2012, Aesop Rock, Balmorhea, best of, birds in row, Bone Dance, Car Bomb, Cattle Decapitation, Converge Xiu Xiu, Cursive, Death Grips, deftones, Earth, El-P, Fiona Apple, Gaza, Gifts from Enola, godspeed you black emperor, Killer Mike, King Dude, Kowloon Walled City, Lilacs & Champagne, Locrain, Mamiffer, Marriages, pig destroyer, Sharon Van Etten, So is the Tongue, swans, The Mars Volta, The Men
This year has been more than gracious to my ears. I was fond of so many releases in 2012 that it was like pulling teeth trying to narrow this list down to JUST thirty. Since albums have the tendency to grow on me, this list was compiled without review ratings in mind, if I had a chance to review them that is. These thirty albums are the records that I continued to revisit throughout the year and have yet to stop jamming. These are the records that are still fresh and exciting upon the umpteenth listen. Without further adieu, these are my favorite albums of the year.