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Gabriel Mathews’ Top 20 Albums of 2012 + Other Things

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It was a good year. All links lead to video or audio, some of which may be NSFW. Be warned.

Top 20 Albums of the Year (in ascending numerical order):

20. The Walkmen-Heaven [Sub Pop]

19. David Byrne & St. Vincent-Love This Giant [4AD]

18. Merchandise-Children Of Desire [Katorga Works]

17. Menomena-Moms [Barsuk]

16. Cloud Nothings-Attack On Memory [Carpark]

15. Grimes-Visions [4AD]

14. Japandroids-Celebration Rock [Sub Pop]

13. Liars-WIXIW [Mute]

12. Dirty Projectors-Swing Lo Magellan [Domino]

11. METZ-METZ [Sub Pop]

10. Lower Dens-Nootropics [Ribbon Music]

9. The Men-Open Your Heart [Sacred Bones]

8. Swans-The Seer [Young God]

7. Sharon Van Etten-Tramp [Jagjaguwar]

6. Death Grips-The Money Store & NO LOVE DEEP WEB [Epic/self-released] (Note: Unorthodox, but it makes sense to me to include these together.)

5. Titus Andronicus-Local Business [XL]

4. Royal Headache-Royal Headache [What’s Your Rupture?]

3. Divine Fits-A Thing Called Divine Fits [Merge]

2. WHY?-Mumps, etc. [anticon.]

1. Fiona Apple-The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do [Epic]

0. ibid.-Gaols [self-released]

5 Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order):

…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead-Lost Songs [Richter Scale/Superball]

Dan Deacon-America [Domino]

Hot Chip-In Our Heads [Domino]

Mount Eerie-Clear Moon [P.W. Elverum & Sun]

White Lung-Sorry [Deranged]

Assorted Awesome Songs, Many of Which Have Killer Videos, from Non-List 2012 Albums or Albums That Aren’t Out Yet (in no order):

Autre Ne Veut-“Counting” (from Anxiety, forthcoming)

Savages-“Husbands” (from “Husbands”/”Flying To Berlin” split 7″)

Manhattan Murder Mystery-“Mostly My Life Has Just Been Dumb“(forthcoming? Audio recorded live at Occidental College, 10/20/12)

Doctor L/cast of Holy Motors“Let My Baby Ride” (R.L. Burnside cover) (from Holy Motors soundtrack)

Usher-“Climax” (from Looking 4 Myself. Prod. Diplo)

Buke And Gase-“Misshaping Introduction” (from Function Falls EP)

OFWGKTA-“Oldie” (from The OF Tape Vol. 2)

Earl Sweatshirt-“Chum” (from Doris, forthcoming)

Ty Segall Band-“Wave Goodbye” (from Slaughterhouse)

Alt-J-“Tessellate” (from An Awesome Wave)

Grave Babies-“Over And Under Ground” (from Crusher, forthcoming)

Crystal Castles-“Pale Flesh” (from (III))

kitty pryde-“Okay Cupid” (from haha, i’m sorry EP. Prod. Beautiful Lou)

Grizzly Bear-“Sleeping Ute” (from Shields)

Pop. 1280-“Crime Time” (from The Horror)

Shit That Might Have Made the List If It’d Listened to It More/At All (in no order):

OFWGKTA-The OF Tape Vol. 2

El-P-Cancer For Cure

Pop. 1280-The Horror

Godspeed You! Black Emperor-ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND!

Buke And Gase-Function Falls EP

Savages-I Am Here EP

Chelsea Wolfe-Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs

Mount Eerie-Ocean Roar

Holly Herndon-Movement

Sleigh Bells-Reign Of Terror

Mi Ami-Decade

Killer Mike-R.A.P. Music

Ty Segall-Twins

Flying Lotus-Until The Quiet Comes

Bat For Lashes-The Haunted Man

Clinic-Free Reign

Egyptian Hip Hop-Good Don’t Sleep

Memory Tapes-Grace/Confusion

+ – serenity: ocarina of time


Older Shit That I Discovered and Fell in Love with This Year, Leading Me to Listen to Less of the Above Shit (in no order):

Drive Like Jehu-Drive Like Jehu (1991)

Drive Like Jehu-Yank Crime (1994)

The Jesus Lizard-Goat (1991)

The Jesus Lizard-Liar (1992)

Chavez-Gone Glimmering (1995)

Fiona Apple-When The Pawn… (1999)

Manhattan Murder Mystery-Women House (2011)

Wipers-Is This Real? (1980)


-GM, station manager

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