At Last! - DJ Bunny Ears Top 100 Albums of 2012

It's finally here. My top albums list. And yes, it is coming super late, as it always does. But hey, at least I got it in before the Grammy's. And more importantly, I bet I still turn you onto some stuff that was totally off your radar last year. And I only put in the really good stuff, so you know this is a quality list. So without further ado, please enjoy. And let me know if you think I left something off worth sharing. 

DJ Bunny Ears Top 100 Albums of 2012

  1. Flying Lotus Until The Morning Comes
  2. Frank Orange Channel Orange
  3. Tame Impala Lonerism
  4. Chromatics Kill For Love
  5. Peaking Lucifer
  6. The Men Open Your Heart
  7. Kendrick Lamar good kid, M.A.D.D. city
  8. Sigur Rós Valtari
  9. Melody’s Echo Chamber S/T
  10. Dirty Projectors Swing Lo Magellan
  11. Andy Stott Luxury Problems
  12. Spiritualized Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  13. Beach House Bloom
  14. Liars Wixiw
  15. Hot Chip In Our Heads
  16. Lord Huron Lonesome Dreams
  17. Actress R.I.P.
  18. Grizzly Bear Shields
  19. The Walkmen Heaven
  20. Father John Misty Fear Fun
  21. Santigold Master Of My Make Believe
  22. Grimes Visions
  23. alt-J (∆) An Awesome Wave
  24. The xx Coexist
  25. Night Moves Colored Emotions
  26. Poliça Give You The Ghost
  27. Cat Power Sun
  28. Four Tet Pink
  29. Bahamas Barchords
  30. Chilly Gonzales Solo Piano II
  31. Animal Collective Centipede Hz
  32. Matthew Dear Beams
  33. Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras and The Congos Icon Give Thank & Icon Eye
  34. Bat For Lashes The Haunted Man
  35. The Shins Port Of Morrow
  36. Willis Earl Beal Acousmatic Sorcery
  37. Thee Oh Sees Putrifiers II
  38. Beachwood Sparks The Tarnished Gold
  39. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Mature Themes
  40. Divine Fits A Thing Called Divine Fits
  41. Japandroids Celebration Rock
  42. Hospitality S/T
  43. Foxygen Take The Kids Off Broadway
  44. Dan Deacon America
  45. Taken By Trees Other Worlds
  46. Chairlift Something
  47. Dinosaur Jr. I Bet On Sky
  48. Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls
  49. David Byrne & St. Vincent Love This Giant
  50. Miike Snow Happy To You
  51. The Mountain Goats Transcendental Youth
  52. Here We Go Magic A Different Ship
  53. Neighbors Good Luck, Kid
  54. Neneh Cherry & The Thing The Cherry Thing
  55. Burial Kindred EP
  56. Jessie Ware Devotion
  57. Lower Dens Nootropics
  58. Neil Young & Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill
  59. TOY S/T
  60. The Sea & Cake Runner
  61. El-P Cancer 4 Cure
  62. Lotus Plaza Spooky Action At A Distance
  63. Nick Waterhouse Time’s All Gone
  64. Beak> >>
  65. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Here
  66. Wild Nothing Nocture
  67. M. Ward A Wasteland Companion
  68. Purity Ring Shrines
  69. DIIV Oshin
  70. Of Monsters And Men My Head Is An Animal
  71. Patrick Watson Adventures In Your Own Backyard
  72. Dr. John Locked Down
  73. Django Django S/T
  74. Bob Dylan Tempest
  75. Godspeed You! Black Emperor ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  76. Nosaj Thing Home
  77. King Tuff S/T
  78. How To Dress Well Total Loss
  79. Poolside Pacific Standard Time
  80. Lusine The Waiting Room
  81. Bright Moments Natives
  82. Kareem Riggins Alone Together
  83. Band Of Horses Mirage Rock
  84. Titus Andronicus Local Business
  85. Light Asylum S/T
  86. Moon Duo Circles
  87. Menahan Street Band The Crossing
  88. Tanlines Mixed Emotions
  89. Prinzhorn Dance School Clay Class
  90. The Soft Moon Zeros
  91. Zambri House Of Baasa
  92. Bright Moments Natives
  93. Best Coast The Only Place
  94. Matt & Kim Lightning
  95. Teen In Limbo
  96. METZ S/T
  97. Neil Halstead Palindrome Hunches
  98. Brian Eno LUX
  99. The Tallest Man On Earth There’s No Leaving Now
  100. THEESatifaction AwE NaturalE


