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one_crow_sorrow 09-24-2012 03:57 PM

Favourite Albums of 2012
Not quite to the end of the year, but we're getting there. This is my top ten of the year at the moment (no particular order):

Grizzly Bear - Shields
Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
Liars - WIXIW
My Bloody Valentine - EP's 1988-1991 (I suppose this is cheating, as it's old material re-released, but this is my list and I'll do as I wish)
Beach House - Bloom
Grimes - Visions
Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
Alamaailman Vasarat - Valta
Purity Ring - Shrines
Daniel Rossen - Silent Hour/Golden Mile

SkyNet 09-24-2012 06:13 PM

so far the best album of the year for me has been:

Serj Tankian: Harakiri

but Oct 9 sees the release of:

Between The Buried & Me: The Parallax II: Future Sequence

and that will surely be the best album of the year, of the past 2 years, pry the best album since:

Between The Buried & Me: The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues!

outsyder 09-24-2012 07:20 PM

Still a lot of great stuff coming out and stuff to catch up on but so far I've really liked

Coexist - The xx
Shrines - Purity Ring
The Seer - Swans
Strange Weekend - Porcelain Raft
Give You the Ghost - Polica
Gossamer - Passion Pit
Celebration Rock - Japandroids
Visions - Grimes
Attack on Memory - Cloud Nothings
Something - Chairlift
Bloom - Beach House

Dirtyfrog 09-24-2012 08:33 PM

yeah it's way early for that topic but i'm a good sport ;)

So far ...

Fear Factory - The Industrialist - favorite song : God Eater
Ministry - Relapse - favorite song : Double Tap
In This Moment - Blood - favorite song : Blood
Serj Tankian - Harakiri - favorite song : Cornucopia
The Agonist - Prisoners - not definitive song but so far i like Ideomotor

As I Lay Dying got a new cd coming out tomorrow .... and i loved An Ocean Between Us

The new Testament cd "Dark Roots of Earth" looks promising ... haven't heard it yet

The latest Atari Teenage Riot and Skinny Puppy are labeled 2011 but i'm pretty sure both cds were released in 2012

I haven't listened to the whole latest Metric cd but "Youth Without Youth" is pretty catchy . I love it ! Canadian alt-rock FTW

edit : fuck pop!

Reckoner 09-25-2012 08:59 PM

So far I've really dug:

Bloom Beach House
Shields Grizzly Bear
Break it Yourself Andrew Bird
Coexist The xx
Kill For Love Chromatics
channel ORANGE Frank Ocean
Swing Lo Magellan Dirty Projectors

Tayzlor 09-30-2012 02:53 PM

Dirtyfrog, I take offense to you declaring that pop fuck [itself].

Gosh, I really want to like that Frank Ocean album more, but there's a lot of filler and not much cohesion. Some of the songs feel unfinished too. "Pyramids" and "Bad Religion" are still among my most-played.

Jessie Ware is in a similar camp. Her memorable songs dominate my iTunes most-played or the year.

I cannot turn on the G.O.O.D Music compilation without some scrub yapping "Ric Flair!" into my ear, so if anyone knows of any Kanye-only (R. Kelly too) versions floating around...also, Jay-Z should've stayed retired if he's going to get all closet-Republican on us.

Since I'm in a hating kind-of-mood, I wish A$AP Rocky would just release the damn album so we can begin the quick process of forgetting he existed.

Sleigh Bells have released the worst album of the year, after the refreshing blast of "Treats".

On-track for the year's most underrated: Animal Collective, maybe The xx (don't know the critical reaction entirely but I like it better than their debut), Deerhoof & Woods (who always make this list), Jens Lekman (although I'm still disappointed nothing on it approaches "Kortedala"), Dan Deacon (with the year's stupidest album title), Matthew Dear, Daughn Gibson, Lower Dens, and that phenomenal album by Julia Holter, which seems to be flying under-the-radar despite a BNM designation from the Fork,

I don't know, it is too early and if I provide a list then I'm being a hypocrite. I still have high hopes for Flying Lotus, Grizzly Bear, Bat for Lashes, Titus Andronicus, Kendrick Lamar, Crystal Castles, Tame Impala, Emeralds, Lindstrm, Andy Stott, Tim Hecker/Daniel Lopatin, and just in time for Christmas, Scott Walker.

