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Kyle Huntington

12/03/12
This YearAll I seem to have read or heard from the majority of people I talk to about the year 2012 with regards to music is that they were pretty disappointed by it, or that there weren't many albums they loved...at least not compared to last year or another recent one. I don't think my thoughts could be any more of a polar opposite, I feel spoiled for choice this year and across so many genres too. My Top 30 albums this year feel suitably varied and spacious and that's with only just about keeping up with releases. There are so many more lesser-known acts that I just didn't get around to delving into, something that will be sorted out as soon as 2013 chimes in.

This list includes my top albums of the year and a list of some my favourite songs, music videos, most anticipated for 2013 and because I tend to binge a lot on TV shows once they are totally finished (or at least once a season is fully finished, rather than watching week-by-week) I have included lists of movies and TV shows that I have just enjoyed this year regardless of when they were released.

Thank you to all industry folk, particularly the guys at Beggars Group, Stay Loose, Big Hassle and Mom + Pop this year. All of the staff and all of the users who have provided such great chats and recommendations.

Happy New Year.


Albums of 2012

30. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
29. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
28. 2:54 - 2:54
27. David's Lyre - Picture Of Our Youth
26. Metric - Synthetica
25. M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion
24. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
23. Crystal Castles - III
22. The Tallest Man On Earth - There's No Leaving Now
21. The xx - Coexist
20. Gang Colours - The Keychain Collection
19. Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge
18. The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
17. The Men - Open Your Heart
16. METZ - METZ
15. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
14. Deftones - Koi no Yokan
13. Poliša - Give You The Ghost
12. Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't
11. Lucy Rose - Like I Used To
10. Lianne La Havas - Is Your Love Big Enough?
9. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
8. Frank Ocean - channelORANGE
7. Graham Coxon - A+E
6. Tame Impala - Lonerism
5. Jessie Ware - Devotion



4. Cat Power - Sun



3. alt-J - An Awesome Wave



2. Ceremony - Zoo



1. The Maccabees - Given To The Wild



Tracks of 2012 (with links to stream the track)

10. Peace - "Bloodshake"
9. Purity Ring - "Fineshrine"
8. Young Colossus - "Franky"
7. Ceremony - "World Blue"
6. alt-J - "Breezeblocks"
5. The Cribs - "Come On Be A No-One"
4. King Krule - "Rock Bottom"
3. Louellen - "Medicine"
2. Frank Ocean - "Bad Religion"
1. The Maccabees - "Pelican"

Honourable Mentions:

The Rolling Stones - "Doom and Gloom"
The Maccabees - "Unknow"
The Maccabees - "Slowly One"
Peace - "Wraith"
The xx - "Angels"
Kendrick Lamar - "Backseat Freestyle"
Kendrick Lamar - "Sing About Me, I'm Dying Of Thirst"
Frank Ocean - "Pyramids"
Ceremony - "Hysteria"
King Krule - "Octopus"
Breton - "Edward The Confessor"
Jessie Ware - "Wildest Moments"
Cat Power - "Ruin"
Cat Power - "Nothin' But Time"
Graham Coxon - "Advice"
Lianne La Havas - "Gone"
Lucy Rose - "Shiver"
Miguel - "Adorn"
Crystal Castles - "Plague"
Louellen - "They Build Walls"
Young Colossus - "Sleeper"
Villagers - "The Waves"

EPs of 2012
5. Meg Myers - Daughter In The Choir
4. Lapalux - When You're Gone EP
3. Louellen - The Watch Clock EP
2. Shlomo - Vacation EP
1. Young Colossus - Young Colossus

Videos of 2012

3. The Maccabees - "Feel To Follow"



2. Bombay Bicycle Club - "How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep"



1. The Shoes - "Time To Dance"



Most Anticipated of 2013

Bombay Bicycle Club
- TBA
Local Natives - Hummingbird
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - TBA
The Cribs - Payola
Peace - TBA
Palma Violets - 180
The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law
Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste
Johnny Marr - The Messenger
Chapel Club - Good Together
Villagers - {Awayland}


Movies of 2012

Anna Karenina

The Descendants
Looper
The Dark Knight Rises
Starbuck
Skyfall
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Moonrise Kingdom
Safety Not Guaranteed
Ruby Sparks
Indie Game: The Movie
The Cabin In The Woods
ParaNorman


TV Shows Enjoyed In 2012

Attenborough: 60 Years In The Wild
QI
Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Masterchef: The Professionals
Comedy World Cup
Moone Boy
Pramface
Fresh Meat
Peep Show
Parks and Recreation
30 Rock
Happy Endings
New Girl
BAFTAs
The Ricky Gervais Show
An Idiot Abroad
Dead Boss


Come say hi on Twitter if you feel like it and thank you very much for reading this.
 
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09:57 PM on 12/03/12
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Haven't heard the Graham Coxon or Jessie Ware albums yet, so I'm downloading them now, and the rest of your top 10 is great!
09:04 AM on 01/01/13
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Wow, what a list. Least surprising #1 album of any staffer's list this year haha. Really happy to see Tame Impala and Jessie Ware getting some love, both those records are fantastic.

For some strange reason I haven't listened to Graham Coxon's new album yet, guess I'll be getting on that soon!
10:48 AM on 01/01/13
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Lots of albums I've enjoyed/want to listen to. Great tv list as well
10:53 AM on 01/01/13
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Great list, as expected
11:07 AM on 01/01/13
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One of the few staff lists I check out. Nice picks.
12:33 PM on 01/01/13
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Great list.
01:37 PM on 01/01/13
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Beautiful list.. The most anticipated list is almost the exact same as mine.
01:38 PM on 01/01/13
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What'd you think of The Vaccines' second record? I just got my hands on it, it seems less catchy on the surface but I'm liking it so far.

Also, have you heard of Jonquil? Are they known at all in the UK?
03:42 PM on 01/01/13
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The best staff list here. Glad that the Maccabees made it on top.
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Best list I've read so far! Love seeing The Maccabees in the #1 slot. Awesome, to see First Aid Kit on a list too! - They were one of my top albums this year without a doubt
03:56 PM on 01/01/13
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Haven't heard the Graham Coxon or Jessie Ware albums yet, so I'm downloading them now, and the rest of your top 10 is great!

Wow, what a list. Least surprising #1 album of any staffer's list this year haha. Really happy to see Tame Impala and Jessie Ware getting some love, both those records are fantastic.

For some strange reason I haven't listened to Graham Coxon's new album yet, guess I'll be getting on that soon!

Lots of albums I've enjoyed/want to listen to. Great tv list as well

Great list, as expected

One of the few staff lists I check out. Nice picks.


Beautiful list.. The most anticipated list is almost the exact same as mine.
Thanks a lot, all!
What'd you think of The Vaccines' second record? I just got my hands on it, it seems less catchy on the surface but I'm liking it so far.

Also, have you heard of Jonquil? Are they known at all in the UK?
Yeah I know Jonquil, not huge here but I adore a few of their songs. "Parasol" always ends up on repeat for me. As for The Vaccines record it just didn't connect with me at all like the debut did at the time.
03:57 PM on 01/01/13
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The best staff list here. Glad that the Maccabees made it on top.

Best list I've read so far! Love seeing The Maccabees in the #1 slot. Awesome, to see First Aid Kit on a list too! - They were one of my top albums this year without a doubt
Of course they were gonna be at number 1 for me! :) Thanks for reading.
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Good stuff, Kyle!

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