The Year In Music: Top 10 Albums of 2012

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Despite the widespread rumors and rampant media buzz, I have not actually fallen off the face of the Earth, I have merely been inundated over the last few weeks preparing for the move to my new condo in South Austin. Yep, at long last, I am finally a resident of “the 78704,” reveling in the oddities of the area, the coolness of the folk and all the unique aspects of this tremendous area of our great town.

Now that I’m, once again, in the land of the living and back to actively blogging, with December now here and the holidays upon us (as amazing as that truly seems), I’ve been asked a good bit of late for my thoughts on this year of music and my favorite albums released throughout 2012.

Granted, in my mind, we’ve been gifted with many outstanding releases over the last twelve months, there are definitely those that have truly impressed and that I have, quite honestly, worn out (and continue to do so).

Admittedly, the narrowing of the quantity of the list to 10 was not so easy, as originally thought, and I must note the “honorable mentions” that fell just short: Crooks – “The Rain Will Come,”  The Avett Brothers – “The Carpenter,” Beach House – “Bloom,” Old Crow Medicine Show – “Carry Me Back,” and Grizzly Bear – “Shields.”

Without further adieu, here’s my list of the “Best of the Best,” my Top 10 Albums of 2012. I would also love to hear your feedback, thoughts and favorites from the year, as well.

Excellent listening and Happy Holidays, y’all!

1) Mumford & Sons – “Babel”

1 - Mumford and Sons - Babel

2) Ryan Bingham – “Tomorrowland”

2 - Ryan Bingham - Tomorrowland

3) fun. – “Some Nights”

3 - fun. - Some Nights

4) Willie Nelson – “Heroes”

4 - Willie Nelson - Heroes

5) Gary Clark, Jr. – “Blak and Blu”

5 - Gary Clark, Jr - Blak and Blu

6) Of Monsters and Men – “My Head Is An Animal”

5 - Of Monsters and Men - My Head Is An Animal

7) The Lumineers – “The Lumineers”

6 - The Lumineers - Self-Titled

8) Michael Kiwanuka – “Home Again”

9 - Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again

9) Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros – “Here”

7 - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros - Here

10) Trampled By Turtles – “Stars and Satellites”

8 - Trampled By Turtles - Stars and Satellites


  1. I know have a date with spotify for an afternoon of discovery.

  2. Apparently I also have a date with a grammer teacher. “know” is the new “now” if you were wondering…

  3. Can’t really argue since u have listed my top 3 (Mumford & Sons, OMAM & Lumineers) in your top 6. Good job

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