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    It’s that time again. I was going to leave it up to someone else to start this year’s retrospective discussion of music. But it hasn’t happened yet, and I’m always interested in hearing what everyone else has been listening to over the past 12 months.

    So here it goes. Here are my picks for the year, listed in no particular order. These are the albums that I found myself listening to over and over again this past year:

    1. The Washington Beach Bums — Party!

    2. Japandroids — Celebration Rock

    3. Gentleman Jesse — Leaving Atlanta

    4. Heartless Bastards — Arrow

    5. Connections — Private Airplane

    6. Terry Malts — Killing Time

    7. Killer Mike — R.A.P. Music

    8. Ty Segall — Twins

    9. High on Fire — De Vermis Mysteriis

    10. Dinosaur Jr. — I Bet on Sky


    Mister Shifter

    In no order, but Alt-J’s album was my overall favorite.

    01. Alt J – An Awesome Wave
    02. Tanlines – Mixed Emotions
    03. Joey Bada$$ – 1999
    04. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, M.A.A.d city
    05. Frank Ocean – Channel ORANGE
    06. Vacationer – Gone
    07. Tame Impala – Lonerism
    08. Beach House – Bloom
    09. Grizzly Bear – Shields
    10. Chromatics – Kill For Love

    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami

    I always hate to admit it, but my collection has been singles-driven since the dawn of the iTunes era. If I do buy an album it’s usually been out for a while. So here’s my favorite singles of last year.

    NOTE: Topping my list this year is a local band that I learned about here on CU, LVX:

    1. LVX – Nature vs Nurture
    2. Muse – Madness
    3. Norah Jones – If the Law Don’t Want You
    5. Alabama Shakes – Hold On
    6. Kishi Bashi – Bright Whites
    7. Dr Dog – Lonesome
    8. Brandi Carlile – Hard Way Home
    9. Dr John – Kingdom of Izzness
    10. Macy Gray – Teenagers

    I don’t think anything made my all time list this year, although Madness may yet make the cut.

    I also want to mention a few great cuts that technically came out last year, but that I only discovered this year:

    1. Golden Brown – Jolly Boys
    2. Seven Nation Army – Ben L’Oncle Soul
    3. Somebody That I Used To Know – Goyte

    It’s worth mentioning the Jolly Boys –they are the last living representatives of a style of music called mento that actually predated and gave birth to reggae. Here’s their version of the Stranglers’ classic ode to heroin.


    Mister Shifter

    I tried to edit my post but it’s been too long.

    2012 seemed to be quite a quiet and/or tepid year for quality music releases, relatively speaking.

    Sure there were a few great albums and songs, it just seems that many of the recent years past have been more memorable.

    I also sadly left out Caspian’s ‘Waking Season’. Post-Rock unfortunately gets overshadowed at times due to the lack of a vocalist. This album really hit me in the feels though. Impressive stuff.



    I’m going to throw in a mention for the new The People’s Temple album, More for the Masses. Technically a 2012 release, Hozac, their label, has had trouble getting the record pressed and released. So it’s not clear if the album will actually make it out before the calendar switches over.

    But, the label released the digital download. And while I haven’t gotten the vinyl in hand yet, I’ve been grooving (in the truest sense of the word) to the new album.

    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami

    Mister Shifter said:
    2012 seemed to be quite a quiet and/or tepid year for quality music releases, relatively speaking.

    I know what you mean. When I went through my collection to see what I bought this year that actually came out in 2012, there was hardly anything that really demanded heavy rotation.

    I do want to add another local song to my list however. I’m a big fan of Miller-Kelton’s 200ColumbUS ditty “Parsons Avenue”. (I missed it for my above list because it doesn’t have a release date listed in iTunes.)


    Mister Shifter
    Briana Henry
    Briana Henry

    That Frank Ocean album is like really really really really good.



    @rocknrolloutlaws thanks for starting the annual thread.

    my list of favorites includes:
    Bear in Heaven – I Love You, It’s Cool
    Deep Sea Arcade – Outlands
    DIIV – Oshin
    Eternal Summers – Correct Behavior
    Lower Dens – Nootropics
    Porcelain Raft – Strange Weekend
    Raveonettes- Observator
    School of Seven Bells – Ghostory
    Simian Ghost – Youth
    Tamaryn – Tender New Signs

    i’ll concur with the idea that there weren’t too many albums that blew me away this year, and I probably found and listened to more things I missed in 2011. there are some singles being released late this year that have me excited about 2013.

    Chris Sunami
    Chris Sunami

    Mister Shifter said:
    Relevant – http://www.flavorwire.com/357103/stereotyping-you-by-your-favorite-album-of-2012

    I tried to reverse their process to see if there was anything I should be listening to that I missed. The only description I really matched was for “Godspeed You! Black Emperor” but I think that one’s a miss. I suspect the David Byrne and the Bobby Womack albums might be better bets for me, even if I’m not an exact “match”.



    These are my tops from 2012:

    The Men _ Open your Heart
    Cloud Nothings _ Attack on Memory
    Diiv _ Oshin
    Tame Impala _ Lonerism
    Father John Misty _ Fear fun
    The Shins _ Port of morrow
    Can _ The Lost Tapes

    Here are a few that I was late to the party on but had received heavy listening this year:

    Real Estate _ Days
    The War on Drugs _ Slave Ambient
    Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr _ It’s a corporate world



    2012 Tops:
    Florence & the Machine-Ceremonials-#1-brilliant!!
    Morning Parade-self titled
    Animal Kingdom-Looking Away
    TanLines-Mixed Emotions
    Santigold-Master of my Make Believe
    Fiona Apple-The Idler Wheel is wiser…
    The Raveonettes-Observator
    Goyte-Making Mirrors
    Civil Twilight-Holy Weather
    Garbage-Not your Kind of People

    Worth mentioning releases this year: don’t judge!
    The Lumineers, Alanis Morisette, Pet Shop Boys, Aimmee Mann, Frank Ocean, Madonna, Nicki Minaj,Sinead O’Connor


    Mister Shifter

    If EP’s count, Mansions on the Moon’s ‘Lightyears’ would fit somewhere in my top 3.

    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson

    Ok…here goes. I have 11. I couldn’t cut one. I tried, but I couldn’t. AND YOU GUYS CAN’T MAKE ME!!!! :)
    These are in no particular order, but Alt-j and The xx are my very very very faves.
    1. alt-j: An Awesome Wave
    2. The xx: Coexist
    3. Lord Huron: Lonesome Dreams
    4. Father John Misty: Fear Fun
    5. Grizzly Bear: Shields
    6. Tame Impala: Lonerism
    7. Purity Ring: Shrines
    8. Beach House: Bloom
    9. Cloud Nothings: Attack on Memory
    10. Dirty Projectors: Swing Lo Magellan
    11. Wild Nothing: Nocturne

    Lauren Wilson
    Lauren Wilson

    Mister Shifter said:
    If EP’s count, Mansions on the Moon’s ‘Lightyears’ would fit somewhere in my top 3.

    They played in 2011 at the venue I stage manage for MidPoint Music Fest. They were awesome. They played right before Beat Connection. This reminds me that I liked Beat Connection’s new album this year too…but not nearly as much as their first. :)

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