IN 2012 (with links galore!):
• Cloud Nothings was our TOP SELLER all year long (well, so far...)!
• Vinyl's weight loss program finally showed some dividends!
• Bears returned to Cleveland for their record release party, and treated us to a very special acoustic in-store!

• We got to see our friends in Menomena again!
• We got to see our other friend who used to be in Menomena (and now rocks it as Ramona Falls)!
Alley Cat Fridays were made extra awesome with performances by:
the soothing sounds of our own Raysistant (who returned as Window Kits), Leia Alligator's Picklefight Puppets, thee Mike Uva, a stripped down (not literally) How to Breathe Underwater, and finally, Obnox, who almost brought the house down, and scared the crap outta Vinyl cat, during their in-store for Melanie's birthday!
Nada Surf played one of our hottest (literally), most packed in-stores ever, and they were joined by Doug Gillard!
Fiona Apple and Frank Ocean made records that seemed to transcend genres, pre-conceptions, and varying tastes.
The xx made another killer make-out record.
• The rest of the indie world discovered that Ty Segall is awesome!
• Box sets reminded us what great bands blur and Codeine were (and still are).
• We downsized our CD selection in exchange for beefing up the vinyl.
• DJ Melanie Saves & DJ MuGG H00ks became a rockin' DJ team with 80's Brunches, a Birthday Brunch, a debut at the B-Side, and a pre-show Sufjan holiday set!
Pneumonia almost killed Melanie, but she's a true fighter who made her way back to the store!
• We got excited for 2013! There are great things to come for the store, and our Waterloo family! Our webstore will finally launch, our street will be scaped, and that will be followed by the wonders of the Waterloo Operation Light Switch project!
We made it to age 8, thanks to you!

 

 

 

 

 

Cloud Nothings
Attack on Memory
Carpark

Cloud Nothings - Stay Useless
Cloud Nothings - Separation

 

 

 

Divine Fits
A Thing Called Divine Fits
Merge

Divine Fits - Baby Get Worse
Divine Fits - Shivers



 

 

 

 

 

Horse Feathers
Cynic's New Year
Kill Rock Stars

Horse Feathers - Fit Against the Country
Horse Feathers - Last Waltz




 

 

Hot Chip
In Our Heads
Domino

Hot Chip - How Do You Do
Hot Chip - These Chains





 

 

Japandroids
Celebration Rock
Polyvinyl

Japandroids - Adrenaline Nightshift
Japandroids - Younger Us



 

 

 

 

 

Lotus Plaza
Spooky Action at a Distance
Kranky

Lotus Plaza - Strangers
Lotus Plaza - Monoliths

 

 

 

Lower Dens
Nootropics
Ribbon Music

Lower Dens - Brains
Lower Dens - Candy

 

 

 

 

Mount Eerie
Clear Moon
Ocean Roar

P.W. Elverum & Sun

Mount Eerie - Clear Moon
Mount Eerie - Ocean Roar

 

 

 

Nada Surf
The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
Barsuk

Nada Surf - The Future
Nada Surf - When I Was Young


 

 

 

 

Ty Segall
Hair
Slaughterhouse
Twins

Drag City/In the Red

Ty Segall - Would You Be My Love
Ty Segall Band - Tell Me What's Inside Your Heart


 

 

 

THEESatisfaction
awE naturalE
Sub Pop

THEESatisfaction - Deeper
THEESatisfaction - Enchantruss
 

 

 

 

The Twilight Sad
No One Can Ever Know
FatCat

Twilight Sad - Not Sleeping
Twilight Sad - Sick

 

 

 

Ultraista
Ultraista
Temporary Residence

Ultraista - Smalltalk
Ultraista - Static Light

 

 

 

The xx
Coexist
Young Turks

The xx - Angels
The xx - Swept Away

 

 

 

Yeasayer
Fragrant World
Secretly Canadian

Yeasayer - Damaged Goods
Yeasayer - No Bones



 

 

 

Honorable Mentions:
Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel... Epic
Bears Greater Lakes Misra
Breton
Other People's Problems FatCat
Lana Del Rey Born to Die Interscope
The Fresh & Onlys Long Slow Dance Mexican Summer
Grimes Visions 4AD
Grizzly Bear Shields Mute
How to Dress Well Total Loss Ace PHale

King Tuff King Tuff Sub Pop
Lemonade Diver True Panther Sounds
Memoryhouse The Slideshow Effect Sub Pop
The Men
Open Your Heart Sacred Bones
Menomena Moms Barsuk

Metric Synthetica MOM+POP
Metz Metz Sub Pop
Mirroring Foreign Body Kranky
The Mynabirds
Generals Saddle Creek
Ramona Falls Prophet Barsuk
Santigold Master of My Make Believe Atlantic
Spiritualized Sweet Heart, Sweet Light Fat Possum
Stars The North ATO
Tame Impala Lonerism Modular
Twin Shadow Confess 4AD