Index of Album Reviews | George Graham's Home Page | What's New on This Site

George Graham's Best of 2012 Albums List

These albums were selected by Mixed host George Graham from the over 500 CDs featured during the year on the New Releases segments presented daily on Mixed Bag. The Mixed Bag musical styles include rock, folk, blues, reggae, world music, Celtic, electronic, and other varieties presented on the program. The emphasis is on records that received little or no attention in the commercial media. Selection criteria include originality, uniqueness of sound, and quality of musicianship.

The list is arranged chronologically.

* designates Homegrown Music Artists.


Artist

Album Title

Label

Add Date

Sultans of String *

Move

independent

01/05/12

Marty Dread

It Sometimes Rains in Paradise

Five Corners

01/10/12

John Flynn

The End of the Beginning

independent

01/10/12

Ruthie Foster

Let It Burn

independent

01/11/12

Soul Rebels

Unlock Your Mind

Rounder

01/16/12

Dion

Tank Full of Blues

Blue Harmony

01/17/12

Dunwells

Blind Sighted Faith

Playing in Traffic

01/17/12

Nils Lofgren

Old School

Vision Music

01/18/12

Barbara Kessler

What You Keep

independent

01/18/12

Weaver at the Loom

Before Now, Was Then

independent

01/20/12

Joe Louis Walker

Hellfire

Alligator

01/20/12

Winterpills

All My Lonely Goners

Signature Sounds

01/27/12

Ringo Starr

2012

Hip-O

01/27/12

Leonard Cohen

Old Ideas

Columbia

01/30/12

Big James and the Chicago Playboys

The Big Payback

Blind Pig

01/31/12

Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer

Seed of a Pine

independent

02/01/12

Clarence Bucaro

Walls of the World

2020 Records

02/01/12

Refugees

Three

Wabuho

02/02/12

Wendell Kimbrough

Things That Can't Be Taught

independent

02/02/12

Wiyos

Twist

independent

02/02/12

Triosence and Sara Gazarek

Where Time Stands Still

Charlestown Square

02/07/12

Dennis Warner

Seeds

independent

02/07/12

Contino

Backporch Dogma

Blind Pig

02/07/12

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Friends

Razor & Tie

02/09/12

Midwest Hype

Dayglow

independent

02/10/12

Rob Morsberger

Ghosts Before Breakfast

Heiroglyph

02/10/12

Chieftains

Voice of Ages

Here Music

02/16/12

Noam Weinstein *

Clocked

independent

02/21/12

Galactic

Carnivale Electicos

Anti-

02/21/12

Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer

Little Blue Egg

Red House

02/22/12

Busby Marou

Busby Barou

Footstep Music

02/23/12

Cowboy Junkies

The Wilderness

Razor & Tie

02/24/12

Amy Ray

Lung Of Love

Daemon

02/27/12

Good Old War

Come Back As Rain

Sargent House

02/28/12

The Funk Ark

High Noon

ESL

02/29/12

Nikhil Korula Band

Music of the New Day

independent

03/02/12

Ed Randazzo

Show and Tell

independent

03/05/12

George Milton

Scream and Shout

independent

03/05/12

Ministers of Cool

Ministers of Cool

independent

03/06/12

Sarah McQuaid

The Plum Tree and the Rose

Waterbug

03/07/12

England in 1819

Alma

independent

03/08/12

McEuen Sessions

For All the Good

independent

03/09/12

Bruce Springsteen

Wrecking Ball

Columbia

03/12/12

Bill Evans (saxophonist)

Dragonfly

independent

03/13/12

My Body Sings Electric

Changing Color

independent

03/13/12

Denison Witmer

The Ones Who Wait

Mono vs. Stereo

03/14/12

Peter Mulvey

The Good Stuff

Signature Sounds

03/15/12

Smash Palace *

Do It Again

Zip

03/15/12

Ceu

Caravana Sereia Bloom

Six Degrees

03/16/12

Hugh Masekela

Jabulani

independent

03/19/12

various artists

Putumayo Presents African Blues

Putumayo

03/19/12

Molasses Creek

An Island Out of Time

independent

03/21/12

Watussi

1000% Guapo

MGM

03/22/12

Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A.

