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Episode 18 - Three Merry Widows

Episode 18 features our discussion with the Three Merry Widows. We sat down with the band in advance of their reunion show at The Ready Room. We discuss getting the band back together in the same room to play music after 20 years, stories about touring and living in Boston before they were signed, issues with the record label, what gear it took to recreate their sound, and much more. 

Three Merry Widows - L-R: Sean Garcia, Brian Simpson, Alice Spencer, Charles Shipman, and Danny Hommes - Photo courtesy of Three Merry Widows

Three Merry Widows - L-R: Sean Garcia, Brian Simpson, Alice Spencer, Charles Shipman, and Danny Hommes - Photo courtesy of Three Merry Widows

For those of you reading who weren't around in the early '90s, the music scene in St. Louis had a different vibe. There was excitement in the air with multiple bands getting national attention from indie and major labels. While there wasn't a defined sound (read: Seattle or Athens, GA) in town, many of the bands drew influences from the 1960s and 1970s. The best of those bands merged elements from different genres into their own fresh take. In those days before the internet, these groups drew attention from the labels and getting their "shot" to share their album with the world. 

Formed in 1988, the Widows worked as a band for a couple of years around town honing their psychedelic-folk-rock sound and working on original material. In a truly dedicated effort to get signed by a label the band moved to Boston for the better part of a year to play to college crowds on the East Coast and a closer proximity to the A&R people at the record companies. 

In the fall of 1990 and winter of 1991, the quintet recorded their debut album, Which Dreamed It?, with producer Peter Henderson at Ardent Studios in Memphis and released it in the spring on TVT Records. The first single, "Black Halo," one of their earliest original songs, made it to the top ten of the College Music Journal charts. Their hard work drew praise and drew a strong, loyal following in St. Louis and won them top honors in seven categories in the 1991 Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis issue including Best Rock & Roll Band, Alternative Band, Local Band, and Best Club Concert, Original Music, Recording, and Female Vocalist. Their dreams were short lived when they came to understand the harsh realities of the music business. Rather than let the record label dictate their course, the group eventually decided the best route was to disband and went their separate ways to pursue other music projects. 

However, longtime fans of the Widows have a special treat to see them perform again. The group will play a reunion show with guests Cold Hearted Strangers on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at The Ready Room in The Grove located at 4195 Manchester in St. Louis. Original members Alice Spencer, Sean Garcia, Brian Simpson and Charles Shipman will be join by veteran St. Louis musician Danny Hommes on drums. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here

We appreciate the time we had with Alice, Sean and Brian to record this episode. Squeezing our session into a busy weekend of rehearsals was above and beyond and we could not be happier with the way it turned out. If you'd told me when I was 18 that in 2015 I'd be recording an interview and songs with a band that I enjoyed, influenced me as a musician and I generally looked up to in the local scene I would have never believed you. 

Moreover, we'd like to thank Thomas CroneHis love of promoting the music and art of his friends in the St. Louis scene is unmatched and he's been a true champion of the Widows for 25 years. He was gracious enough to let us record this podcast at the Tick Tock Tavern early on a Saturday morning before the bar opened. Again, if you have not had the chance to visit this little corner bar yet, we highly encourage you to do so at their location at 3459 Magnolia, St. Louis, MO 63118. Enjoy a cold tasty beverage, and while you are there head on next door and grab a delicious hot dog from Steve's Hot Dogs. We owe you, Thomas!

Thank you for listening and please tell your friends about our musical labor of love. We are working on more future episodes and always looking for more topics and bands to feature. 

