Top Tunes of 2012: Delicate Steve’s Picks [SPOTIFY PLAYLIST]

Posted December 19

The end of the year is all about reflections, new beginnings and, naturally, listening to lots and lots of tunes. That’s why we’ve asked a cadre of bands to assemble a collection of kicka$$ playlists featuring their favorite jams of 2012. Next up, we have Delicate Steve‘s picks. Check them out after the jump.

1. Deerhoof – “Fete d’Adieu”

This song translates to ‘farewell party.’ Kicking off my 2012 Farewell Party Playlist with one of my favorite bands alive. I’m always surprised at their music.

2. Goat – “Goathead”

Goat is a fun band. We heard of them from our European tour manager Bram, and it became a favorite record on our Euro tour.

3. Dr. John – “Ice Age”

I’m admittedly not too deep into Dr. John, but this is a fun song and a great recording. Not all records sound great; it’s always refreshing to hear one.

4. Yeasayer – “Henrietta”

I really like how this track moves. Beautiful coda.

5. Solange – “Losing You”

Good party track. 2012 is all about parties. Nice melody going on.

6. Grimes – “Genesis”

I like Claire’s energy on this track.

7. People Get Ready – “Windy City”

Seeing this song live at Glasslands with Steven’s high-kicks and Jen’s frenetic smiles in between singing was such a fun experience. To me that’s the definitive version of this song.

8. Dirty Projectors – “Maybe That Was It”

Heavy energy here going on here. This track bogged me down for a while when I first heard it. Feels like getting hit in the gut.

9. Here We Go Magic – “Make Up Your Mind”

I love Luke and this band. One of my favorite concert moments this year was seeing them at Brooklyn Bowl. There was that reserved feeling throughout the audience, until a younger kid jumped up onstage with a girl and started dancing during a build in of their songs. The band kept playing at full force, smiling to each other at the unexpected surprise. Security came on stage and didn’t know how to react, which prompted another 15 kids to jump on stage and start dancing. Totally changed the mood, made the rest of the show a fun experience. Here’s to more people breaking out of their skin in 2013.

10. Jack White – “Hip (Eponymous) Boy”

This Jack White record has a sweet vibe to it. And it’s the real deal. Not a laptop record. Nashville session players, ribbon mics, everyone playing together, recorded live. Many bands lack this skill.

11. Au – “The Veil”

I think this is the only instrumental song I’ve listened to in 2012. This band is very energetic live; sometimes it’s hard to listen to records of bands who exist to you as a live experience, which is probably why I like this track. Because it’s so different than how I picture them.

12. Bill Fay – “Never Ending Happening”

Bill Fay made a record this year and there are some great tracks on it.

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