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Top 40 Albums of 2012

This year’s must-listens from KJHK’s Music Director

It took me all year, but now they’re here. I decided not to try and rank order albums 11-40, which are thus in no particular order, so you may as well decide for yourself. In case you missed the year, this would be a great place to start.

John Talbot – ƒin

Daniel Rossen – Silent Hour/Golden Mile

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes

Wild Nothing – Nocturne

Thee Oh Sees – Putrifiers II

Woods – Bend Beyond

The xx – Coexist

Frankie Rose – Interstellar

TOPS – Tender Opposites

Dum Dum Girls – End of Daze EP

Grimes – Visions

Purity Ring – Shrines

Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse


Fresh & Onlys – Long Slow Dance

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes

Dent May – Do Things

The Men – Open Your Heart

Cloud Nothings – Attack On Memory

Frank Ocean – Channel ORANGE

Ty Segall & White Fence – Hair

Lotus Plaza: Spooky Action At A Distance

Animal Collective: Centipede Hz

Actress: R.I.P.

Dan Deacon: America

Four Tet: Pink

Laurel Halo: Quarantine

Angel Olsen: Half Way Home

El-P: Cancer4Cure

Lower Dens: Nootropics

10. Burial – Kindred EP

9. Ty Segall – Twins

8. DIIV – Oshin

7. Beach House – Bloom

6. Mac DeMarco – Mac DeMarco 2

5. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

4. Tony Castles – Sharon Stone EP

3. Grizzly Bear – Shields

2. Chromatics – Kill for Love

1. Tame Impala – Lonerism


Check back soon for more music staffers’ year-end lists!