14 Liars – WIXIW: Liars. Always solid but this is their best LP since Drum's Not Dead
13 Guts – Paradise for All: Dope beats!
12 Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage: Metal. that you must see live to believe.
11 Gonzalez- Solo Piano II: Number one fall-asleep LP of 2012. Also, nice to pay attention to.
10 Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes: FlyLo with a softer album than Cosmogramma but still damn good.
9 XXYYXX – XXYYXX: More beats. Heard this kid was 17 when this was recorded. Awesome.
8 Kendrick Lamar – good kid, mAAd City: Didn't love his mix tapes so this was a surprise.
7 Chromatics – Kill for Love: Smooth. And opening with a Neil Young cover?
6 Wild Nothing – Nocturne - This one really grew on me this year. Only a few guitar albums on here. For fans of the Cure and the Smiths.
5 Passion Pitt – Gossamer Party LP of the year? Maybe. More like, damn, this is fun ...But sad. My favorite kind of LP.
4 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange: First part of the Year of R&B trilogy (see below). If you would have told me this wasn't my fav of the year when it dropped I'd'a told ya, you crazy.
3 Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again: Crazy that Terry Callier passes the same year this dude hits it big. Classic album. Immediately.
2 Alt-J – An Awesome Wave: A very, very creative rock album. So nice to hear rock songs sounding so unique. Expecting great things from these dudes.
1 Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream - Woah! Where did this come from? So damn good. And who expected it? I added this after reading about it on Pitchfork. Pitchfork of all places! And before I played it I went in with such hesitation. It is so great to be surprised by something this good. Every track on this is awesome.
Here is a playlist I put together that has a song from just about every album that I liked last year. I should also mention that Wildcookie was a discovery this year and if you haven't hear them, you need to.
I love list season.