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Ongoing favorite albums of 2012 (updated 12/03)

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Posted by Pea
Jan 27, 2012 17:15:23 GMT -5
This could be a pretty cool way to keep track of 2012 albums that we particularly enjoy, as well as a way to recommend new albums to other users on the board. Use this thread to post only new albums that you're especially fond of, and I'll try my best to keep this first post updated with all of our favorites. Try to restrain from turning this into another "Post about any/every album coming out this year" thread. If you feel like it, a short review or description for lesser known artists and albums could be nice. Have fun!

(NOTE: Skeezy Kaneezy, newjersey, and StakeyJay - I have your lists archived. If you want them re-added with any updates just let me know.)

Pea:
Alcest - Les Voyages De L'Ame
First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Andrew Bird - Break it Yourself
John Talabot - Fin
Father John Misty - Fear Fun
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Kent - Jag Ar Inte Radd For Morkret
Alex Winston - King Con
Death Grips - The Money Store
The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now
Diplo - Express Yourself EP
Stepdad - Wildlife Pop
Ihsahn - Eramita
Purity Ring - Shrines
Twin Shadow - Confess
Daughn Gibson - All Hell
Enabler - All Hail the Void
Passion Pit - Gossamer
Cattle Decapitation - Monolith of Humanity
Sigur Ros - Valtari
Four Tet - Pink
Dan Deacon - America
Swans - The Seer
Wild Nothing - Nocturne
Grizzly Bear - Shields
California Wives - Art History
Mika - The Origin of Love
Blut Aus Nord - 777 Cosmosophy
Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
Death Grips - No Love Deep Web
Boys Noize - Out of the Black
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza - Danza IIII: The Alpha - The Omega
Rocky Votolato - Television of Saints
iamamiwhoami - Kin
The Algorithm - Polymorphic Code
Solange - True EP

drew:
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
Julia Holter - Ekstasis
The Men - Open Your Heart
Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
Grimes - Visions
Yellow Ostrich - Strange Land
Cate Le Bon - Cyrk
Horse Feathers - Cynic's New Year
Lost in the Trees - A Church That Fits Our Needs
Sigur Ros - Valtari
Zammuto - Zammuto
Alex Winston - King Con
Beach House - Bloom
The Walkmen - Heaven
jj - High Summer EP
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel
Micachu & the Shapes - Never
Twin Shadow - Confess
Actress - R.I.P.
John Talabot - Fin
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Why? - Mumps, etc.
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
How To Dress Well - Total Loss
Josephine Foster - Blood Rushing
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Holy Other - Held
Menomena - Moms

Rusty:
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
Andrew Bird - Break it Yourself
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
Jack White - Blunderbuss
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Beach House - Bloom
Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse
Passion Pit - Gossamer
Dan Deacon - America
Zammuto - S/T
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Twin Shadow - Confess
Chairlift - Something

cbats:
Alcest - Les Voyages De L'Ame
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
Grimes - Visions
Polica - Give up the Ghost
Xiu Xiu - Always
Burial - Kindred EP
White Rabbits - Milk Famous
The Twilight Sad - No One Can Ever Know
Julia Holter - Ekstasis
Mt Eerie - Clear Moon
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Willis Earl Beal - Acousmatic Sorcery
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Chromatics - Kill For Love
Lil B - God's Father
Horse Feathers - Cynic's New Year
Swans - The Seer
The XX - Coexist
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Friendly Destroyer:
Cate Le Bon - Cyrk
Pop. 1280 - The Horror
Daughn Gibson - All Hell
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Bobby Womack - Bravest Man In The Universe
The Magnetic Fields - Love At THe Bottom Of The Sea
Joe Jackson - The Duke
Turing Machine - What is the Meaning of What
Giant Sand - Tucson: A Country Rock Opera
Twin Shadow - Confess
Actress - R.I.P.
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Flatlanders - The Odessa Tapes

blacksmile:
Guided by Voices - Let's Go Eat the Factory
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
The Men - Open Your Heart
Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
Beach House - Bloom
Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game
Shearwater - Animal Joy
Parlovr - Kook Soul
Redd Kross - Researching The Blues
Young Guv and the Scuzz - A Love Too Strong
Sugar - Copper Blue/Beaster
Rush - Clockwork Angels
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Bob Mould - Silver Age
Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky
Grizzly Bear - Shields
The Tragically Hip - Now For Plan A
Titus Andronicus - Local Business
The XX - Coexist
Gary Clark Jr. - Blak & Blu
The Heavy - The Glorious Dead
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat and Bone
Bison B.C. - Lovelessness
Sandrider - Sandrider
The Evens - The Odds
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

