Posted in music on December 20, 2012

Pitchfork Albums

Today Pitchfork posted the first half (well, first 30 albums) of their Top 50 Albums of 2012 list. There are some surprises on it, like Peaking Lights and Sharon Van Etten, who seemed more likely to end up on their Honorable Mentions list due to their relatively lower scores and the fact that most of the albums on this list were awarded Best New Music throughout the year. Cat Power and Hot Chip also make it, both of whose new albums seemed to have received less love from Pitchfork than previous releases by those artists. A Rustie Essential Mix also makes the list even though his actual album which came out last year didn't make their 2011 list. And of course the expected ones end up there too like Purity Ring, Julia Holter, Schoolboy Q, Miguel, and more. The remaining 20 will be revealed tomorrow (Friday, 12/21).

Check out their 50-30 picks below...

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Pitchfork's Top 50 Albums of 2012 (50-30)
50. Lambchop - Mr. M
49. Crystal Castles - (III)
48. Peaking Lights - Lucifer
47. Pallbearer - Sorrow and Extinction
46. Rustie - Essential Mix
45. El-P - Cancer for Cure
44. Metz - Metz
43. Mac DeMarco - 2
42. Rick Ross - Rich Forever
41. Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze EP
40. DIIV - Oshin
39. Hot Chip - In Our Heads
38. Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
37. Future - Pluto
36. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
35. TNGHT - TNGHT
34. Chairlift - Something
33. Actress - R.I.P.
32. Action Bronson/Party Supplies - Blue Chips
31. Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light
30. The Men - Open Your Heart
29. Cat Power - Sun
28. How to Dress Well - Total Loss
27. John Talabot - ƒIN
26. Julia Holter - Ekstasis
25. Schoolboy Q - Habits & Contradictions
24. Purity Ring - Shrines
23. Miguel - Kaleidoscope Dream
22. Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
21. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes

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Comments (30)

2010: #2 Song: Kanye West #1 Album: Kanye West
2011: #2 Song: Bon Iver #1 Album: Bon Iver
2012: #2 Song: Frank Ocean #1 Album: ?

Posted by marc | December 20, 2012 12:10 PM

I'm so out of the loop. These records don't mean anything to me.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 12:22 PM

If Grimes isn't #1 the list won't be relevant.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 12:23 PM

Yeah, this list makes me feel officially out of the game.

Posted by streetdude | December 20, 2012 12:32 PM

Swans and some other albums

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 12:39 PM

12:32 is spot on.

Where's Deftones, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Marilyn Manson? This is 1997 right?

I'd take 97 over any of this shit quite honestly.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 12:41 PM

why dont any of these lists have Soundgarden or Bob Mould?

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 12:42 PM

I picture 12:42 repeatedly yelling this question at a mirror, eventually slowing down to wipe the tears from his reddened cheeks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 12:58 PM

1/2 of these bands are into thier third+ album cycle. shame on y'all for not knowing them. piss poor hipstering.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 12:59 PM

Bob Mould should be in their list, the new record is really good

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 1:01 PM

fuck pitchfork up the ass with a broken broomstick with no handle. pain train all the way.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 1:07 PM

j'a cuzzi boys must be in their top 20

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 1:11 PM

^I almost forgot about Da Boyz!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 1:17 PM

I would like to point out that Rustie's Essential Mix is just a two hour mix on Radio 1. I can't think of anything further than an album than an essential mix. It's a fucking dj set with a little mixing in between.

That said, Pearson Sound's 2012 essential mix was a shitload better.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 1:27 PM

Lecrae's Gravity deserves to make the Top 20 (although it was a bit overhyped.)

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 1:47 PM

the list seems very authentic.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 1:56 PM

Soundgarden or Bob Mould - Way too rock for these people. They're not really into guitars, especially loud ones!

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 2:18 PM

Yeah it is seriously bullshit to include a radio dj set on a list of albums. Not. an. album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 3:04 PM

I've never heard of some of these artists and happy to keep it that way.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 3:14 PM

I've never heard of some of these artists and happy to keep it that way.

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 3:15 PM

agree with the rustie comments, every rinse.fm or boiler room set blows that mix out of the water

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 3:48 PM

Crystal Castles? Ha

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 4:39 PM

Eh

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 5:03 PM

please dear god not another list where Frank Ocean is in the top 5

Posted by Anonymous | December 20, 2012 5:15 PM

Don't worry, everyone: no upsets this time around. As expected, iPods clinched the # 1 spot with their Greatest Hits compilation, which happens to have some real diversity from track to track.

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2012 6:29 AM

^

Pun Guy>Hummus>Ipods>Amirite

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2012 7:54 AM

^I agree with that assesment...

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2012 8:45 AM

i think its just a harmless joke

Posted by Anonymous | December 21, 2012 5:59 PM

Your article is a mixed feeling. But it remains the best in his own style!!!

Posted by Number Book | March 31, 2013 9:48 AM

What great ablums

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