Story by Tim Livingston
Ian Hunter – When I’m President
I have been listening to Ian Hunter/Mott the Hoople since I was about 11 years old. He is the only artist that I liked then that I still buy and listen to his new albums now. Reason: His last three records released in the new millennium have been as strong as anything he has ever done. Well written songs and a killer band. 73 years old and still rocking!
Trapper Schoepp & the Shades – Run Engine Run
Young Milwaukee-based roots rockers with all of the goods; the songs, the look, the live show. Destined for greatness! “Tracks” = song of the year!
Alejandro Escovedo – Big Station
The third album of the Tony Visconti-produced trilogy and IMO the best. A true rock & roll heart.
Michael Rank and Stag – Kin
Snatches of Pink main-man takes a dark trip through the end of a relationship with a double album steeped in traditional folk and Stones-flavored county-honk, all ending with redemption, hope and flourishes of SOP sonic mayhem.
Black N Gold – Pet the Lights
Hudson rap prodigy Young Paris takes a stab at rock, by collaborating with some top notch musicians, with very satisfying results.
Tommy Stinson’s Benefit for the Tools For Timkatec Program in Haiti @ Club Helsinki, Hudson, 4/10/12.
A tremendous night of entertainment with killer sets performed by Tommy Stinson, Trapper Schoepp & the Shades and Elvis Perkins, all for a great cause.
J.B. Scott’s Reunion @ Michael’s Banquet House, Latham, 5/5/12.
This show had the potential to go a lot of ways, but in the end all of the bands brought their A-games, and it turned out living up to the “Party of the Year” promise.
“Charlie Is My Darling”
Spectacular transfer of this never-officially-released 1965 documentary of the early Rolling Stones in Ireland, featuring some fantastic behind the scenes footage of Loog, Stu and the boys in the band.
“Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements”
No interviews with the band. None of their music. And no live footage. But a compelling story none-the-less of the best band of the ’80s as told by their fans.
“George Harrison: Living in the Material World”
Released last year in the UK, but out in 2012 over here, this is a truly epic documentary of an iconic artist. Not to be missed.
Pete Townshend – “Who I Am: A Memoir”
A well written, candid and honest attempt of exploring the events and people that shaped the man that “invented feedback.”
Mike Scott – “Adventures of a Waterboy”
Another autobiography written by a true writer. A literary account of his life and times as Mike goes through bandmates, romances and record labels.
Bobby Keys and Bill Ditenhafer – “Every Night’s a Saturday Night: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Life of Legendary Sax Man Bobby Keys”
Not the literary work of the two books mentioned above but some great stories from a gold ole boy who has seen it all and played on a lot of it. A nice focus on the making of the music as opposed to the debauchery of the lifestyle.
Rod Stewart – “Rod: The Autobiography”
A fun, spirited, rollicking romp through hit songs and beautiful women told in a upbeat and at times hilarious fashion, never once taking himself too seriously.
Peter Doggett – “The Man Who Sold the World: David Bowie and the 1970s”
An in-depth, song-by-song critical assessment of Bowie during the decade in which he became a star.
‘Tis the season when Nippertown contributors are weighing in with their picks for the Best of 2012, and only one thing is for certain – you can bet that no two lists are going to be the same. Writer-photographer Tim Livingston is the first of our year-end series. Stay tuned for more…