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Top Ten Indie-Rock, Hip-Hop, Experimental and Avant-Garde, Heavy, Dance , Club , Jazz and Blues, and Country and Folk

2012 Top Ten Indie-Rock Releases

1.

Swans

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,

The Seer

(Young God)

2.

Frankie Rose

,

Interstellar

(Slumberland)

3.

Dirty Projectors

,

Swing Lo Magellan

(Domino)

4.

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Animal Collective

,

Centipede Hz

. (Domino)

5.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti

,

"Only in My Dreams"

(4AD)

6.

Grizzly Bear

,

"Gun-Shy"

(Warp)

7.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

,

Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

(Constellation)

8.

Liars

,

"No. 1 Against the Rush"

(Mute)

9.

Dan Deacon

,

America

(Domino)

10.

Sun Araw and M. Geddes Gengras Meet the Congos

,

Frkwys Vol. 9

(RVNG International)

2012 Top Ten local Indie-Rock Releases

1.

Dan Deacon

,

America

(Domino)

2.

Horse Lords

,

Horse Lords

(Ehse)

3.

Dope Body

,

Natural History

(Drag City)

4.

Roomrunner

,

Super Vague

(Fan Death)

5.

Beach House

,

Bloom

(Sub Pop)

6.

Flock of Dimes

,

"Prison Bride" / "I Can't Tell You Why (screwed mix)"

(Friends)

7.

Chester Endersby Gwazda

,

Shroud

(Friends)

8.

Wye Oak

,

"Spiral"

(Williams Street)

9.

Dead Mellotron

,

Glitter

(Sonic Cathedral)

10.

Smoke Bellow

,

Old Haunts

(self-released)

2012 Top Ten Hip-Hop Albums

1.

Future

,

Pluto

(A1 Free Bandz/Epic)

2.

Meek Mill

,

Dreams and Nightmares

(Mayback Music Group/Warner Bros.)

3.

Kendrick Lamar

,

good kid, m.A.A.d. city

(Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

4.

Nas

,

Life Is Good

(Def Jam Island)

5.

E-40

,

The Block Brochure: Welcome to the Soil 1

,

2

,and

3

(Heavy on the Grind Ent./EMI)

6.

2 Chainz

,

Based on a T.R.U. Story

(Def Jam Island)

7.

Gunplay

,

601 and Snort

(Mayback Music Group/Def Jam Island)

8.

Mike Will Made It

,

Est. in 1989 (Part 2)

(LiveMixtapes.com)

9.

Styles P

,

The World's Most Hardest MC Project

(D-Block/E-1 Music)

10.

Roc Marciano

,

Reloaded

(Decon)

2012 Top Ten Local Hip-Hop Albums

1.

Von Vargas

,

World Famous Lexington Market

(Major Influence)

2.

Tate Kobang

,

The Book of Joshua

(mixtape)

3.

DDm

,

Winter and the Tinman's Heart

(mixtape)

4.

Tombstone Da Deadman

,

Death Lives

(GUniverse)

5.

Rye Rye

,

Go! Pop! Bang!

(N.E.E.T./Interscope)

6.

StarrZ

,

Best Mixtape Ever

(mixtape)

7.

LenWood

,

Truth Be Told: The Story of Lennie Walker

(mixtape)

8.

Kane Mayfield

,

Rhymes by Kane: Thievery Corporation Edition

(Mania Music Group)

9.

Height With Friends

,

Rock and Roll

(Friends/Cold Rhymes)

10.

Rickie Jacobs

,

Live Epic

(mixtape)

2012 Top Ten Local Experimental and Avant-Garde Albums

1.

Labtekwon

,

Hardcore: Labtekwon and the Righteous Indignation/Rootzilla vs. Masta Akbar

(self-released)

2.

Dan Deacon

,

America

(Domino)

3.

Baklavaa

,

Hairmoans

(self-released)

4.

Liz Meredith

,

Liz Meredith

(self-released)

5.

Zomes

,

Variations Vol. 1

(Thrill Jockey)

6.

Cex

,

Presumed Dead

(Automation Records)

7.

Curse

,

Curse

(self-released)

8.

Sexgender

,

Transgenital

(self-released)

9.

Bamboo

,

Jams

(Friends)

10.

Gaybomb

,

Weather Man

(Ehse/Suspicious Stimulus cassette)

2012 Top Ten Experimental and Avant-Garde Albums

1.

Gate

,

Damned Revolutions

(Ultramarine)

2.

Scott Walker

,

Bisch Bosh

(4AD)

3.

Prince Paul

,

Negroes On Ice

(Nature Sounds)

4.

Oren Ambarchi/Keiji Haino/Jim O'Rourke

,

Imikuzushi

(Black Truffle)

5.

Nadja

,

Dagdrøm

(Broken Spine)

6.

Vatican Shadow

,

Ornamented Walls

(Modern Love)

7.

Joshua Abrams

,

Represencing

(Eremite)

8.

Grass Roots

,

Grass Roots

(AUM Fidelity)

9.

The Mount Fuji Doomjazz Corporation

,

Egor

(Denovali)

10.

Guardian Alien

,

See the World Given to a One Love Entity

(Thrill Jockey)

2012 Top Ten Heavy Albums

1.

Anaal Nathrakh

,

Vanitas

(Candlelight)

2.

