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Grizzly Bear at Stubb's in Austin - 4/8/13
Grizzly Bear

The Grizzly Bear-curated ATP, which was to go down in the UK on May 5, has been rescheduled to November 2 due to two headliners dropping off. All tickets for May 5 will be honored on November, but if you can't make it, refunds are available. Grizzly Bear's day was set to happen the day after the Yeah Yeah Yeahs-curated portion, which will still go down on May 4 as planned.

Grizzly Bear have also recently expanded their tour to include a number of other dates, all of which are listed below. Still, their only NYC show is their slot at Governors Ball in June.

They were also just in Austin for a show with Owen Pallett, and while they were there, they taped an episode of Austin City Limits on April 10. Stay tuned for that episode to air. And check out more pictures from the show (like the one above) on BV Austin and below, along with the list of updated dates...

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Lollapalooza 2012 (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza

After it was already confirmed that Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Postal Service, The National, The Killers, and Mumford and Sons were playing Lollapalooza 2013, a pretty promising leak came which appeared to potentially reveal the rest of the lineup, and it turns out that leak was real.

In addition to the previously mentioned artists, Lollapalooza will include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, The Cure, New Order, Baroness, Beach House, Cat Power, Death Grips, Jessie Ware, Father John Misty, DIIV, Wavves, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Disclosure, Baauer, Palma Violets, Angel Haze, Band of Horses, Crystal Castles and many others.

Lollapalooza goes down in Chicago from August 2 - 4 in Grant Park. Single day passes go on sale Wednesday (4/3) at 10 AM.

Full day-by-day lineup below...

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Weird Al and Bonarroo phone bank (including Mike Birbiglia and Eugene Mirman...
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With help from Eugene Mirman, Chris Gethard, Mike Birbiglia, Portugal. The Man and more, Weird Al just began announcing the 2013 Bonnaroo line-up on the Bonnaroo YouTube page which happens June 13 - 16 in Manchester, TN. Weird Al just announced Pretty Lights, Wilco, A$AP Rocky, and The xx, and over the next hour, more artists will be announced. We'll update this post as more announcements come.

Other artists playing include Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Jim James, Big K.R.I.T., Billy Idol, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Foals, Wild Nothing, Deap Vally, Killer Mike, Lord Huron, Divine Fits, Nas, Beach House, The Gaslight Anthem, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, Baroness, The National, The Vaccines, Holy Ghost, Death Grips, R. Kelly, Alt-J, Purity Ring, Cat Power, Wu-Tang Clan, Bjork, Tame Impala, Animal Collective, The Tallest Man on Earth, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Paul McCartney, Earl Sweatshirt, Four Tet, Father John Misty, Swans, A-Trak, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Cults, AraabMuzik, DIIV, Charli XCX, Matthew E. White, Frank Turner, JEFF the Brotherhood, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Calexico, Two Gallants, and more.

Tickets for the festival go on sale Saturday (2/23) at noon EST.

There's also now a video of Daniel Tosh announcing the initial lineup, which you can watch, along with the current list of announced names, below...

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Firefly Music Festival 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Firefly Music Festival

Dover, DE festival Firefly Music Festival had a great first year in July of 2012, and afterwards immediately announced it'd return in 2013. The 2013 festival happens from June 21 - 23 at the Dover International Speedway, and the lineup was just announced. It includes Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, The Walkmen, Django Django, Public Enemy, CHVRCHES, Amanda Palmer, Foxygen, Alabama Shakes, Toro y Moi, Dan Deacon, Action Bronson, The Avett Brothers, and more; and the headliners are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, and Foster the People. The full lineup is below and you can watch the announcement video at their website. TIckets go on general sale Thursday (2/21).

Firefly happens a couple weeks after NYC festival Governors Ball, which has some lineup similarities (Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Avett Brothers, etc). That one goes down on Randall's Island from June 7 - 9 and tickets are still available.

Firefly lineup below...

