Best of 2012

The Best of 2012

It’s time once again for my annual best-of music list. These are the albums and artists I enjoyed most this past year and, as always, it was tough to narrow it down to a small number. You can also check out an rdio playlist with (most of) the artists from this list.

HONORABLE MENTION
Woods, Bend Beyond
Deep Sea Arcade, Out Lands
Opossom, Electric Hawaii
Gold Motel, S/T
The Men, Open Your Heart
Matthew Dear, Beams
King Tuff, S/T
Mac Demarco, 2
Low Roar, S/T
On An On, Ghosts
Blackbird Blackbird, Boracay Planet
Dusted, Total Dust
Swearin’, S/T
Jóhann Jóhannsson, Copenhagen Dreams
Mountain Goats, Transcendental Youth

BEST OF 2012
40. Now, Now, Threads
39. A.C. NewmanShut Down The Streets
37. The Lumineers, S/T
36. Twin Shadow, Confess
35. Bat For Lashes, The Haunted Man
34. Coconut Records, Goats (OST)
33. Summer Heart, About A Feeling
32. Ty Segal, Twins
31. Frankie Rose, Interstellar
30. Social Studies, Developer
29. Vacationer, Gone
28. Chris Cohen, Overgrown Path
27. Sea Wolf, Old World Romance
26. Violens, True
25. California Wives, Art History
24. La Sera, Sees The Light
23. The Black Tambourines, Chica
22. Eternal Summers, Correct Behavior
21. Tennis, Young & Old
20. Heavenly Beat, T A L E N T
19. Melody’s Echo Chamber, S/T
18. Ryan Teague, Field Drawings
17. alt-j, An Awesome Wave
16. Cat Power, Sun
15. Spiritualized, Sweet Heart Sweet Light
14. Echo Lake, Wild Peace
13. Hospitality, S/T
12. The Walkmen, Heaven
11. Japandroids, Celebration Rock
10. Cloud Nothings, Attack On Memory
9. Diiv, Oshin
8. Daniel Rossen, Silent Hour/Golden Mile
7. Beach House, Bloom
6. Grizzly Bear, Shields
5. Tame Impala, Lonerism
4. Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits
3. Wild Nothing, Nocturne
2. Sharon Van Etten, Tramp
1. Lotus Plaza, Spooky Action At A Distance

Best Debut: Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits
Most Overrated: Frank Ocean, Channel ORANGE
Most Underrated: Echo Lake, Wild Peace
Most Disappointing: The xx, Coexist
Best Album Cover: Sea Wolf, Old World Romance
Worst Album Cover: Bear In Heaven, I Love You, It’s Cool
Good Riddance: Band Of Horses

See also: Best of 2011
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~ by bdanaher on December 31, 2012.

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