Seattle’s Easy Street Records released its list of its 100 best-selling CDs and 50 best-selling vinyl of 2012 — and we’re seeing a very eclectic mix of awesomeness. Here are some bold statements we can make from the sales numbers:
1) People still like grunge: Soundgarden’s first album in 12 years, King Animal, was #14 for CDs and #16 for vinyl. And remember that one band called Nirvana? The band’s debut album from 1989, Bleach, on Seattle’s own Sub Pop Records, was #28 on the vinyl list. And even though Mark Lanegan (ex-Screaming Trees, Queens of The Stone Age) or Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) should never be grouped in the category “grunge” for their solo work, they both had albums making the lists.
2) Macklemore and THEESatisfaction probably made a lot of new, non-Seattle-area fans in 2012: Macklemore/Ryan Lewis’ 2012 album, The Heist, absolutely blew up (#1 CDs) which contributed to back sales of their earlier album, Vs. (#62 CDs). THEESatisfaction’s Sub Pop debut, Awe Naturale, landed at #4 for vinyl and #19 for CDs.
3) There seems to be a significant amount of people in Seattle who enjoy Dierks Bentley: You’ll see when you check out the entire list, Dierks Bentley’s #65 on the CDs list with Home seems oddly out of place. I mean, this list has M83, The Shins, Sigur Ros, Alabama Shakes, and The XX — college radio, hipster-friendly art bands. If you’re not familiar with Bentley, try getting through his video for the song, “5-1-5-0.”
Check out the entire list at Easy Street’s store page.
-JACK FM’s resident hipster, Chris Coyle