Music of 2012, You Weren’t Half Bad

"I briefly forgot that I can accomplish anything if I’ve got good music playing. Let’s not do that again. - a couple months ago

Though I constantly lamented the lack of new music I’d been listening to this year, and even at times, feared a good-music drought was upon us, it turns out the situation was not so bleak.

When I finally took stock and attempted Ye Olde Top 10 List, I once again came out with at least 20 great albums. This is the music that moved me the most:

  1. Grimes - Visions
  2. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
  3. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
  4. Grizzly Bear - Shields
  5. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
  6. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid M.A.A.D. City
  7. Yeasayer - Fragrant World
  8. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
  9. Twin Shadow - Confess
  10. Phèdre - Phèdre
  11. First Aid Kit - Lion’s Roar
  12. Menomena - Moms
  13. Daniel Rosen - Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP
  14. Schoolboy Q - Habits and Contradictions
  15. Moonface - With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery
  16. Tame Impala - Lonerism
  17. Chelsea Wolfe - Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs
  18. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
  19. CATL - Soon This Will All Be Gone
  20. Purity Ring - Shrines

As tradition dictates, some choice nuggets are included below.

Fun fact: I first listened to this album while reading William Gibson’s Neuromancer. When I hear this song, I’m jacked in to the matrix, triumphantly punching through ICE. (If you don’t know, read it.)
Toronto folk, you MUST go see these guys live for the full drunken, sweaty, foot-stomping CATL experience. I promise you’ll like it, unless you have no soul.