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My favourite music of 2012

“Bit late with this list aren’t you, Albert?”

Let me answer that question, as I’m sure you are wondering why, in January 2014, I’m writing about my favourite music of 2012, over a year after everybody else.  For one thing, I find it impossible to judge a year’s music before the year has ended.  “Best albums of the year” lists being published in November is just plain silly.

Secondly, when a year ends there is still a lot of its music that I haven’t heard.  I’m never going to hear all a year’s music of course (I’m still finding my favourite albums of 1973) but waiting a year has meant several albums are in my 2012 list that I hadn’t heard a year ago.

The lists below are in purely alphabetical order.

My Favourite Albums of 2012

Actress – R.I.P.
The Cinematic Orchestra – In Motion #1
First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Road
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Daughn Gibson – All Hell
Goat – World Music
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Julia Holter – Ekstasis
Squarepusher – Ufabulum
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Sharon van Etten – Tramp

My Favourite EPs and singles of 2012

Burial + Four Tet – Nova
Clark – Fantasm Planes EP
Four Tet & Burial – Nova
King Creosote – I Learned From The Gaels EP
Magnetic Fields – Andrew in Drag
Those Darlins – Screws Get Loose
Why? – Sod In The Seed EP

My favourite gig of 2012

Midlake at the Brudenel Social Club

Spotify playlist of some of my favourites from 2012

Eclectic Mainline 18th April 2012 – Record Store Day special

Tonight’s was a special show dedicated to releases that are coming on on Saturday 21st April, the annual Record Store Day event.  The official UK Record Store Day 2012 website has a full list of releases coming out on the day.

Record Store Day 2012


During the show I spoke to Adam of Jumbo Records in Leeds.  Jumbo have arranged a really special line-up of in-store performances for Record Store Day.   If you do make it into Leeds, I would advise you also visit Crash Records who are, of course, also stocking a wide range of special releases for Record Store Day.

I must confess I got something wrong in the show tonight.  I said that the Wickerman 7″ is on BBC Records.  It is, in fact, nothing to do with the BBC, but is released on Silva Screen.

If you missed the show you can hear it on the BCB Listen Again service, here.  Apologies for the low bit-rate and low volume.

Here is a full list of the Record Store Day releases that I played tonight:

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