WFNY Podcast – 2012-12-31 – Top Albums of 2012

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‘Tis the season for Year-End Best of 2012 lists. Here at WFNY, we’re doing the Top Sports Stories of 2012, but in today’s podcast, Craig and I veered off sports a bit to talk about some of our favorite music of the year. We recognize that this only reflect our own personal interests, but we hope you’ll find the discussion interesting.

Also, we sincerely want to hear from you guys. What were some of your favorite bands and artists of 2012? Let us know in the comments below.

I’ve also included a Playlist I made of some of my favorite songs from some of my top albums of the year. I hope everyone finds something they enjoy on the list.

Craig gave his nod for two of his favorite albums of 2012. One of them is a band called Now, Now and their album is “Threads” and the other one is Of Monsters and Men – “My Head Is An Animal”.

I discussed my Top 5 albums in the podcast, but if anyone wants to see my Top 20 through 6, I’ve listed that below as well. Enjoy!

20. Frank Ocean – “channel ORANGE”
19. Nadja – “Dagdrøm”
18. The Men – “Open Your Heart”
17. Freshkills – “Raise Up The Streets”
16. A Place To Bury Strangers – “Worship”
15. Ty Segall – “Twins”
14. Passion Pit – “Gossamer”
13. Deftones – “Koi No Yokan”
12. Gallows – “Gallows”
11. Bob Mould – “Silver Age”
10. Sleigh Bells – “Reign of Terror”
9. Dirty Projectors – “Swing Lo Magellan”
8. Ceremony – “Zoo”
7. Mark Lanegan Band – “Blues Funeral”
6. Titus Andronicus – “Local Business”

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  • pete

    Torche’s Harmonicraft is one of my favorites of 2012 for sure. Saw them on Election Night and it was the best thing ever. They’re so good live.

    My #1 album of the year is Pallbearer’s Sorrow and Extinction, followed by Baroness Yellow & Green, and I also loved Graveyard’s Lights Out, Royal Thunder’s CVI, and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats’ Blood Lust.

    Your list is pretty sweet, Andrew, great variety and diversity. I’m generally into heavier music but I really enjoy a lot of the stuff you have listed on here.

  • ToxicToast

    My #1 album is “Who’s Feeling Young Now?” by the Punch Brothers. Followed (in no particular order) by The Gaslight Anthem “Handwritten,” The Avett Brothers “The Carpenter,” The Drowning Men “All of the Unknown,” and Nude Beach “II.”

  • Scott @ WFNY

    I didn’t listen to nearly the same volume of albums to provide a “ranking” in similar context, but my best listens of 2012 were…

    Good Kid, Maad City — Kendrick Lamar (Easily the best hip-hop album of the year)
    Channel Orange — Frank Ocean
    The Carpenter — Avett Brothers
    Field Report — Field Report
    GOOD Music — Kanye West, etc
    Coexist — The XX
    Every Kingdom — Ben Howard
    Some Nights — Fun.
    God Forgives, i Don’t — Rick Ross

  • Scott @ WFNY

    Also, I saw Andrew’s No. 1 album coming from a mile away. Good choice.

  • bridgecrosser

    I felt this was a down year overall for albums. The #1 album I heard ended up being Wrecking Ball. I find that odd as I am not a Springsteen honk in any way but constantly found myself referring back to any of about 5-6 different songs on the album. I’d say Wrecking Ball was my favorite song of the year. I’d say other top songs were Battleborn, Tongue TIed, It’s Time and there is a song by The Japanroids that I forgot the name too.

  • Andrew Schnitkey

    I had Torche on my overall list. I really like Harmonicraft a lot. Great album. Enjoyed the Pallbearer, Baroness, and Royal Thunder albums as well.

  • Andrew Schnitkey

    That Nude Beach album was really, really good.

  • Andrew Schnitkey

    I’m guessing the Japandroids song you’re referring to is “The House That Heaven Built”.

  • Andrew Schnitkey

    I definitely agree about Kendrick Lamar. That album came out of nowhere for me, as I suddenly just read a bunch of people talking about it out of nowhere. When I finally got around to listening to it, I understood why. It’s really great.

  • 216in614

    Favorite 5

    Beach House Bloom

    Grimes Visions

    Grizzly Bear Shields

    Nude Beach II

    Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory (Cleveland Band)

  • Devolution

    No particular order just the 10 new albums I have listened to & enjoyed the most

    Father John Misty – Fear Fun
    xx – Coexist
    Cat Power – Sun
    Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
    Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in The Universe
    Best Coast – The Only Place
    JEFF the Brotherhood – Hypnotic Nights
    Jack White – Blunderbuss
    Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
    Frankie Rose – Interstellar

  • Andrew Schnitkey

    That Father John Misty album is so good.