Area 52

ATO

03/22/12

Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart

Dedication

independent

03/28/12

Dar Williams

In the Time of the Gods

Razor and Tie

03/28/12

Papa Grows Funk

Needle in the Groove

independent

03/30/12

Michi *

Where Your Heart Is

independent

03/30/12

Dr. John

Locked Down

Nonesuch

04/02/12

The Right Now

Gets Over You

independent

04/03/12

Unthanks

Diversions Vol. 1

Rough Trade

04/04/12

Jon Cleary

Occapella

independent

04/05/12

American Dollar

Awake in the City

independent

04/05/12

Curtis Salgado

Soul Shot

Alligator

04/05/12

Clara Ponty

Into the Light

Eden

04/06/12

Andrew Bird

Break It Yourself

independent

04/06/12

Bonnie Raitt

Slipstream

Redwing

04/10/12

Neal Casal *

Sweeten the Distance

Royal Potato Family

04/11/12

Wishbone Ash

Elegant Stealth

independent

04/12/12

Pinetop Perkins

Heaven

Blind Pig

04/17/12

Cathy Jordan

All the Way Home

Blix Street

04/18/12

Punch Brothers

Who's Feeling Young Now

Nonesuch

04/18/12

Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem

Some Bright Morning

Signature Sounds

04/19/12

Peter Karp and Sue Foley

Beyond the Crossroads

Blind Pig

04/19/12

Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Twenty Dozen

Savoy

04/23/12

Infamous Stringdusters

Silver Sky

High Country

04/24/12

Sarah Donner *

Fossil of a Girl

independent

04/26/12

Otis Taylor

Otis Taylor's Contraband

Telarc

04/27/12

Anders Osborne

Black Eye Galaxy

Alligator

04/30/12

Brown Out

Oozy

Nat Geo

04/30/12

Drew Kelly *

Running Time

independent

05/01/12

ALO

Sounds Like This

Brushfire

05/02/12

Mystix

Mighty Tone

independent

05/03/12

Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

Thick as a Brick 2

Chrysalis

05/03/12

Bill Evans (banjo player)

In Good Company

Native and Free

05/04/12

Sugarman 3

What the World Needs Now

Daptone

05/07/12

Andrew and Noah Band

Andrew and Noah Band

independent

05/08/12

Blues Traveler

Suzie Cracks the Whip

429 Records

05/09/12

Chuck Leavell

Back to the Woods

Evergreen Arts

05/09/12

Ryan Montbleau

For Higher

independent

05/10/12

Tedeschi-Trucks Band

Everybody's Talkin'

Masterworks

05/10/12

Walter Trout

Blues for the Modern Daze

Provogue

05/11/12

Sonny Landreth

Elemental Journey

Landfall

05/16/12

John Mayer

Born and Raised

Columbia

05/21/12

Mickey Hart Band

Mysterium Tremendum

independent

05/22/12

Heidi Happy

Hiding with Wolves

independent

05/22/12

Jerry Douglas

Traveler

E1

05/23/12

True Spokes

The True Spokes

independent

05/28/12

O'Brien Party of 7

Reincarnation: The Songs of Roger Miller

Howdy Skies

05/29/12

Warren Haynes

Live at the Moody Theater

Stax

05/30/12

Zaz

Zaz

SIN/France

05/31/12

Bap Kennedy

The Sailor's Revenge

Proper

06/01/12

Love on a Real Train

Love on a Real Train

Aeronaut

06/04/12

Cary Cooper

Pink Umbrella

independent

06/04/12

Jazz Punks

Smashups

independent

06/05/12

Joe Guido Welsh

Nothing Left to Say

independent

06/05/12

Jill Barber

Mischievous Moon

Outside

06/05/12

Beach Boys

That's Why God Made the Radio

Capitol

06/07/12

Lake Street Dive

Fun Machine

Signature Sounds

06/07/12

Mike Stern

All Over the Place

Heads Up

06/07/12

Paul Mark and the Van Dorens *

Smartest Man in the Room

Radiation

06/08/12

Curtis Stigers

Let's Go Out Tonight

Concord

06/08/12

Joe Bonamassa

Driving Towards the Daylight

J and R Adventures

06/11/12

Jimmy Fallon

Blow Your Pants Off

Warner Bros.

