Posted in music on November 26, 2012

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The Fly is the "UK's most popular new music magazine," but if you haven't heard of it, its because it's a free monthly that doesn't really get international distribution. You can however read it online. The mag just released it's year-end issue and topping their Best Albums of 2012 is Sharon Van Etten's Tramp (which was just released in a Deluxe edition, a fine Xmas gift don't you know). Sharon narrowly beat out Grimes, whose Visions came in at #2. The whole list, in ascending order, is below and you can read what The Fly said about each album here.

By the way you can still get tickets for the December 15 show at Cameo that Sharon curated with She Keeps Bees and Speck Mountain and "Special Guest."

A list of the Fly's Top 50 Albums of 2012 is below.

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The Fly's Top 50 LPs of 2012
50 Trailer Trash Tracys - Ester
49 Lucy Rose - Like I Used To
48 Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action At A Distance
47 2:54 - 2:54
46 Egyptian Hip Hop - Good Don't Sleep
45 Errors - Have Some Faith In Magic'
44 Stealing Sheep - Into The Diamond Sun
43 Pulled Apart by Horses - Tough Love
42 Trash Talk - 119
41 Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
40 Allah-Las - Allah-Las
39 Mystery Jets - Radlands
38 Best Coast - The Only Place
37 The Invisible - Rispah
36 Liars - WIXIW
35 Howler - America Give Up
34 David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant
33 Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
32 Beach House - Bloom
31 Here We Go Magic - A Different Ship
30 Graham Coxon - A+E
29 Poli├ža - Give You The Ghost
28 TOY - TOY
27 Chairlift - Something
26 Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
25 Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
24 Daughn Gibson - All Hell
23 Twin Shadow - Confess
22 Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
21 The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull
20 King Tuff - King Tuff
19 Diiv - Oshin
18 Pond - Beard Wives Denim
17 The xx - Coexist
16 The Vaccines - The Vaccines Come Of Age
15 Purity Ring - Shrines
14 Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
13 Grizzly Bear - Shields
12 Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
11 Lana del Rey - Born To Die
10 Tame Impala - Lonerism
9 The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
8 Kindness - World You Need A Change Of Mind
7 Field Music - Plumb
6 Django Django - Django Django
5 Jessie Ware - Devotion
4 Cat Power - Sun
3 Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
2 Grimes - Visions
1 Sharon Van Etten - Tramp

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Comments (68)

Well, I guess I'm officially too old for this shit.. I have not heard one of these albums.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:32 PM

No Scott Walker or Swans but there is Best Coast & Trash Talk?

Horrific taste.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:32 PM

grimes is fun and all, but aside from 3 songs, that's not an album worth trumpeting

and lana del rey?

otherwise fairly solid

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:32 PM

"fly" thinks that is #1? That "bugs" me!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:33 PM

lol Lana del Rey lol

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:33 PM

peace, love and understatement. lana del rey on 11th place tells me everything i need to know bout this list.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:34 PM

where is spiritualized on these lists?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:34 PM

Is Sharon Van Etten, Conor Oberst's new moniker? The picture on that magazine looks just like Bright Eyes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:34 PM

No Flying Lotus so irrelevant

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:35 PM

Grimes? Like the dude from The Walking Dead? That's pretty sweet he was able to make a record in the mist of a zombie apocalypse.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:36 PM

Yay Sharon, Ugh Lana

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:37 PM

What a horrible year for music. Is indie rock officially dead?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:37 PM

they probably didn't think muh about this list bet they did it "on the fly" amirite

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:37 PM

^"Wasp" were you expecting?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:40 PM

This is a "bee" list if I ever seen one!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:41 PM

i love grimes and even i know her album isn't #2.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:49 PM

This list is just plane terrible

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:52 PM

visions ftw

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:54 PM

"new music magazine" Ha!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:55 PM

best Sugar Ray song ever

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:55 PM

Who is Grimes blowing to end up at or near the top of all these lists? Oh yeah that's right...everybody!!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:56 PM

As much as I love Sharon being #1, any list that has Lana only 10 slots behind her is bullshit.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 2:57 PM

this is all a bunch of fucking crap!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:00 PM

pretty sure the most popular 'new music' mag in the UK is NME. also incredibly biased, but oh well.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:01 PM

Never heard of any of these bands.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:05 PM

no Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory in the top 10 is a HUGE fail.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:05 PM

so cool

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:11 PM

Tragically Hips latest is decent!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:11 PM

Helllllppppp meeee, helllllpppp meeee

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:11 PM

unnecessary airbrush on good ol' Sharon's face on that cover, too.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:12 PM

Worst list yet!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:12 PM

They couldn't airbrush out her frumpiness

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:16 PM

That list is a joke. No Japandroids, Cloud Nothings, Lotus Plaza #48. Cross that magazine off the list of relevant publications.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:17 PM

"New Music Magazine" is funny when they ignore EDM and pop. I don't care if you think it's dumb but really...Where's Skrillex and Taylor Swift? Did "New Music Magazine"s in the 60s ignore Rock n Roll?...You know...the music that people pay the most money to see and attend in the largest numbers?

