Earbuddy Presents: Best Albums of 2012 (30 – 21)

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2012…what a year of music. We got new releases from favorites such as Animal Collective, Dirty Projectors, Grizzly Bear and heard new favorites in Father John Misty, Nude Beach, Tanlines, and more. Last year Earbuddy celebrated one year of existence with the best 50 albums of 2011. However, we’ve grown since that time — adding more writers, more PR alliances, and more reviews to our site than ever. It only makes sense that we should grow even more by not giving our readers the Top 50 Best Albums of 2012, but the Top 100 Best Albums of 2012…according to us. So without further ado, let’s count them down.

The Countdown So Far:
100. Maccabees – Given To The Wild
99. Mount Eerie – Clear Moon / Ocean Roar
98. Polica – Give You The Ghost
97. The Mars Volta – Noctourniquet
96. The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap
95. Best Coast – The Only Place
94. Friendzone – Collection 1
93. Erik Gundel – A Home To Keep You
92. The Memories – The Memories
91. The Decemberists – We All Raise Our Voices
90. Tribes – Baby
89. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
88. Graham Coxon – A+E
87. Oberhofer – Time Capsule II
86. Y La Bamba – Court The Room
85. Richard Hawley – Standing at the Sky’s Edge
84. Titus Andronicus – Local Business
83. Wild Nothing – Nocturne
82. WHY? – Mumps, etc.
81. The Avett Brothers – The Carpenter
80. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy
79. Matthew Dear – Beams
78. Clark – Iradelphic
77. Cheap Time – Wallpaper Music
76. Sigur Ros – Valtari
75. The Invisible – Rispah
74. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
73. Badbadnotgood – BBNG2
72. Mynabirds – GENERALS
71. Jessie Ware – Devotion
70. Mouse on Mars – Parastrophics
69. Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action At A Distance
68. Bear In Heaven – I Love You, It’s Cool
67. Emily Wells – Mama
66. Mac DeMarco – 2
65. Swans – The Seer
64. Passion Pit – Gossamer
63. Dry The River – Shallow Bed
62. Ty Segall & White Fence – Hair
61. The Cribs – In The Belly of the Brazen Bull
60. Alabama Shakes – Boys and Girls
59. Santigold – Master of My Make Believe
58. Crocodiles – Endless Flowers
57. Ty Segall – Twins
56. PAWS – Cokefloat!
55. Guided By Voices – Let’s Go Eat The Factory
54. The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
53. Neil Young – Psychedelic Pill
52. Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
51. Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse
50. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
49. First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
48. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
47. Thee Satisfaction – awE naturalE
46. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
45. The Cast of Cheers – Family
44. The Raveonettes – Observator
43. DIIV – Oshin
42. Kishi Bashi – 151a
41. The White Buffalo – Once Upon A Time In The West
40. The xx – Coexist
39. Heartless Bastards – Arrow
38. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
37. Cat Power – Sun
36. Laura Gibson – La Grande
35. Ambassadors – Litost
34. Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II
33. Wooden Indian Burial Ground – Wooden Indian Burial Ground
32. Grimes – Visions
31. Doseone – G Is For Deep


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Dinosaur Jr. I Bet On Sky cover art

30. Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky

Chris Bell: Dinosaur Jr. is the kind of band that releases brilliant albums with almost zero fanfare. Nonetheless, they have been on an absolute tear over the last few years, making music that I argue not only competes with their ‘best’ work, but completely destroys it. With I Bet On Sky, Mascis and Co. have found an amazingly comfortable groove (literally and figuratively). This is maybe the first Dinosaur Jr. album that I would put on for a lazy summer trip to the lake and it is still my favorite for that very reason. I can only hope this is the kind of material the band keeps developing for the near future. They just might become everyone’s favorite band again.

Purchase: I Bet On Sky

Dinosaur Jr. Website


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