A Different Kind of List: 2012 Music Favorites

Tony Sig

In years past I have offered a “best of” list for a year’s worth of music, knowing full well that such a list is limited and subjective. But everyone offers these lists, so this year I will be more creative and even more subjective.

Some Favorite Female Artists

First Aid Kit, The Lion’s Roar
Sharon Van Etten, Tramp
Norah Jones, Little Broken Hearts (A mature step forward for this artist)
Best Coast, The Only Place
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Favorite Guitar Tone

Mint,” from Kathleen Edwards’ Voyageur
Runner Up: Japandroids, Celebration Rock <— Also winner of Best Record From Canadians
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Favorite Local Record, Favorite Record With Two Drummers, & The New Minneapolis Sound

POLICA, Give You The Ghost
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Most Culturally Astute Record

Anais Mitchell, Young Man In America
Runner Up: Passion Pit, Gossamer
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Favorite Record That’s Actually Pretty Good But Only Famous For One Single

Gotye, Making Mirrors
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Record Full Of The Most Beautiful Short Little Pop Ballads You Ever Heard

Perfume Genius, Put Your Back N 2 It
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Best Indie Rock LPs That I Rather Like But Probably Won’t Listen To In A Year

The Men, Open Your Heart
Metz, METZ
Spiritualized, Sweet Heart Sweet Light
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Best Indie Rock LPs That I Rather Like And Will Listen To In A Year

Cloud Nothings, Attack On Memory
Alt-J, An Awesome Wave
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Albums That Were Predictably Fantastic Since They Come From Predictably Fantastic Artists

Andrew Bird, Break It Yourself, & Hands of Glory
Beach House, Bloom
The Tallest Man On Earth, There’s No Leaving Now
The Walkmen, Heaven
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Favorite Nostalgic Records

Twin Shadow, Confess
J. D. McPherson, Signs & Signifiers
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Records In A Genre I Normally Don’t Listen To, R&B, But Were So Good I Listened To Them Over And Over

Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE
Bobby Womack, The Bravest Man In The Universe
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Best Record By A Former Drummer of Fleet Foxes

Father John Misty, Fear Fun
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Records That I Wanted To Like More But Was Mostly Bored With

Sigur Ros, Valtari
The xx, Coexist
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Records Of Outstanding Quality

Punch Brothers, Who’s Feeling Young Now?
Grizzly Bear, Shields
Jack White, Blunderbuss
Hammock, Departure Songs
Bat For Lashes, The Haunted Man
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There are about a dozen or so more records that I recommend, and one could find them on my Spotify List “2012 Worth Your Time.” Do please leave other suggestions in the comments. Until next year, vivat ars musica!

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