnal
    Tom VandenAvond – Wreck of A Fine Man

  14. 1. Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – There Is A Bomb In Gilead
    2. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
    3. Truckstop Darlin’ – Hope and the Heart It Breaks
    4. Lucero – Women & Work
    5. River Giant – River Giant (tie)
    5. The Only Sons – When The New Wears Off (tie)

    Factor in the Scraps EP that The Only Sons kickstarter supporters received and When The New Wears Off edges out River Giant.

  15. 1. Ray Wylie Hubbard – Grifter’s Hymnal
    2. Justin Townes Earle – Nothig’s Going to Change the Way You Feel About Me
    3. Chuck Prophet – Temple Beautiful
    4. Turnpike Troubadours – Goodbye Normal Street
    5. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden
    6. Alejandro Escovedo – Big Station
    7. Marty Stuart – Tear the Woodpile Down

    Just got the Lee Bains III album and listened to it for the first time yesterday. That one could very well move up in my personal list. The song Centreville just knocks me out. Other good’uns are new ones by Left Lane Cruiser and James Leg, Jack White, Chelle Rose, Alabama Shakes, and the Elizabeth Cook gospel EP.

    I guess the Ugly Valley Boys Double Down album is a 2011 release, but that’s one I’ve been recently turned on to. Great one.

      1. Yeah, I love the Bloody JUG Bands Coffin Up Blood and if I had to choose my most listened to album the first quarter of 2012 it would have easily been Ugly Valley Boys – Double Down.

  16. 1. Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires – There is a Bomb in Gilead
    2. Lucero – Women and Work
    3. Tim Barry – 40 Miler
    4. Cory Branan – Mutt
    5. Arliss Nancy – Simple Machines

    That Lee Bains record is just crazy good. They were better than the Alabama Shakes when opening for them

  17. In order
    5 Norah Jones- Little Broken Hearts
    4 Gaslight Anthem- Handwritten
    3 Ryan Adams- Live After deaf
    2 The Coloradas- S/T (yes the cd came out last year, but I got the lp that was released this year)
    1 Justin Townes Earle

  18. Menzingers – On the Impossible Past
    Japandroids – Celebration Rock
    Damien Jurado – Maraqopa
    Alone at 3am – Midwest Mess
    Cory Branan – Mutt
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    Red Collar – Welcome Home
    Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires – Bomb in Gilead
    Truckstop Darlin – Hope and the Heart it Breaks
    Wood Ear – Steeple Vultures
    Hot Water Music – Exister

    Into 2nd Half Gaslight Anthem, JKutchma definitely on the list

    1. Glad to see love for Menzingers, Cheap Girls, and Japandroids all over here. Fuckin A.

  19. In no particular order except the first one, pretty sure it’s gonna be my Album of The Year
    Torche – Harmonicraft
    Hot Water Music – Exister
    Japandroid – Celebration Rock
    Tim Barry – 40 Miler
    Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory

    There’s been a lot of stuff this year that I’ve really liked, so this list really could have gone 10 or 15 deep easily.

  20. 1. Vast as Sky- The Roseline (most underrated record of the year)
    2. Birds Fly South- The Mastersons
    3. The Way We Move- Langhorne Slim
    4. Simple Machines- Arliss Nancy
    5. Don’t Change Your Plans- Jen Buxton (technically 2011 but too good to leave off)

  21. One album, my favorite of 2012 so far, surprisingly hasn’t shown up here: Lincoln Durham’s “The Shovel vs. The Howling Bones.”. It was produced by Ray Wylie Hubbard if you need some convincing. Lee Bains III and The Glory Fires are a close second, but I’d still give the nod to Lincoln’s debut album. I love that new Truckstop Darlin album too but I think the songs, while all solid, sound too similar to rival either of the above listed albums.

    1. I liked the Lincoln Durham myself – (may have missed someone listing it?)

      Also loved Otis Gibbs with Harder than Hammered Hell – a really good album. I wanted to put Charlie Parr on my list also but his came out in December 2011.

      Is there such a thing as too much good music to choose from?

  22. 1.The Menzingers- My Impossible Past
    1. Hot Water Music- Exister
    2. Arliss Nancy- Simple Machines
    3. Lucero- Women and Work
    4. Tim Barry- 40 Miler
    5. Hop Along- Get Disowned

  23. Joe Pug – The Great Despiser
    Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires – There is a Bomb in Gilead
    Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit
    Shearwater – Animal Joy (discovered from the review on here – thanks!)
    Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

  24. Since we are voting for the site, I will properly rank my top 5. And I completely forgot that “Harder than Hammered Hell” came out this year. Shame on me.

    5). East Cameron Folkcore “The Sun Also Rises”
    4). Truckstop Darlin “Hope and the Heart it Breaks”
    3). Otis Gibbs “Harder than Hammered Hell”
    2). Lee Bains III and the Glory Fires “There is a Bomb in Gilead”
    1). Lincoln Durham “The Shovel vs. the Howling Bones”

  25. Wow, no love for the Neil Young???

    Lucero – Women & Work
    The Hives – Lex Hives
    Jack White – Blunderbuss
    Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
    Neil – Americana

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