The Artists Pick the Best of 2012, Part 2
PopMatters is giving the artists a chance to play critic, asking them to let us in on the albums, songs, musical moments, and whatever else struck their fancy in 2012.
The end of the year is the one time on the music industry calendar when the critics take center stage, as best-of lists flood the Internet. While performers become either the objects of affection or the cause of disappointment each December, PopMatters is giving the artists a chance to play critic, asking them to let us in on the albums, songs, musical moments, and whatever else (President Obama's re-election, Mars Curiosity Rover, and the Oklahoma City Thunder, anyone?) that struck their fancy in 2012. What you’ll see is a broad range of favorites -- some echoing the critics, but many not -- as well as a good dose of holiday camaraderie among peers.
1. Tame Impala, Lonerism
2. The xx, Coexist
3. Howler, America Give Up
4. Grizzly Bear, Shields
5. King Tuff, King Tuff
6. Grimes, Visions
7. Twin Shadow, Confess
8. Chairlift, Something
GRMLN released a self-titled EP on Carpark in October 2012.
Helado Negro's Roberto Lange
These are just the things that I listened to and really loved this year. Here are bands that I worked with this year whose records are great too: Bear in Heaven's I Love You It's Cool, Guy Fantastico's Dreamboat, and Sinkane's Mars.
Helado Negro collaborated with Asthmatic Kitty labelmate Julianna Barwick to form Ombre, which released Believe You Me in 2012. He will have a new solo effort out in March 2013.
The Helio Sequence
1. DIIV, Oshin
2. Menomena, Moms
3. Here We Go Magic, A Different Ship
4. Beach House, Bloom
5. Tame Impala, Lonerism
6. Ultraísta, Ultraísta
7. Lackthereof, Building Personal Strength
8. Pure Bathing Culture, Pure Bathing Culture EP
9. Chairlift, Something
10. Opossom, Electric Hawaii
Here are my top 10 songs of 2012:
1. Menomena, “One Horse”
2. DIIV, “How Long Have You Known”
3. Beach House, “New Year”
4. Here We Go Magic, “Alone But Moving”
5. Tame Impala, “Apocalypse Dreams”
6. Mirroring, “Drowning the Call”
7. Ultraísta, “Bad Insect”
8. Lower Dens, “Propagation”
9. ERAAS, “Fang”
10. Lotus Plaza , “Jet Out of the Tundra”
The Helio Sequence’s latest full-length effort Negotiations came out on Sub Pop in September 2012.
The History of Apple Pie
The History of Apple Pie releases its full-length debut Out of View (Marshall Teller) on January 29, 2013, and is one of PopMatters’ Hopes for 2013.
Holograms’ self-titled debut was released by Captured Tracks in July 2012.
Hunx of Hunx and His Punks
1. Grass Widow, Internal Logic
2. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Mature Themes
3. The Cleaners From Venus reissues
4. Bleached, live @ the Rookie Prom
5. Saba Lou ,"Until the End"
6. Dragonette, “Live in This City”
7. Ke$ha, "Die Young"
8. Geneva Jacuzzi, live @ Cheetah's Strip Club
9. Deep Time, "Clouds"
10. The Barbaras, 2006-2008
11. Veronica Falls, "My Heart Beats"
12. The Babies, Our House On The Hill
13. Taylor Swift, "I Knew You Were Trouble"
14. Jaill, Traps
15. Ssion, Bent
16. Pizza Grrrls, live @ Boys Club
17. Donny and Joe Emerson, Dreamin' Wild reissue
18. Crazy Band, live @ the Smell
19. One Direction, Up All Night
20. Blood Diamonds, featuring Grimes, "Phone Sex"
Hunx released Hairdresser Blues vis Hardly Art in February 2012.
Bay Area rapper IamSu! released the $uzy 6 $peed mixtape recently, along with KILT earlier in 2012.
Incite's Richie Cavalera
1. Deftones, Koi No Yokan
2. Sylosis, Monolith
3. Lamb of God, Resolution
4. Gojira, L'Enfant Sauvage
5. Testament, Dark Roots of Earth
6. Cattle Decapitation, Monolith of Humanity
7. Soulfly, Enslaved
8. Black Breath, Sentenced to Life
9. Cancer Bats, Dead Set on Living
10. Muse, The 2nd Law
Incite released All Out War on Minus Head in November 2012.