Posted in music on December 1, 2012

Leonard Cohen

UK music magazine Uncut put out their list of the top 75 albums of 2012. The top ten leans pretty heavy on long-running '60s/'70s survivors who put out new albums this year, but plenty of the list-topping regulars from newer acts are on there too, along with a few interesting surprises (Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras & the Congos!). You can check out the full list below.

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Uncut's Top 75 Albums of 2012
75 Carter Tutti Void - Transverse
74 Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
73 The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Meat + Bone
72 Rufus Wainwright - Out of The Game
71 Lee Ranaldo - Between The Times And The Tides
70 Simone Felice - Simone Felice
69 Ty Segall - Twins
68 Woods - Bend Beyond
67 Cornershop - Urban Turban: The Singhles Club
66 Goat - World Music
65 Nite Jewel - One Second Of Love
64 Orbital - Wonky
63 Calexico - Algiers
62 Ian Hunter & The Rant Band - When I'm President
61 Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
60 The Liminanas - Crystal Anis
59 Father John Misty - Fear Fun
58 Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos
57 David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant
56 Pond - Beard, Wives, Denim
55 The 2 Bears - Be Strong
54 Yeti Lane - The Echo Show
53 Public Image Ltd - This is PiL
52 Cate Le Bon - Cyrk
51 Lana Del Rey - Born To Die
50 Laetitia Sadier - Silencio
49 Damon Albarn - Dr Dee
48 Howlin Rain - The Russian Wilds
47 Anais Mitchell - Young Man In America
46 Cat Power - Sun
45 Japandroids - Celebration Rock
44 Sun Araw & M Geddes Gengras Meet The Congos - Icon Give Thank
43 Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Americana
42 Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
41 Flying Lotus - Until The Quiet Comes
40 First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
39 Dirty Three - Toward The Low Sun
38 Lightships - Electric Cables
37 Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance
36 Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves
35 Six Organs of Admittance - Ascent
34 Bobby Womack - The Braves Man In Universe
33 Micachu & The Shapes - Never
32 Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge
31 Hot Chip - In Our Heads
30 Ry Cooder - Election Special
29 The Chris Robinson Brotherhood - Big Moon Ritual
28 Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks
27 Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
26 Graham Coxon - A&E
25 Patti Smith - Banga
24 Allah-Las - Allah-Las
23 Julia Holter - Ekstasis
22 Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral
21 Beachwood Sparks - The Tarnished Gold
20 The xx - Coexist
19 Neneh Cherry and The Thing - The Cherry Thing
18 Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
17 Grimes - Visions
16 The Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse
15 Field Music - Plumb
14 Paul Buchanan - Mid Air
13 Dexys - One Day I'm Going To Soar
12 Go-Kart Mozart - On The Hot Dog Stands
11 Tame Impala - Lonerism
10 Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball
09 Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
08 Grizzly Bear - Shields
07 Ty Segall & White Fence - Hair
06 Bill Fay - Life is People
05 Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
04 Dr John - Locked Down
03 Jack White - Blunderbuss
02 Bob Dylan - Tempest
01 Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
(list from AcclaimedMusic.net via Largehearted Boy)

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Comments (73)

Uncut? Lots of Dinosaur Rock (tm) all over this really awful list.

...Circumcised Magazine is a far better UK music publication.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:11 PM

List [list]
Noun
1) A thing that has the word "Grimes" in it

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:26 PM

Can we just get this over with and have "Visions" by Grimes win the Oscar for everything, "Visions" by Grimes win the 2012 Presidential Election, and "Visions" by Grimes win the Nobel Prize in Physics, so that we can just end 2012 and never mention it again?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:28 PM

Ty Segall is exactly 4% of this list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:29 PM

Springsteen, Young, Dr John, Dylan, Cohen. Lots old timers.

And 75 is too long. That many good albums don't come out in a decade.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:29 PM

This is getting weird and incestual, with all the listers listing other listers.

The lists will fold in on themselves.

The culmination was Grimes releasing her list.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:30 PM

4:29 agreed, it's like Q104 long island FDNY party music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:38 PM

At least this list has a lot of the best albums of the year, even if they may not be in the right places... unlike the rest of these lists, which have all been total embarrassments.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:47 PM

No black people? That's weird. White rich hipsters are not good people.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:52 PM

Yeah this is actually the better lists yet. Sadly. And the reason there are so many older acts on here is because this generation's music sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:53 PM

Donald Fagan, wow.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:54 PM

All these lists, no mention of the Divine Fits album. I love that album. Am I bad at music?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:56 PM

Whenever I hear anyone say "This generation's ____ sucks" it usually means they just don't know this generation's _____ well enough.

I mean, at the very least, there's ALWAYS been shitty flash-in-the-pan pop music.

The year Rubber Soul and Revolver came out, the best selling album was the soundtrack to Mary Poppins.

