Alright guys, here it is! My 50 favorite LP's of 2012. Really hope you all enjoy, 2012 has definitely been a great year for music and for us as well. We got 100 likes on facebook, some how got over almost 16000 views, got some adsense revenue, and saw The Flaming Lips (counts as an important experience). I got to meet tons of awesome people that have really just supported me all year long, and it's helped me basically do everything that I've done this year. Without them and you guys reading, this blog wouldn't be were it is. So, thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. Without further ado, here are my top 50 favorite LP's of 2012. :)
50. Dropxlife - Furthur
A very chilled out beat tape. A wonderful sedative to get you through the winter.
49. 회사AUTO - Longing & Passion ⌘42
I know the supposed genre of "Vaporwave" is becoming a bit of a joke to the music industry, but I definitely have enjoyed the output of the unofficial genre. I definitely think AUTO gave us one of the more interesting records in that genre this year with "Longing For Passion". Very interesting samples and tons of very random and unpredictable edits. Great record. 회사AUTO
Though a bit inconsistent, this debut Dweller On The Threshold record really proved to be one of the most interesting rock experiences I heard this. Very interested to hear what they do next.
47. P.H.O.B.O.S. - Atonal Hypermensia
This metal album is of the heaviest and darkest records I've ever heard. Period. Incredibly far out loud and distorted guitar and bass and these odd reverbed out drums that just literally feel like smashes to the face.
46. Torche - Harminocraft
Some of the catchiest and brightest metal songs of the year can be found on here. Really was reminded how much I loved this thing when I saw the band in concert. Just a lovely collection of tracks.
45. Alcoves - Alcoves
This debut Alcoves LP really made a mark for me with it's interesting and dark lyrics, heavy and overtaking guitars and distorted drums.
44. Audens Raign - Letters From The Other Side: Part 12
Very interesting experimental punk record in Audens Raign Letters From The Other Side series that for some reason really stuck with me.
43. Local News - Channel 8
Local News, like AUTO, brought a very interesting and awesome collection of jazz sampling tracks to the table on Channel 8. While I hate how short this album is, I love it just the same.
42. Redrick Sultan - Trolling For Answers
Just such a fun album. Redrick Sultan really combine funk, jazz, acoustics and comedy into just one long and awesome LP. So much fun to be had!
41. Tim Hecker And Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist
I absolutely love ambient music, and so this definitely stood out to me at the end of 2012. This album has tons of awesome ambient and occasionally experimental soundscapes that I love.
40. Otto Rollo - Longtime
Out of all of Otto Rollo's material this year, this is easily my favorite. The massive 30 minutes of experimental genre jumping that Otto Rollo does on here is just so memorable.
39. Robert Plant's Dingleberry - Moby Dick
17 minutes of just pure experimental noise. One intense ride through the filthiest and grimiest sounds I've ever heard. Also, the Michael Jackson sample at the end of the LP is a pretty nice treat.
38. MMOSS - Only Children
Psychedelia to the extreme! Very glad I took a minute to check this out. It's pretty amazing.
37. Show Your Teeth - North
Ambient, experimental, glitchy and bright, Show Your Teeth really shows his full potential on here.
36. Dads - American Radass (this is important)
Say what you will about Dads and the current wave of mathy indie rock/"tumblr-core". I really enjoy the technicality and bright feelings on this LP. Hoping to catch this band later this month.
35. Dark Blue Dark Green - Dark Blue Dark Green
Avant Garde and bizarre rock and jazz compositions out of the heart of Missouri. Definitely one of the most original albums to come out in a while.
34. Public Spread The News - Play Mystery
A beat sample record that is more enjoyable with each listen.
33. Riot Meadows - tEMPORAL dRIFT tAPE
A very original ambient LP that really creates an amazing atmosphere for winter. Combinations of very hazy synthesizers and loud roaring nature scapes fill this album, and they never got boring, at least to me.
32. NAH - END
A very brutal record. Loud and destructive drum playing from NAH, incredibly tightly wound industrious samples, and just an overall intensity that is hard to deny.
