Death Grips

Melalbums of 2013 (Loved List)

(in no particular order)

Milo Things that Happen at Day / Things that Happen at Night 

Yo La TengoFade

FoxygenWe are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic

My Bloody Valentine m b v

Buke and GaseGeneral Dome

The Flaming LipsThe Terror

IceageYou’re Nothing

Shlohmo Laid Out 

Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson HamerChild Ballads

WaxahatcheeCerulean Salt

Beach FossilsClash The Truth

Youth LagoonWondrous Bughouse

The KnifeShaking The Habitual

Kurt Vile Wakin On a Pretty Daze


Baths Obsidian

TOKiMONSTAHalf Shadows

Bibio Silver Wilkinson

EluviumNightmare Ending

The NationalTrouble Will Find Me

Laura StevensonWheel

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Deerhunter – Monomania

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

Savages – Silence Yourself

Boards of Canada – Tomorrow’s Harvest

clipping  – Midcity

Lapalux – Nostalchic

Dessa – Parts of Speech

Gold Panda – Half of Where You Live

Jon HopkinsImmunity

Sigur Rós – Kveikur

Deafheaven – Sunbather

Owen –  L’Ami du Peuple

Disclosure – Settle


Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels

Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaVallePerils From the Sea

SuperchunkI Hate Music

Smith Westerns – Soft Will

Washed Out Paracosm

Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Bill Callahan – Dream River

CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe

YC the CynicGNK

Mark Kozelek & Desertshore – Mark Kozelek & Desertshore

Julia Holter – Loud City Song

Chance the RapperAcid Rap

Scallops HotelPoplar Grove (or how to rap with a hammer)

Touché Amoré Is Survived By


of MontrealLousy With Sylvianbriar

ShadFlying Colours

Arcade FireReflektor

Tim HeckerVirgins

Black Hearted BrotherThe Stars Are Our Home

Neko CaseThe Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

Okkervil RiverThe Silver Gymnasium

Cage the ElephantMelophobia

HaimDays are Gone

Death GripsGovernment Plates

BurialRival Dealer


Melalbums: Top 50 Albums of 2012

50. Why?Mumps, etc.

49. Cat Power Sun

48. Twin ShadowConfess

47. P. O. SWe Don’t Even Live Here

46. Sharon van EttenTramp

45. Port St. WillowHoliday

44. PinbackInformation Retrieved

43. Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky

42. MiloMilo Takes Baths

41. Torche Harmonicraft

40. Mount EerieClear Moon

39. Andrew BirdBreak It Yourself

38. Fang IslandMajor

37. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

36. Purity Ring Shrines

35. Mac DeMarco – 2

34. Liars – WIXIW

33. ConvergeAll We Love We Leave Behind

32. Sun Kil MoonAmong The Leaves

31. Beach HouseBloom

30. Open Mike Eagle 4NML HSPTL

29. BurialKindred EP

28. Kendrick Lamar –  good kid, m.A.A.d city

27. WaxahatcheeAmerican Weekend

26. The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth

25. Aesop RockSkelethon

24. Shearwater Animal Joy

23. Grizzly Bear Shields

22. Flying LotusUntil the Quiet Comes

21. LazerbeakLava Bangers

20. Lone Galaxy Garden

19. Wild NothingNocturne


17. The EvensThe Odds

16.  Death GripsThe Money Store

15. The Tallest Man On EarthThere’s No Leaving Now

14. Frank Oceanchannel ORANGE

13. Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light

12. Tame ImpalaLonerism

11. Perfume Genius Put Your Back N 2 It

10. Dark Time SunshineANX

9. Alt-JAn Awesome Wave

8. Matthew DearBeams

7. Jens Lekman I Know What Love Isn’t

6. DeerhoofBreakup Song

5. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do

4. Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory

3. Anaïs MitchellYoung Man in America

2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ’Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

1. SwansThe Seer

Honorable mentions: Joie De VivreWe’re All Better Than This, GrimesVisions, Joyce Manor – Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired, A Place to Bury Strangers – Worship, Screaming FemalesUgly, SerengetiC.A.R., The Sea and Cake Runner, StarsThe North, MoonfaceHeartbreaking Bravery

***For some reason or another, I found these albums to be enjoyable but inconsistent in some way. They each had some incredible songs, but as a whole they didn’t resonate with me as strongly as the 50 albums I chose above.

What are YOUR favorite albums of 2012? I’m sure I missed out on a ton of albums, so please let me know any ones you think are worth checking out that didn’t make it onto my list.

Melalbums of 2012 list (in no particular order)

Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes

Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Swans – The Seer

Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel is Wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will Serve You More than Ropes Will Ever Do

Perfume Genius- Put Your Back N 2 It

Anaïs Mitchell – Young Man in America

Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn’t


Dark Time Sunshine – ANX

Mount Eerie – Clear Moon

Open Mike Eagle – 4NML HSPTL

Burial – Kindred EP

Why? – Mumps, Etc.

Cat Power – Sun

Deerhoof – Breakup Song

Waxahatchee – American Weekend

Milo – Milo Takes Baths

Lazerbeak – Lava Bangers

Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city

Sun Kil Moon – Among the Leaves

Alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Grizzly Bear – Shields

Lone – Galaxy Garden

Death Grips – The Money Store

Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

Japandroids – Celebration Rock

Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE

Beach House – Bloom

Aesop Rock – Skelethon

The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth

Wild Nothing  – Nocturne

Screaming Females – Ugly

Fang Island – Major

The Men – Open Your Heart

Liars – WIXIW

Matthew Dear – Beams

Joie De Vivre – We’re All Better Than This

Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky

Pinback – Information Retrieved

Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind

Torche – Harmonicraft

Shearwater – Animal Joy

Mission of Burma – Unsound

Port St. Willow – Holiday

Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

P.O.S – We Don’t Even Live Here

…to be continued…