FAVE ALBUMS OF ‘12.
Most “best” lists you see come out before the fucking year is even over. Here’s my list after I’ve given 2012 a couple of weeks to sink in. Plus I’m probably totally forgetting some stuff but w/e. Scroll all the way down for a neat lil Spotify playlist.
Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
This record contains some of things that are great about hip hop right now. Lamar’s voice is a cool new toy.
Tom Waits - Bad As Me
Tom Waits is awesome. This is one of those albums that continues to unfold more depth on each repeated listen.
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Swing Lo was a sleeper hit for me. I wasn’t convinced at first but I really feel as though Dirty Projectors have taken the craziness they’re so well known for and molded it into forms we’re all a little more familiar with. This is not an easy thing to do.
Jeremiah Jae - Raw Money Raps
This one snakes down inside and gives your spinal cord a good wriggling.
Sean Nicholas Savage - Flamingo
Savage appeals to me like that. I hardly ever listened to this record if another person was around. Oh wait this came out in 2011.
Frankie Rose - Interstellar
Interstellar was kinda sensitive but with a hugeness about it. “Pair Of Wings” is a personal fave. This record was maybe a guilty pleasure, but I’m not totally sure I believe in guilty pleasures.
Grimes - Visions
You know, I only ever really listened to the first half of Visions, but I really liked that first half.
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
I wanted to like this album so bad cuz I’m crazy about him. I didn’t but the second half is very strong (i.e. “Schnitzel Boogie”). And “Baby” is incredible although not included on the vinyl release for some reason.
Willis Earl Beal - Acousmatic Sorcery
Sorcery definitely perked my ears up so I gave a few intent listens. It might be too out there for me, but there’s definitely something there. Something I look forward to hearing more of.
Flying Lotus - Before The Quiet Comes
A pretty mind blowing album that I loved, but I can’t say I gave it more than 4 or 5 listens before moving onto the next thing. Great hype and peripheral points of intrigue.