Year Candy: The top 25 records of 2012

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It’s the final month of the year, which means it’s time to create some lists. It’s also the time of year when I get to use the term “Year Candy,” which is the closest I can come to legally calling something Ear Candy on this site (it’s a long story).  So in the coming weeks you’ll be getting a whole lot of best-of lists here on Guerrilla Candy, starting with today’s list.

If you’re a regular visitor then you know I listen to a while lot of local music. Of course, if you’re a regular redaer you’ll also know that I also listen to a whole lot of non-local music. A few weeks back I was asked to pick my top 10 records of the year for a list over at my day job and below are my choices along with 15 other records that make up some of the best music 2012 had to offer.

10. Alabama Shakes Girls & Boys

9. Brandi Carlile Bear Creek

8. Soundgarden King Animal

7. Grace Potter The Lion The Beast The Beat

6. Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits

5. Deftones Koi No Yokan

4. THEESatisfcation awe NaturalE

3. El-P Cancer 4 Cure

2. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Wrecking Ball

1. Jack White Blunderbuss

Numbers 25-11

25. Sharon Van Etten Tramp
24. Metric Synthetica
23. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist
22. King Tuff King Tuff
21. Tame Impala Lonerism
20. The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
19. Bob Mould Silver Age
18. Frank Ocean channel ORANGE
17. Ellie Goulding Halcyon
16. Baroness Yellow and Green
15. Mark Lanegan Band Blues Funeral
14. Neil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill
13. Deep Sea Diver History Speaks
12. Japandroids Celebration Rock
11. Kendrick Lamar good kid, m.A.A.d. city


Travis Hay

About Travis Hay

Travis Hay is a professional music journalist who has spent the past 14 years documenting and enjoying Seattle's diverse music scene. In 2009 he established Guerrilla Candy and is currently the site's editor and publisher. He has written for various media outlets including MSN Music, the Seattle-Post Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, and others and was the founder and editor of defunct music site Ear Candy.