Friday, December 28, 2012

Max Blau's favorite albums of 2012

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Over the past couple of weeks, I've heard a handful of people say that 2012 was a bad year for music. I couldn't disagree more. While I've only named a handful of albums below for this particular best of list, the past 12 months have seen a resurgence in both noise and R&B, and on the whole have offered an abundance of excellent releases across a wide variety of styles.

For brevity's sake, I will only name a few of my favorite 2012 records. My love for these has grown in different ways throughout the year. In some cases - such as Jens Lekman, Father John Misty, El-P - talking with these musicians about their creative process allowed me to appreciate albums more than I would've otherwise. Some old favorites putting out new LPs, while others came seemingly out of nowhere.

So with that in mind, here are my 10 favorite records as well as five local releases that I particularly enjoyed in 2012.

Favorite Albums of 2012

Honorable Mentions: Lambchop - Mr. M, Sharon Van Etten - Tramp, Chromatics - Kill For Love, Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light, Cat Power - Sun.

10. Tame Impala - Lonerism

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9. Titus Andronicus - Local Business

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8. Diiv - Oshin

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7. Matthew E. White - Big Inner

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6. Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't

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5. El-P - Cancer 4 Cure

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4. Foxygen - Take the Kids Off Broadway

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3. Father John Misty - Fear Fun

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2. Zammuto - Zammuto

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1. Japandroids - Celebration Rock

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Favorite local releases of 2012

5. Royal Thunder - CVI

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4. Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music

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3. Gentleman Jesse - Leaving Atlanta

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2. Soft Continent - Bright Sounds from Hapless Times

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1. Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance

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