26 December 2012 11:43 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

After listening to the same old bands as I always have and next to no new music last year, I resolved to change that in 2012. These Top 10 choices are based on what I listened to most according to Last.fm with a little tweaking.

1) Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror

Sledge hammer noise-pop with big-arse guitar riffs, pounding drums, sunny and lush vocals and some stupidly catchy melodies. Why this incredible duo aren’t the biggest band in the world, I have no idea. Best Track – Demons

2) Purity Rings – Shrines

Ambient and intimate synth-based pop soundscapes that manage to simultaneously sound sparse and expansive. Intelligent and soothing work. Best Track – Belispeak

3) Murder By Death – Bitter Drink, Bitter Moon

The alt-country act continues to mature magnificently on their sixth album. Perhaps more understated than their previous albums, but the song-writing has come on in leaps and bounds. Best Track – I Came Around »

- Jack Kirby

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