Top Albums of 2012

Welcome back to the show that never ends (but pauses for year at a time). 2012 was an interesting year...new job means less time to devote to obsessive musical pursuits. The year struck me as deep (I had a tough time cutting the list down to 10 albums), but not incredibly deep at the top (no stiff competition for number one). Here's my single post for 2012...if nothing else it proves I'm still alive.

No. 10
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Cover
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
October 1, 2012
Constellation

 

Highlights: Mladic, We Drift Like Worried Fire

No. 9
The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania Cover
The Smashing Pumpkins
Oceania
June 19, 2012
EMI/Martha's Music

 

Highlights: Panopticon, Pale Horse, Violet Rays

No. 8
David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant Cover
David Byrne & St. Vincent
Love This Giant
September 10, 2012
4AD

 

Highlights: Optimist, Lightning, The Forest Awakes

No. 7
Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage Cover
Gojira
L'Enfant Sauvage
June 26, 2012
Roadrunner

 

Highlights: L'Enfant Sauvage, Explosia, Mouth of Kala

No. 6
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp Cover
Sharon Van Etten
Tramp
February 7, 2012
Jagjaguwar

 

Highlights: Serpents, Leonard, Magic Chords

No. 5
Purity Ring - Shrines Cover
Purity Ring
Shrines
July 24, 2012
4AD

 

Highlights: Belispeak, Fineshrine, Lofticries

No. 4
If These Trees Could Talk - Red Forest Cover
If These Trees Could Talk
Red Forest
March 20, 2012
Science of Silence

 

Highlights: The First Fire, They Speak With Knives, Red Forest

No. 3
Andy Stott - Luxury Problems Cover
Andy Stott
Luxury Problems
November 6, 2012
Modern Love

 

Highlights: Numb, Sleepless, Hatch the Plan

No. 2
Baroness - Yellow & Green Cover
Baroness
Yellow & Green
July 17, 2012
Relapse

 

Highlights: March to the Sea, Back Where I Belong, The Line Between

No. 1
Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes Cover
Flying Lotus
Until the Quiet Comes
September 26, 2012
Warp

Hunger is my favorite musical moment in many many years.

Highlights: Hunger, DMT Song, See Thru to U