31. The Plums - Nixon's Mess
A very pleasant No Wave/Post Punk surprise from DC band The Plums. Filled with very listless and drawn out bursts of guitar, bass and drums and some very experimental moments as well, I think it's a shame more people haven't heard this album.
30. Mewithoutyou - Ten Stories
Mewithoutyou continue to make music that I find amazing and very interesting. The storytelling, intense guitar tones, and some lighter moments make this LP the perfect combo of everything this band has worked for so far and a little more.
29. The Act Of Estimating As Worthless - Amongst These Splintered Minds//Leaden Thoughts Sing Softly
Elements of children's songs, folk and post rock all in one album. Just amazing stuff.
28. Diskette Romances - Keys To The Suite
"Vaporwave" shows up yet again on this list. A short group of samples that stayed with me easily the longest out of all of the jazz sample records to come out this year.
27. Teen Suicide - I Will Be My Own Hell Because There Is A Devil Inside My Body
26. Marcus Eads - Historic Grain Elevators
I think we all know Marcus Eads as the awesome dude who runs Sunup Recordings (one of my favorite records labels ever). I didn't know he made music as well. Historic Grain Elevators is full of these excellent guitar compositions/improvisations filtered through a lo-fi lense. And at 45 minutes in length, this album has plenty of memorable material.
25. The Flaming Lips - Playing Hide And Seek With The Ghosts Of Dawn
It really saddens me how much this cover LP went under the radar this year. King Crimson covers have never sounded more awesome. I just can't describe how awesome some moments on here are.
24. Tim Feeney - Weakness
Definitely one of the most original albums to be released this year. One long and mind numbing amplified drum roll after another, not one the same. I really have never heard a record like this before, and I don't think ever will again.
23. Fag Cop - Whimpers From The Pantheon
Some straight up filthy and dirty garage punk. If you want just a plain wild punk rock album with some disturbing messages, listen to this many times.
22. Recondite - On Acid
Recondite really makes some of the best and most relaxing electronic songs I've heard on On Acid. The Roland TB-303 that he uses on this record is completely different from how it's normally used these days, and I find it personally really sedative and relaxing. Another one of them winter records, for sure.
21. All Blood - Flood / Someone Else's Ocean
|Someone Else's Ocean|
The two records that Jonathan Brokaw dropped this year as All Blood are definitely deserving of a tie for #21. Both albums are consistently lyrical, distorted, and just plain awesome. As far as music goes, this guy just had a great year and made some of my favorite releases.
20. Meat Mist - Smut
A raw and filthy punch in the face hardcore record. Incredibly disturbing and vile lyrics and themes, intense and brutal guitar noise, and just absolutely mind destroying vocals. This album really just.. oh man.
19. Trash Kids - Get Lost
Very original, glitchy, and colorful beats with tons of bright guitars and ghostly vocals. There are also some really awesome experimental moments on here as well. This album was the album that really had me dive right into that Woozy Tribe collective and all of the awesome musicians that they have, and it continues to be one of the best records to come out of the group, for me.
18. Death Grips - The Money Store
Is there really a reason to explain why Death Grips is on here?
17. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelejuah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
I think it's safe to say we all freaked out when Godspeed announced this album. And wouldn't we? This band is loved by almost everyone, and they haven't released any brand new material in 10 years. And this album definitely lives up to the expectations. I still find myself just in awe over how amazing some of the moments on this album are. If you've never heard of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and like epic music, this is a great place to start.
16. Showbread - Cancer
While this is not my favorite Showbread LP, this band still definitely resonates with me as deeply as they did when I first heard their debut album almost 4 years ago.
15. The Music Tapes - Mary's Voice
Very beautiful circus sounding folk record. The Music Tapes/Julian Koster just fascinate with with each note they play and each instrument they pick up, and that is no different on this album. Great use of violin bows on banjos and saws, trumpets, and Julian Koster's just amazing soaring vocals. Oh man.
