The Year 2012 in Music

The Year 2012 in Music, in Gifs – Outrageously Funny!

By Kevin BG Perry

What was the moment that defined the year just gone for you? We’ve had economic crisis, political unrest and, biggest of all, Gangnam Style, so what better way of recapping the twelve months just gone by than with the internet’s format of choice: the animated GIF. Here’s just some of our highlights of the year:

There was a buzz around Skrillex – Via

Frank Ocean caused headlines by opening up about his sexuality – and releasing many people’s album of the year. Via gifhound

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch left the party – Via gifhound

Tupac came back to life – as a hologram – Via THUGISM

Noel Gallagher was crowned Godlike Genius at the NME Awards – read his wisdom here. – Via lgmatsumoto

Gangnam Style took over the world – Via gifhound

Madonna played the Superbowl halftime show – with this man on a tightrope – Via Buzzfeed

The Libertines’ ‘Up The Bracket’ turned 10 – Via maravenag

Alex Turner got coiffed – Via

Musicians like the Arctic Monkeys, Frank Turner – and Rowan Atkinson – opened the Olympics – Via Buzzfeed

Jake Bugg took on the X Factor and won – Via cameile

Plan B released the hardest-hitting protest song of our time – Via

Radiohead toured the UK – and mocked the Daily Mail – Via The Strut

Bat For Lashes returned draped in ‘The Haunted Man’ – Via Hype Machine

Gotye wormed his way into our ears – and became 2012’s biggest-selling single – Via wazzaaa-nojustkidding

Carly Rae Jepson fell off a car – then Enter Shikari covered ‘Call Me Maybe’ – Via cipsikolakilit

Pulp turned back time in Sheffield – Via maravenag

The triumphant return of the Rolling Stones wasn’t all ‘Doom & Gloom’ – Via maravenag

Two Door Cinema Club followed their ‘Beacon’ to stardom – Via Hype Machine

Lana Del Rey gave us too much information – Via lanafan

MIA released the best music video of the 21st Century – Via suckmypopclean

Brooklyn Heights Park Dedicated to Adam Yauch of Beastie Boys

Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

Late BEASTIE BOYS star ADAM ‘MCA’ YAUCH has been honored with his own park in his native Brooklyn, New York to mark the first anniversary of his death.

Yauch’s mother, Frances, and bandmate Adam ‘Ad-Rock’ Horovitz joined Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz at a special event on Friday morning (03May13) to unveil the new name plaque in the Brooklyn Heights playground, near Yauch’s childhood home.

Addressing the crowd at the dedication ceremony, Horovitz joked, “It’s fitting that we’re here today to dedicate a playground to Adam Yauch, because, like the Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys is for the children.”

Turning serious, he then said, “I’d like to thank the New York Parks Department and the people of Brooklyn for honouring my friend and brother, and recognising how cool it is to have an Adam Yauch park for other crazy New York kids.”

Many more recalled the passion, compassion, dedication and humor Yauch brought to everything he did, whether it was music, filmmaking or activism, including founding the Milarepa Fund and organizing the Tibetan Freedom Concert.

Yauch, 47, died of throat cancer on 4 May, 2012.

Adam Yauch performs at the Live Earth concert in London. Evan Agostini/Getty Images for Virgin Mobile USA

Adam Yauch performs at the Live Earth concert in London. Evan Agostini/Getty Images for Virgin Mobile USA

For more than 25 years – from the adolescent brilliance of 1986’s Licensed to Ill to last year’s defiantly Hot Sauce Committee Part Two – Adam “MCA” Yauch was the gruff barker in the middle of Beastie Boys’ signature give-and-go attack. Yauch, who died at age 47, brought toughness and humanity to every Beasties’ album, not to mention killer wit.

Sources: Spotify, Wikepedia, Rolling Stone, Google