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Episode 18: Three Merry Widows

Episode 17: Thomas Crone

Episode 16: Fragile Porcelain Mice

Episode 15.5: John Paul Keith Performances

Episode 15: John Paul Keith

Episode 14.5: Bruiser Queen Performances

Episode 14: Bruiser Queen

Episode 13.5: Jim Harper Part 2

Episode 13: Jim Harper

Episode 12.5: Ben Nichols Performances

Episode 12: Ben Nichols

Episode 11.5: Cory Branan Performances

Episode 11: Cory Branan

Episode 10.5: John Henry Performances

Episode 10: John Henry

Episode 9.5: John Moreland and Chris Porter Performances

Episode 9: John Moreland and Chris Porter

Episode 8.5: Mike Heidorn - Part 2

Episode 8: Mike Heidorn - Part 1

Episode 7.5: Amy LaVere Performances

Episode 7: Amy LaVere

Episode 6: Lizzie Weber

Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

Episode 17 - Thomas Crone

Bart, Jeff, Thomas Crone, and Scott

Bart, Jeff, Thomas Crone, and Scott

Episode 17 features our discussion with Thomas Crone! Mr. Crone was kind enough to invite us to his new establishment, Tick Tock Tavern, for this discussion. We talk about the process of re-opening the Tick Tock, weird ordinances and licenses in St. Louis, writing for the Riverfront Times and St. Louis Magazine, graffiti in St. Louis, teaching at Webster university, Bob Reuter, and many other topics.

We cannot thank Mr. Crone for inviting us into the Tick Tock and sitting down with us. If you have not been to the Tick Tock yet, we highly encourage you to do so! Head on down to their location at 3459 Magnolia, St. Louis, MO 63118 and enjoy a cold tasty beverage, and while you are there head on next door and grab a delicious hot dog from Steve's Hot Dogs.

We want to thank you all for listening and for the support in 2014. We look forward to bringing you more episodes of the podcast here real soon in 2015. Until then, have a safe and happy New Year and we will see you soon!

As always, you can still listen to or download all episodes from their direct links. Just click below on your episode of choice. (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As….)

Episode 17: Thomas Crone

Episode 16: Fragile Porcelain Mice

Episode 15.5: John Paul Keith Performances

Episode 15: John Paul Keith

Episode 14.5: Bruiser Queen Performances

Episode 14: Bruiser Queen

Episode 13.5: Jim Harper Part 2

Episode 13: Jim Harper

Episode 12.5: Ben Nichols Performances

Episode 12: Ben Nichols

Episode 11.5: Cory Branan Performances

Episode 11: Cory Branan

Episode 10.5: John Henry Performances

Episode 10: John Henry

Episode 9.5: John Moreland and Chris Porter Performances

Episode 9: John Moreland and Chris Porter

Episode 8.5: Mike Heidorn - Part 2

Episode 8: Mike Heidorn - Part 1

Episode 7.5: Amy LaVere Performances

Episode 7: Amy LaVere

Episode 6: Lizzie Weber

Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

Episode 16 - Fragile Porcelain Mice

Episode 16 features our interview with Scott Randall and Dave Winkeler from Fragile Porcelain Mice. We sit down for a lengthy chat about all things music.

We had a great time discussing beer snobs, singing Van Halen with Sebastian Bach, classic rock affection, recording their albums, their unique style of rock, OG Taco Bell menu items, being the worlds most boring "rock guys" off stage, dealing with record labels, their other band: The R6 Implant, the St Louis music scene, out of print records, off track betting, which musicians Scott wouldn't fight and Dave's least favorite Snake Ranch costumes.

The guys from Fragile Porcelain Mice also gave us an exclusive track to share. It is an alternate mix of "You Did Not Reinvent The Wheel" from their 2004 record The Best Of Modern Rock. We included it in the podcast directly after the interview. 

We highly recommend that you attend their concert on November 27th 2014 (Thanksgiving) at Pop's Concert Venue. Local heroes Bent open the show. $15 adv, $18 dos, $2 minor surcharge 7PM. Preorder your tickets here.

As always, you can still listen to or download all episodes from their direct links. Just click below on your episode of choice. (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As….)