I'm not making that up: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Best-selling_albums_by_year_in_the_United_States#1960s

My point is, every generation thinks they (or the one just under them, more likely) is the OMG!WORST!THING!EVAR!tm

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 4:59 PM

Holy shit why did every single person who heard The Seer say it was the best album of the last 10 years and is not making any of these lists?

The people making these lists have the MOST shithouse taste, I tell ya.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 5:03 PM

^If the commetariat of BrooklynVegan feels so strongly about how bad all these lists are (and that's a valid sentiment) then perhaps there should be some sort of reader poll best-of?

...BV? I'm lookin at you?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 5:05 PM

spirtualized is missing from all these lists too - still AOTY for me.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 5:56 PM

Howlin' Rain's The Russian Wilds does not belong on any type of 'best of'....that album blew chunks.

Another list with no Divine Fits? Supwitdat?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 6:00 PM

@ 4:59 ... Yeah clearly there's always been shitty pop music but if these are the best albums people can come up with for the entire year ...WTF? Feel free to submit the amazing records no one is talking about.

Indie rock has been stagnant and dull for at least 5 years now. Too many overly-mannered and tasteful art school drop out. Hip hop is bloated and boring (with a few notable exceptions). Maybe some other genre like Metal is killing it right now but I wouldn't know.

I don't care if it's a cliche to say so. The top 10 records from even 5 or 6 years ago are superior to this pile of bullocks. Not by a huge margin but still..

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 6:10 PM

DR. JOHN = one rad motherf'er

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 6:15 PM

The problem is that indie has become mainstream and shitty dance music has become indie. There is still great music being made but you gotta dig deep. Other Music has become an electronic music store for cracked out F.I.T. students. Urban Outfitters blasts the Grimes record on repeat. Etc.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 6:29 PM

Once again no Alt-J??? Seriously? I guess try won the Mercury Prize one looks... Oh wait, no, they didn't. And no The Walkman? Bob Dylan was great... When he put out Blood On The Tracks. This list is kind of a joke.

Posted by Stacey | December 1, 2012 6:29 PM

When is Animal Collective going to list their top hummus brands of 2012?

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 6:34 PM

^^^ when is the BV hummus joke ever going o be retired? It was never, ever funny.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 6:36 PM

6:10 I think you're mixing up the state of music with your maturing music tastes. You'll always have a soft spot for all your personal 'firsts,' but try not to fall into the trap of thinking that in any way makes said music superior to any others. You'll be better off that way - not closed up and insisting the last good music was made in 'name your high school/college years here.'

BV can't do a readers poll - they treasure their anarchic anonymity too much. So this place will stay a user comment shithole.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 6:38 PM

Frank Ocean: black man making white music for white people.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 6:46 PM

Agree 6:29, Other Music's weekly update has become a boring catalogue of bland electro-junk for tweeners, peppered with the occasional recommended "hidden gem" field recording of Arthur Russell getting humped by a yak in the Canadian outback. That store has gone to hell.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 6:51 PM

Not enough obtuse formless hipster rock with predictable Beach Boys vocal stylings. Paging Grizzly Bear…paging Grizzly Bear…

Posted by Flimflam Man | December 1, 2012 6:53 PM

Yeah everyone thinks the shit they came up listening to is superior to what's going on now. But this was a pretty weak year for music.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 7:00 PM


6:34- I hear Animal Collective aren't really into hummus, but here is my top 10:

1: sabra
2: tribe
3: wildwood
4: trader joe's
5: cedar's
6: hannah
7: whole foods
8: abraham's
9: good neighbors
10: athenos

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 7:01 PM

Hummus was way better back in the day.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 7:14 PM

That Leonard Cohen album is mostly excellent.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 7:18 PM

My grandfather said the best era of music was the 1940's. But he's fucking old.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 7:34 PM

Decent list

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 7:57 PM

I'm 35, old enough to remember the 90's when people felt like "their generation's" music was mostly pretty good. We knew it was way better than the 80's at least. So it's not we were living in the past back then.

I am now tho.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 8:27 PM

At least this is the first list I've seen where I've listened to more than a handful of the artists.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 8:33 PM

I don't just hate the music these kids listen t, I hate the queer background music to fucking commercials too. It's like they've taken the worst fucking aspects of every previous decade, put them in a jar, and chugged them like cum.

Faggots.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 8:38 PM

"I'm 35, old enough to remember the 90's when people felt like "their generation's" music was mostly pretty good. We knew it was way better than the 80's at least. So it's not we were living in the past back then."

Really? I don't recall people with good musical taste in the 90's being dismissive of 80's stuff. Maybe MTV or commercial radio from that era, but not the kind of bands that make year end lists.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 9:00 PM

The 80's had amazing music! Mission of Burma, Nation of Ulysses, Pixies, Replacements, Husker Du, Black Flag, Minutemen...

I'lll take any of those artists over Kurt Cobain any day.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 9:26 PM

^ Minor Threat

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 9:28 PM

no way was this list made after August.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 10:35 PM

9:26

um, nirvana HAD records out in the 80's, while the nation of ulysses certainly did not. i'm guessing you are 23 and wouldn't know that since you were still wearing diapers.

