Our 20 Most Popular Stories of 2012, 10 - 1
We've covered a lot of music ground in 2012. And you loved all of it. But you read some stories more than others. Here now, our 20 most popular posts of the year, from 10 - 1. (20 - 11 here.)
A diagnosed manic-depressive, Brad Jordan has mentioned in interviews how weed helped him deal with his illness. Here then is a tribute to his "girl" Mary Jane, whose name alone makes him happy. In his rap, 'Face highlights how she's better than cigarettes and alcohol for relieving stress.
One of the many things experimenting with acid taught me was how to listen to music differently. Long before I heard Merzbow or Wolf Eyes, I tripped and listened closely to the droning ovens and hissing dishwashers at the Pizza Hut where I worked as a lunch cook. Six years later, when a friend turned me on to proper "noise," it wasn't too shocking. I also learned that some albums and some songs contain particular moments that can totally shatter and terrify; my whole world can be flipped upside down, turned inside out and burnt down to the ground with a single lyric or guitar squall or cymbal crash.
6. The 17 Best Songs Of 2012 (So Far)
8. 100 & Single: Buy An Adam Lambert Album, Strike A Tiny Blow For Gay Rights
A couple of out gay performers (fewer than you might imagine) have topped the Hot 100 singles chart. But I would argue that the Billboard 200 album chart is a specifically important yardstick. Albums are how the recording industry makes the bulk of its profits, and it's particularly meaningful to see Americans willing to shell out more than a buck for a performer's work--especially in a recording's opening week, which in the Soundscan era has become as important to the music business as opening weekend is for Hollywood.
• Get ready for a slew of end-of-year thinkpieces on Canadian teenpop singer Carly Rae Jepsen's utterly earwormy "Call Me Maybe." Or maybe we'll have devolved enough as a culture so that the "thinkpieces" will actually be GIF walls?