2012, End of Year Lists

Jeff Breeze’s top 20 of 2012


Jeff Breeze is the host of WMBR’s long running Pipeline radio program, which airs every Tuesday night. He also plays in a number of bands including the Concord Ballet Orchestra Players and Most Bitter. 

His list:

Jeff Breeze’s top 20 of 2012

Trying to enumerate events is often an exercise in true futility, plus
the amount of crap I’d get if I admitted that Taylor Swift’s Red was
in my top 3 albums this year might not stop until 2014. This list
encompasses the top 20 local bands based on plays on Pipeline! during
2012, the only subjectivity comes when things were tied. Since we
played songs by 823 different bands out of the 1060 songs we played
during the year, plus 48 live band sets adding up to 28 hours of
music, nobody’s count reached too high.

Pipeline! airs every Tuesday from 8-10pm on WMBR 88.1, playing new
music from around New England with a live band every week.

20. Fat Creeps – Somehow all it takes are a couple of girls with
guitars and a guy on drums for the sounds of the ’90s to seem vital
again. While first listens had me digging for old Corndolly singles,
everyone in town seems to have a crush on someone in this band

19. Phantom Buffalo – Portland’s finest purveyors of smart pop
released their new album in France at the end of the year, and snuck
us enough songs in advance to make it on this list, and hopefully will
be back down early in 2013 showing off the concept album Tadaloora
that’s also the soundtrack to a video game the band made.

18. Earthquake Party – If you’ve heard a loud shaking coming from a
nearby basement, odds are these folks have had something to do with
it. They played live back in January and that really set the tone for
the year, and they haven’t slowed at all since.


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