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due to lack of interest in the videos, here’s all my top stuff for this year.

Albums:

1. P.O.S. - We Don’t Even Live Here

2. Deftones - Koi No Yokan

3. Grimes – Visions

4. Marina & The Diamonds - Electra Heart

5. Bloc Party – Four

6. Jack White – Blunderbuss

7. Coheed and Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension 

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

9. The xx – Coexist

10. Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles III

Album Songs:

1. Rosemary – Deftones

2. Get Down - P.O.S.

3. Freedom at 21 - Jack White

4. Circumambient – Grimes

5. Bubblegum Bitch - Marina & The Diamonds

6. We’re Not Good People - Bloc Party

7. Beneath The Waves An Ocean - Future Of The Left

8. The Afterman - Coheed And Cambria

9. No Rest - Dry The River

10. Fire Fire – Flyleaf

Non-Album Songs:

1. Telepathy – Crosses

2. Nobody to Love - Josh Homme

3. Nocturne – Tesseract

4. She Crows - Los Campesinos!

5. Follow Me - Chaos Chaos

EPs:

1. EP Two – Crosses

2. S – Chaos Chaos & An Omen – How To Destroy Angels

Gigs:

1. Refused - 12/08/12 - HMV Forum London

2. Johnny Foreigner - 05/10/12 - Gwdihw, Cardiff

3. The xx - 11/09/12 - The Coal Exchange, Cardiff

4. Coheed And Cambria - 07/11/12 - KOKO, London

5. Jack White, The Kills - 03/11/12 - Alexandra Palace, London

6. Vessels - 25/11/12 - Buffalo Bar, Cardiff

7. Exit_International, The Guns - 18/05/12 - Bogiez, Cardiff

8. Marina & The Diamonds - 27/06/12 - The Coal Exchange, Cardiff

9. Future Of The Left, Kutosis - 12/12/12 - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff 

10. Bloc Party - 18/10/12 - O2 Academy Bristol

Special mention:

At The Drive-In, Foo Fighters, Coheed And Cambria, Bombay Bicycle Club, Crystal Castles, Los Campesinos! Eagles Of Death Metal, Band Of Skulls, The Cribs, The Black Keys, Pulled Apart By Horses, 24-16/08/12 - Reading Festival

Films:

1. Team The Best Team

2. The Cabin In The Woods

3. Ruby Sparks

4. The Hunger Games 

5. Looper 

Sixteen Saltines - Jack White is channelling his teenage years.

I breathed a sigh of relief when I first heard Sixteen Saltines off Jack White’s first ever solo album ‘Blunderbuss’. I was scared he was going to release an album of songs similar to ‘Love Interruption’, a folk/blues track with although fantastic lyrics, a lack of the raw power displayed in White Stripes, Raconteurs and Dead Weather tracks. However, with the first chords, Jack White slams a big thumbs up for my expectations.

Sixteen Saltines may not just be about the hunger mentioned in the first verse but also an allusion to being sixteen years old. The video certainly depicts this, with children ranging from young to the prime teenage years showing how extreme they can be with curiosity and fun as younger children and then sex and violence as a teenager. With the extremes ranging from a dancing boy getting so into dancing that he soars into the sky, sexually charged teenagers tearing the boundaries between love and hate and finally an act of sheer violence (and perhaps of destroying an idol?) in which a gang of teenagers are shown about to set fire to the singer in a car.

Childish curiosity and passion as well as teenage rebellion, angst and perversion lies in the song and the video and Jack White once again (as in ‘We’re Going To Be Friends’) relives his youth with startling honesty.