Wednesday, December 12, 2012


Nothing stood out as remarkable or revolutionary this year. Here's what I dug the most:

10. Go-Kart Mozart - On the Hot Dog Streets

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

8. James Blackshaw - Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death

7. CS Yeh - Transitions

6. Julia Holter - Exstasis

5. Bobby Conn - Macaroni

4. Saint Etienne - Words and Music by...

3. Beach house - Bloom

2. Wild Nothing - Nocturne

1. Lil B - God's Father

Honarable mentions:

Taken by Trees - Other Worlds
Swans - The Seer
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah!  Don't Bend! Ascend!
Chelsea Wolfe - Unknown Rooms
Antony and the Johnsons - Cut the World

 Heroin in Tahiti - Death Surf

Daughn Gibson - All Hell
Fascinator - Birth EP
Future of the Left - The Plot Against Common Sense
Diamond Rings - Free Dimensional [Note: guilty pleasure of the year]
Elite Gymnastics - Ruin 3/4

Lone - Galaxy Garden
Sun Kil Moon - Among the Leaves


  1. Great list! Some stuff here that I need to check out more of. Glad to see Go Kart on a year end music list.

  2. No Momus this year? Here is a list; time, and chance, will perhaps tell which albums really stand out.

    Sea and Cake - Runner
    Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos,
    Tom Zé - Tropicália Lixo Lógico
    Loren Connors & Suzanne Langille - I Wish I Didn't Dream
    Momus - Bibliotek
    "Blue" Gene Tyranny - Detours
    Farrah Abraham - My Teenage Dream Ended
    Wechsel Garland - Dreams Becoming Things
    Dom Kennedy - Yellow Album
    Bobby Conn - Macaroni

    The Beach Boys - That's Why God Made The Radio
    The Distractions - The End of the Pier
    Rebecca Gates - The Float

    Paul Buchanan - Mid Air

    Nits - Malpensa

    Jim Noir - Jimmy's Show
    Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn'tng It
    Stew - Making it

    Monochrome Set - Platinum Coils
    THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE
    Kindness - World, You Need a Change of Mind

    Laetitia Sadier - Silencio
    Wiley - Evolve or Be Extinct
    Arlt - Feu la Figure
    Dylan Mondegreen - Dylan Mondegreen

    El Perro Del Mar - Pale Fire

    Chris Cohen - On An Overgrown Path
    Kristina Train - Lose You Tonight
    Bob Lind - Finding You
    Sun Kil Moon - Among the Leaves
    Daughn Gibson - All Hell
    James Blackshaw - Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death
    Sara Serpa & Ran Blake - Aurora
    Marc DeMarco - 2
    Graveola E O Lixo Polifônico - Um E Meio
    Azita - Year
    The Boats - Ballads of the Research Department
    Paul Banks - Banks
    Billy Woods - History Will Absolve Me
    Callers - Reviver
    Efterklang - Piramida
    Eleni Mandell - I Can See the Future
    Peter Blegvad & Andy Partridge - Gonwards
    Graham Gouldman - Love And Work
    Eric Chenaux - Guitar & Voice
    Jon DeRosa - A Wolf In Preacher's Clothing
    Lau Nau - Valohiukkanen
    Laurel Halo - Quarantine
    Lindstrom - Smalhans
    Matthew E. White - Big Inner
    Matthew Friedberger - Matricidal Sons of Bitches
    Midget - Lumière d'en bas
    Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
    Shintaro Sakamoto - How To Live With A Phantom
    The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
    The North Sea Scrolls - The North Sea Scrolls
    The Shins - Port of Morrow
    Tindersticks - The Something Rain
    Fred Thomas - Kuma
    Tracey Thorn - Tinsel & Lights
    Trembling Bells & Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - The Marble Downs
    Giant Sand - Tucson: A Country Rock Opera
    Wiley - Evolve or Be Extinct

  3. Wasn't too into Bibliotek. I heard each song after they were recorded, because Nick posted them on his facebook, but haven't heard it in its entirety. There's plenty on your list that I've never even heard of, so I will definitely try to check everything out. If I were to go back and edit my list, I'd surely throw on Dean Blunt's The Narcissist II as well as Human Teenager's Animal Husbandry. Oh, well, I'm not in top form these days...