Euclid Records -- one of several excellent purveyors of music in this town and our 2012 winner for Best Record Store -- has just released its top 50 sellers of 2012. It's an interesting list for several reasons. It bears almost no resemblance to Billboard's list, of course. But it also speaks to the tight-knit nature of St. Louis' music community.
Local favorite (and Euclid Records signee) Sleepy Kitty comes in at number seven with Infinity City, which actually didn't even come out this year. There's also a strong local tie to the Woody Guthrie tribute New Multitudes, which features hometown hero Jay Farrar.
You can also find a fairly strong connection between the touring schedule in this city and this list. Not every artist featured stopped by the River City, but many of those who outperformed their national sales rankings did. Peruse and draw conclusions at your leisure.
Euclid Records' Top 50 Sellers of 2012
1. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls 2. Mumford & Sons - Babel 3. Black Keys - El Camino 4. Jack White - Blunderbuss 5. Shins - Port Of Morrow 6. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball 7. Sleepy Kitty - Infinite City 8. Avett Brothers - The Carpenter 9. Bob Dylan - Tempest 10. Adele - 21 11. Bonnie Raitt -Slipstream 12. Beach House - Bloom 13. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel is Wiser... 14. Dr. Dog - Be The Void 15. Civil Wars - Barton Hollow 16. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas 17. Japandroids - Celebration Rock 18. Grizzly Bear - Shields 19. Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill 20. Dr. John - Locked Down 21. Farrar,Yames,Parker, Johnson - New Multitudes 22. First Aid Kit - Lion's Roar 23. Sleigh Bells- Reign Of Terror 24. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue 25. Neil Young - Americana 26. Van Morrison - Born To Sing: No Plan B 27. Sigur Ros - Valtari 28. XX - Coexist 29. Tame Impala - Lonerism 30. David Byrne/St. Vincent - Love This Giant 31. Tedeschi/Trucks - Everybody's Talkin' 32. Silversun Pickups - Neck Of The Woods 33. The dB's - Falling Off The Sky 34. Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself 35. Bon Iver - For Emma Forever Ago 36. fun. - Some Nights 37. Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts 38. Rush - Clockwork Angels 39. Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu 40. Of Monsters & Men - My Head Is An Animal 41. Lana Del Rey - Born To Die 42. Old Crow Medicine Show - Carry Me Back 43. John Hiatt - Mystic Pinaball 44. Carolina Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden 45. Alejandro Escovedo - Big Station 46. Iris Dement - Sing The Delta 47. Gotye - Making Mirrors 48. Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game 49. XX - XX 50. Mars Volta - Noctourniquet