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Mid-Year Top 10's (2012)

Written by: Drew Beringer (07/02/12)
So we're halfway to the end of the world, and that's some cause for celebration, no? Well, the only way the staff at AbsolutePunk knows how to party is by blasting our favorite jams of the year. Thus, here we are unveiling our individual Mid-Year Top 10 lists. And man, are they as eclectic as ever! We pride ourselves on how varied and unique our staff is, and 2012 is no different (let's be serious, how many other sites are featuring lists that include albums from the likes of Xerxes, fun., and Fiona Apple?). So it's time for Beringer to shut up and time for us to share our favorite albums of 2012 so far. And if the world doesn't end in December? Well, at least you'll have a nice supply of tunes heading into 2013.

Adam Pfleider (@p_is_silent)
1. Caravels - Well Worn (Split w/ Gifts From Enola)
2. Cut Teeth - Televandalism
3. Narrows - Painted
4. Every Time I Die - Ex-Lives
5. Marriages - Kitsune
6. Saddest Landscape, The - After the Lights
7. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
8. fun. - Some Nights
9. Xerxes - Our Home is a Deathbed
10. mewithoutYou - Ten Stories

Kyle Huntington (@kyhunt)
1. The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
2. Graham Coxon - A+E
3. Ceremony - Zoo
4. Poliηa - Give You The Ghost
5. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
6. The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
7. John Mayer - Born and Raised
8. The Men - Open Your Heart
9. Gang Colours - The Keychain Collection
10. David's Lyre - Picture Of Our Youth

Alex DiVincenzo (@alexislegend)
1. The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
2. The Tower and The Fool - How Long
3. fun. - Some Nights
4. The Saddest Landscape - After the Lights
5. Misser - Every Day I Tell Myself I'm Going to Be a Better Person
6. No Trigger - Tycoon
7. Mixtapes - Even on the Worst Nights
8. Hot Water Music - Exister
9. Every Time I Die - Ex-Lives
10. Make Do and Mend - Everything You Ever Loved

Lueda Alia (@alueda)
1. Metric - Synthetica
2. Bowerbirds - The Clearing
3. Dreamend - And The Tears...
4. Lazerbeak - Lava Bangers
5. Julia Stone - By The Horns
6. Kishi Bashi - 151a
7. Gonjasufi - MU.ZZ.LE
8. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
9. Lake Forest - Silver Skies
10. Rodrigo y Gabriela - Area 51


Thomas Nassiff (@ThomasNassiff)
1. The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
2. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
3. Make Do and Mend - Everything You Ever Loved
4. Daytrader - Twelve Years
5. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
6. Misser - Every Day I Tell Myself I'm Going To Be A Better Person
7. The Tower and the Fool - How Long
8. Good Old War - Come Back As Rain
9. Foxy Shazam - The Church of Rock and Roll
10. You Blew It! - Grow Up, Dude

Jeremy Aaron
1. Hot Chip - In Our Heads
2. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
4. Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
5. Lushlife - Plateau Vision
6. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
7. The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull
8. Curren$y - The Stoned Immaculate
9. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
10. The Walkmen - Heaven

Jake Denning (@jake_denning)
1. The Ghost Inside -- "Get What You Give" (Epitaph)
2. Enter Shikari -- "A Flash Flood Of Colour" (Hopeless)
3. John Mayer -- "Born And Raised" (Columbia)
4. Your Demise -- "The Golden Age" (Visible Noise UK)
5. Stick To Your Guns -- "Diamond" (Sumerian)
6. MxPx -- "Plans Within Plans" (Rock City)
7. Impending Doom -- "Baptized In Filth" (E1)
8. Memphis May Fire -- "Challenger" (Rise)
9. For Today -- "Immortal" (Razor & Tie)
10. The Spill Canvas -- "Gestalt" (Independent)

Drew Beringer (@drewberinger)
1. Every Time I Die - Ex Lives (Epitaph)
2. Make Do And Mend - Everything You Ever Loved (Rise)
3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
4. The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past (Epitaph)
5. You Blew It! - Grow Up, Dude (Topshelf)
6. Beach House - Bloom (Sub Pop)
7. fun. - Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen)
8. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel... (Epic)
9. Motion City Soundtrack - Go (Epitaph)
10. mewithoutYou - Ten Stories (Self-Released)


Deborah Remus (@deborahremus)
1. The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
2. No Trigger - Tycoon
3. The Sidekicks - Awkward Breeds
4. Joyce Manor - Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
5. John K. Samson - Provincial
6. The Dopamines - Vices
7. Cancer Bats - Dead Set on Living
8. Useless ID - Symptoms
9. Motion City Soundtrack - Go
10. Sharks - No Gods

Blake Solomon (@blindshoes)
1. Joyce Manor - Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
2. Misser - Every Day I Tell Myself I'm Going To Be A Better Person
3. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
4. You Blew It! - Grow Up, Dude
5. The Jealous Sound - A Gentle Reminder
6. Driver Friendly - Bury A Dream
7. Strange Vacation - Chasm
8. fun. - Some Nights
9. Dana Buoy - Summer Bodies
10. Geographer - Myth