Episode 16: Fragile Porcelain Mice

Episode 15.5: John Paul Keith Performances

Episode 15: John Paul Keith

Episode 14.5: Bruiser Queen Performances

Episode 14: Bruiser Queen

Episode 13.5: Jim Harper Part 2

Episode 13: Jim Harper

Episode 12.5: Ben Nichols Performances

Episode 12: Ben Nichols

Episode 11.5: Cory Branan Performances

Episode 11: Cory Branan

Episode 10.5: John Henry Performances

Episode 10: John Henry

Episode 9.5: John Moreland and Chris Porter Performances

Episode 9: John Moreland and Chris Porter

Episode 8.5: Mike Heidorn - Part 2

Episode 8: Mike Heidorn - Part 1

Episode 7.5: Amy LaVere Performances

Episode 7: Amy LaVere

Episode 6: Lizzie Weber

Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

Episode 15 - John Paul Keith

Episode 15 of the podcast is now live and features the amazingly talented John Paul Keith. JP was in town back in July and sat down with us at Off Broadway to record this episode. For those of you not familiar with JP's music, you are truly missing out on a great songwriter and guitar player. JP is based out of Memphis, TN and can usually be found playing with his band, The One Four Fives. You can also hear JP in Motel Mirrors, which also features past podcast guest Amy LaVere. His latest record, Memphis Circa 3 AM, is available on Big Legal Mess Records.

We had a great time talking with JP about Memphis, the Stagger Inn, recording with Roland Janes, what it is like making a living as a touring musician, and how he ended up meeting Charlie Sexton, among other topics. JP also plays two of his songs, "The Man That Time Forgot" and "If You Catch Me Staring", and covers the classic, "Home In My Hand."

Those of us lucky enough to be in the St. Louis area have two chances to see John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives coming up here real soon. On Friday, October 17, 2014, JPK and the band will be opening up for Deke Dickerson and Los Straitjackets at Off Broadway in St. Louis. Doors for that show are at 7PM, admission is $15, and the show is all ages. The very next night, Saturday, October 18, 2014, JPK and the band takeover the always fun Stagger Inn... Again in Edwardsville, IL. That show kicks off at 10PM with Riley James opening and is 21 and up.

You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here or you can listen to all the episodes directly from the Podcast page. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

As always, you can still listen to or download all episodes from their direct links. Just click below on your episode of choice. (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As….)

Episode 15: John Paul Keith

Episode 14.5: Bruiser Queen Performances

Episode 14: Bruiser Queen

Episode 13.5: Jim Harper Part 2

Episode 13: Jim Harper

Episode 12.5: Ben Nichols Performances

Episode 12: Ben Nichols

Episode 11.5: Cory Branan Performances

Episode 11: Cory Branan

Episode 10.5: John Henry Performances

Episode 10: John Henry

Episode 9.5: John Moreland and Chris Porter Performances

Episode 9: John Moreland and Chris Porter

Episode 8.5: Mike Heidorn - Part 2

Episode 8: Mike Heidorn - Part 1

Episode 7.5: Amy LaVere Performances

Episode 7: Amy LaVere

Episode 6: Lizzie Weber

Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

Episode 14 - Bruiser Queen

For Episode 14 of the podcast we sat down at The Heavy Anchor with the dynamic duo of Morgan Nusbaum and Jason Potter who comprise the St. Louis band Bruiser Queen! Bruiser Queen's new record, Sweet Static, will be released on October 7, 2014 on Boxing Clever Records. We talk about recording the record in Memphis, influences, touring, and being a part of the St. Louis scene, among other things. They also play their songs, "On The Radio" and "Tiny Heart Attack", and a cover of the classic, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'."

Bruiser Queen will be celebrating the release of Sweet Static with a record release show in St. Louis on Friday, October 3 at Off Broadway. Opening the show will be Josh Berwanger and Pretty Little Empire. Doors are at 8PM, show starts at 9PM, open to all ages, and is free! 

You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here or you can listen to all the episodes directly from the Podcast page. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

As always, you can still listen to or download all episodes from their direct links. Just click below on your episode of choice. (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As….)

