Favorites of 2012: Albums

For the remaining days of 2012, I'll be listing out my favorites of the year. I'm not calling these the 'Best of 2012" because I don't necessarily think they're the best; just MY favorites.

Today, I've listed out my favorite albums of the year. So for this list, if you have other opinions, let me know as a suggestion, not as an attack. Because I'm open minded. Unless your music is terrible.

Here you go. Here are my favorite albums of the year, in no particular order.

SHIELDS - Grizzly Bear
I knew I'd love this album before I even heard it. I knew so much that I pre-ordered the gold pressing. And I don't regret it. When spinning something gold colored, you'd expect something this perfect to come through the speakers. And it does.

I also had the privilege of seeing these guys at Radio City earlier this year. I can't recommend their live show enough. Do it.

A Simple Answer by Grizzly Bear on Grooveshark

Good Kid M.A.A.D. City - Kendrick Lamar
Because of this record, I now have the social obligation to refer to my friends as "the homies."

The first time I listened to this album, I was working...on a Friday...at 8pm. Usually when I work that late, I just want to go home and do nothing. After hearing Backseat Freestyle, all I wanted to do was go home and do nothing but go gorillas.

Backstreet Freestyle by Kendrick Lamar on Grooveshark

Kill For Love - Chromatics
I was turned on to the Chromatics scene thanks to the movie Drive starring Ryan Gosling. Now, when I hear them, it triggers a Pavlovian response to question my hetereosexuality.

The album starts with a cover of Neil Young's Into the Black. I love Neil Young's music. But I love his music because of him. Typicallly, this means I won't like Neil Young covers. (The opposite is true for Guns 'N Roses. Can't stand Axl. Love when people cover them.) The fact that I love their cover of Into the Black should tell you what I think about this band. I love these guys. And this album is a treat.

 Into the Black by Chromatics on Grooveshark

Bloom - Beach House

Beach House sounds like heaven. If you don't believe in heaven, Beach House sounds like what I think heaven would sound like.

 There's something about them and this album that just immediately calms me down and puts me in a good mood.  So the next time you watch The Walking Dead and need a hug before going to bed, put on Irene and it should do the trick.

Irene by Beach House on Grooveshark

Celebration Rock  - Japandroids 
Celebration Rock is Japandroids' follow up to their great debut Post-Nothing. And it rocks. So hard.

The album dropped on June 5th, just in time for me to declare it my summer album. I listened to it while running, working, getting ready, on the train, eating, etc etc. I spun this record more times in a two month span than maybe any record ever.

Listen to this record. Then take a guess to how many people are in it. You'll think four or five or six. It's two. And they brings the ruckus.

The Nights of Wine and Roses by Japandroids on Grooveshark

Other 2012 albums I loved that I highly recommend that you should listen to as soon as you can listen to them: 
Purity Ring - Shrines
Father John Misty -Fear Fun
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Majellan
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
Death Grips - The Money Store
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Bat For Lashes - Haunted Man
DIIV - Oshin
Walkmen - Heaven
Liars - WIXIW
Charilift - Sidewalk Safari
G.O.O.D Music - Cruel Summer
Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze (EP)



  1. ridiculous how close my list is to your's. well played sir.

    ps, the gold wax is sooooooooooooooooooooooo sexy. you're correct, only perfection could come out of vinyl so beautiful.

  2. Only one I haven't heard is the Chromatics. I'll have to check them out!

  3. Thank you so much. You are the master.


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