JBurrito:
Black Dice - Mr. Impossible
Death Grips - The Money Store
of Montreal - Paralytic Stalks
The Men - Open Your Heart
Zammuto - Zammuto
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Liars - WIXIW
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Loops of Your Heart - And Never Ending Nights
Circle - Serpent
Circle - Manner
Sigur Ros - Valtari
Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse
Purity Ring - Shrines
Passion Pit - Gossamer
Four Tet - Pink
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Dan Deacon - America
Doseone - G Is For Deep
Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
Why? - Sod in the Seed EP
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Teengirl Fantasy - Tracer
Deerhoof - Breakup Song
Why? - Mumps, etc.
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Micachu and the Shapes - Never
Animal Collective - Transverse Temporal Gyrus
Eric Copeland - Limbo
Daphni - Jiaolong
Black Pus - Pus Mortem
Lightning Bolt - Oblivion Hunter
Death Grips - No Love Deep Web
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
Pinback - Information Retrieved
Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist
Swans - The Seer
Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O. - Son of a Bitches Brew
Merzbow - Uzu Me Ku
Merzbow / Marhaug - Mer Mar
Philip Glass - Rework: Philip Glass Remixed
Oneida - A List of the Burning Mountains
Pete Swanson - Pro Style
The Evens - The Odds

Stormy:
Magnetic Fields - Love at the Bottom of the Sea

badchoices:
Maps & Atlases - Beware and Be Grateful
THEESatisfaction - awE naturalE
The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
Liars - WIXIW
Anywhere - Anywhere
El-P -C4C
LOZEN - Para Vida
Gaytheist - Stealth Beats
Indian Handcrafts - Civil Disobedience For Losers
Matthew Dear - Beams
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Delicate Steve - Positive Force
Absolute Monarchs - 1

wompwomp:
Jack White - Blunderbuss
Santigold - Master of My Make Believe
Joel Plaskett Emergency - Scrappy Happiness
Grimes - Visions
Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
Twin Shadow - Confess
Dan Deacon - America
Purity Ring - Shrines
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D City

CHUD
Mount Eerie - Clear Moon
Shearwater - Animal Joy
Exitmusic - Passage
Dry The River - Shallow Bed
Port St. Willow - Holiday
Stagnant Pools - Temporary Room

Horned Gramma
The Magnetic Fields - Love at the Bottom of the Sea
Doseone - G is for Deep
Yeasayer - Fragrant World
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Zammuto - Zammuto
Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished Gold
Brendon Small - Galaktikon
The Residents - Demonic! Live in Oslo 2003
JJ DOOM - Keys to the Kuffs
Why - Mumps, Etc.
Aimee Mann - Charmer
Ben Folds Five - The Sound of the Life of the Mind
Death Grips - The Money Store

J-Dawg
BT - If The Stars Are Eternal So Are You And I

Accelerated Cheese
Alabama Shakes - Boys and Girls
Alt-J (∆) - An Awesome Wave
Beach House - Bloom
Chromatics - Kill for Love
Dr Dog - Be the Void
Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
Grimes - Visions
Grizzly Bear - Sheilds
Hot Chip - In Our Heads
Jack White - Blunderbuss
The Lumineers - The Lumineers
Of Monsters and Men - My Head is an Animal
Purity Ring - Shrines
Sol - Yours Truly
Twin Shadow - Confess
Walk the Moon - Walk the Moon
Yellow Ostrich - Strange Land
The Antlers - Undersea EP
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Why? - Mumps, Etc.
Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits

emptyfox
The Antlers - Undersea EP
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Passion Pit - Gossamer

Geno:
Diablo Swing Orchestra - Pandora's Pinata
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Between the Buried and Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
Hot Chip - In Our Heads
Melvins - Freak Puke

