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.
2012 Albums

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2012

06 February 2013

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2012

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

  1. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel…
  2. Frank OceanChannel Orange
  3. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city
  4. Tame ImpalaLonerism
  5. JapandroidsCelebration Rock
  6. Grizzly BearShields
  7. ChromaticsKill for Love
  8. GrimesVisions
  9. Purity RingShrines
  10. Dan DeaconAmerica
  11. WalkmenHeaven
  12. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes
  13. Jack WhiteBlunderbuss
  14. Jessie WareDevotion
  15. Beach HouseBloom
  16. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music
  17. Lower DensNootropics
  18. SpiritualizedSweet Heart, Sweet Light
  19. Dirty ProjectorsSwing Lo Magellan
  20. El-PCancer 4 Cure
  21. Godspeed You! Black Emperor‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  22. Twin ShadowConfess
  23. Death GripsThe Money Store
  24. Sharon Van EttenTramp
  25. The xxCoexist
  26. THEESatisfactionAwe Naturale
  27. The MenOpen Your Heart
  28. David Byrne & St. VincentLove this Giant
  29. Father John MistyFear Fun
  30. Bat for LashesThe Haunted Man
  31. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream
  32. Bob DylanTempest
  33. Cloud NothingsAttack on Memory
  34. Lotus PlazaSpooky Action at a Distance
  35. DIIVOshin
  36. Alabama ShakesBoys & Girls
  37. Niki & The DoveInstinct
  38. Divine FitsA Thing Called Divine Fits
  39. Animal CollectiveCentipede Hz
  40. Naomi PunkThe Feeling
  41. Dr. DogBe the Void
  42. Ty Segall BandSlaughterhouse
  43. Schoolboy QHabits & Contradictions
  44. How to Dress WellTotal Loss
  45. Peaking LightsLucifer
  46. The ShinsPort of Morrow
  47. alt-JAn Awesome Wave
  48. ChairliftSomething
  49. LiarsWixiw
  50. John TalabotfIN
  51. Cat PowerSun
  52. SwansThe Seer
  53. PoliçaGive You the Ghost
  54. iamamiwhoamikin
  55. MetzMetz
  56. ZammutoZammuto
  57. Hot ChipIn Our Heads
  58. Ab-SoulControl System
  59. Porcelain RaftStrange Weekend
  60. Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
2012 Poetry

Dennis Cooper: 16 Favorite Poetry Books of 2012

06 February 2013

Dennis Cooper: 16 Favorite Poetry Books of 2012 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

[see also 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015]

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2012 Poetry

Michael Andor Brodeur: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2012

01 February 2013

Michael Andor Brodeur: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2012, as published by The Boston Globe