jaw2929 09-30-2012 03:25 PM

"Curve" by Our Lady Peace

"Uno" by Green Day

"Days Go By" by The Offspring

magjournal 09-30-2012 06:57 PM

25. The 2nd Law by Muse
24. Babel by Mumford & Sons
23. Channel Orange by Frank Ocean
22. Blunderbuss by Jack White
21. Dethalbum III by Dethklok
20. Cabaret by Moon Taxi
19. Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color by Brother Ali
18. Widowmaker by Dragged Into Sunlight
17. Life is Good by Nas
16. Kaleidoscope Dream by Miguel
15. R.A.P. Music by Killer Mike
14. Psychedelic Pill by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
13. Key to the Kuffs by JJ DOOM
12. Unsung Heroes by Ensiferum
11. Sweet Heart Sweet Light by Spiritualized
10. Skelethon by Aesop Rock
09. King Animal by Soundgarden
08. Ubuntu by Klter
07. Til the Casket Drops by ZZ Ward
06. 1999 by Joey Bada$$
05. The Heist by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
04. Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City by Kendrick Lamar
03. Tempest by Bob Dylan
02. Portal of I by Ne Obliviscaris
01. Old Ideas by Leonard Cohen

athf1980 10-01-2012 12:43 AM

the only i bought this year as been wrecking ball by Bruce Springsteen.

magjournal 10-12-2012 05:33 PM


Dirtyfrog 10-16-2012 09:48 PM


Originally Posted by jaw2929 (Post 3605565)
"Days Go By" by The Offspring

Good album for starving fans like me but not great.

Cruisin' California is the worst piece of shit music i heard in a while.

Dividing by Zero & The Future Is Now are great tho. Not original but they live up to the name :)

Tayzlor : ok noted ... i still stand on my opinion tho. I like a lot of music and even the style i don't like i will still give respect to honest musicians. I'm sorry but pop is mostly about the team behind the act. I'd like to see the Wizard of Oz behind Rihanna. 1 thing tho , i give respect to Madonna (even if i'm not a fan ) .... seeing her play that Dimebag riff gave me a boner.

magjournal 10-18-2012 10:02 PM


jaw2929 10-19-2012 02:58 AM


Originally Posted by Dirtyfrog (Post 3612938)
Good album for starving fans like me but not great.

Cruisin' California is the worst piece of shit music i heard in a while.

Dividing by Zero & The Future Is Now are great tho. Not original but they live up to the name :)

Agree boss. Outta the 12 songs on "Days Go By', I liked 8 of them. So more than half ain't bad! However the album definitely is NOT as good as Rise & Fall/Rage & Grace. I liked every song on that disc and it was their best album since Americana I thought!

Lost in Space 10-19-2012 11:35 AM


Originally Posted by magjournal (Post 3611235)
[/B]I'd also like to do an honorary worst list, which right now only includes Based on a T.R.U. Story by 2 Chainz which gets a wonderful 3.4/10 from me. Terrible stuff and I urge 2 Chainz to quit.


Dirtyfrog 10-19-2012 10:32 PM


Originally Posted by jaw2929 (Post 3613957)
Agree boss. Outta the 12 songs on "Days Go By', I liked 8 of them. So more than half ain't bad! However the album definitely is NOT as good as Rise & Fall/Rage & Grace. I liked every song on that disc and it was their best album since Americana I thought!

Well i prefer Smash and Americana ... but that's just me. Makes me recall how my dad always told me Elvis was the greatest. I guess we just stick with our favorite :p

TheBlackCostume 10-20-2012 12:51 AM

I'm really enjoying Two Door Cinema Club's Beacon.

Jim Colyer 11-01-2012 04:55 PM

Red - Taylor Swift

jaw2929 11-04-2012 08:44 PM

Would like to add Flyleaf's new one "New Horizons" to my list. Damned solid album, however none of the songs on the disc stand out like an "I'm So Sick" or a song like "Again". But definitely listenable as a whole.

outsyder 11-08-2012 07:33 PM

Adding Crystal Castles (III).

Hucksta G 11-09-2012 12:53 AM

1. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
2. Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion
3. Between The Buried & Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
4. Crosses - ++
5. Soundgarden - King Animal

Dirtyfrog 11-09-2012 01:19 AM


Originally Posted by Hucksta G (Post 3622097)
1. Deftones - Koi No Yokan

only heard the Rosemary single so far , CHOM plays it ad nauseam ( local radio station that usually plays the likes of Led Zep , ACDC and Nickelback ). It got my vote considerig the album only comes out on Nov 13th ;) !

