Posted in music on December 13, 2012

by Bill Pearis

Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz Center, 9/24/2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Frank Ocean

One of the saddest losses of 2012 for me was the NYC print edition of The Onion which I always looked forward to picking up on Wednesdays and browsing while on the subway or getting some food on the neighborhood. (I still have my copy of the "CHINA STRONG" issue, easily one of the funniest they've ever done.) I lament of it for the AV Club half as well, as I've long found it to be amongst the best pop culture criticism/journalism out there. While NYC can no longer get physical copies, you can still read it online where the AV Club has really flourished.

It's Year-End season there too and have just published their Top 25 LPs of 2012 list, which was tallied by a complicated system that led to a lot of ties, including three albums claiming the #18 spot. There was no doubt who was getting the top slot, though, as Frank Ocean's Channel Orange got the most votes by a wide margin. There's no stopping that album on year end polls. Elsewhere on the list, you'll find more than a few records that cater to the late-'30s indie rock fan crowd (The Walkmen, Bob Mould, Field Music) and even Rush's Clockwork of Angels. You can look at individual writers' ballots as well. Check out the whole list below.


The AV Club's Top 25 Albums of 2012
24. (tie) Pilot To Gunner, Guilty Guilty
24. (tie) Dion, Tank Full Of Blues
23. Bob Dylan, Tempest
22. Cat Power, Sun
21. Sun Kil Moon, Among The Leaves
18. (tie) The Walkmen, Heaven
18. (tie) Future Of The Left, The Plot Against Common Sense
18. (tie) Field Music, Plumb
17. The Men, Open Your Heart
16. Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas
15. Rush, Clockwork Angels
14. Grizzly Bear, Shields
13. Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
12. Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits
11. Kendrick Lamar, Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
10. P.O.S., We Don't Even Live Here
8. (tie) Titus Andronicus, Local Business
8. (tie) Bob Mould, Silver Age
7. Swans, The Seer
6. Jack White, Blunderbuss
5. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel...
4. Sharon Van Etten, Tramp
3. Cloud Nothings, Attack On Memory
2. Japandroids, Celebration Rock
1. Frank Ocean, Channel Orange



Comments (16)

Pilot To Gunner is still a band that exists?

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 6:39 PM

finally, a list with bob mould on it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 7:06 PM

No Grimes. Bogus list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 7:17 PM

av club is the only list worth looking at

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 8:46 PM

Rush? That's suspect. And any list with 3 "ties" is bogus.

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 9:35 PM

the music this year fucking sucked

Posted by Anonymous | December 13, 2012 9:53 PM


Posted by clorisclorinda | December 14, 2012 12:11 AM

The advertising rep for Rush treated these guys to rub and tugs. Frank Ocean also have happy endings to the staff. Stoopit.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 8:09 AM

I don't understand the "Ties" and I don't like Frank Ocean, but other than that this is probably the best list I have seen.

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 8:34 AM

2012, The Year Of The Inconsequential Top 10 Album Lists

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 8:47 AM

Beach House, c'mon!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 10:22 AM

hey guys, i think everyone is getting a little too caught up in these lists, nothing any publication says matters, so if youre favorite record didnt make it, dont worry about it, you can feel ok about liking what you like, every ones entitled to having their own opinion

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 10:42 AM

^Amen I am going to listen to Madonna's MDNA album til the cows come home!

Posted by Madge | December 14, 2012 11:15 AM

Rush is "suspect" aka "not cool enough" and I "don't really give a fuck"

Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 11:15 AM


Posted by Anonymous | December 14, 2012 12:38 PM

I'm glad to see Rumors is finally getting a vinyl reissue. I've been looking for a used copy forever but haven't been able to track one down.

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