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 11:02 PM

The music I consider best never makes these lists from when I was 10 until now. There has been a couple of surprises over the years, but great music rarely makes it on any pop list so why get all up in arms? The fact that this music exists allows those non conformist kids to push the envelope and give us the most original and interesting music; however, you have to want to hear that and spend the time to find it. Anything less than that gives no one backbone to criticize anything. And why bother anyway. Only crap motivates to create non crap. Need a barometer!

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 11:10 PM

^ wanker twaddle

Posted by Anonymous | December 1, 2012 11:23 PM

I actually

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 12:22 AM

like the

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 12:22 AM

Grimes album.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 12:22 AM

^ nuh ah - it smells like 3 day old fish and ells, put in a food processor and left in the sun for another day. Yes, it's THAT bad.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 1:46 AM

Oh, so now we live in a world where SOUND SMELLS, huh? Now we live in a world where SOUND SMELLS. I'll believe it when I taste it.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 2:23 AM

Grimes = Enya chanting over Aphex Twin while being humped by a yak.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 8:09 AM

No smashing pumpkins, but Bruce Springsteen and Neil young? Fuck you.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 8:10 AM

Good year for music. Bad year for music lists.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 9:01 AM

THANK GOD. I don't own or downloaded or basically heard ANY of these albums. Know of some of them, yes. But actually a fan of and want to listen to? No. WHEW!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 9:11 AM

what a stupid list! Dylan and Cohen? Seriously?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 9:43 AM

I really like the Divine Fits as well, and I'm surprised the album hasn't made any lists. The songs are admittedly MUCH better live than on the album though.

I don't really see myself listening to the Dr. John album, but I saw him live at BAM and the show was amazing. So much fun.

I would really like to see the Spiritualized and Bob Mould albums on more lists. Those are two of my favorites this year.

Posted by Dan | December 2, 2012 10:37 AM

I learned from this list that Neneh Cherry is still around. Nice. Two other things about this list: Jack White should be higher, and it's missing the album of the year.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 11:08 AM

Why no Twilight Sad or Spiritualized on any of these so called lists?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 11:26 AM

this is a joke of a list

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 11:43 AM

at least they had Goat in the list although it should be #1 not #66

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 2:50 PM

"And the reason there are so many older acts on here is because this generation's music sucks."

Sad but true. Why do you think people flock to see Bruce, Stones, Leonard Cohen, The Who, McCartney etc...Do I listen to and go see today's music? Sure but very little compares to the most of the older acts. As for this list - damn it's very white!

"Indie rock has been stagnant and dull for at least 5 years now." Try 10 years!

Anon 10:37 What is wrong with Dr John? That album is terrific! anon 615 - Yeah you right!

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 3:56 PM

This is why I no longer buy these rags. Or pay any attention to the Grammys or to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nonsense.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 4:56 PM

I'm so fucking glad that music takes no effort to steal online, because I probably don't bother listening a second time to 99.99% of the new shit I download. Hipsters should all be set on fire.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 5:38 PM

I just don't see much of today's music being listened to many years from now like in the past. Sure a song here and there but not entire albums. A lot of today's music is geared toward niches or small pockets of fans, not everyone. I never heard of people wanting bands to reform years ago like they do now. There were too many great new ones to worry about old ones. Not anymore. And why has indie rock music become just so dull? Have bands forgot how to rock?

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 5:52 PM

They haven't "forgotten" how to rock. Most of these turds never knew how to. Irony collapsed on itself, and now these poor deluded souls make bad music with earnestness.

Posted by Anonymous | December 2, 2012 7:01 PM

listen to lonerism 10 more times, do some research on tame impala, and then reconsider.

Posted by jack | December 2, 2012 8:04 PM

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Posted by hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh | December 3, 2012 12:39 AM

Based on the top 10 alone, this list had to have been compiled by people over the age of 45.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:26 AM

anon 5:38 So true!

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 2:50 AM

Good to see Dr. John on one of these lists. That record is awesome, front to back.

Posted by Anonymous | December 3, 2012 1:46 PM

nice to see Six Organs getting a nod. that's a great record.

Posted by Anonymous | December 4, 2012 2:39 PM

If I was making a list for wittiest threads this would be up there.That enya/yak comment had me in stitches. Although it's not the wittiest thread I've read. Grimes wrote a wittier one.

Posted by Lemon | December 5, 2012 2:29 AM

This is fucking bullshit. I thought Frohawk had the best album of the year with Scrape your hummus bowl clean with Nancy Whang on the vocals.

Posted by Anonymous | December 5, 2012 2:56 AM

Look....I have nothing against Dino Rock.
If it's good, it's good no matter who does it.

But where is the best Dino rock record of the year....Graham Parker & the Rumour's Three Chords Good...their first record in 31 years?


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