Best of 2012: LPs

It’s been a great year of music, but some records stood out more than most, so the staff came together again to vote for our favorite long players of 2012. So for anyone who says that rock n roll is dead, here’s 25 solid albums to hit them over the head with. Share your lists in the comments, and read more of the Best of 2012

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Theme from "Cheers" (feat. Dan McGee + Leo)
  • Theme from "Cheers" (feat. Dan McGee + Leo)
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Skull Alley (4-21-10)

Don’t sleep on this rare live rendition Theme from ‘Cheers’ which finds Spider Bags’ Dan McGee performing on stage with Titus Andronicus. Some lucky dude named Leo was also called up to play harmonica from the crowd at Skull Alley in Louisville.

Waking Up Drunk
  • Waking Up Drunk
  • Titus Andronicus
  • Daytrotter Session - 9/29/2008

Song of the Day Number 175

Titus Andronicus - “Waking Up Drunk” (Spider Bags cover)

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I had seen live videos of Titus Andronicus performing this Spider Bags cover before, but none of those versions were as affecting or as emotional as the one that appears on their 2008 Daytrotter Session. Their cover of the under-appreciated North Carolina country outfit’s definitive anthem is low-key and stripped down, but just as moving and powerful as the original, which I posted as Song of the Day last week. Patrick Stickles shreds his voice here, but I’m sure it was worth it. He also sounds a little drunk… jus a bit.

Check out my full review of the band’s 2008 Daytrotter Session HERE, and download the session for free HERE.


The new video I directed for Spider Bags for their track “Chem Trails.”  It gets heavy on conspiracy theories 

Friday Night (Single)
  • Friday Night (Single)
  • Spider Bags

Spider Bags - “Friday Night”

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North Carolina’s Spider Bags have spent the past five years cutting their teeth on the relentless DIY circuit, carving out a place in the East Coast garage rock scene through the sheer force of their countrified anthems. Along the way, they’ve earned the support and praise of some notable musical figures, including Titus Andronicus’ Patrick Stickles, who covered their song “Waking Up Drunk” for a Daytrotter session and has professed them to be the greatest band in the world. Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee returned the favor in 2010 by contributing guest vocals to “Theme From ‘Cheers’,” a song on Titus Andronicus’ landmark second full length The Monitor.

 It’s been a few years since Spider Bags dropped their last full length, but they have a new album called Shake My Head coming out on vinyl soon via Odessa Records. “Friday Night” is the first single, a blistering garage rock jam with sloppy lo-fi riffs and some Thee Oh Sees-style reverb smothered on the guitars. It’s a change of pace for the band, whose 2007 debut A Celebration of Hunger was firmly rooted in alt-country stylings, but Dan McGee’s world-weariness is still there in full effect. Shake My Head is an appropriate title for this album, because even though its shuffling rhythms and electric guitar licks will have you bobbing yours along, it’s easy to picture McGee shaking his head for the other reason.


Stream “Friday Night” above, and download it via Spider Bags' bandcamp page, where Shake My Head is now streaming in full.


Spider Bags - Chem Trails

From the album Frozen Letter, out August 5, 2014 on Merge Records. Directed by Jonny Look.

Review: Spider Bags - Shake My Head

By Zac Camagna

Will this be the album where Chapel Hill’s Spider Bags finally get the recognition they deserve? It’s hard to think they couldn’t with such an ambitious offering like Shake My Head, their third full length from the Odessa Records label in North Carolina.

Shake My Head is driven by a “fuck it, let’s do this” sort of mentality, which makes for plenty of solid, heart-stopping rock & roll anthems that always manage to overshadow the brutally honest and sad tone of Dan McGee’s lyrics. Most–if not all–of the alt-country twang from past efforts is traded in for a grandiose rock & roll sound, bringing down the house with lethal onslaughts like “Keys to the City”, “Friday Night”, and “Standing on a Curb”. Aside from that, there are some less exhilarating dirges, like the dark and noisy “Daymare”, “The Moon is a School Girl” and the lazy swagger of “Shawn Cripps Boogie”. Despite their dreary nature, this three song punch makes up a hell of a finish for the epic album.

Epic is a word I use sparingly, but you must give credit where credit is due–this album is epic. Not many sing as honestly as McGee, which is evidenced in tracks like “I’ll Go Crazy” or “Daymare”, the latter of which is probably the closest we’ll ever get to A Celebration of Hunger-era Spider Bags. “The buildings are the bastards of the sky/ I got high/ I was born where the moonlight meets the sky,” slurs McGee against a scratchy backdrop, using his catchy hooks to help seal up a track that is considerably haunting.

