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WLUR's Top 150 Albums of 2012

  1. TWIN SHADOW, Confess (4AD)
  2. THE BLACK KEYS, El Camino (Nonesuch)
  3. GRIZZLY BEAR, Shields (Warp)
  4. BEACH HOUSE, Bloom (Sub Pop)
  5. DR. DOG, Be the Void (ANTI-)
  6. ANDREW BIRD, Break It Yourself (Mom + Pop)
  7. THE SHINS, Port of Morrow (Columbia)
  8. EL PERRO DEL MAR, Pale Fire (The Control Group)
  9. SLEIGH BELLS, Reign of Terror (Mom + Pop)
  10. TENNIS, Young & Old (Fat Possum)
  11. WILD NOTHING, Nocturne (Captured Tracks)
  12. TAME IMPALA, Lonerism (Modular)
  13. BAT FOR LASHES, The Haunted Man (Capitol)
  14. THE WALKMEN, Heaven (Fat Possum)
  15. M. WARD, A Wasteland Companion (Merge)
  16. DIRTY PROJECTORS, Swing Lo Magellan (Domino)
  17. THE BABIES, Our House on the Hill (Woodsist)
  18. ECHO LAKE, Wild Peace (Slumberland)
  19. FLYING LOTUS, Until the Quiet Comes (Warp)
  20. BEST COAST, The Only Place (Mexican Summer)
  21. PURITY RING, Shrines (4AD)
  22. GRASSCUT, Unearth (Ninja Tune)
  23. FIONA APPLE, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Epic)
  24. BEN KWELLER, Go Fly a Kite (The Noise Co.)
  25. NADA SURF, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)
  26. FIRST AID KIT, The Lion's Roar (Wichita)
  27. YELLOW OSTRICH, Strange Land (Barsuk)
  28. CLOUD NOTHINGS, Attack on Memory (Carpark)
  29. HOT CHIP, In Our Heads (Domino)
  30. THE MYNABIRDS, Generals (Saddle Creek)
  31. ALLO DARLIN', Europe (Slumberland)
  32. JESSICA JALBERT, Brother Loyola (Old Ugly)
  33. METRIC, Synthetica (Mom + Pop)
  34. THE ORWELLS, Remember When (Autumn Tone)
  35. PASSION PIT, Gossamer (Columbia)
  36. RAMONA FALLS, Prophet (Barsuk)
  37. BOWERBIRDS, The Clearing (Dead Oceans)
  38. DELTA SPIRIT, Delta Spirit (Rounder)
  39. THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH, There's No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans)
