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Easy Street Staff Picks: Best of 2012

Adam Tutty - Manager - West Seattle Store

Top 10 Albums

1. Jack White - Blunderbuss

2. Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten

3. Van Halen - A Different Kind of Truth

4. Band of Horses - Mirage Rock

5. Frank Turner - Last Minutes & Lost Evenings

6. Bouncing Souls - Comet

7. Farrar/Yames/Johnson/Parker - New Multitudes

8. RNDM - Acts

9. Young Evils - Foreign Spells

10. Forgetters - Forgetters

Favorite 2012 Musical Moment/Event

Old 97s perform Too Far To Care at the Showbox


Andrea Heart - Counter - West Seattle

Top 10 Albums

1. Ty Segall - Twins

2. Raveonettes - Observator

3. Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze

4. Broken Water - Tempest

5. Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits

6. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

7. The Laurels - Plains

8. Mac Demarco - Rock & Roll Night Club

9. The Pharmacy - Stoned & Alone

10. The Young Evils - Foreign Spells


Becky - Server - West Seattle Cafe

Top 10 Albums

1. Air - Le Voyage Dans La Lune

2. David Byrne/St. Vincent - Love This Giant

3. Micachu & the Shapes - Never

4. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

5. Santigold - Master of My Make Believe

6. Cat Power - Sun

7. Grimes - Visions

8. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

9. Madonna - MDNA

10. The Gossip - A Joyful Noise

Favorite Musical Moment

Mark Eitzel at the Tractor


Brian Bauer - Customer Service - West Seattle Store

Top 10 Albums

1. Bob Dylan - Tempest

2. Calexico - Algiers

3. Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill

4. David Byrne/St. Vincent - Love This Giant

5. Dr. John - Locked Down

6. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream

7. Antibalas - Antibalas

8. Chicha Libre - Canibalismo

9. The Intelligence - Everybody's Got It Easy But Me

10. Air - Le Voyage Dans La Lune

Favorite Musical Moment/Event 2011

Krist Novoselic joins the Vaselines at Bumbershoot for "Jesus Doesn't Want Me For a Sunbeam." Someone on stage dedicated the performance to Frances Bean Cobain.


Brian Yeager - Vinyl Clerk - Queen Anne Store

Top 10 Albums

1. Black Marble - A Different Arrangement

2. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

3. Metz - Metz

4. The Soft Pack - Strapped

5. Tame Impala - Lonerism

6. Holograms - Holograms

7. Pond - Beard, Wives, Denim

8. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas

9. My Bloody Valentine - EPs 1988-1991

10. Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild


Chad Nave - Volunteer MVP - West Seattle Store

While not an official employee, Chad volunteers to help with various tasks at our West Seattle store and is one of our best customers.

1. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana

2. Bob Dylan - Tempest

3. King Tuff - King Tuff

4. Brian Setzer - Rockabilly Riot! Live From the Planet

5. Beach Boys - That's Why God Made The Radio

6. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

7. J.D. McPherson - Signs & Signifiers

8. Gotye - Making Mirrors

9. Aerosmith - Music From a Another Dimension

10. Bo Diddley - Black Gladiator (reissue)

Favorite Musical Moment - Working at Easy Street & WS Street Fair


Charlotte Jones - Online Sales Manager

Top 10 Albums

1. Calexico - Algiers

2. M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion

3. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

4. Giant (Giant) Sand - Tucson

5. Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral

6. Dr. John - Locked Down

7. Chelsea Wolfe - Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs

8. The Walkmen - Heaven

9. Cat Power - Sun

10. Why? - Mumps, Etc

Best Musical Moment - Moving to Seattle - it's been the best thing I've done for my "musical life" yet!