Hucksta G 11-09-2012 06:24 PM

Came out here, yesterday, it is a GREAT album!

magjournal 11-10-2012 11:31 AM


someguy 11-11-2012 12:23 AM

Capsule - Stereo WORXXX
Chairlift - Something
Dawn Richard - Armor On EP
Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
First Aid Kid - The Lion's Roar
Icona Pop - Iconic EP
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Lee Fields & The Expressions - Faithful Man
Shackleton - Music for the Quiet Hour
Sky Ferreira - Ghost EP
Tennis - Young and Old

Tayzlor 11-12-2012 12:03 PM

"I Love It" is definitely a top-ten song for me. Summer jam, etc.

Only thing I have left to listen to is Hecker/Lopatin, Memory Tapes, Big Boi, and, fuck, Scott Walker. If "Epizootics!" is indicative of anything forthcoming than I just don't know what. I'm debating whether or not to give Matthew Friedberger's latest batshit album concept a spin. I probably will, since I think he's unfairly maligned. I'll keep you posted!

Not getting too excited about the "Sir Lucious" follow-up even though I haven't heard the singles.

This year's disappointments: Memoryhouse, Micachu, The Tallest Man on Earth, everything Ty Segall, Purity Ring (singles band), Frank Ocean (despite the undeniable greatness of some of the tracks), Teengirl Fantasy, Matthew Dear, Jens Lekman, Titus Andronicus x 10

Favorite EPs: Serengeti, Times New Viking, Dum Dum Girls

I also really love that Passion Pit album despite societal pressures saying no, it's uncool. The sentiments contained therein come for a genuine place, you know?

Bondgirl 11-13-2012 07:24 PM

Well my favourite cd at the moment is by Guy Sabastion

it is called Armagedden

This is the cover song but the cd goes under the same name

one_crow_sorrow 11-14-2012 01:48 PM

Wee update, with an attempt at a loose order:

1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
2. Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
3. Grizzly Bear - Shields
4. Grimes - Visions
5. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Cobra Juicy
6. Crystal Castles - (III)
7. Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror
8. Liars - WIXIW
9. Purity Ring - Shrines
10. Beach House - Bloom

athf1980 11-14-2012 11:04 PM

do extended plays count-if so my favorite ablum is beyond magentic by metallica

Dirtyfrog 11-14-2012 11:18 PM


Originally Posted by athf1980 (Post 3624365)
do extended plays count-if so my favorite ablum is beyond magentic by metallica

In my book , re-release/remix/extended don't count.

Jerk Shapiro 11-22-2012 06:03 PM

Love this Giant by St. Vincent and David Byrne is the coolest record I've heard this year.

Dirtyfrog 11-26-2012 12:30 PM


Originally Posted by Dirtyfrog (Post 3622122)
only heard the Rosemary single so far , CHOM plays it ad nauseam ( local radio station that usually plays the likes of Led Zep , ACDC and Nickelback ). It got my vote considerig the album only comes out on Nov 13th ;) !

ok ... after a good 30-40 listens of the album .... i'm 99.9% sure this will be my album of the year no matter what.

Deftones is a rare breed of group that changed their sound over the years and that i still follow. From the nu-metal roots of Adrenaline to the more experimental output of the eponymous album to the softer side of Saturday Night Wrist. The new album is definitively more rock than metal but i don't care because that's how i feel. 10/10

Ayestrain 11-28-2012 01:08 AM

Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral

The Life and Times - No One Loves You Like I Do

Pinback - Information Retrieved

Soundgarden - King Animal

Tame Impala - Lonerism

Deftones - Koi No Yokan

Storm Corrosion - Storm Corrosion

Katatonia - Dead End Kings

Torche - Harmonicraft

The Sword - Apocryphon

jaw2929 12-02-2012 03:45 PM

Would like to add the following album to this list for me as well:

JohnAdrain 12-03-2012 04:57 AM

According to me

Gossamer - Passion Pit
Celebration Rock - Japandroids
Visions - Grimes

Plainfield inflatable rentals

Tayzlor 12-06-2012 04:29 PM

01. Julia Holter Ekstasis [RVNG Intl.]
02. Swans The Seer [Young God]
03. Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel [Epic]
04. Grizzly Bear Shields [Warp]
05. Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan [Domino]
06. Chromatics Kill for Love [Italians Do It Better]
07. Andy Stott Luxury Problems [Modern Love]
08. Bat for Lashes The Haunted Man [Parlophone]
09. John Talabot IN [Permanent Vacation]
10. Killer Mike R.A.P. Music [Williams Street]

Runners-Up: Flying Lotus, How to Dress Well, Lower Dens, Scott Walker, Merchandise, The xx

BadCoverVersion 12-06-2012 05:33 PM

My MAYJUH favourite of the year...