Posted by Steven | November 26, 2012 3:32 PM

Surprised I haven't seen Fiona Apple on any of these lists, unless I missed it somewhere

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:41 PM

Holy shit am I old.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:43 PM

3:41, I believe she's #4 on Paste's list. Which isn't offensively horrible.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:45 PM

^ Jesus christ, Steven.... Taylor Swift? Are you aware of what website you are on?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:52 PM

No, the world is about to PARTY HARD

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:57 PM

"Positive partying" LOL @ WK

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:58 PM

What the fuck is wrong with everyone who thinks Grimes is anything at all interesting??? Or Frank Ocean???

This isn't a "no accounting for taste" kind of thing, I just really don't see anything objectively different or unique or talented about them, and yet everyone's all "OMG OMG BEST ALBUM OF THE MILLENIA!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111111"

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 3:59 PM

wouldn't that be descending?

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 4:00 PM

Cell phones/tablets killed the musician.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 4:01 PM

where's Mumford and Sons??

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 4:08 PM

Oh look, the same bland boring django django / grimes / grizzly bear / lana del ray / frank ocean bullshit that would have still been called "safe, predictable pop music" if it came out in 1978.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 4:09 PM

What's the point of having these lists if it's always whatever non-threatening formulaic pop band that happens to be doing everyone expects from formulaic pop music?

Like, why even have lists? Or at least, change the name from "Best Albums of 2---" and instead call it "2012's Next Line Of ABAB Songs With Standard Instrumentation And Non-Threatening 'Urban' Rhythms"

It's like having a food magazine's "Best Of" list like "1. Sandwiches 2. Water 3. Bread"

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 4:20 PM

What are you talking about, Grimes is serious art, no one has ever done anything like that before

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 4:25 PM

I'd seriously love to read, from any of these publications that list Grimes as among the best albums of the year, a straight-faced explanation of why this is so. Preferably more nuanced than "uh, pretty girl..... uh... dance fun!"

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 4:30 PM

@4:25, Cat Power tried.

and _Sun_ is her worst record. Kinda pissed that I bought it, actually.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 4:30 PM

^You should instead flip it, and check out the song "Cat Power" by the band Sun0))))

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 4:33 PM

snooze

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 4:49 PM

hahaha wow this list even makes Mojo's look good in retrospect

Posted by gnarko | November 26, 2012 4:59 PM

This is pretty much all you need to know about Grimes:

"In 2009, Grimes and her then-boyfriend from Tennessee constructed a 20-foot houseboat, named the "Velvet Glove Cast in Iron," with the intention to sail it down the Mississippi River from Minneapolis to New Orleans. The cargo included chickens, a typewriter, 20 pounds of potatoes and a gifted copy of Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. However, the chickens caught eastern equine encephalitis virus and perished soon into the trip. Grimes and her companion adopted the names "Varuschka" and "Zelda Xox" for the trip. Due to engine trouble and issues with the Minnesota police, the journey was cut short and the houseboat and chickens were impounded. Their diet consisted mainly of potatoes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 4:59 PM

There is some really good stuff on this list as far as I'm concerned (2:54, Beach House, Liars, Grizzly Bear, Tame Impala.) I just don't understand why Grimes gets so much love. I have the album, and I've listened to it a few times. As one commenter above said, there are really only 2-3 good songs on that album.

2012 albums I think are missing from the list include: Spiritualized, Bob Mould, Chromatics, and Flying Lotus.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 5:13 PM

Maybe the best 50 indie (or whatever) albums. There are plenty of worthy albums not on that list and plenty of boring crap on that list. Sharon Van Etten? Please! No wonder people flock to older acts in droves these days. New music is at an all time low. Has it all been done before? Very little of any newer artists sounds actually new. It just sounds like older artists rehashed.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 5:24 PM

This was an embarrassingly bad year for music and this "best-of" list proves it.

Spiritualized, Swans, GBV all deserve to be in the top 10. Jesus, even the Coldplay record is more listenable than fucking Grimes.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 5:30 PM

I feel bad for anyone who thinks this year has been bad for music

just look harder I guess? world isn't limited to rock music

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 5:38 PM

anon 5:38 So true!

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 5:55 PM

Umm. Swans.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 6:53 PM

Ray Brown and Thomas Patrick Maguire put out great albums this year:

Ray Brown - Canyon
http://raybrown.bandcamp.com/album/canyon

Thomas Patrick Maguire - No Suppression, Gentleman Drunk
http://thomaspatrickmaguire.bandcamp.com/album/no-suppression-gentleman-drunk-2

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 7:16 PM

God music is fucking terrible right now.

Posted by Anonymous | November 26, 2012 8:16 PM

Interesting to think what will be Lou Diamond Philips' response to the article. But still, great writing, didn't see coming!

Posted by pilia hand-bags emporium | November 26, 2012 11:37 PM

Surrrrrrre those chickens died of a virus, surrrrrrrre. I see a sequel to "Dead Calm" in the making.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 7:26 AM

Agree with most of the comments here. SVE put out an astonishingly good EP a couple years ago, but this new album is a total snooze except for Serpents.

Springsteen's Wrecking Ball beats all of these handily and it's not even one of the year's 5 best.

Posted by Anonymous | November 27, 2012 10:18 AM

people actually liked the new animal collective album?

Posted by Anonymous | November 28, 2012 1:11 AM

"god music" is at an all time high

Posted by Anonymous | December 6, 2012 11:19 AM

most be amazing when your on the front cover of this magazine.

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