Continue reading "Firefly Music Festival announces 2013 lineup (Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Passion Pit, Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Tom Petty, RHCP & more)"

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The XX @ The Moody Theater on 2/11/2013
The XX @ The Moody Theater on 2/11/2013

The xx's tour is currently in Texas and the band played their first of two nights at Austin's Moody Theatre last night (2/11) for ACL Live. Austra opened and pictures from that show are in this post. Both bands do it again tonight (2/12).

In other news, today The XX announced a series of East Coast dates in June with Grizzly Bear. While this heavyweight match-up doesn't hit NYC, per se, both bands will be at Governors Ball Music Festival at Randals Island which happens June 7 - 9. Updated tour dates are below.

Continue reading "The xx played ACL Live, touring w/ Grizzly Bear (pics, dates)"

by Andrew Sacher

Grizzly Bear at Terminal 5 in 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear are still producing singles off of 2012's great Shields, and they've just made a video for "gun-shy," which was directed by Kris Moyes. Like their video for "Two Weeks," it shows their love of trippy, creepy body manipulation, but instead of warping their faces, this time they're picking their bodies apart with medical tools. Sick. Watch it go down below.

Like Deerhunter and TV on the Radio are doing in May, Grizzly Bear and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who also like creepy imagery) are each curating and headlining ATPs in the UK. YYYs do it on May 4 and Grizzly Bear on May 5, less than a week before the TVOTR one. YYYs' lineup so far includes The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Black Lips, Anika, The Field, Dirty Beaches, King Khan and the Shrines, and Mick Harvey; and Grizzly Bear's includes Van Dyke Parks, the Walkmen, Tortoise, Real Estate, I Break Horses, and Cass McCombs. Tickets go on sale Thursday (1/31) at 9 AM.

ATP is part of Grizzly Bear's spring tour, which also includes other festivals like Primavera Sound, Coachella, and NYC's Governors Ball. A list of all GB dates and their new video below...

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My Brightest Diamond @ BAM, May 2012 (more by David Andrako)
My Brightest Diamond

Ducktails @ Glasslands, October 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Ducktails

today in NYC
* John Mulaney @ UCB
* John Hodgman @ Union Hall
* Tomas Fujiwara Trio @ Barbes
* We are the Woods @ Joe's Pub
* Hot Club of Detroit @ The Iridium
* Louie Vega, Kevin Hodge @ Cielo
* Big Daddy Kane, Lunice @ S.O.B.'s
* Wands, Zena Rd @ The Grand Victory
* Trey Anastasio @ The Capitol Theatre
* The Mandingo Ambassadors @ Barbes
* Soundgarden @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Onuinu, Chrome Sparks @ Cameo Gallery
* Wu-Block, Ghostface Killah @ Santos Party House
* Palma Violets, Hollerado, The Teen Age @ Glasslands
* Majical Cloudz, Tempers, Kuhrye-oo @ Death By Audio
* Family Photos, Such Hounds, Cold Ones @ Cake Shop
* Trinidad James, Antwon, Hot Sugar @ Public Assembly
* My Brightest Diamond, Talk Normal @ Bowery Ballroom
* Sophie et le Femme, Leyla McCalla @ Pete's Candy Store
* Ducktails, Chris Cohen, Future Shuttle @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Comadrone, Friend Roulette, DT Rotbot, Landlady @ Pianos
* Taylor Ho Bynum, Sara Schoenbeck, Joe Morris @ The Stone
* A Breif View Of The Hudson, Madison Cano @ Bowery Electric
* Big Terrific w/ Guy Branum, Josh Gondelman, Barry Rothbart @ Cameo
* Stephen Haynes, Kyoko Kitamura, Michael Evans, Joe Morris @ The Stone
* Takka Takka, Pattern is Movement, WIM, Future of What @ Mercury Lounge
* All Night Chemists, Dub Trio, Sky White Tiger, Matt Sucich @ Rockwood Music Hall

Tonight's Ducktails show at Le Poisson Rouge is a release party for their new album, The Flower Lane, and will be performed In the Round. You can still get tickets to the show which features a slew of guests, including Chris Cohen, Jessa Farkas (of Future Shuttle), Joel Ford (of Ford and Lopatin), and Real Estate's Martin Courtney. If you can't make it (or aren't in NYC) you can stream it live via Pitchfork.tv beginning at 10:30 PM EST.

