RECORD STORE TALES Part 157: The Year in Review
So here we are, the tail end of 2012. While I’m sure you’re just starting to get your drink on, we here at LeBrain’s Blog are tirelessly bringing you the rock even into the wee final hours. This is the time, traditionally, when we look at the past year!
We used to do Top Five of the Year lists at the record store, when we used to have our newsletter. Unfortunately I don’t have copies of any of those newsletters, not a one, which is a real shame since I poured my heart and soul into them as much as anybody else at the store. It would have been fun to look back 15 years and see what my top five of 1997 was. I do know for certain two albums that were on it: Accident of Birth by Bruce Dickinson, and The Colour and the Shape by Foo Fighters! The rest have been lost to the dusts of time.
Hey, if any of you guys are still speaking to me and have copies of the newsletter, lemme know eh? ;)
Back to the present for a moment:
What can I say about 2012? Before I even thought about doing my own blog, events were in motion that pushed me in that direction. My good buddy Craig Fee invited me down to 107.5 Dave FM for an entire week — Stump LeBrain Week! I spent a week on the air, with listeners trying to stump me. There were even a couple LeBrain Weeks and an entire month of LeBrainuary, where every single day’s 4 O’clock 4 Play quizzes were mined from my own brain’s knowledge. It was a blast, and left me hungry for more.
I’d always been writing Record Store Tales. The oldest ones were at least a decade old on my hard drive, but I had no idea what to do with them. I’d also been writing reviews — well over 800 of them on file before I launched — that very few people had seen. Craig said to me, “LeBrain, you need to get blogging this stuff. Write something every day. If you build it, they will come.”
So that’s what I did, and I thank you for reading.
Back to the Record Store Tales:
I published Part 1 on March 9 2012, the beginning of the story, called Run to the Hills. It was about the very first time I heard Iron Maiden, a date I’ll never forget. And thus LeBrain’s Blog and Record Store Tales were launched.
Some highlights from the early months that you may have missed if you’re fairly new here:
- Worst Mascot Ever — and it was! A picture is worth 1000 words…
- You Wanted The Best, the unfortunate tale of when the boys took me to my first Kiss concert.
- Klassic Kwotes Volume I, the first of a series of amusing and outrageous quotes heard in-store!
- Sausagefest — the official story of the greatest party a bunch of record store guys ever held.
- Credit Due, the controversial one (well, controversial to one person anyway), the time I took credit where credit was due for my own ideas.
So, if you have nothing better to do on this New Year’s Eve, there’s a good waste of time for ya.
And now that we’re done with the preamble…let’s get down to business.
LeBRAIN’S TOP FIVE OF 2012
5. TENACIOUS D – Rize of the Fenix
KG and JB cannot be stopped. This album is the “Deth Starr” of rock, The D aim “To Be The Best”! Read LeBrain’s review of Rize of the Fenix here, including all bonus tracks.
4. THE DARKNESS – Hot Cakes
I will never stop loving this band. Welcome back. Read LeBrain’s review of Hot Cakes here.
3. RUSH – Clockwork Angels
My favourite Rush album since Counterparts, at least. Read LeBrain’s review of Clockwork Angels here.
2. VAN HALEN – A Different Kind of Truth
I’d never been more worried that a band would fuck up their big comeback. Thankfully, Van Halen did not. Read LeBrain’s review of A Different Kind of Truth here.
1. KISS – Monster
You know this was gonna happen. Aside from the fact that I’m the biggest Kiss fan around, it’s a fucking great record. Read LeBrain’s review of Monster here.
Runner up: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson – TAAB2 Thick As A Brick 2.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!