Kalvor
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
Dwight Yoakam - 3 Pears
Trash Talk - 119
Purity Ring - Shrines
AbdeCaf - Rebuild
Tennis - Young and Old
Marijuana Deathsquads - Tamper, Disable, Destroy

andimac:
Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour / Golden Mile
New Build - Yesterday Was Lived and Lost
VCMG - Ssss
Zammuto - S/T
Julia Holter - Ekstasis
John Talabot - fin
From the Mouth of the Sun - Woven Tide
Peter Broderick - www.itsartshear.com
Grimes - Visions
Mirrorring - Foreign Body
Beach House - Bloom
Julia Holter - Ekstasis
Daniel Rossen - Golden Mile / Silent Hour (EP)
The Men - Open Your Heart
Jack White - Blunderbuss
Death Grips - The Money Store
Niki & the Dove - Instinct
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
Lower Dens - Nootropics
Japandroids - Celebration Rock
Chromatics - Kill for Love
Mount Eerie - Clear Moon
Hundred Waters - Hundred Waters
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Screaming Females - Ugly
Sigur Ros - Valtari
Akos Rozmann - 12 stationer VI

stamper:
Andrew Bird - Break it Yourself
Fanfarlo - Rooms Filled with Light
Santigold - Master of My Make Believe
Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
Twin Shadow - Confess
Jack White - Blunderbuss
Chairlift - Something
Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
Grizzly Bear - Shields
Pinback - Information Retrieved
The Heavy - The Glorious Dead
Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
Yeasayer - Fragrant World
Young Man - Volume 1

J-Dawg:
deadmau5 - > Album Title Goes Here <
BT - If the Stars are Eternal, so are You and I
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
The Chemical Brothers - Don't Think
M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion
Diplo - Express Yourself
Modeselektor - Monkeytown Deluxe Tour Edition
Posted by Pea
Jan 29, 2012 15:42:13 GMT -5
This thread delivers!
Posted by Drew
Jan 29, 2012 18:21:21 GMT -5
Haha, I just haven't listened to enough yet. But okay, I'll play. The two that have clicked for me so far, have been:

Drew's List -
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
Posted by Pea
Jan 29, 2012 18:49:17 GMT -5
That Cloud Nothings album keeps growing on me. I didn't care for it at all upon first listen but the hooks and melodies are really starting to sink in.
Posted by Rusty
Jan 29, 2012 19:21:23 GMT -5
I haven't listened to a lot of new stuff yet, but I'm with you guys, that Cloud Nothings is so great. Definitely a favorite so far.

EDIT: I also had no idea the Sharon Van Etten album was even out yet, I'll have to check that out.
Posted by Cbats
Jan 29, 2012 19:30:40 GMT -5
I've enjoyed the Cloud Nothings and Alcest albums mentioned already a lot but I would add:

Grimes - Visions
and
Polica - Give up the Ghost


Xiu xiu also put out a decent album this year
Posted by emptyfox
Jan 29, 2012 23:47:48 GMT -5
Thanks for reminding me about Polica. I definitely need to check that out.
Jan 30, 2012 0:01:26 GMT -5
Cate Le Bon - Cyrk

Pop. 1280 - The Horror


The Horror...

Posted by newjersey
Feb 5, 2012 0:12:49 GMT -5
Absolutely nothing, so far. Have not listened to any 2012 albums yet. More details as warrants.
Posted by Pea
Feb 6, 2012 23:16:01 GMT -5
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Grimes - Visions
and
Polica - Give up the Ghost


Both of these albums are really interesting. I'm having a great time listening to them. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Horned Gramma
Feb 7, 2012 0:18:24 GMT -5
I'm really excited for the new Magnetic Fields record, but I don't think I've heard a single new album yet this year.

The new Residents album was released today, but technically it's a 2011 release because a special edition was released in October of last year. Those fuckers sold out so fast that not even I could get my hands on one. That fact, coupled with the fact that not only myself but Stormy as well thinks it's one of their best ever indicates it's really something special... I'm just glad to finally have it to listen to.
Posted by Blacksmile
Feb 7, 2012 14:18:33 GMT -5
Not much out in the last month, but these are the two that have hit me pretty hard.

Guided by Voices - Let's Go Eat the Factory
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
Posted by JeffaLump
Feb 7, 2012 18:20:19 GMT -5
Man, I keep forgetting to listen to that GBV album somehow. I think I just think the fact that album is out is just some weird dream I had, and not in fact real.

Heard some of that Cloud Nothings album while I was in Criminal Records the other day, and I have to admit, it sounded pretty rad.
Posted by Cbats
Feb 12, 2012 13:44:49 GMT -5
The new Burial ep is exactly as great as you would expect
Posted by stakeyjay
Feb 12, 2012 18:24:49 GMT -5
Cbats Avatar
The new Burial ep is exactly as great as you would expect


New burial?!?!?! Why did I not know this