UK group Palma Violets play their second of three Brooklyn shows this week, tonight at Glasslands and tickets are still available. If you're going, be sure to get there early for Canadian openers Hollerado who are a lot of fun. They play Glasslands again on Monday (1/28).

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Grizzly Bear just announced a whole slew of new dates to go along with the Governors Ball announcement, and released a remix of "Gun Shy" by Lindstrom. Listen to that below.

Deap Vally have a new video for their track "Lies" and you can watch that below too.

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Primavera 2013

Primavera Sound have announced their 2013 lineup, set to go down on May 22-26 in Barcelona, Spain. The announcement came via an animated video and artists performing include Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Dead Can Dance, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, and loads more. Current lineup is below along with the flyer and video...

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Governors Ball

Governors Ball, which started as a small NYC festival on Governors Island and moved to the larger Randall's Island last year, keeps getting bigger and bigger. This year's fest takes place June 7th, 8th & 9th, and tickets go on sale Friday. Check out the full lineup, in list, video and flyer format - one unannounced headliner included, below...

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Local Natives at Bowery Ballroom in October (more by Tracy Allison)
Local Natives

Local Natives, who we hadn't heard from in a while until they were revealed as the secret headliner at a Bowery Ballroom show during CMJ, soon after announced that they'll release their new album, Hummingbird, on January 29 via Frenchkiss, the followup to their 2009/2010 debut, Gorilla Manor. The new album will be supported by a tour which includes three sold out NYC shows in February.

But while we wait for new material from Local Natives, we're still wrapping up our 2012 coverage so we asked Local Natives for a list of their top 10 albums of 2012, which singer/guitarist/bassist Taylor Rice and singer/keyboardist/percussionist/guitarist Kelcey Ayer compiled and sent our way. You can check out their list below.

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Sirius

Hard to believe, but our BrooklynVegan "Blog Radio" show has been airing weekly on satellite radio for over 6.5 years. It started on Sirius which then merged with XM and became SiriusXM. The station, which was originally "Left of Center" on Sirius, is now called SiriusXMU (on SiriusXM). You can currently hear the two hour show on the "indie/college" station every Wednesday at noon EST and again at midnight that night (which is technically Thursday morning in Eastern Standard Time).

At some point years ago I brought on like-minded music lover Dominic (Nick) Masi to be my co-host, and to cover when I couldn't make it. Now, though I still may pop in occasionally (my New Year's resolution!), Nick has taken over completely, hosting the show week to week with a selection of music you'll find on BrooklynVegan.com and on his own iPod. Recently Nick also started hosting a show called "Cover Me" (all cover songs) on Bruce Springsteen's E Street Radio, and other programs on the network too.

In his spare time, Nick now tour manages members of Odd Future - a job which was an offshoot of his huge passion for hip hop (and traveling around the continent in a van).

What were Nick's favorite records and songs in 2012? We asked him and he gave us a list of his top 10 albums and "top 15 hip hop songs of the year that don't feature 2Chainz, Kanye, Drake, Rick Ross or (fill in the blank with your favorite rapper you've seen on every remix this year)."

You can check out both of Nick's lists, along with videos or streams for each song on his hip hop list (Odd Future songs included), below...

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by Andrew Sacher

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Today, we finally get the much anticipated list of Pitchfork's Top 20 Albums of 2012. They revealed Nos. 30-50 yesterday and spent the rest of this week posting Honorable Mentions and tracks. None of the albums that made the top 20 are surprising to see there (which doesn't mean they aren't deserving), but the surprises come from the albums that missed the list all together. Passion Pit got ROBBED! Twin Shadow too! And Wild Nothing! If you're looking for Converge or Baroness, you'll have to redirect yourself to Pitchfork's Metal list (though Pallbearer was in the main top 50). And we could've guessed that Nos. 1 and 2 would be Frank Ocean and Kendrick Lamar... but who took the No. 1 spot? Head below to find out and you can check out individual writer's votes too...

