Soundcheck's Best Live Performances of 2012, Part One

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It's the most wonderful time of the year... because for the next two days, we get to listen back to our very favorite, most-prized live sessions that were recorded in the Soundcheck studio in 2012. And let us tell you, the competition was fierce this year. It was really a struggle to select just a small  handful of performances from the dozens that were submitted by our staff. However, we think we've put together two pretty darn good shows, and we can't wait to nostalgically listen back to these performances with all of the rest of you. 

So put on your Snuggie®, make yourself a cup of cocoa, and turn those speakers up. Tonight, you'll hear music from someone who sang on one of the biggest hits of the year, a founding member of the Velvet Underground, a musician from Sierra Leone who's bringing Bubu music to Brooklyn, and much more.

Listen to the entire show up above, or check out each performance individually below. 


The Lineup: 

Grizzly Bear, "Sleeping Ute" (September 10, 2012)

Girl in a Coma, "Smart" (April 4, 2012)

Girl in a Coma - Smart

Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang, "Rolungi" (September 5, 2012)

Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang - Rolungi

First Aid Kit, "Emmylou" (March 28, 2012)

First Aid Kit - Emmylou

Justin Townes Earle, "Memphis in the Rain" (May 17, 2012) *recorded by The 78 Project

Justin Townes Earle - Memphis in the Rain

Kat Edmonson, "Summertime" (March 1, 2012)

Kat Edmonson - Summertime

Lianne La Havas, "Forget" (September 25, 2012)

Lianne La Havas - Forget

Matthew Dear, "Do the Right Thing" (December 4, 2012)

Matthew Dear - Do The Right Thing

Kimbra, "Two Way Street" (September 27, 2012)

Kimbra - Two Way Street

Stephane Wrembel, "Tsunami" (April 11, 2012)

Stephane Wrembel - Tsunami

John Cale, "The Hanging" (October 12, 2012)

John Cale - The Hanging