Friday, 14 December 2012

NPR Music Podcast The Year in Music 2012 (Best of Year)

Clockwise from upper left: Cat Power, Frank Ocean, Kishi Bashi, Best Coast and Miguel — just a few of our favorite artists of 2012.
Clockwise from upper left: Cat Power, Frank Ocean, Kishi Bashi, Best Coast and Miguel — just a few of our favorite artists of 2012.
Courtesy of the artists
This has been a phenomenal year for music. Veterans Neil Young and Crazy Horse released not one but two ambitious and ingenious albums. New artists such as Kishi Bashi and Alt-J appeared with exciting and unusual records. Plenty of other surprises popped up along the way: Cat Power returned from a six-year hiatus with the best album she's ever made. Ty Segall, already a prolific artist, released three stellar garage-rock records in 2012 (three!), while the first-ever studio album from Macklemore, a rapper with little name recognition outside his native Seattle, made his debut at No. 1 on iTunes and No. 2 on Billboard. Meanwhile, R&B artists Miguel and Frank Ocean both released records that were unconventional but wildly popular.
That's just some of the wonderful, unpredictable and endlessly fascinating music of 2012.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton chat with NPR Music critic Ann Powers and editor Stephen Thompson about the music that mattered most to them in 2012, including their:
Favorite Discoveries:
Kishi Bashi
The Do
Lianne La Havas
Kacey Musgraves
Biggest Surprises:
Neil Young
The Sea And Cake
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Cloud Nothings
Favorite Albums:
Cat Power's Sun
Alt-J's An Awesome Wave
Frank Ocean's Channel Orange
Japandroids' Celebration Rock
Favorite Songs:
Dirty Projectors: "Offspring Are Blank"
Best Coast: "The Only Place"
Miguel: "Adorn"
Ty Segall: "Thank God For Sinners"
Tell us what you think. Vote now for your favorite albums of 2012.

Songs Featured On This Episode

Cover for 151A

Kishi Bashi

  • Album: 151A
  • Song: Bright Whites
Cover for Is Your Love Big Enough?

Lianne La Havas

  • Album: Is Your Love Big Enough?
  • Song: Lost & Found
Cover for Both Ways Open Jaws Extended

The Dø

  • Album: Both Ways Open Jaws Extended
  • Song: The Wicked & the Blind
Cover for Merry Go 'Round

Kacey Musgraves

  • Album: Merry Go 'Round
  • Song: Merry Go 'Round
Cover for Psychedelic Pill

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

  • Album: Psychedelic Pill
  • Song: Walk Like a Giant
Cover for The Heist

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

  • Album: The Heist
  • Song: Thrift Shop
Cover for Attack on Memory

Cloud Nothings

  • Album: Attack on Memory
  • Song: Stay Useless
Cover for Runner

The Sea and Cake

  • Album: Runner
  • Song: On And On
Cover for An Awesome Wave


  • Album: An Awesome Wave
  • Song: Tessellate
Cover for Sun

Cat Power

  • Album: Sun
  • Song: Sun
Cover for Channel Orange

Frank Ocean

  • Album: Channel Orange
  • Song: Lost
Cover for Celebration Rock


  • Album: Celebration Rock
  • Song: The House That Heaven Built
Cover for Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors

  • Album: Swing Lo Magellan
  • Song: Offspring Are Blank
Cover for The Only Place

Best Coast

  • Album: The Only Place
  • Song: The Only Place


  • Album: Kaleidoscope Dream
  • Song: Adorn
Cover for Twins

Ty Segall

  • Album: Twins
  • Song: Thank God For Sinners

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