14. Himanshu - Nehru Jackets
Heems really made my favorite hip hop mixtape of the year. Mike Finito's AMAZING production and Heems' funny, oddball and goofy rhymes keep this album entertaining through it's 70 minutes of music.
13. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Cobra Juicy
I know this was not a very well received record by critics, but for me, I just love pretty much anything Black Moth Super Rainbow does. I have never been disappointed with anything to come from these guys, and Cobra Juicy is no different. Great bright and psychedelic tones, Tom Feck's robotic vocals, lush electronics, and more use of guitars on this album result in some really memorable and catchy tunes.
12. Destroy Nate Allen - With Our Powers Combined
Destroy Nate Allen are such a fun band. And with a full band behind them on this record, they sound better than ever. While I do think some of the emotion that is on other DNA record's like Until My Ankle Gets Better is a little bit absent, this record makes up for that in just the amount of fun that this record is. Every song on here needs to be danced to.
11. Cemetery Family Band - Cemetery Family Band
Oh man, what a killer record. Just a completely enthralling listen from start to finish. From the oddball vocals, intricate guitar work and loops, and just pure originality, Cemetery Family Band really made one of the best debuts I've yet to hear.
10. Ponyboy - Pussy Killer
This thing really, really grew on me this year. The pure and raw intensity that Ponyboy brings to the table along with some very catchy hooks and incredibly dark lyrics/stories came out of right field for me towards the end of the year and ended up at #10.
9. Boyfrndz - All Day Pass
A very complex experimental math rock LP. Each time I listen to it, I catch a new thing that I love, and makes me enjoy this album more. Just filled with guitar and drum patterns that you will spend a while thinking about.
8. El Ten Eleven - Transitions
El Ten Eleven continues to put out one awesome record of catchy post/indie rock. These songs are always changing and multiplying by the second into something more grand and interesting than were it started.
7. BADBADNOTGOOD - BBNG2
If there is a better jazz record to come out this year, speak now or forever hold your peace.
6. Lost Trail - Music For "Traumatic Attachments"
Drone, noise, post rock, and consistently epic soundscapes for the apocalypse. Lost Trail has had a ton of releases this year, but this one definitely stuck with the me the most.
5. Deerhoof - Breakup Song
Deerhoof remains just such a fun and awesome band on Breakup Song. Tons of complicated rock songs with some awesome synths and additional drum beats, all backed up by Satomi Matsuzaki's child like vocal delivery. Her vocals are definitely a bit of an acquired taste, but once you get used to them, you can really get into the fun and chaos that is Deerhoof, and this album is a good place to start.
4. Aesop Rock - Skelethon
This album took a very long time time to grow on me, but when it finally did, oh man. Aesop's incredibly intellectual lyrics and the top notch beats on this album really amaze me with each listen. Dang.
3. NYKDLN - Post Radio
One of the best experimental music albums I've really ever heard. Absolutely no instruments, just 2 hours of pure tape and radio samples. That concept was already interesting to me going in, but after I came out of it, it was better than I had though. This album really can't be described with words, you have to experience it for yourself. Each time I listen, I pick more and more sonic details that just make this album more and more interesting.
2. Swans - The Seer
Now, this is an album that I thought about long and hard. And whether or not this should album should be #1. But after a very long time, I finally made my decision. Swans' The Seer is just a brutal album. Almost 2 hours of pure sonic abuse. Swans is in the best form they've been in years, and they made what is easily one of the most intense rides I've heard in a really long time.
1. FAVRTSM - Tape I
Alright everyone. This is it. FAVRTSM's Tape I. This new artist left a very amazing lasting impression on me this year from the moment I heard this. The incredibly sense of emotion on this album really won me over immediately. The creaky piano on here and all of FAVRTSM's other material is incredibly memorable and makes his music stand out. The 8 tracks on here are so minimal, with just piano, but I feel that they don't really need anything else. The pure emotion that this LP has is just so pure that the need for extra instruments is absolutely void. I love this album. So much.