It probably says more about me, than it does about Stereogum, that I only recognized a handful of albums on their list of the top 25 albums of 2012 so far. The list includes bands like The Walkmen, Cloud Nothings, Spirtualized, Japandroids, Chairlift, Beach House and Sleigh Bells, along with a lot of other bands I just didn’t even know existing.
There are plenty of albums I’ll probably want to go and pick up now because of their inclusion on the list, specifically the Japandroids, whom I didn’t even know had a new album out this year. For me, I’d say the Dr. Dog album and Justin Townes Earle’s albums have pretty much defined the first five months of the year for me. I must be getting old if only two albums have really made an impact on me in 2012.