Author and Punisher

,

Ursus Americanus

(Seventh Rule)

3.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

,

Jazz Mind

(Load)

4.

Gaza

,

No Absolutes in Human Suffering

(Black Market Activities)

5.

haarp

,

Husks

(Housecore)

6.

Locrian

,

The Clearing/The Final Epoch

(Relapse/Fan Death)

7.

Metz

,

Metz

(Sub Pop)

8.

Mutilation Rites

,

Devoid

(Forcefield)

9.

Nachtmystium

,

Silencing Machine

(Century Media)

10.

Pig Destroyer

,

Book Burner

(Relapse)

2012 Top Ten Local Heavy Albums

1.

Ed Schrader's Music Beat

,

Jazz Mind

(Load)

2.

Locrian

,

The Clearing/The Final Epoch

(Relapse)

3.

Pig Destroyer

,

Book Burner

(Relapse)

4.

Multicult

,

Spaces Tangled

(Sleeping Giant Glossolalia)

5.

Roomrunner

,

Super Vague

(Fan Death)

6.

Ilsa

,

Intoxicantations

(A-389)

7.

Cemetery Piss

,

Rest in Piss

(Vaginal Apocalypse)

8.

Old Lines

,

Old Lines

(Bridge Nine)

9.

Moss Icon

,

Discography

(Temporary Residence)

10.

Sick Fix

,

Vexed

(A-389)

2012 Top Ten Dance Tracks

1.

PSY

,

"Gangnam Style"

2.

Flo Rida featuring Sia

,

"Wild Ones"

3.

Ne-Yo

,

"Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)"

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4.

Ellie Goulding

,

"Anything Could Happen"

5.

The Cataracs featuring Waka Flocka Flame and Kaskade

,

"All You"

6.

Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch

,

"Sweet Nothing"

7.

Skrillex featuring Sirah

,

"Bangarang"

8.

Rye Rye

,

"Boom Boom"

9.

Nicki Minaj

,

"Pound The Alarm"

10.

Kylie Minogue

,

"Timebomb"

2012 Top Ten Baltimore Club Tracks

1.

Murder Mark

,

"Dreaming in the Club"

2.

Doo Dew Kidz featuring Comp

,

"Too Pumped (Remix)"

3.

Matic

,

"OMFG"

4.

KW Griff featuring Porkchop

,

"Bring in the Katz (L-Vis 1990 Dub)"

5.

Beyonce

,

"End of Time (DJ Pierre's Club Remix)"

6.

Say Wut

,

"MerryGoRound (Circles)"

7.

DJ Los

,

"Got You All in Check 2k12"

8.

Diamond K and Thunderbird Juicebox

,

"Shake That Booty Girl"

9.

Bohemian Groove

,

"Day Rain"

10.

DJ Technics

,

"Dick Like a Newjack"

2012 Top Ten Jazz and Blues Albums

1.

Hugh Masekela and Larry Willis

,

Friends

(House of Masekela)

2.

Cris Jacobs Band

,

Songs for Cats and Dogs

(self-released)

3.

The Thelonious Monk Quartet

,

The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection

(Sony Legacy)

4.

Robert Cray Band

,

Nothin' But Love

(Mascot)

5.

Darius Jones Quartet

,

Book of Mae'bul: Another Kind of Sunrise

(Aum Fidelity)

6.

Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes

,

Live at the Windup Space Vol. 1

(Creative Differences)

7.

The Todd Marcus Quartet

,

Inheritance

(HiPNOTIC)

8.

Arturo Sandoval

,

Dear Diz

(Concord Jazz)

9.

Chick Corea and Gary Burton

,

Hot House

(Concord Jazz)

10.

Ravi Coltrane

,

Spirit Fiction

(Blue Note)

2012 Top Ten Country and Folk Albums

1.

Justin Townes Earle

,

Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now

(Bloodshot)

2.

James Hand

,

Mighty Lonesome Man

(Hillgrass Bluebilly)

3.

Iris DeMent

,

Sing the Delta

(Flariella Records)

4.

Marty Stuart

,

Nashville Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down

(Sugarhill)

5.

Jason Isbell

,

Live from Alabama

(Lightning Rod)

6..

Todd Snider

,

Agnostic Hymns and Stoner Fables

(Aimless Records)

7.

Carolina Chocolate Drops

,

Leaving Eden

(Nonesuch)

8.

Dwight Yoakam

,

3 Pears

(Warner Bros.)

9.

Billy Joe Shaver

,

Live from Austin, TX

(New West)

10.

Chatham County Line

,

Sight and Sound

(Yep Roc)

2012 Top Ten Local Country and Folk Albums

1.

Her Fantastic Cats

,

i

(Lovesaurus)

2.

Letitia Van Sant

,

Breakfast Truce

(self-released)

3.

June Star

,

Slow Dance

(self-released)

4.

Caleb Stine

,

The Fall of the Rebel Angel

(self-released)

5.

Baltimore String Felons

,

Roaches, Lice, Bedbugs, Mice

(Soulgasm)

6.

The Manly Deeds

,

Hard Times for the Animal Kingdom

(Scenic Route)

7.

ellen cherry

,

Please Don't Sell the Piano

(self-released)

8.

Victoria Vox

,

52 Original Songs Project

(self-released)

9.

Oella

,

Oella Live at Shakemore

(Carroll County Bootleggers)

10.

Michael Beresh

,

South Paw

(self-released)


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