Corey Wolverton - Shipping/Receiving - Queen Anne store

Top 10 Albums

1. Acid Mothers Temple - Son of a Bitches Brew

2. Medicine - Shot Forth Self-Living

3. Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild

4. V/A - Zendooni! Funk, Psychedelia & Pop From the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation

5. My Bloody Valentine - EPs 1988-1991

6. Sonic Youth - Smart Bar 1985

7. Factrix - Scheintot

8. V/A - Khana Khana!Funk, Psychedelia & Pop From the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation

9. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless

10. Die Antwoord - Tension

Favorite Music Moment

Cotton Casino re-joins Acid Mothers Temple


Domenique Ferrero - Server - Easy Street Cafe

1. Mark Eitzel - Don't Be A Stranger

2. David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant

3. P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here

4. The Intelligence - Everybody's Got It Easy But Me

5. Air - Le Voyage Dans La Lune

6. Future of the Left - The Plot Against Common Sense

7. Kid Rock - Rebel Soul

8. Moon Duo - Circles

9. Crystal Castles - III

10. AC/DC - Live At River Plate


Ed Irving - Counter - Queen Anne Store

1. The Men - Open Your Heart

2. Cate Le Bon - Cyrk

3. Captain Murphy - Duality

4. Dan Deacon - America

5. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II

6. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes

7. Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse

8. Zammuto - Zammuto

9. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In the Universe

10. Nas - Life Is Good

Best Musical Moment

Pussy Riot


Emily Harrold - Used Product Buyer/Counter - Both Stores

Top 10 Albums

1. Shintaro Sakamoto - How to Live With a Phantom

2. Iris DeMent - Sing the Delta

3. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

4. Joe & Donnie Emerson - Dreamin' Wild

5. Paul Simon - Live in NYC

6. Nick Waterhouse - Time's All Gone

7. Wendy Rene - After Laughter Comes Tears

8. Woods - Bend Beyond

9. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...

10. Mono - For My Parents


Grady Tyree - Counter - West Seattle

Top 20 Albums

1. Baroness - Yellow & Green

2. Every Time I Die - Ex-Lives

3. Deftones - Koi No Yokan

4. P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here

5. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

6. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

7. Between the Buried & Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence

8. EL-P - Cancer for Cure

9. The Heavy - The Glorious Dead

10. Big Boi - Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors

11. Absolute Monarchs - 1

12. The Sword - Apocryphon

13. Murder By Death - Bitter Moon, Bitter Drink

14. Graveyard - Lights Out

15. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

16. Lowmen Markos - Flames EP

17. Sandrider - Sandrider

18. Torche - Harmonicraft

19. Trioscapes - Separate Realities

20. Metz - Metz

Favorite Musical Moment -

Contributing artwork to the Lowmen Markos EP Flames (Inner Sleeve Artwork)

 

Holly Stroh - Server - West Seattle Cafe

Top 10 Albums

1. My Goodness - My Goodness

2. Graveyard - Lights Out

3. Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful

4. Black Breath - Sentenced To Life

5. High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis

6. The Maldives - Muscle For the Wing

7. Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back

8. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu

9. The Raveonettes - Observator

10. Avett Brothers - The Carpenter

10. Baroness - Yellow & Green

Best Shows of 2012

1. Graveyard - Tractor Tavern

2. Gary Clark Jr. - The Crocodile

3. Black Mountain - Neumos


Iris Stroh - Manager - West Seattle Cafe

Top 10 Albums

1. High On Fire - De Vermis Mysteriis

2. Black Breath - Sentenced To Life

3. Sandrider - Sandrider

4. Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay

5. Three Inches of Blood - Long Live Heavy Metal

6. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - The Heist

7. Champagne Champagne - Private Party

8. Absolute Monarchs - 1 

9. The Sword - Apocryphon

10. Don't Talk To the Cops - Let's Quit


J.J. McCabe - Used Buyer - Queen Anne Store

1. Pallbearer - Sorrow & Extinction

2. Panopticon - Kentucky

3. Acephalix - Deathless Master

4. Bell Witch - Longing

5. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In the Universe

6. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

7. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

8. Horseback - Half Blood

9. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

10. Space Ghost Purrp - Mysterious Phonk

Best Musical Moment - Having a beer with Aesop Dekker at Loss, Worm Ouroboros, Bellwitch show at the Highline.


Jeff Alvarez - Used Product Clerk, Counter - Queen Anne Store

Top 10 Albums

1. Torche - Harmonicraft

2. Tilts - Tilts

3. Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind

4. Old Man Gloom - No

5. Town Portal - Chronopoly

6. Narrows - Painted

7. Pile - Dripping

8. Kowloon Walled City - Container Ships

9. The Life & Times - No One Loves You Like I Do

10. And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead - Lost Songs

Favorite Musical Moment

Breaking my glasses twice as a start-up mosher (Doomriders & Converge)


Jonathan Erret - Used Buyer, Counter - West Seattle store

Top 10 Albums

1. The Intelligence - Everybody's Got It Easy But Me

2. Godspeed You Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

3. David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant

4. Micachu & the Shapes - Never

5. Air - Le Voyage Dans La Lune

6. Broken Water - Tempest

7. Dirty Three - Toward the Low Sun

8. Moon Duo - Circles

9. Rangda - Formerly Extinct

10. Pop 1280 - The Horror

Favorite Musical Moment

Leonard Cohen not dying before I could see him live


Jordan Rundle - Counter - Queen Anne store.

