OK people, forget about Frank Ocean and Grizzly Bear. I got the 2012 musical goods for you right here.
My favorite 10 albums, in no particular order.
Moon Duo: Circles
the Duo have reigned themselves in a bit this time around, but their fuzzed out glory never ever gets old.
Peaking Lights: Lucifer
Perhaps not quite as good as "936", but lo-fi pysch dub has not yet gotten remotely old for me.
Tame Impala: Lonerism
A little on the polished side for me, but just so good. Sure, it's "retro" get over it and get into it!
Purity Ring: Shrines
I didn't think I'd like this album. Thought I was too old and grumpy. This is amazing music. Part Sundays, part 4 Tet, mesmerizing.
Waxahatchee: American Weekend
Wow! So happy that music like this is being made in 2012. A little Mountain Goats a little Liz Phair and a lot of awesome.
Tindersticks: The Something Rain
A return to form from one of my all-time favorite bands. I read a review that called Tindersticks the spiritual father of The National. I think that might be right.
King Tuff: King Tuff
This guy is just the bizzle. Makes up for Harlem not putting out a record this year.
Royal Headache: Royal Headache
So so so good. Can Australia be the cradle of rock nowadays?
Very Krauty and very cool. Give it some time.
Deep Time: Deep Time
Man, Austin TX just keeps spawning great music.