Father John Misty - Fear Fun

Also one of the most enthralling gigs (last month) I've ever been to. Really incredible.

Also really liked,

How To Dress Well - Total Loss
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
Perfume Genius - Put Your Back N 2 It
Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game
Matthew e. White - Big Inner
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself

I haven't had a chance to listen to Scotty yet? :(

Dirtyfrog 12-09-2012 03:42 PM

My final favorite CD of 2012

#1 - Deftones / Koi No Yokan

No contest here. This CD is more rock than their usual nu-metal foundation but it's only the culmination of always re-inventing themselves subtlety on every album. Metallica could take a lesson here. This band evolved as i did and as a day 1 fan , no band ever did this do me. Chino is on top of his game ... again. Basically , Deftones went from a band to a sound. Actually , unlike Metallica , they deserve the mainstream rock radio recognition they got ( more like Tool ).


#2 - Fear Factory / The Industrialist

The band who cannot get a break even with a cult status. Internal scuffle about musical direction left them disorganized and making shitty records ( Digimortal , Transgression ). Mechanize was a great comeback but i liked The Industrialist better even if they replaced Gene "The Atomic Clock" Hoglan on drum with a machine. Fear Factory is all Burton & Dino anyway and the concept rocks !

FAV TRACK: God Eater

#3 - Grimes / Vision

Thought i was the only one who liked this CD but i guess a lot of Schmoes also do. Her blend of dubstep/electro/80s pop is mesmerizing. I guess the fact that Claire Boucher (aka Grimes) is a Montreal-born one woman musical machine helped me a bit in my judgement.

FAV TRACK: Genesis

#4 - Delerium / Music Box Opera

Delerium caught my attention way back then. Semantic Space was a hell of a dark new age / ambiant industrial record ( still one of my favorite). Like Deftones , the band changed its sound over the years ... probably because Silence with Sarah McLaughlan was such a big hit. My main draw is the quality of the new female singers this time around ( Stef Lang , Nadina and Anna-Lynne Williams ) while keeping the sure-shot around ( Leigh Nash , Kirsty Thirsk and Jal )

FAV TRACK : Light Your Light ( ft Jal )

#5 - Serj Tankian / Harakiri

Man , i miss SOAD. Just like RATM , this group burned out too fast. The solo project of Serj was OK til this record. The sound is very very close to what an actual SOAD record would have been and the political message hits you like a ton of brick.

FAV TRACK : Cornucopia


Front Line Assembly - Airmech OST

I didn't want to include this in my top 5 ( since it's basically the same people as Delerium ) but this CD is my 2012 equivalent of the Tron : Legacy soundtrack. Instead of a movie , it's for a videogame. I actually never played the game but i always slip this CD as my background music when i play Dead Island. This OST got the full pristine care package and when i listen to it , i mostly feel like lighting a cigar while sipping on a glass of cognac. Great achievement for a record 100% instrumental. Electronica Lounge with a dash of Dubstep .... simply awesome !


Badbird 12-11-2012 06:24 PM

Kamelot - Silverthorn

Sonata Arctica - Stones Grow in Her Name

Overkill - The Electric Age

The Devin Townsend Project - Epicloud

The 69 Eyes - X

Henry Jackman - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Eisbrecher - Die Holle Muss Warten

Niel Davidge - Halo 4

Megaherz - Gotterdammerung

Unheilig - Lichter der Stadt

Bryan Tyler - The Expendables 2

Primal Fear - Unbreakable

Bondgirl 12-11-2012 10:47 PM

Truth About Love
I have to say l have always loved this singers music

outsyder 12-11-2012 11:57 PM

1. Crystal Castles - III
2. Beach House - Bloom
3. Tame Impala - Lonerism
4. Future of the Left - The Plot Against Common Sense
5. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
6. Grimes - Visions
7. Purity Ring - Shrines
8. Chairlift - Something
9. Titus Andronicus - Local Business
10. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory


John Talabot - ƒIN
Swans - The Seer
The xx - Coexist

A lot of stuff I really liked, but I can't say I truly love any of these albums.

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