Jason Gardner
1. No Trigger - Tycoon
2. Suis La Lune - Riala
3. Periphery - Periphery II
4. Xerxes - Our Home is a Deathbed
5. The Saddest Landscape - After the Lights
6. Every Time I Die - Ex Lives
7. Our Lady Peace - Curve
8. Enter Shikari - A Flash Flood of Colour
9. Stick to Your Guns - Diamond
10. mewithoutYou - Ten Stories

Ryan Gardner (@ryangardnerc)
1. The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
2. Make Do And Mend - Everything You Ever Loved
3. The Tower and the Fool - How Long
4. fun. - Some Nights
5. Every Time I Die - Ex Lives
6. Misser - Every Day I Tell Myself I'm Going To Be A Better Person
7. Say Anything - Anarchy, My Dear
8. Hit The Lights - Invicta
9. Daytrader - Twelve Years
10. Hot Water Music - Exister

Jonathan Bautts
1. John Mayer – Born And Raised
2. fun. – Some Nights
3. Lovedrug – Wild Blood
4. Linkin Park – Living Things
5. Motion City Soundtrack – Go
6. Walk The Moon – Walk The Moon
7. The Shins – Port Of Morrow
8. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball
9. Silversun Pickups – Neck Of The Woods
10. Snow Patrol – Fallen Empires

Joe DeAndrea (@joedeandrea)
1. Maroon 5 - Overexposed
2. Justin Bieber - Believe
3. fun. - Some Nights
4. Neon Trees - Picture Show
5. Motion City Soundtrack - Go
6. Make Do and Mend - Everything You Ever Loved
7. Usher - Looking 4 Myself
8. Misser - Every Day I Tell Myself I'm Going to Be a Better Person
9. Train - California 37
10. Metric - [i]Synthetica

Andy Biddulph (@iamandysb)
1. The Menzingers - On The Impossible Past
2. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
3. Apologies, I Have None - London
4. Make Do And Mend - Everything You Ever Loved
5. The Saddest Landscape - After The Lights
6. Misser - Every Day I Tell Myself I'm Going to Be a Better Person
7. Polar - Iron Lungs
8. Sharks - No Gods
9. Daytrader - Twelve Years
10. Straight Lines - Freaks Like Us

Jason Tate (@jason_tate)
1. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
2. John Mayer – Born And Raised
3. Hot Water Music - Exister
4. Every Time I Die - Ex Lives
5. The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
6. The Shins – Port Of Morrow
7. Good Old War - Come Back As Rain
8. fun. - Some Nights
9. mewithoutYou - Ten Stories
10. Neon Trees - Picture Show

Dre (@thatmassivewolf) in no particular order:
1. No Trigger - Tycoon
2. Rick Ross - Rich Forever
3.
Cancer Bats - Dead Set on Living
4. Logic - Undeniable
5. J. Dilla - Rebirth of Detroit
6. Misser - Everyday...
7.
Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe
8. The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
9. Schoolboy Q - Habits and Contradictions
10.
Sharks - No Gods
 
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01:09 PM on 07/02/12
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Mine's here

http://acoustic-electric.tumblr.com/post/26112441681

10 - Cold Specks - I Predict A Graceful Expulsion
09 - Lovedrug - Wild Blood
08 - Grimes - Visions
07 - First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
06 - Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
05 - Exitmusic - Passage
04 - The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now
03 - Now, Now - Threads
02 - Beach House - Bloom
01 - DIIV - Oshin
01:09 PM on 07/02/12
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Needs more Bieber.
01:09 PM on 07/02/12
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So awesome to see Xerxes and The Tower and the Fool on lists. I feel both those went very unappreciated.
01:10 PM on 07/02/12
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super weak first half.
01:10 PM on 07/02/12
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Hell yeah The Tower and the Fool. My fav record of the year :D
01:11 PM on 07/02/12
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Expected to see Metric's Synthetica on a lot more of these lists.
01:11 PM on 07/02/12
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Beach House - Bloom
Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods
Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania
Say Anything - Anarchy, My Dear
01:11 PM on 07/02/12
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I'd argue the opposite. One of the best 6 months of music I can remember.
01:13 PM on 07/02/12
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Awesome lists, but I totally forgot fun.'s Some Nights came out this year...
01:16 PM on 07/02/12
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some good lists, some bad lists.


lots of good music so far this year though. shaping up to be as good as if not better than 2011
01:17 PM on 07/02/12
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No Of Monsters and Men?
01:17 PM on 07/02/12
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my list:

Killer Mike
Schoolboy Q
Loma Prieta
Burial
Japandroids
El-P
Perfume Genius
Menzingers
arrange
Lone
01:18 PM on 07/02/12
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I would have The Forecast Everybody Left near the top of my list.
01:18 PM on 07/02/12
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mewithoutYou severly underloved on this list.
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