The Best Music of 2012

Since the blog is launching in January, I figured reposting the list I published on my Tumblr of my favorite 2012 music would be appropriate. It’s worth noting, though, that I fully realize that many of these records were well-covered on your favorite music blogs; here on Notable Noise, we’ll try to cover less predictable things. (But will still probably write about records like these, too.)

Album of the Year: GoatWorld Music

An Alphabetical List of My Favorite 2012 Releases That Are Great and That I Loved and Listened to A Lot:

  • CeremonyZoo
  • Neneh Cherry & the ThingThe Cherry Thing
  • Death GripsThe Money Store
  • Fang IslandMajor
  • GrimesVisions

  • Infinity PeopleIn Love With The Light
  • King TuffKing Tuff
  • LevekLook A Little Closer
  • The Magnetic NorthOrkney: Symphony of the Magnetic North
  • MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  • Purity RingShrines
  • Max RichterRecomposed: Vivaldi – The Four Seasons
  • SolangeTrue
  • SpaceGhostPurrp – Mysterious Phonk: The Instrumentals
  • SwansThe Seer
  • Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
An Alphabetical List of 2012 Records That I Like A Whole Lot, But Maybe Not Quite As Much As The Ones On The First List:
  • AntiseenNew Blood
  • Anti-Social MusicSleeps Around: Collaborations with dälek & His Name Is Alive
  • The Big SleepNature Experiments
  • The Bombay RoyaleYou Me Bullets Love
  • CaspianWaking Season
  • CavemanCoco Beware (this came out in late 2011, but whatever)
  • Dead Can DanceAnastasis
  • Mac Demarco2
  • Future of the LeftPlot Against Common Sense
  • The Gaslamp KillerBreakthrough
  • Hot Water MusicExister
  • Hundred WatersHundred Waters
  • Jason LytleDept. of Disappearance
  • Melody’s Echo ChamberMelody’s Echo Chamber
  • Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  • OFF!OFF!
  • A Place to Bury StrangersWorship
  • RodriguezSearching for Sugar Man OST
  • Screaming FemalesUgly
  • Tame Impala –Lonerism
  • Van Halen A Different Kind of Truth
  • Dustin WongDreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads

An Alphabetical List of Reissues that Came Out In 2012 That I Listened to A Lot:

  • CanThe Lost Tapes
  • Suzanne CianiLixiviation
  • Sam Rivers TrioReunion
  • Various ArtistsPersonal Space – Electronic Soul 1974-1984
  • Various ArtistsPlay That Beat Mr. Raja #1
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