Top 10 Albums

1. Death Grips - No Love Deep Web

2. Rimar - Closer EP

3. James Ferraro - Sushi

4. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid M.A.A.D City

5. Liars - WIXIW

6. Kid Smpl - Skylight

7. THEESatisfaction - Awe Naturale

8. OC Notes - Pre-Future Post-Modern Love Songs

9. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II

10. CS Yeah - Transitions

Best Shows

Death Grips, Cities Avi - Crocodile


Kurt Delaney - Used Product Manager - Queen Anne store

Top 10 Albums

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

2. Swans - The Seer

3. Lawrence English - For/Not For John Cage

4. Alvarius B - Alvarius B (reissue)

5. WaMu - Viafuckt

6. Nurse With Wound and Graham Bowers - Rupture

7. Kid Simpl - Skylight

8. Wadada Leo Smith - Ten Freedom Summers

9. Mark Lanegan - Blues Funeral

10. Frankie Rose - Interstellar

Favorite Musical Moment

Pussy Riot


Margaux Barlag-Welling - Server - West Seattle Cafe

Top 10 Albums

1. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - The Heist

2. DEV - The Night The Sun Came Up

3. Santigold - Master Of My Make Believe

4. Cat Power - Sun

5. Project X - Soundtrack

6. The Lumineers - The Lumineers

7. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die

8. Of Monsters & Men - My Head is an Animal

9. Passion Pit - Gossamer

10. Purity Ring - Shrines

 

Mark Pickerel - Vinyl Buyer - West Seattle Store

Top 10 Albums

1. Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In the Universe

2. J.D. McPherson - Signs & Signifiers

3. Magic Trick - Ruler of the Night

4. ZZ Top - La Futura

5. Moon Duo - Circles

6. Soft Pack - Strapped

7. Menahan Street Band - The Crossing

8. Ty Segall - Twins

9. The Pharmacy - Stoned & Alone

10. Cat Power - Sun


Mary Bruce - Bookkeeper

Top 10 Albums

1. Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful

2. Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears

3. Buddy Miller/Jim Lauderdale - Buddy & Jim

4. Patti Smith - Banga

5. J.D. McPherson - Signs & Signifiers

6. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball

7. Iris DeMent - Sing the Delta

8. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana

9. The Young Evils - Foreign Spells

10. Joey Ramone - Ya Know?

Favorite Musical Moment - Chuck Prophet at the Sunset Tavern


Matt Vaughan - President

Top 10 Albums

1. Macklemore/Ryan Lewis - The Heist

2. Metz - Metz

3. Bob Mould - Silver Age

4. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu

5. Tame Impala - Lonerism

6. Kid Koala - 12 Bit Blues

7. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Here

8. Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears

9. J.D. McPherson - Signs & Signifiers

10. Absolute Monarchs - 1

Best Musical Moment 

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on the roof of Easy Street Queen Anne


Michael Whitmore - Vinyl Buyer - West Seattle Store

Top 10 Albums

1. Scott Walker - Bish Bosch

2. Mike Dumovich - Acres

3. Moon Duo - Circles

4. Dr. John - Locked Down

5. Ty Segall - Twins

6. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II

7. V/A - Tensions At the Vanguard: New Music In Peru 1948-1979

8. Lee Hazelwood - The LHI Years

9. Tom Recchion - Proscenium

10. Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze

Favorite Music Moment - Finding an original 78 RPM of "Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston, aka Ike Turner & the Kings of Rhythm (1951)


Morgan Chosnyk - General Manager - Queen Anne Store

Top 10 Albums

1. Tame Impala - Lonerism

2. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

3. Purity Ring - Shrines

4. Yppah - Eighty One

5. Lushlife - Plateau Vision

6. Liars - WIXIW

7. Wax Tailor - Dusty Rainbow From the Dark

8. Helio Sequence - Negotiations

9. Beach House - Bloom

10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

Favorite Musical Moment

1. Sigur Ros at the Paramount


Rod Moody - Web Manager, Easy Street Online

Top 10 Albums

1. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist

2. Ty Segall - Twins

3. Metz - Metz

4. Bob Mould - Silver Age

5. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again

6. John Murry - The Graceless Age

7. Bob Dylan - Tempest

8. Cody ChesnuTT - Landing On A Hundred

9. Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful

10. Sandrider - Sandrider

Honorable Mentions

Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams

Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

Monica Nelson - That Monica Nelson

Dwight Yoakam - Three Pears

 