Episode 14: Bruiser Queen

Episode 13.5: Jim Harper Part 2

Episode 13: Jim Harper

Episode 12.5: Ben Nichols Performances

Episode 12: Ben Nichols

Episode 11.5: Cory Branan Performances

Episode 11: Cory Branan

Episode 10.5: John Henry Performances

Episode 10: John Henry

Episode 9.5: John Moreland and Chris Porter Performances

Episode 9: John Moreland and Chris Porter

Episode 8.5: Mike Heidorn - Part 2

Episode 8: Mike Heidorn - Part 1

Episode 7.5: Amy LaVere Performances

Episode 7: Amy LaVere

Episode 6: Lizzie Weber

Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

Episode 12 - Ben Nichols

Bart, Ben, and Jeff

Bart, Ben, and Jeff

Episode 12 is here and our guest is Ben Nichols! As most of you know, Ben is the lead singer of the Memphis-based group, Lucero. Ben was in town on August 12 for a solo show at Off Broadway and we were fortunate enough to be able to sit down with him for a little while. We talk about the new live Lucero record, Live From Memphis, upcoming shows at Riot Fest and opening for The Replacements, and talk a little bit about some geek/nerd stuff. This episode also features Ben playing "When You Decided To Leave" and "Last Pale Light In The West", and also the John Moreland song, "God's Medicine." Thanks again for listening, enjoy!

You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here or you can listen to all the episodes directly from the Podcast page. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

As always, you can still listen to or download all episodes from their direct links. Just click below on your episode of choice. (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As….)

Episode 12: Ben Nichols

Episode 11.5: Cory Branan Performances

Episode 11: Cory Branan

Episode 10.5: John Henry Performances

Episode 10: John Henry

Episode 9.5: John Moreland and Chris Porter Performances

Episode 9: John Moreland and Chris Porter

Episode 8.5: Mike Heidorn - Part 2

Episode 8: Mike Heidorn - Part 1

Episode 7.5: Amy LaVere Performances

Episode 7: Amy LaVere

Episode 6: Lizzie Weber

Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

Podcast Episode 11 with Cory Branan

Our latest episode of the podcast features the one and only Cory Branan! Cory has a new record coming out on August 19th on Bloodshot Records titled, The No-Hit Wonder. This will be Branan's fourth full length record and second on Bloodshot. From my early listens, the new record sounds great and is everything you come to expect from a Cory Branan record. This album features great songwriting spread out over a few different musical styles and also features some contributions from some folks you may have heard of, Jason Isbell and Craig Finn. This was a fun interview and we talk about the new record, growing up with pop radio, and the current state of the pop country world. Cory also plays a couple of songs that will be on the new record and a great cover of a Lyle Lovett tune. Thanks again to Cory for joining us and we hope you enjoy!

You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here or you can listen to all the episodes directly from the Podcast page. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

As always, you can still listen to or download all episodes from their direct links. Just click below on your episode of choice. (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As….)

Episode 11: Cory Branan

Episode 10.5: John Henry Performances

Episode 10: John Henry

Episode 9.5: John Moreland and Chris Porter Performances

Episode 9: John Moreland and Chris Porter

Episode 8.5: Mike Heidorn - Part 2

Episode 8: Mike Heidorn - Part 1

Episode 7.5: Amy LaVere Performances

Episode 7: Amy LaVere

Episode 6: Lizzie Weber

Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

Podcast Episode 9 with John Moreland and Chris Porter

Episode 9 finds us sitting down with singer/songwriters John Moreland and Chris Porter. John and Chris were in town to play a show at The Gramophone and were kind enough to join us that afternoon before the show to sit down and talk to us and play us a few tunes. Make sure to head on over to our Videos page to watch their performances or check out this playlist over on YouTube.

You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here or you can listen to all the episodes directly from the Podcast page. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

As always, you can still listen to or download all episodes from their direct links. Just click below on your episode of choice. (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As….)

Episode 9: John Moreland and Chris Porter

Episode 8.5: Mike Heidorn - Part 2

Episode 8: Mike Heidorn - Part 1

Episode 7.5: Amy LaVere Performances

Episode 7: Amy LaVere

Episode 6: Lizzie Weber

Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

Podcast Episode 6 with Lizzie Weber

Episode 6 of the podcast is now up and running. We were joined on a very cold and slippery night by St. Louis songwriter Lizzie Weber for this episode. We had a great time talking with Lizzie about recording her new self-titled record, her upcoming video, and her musical background. She also gave us three great performances that you do not want to miss. Lizzie has a record release show coming up at The Gramophone on Friday, January 31, 2014. Doors are at 7PM, show starts at 8PM. Ellen The Felon  and The Duo (featuring members of Acoustics Anonymous) open the show. $10 gets you in the door and a copy of the CD. 21+.