If that does the trick, then now it’s on you to go and check the remainder of Shake My Head. And if you find that the Bags are coming to your town, it’s worth every second to check them out. They came through Philadelphia this past weekend and these videos from the show speak for themselves.

I don’t usually tell girls I’m half spider (Peter Parker x Reader)

Request: Hi could you do an imagine where the reader is waiting for her ride in pouring rain and a man tries to steal her bag but spider-man comes and helps? And after he helps her she kisses him spidey style? (While he’s upside down) thanks (:

A/N: So I kind of(totally) forgot that I had a tumblr -don’t kill me, please. I was out for the whole day and didn’t remember I was supposed to upload until now, and I have to edit the other two imagines I was planning on uploading today, so I will have them up tomorrow instead. I am extremely sorry and hope you forgive me xx 

The fact that you loved rain didn’t matter -you didn’t like standing on it for fifteen minutes waiting for your mom to pick you up. She had messaged you telling you she’d pick you up, and ten minutes later, she sent you another message saying she was stuck in the traffic; so you were basically the only person standing in the pouring rain, having nowhere to cover from the rain until your mother arrived.
You were looking distractedly at your phone, the screen covered in water, as you had your earbuds in, trying to block out the noise from the cars honking around you. You weren’t paying attention to your surroundings, only wanting to be home and lay in bed wearing your pajamas; so when a man quickly ran past you and took your bag, you didn’t notice until you tripped, your bag still around your shoulder. You shouted and ran behind the man, trying to get your bag back. You knew what you were doing was stupid -he wasn’t going to give it back willingly, and you didn’t even know how to punch. Luckily for you, the man was quickly webbed to the wall, your bag being webbed from his hand and to your chest. You looked up, seeing a blur of red and blue moving through the rain. Squinting your eyes and trying to get a better look, you saw who everyone called Spiderman. You didn’t know much about him -whenever you tried to talk about him with your boyfriend Peter, he would change the topic of the conversation.
Walking closer to where Spiderman was standing, you took your hair out of your face. You saw him in front of you, but he was not standing -he was upside down, his hands tugging at his web in order for him not to fall down.
‘’Uh-I don’t really know what to say. Thank you for getting my bag back’’ you said, almost blushing. You weren’t shy, but it felt weird talking to a masked person who had just helped you and who just happened to be looking at you from upside down.
‘’You are welcome. This is my job’’ he said, shrugging his shoulder a bit. ‘’Do I get payback?’’ he asked, and you could tell he was smirking under the mask. His voice sounded familiar, but it was muffled against the mask, and the rain also made it difficult for you to understand him.
‘’I think you are expecting a kiss, but I have a boyfriend who wouldn’t like it much, so I’m just going to say thank you again’’ you said, laughing a little. Just as you turned around, you felt a web getting stuck at your arm and sending you back to where you had been standing, Spiderman trying to take off his mask without falling down, using only one hand. ‘’Wh-what are you doing?’’ you asked, surprised as to why he would reveal his identity to you.
‘’Can you help me?’’ he asked, his voice still muffled. ‘’I am kind of struggling.’’
You helped him, not really knowing why, curiosity taking the best of you. To your surprise, you saw your boyfriend, a grin on his face. The first thing you did was smack him, earning a groan from him.
‘’Peter Parker! How dare you keep a secret this big from me?’’ you hiss, half mad and half surprised.
He just smiled and blushed, rubbing his neck with his free hand.
‘’Well, you see,’’ he started ‘’when I first flirt with a girl, I don’t usually tell her I am half spider. It usually throws her off.’’
You just laughed and caressed his cheek, your lips getting closer to his. They touched briefly before you pulled apart, a smile on your lips.
‘’It feels weird kissing this way, you know’’ you whispered.
‘’Doing things weirdly is my speciality’’ he whispered back before pressing your lips against his own, his tongue swiftly entering your mouth; his hand on the back of your neck, pressing you closer to him. ‘’I guess I’ll have to fight crime to help you more often’’ he said before laughing, his breath tingling against your mouth.
A sound made you pull apart, your phone screen lightning up with a call from your mother. Picking it up, you smiled at the boy in front of you.
‘’Yeah, mom, I’ll go now, I was just hiding from the rain’’ you said before turning off the call, giving Peter a quick kiss before walking to where you had been standing. ‘’See you later, bug boy!’’ you shouted before running off of his sight, a smile still on his lips.


We had the honor of shooting the amazing Spider Bags in The Lounge last week. Stay tuned for the interview and don’t forget to pick up your tickets to DBB Dozen!