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Max

Leonard Cohen @ MSG, 12/18/2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Leonard Cohen

today in NYC
* Baby Soda @ Barbes
* So Percussion @ BAM
* Mike Errico @ Joe's Pub
* Wyatt Cenac @ Littlefield
* Questlove @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Max Richter @ Le Poisson Rouge
* Leonard Cohen @ Barclays Center
* The Rascals @ The Capitol Theatre
* Workout, EULA, Weird Womb @ 59 Canal
* Jane Ira Bloom's Trio @ The Stone
* Flatbush Zombies, Bodega Bamz @ SOB's
* Reputante, Rumors, Tierney Boisvert @ Pianos
* Sergei Tcherepnin w/ Lucy Dodd @ Issue Project Room
* Indigo Sun, Phone Home, Quiet Loudly, Eastern Hollows @ Cameo
* The Kissing Club, You Bred Raptors?, Opal Onyx @ The Rock Shop
* Cochemea Gastelum, Alecia Chakour, Sonya Kitchell @ Union Pool
* Designer Drugs, Alex English DJ set, Sean Glass DJ set @ The DL
* Wormburner, East River Bandits, Lifeguard Nights @ The Mercury Lounge
* Dawn of Humans, Kremlin, Bloodkrow Butcher, CREEM, La Misma @ 285 Kent
* Lil Reese, Vinny Cha$e, The Underachievers, Asaad @ Santos Party House
* Fishdoctor, Modern Rivals, Time Travelers, A. Rex & J. Rex @ Shea Stadium
* Ghost Beach, Penguin Prison DJ set, Coalition @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Dragons of Zynth, Ava Luna, The Mast, Viva Chocolatina Ruiz DJ set @ Glasslands
* Deadbeat Darling, The Stationary Set, Desert Stars, Sky White Tiger @ Bowery Ballroom
* Guardian Alien, Unstoppable Death Machines, Ninjasonik, Japanther, Respect, Ken South Rock, Lionheart, Gold Tooth @ The Paper Box

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Grizzly Bear, who just played T5 and Bowery Ballroom have offered up a holiday gift in the form of solo piano renditions of the songs from their album Shields set to images of tacos, cats and other things we all love. Watch it below.

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by Bill Pearis

Pitchfork Top Tracks

Pitchfork just posted their much anticipated list of the top 100 tracks of 2012. The #1 slot went to... Grimes! Whether you thought the whole of her album Visions was good or not, it was hard to deny the charms of "Oblivion." (Having that great video didn't hurt either.) Do you think it deserved to top the list? If not then what song should've?

You can check out P4K's entire hot 100 of 2012 below.

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Sleigh Bells/Grizzly Bear/The Antlers @ T5, 12/14/2012
Sleigh Bells
Grizzly Bear
Antlers

Sleigh Bells with Grizzly Bear (who played Bowery earlier in the week), The Antlers and Cults played 4 Artists 1 Cause, a Hurricane Sandy benefit on Friday (2/14) at Terminal 5. According to reports from the Har Mar Superstar-hosted show, they raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $300k towards Sandy relief efforts. Pictures from that show are in this post below.

Richie Follin of Cults spent the next night (12/15) at Knitting Factory as part of Guards. Meanwhile, The Antlers are offering up an early holiday gift to fans in the form of a cello-driven cover of their song "No Windows" by their friend Brent Arnold. You stream that below, along with more pics from T5...

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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.

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Alt-J at Glasslands, 8/7/2012 (more by Toby Tenenbaum)
Alt-J

Rami Haykal and Jake Rosenthal started Popgun Booking back in 2008 and in a very short amount of time became prominent tastemakers, with their homebase of Glasslands becoming one of the first stops for any new hyped band (Django Django, Savages, Palma Violets to names some recent UK ones). They also have (and in some cases still do) book shows at Cameo, Irving Plaza, Santos, Knitting Factory and more. Jake and Rami gave us a collaborative list of Popgun's favorite LPs of 2012. Check it out below.

