Monday, December 31, 2012

The Best 50 Albums of 2012

1. Shearwater – Animal Joy
2. Kyla La Grange – Ashes
3. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
4. The Killers – Battle Born
5. Sinead O’Connor – How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?
6. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
7. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
8. Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is an Animal
9. Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
10. Cosmo Jarvis – Think Bigger
11. Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Psychedelic Pill
12. Kishi Bashi – 151a
13. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
14. Bob Dylan – Tempest
15. Calexico – Algiers
16. Hip Hatchet – Joy and Better Days
17. Cat Power – Sun
18. Lost in the Trees – A Church That Fits Our Needs
19. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - The Heist
20. Jason Lytle – Dept. of Disappearance
21. Sigur Rós – Valtari
22. PS I Love You – Death Dreams
23. Die Ärzte – Auch
24. the xx – Coexist
25. Swans – The Seer
26. Glen Hansard – Rhythm and Repose
27. Cody ChesnuTT – Landing on a Hundred
28. Andre Williams & The Sadies – Night & Day
29. The Raveonettes – Observator
30. Julia Holter – Ekstasis
31. Fang Island – Major
32. Oberhofer – Time Capsules II
33. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dreams
34. Patti Smith – Banga
35. Bill Fay – Life Is People
36. James Iha – Look to the Sky
37. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
38. Plants and Animals – The End of the That
39. Lower Dens – Nootropics
40. The Shins – Port of Morrow
41. Sun Kil Moon – Among the Leaves
42. Howlin’ Rain – The Russian Wilds
43. mewithoutYou – Ten Stories
44. iamamiwhoami – Kin
45. Best Coast – The Only Place
46. Men Without Hats – Love in the Age of War
47. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
48. The dB’s – Falling Off the Sky
49. Islands – A Sleep & A Forgetting
50. Titus Andronicus – Local Business

Note: I excluded any albums I worked PR for from consideration.

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The Top 50 Albums of 2011

50. Wye Oak – Civilian
49. Childish Gambino – Camp
48. Bill Callahan - Apocalypse
47. Feist - Metals
46. Richard Buckner – Our Blood
45. Le Butcherettes – Sin Sin Sin
44. Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest
43. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong
42. Calhoun – Heavy Sugar
41. Gruff Rhys – Hotel Shampoo
40. O’Death - Outside
39. Kanye West & Jay Z – Watch the Throne
38. Iron and Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
37. The Rosebuds – Loud Planes Fly Low
36. Hunx & His Punx – Too Young to Be in Love
35. Mates of State – Mountaintops
34. Cosmo Jarvis – Is The World Strange or Am I Strange?
33. Eleanor Friedberger – Last Summer
32. Britney Spears – Femme Fatale
32. Dum Dum Girls – Only in Dreams
31. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
30. Florence + the Machine – Ceremonials
29. Crooked Fingers – Breaks in the Armor
28. The Streets – Computers and Blues
27. Gringo Star – Count Yer Lucky Stars
26. Drive-By Truckers – Go Go Boots
25. Fountains of Wayne – Sky Full of Holes
24. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
23. Bobby - Bobby
22. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
21. R.E.M. – Collapse Into Now
20. The Mountain Goats – All Eternals Deck
19. A Dancing Beggar – Follow the Dark As If It Were Light
18. The Antlers – Burst Apart
17. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
16. Low – C’mon
15. Wilco – The Whole Love
14. Damion Suomi and the Minor Prophets – Go, and Sell All of Your Things
13. The Coathangers – Larceny & Old Lace
12. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine
11. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
10. EMA – Past Life Martyred Saint
9. Ezra Furman & the Harpoons – Mysterious Power
8. Buck 65 – 20 Odd Years
7. The Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
6. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
5. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost
4. Lykke Li – Wounded Rhymes
3. Julianna Barwich – The Magic Place
2. Bon Iver – Bon Iver, Bon Iver
1. Josh T. Pearson – Last of the Country Gentlemen