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Top EPs of 2012 & Forgotten Discs From 2011
By Gary Wien
One trend I've noticed recently is that in addition to artists putting out singles on a more regular basis, they're also putting out EPs more often than ever before. Many are utilizing music sites like Noisetrade.com as a place to showcase an EP and hope to introduce their music to a larger audience. When I come up with my list of Top Albums of the Year, I generally restrict the list to those with 6 or more songs. I just don't think it's fair to compare the work of an EP with 4 songs to a complete album. Nevertheless, many of the best releases each year are EPs, so I like to highlight my favorites.
Top EPs of 2012The Cheek Of Her -- MegaphonicBrian Fitzpatrick & The Band of Brothers -- The Northern Lights EPHere & Sea -- Acoustic EPKeith Monacchio -- Tips, Drinks & Gas Money EPPlaymaker -- Helicopter EPRed Horse -- Hard ControlScott Miller and Rayna Gellert -- CoDEPENDENTS
In alphabetical order
Since The Penguin plays indie music, sometimes it's difficult to get releases as soon as they come out. Generally, indie bands take a bit longer to promote their records due to limited resources. A good indie record might still be reaching radio stations two or three years after its release. In addition, as an independent radio station, we're also limited by our own budget. So, here are some of the records that would likely have made previous Top Albums lists had we received them earlier...
Top Forgotten Discs That Appeared In 20129 Tomorrows -- Gravity In LoveBullet Bob & The Colts -- It's All About The SongGlen Campbell -- Ghost On The CanvasPete Donnelly -- When You Come HomeEarthman -- RememberEyelit -- Elephant EPHemingbirds -- Death WaveLynda Loveless -- Indestructible MachineDavid Mayfield Parade -- The David Mayfield ParadeMatthew Reed -- Come And DrinkPaul Thorn -- A Long Way From TupeloThe Valery Trails -- Ghosts & GravityCorey Wagar -- On The Edge
In alphabetical order
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Gary Wien is a three-time winner of the Asbury Music Award for Top Music Journalist. He currently writes for NewJerseyStage.com and Jersey Arts, and serves as Program Director for ThePenguinRocks.com, an online radio station spinning indie rock and roll.
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Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes At Riverside Rhythm & Rhyme
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He grew up in a musical family, with both his parents playing strings in the Seattle Symphony. But Davis wanted an instrument of his own.
Then, at age 9, he saw “The Aristocats,” the animated film about a bunch of French felines — including a group of jazz-playing alley cats.
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