Best of 2012 - first draft
It’s that time of year again folks! As soon as I get Spin’s email with their top 50, I know it’s time to sift through my itunes library and find the gems of the past year. As always, I have several beefs with Spin’s list, and as always, I’ve only heard about one eight of the albums on this list all the way through. First off, I want to give a shout out to all the music made this year, near and far, jazz and rap, live and recorded; It’s been a hard year, ravaged by tropical storms as well as political storms and the world hasn’t seemed completely united through it all, but if there’s one thing that can bring us together, it’s music. So let’s get to the first draft of my best of 2012 (over the next month I’m going to be eating through a ton of music made this year that I didn’t get a chance to listen to so this is an evolution taking place here, people).
As it stands:
1. Frank Ocean - Channel ORANGE
What can I say?! Great lyrics, great beats, love it.
2. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
The title’s a mouthful and so is the album. But damn, is that a yummy mouthful and I’m definitely still chewing it. Estimated digestion time is… a while. As we’ve heard on the past three albums, Fiona has the ability to really let loose, but on this one she keeps it pretty contained and does so very beautifully. A very relatable album.
3. Grizzly Bear - Shields
Really diggin’ this. Who knew these introspective bears could rock so hard?!
4. Robert Glasper - Black Radio
Super dope mix of hip hop and jazz with some great artists. And, of course, we’ve got Robert G. serving up the licks like champagne, Casey Benjamin rockin’ the keytar, and my personal fave Chris Daddy Dave holding it down solid on traps.
5. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
Shit I love this album so much. Great rainy day music.
6. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Great as always. Sick enigmatic lyrics, brilliant harmonies, rhythms, etc.
7. Sigur Ros - Valtiri
I’m a sucker for Sigur Ros. Always have been, always will be. Can’t wait for the April show in sf.
8. Beach House - Bloom
9. The XX - Coexist
I prefer to utilize the small bite strategy with this one. Caught a great set by them at Treasure Island this year, made me enjoy the album all the more.
10. Efterklang - Piramida
Great sounds coming from the far north.
11. Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
12. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d city
sick. really great combo of old school and new school with a really distinct sound.
More to come but for the time being, enjoy!