The Captain Reviews Modern Rock 2012 Part Vier


2012 first


1.  Quasar – The Smashing Pumpkins

From October

Even though this just the most recent of many comebacks by The Smashing Pumpkins, this one is by far the greatest.  Billy Corgan finally sat down and wrote a proper album like it was the early nineties and the result was something to behold.  I chose the first track off of Oceania to start off Modern Rock 2012 because it seemed like the perfect mix of old and new.  So glad to see the Pumpkins return to form.1


2.  Sixteen Saltines – Jack White

From Now

How the hell did I not post this song on #2ForTuesday this year?  Thinking back, I probably assumed I had already posted it as soon as it was released.  Because this song is about as Modern Rock as it gets.  Jack’s Blunderbuss was an album full of great tracks, but this was my favorite.  And to think I was worried when The White Stripes broke up…



3.  Wait A Minute – The Hives

From September

The most pleasant surprise of 2012 was the triumphant return of The Hives.  After a couple of lackluster albums, Howlin Pele and the gang came rushing back with the same urgency as they on the original Modern Rock back in 2002.  This song is relentless, which makes the name Wait A Minute such a hoot.  With these Swedes there’s not a minute to spare.

4.  Get Burned – Sleeper Agent

From November

Not much to say about this track.  It rocks, and that’s all you need to know.

5.  Runaway Love – Diamond Rings

From Novmeber

Say what you want about synthesizers, but when they sound like this I can’t get enough of them.  Throw in some goofy lyrics about puppy love and an even goofier haircut and you’ve got my attention.  Damn if this song isn’t hard to stop humming.


6.  Kill Your Heroes – AWOLNATION

From November

After so many years of bland HardPop over the last decade I’ve become pretty good at tuning it out.  Luckily my brother Paul turned me on to AWOLNATION in 2012 and I’m glad he did.  It took a nineteen year old to remind me that I loved music like this back when I was nineteen.  Thank bro!


7.  Thrift Shop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

From Now

Usually I try and throw at least one rap group on Modern Rock to prove that I don’t live in a vacuum, but this year I was really struggling.  It wasn’t until the last week of my deliberations in December that I heard this song and I knew I had a winner.  This is THE definition of fresh.  And speaking of being nineteen, this song could’ve been my soundtrack back in those days.  That Macklemore is a cold ass honkey!


8.  Tongue Tied – Grouplove

From April

I fell in love with this group with Colours back on Modern Rock 2011, and this year they managed to keep their star rising with this chart topper.  They’re a great band with an amazing story and a hell of a live show that I was lucky enough to catch last month.  With this much talent I guess success really can come easy sometimes.


9.  The House That Heaven Built – Japandroids

From December

These two DIY punks dominated so many Best Of Lists in 2012 that there isn’t much left for me to say.  Everyone agrees that they kick ass, and so should you.


10.  High On A Wire – The Black Box Revelation

From November

I had never heard of this group until this year, but apparently they’ve been rocking over in Europe for years.  2012 was a down year for British garage bands so I’m glad these lads were around to keep the beat going.





The Captain



1.  I wish I could’ve seen the band when they stopped in St. Louis this year, but the show was at the same nite as a Cardinals playoff game.  But that is Billy’s fault, as I wouldn’t expect a Cubs fan to plan events around the Post Season…

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