  40. AMANDA MAIR, Amanda Mair (Labrador)
  41. DIAMOND RINGS, Free Dimensional (Astralwerks)
  42. JEFF THE BROTHERHOOD, Hypnotic Nights (Warner Bros.)
  43. CATE LE BON, Cyrk (The Control Group)
  44. CHILD ACTOR, Victory (Fake Four)
  45. THE MEN, Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
  46. CHAD VALLEY, Young Hunger (Cascine)
  47. ANDREW BIRD, Hands of Glory (Mom + Pop)
  49. JAPANDROIDS, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
  50. GUIDED BY VOICES, Let's Go Eat the Factory (GBV Inc.)
  51. DAN DEACON, America (Domino)
  52. KATE BUSH, 50 Words for Snow (ANTI-)
  53. ALABAMA SHAKES, Boys & Girls (ATO)
  54. GUIDED BY VOICES, Class Clown Spots a UFO (GBV Inc.)
  55. DAVID BYRNE & ST. VINCENT, Love This Giant (Todo Mundo/4AD)
  56. FATHER JOHN MISTY, Fear Fun (Sub Pop)
  57. THE MOUNTAIN GOATS, Transcendental Youth (Merge)
  58. GOTYE, Making Mirrors (Universal Republic)
  59. ALEX WINSTON, King Con (Co-op)
  60. SHARON VAN ETTEN, Tramp (Jagjaguwar)
  61. THE FLAMING LIPS, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends (Warner Bros.)
  62. DIVINE FITS, A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge)
  63. GRIMES, Visions (4AD)
  64. GRASS WIDOW, Internal Logic (HLR)
  65. CAT POWER, Sun (Matador)
  66. BLAUDZUN, Heavy Flowers (Krian Music Group)
  67. DELICATE STEVE, Positive Force (Luaka Bop)
  68. ISLANDS, A Sleep & a Forgetting (ANTI-)
  69. BARONESS, Yellow & Green (Relapse)
  70. COLD SPECKS, I Predict a Graceful Expulsion (Mute)
  71. BEACHWOOD SPARKS, The Tarnished Gold (Sub Pop)
  72. DUM DUM GIRLS, End of Daze [EP] (Sub Pop)
  73. STARS, The North (ATO)
  74. FRANÇOIS & THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS, E Volo Love (Domino)
  75. THE JEZABELS, Prisoner (Mom + Pop)
  76. VACATIONER, Gone (Downtown)
  77. BENJAMIN GIBBARD, Former Lives (Barsuk)
  78. MAPS & ATLASES, Beware and Be Grateful (Barsuk)
  79. THE AVETT BROTHERS, The Carpenter (American)
  80. SIGUR RÓS, Valtari (XL)
  81. CHAIRLIFT, Something (Columbia)
  82. THE XX, Coexist (Young Turks/XL)
  83. CLINIC, Free Reign (Domino)
  84. THE BLACK BELLES, The Black Belles (Third Man)
  86. THE HUNDRED IN THE HANDS, Red Night (Warp)
  87. GEMMA RAY, Island Fire (Bronze Rat)
  88. LOST IN THE TREES, A Church That Fits Our Needs (ANTI-)
  89. GARY CLARK JR., Blak and Blu (Warner Bros.)
  90. LA SERA, Sees the Light (Hardly Art)
  91. MUMFORD & SONS, Babel (Glassnote)
  92. BORIS, New Album (Sargent House)
  93. A FINE FRENZY, Pines (Virgin)
  94. ADMIRAL FALLOW, Tree Bursts in Snow (Nettwerk)
  95. BLONDS, The Bad Ones (Gluck Music)
  96. HERE WE GO MAGIC, A Different Ship (Secretly Canadian)
  97. BAD VEINS, The Mess We've Made (Modern Outsider)
  98. DUSTED, Total Dust (Polyvinyl)
  99. TY SEGALL, Twins (Drag City)
  100. YEASAYER, Fragrant World (Secretly Canadian)
  101. MARISSA NADLER, The Sister (Box of Cedar)
  102. MEMORYHOUSE, The Slideshow Effect (Sub Pop)
  103. DIIV, Oshin (Captured Tracks)
  104. LOWER DENS, Nootropics (Ribbon Music)
  105. TY SEGALL BAND, Slaughterhouse (In the Red)
  106. BONDE DO ROLÊ, Tropicalbacanal (Mad Decent)
  107. HOSPITALITY, Hospitality (Merge)
  108. FANG ISLAND, Major (Sargent House)
  109. FRANKIE ROSE, Interstellar (Slumberland)
  110. BASSNECTAR, Vava Voom (Amorphous)
  111. THE MAGNETIC FIELDS, Love at the Bottom of the Sea (Merge)
  112. CALVIN LOVE, New Radar (Autumn Tone)
  113. ROYAL HEADACHE, Royal Headache (What's Your Rupture?)
  114. VARIOUS ARTISTS, Just Tell Me That You Want Me: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac (Hear Music/Concord)
  115. SANTIGOLD, Master of My Make-Believe (Atlantic)
  116. DR. JOHN, Locked Down (Nonesuch)
  117. SUN AIRWAY, Soft Fall (Dead Oceans)
  118. PUJOL, United States of Being (Saddle Creek)
  119. EVEREST, Ownerless (ATO)
  120. WILLIS EARL BEAL, Acousmatic Sorcery (XL)
  121. WHY?, Mumps, etc. (Anticon)
  122. CHROMATICS, Kill for Love (Italians Do It Better)
  123. LANA DEL REY, Born to Die (Interscope)
  124. MARIEE SIOUX, Gift for the End (Whale Watch)
  125. ETERNAL SUMMERS, Correct Behavior (Kanine)
  126. DEERHOOF, Breakup Song (Polyvinyl)
  127. VIOLENS, True (Slumberland)
  128. SPIRITUALIZED, Sweet Heart, Sweet Light (Fat Possum)
  129. ANE BRUN, It All Starts With One (PIAS)
  130. THE ASTEROIDS GALAXY TOUR, Out of Frequency (BMG)
  131. DINOSAUR JR., I Bet on Sky (Jagjaguwar)
  132. POP ETC, POP ETC (Rough Trade)
  133. TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB, Beacon (Glassnote)
  134. A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS, Worship (Dead Oceans)
  135. KING TUFF, King Tuff (Sub Pop)
  136. LAMBCHOP, Mr. M (Merge)
  137. TITUS ANDRONICUS, Local Business (XL)
  138. DEAD CAN DANCE, Anastasis (PIAS)
  139. SOULSAVERS, The Light the Dead See (Mute)
  140. NORAH JONES, Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note)
  141. FINK, Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet (Ninja Tune)
  142. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, Centipede Hz (Domino)
  143. DANIEL ROSSEN, Silent Hour/Golden Mile [EP] (Warp)
  144. BIG DEAL, Lights Out (Mute)
  145. FANFARLO, Rooms Filled With Light (Canvasback/Atlantic)
  146. LADYHAWKE, Anxiety (Casablanca)
  147. THE BIG PINK, Future This (4AD)
  148. FUN., Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen)
  149. GOLDFRAPP, The Singles (Astralwerks)
  150. EARLIMART, System Preferences (The Ship)

This chart was compiled based on airplay at WLUR throughout the calendar year. Staff members' 2012 Top 10 lists can be viewed here.