Sam Robbins - Counter - QA Store

Top 10 Albums

1. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange

2. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

3. Captain Murphy - Duality

4. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

5. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.D.D. City

6. Death Grips - No Love Deep Web

7. Kid Koala - 12 Bit Blues

8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

9. Liars - WIXIW

10. Kid Smpl - Skylight

Favorite 2012 Musical Moment

A$AP Rocky @ Showbox SoDo and Free Pussy Riot Movement

 

Scott Helgason - Barista - West Seattle Cafe

Top 10 Albums

1. Zammuto - Zammuto

2. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Cobra Juicy

3. Swans - The Seer

4. Maserati - VII

5. Mogwai - A Wrenched Virile Lore

6. The Evens - The Odds

7. Broken Water - Tempest

8. Micachu & the Shapes - Never

9. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

10. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

Favorite Musical Moment

Zammuto at the Paramount! Love that guy!


Stephanie Dorman - Server - West Seattle Cafe

Top 10 Albums

1. Santigold - Master of My Make Believe

2. Moon Duo - Circles

3. J.D. McPherson - Signs & Signifiers

4. Micachu & the Shapes - Never

5. Die Antwoord - Tension

6. El-P - Cancer for Cure

7. Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats - Blood Lust

8. P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here

9. Metz - Metz

10. The Sword - Apocryphon

Favorite Musical Moment

Light In the Attic Anniversary Show at the Showbox

Tanya Palmer - Buyer/Merchandise Manager

Top 10 Albums

1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

2. Dirty Three - Toward the Low Sun

3. Glen Hansard - Rhythm & Repose

4. Future of the Left - The Plot Against Common Sense

5. Micachu & the Shapes - Never

6. Cat Power - Sun

7. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls

8. The Men - Open Your Heart

9. Mark Lanegan - Blues Funeral

10. Mogwai - A Wrenched Virile Lore

Favorite Musical Moment

Dirty Three at Neumos


Troy Nelson - Counter/Consignments - Queen Anne store

Top 10 Albums

1. Tame Impala - Lonerism

2. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave

3. Frankie Rose - Interstellar

4. Chromatics - Kill For Love

5. Donnie & Joe Emerson - Dreamin' Wild

6. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

7. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror

8. Jon Talabot - Fin

9. Woods - Bend Beyond

10. Christian Mistress - Possession

Favorite Event

Reignwolf, The Young Evils, The Grizzled Mighty at the Neptune

EASY STREET STAFF TOP 25 ALBUMS OF 2012


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Heist (Explicit Version)
CD
$12.99
1.
Byrne,David & St. Vincent
Love This Giant
CD
$12.99
2.
Mcpherson,J.D.
Signs & Signifiers
CD
$13.48
3.
Tame Impala
Lonerism
CD
$10.78
4.
Moon Duo
Circles
CD
$11.99
5.
Metz
Metz
CD
$12.58
6.
Japandroids
Celebration Rock
CD
$12.58
7.
Dylan,Bob
Tempest
CD
$10.99
8.
Micachu & The Shapes
Never
CD
$13.48
9.
Air
Le Voyage Dans La Lune
CD
10.
Intelligence
Everybody's Got It Easy But Me
CD
$14.38
11.
Father John Misty
Fear Fun
CD
$12.58
12.
Emerson,Donnie & Joe
Dreamin' Wild
CD
$13.48
13.
Calexico
Algiers
CD
$14.38
14.
Segall,Ty
Twins
CD
$16.18
15.
Womack,Bobby
Bravest Man In The Universe
CD
$14.38
16.
Alt-J
Awesome Wave
CD
$12.58
17.
P.O.S.
We Don't Even Live Here (Explicit Version)
CD
$13.48
18.
Dr. John
Locked Down
CD
$17.08
19.
Broken Water
Tempest
CD
$10.78
20.
Santigold
Master Of My Make Believe
CD
$12.58
21.
Mould,Bob
Silver Age
CD
$13.48
22.
Ocean,Frank
Channel Orange (Explicit Version)
CD
$12.56
23.
Flying Lotus
Until The Quiet Comes
CD
$11.99
24.
Lamar,Kendrick
Good Kid M.A.A.D. City-Deluxe Edition [Import]
CD
25.