Weak List Wednesday: Top 5 Best Songs of 2012 (Thus Far)

July is almost upon us, which we thought was the perfect time to release our mid-year song list. Between the songs and the albums, there were quite a few split decisions, but below are the best we came up with for our favorite tracks that have been released so far this year. Hopefully you enjoy them as much as we do.
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LxListening: One Helluva Week

A week ago yeserday, I went into work thinking it was going to be a normal day. It was for a company that I have done a lot of freelance work for, and it seemed like the run-of-the-mill, somewhat-routine pre-production day that they had called me in for. They were doing a shoot for Motorola, and they needed some hands preparing for it. Well sometime shortly after lunch that day, I was informed that I had just been hired on to travel with them to finish out the shoot and that I’d be leaving the next day. So I hurried home, packed a bag, and was off the next day. First stop was San Francisco, then to (Hot)lanta, then to Phoenix, then back to LA. Due to the short notice of the scheduling, we had to produce each shoot the day before it took place. This led to extremely long work days, very little sleep, lots of moving around, heavy stress, and tons of music. Overall, it was one of the better weeks of my life, especially in terms of work and/or my “professional” career. In some ways however, it was all I could do to just maintain my sanity. This is how it went down from my playlists perspective:
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Sleigh Bells Review

Sleigh Bells

Reign Of Terror

Reign of Terror Album Cover Art

From the opening ear-shattering moments of “Tell ‘Em” to the last menacing moments of the title track, listening Sleigh Bells’ debut front to back was like being blind-sided by a Rock shovel and loving every moment of it. On Treats, the New York duo pioneered a bit of a new sound, with their music being what it would sound like if a cheerleading squad discovered heavy metal or Black Sabbath crashed a crazy train into M.I.A. So because of the astonishment found with their debut, I expected their follow up, Reign of Terror, to fall way short of the debut since it would lack the novelty of hearing their sound for the first time. And while Reign of Terror is indeed more of the same, it is no doubt another really good record, full of plenty of excellent moments, but also its handful of redundant ones.
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