06/11/12

Brandi Carlile

Brear Creek

Columbia

06/12/12

Bobby Womack

The Bravest Man in the Universe

XL

06/13/12

Giant Giant Sand

Tuscon

Fire

06/14/12

Albert Castigila

Living in a Dream

Blues Leaf

06/14/12

Tom Flannery *

Teen Angst and the Green Flannel

independent

06/18/12

Blackberry Smoke

The Whippoorwill

independent

06/19/12

Chris Smither

Hundred Dollar Valentine

Signature Sounds

06/20/12

Anna Dagmar *

Satellite

independent

06/25/12

Keller Williams and the Traveling McCourys

Pick

SCI Fidelity

06/27/12

Harper Blynn

Busy Hands

independent

06/29/12

Stratospheerius *

The Next World

independent

07/03/12

Husky

Forever So

Sub Pop

07/04/12

Archives

The Archives

ESL

07/06/12

Van Wagner *

The Flood Sessions: Four Days of Rain

independent

07/09/12

Jesse Harris

Sub Rosa

Dangerbird

07/10/12

Jim Ivins Band *

Everything We Wanted

independent

07/10/12

Rick Estrin and the Nightcats

One Wrong Turn

Alligator

07/11/12

Rachael Sage

Haunted by You

Mpress

07/12/12

Otis *

Music Elevator

independent

07/12/12

Sublunar Minds *

The Last of the Natural Light

independent

07/13/12

George Wesley *

Old Lion

Joy and Happiness

07/16/12

Jimmy Cliff

Rebirth

Universal

07/18/12

Kati Mac *

Save Me from Myself

Baby Munsta

07/18/12

Beachwood Sparks

The Tarnished Gold

Sub Pop

07/19/12

Woodpecker

Thanks Anyway

independent

07/24/12

Tauk *

Pull Factors

independent

07/24/12

Allen Stone

Allen Stone

ATO

07/27/12

The Kennedys

Closer Than You Know

independent

07/30/12

Gaelic Storm

Chicken Boxer

Lost Again

07/31/12

Marcus Miller

Renaissance

Concord

08/02/12

Dave Fields

Detonation

independent

08/02/12

Susannah Hoffs

Someday

Baroque Folk

08/08/12

Antje Duvekot

New Siberia

independent

08/09/12

Robert Cray Band

Nothin' But Love

Provogue

08/14/12

Antibalas

Antibalas

Daptone

08/15/12

Banyaro

The Cover EP

independent

08/16/12

Carrousel

27 Rue de Mi'chelle

independent

08/17/12

Good Co

Electro Swing for the Masses

independent

08/17/12

Steve Forbert

Over with You

Blue Corn

08/20/12

Michael Burks

Show of Strength

Alligator

08/21/12

John Lee Hooker, Jr.

All Hooked Up

independent

08/24/12

Shemekia Copeland

33 1/3

Telarc

08/27/12

Deanna Bogart

Pianoland

Blind Pig

08/31/12

The Well Pennies

The Well Pennies

independent

09/10/12

Bob Dylan

Tempest

Columbia

09/11/12

Rickie Lee Jones

Devil You Know

Concord

09/12/12

The Olllam

The Olllam

Compass

09/17/12

Dave Matthews Band

Away from the World

RCA

09/18/12

Paul Simon

Live from New York City

Hear Music

09/19/12

Courrier

Cathedrals of Color

independent

09/20/12

Bettye LaVette

Thankful and Thoughtful

Anti-

09/21/12

Lee Ritenour

Rhythm Session

Concord

09/21/12

The Stray Birds

The Stray Birds

independent

09/24/12

Poor Moon

Poor Moon

Sub Pop

10/01/12

Birds of Chicago

Birds of Chicago

independent

10/03/12

Van Morrison

Born to Sing: No Plan B

Exile

10/03/12

Patrick Fitzsimmons

Hope Is

independent

10/04/12

Field Report

Field Report

Partisan

10/04/12

John Hiatt

Mystic Pinball

New West

10/04/12

Larry Graham & Graham Central Station

Raise Up

Razor & Tie

10/05/12

Ben Folds Five

The Sound of the Life of Your Mind

ImaVeePee

10/05/12

Graham Parker and the Rumour

Three Chords Good

Primary Wave

10/09/12

Beth Orton

Sugaring Season

Anti-

10/12/12

Mumford and Sons

Babel

Glassnote

10/12/12

Sons of the Never Wrong

King Fisher King

Waterbug

10/15/12

The Lee Boys

Testify

Evin Teen

10/16/12

Jesse Cook

The Blue Guitar Session

E-One

10/16/12

Lord Huron

Lonesome Dreams

independent

10/18/12

Jeff Lynne

Long Wave

Frontiers

10/18/12

Hatcheck Girl

Road to Red Point

Waterbug

10/18/12

Danielia Cotton

The Gun In Your Hand

independent

10/18/12

Craig Chaquico

Fire Red Moon

Blind Pig

10/19/12

Rebecca Loebe

Circus Heart

independent

10/19/12

American Beauties

Too Worn to Mend

independent

10/22/12

Luka Bloom

This New Morning

Compass

10/22/12

Martha Redbone Roots Project

The Garden of Love – Songs of William Blake

independent

10/23/12

Benjamin Gibbard

Former Lives

Barsuk

10/23/12

Jesse Terry

Empty Seat on a Plane

independent

10/24/12

Sam Sliva and the Good

And the People Say

independent

10/29/12

Kait Lawson

Until We Drown

Mad Jack

10/30/12

The Levellers

Static on the Radio

OTF

11/07/12

Roses and Revolutions

Earth and Everything (EP)

independent

11/08/12

Lindi Ortega

Cigarettes & Truckstops

Last Gang

11/09/12

New Primitives

American Nomad

independent

11/14/12

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale

Buddy and Jim

New West

11/19/12

Three Imaginary Boys

People Wearing Masks

independent

11/20/12

Sutton Sorensen

Long, Long Time

independent

11/22/12

Freelance Whales

Diluvia

Mom + Pop

11/23/12

Jay Poole *

Almost Eleven

independent

11/26/12

Snowgoose

Harmony Springs

Ba Ba Ding

12/04/12

Bongos Ikwue and Double X

Wulu Wulu

independent

12/06/12

Tracorum

Tricked

independent

12/10/12

Foxtails Brigade

Time Is Passed

independent

12/10/12


(c) Copyright 2012 George D. Graham. All rights reseved.
This review may not be copied to another Web site without written permission.

Comments to George:

To Index of Album Reviews | To George Graham's Home Page. | What's New on This Site.
This page last updated December 31, 2012