Honorable Mentions

  • Jack White Blunderbuss
  • Pinback Information Retrieved
  • Bear In Heaven I Love You, It’s Cool
  • Cloud Nothings Attack On Memory
  • Clinic Free Reign
  • Calexico Algiers
  • AC Newman Shut Down The Streets
  • Ty Segall Twins
  • Clark Iradelphic
  • Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin Instrumental Tourist
  • Efterklang Piramida
  • JJ Doom Key To The Kuffs
  • Rihanna Unapologetic
  • Ty Segall Band Slaugterhouse
  • Kishi Bashi 151A
  • Allah-Las S/T
  • Black Moth Super Rainbow Cobra Juicy
  • Air Le Voyage Dans La Lune
  • Beat Connection The Palace Garden
  • Andrew Bird Break It Yourself
  • Andrew Bird Hands Of Glory
  • Deerhoof Breakup Songs
  • Icky Blossoms S/T
  • Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose
  • Swans The Seer
  • Langhorn Slim & The Law The Way We Move
  • Dum Dum Girls End Of Daze EP
  • Leonard Cohen Old Ideas
  • Lonely Drifter Karen Poles
  • Woods Bend Beyond
  • The Magnetic Fields Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
  • The Lumineers S/T
  • Lambchop Mr. M
  • First Aid Kit The Lion’s Roar
  • Gonjasufi Muzzle
  • Jonti Twirligig
  • Leila U&I
  • MC Yogi Pilgramage
  • Ramona Falls Prophet
  • Gary Clark Jr. Blak And Blu
  • Owen Marshall The Naked Truth
  • Damon Albarn Dr. Dee
  • Chet Faker Thinking In Textures
  • The Heavy The Glorious Dead
  • Gaslamp Killer Breakthrough
  • Kool Head Black Wave
  • Bloc Party Four
  • El Perro Del Mar Pale Fire
  • MNDR Feed Me Diamonds
  • Mumford & Sons Babel
  • Poor Moon S/T
  • The Presets Pacifica
  • The Raveonettes Observator
  • Robert Pollard Jack Sells The Cow
  • Two Door Cinema Club Beacon
  • Pop Levi Medicine
  • Two Fingers Stunt Rhythms
  • Nas Life Is Good
  • Ellie Goulding Halcyon
  • The Fresh & Onlys Long Slow Dance
  • Holograms S/T
  • Mac Demarco Mac Demarco 2
  • The Soft Pack Strapped
  • Calvin Harris 18 Months
  • Chad Valley Young Hunger
  • Sinkane Mars
  • James Yorkston I Was A Cat From A Book
  • JJAMZ Suicide Pact
  • K-Holes Dismania
  • Kate Miller-Heidke Nightflight
  • Metric Sythentica
  • Pop Etc. S/T
  • Delicate Steve Positive Force
  • The Flaming Lips The Flaming Lips And Heady Fwends
  • Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band One Of My Kind
  • The 2 Bears Be Strong
  • Com Truise In Decay
  • Passion Pit Gossamer
  • Oberhofer Time Capsules II
  • Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin Reverse Shark Attack
  • The Vaccines Come Of Age
  • Sqaurepusher Ufabulum


Compilations, Reissues, Soundtracks, 12”s

  • V/A Personal Space
  • V/A Kayne West presents G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer
  • John Maus A Collection Of Rarities And Previously Unreleased Material
  • Blur “21” box set
  • Dump NYC Tonight
  • Vis-à-Vis Obi Agye Me Dofo
  • Simigwa Gyedu-Blay Ambolley
  • V/A Loving On The Flipside
  • The Funkees Dancing Time
  • George Danquah Hot And Jumpy
  • Afro Funk Body Music
  • V/A Original Raw Soul III
  • V/A Spiritual Jazz Vol. 3
  • V/A Songs On Conceptual Art
  • V/A Ecstasy
  • Every Mississippi Records release in 2012
  • Every NowAgain Records release in 2012



Don't be afraid, it won't hurt, it's only water.

Just going through all my music from last year to make sure that I haven't missed anything. Came across this Bright Moments album called "Natives" that I remember liking but that had gotten lost in the mix of everything else aliong the way. So I had a relisten and recalled why I dig it. He plays with Beirut and Arcade Fire, among others, which you'll recognize immediately. Check out this track that is titled after my hometown, Milwaukee. Good stuff. This'll make the Top 100 list, for sure.

"Have to believe in your self and free your soul."

Happy 2013 all. My top albums of 2012 list is on the way. Hang tight. In the meantime, check out one of the tracks I've been digging for a little while from Foxygen, off their upcoming album, 'We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic'. Called "Shuggie". Here's to great things in 2013.

I can give him hope/you are running water.

I still really miss the heck out of the band, Broadcast. And more importantly, RIP Trish. In the meantime this little band, Melody's Echo Chamber, is doing a heck of a job filling that vacuum. Hands-down song of the day from album of the week. "Endless Shore" from their S/T.

For earth, peace.

I've said it before and I'll say it again - Four Tet consistently makes some of the most amazing, beautiful music out there and he's flying under a lot of people's radar these days. Finally picked up his last album, Pink, and though it's essentially a collection of vinyl-only singles, it is no less awesome as a complete work. This particular track, Peace For Earth, doesn't necessarily reflect the rest of the album, but it stands out to me as something so out of music-fashion in many ways and perhaps even the more lovelier for charting it's own course.

Also, be sure to check out his recent remix of Neneh Cherry & The Thing's "Dream Baby Dream". It's gnarly.

Oh what a web I have woven myself in.

The Poliça album, Give You The Ghost, has been out for a little bit and though I had slept on it for awhile, I'm now fully immersed. It's absolutely amazing from start to finish. Hauting, beautiful, tender, rough. Check out this dub-esque jem called "I See My Mother".

There is an answer; I haven't found it.

The new Dirty Projectors has more or less been on repeat for the last few weeks and "Dance For You" is hands-down the song of the day from album of the week. Quite sure that Swing Lo Magellan will be in the Top 10 Albums of 2012 for me. This one goes out to my son & wife. I'll always dance for you.

Straight to your heart.

I'm pretty sure that for his new album, Twin Shadow jumped back in time to 1985 and proceeded to make the best album of that year and of 2012. Listening to my promo copy right now. Blows me away. Get ready people, this is legit. I've been obssessed with ' Five Seconds' for sometime now and it's hands-down song of the day from (upcoming) album of the week. And Confess is already making a run for album of the year. Rad.