Friday, June 29, 2012

2012.5 - The Best Records of the Year (so far...)


Special Mentions (Reissues / Compilations / Mixes / Live Albums):

Azusa Plane / Where the Sands Turn to Gold [Rocket Girl]
Captain Beefheart / Bat Chain Puller [Zappa]
Cleaners from Venus / Blow Away Your Troubles/On Any Normal Monday/Midnight Cleaners [Captured Tracks]
Codeine / When I See the Sun [Numero Group]
Donnie & Joe Emerson / Dreamin' Wild [Light in the Attic]
The Flaming Lips / The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends [Warner Bros. / Lovely Sorts of Death]
Medicine / The Buried Life [Captured Tracks]
Moss Icon / Complete Discograhpy [Temporary Residence]
My Bloody Valentine / EPs 1988 - 1991 [Sony]
Porter Ricks / Biokinetics [Type]
Rustie / Essential Mix [BBC]
Sentridoh / Weed Forestin' [self-released]
Sleep / Dopesmoker [Southern Lord]
Swans / We Rose from Your Bed With the Sun in Our Head [Young God]
The Wake / Here Comes Everybody [Captured Tracks]

Honorable Mentions (Not exactly #s 16 - 25, but ten other records I've spent a lot of time with this year):

The Congos / Sun Araw / M. Geddes Gengras / Icon Give Thanks [Rvng Intl.]
Hospitality / Hospitality [Merge]
Liars / WIXIW [Mute]
Lotus Plaza / Spooky Action at a Distance [Kranky]
Pop Winds / Earth to Friend [Arbutus]
Shackleton / Music for the Quiet Hour [Woe to the Skeptic Heart]
John Talabot / ƒIN [Permanent Vacation]
Sharon Van Etten / Tramp [Jagjaguwar]
The Walkmen / Heaven [Fat Possum / Bella Union]
Zammutto / Zammutto [Temporary Residence] 

The 15 Best Records of 2012 (so far...#1 in red):

Actress / R.I.P. [Honest Jon’s]
Beach House / Bloom [Sub Pop]
Burial / Kindred EP [Hyperdub]
The Caretaker / Patience (After Sebald) [History Always Favours the Winners]
Neneh Cherry & the Thing / The Cherry Thing [Smalltown Supersound]
Chromatics / Kill for Love [Italians Do It Better]
Cloud Nothings / Attack on Memory [Carpark]
Grimes / Visions [4AD / Arbutus]
Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi / Imikuzushi [Black Truffle]
Julia Holter / Ekstasis [Rvng Intl.]
Japandroids / Celebration Rock [Polyvinyl]
Laurel Halo / Quarantine [Hyperdub]
The Men / Open Your Heart [Sacred Bones]
Spiritualized / Sweet Heart Sweet Light [Fat Possum]
Dustin Wong / Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads [Thrill Jockey]

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