Not for Nothing: My favorite music of 2012


34 Responses to “Not for Nothing: My favorite music of 2012”

  1. millie fink says:

    It’s all subjective I know, but I think Grimes’ “Visions” should be there too. Awesome stuff. 

  2. Mister44 says:

    No Die Antwoord?

  3. rastronomicals says:

    Everyone has their own list for 2012, but mine would be sure to include Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Don’t Bend Ascend and Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s Americana.

    Not that anyone was wondering.

  4. Ken Ray says:

    2012 was all about KITTEN. and then some more KITTEN. 

  5. spoonerist says:

    Excellent! Many of these are on spotify, will bookmark this page to check them out. Always need to find more good psych and/or weird music. Another good listen, Birthgiving Toad’s As Fruti Hat. Lots of left turns on that one.

  6. Spinkter says:

    This looks like a great list. I’ll be checking these out. The krautrock mention prompts me to suggest “Roman Roads IV – XI” by Land Observations. Nice, spare, beautiful looped solo guitar.

    My faves of 2012 were “The Silicone Veil” by Susanne Sundfør, and “kin” by iamamiwhoami (which I originally discovered via boingboing!). Both those albums hit me like asteroids.

  7. Adi W says:

    Should I be ashamed to admit that I’ve heard of *none* of these bands?

  8. Tex Tradd says:

    FWIW….review of superlative Dirty Projectors tour for Swing Lo Magellan here:

  9. NateXT says:

    @Moderators, any reason why relevant links to Yotube videos are not allowed on this posting?

    • TrevorSweet says:

      Most of these tracks are available onYoutube, so it’s quite easy to listen and see if Peter’s tastes coincide with your own, I’m not sure why this post didn’t link to tracks though.

      I’m sure BB are happy to have Youtube links posted here, did you try?

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      You put ten links to the same domain in one comment. The spam filter removed it.

      • NateXT says:

         Thanks, glad to see that it wasn’t deleted. Would you have checked the spam box if I hadn’t asked though or is that the best thing that commenters should do?

  10. Marian White says:

    No British Electronic/Ambient music like Brian Eno or Rixa White?

  11. Rob Heerdink says:

    Here’s a Spotify link to the list, except the Sic Alps album that’s not (yet?) available on Spotify:

  12. Jimbo2K7 says:

    Traphouse Rock by Chicago’s Kids These Days (KTD)

    High energy jazz blues hiphop fusion with actual musicians!

  13. Alistair Stray says:

    Guided By Voices three new releases and The Evens album ‘The Odds’ for mine. Also Hangedup and Tony Conrads ‘Transit of Venus’ album. I make electronic music myself, so I listen to a lot of it too but I didn’t find/hear any electronic related release this year that really hit me. For mine its been a bad year for electronica in general, it felt like it was in stasis, stuck.

  14. Ed O'Connor says:

    In no particular order:

    Great Elk – Autogeography
    Ravens & Chimes – Holiday Life
    King Tuff – self-titled
    Divine Fits – A Thing Called
    The Walkmen – Heaven
    Jason Lytle – Dept of Disappearance
    Allo Darlin’ – Europe
    Stars – The North
    Young Rival – Stay Young

    Other older records I really liked:

    Klaatu – Two Classic Albums (3:47 EST and Hope)
    The Cleaners from Venus – Midnight Cleaners
    Howard Tate – self-titled (1972)
    Roberta Flack – First Take
    Nile Rodgers – Adventures in the Land of the Good Groove
    Eugene McDaniels – Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse
    John Carpenter/Alan Holworth – Soundtrack: Escape from NY
    Toots & The Maytals – Reggae Got Soul
    Various Artists – Country Funk 1969-1975
    Various Artists – Uptight Tonight:Ultimate 60′s Garage

  15. I don’t think most of that list would appeal to me, but DAMN is that Panabrite album good! I’m listening to it right now and loving every second of it. Props for introducing them to me!

  16. SedanChair says:

    2012 felt like a dark time

    Speak for yourself, pleb *lights cigar with $100 bill*

  17. darladoon says:

    The Slaves – Ocean on Ocean (Helen Scarsdale LP)

    shoegaze hasn’t sounded this good in a long, long time

  18. comma splice says:

    Some good techno:
    Ricardo Villalobos – Dependent and Happy
    Shed – The Killer

    Two great LPs:
    John Talabot – Fin
    Voices From The Lake – Voices From The Lake

  19. That Instrumental Tourist album is really fantastic.  I’ve also been getting a lot of mileage out of “Luxury Problems” by Andy Stott and “Movement” by Holly Herndon

  20. I’ll have to check these out. Especially Dirty Projectors.

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