Last year I put together a list of my most listened to new albums of the year. Running down my last.fm, I looked at my most listened to full albums of the year, and then cherry picked out only the ones released in 2012. Here we go.
1) Purity Ring – Shrines
2) Hot Chip – In Our Heads
I never really paid this band much attention until In Our Heads. They’ve had some great videos, but this is the album that finally made me a fan.
3) The Dead Leaves – Cities on the Sea
4) Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Even though I had a bit of an altercation with the lead singer during their show in Orlando, I’m still a fan. This album kept me rocking through the summer.
5) Silversun Pickups – Neck of the Woods
Although I’ve cooled down on this album as of late, Neck of the Woods was on a constant repeat when it was released.
6) Metric – Synthetica
I’ve been a fan since I first drunken danced to “Dead Disco” years and years ago. Synthetica shows that Metric has not lost their touch on their 5th album.
7) THEESatisfaction – Awe Naturale
Another NPR find, THEESatisfaction does a great job of putting a modern sound on my favorite aspects of old soul/funk/jazz sounds.
8) Com Truise – In Decay
If Com Truise keeps making music that sounds like a new Bladerunner soundtrack, I’ll keep listening to it.
9) Calexico – Algiers
It’s good to see that Calexico got their act together and finally put out an album with some halfway decent cover art. Algiers is also their most polished and solid sounding record to date, and if you’re a fan of southwestern sounds, give them a spin.
10) Stars – The North
Over the years, Stars has been the soundtrack to more than a few good times. The North isn’t their best album, and wouldn’t even make my true “BEST OF 2012” list, but the times I’ve shared with good friends and this band keep bringing me back.
Major Lazer – Get Free
This is really only a single, with Get Free and 2 remixes, but it is my favorite song of the year.