Welcome to this year’s round-up of thoughts, prayers and popular culture. I love year-end lists because they help me gather my thoughts about the culture I’ve interacted with during the year, but also because they help me discover new things I might have missed on my own. However, I fully realize that such lists are entirely subjective. So, with that in mind, I don’t have the nerve to say that these are “the best” items of 2012, just my favorite things of the year.
As you might now, I partner with my great friend Mark Whiten in something we call The Habañero Collective (by the way, if you’re wondering, our website is essentially a Tumblr place-holder website for house show announcements where I post pictures I like in between house show announcements). We used to do a podcast and now we host house shows. We grew so tired of there being no music and culture in our part of Phoenix that we decided that, instead of complain, we would create it. So we host bands for concerts in houses (see performances from three of my favorite house shows we’ve hosted here, here, and here). All of that to say, I also include Mark’s favorite albums of the year because he and I are continually pushing one another to “discover” great music. Granted, I’ve introduced him to more music than the other way around, but is that really the point?
If you have something you think we missed in 2012, I’d love to hear it. If you think we’re wrong on some of our favorites, I suggest you get your own blog.
So, without further ado, here is the Holiday At the Sea/Habañero Collective 2012 year-end round-up:
- Browse Mark Whiten’s favorite albums of 2012 (coming soon)
- Browse Brent’s favorite movies of 2012
- Browse Brent’s favorite 2011 albums first heard in 2012
- Browse Brent’s favorite songs of 2012
- Browse Brent’s favorite albums of 2012
- Browse our 2011 picks
- Browse our 2010 picks
- Browse our 2009 picks