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"We learned more from a three minute record baby than we ever learned in school..." -from No Surrender by Bruce Springsteen

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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


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)


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)


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)


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

[New Feature] Influential 3 Minute Records

As the Springsteen quote in the header above suggests we as listeners learn greatly from the lyrics included in our favorite songs. Many times these lyrics reference something different from what we're accustomed to and as curious human beings we tend to seek out new ideas. Many of these searches occur during our development years - adolescence or in the period just after - and tend to influence us for many years to come. For our first installment of Influential 3 Minute Records I present the classic song...

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The Replacements - "Left Of The Dial" from Tim (Sire Records, 1985). The term "Left of the Dial" refers to the area of the FM radio dial where college radio stations typically broadcast due to FCC rules.  These stations are lower power and have a D.I.Y. or underground aesthetic. Before the world got smaller with the advent of the internet these stations carried the news of the music scene (along with local underground newspapers and 'zines) and gave traveling underground or punk artists a safe haven. Paul Westerberg, the band's main songwriter, writes a classic song about road weariness and missing your friends while out on tour. Not only is this song a classic, but Tim is arguably The Replacements best album (others may suggest Let It Be or Pleased To Meet Me and on some days they'd be right). This song influenced me to seek out that scene and that there was more to what commercial radio or MTV fed to us .

Leave your suggestions for other influential records in the comments. Thoughts on this pick? Let's hear 'em!

Famous and Favorite 3 Minute Records Mix

We learned more from a three-minute record, baby, than we ever learned in school.  – Bruce Springsteen

Tonight, I was just playing around with iTunes and got an idea. So, I'm presenting a mix for fun. Each song listed below is exactly three minutes in length. 3:00. Period. Some of these songs are among the greatest songs of all time. Some are just favorites from my record collection. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
I Must Be High - Wilco
Sloop John B - The Beach Boys
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Warren Zevon
I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night - The Electric Prunes
Can't Stand Losing You - The Police
Coal Miner's Daughter - Loretta Lynn
Daydream Believer - The Monkees
Cracklin' Rosie - Neil Diamond
634-5789 - Wilson Pickett
Ohio - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
That Year - Uncle Tupelo
Worried Man Blues - The Carter Family
Seed Toss - Superchunk
Johnny Ryall - Beastie Boys
Big Bad John - Jimmy Dean
Cut Flowers - The Smithereens
Settled Down Like Rain - The Jayhawks
Seein' Her - Paul Westerberg
Lost Love - Golden Smog
John Wesley Harding - Bob Dylan
Rocket Fuel - Todd Snider
Wish You Were Here - Ryan Adams
Sukie In The Graveyard - Belle & Sebastian
Renovating - Buffalo Tom

Some observations -

Jeff Tweedy has a knack at writing a three-minute song! Represented by three songs on this list from three different bands he's been affiliated with throughout his career -- Uncle Tupelo, Wilco and Golden Smog -- Tweedy has the most songs by one single songwriter.

The Beatles are the most prolific at writing songs that clock in at exactly three minutes long! I didn't even include the songs "The Fool On The Hill," "The Ballad Of John And Yoko," "Love To You" or "I'm Only Sleeping." Astute readers may realize that three of the Beatles songs mentioned here in the post are from the same album, Revolver. However, it must be mentioned that depending on which mix of the album you listen to the lengths of the songs vary. The 2009 Stereo Remaster version of the album contains the three songs that clock in at exactly 3:00. However, the 1987 compact disc release and the 2009 Mono Master each differ slightly.

I'd like to hear some more! Please feel free to share the 3 minute records you have in your record collection in the comments section.