Keep an eye out on our Youtube channel for performances from Lizzie that we will be posting over the next week or so.

You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

As always, you can still listen to or download all episodes from their direct links. Just click below on your episode of choice. (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As….)

Episode 6: Lizzie Weber

Episode 5.5: Chris Mills Performances

Episode 5: Chris Mills

Episode 4: Dana Anderson, Jesse Irwin, John Krane, and Dave Werner

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 2

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling – Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

Thanks for listening, more coming soon!

Episode 3 Part 1 of the 3 Minute Record Podcast is now available.

Hey gang, the newest episode of the podcast is here! In this episode, Bart, Jeff, and Scott get together to discuss what they have been listening to lately, offer up their thoughts on some current pop bands, and just generally reminisce. We rambled on for quite a while, so this one is going to be a two part episode. We will have the second part posted here real soon. For now, enjoy the first part and thanks again for listening. You can find all the episodes over on iTunes by clicking here. If you would like to subscribe to the podcast while you are over on the iTunes page, we would absolutely love that. For those of you that like to subscribe via your favorite RSS reader, click here.

As always, you can still listen to or download all episodes from their direct links. Just click below on your episode of choice. (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As….)

Episode 3: Bart, Jeff, and Scott Rambling - Part 1

Episode 2: The Trophy Mules

Episode 1: Best of 2012 and John Krane

3 Minute Record presents the Best Albums of 2012

Today, it's time to share with our readers the 3 Minute Record Best Albums of 2012. Yesterday, we posted our first podcast in which we talked about our favorite albums of this year. In case you missed it, due to all the holiday food filling up your belly, please do us a favor be sure to check it out! (To download: Right Click (PC)/CTRL-Click (Mac) and then select Save Link As….)

Tonight, our staff will do our very best to spin many of these records and much more at The Royale from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. We hope you can join us for a pint or two at our favorite corner watering hole and listen to some of our favorite music from this year. Please - as the sign above indicates - just don't sit at the back table at 10 p.m.

So, without further pomp and circumstance here is our list. Enjoy!

Best of 2012

Bart

Lucero - Women and Work (ATO)
Hot Water Music - Exister (Rise)
Cory Branan - Mutt (Bloodshot)
Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes (Full Time Hobby)
Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten (Mercury)

Jeff

Japandroids - Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls (ATO)
White Rabbits - Milk Famous (TBD)
Minus The Bear - Infinity Overhead (Dangerbird)
Blake Fleming - Time's Up (self-released)

Reissues: My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (1991 Creation / 2012 Sony)
Shiner - The Egg (2001 DeSoto / 2012 Son Of Man)
Archers Of Loaf - Vee Vee (1995 Alias / 2012 Merge)
Sugar - Copper Blue (1992 Ryko / 2012 Merge)
Codeine – Barely Real EP (1992 Sub Pop / 2012 The Numero Group)

Lauren

Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory (Carpark)
Wanda Jackson - Unfinished Business (Sugar Hill)
Make Do and Mend - Everything You Ever Loved (Rise)
The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past (Epitaph)
Japandroids - Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)

Scott

Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball (Columbia)
Cat Power - Sun (Matador)
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp (Jagjaguwar)
Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe (XL Recordings)
Heartless Bastards - Arrow (Partisan Records)

Reissues: R.E.M. - Document [25th Anniversary Edition] (1987 I.R.S. / 2012 Capitol)
Peter Gabriel - So [25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition] (1986 Geffen / 2012 Real World Productions)
The Velvet Underground & Nico - S/T [45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition] (1967 Verve / 2012 Polydor/UME)
Ryan Adams - Life After Deaf [Live Boxset] (PAXAM)
Cotton Mather - Kontiki (1997 Copper Records / 2012 Star Apple Kingdom)

Finally, feel free to take a look back at our 2011 Lists here - Bart / Jeff / Scott