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Top 35 songs of 2012

Too Much Rock presents its Top 35 Songs of 2012 along with 3 adventure picks in memory of WQAX and the CMJ. Follow along with a video playlist of all tracks.

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Top 30 albums of 2012

Too Much Rock celebrates not only the singles, but the great albums of 2012 that provided us awesome songs from the first track to the last.

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Top 30 Albums of 2011

While the Too Much Rock Podcast focuses on singles, that doesn't mean we don't love albums. In fact, here are 30 that we loved in 2011!

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Top 25* Songs of 2011*

Here are my top 25 songs of 2011 plus a few stragglers from 2010. Did I pick the right ones? Let me know.

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Top 25 Albums of 2010

Is the album dead? Maybe commercially, but aesthetically it's great albums, not great songs, what define a great band. Here are 25 of my favourites from this year:

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2010 delivered a bumper crop of great singles. Here is a list of my favourite 30 songs of 2010, plus 3 stragglers from 2009.

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I may be a little late, but here is my top 20 songs of 2007. Is my list just as arcane as everyone elses? Find out for yourself.

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Ferocious Mopes is the third release from Eric Elbogen's Say Hi To Your Mom project. Its balance of indie intimacy, geeky wit, and big production, makes it a clear winner in the recent bedroom pop glut.

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While Cory Wilkerson of the Andersonville area of Chicago slept, I stole his CDs. Click below to find out why I grabbed each of them and if it was worth it.

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"Something about Sluts and Vampires" is the best band name you've heard in years, but can the band's blending of post-punk and electronic beats live up to their grand moniker?

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Boston's The Douglas Fir return to the early 90s britpop era, meld it with late 80s American Alternative, and create something entirely old fashioned and nostalgic. Click to find out if you should care.

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How do you feel about sensitive solo projects from washed-up indie rockers? Check out my thoughts on Mike Kinsella and his latest release, (the ep) as Owen.

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Brilliant mathy, post-rock goodness or self-indulgent, repetitive, soulless, tuneless, posturing? I say both.

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A strange collection of moods, tones, and styles created by a campy world traveler.

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On March 27th I sat down with the blokes from Clearlake to ask what it takes to be "the quintisentially British band."

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Sometime in the Winter of 01/02 I did a roundup of Kansas City bands I called KC Demo Days. Go ahead, visit the archives.

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Older reviews follow below:
A Parade of Ripped 7"s

Thanks to the magic of my USB turntable, ripping 7"s to my computer is a breeze. I'd like to share my good fortune with everyone, so keep an eye on this section as I post up information about my favourite 7"s, and give everyone an opportunity to download the mp3s and artwork.

The 1996 final 7" from KC posi-core band Brine tackles the issues of the day as well as showing heart. Click to listen to the big breakdown in "Untitled [smoking song]" and download the 7" with artwork.

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When the tribute record was all the rage, Skingraft drafted 4 Chicago bands to honour AC/DC. Read more, listen to Big'n's "T.N.T.," and download both 7"s here.

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>>see them all