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photos by Ryan Muir

Santigold / Grizzly Bear @ Bowery Ballroom, 12/10/2012
Santigold
Grizzly Bear

We already posted one-and-a-half sets of photos from the private SPIN's "The Year in Music" party that happened on Monday (12/10) at Bowery Ballroom with Grizzly Bear and Santigold, but here's another set, these from Ryan Muir. More of his pics, including a few backstage shots with Santigold, below...

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photos by David Andrako and Amanda Hatfield; words by Bill Pearis

Grizzly Bear / Santigold @ Bowery Ballroom, 12/10/2012 (Andrako)
Grizzly Bear
Santigold

"So, you guys go to a lot of shows?" asked Chris Taylor of the Bowery Ballroom crowd last night (12/10) which was private "Year in Music" party thrown by SPIN, mostly for advertisers. Definitely not your normal Grizzly Bear crowd. That said, Grizzly Bear sounded great as usual, even if some of the visual flare of their recent shows was replaced by a lit-up SPIN logo.

Also playing the party was Santigold who seemed to be a little more the crowd's speed. With a set featuring multiple costume changes, umbrella-armed backup dancers and a pantomime horse, Santi put on a very fun show. She's a charmer.

Grizzly Bear's next show is this Friday (12/14) at Terminal 5 as part of a Hurricane Sandy relief benefit that also includes Sleigh Bells, The Antlers and Cults. That show is sold out. Meanwhile, Santigold plays Oakland, CA on Wednesday (12/12) and Miami on New Year's Eve.

More pictures from Bowery Ballrooom are below.

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Frank Ocean at Angel Orensanz, Sept 2012 (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
Frank OCean

BBC Music has announced their Top 25 records of 2012. Like lists from MOJO, Q, and Uncut, it's got familiar names like Frank Ocean, Baroness, Swans and Grizzly Bear... but if you're expecting a UK indie act to top their list, you might be surprised at the Beeb's #1 choice. Check out the entire list below.

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by Andrew Sacher

Bruce

More of the big 2012 year-end lists have been rolling in, with NPR and SPIN recently revealing theirs, and now Rolling Stone have unleashed theirs. Similarly to Uncut, the expected albums from older artists are there, including Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Dr. John, and the number one slot going to Bruuuuuuuuuuuce. It's got huge albums like Mumford and Sons, Taylor Swift, and fun., as well as the token high ranking indie album (Japandroids at #9), the token washed up band who was once classic (Green Day), things you knew you'd see on Rolling Stone's list like Jack White and Alabama Shakes, and... Grimes!

You can read the whole list below...

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Bear in Heaven @ MHOW, May 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Bear in Heaven

As mentioned, Bear in Heaven are playing Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (12/5) and tickets are still available for that show. One dollar from each ticket sold is going towards Hurricane Sandy relief, and 10% of the bar at the band's afterparty at Public Assembly will go to relief as well.

Meanwhile, frontman Jon Philpot was kind enough to send us his Top 10 LPs of 2012 which includes some of his Brooklyn neighbors (Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer) and a few other familiar names to these lists this year (Frank Ocean, Scott Walker) but his number one is new compilation of Italian '70s progressive/spacerock artist Sensations' Fix titled Music Is Painting in the Air. There's some pretty cool synth work on it that you could see being an influence on Bear in Heaven. You can stream the entire Sensations' Fix (all 30 tracks) LP below and check out Philpot's list in full.

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by Andrew Sacher

SPIN top 50 2012

SPIN have revealed their list of the top 50 albums of 2012. It continues SPIN's trend of giving love to crossover punk and metal (which they've been pretty consistent with since naming Fucked Up's David Comes to Life their top album of 2011) with the inclusion of Baroness, Torche, Pallbearer, Cloud Nothings, and Japandroids, but rather surprisingly excludes the SPIN Essential'd Ceremony - Zoo and The Men - Open Your Heart, in favor of popular blowouts by Taylor Swift, fun., and Nicki Minaj. The list also shares its #1 and #2 with the two highest Pitchfork-rated albums of the year. And no Grimes.

The list begins with the Kanye-cribbed disclaimer, "Most critics' taste levels ain't at our waist level. Ain't nobody fucking with our clique." Check out SPIN's Top 50 LPs of 2012 list below.

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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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