Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2012

05 December 2012

The Wire: Top 50 Releases of 2012

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2011]

  1. Laurel HaloQuarantine
  2. Sun Araw & M Geddes Gengras meet the CongosIcon Give Thank
  3. ActressRIP
  4. Jakob UllmannFremde Zeit Addendum
  5. Jason LescalleetSongs About Nothing
  6. CC Hennix & The Chora(s)san Time-Court MirageLive at the Grimm Museum 1
  7. Bob DylanTempest
  8. Julia HolterEkstasis
  9. Carter Tutti VoidTransverse
  10. Ricardo VillalobosDependent and Happy
  11. Scott WalkerBish Bosch
  12. Josephine FosterBlood Rushing
  13. FushitsushaMabushii Itazura Na Inori
  14. Haino/O’Rourke/AmbarchiImikuzushi
  15. Death GripsThe Money Store
  16. EmptysetMedium
  17. Dean Blunt & Inga CopelandBlack is Beautiful
  18. Andy StottLuxury Problems
  19. V/AWandelweiser und so Weiter
  20. Morton FeldmanCrippled Symmetry: At June in Buffalo
  21. Richard SkeltonVerse of Birds
  22. The Bohman BrothersBack on the Streets
  23. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  24. Michael Pisaro and Toshiya TsunodaCrosshatches
  25. Bass ClefReeling Skullways
  26. Aaron DillowayModern Jester
  27. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  28. ShackletonThe Drawbar Organ/Music for the Quiet Hour
  29. Rhodri DaviesWound Response
  30. Ariel PinkMature Themes
  31. Wadada Leo SmithTen Freedom Summers
  32. Thomas KonerNovaya Zemlya
  33. Annea LockwoodIn our Name
  34. EarthAngels of Darkness, Demons of Light II
  35. Lee GambleDiversions 1994-1996
  36. HeatsickDeviation
  37. Duane PitreFeel Free
  38. RaimeQuarter Turns over a Living Line
  39. SwansThe Seer
  40. Mark Ernestus Presents Jeri-Jeri with Mbene Diatta SeckMbeuguel Dafa Nekh
  41. Cooly GPlayin’ Me
  42. TraxmanDa Mind of Traxman
  43. DJ RashadTeklife Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi
  44. Charles Gayle TrioStreets
  45. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  46. Pye Corner AudioSleep Games
  47. Peter CusackSounds from Dangerous Places
  48. PeltEffigy
  49. DVAPretty Ugly
  50. Brotzmann/Satoh/MoriyamaYatagarasu