A tremendously subjective list containing the 50 songs I liked best in 2012.

Please enjoy listening via the Rdio playlist that I painstakingly compiled.

1 Cat Power ft. Iggy Pop — “Nothin’ But Time”

2 IO Echo — “When the Lillies Die”

3 Lower Dens — “Brains”

4 The Babies — ”Mess Me Around”

5 Foxygen — “Shuggie”

6 Grizzly Bear — “Yet Again”

7 Ty Segall Band — “Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart”

8 Parquet Courts — “Borrowed Time”

9 Fiona Apple — “Daredevil” 

10 Woods — “Size Meets the Sound”

11 Lana Del Rey — “Born to Die”

12 Norvaiza — “Cremation Ground”

13 Merchandise — “Time”

14 Cool Serbia — “Kill Someone”

15 Beach House — “Troublemaker”

16 La Sera — “Love That’s Gone”

17 Twin Shadow — “Five Seconds”

18 Spiritualized — “Hey Jane”

19 Ke$ha — “Die Young”

20 Hooray For Earth — “Never”

21 The Echo Friendly — ”There’s Part of Me Nobody Sees But You”

22 Tame Impala — ”Elephant”

23 Bat For Lashes — “Laura”

24 Icona Pop ft. Charli XCX — “I Love It”

25 Dum Dum Girls — “Lord Knows”

26 Titus Andronicus — “In A Big City”

27 Django Django — “Silver Rays”

28 Cold Specks — “Winter Solstice”

29 Desaparecidos — ” MariKKKopa”

30 The Fresh & Onlys — “Presence of Mind”

31 Moon King — “Sleeping in My Car”

32 Bleeding Rainbow—”Waking Dream”

33 The Black Belles — “What Can I Do?”

34 Rufus Wainwright — “Jericho”

35 Diamond Rugs — “Blue Mountains” 

36 Violens — “All Night Low”

37 Divine Fits — “My Love is Real”

38 July Talk — “Someone” 

39 Hospitality — “The Right Profession”

40 Icky Blossoms — “I Am” 

41 Cloud Nothings — “Wasted Days” 

42 Savages — “Husbands”

43 Chairlift —”I Belong in Your Arms”

44 Chromatics — “Kill For Love”

45 Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti — “Only in My Dreams”

46 The Orwells — ”Mallrats (La La La)”

47 Tilly and the Wall — “Hey Rainbow”

48 Vagina Panther — “French”

49 M.I.A. — “Bad Girls”

50 Animal Collective — “Today’s Supernatural”


1. Cat Power, Sun, Matador

2. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel…, Epic

3. Lower Dens, Nootropics, Ribbon Music

4. Ty Segall Band, Slaughterhouse, In The Red

5. Woods, Bend Beyond, Woodsist

6. Parquet Courts, Light Up Gold, Dull Tools

7. The Babies, Our House on the Hill, Woodsist

8. Beach House, Bloom, Sub Pop

9. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Mature Themes, 4AD

10. Titus Andronicus, Local Business, XL


Not listed in any hierarchy because come on let’s set some limits.

Jeff Mangum at BAM—January, Brooklyn  In January I scheduled “Brooklyn time” in order to see Jeff Mangum twice. My heart remains a viscous gazpacho.

Fiona Apple at The Sound Academy—July, Toronto  Horrendous chatty crowd (Toronto, you’re gross) unworthy of Fiona THE ROARING BEAST of our era’s songwriters. Still she was amazing and sang “Shadowboxer” (obviously) and then we all ate ice cream in a hot parking lot. It was glorious and then the kind of summertime sad that only the mad ones will ever understand.

Osheaga—August, Montreal Drove seven hours to watch thirty minutes of Black Lips and things were going great until I became drugged, threw up inside a row of garbage cans and then passed out in a stripper-friend’s apartment until the next morning. Montreal though yaaaay for brunch and antique quilts and drum circles and indie music! PPL YOUR PRECIOUS MTL MYTHS ARE NOT REAL.

Cool Serbia at the 171 Lombardy Eviction Party—October, Brooklyn Like I’m pretty sure Cool Serbia ruled but this was a night of clearest sky Greenpoint rooftops and red plastic cups of cheap, despicable vodka so who can ever really know. *

Animal Collective in Williamsburg (October)
This should have/would have been spiritual convulsions and soul fireworks but Dave Portner got laryngitis so there was none of that. I think they could break up soon [pouting emoji].

*I looked into this v. thoroughly upon regaining my sobriety and yeah, they ruled.