Best Music of 2012

I did just spend 21 days writing about Snowglobe Music Festival, but I’m nowhere near done talking about music.  Sorry.

Actually, I’m not.

The funny thing is, I was mostly underwhelmed by the offerings in the music world this year but, just at the last minute, I found a slew of new stuff that I fell in love with like Django Django, which is hands down, without question, my number one album of the year.  I have too hard of a time actually listing things in number, so a few years ago I started using my friend Jason’s REALLY AWESOME rating system, which is as follows:

Super awesome and by far my favorite
Django Django – Django Django
Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled with Light
The Jezabels – Prisoner
Jack White – Blunderbuss

Still pretty awesome
Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls
Beach House – Bloom
Chromatics – Kill for Love
Grimes – Visions
Grizzly Bear – Shields
The Walkmen – Heaven
Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
Tame Impala – Lonerism

Snowglobe Music Fest, Snowglobe, Tahoe South

Poolside at Snowglobe Music Festival 2012

Kind of awesome
Hot Chip – In Our Heads
Gary Clark JR – Blak & Blu
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
Matt & Kim – Lightning
Miike Snow – Happy to You
Mumford & Sons – Babel
Poolside – Pacific Standard Time
The Shins – Port of Morrow
Two Door Cinema Club – Beacon
Yeasayer – Fragrant World

Enjoyable for a listen, but otherwise just okay
The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
Big Boi – Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Here

Albums that music critics adore and I am totally not into, save a track or two here and there
Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d city

Totally sucks and I wish I hadn’t wasted my time listening to it
Passion Pit – Gossamer
Muse – The 2nd Law

Albums that I haven’t listened to yet but everyone loves
David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant

previous best of lists
2011
2010
2009
2008

And, just for grins, here is the compiled list of all the “super awesome and by far my favorite” albums from the last five years. They are still in heavy rotation in my music library and showing no signs of letting me down.

Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours (2008)
Her Space Holiday – xoxo panda and the new kid revival (2008)
Hot Chip – Made in the Dark (2008)
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (2008)

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009)
The Dead Weather – Horehound (2009)
The Dodos – Time to Die (2009)
Miike Snow – Miike Snow (2009)
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009)
Wilco – (The Album) (2009)

Arcade Fire – the Suburbs (2010)
Beach House – Teen Dream (2010)
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach (2010)
Hot Chip – One Life Stand (2010)
Kayne West – My Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening (2010)
Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More (2010)
Sir Lucious Leftfoot – The Son of Chico Dusty (2010)
Vampire Weekend – Contra (2010)
Yeasayer – Odd Blood (2010)

Cults – Cults (2011)
Cut Copy – Zonoscope (2011)
Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials (2011)
M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming (2011)
Real Estate – Days (2011)
Wilco – The Whole Love (2011)

I’m leaving on Friday for Texas Fest in Steamboat, CO so I’ll have plenty more material to write about, albeit that of the crooning kind.

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