2012: The Year in Music

Back to the stuff that makes blogging fun: a review of my favorite music from 2012.

This was a great year, and there are a lot of bands to talk about.  I’ll be writing some more band reviews and other pieces over the next few weeks and months.  This will really get going as we approach SXSW, and I and the other awesome crew members at Hippohonk start the process of rating, ranking, and describing all the bands coming to Austin for South by Southwest in March, 2013. Check out the official list of announced bands, which will continue to grow as the event approaches. Four months away. Get excited.


Today, I wanted to share a couple of lists I put together. My favorite bands and tracks of 2012.

Why two lists? Well sometimes a band just cuts that one exceptional track, and the rest of the album doesn’t quite follow through.

There’s been a lot of other great music this year, but here are personal favorites. If there’s something you think I’m missing, hit me up. Always open to suggestions. After the Top 10 the rankings are kind of arbitrary.

The album and track links will take you to Spotify. If you’re not a Spotify user, google the track. I apologize for the two click inconvenience. Here we go.

Tony’s Favorite 25 Albums of 2012

  1. New Build – Yesterday Was Lived and Lost kishibashi
  2. Purity Ring – Shrines
  3. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
  4. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
  5. alt-J – An Awesome Wave
  6. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  7. Tanlines – Mixed Emotions
  8. Grimes – Visions
  9. Dr. John – Locked Down
  10. The Beat Connection – The Palace Garden
  11. Kishi Bashi – 151a
  12. Taken by Trees – Other Worlds
  13. Of Monsters and Men – My Head Is An Animaldrjohn
  14. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  15. Beach House – Bloom
  16. Metric – Synthetica
  17. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  18. California Wives – Art History
  19. The Lumineers – The Lumineers
  20. Santigold – Master of My Make-Believe
  21. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
  22. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
  23. Great Lake Swimmers – New Wild Everywhere
  24. The Walkmen – Heaven
  25. Yeasayer – Longevity

Honorable mention: The Tallest Man on Earth – 1904

Tony’s Favorite 25 Tracks of 2012

  1. New Build – Misery Loves Company
  2. Tanlines – All of Me
  3. Purity Ring – Fineshrine
  4. Kishi Bashi – It All Began With a Burst
  5. Grimes – Oblivion
  6. alt-J – Tessellate
  7. The Beat Connection – Further Out
  8. Family of the Year – St. Croix
  9. Trails and Ways / Ghost Beach – Miracle (Remix)
  10. Grizzly Bear – gun-shy
  11. Jack White – Love Interruption
  12. Body Language – I’m a Mess
  13. Major Lazer – Get Free
  14. Alabama Shakes – Rise to the Sunshields
  15. Taken by Trees – Dreams
  16. Santigold – Disparate Youth
  17. Silversun Pickups – Bloody Mary
  18. Divine Fits – My Love is Real
  19. Cave Painting – So Calm
  20. Hot Chip – Motion Sickness
  21. Kanye West – Mercy
  22. Electric Guest – Awake
  23. Dutch Uncles – Flexxin
  24. Conner Youngblood – A Summer Song
  25. Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe – (Don’t hate. It’s a perfect pop song)

Honorable mention: Beach House – Myth; Nas / Amy Winehouse – Cherry Wine; Of Montreal – Spiteful Intervention; Sleigh Bells – Comeback Kid; Tame Impala – Elephant; Dr. John – God’s Sure Good; The Eastern Sea – A Lie; The Temper Trap – Rabbit Hole; Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait; Holy Ghost – It Gets Dark; JJ DOOM – Rhymin’ Slang; Two Door Cinema Club – Sun; Passion Pit – Carried Away; Pair of Arrows – Vestige; and Azealia Banks / Lazy Jay – 212

If you need more recommendations, check out my broader Best of 2012 playlist on Spotify.


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Lives in Austin, Texas and likes music, art, philosophy, and random stuff.
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4 Responses to 2012: The Year in Music

  1. This is a great list. Respect!! But there’s a few gems missing, I think (personal favorites, check ’em out if you haven’t!):
    (no particular order):
    Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons – old believers
    Bamboos – medicine man
    Dr Dog – be the void
    Peach Kings – handsome moves
    Acid Pauli – mst
    Amadou and Miriam – folila
    Geographer – myth

    (and to be picky, the sleeper agent track is 2011 – otherwise that whole album is top-10 worthy!) 😉

    music geekitude forever

    • Tony says:

      Word, I’ll check out some of those. Saw Geographer at SXSW. They’re not bad. I’m generally unimpressed by Dr. Dog though. Also, will remove that Sleeper Agent track.

  2. Tony says:

    Note: Kendrick Lamar’s album, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” should probably be on here.

  3. Eric Eldon says:

    Your list is making me use Spotify again. SXSW this year?

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