Martin Douglas’ Favorite Albums of 2012

This year was so good for music (and I’m so busy covering it) that I am forced to retire Martin Douglas’ Annual Albums of the Year That He Wasn’t Obligated to Write About Elsewhere, and because there would legitimately be like fifty of them, there will be no Honorable Mentions listed here. This list was so excruciating to make, because 2012— in spite of being kind of a crappy year for me personally— was my favorite year for music in almost a decade. And honestly? Only the first three albums here are “ranked,” the order of the majority of this list is almost completely arbitrary.

  1. Royal Headache - Royal Headache
  2. The Mallard - Yes on Blood
  3. Roc Marciano - Reloaded
  4. Action Bronson / The Alchemist - Rare Chandeliers
  5. Deep Time - Deep Time
  6. White Fence - Family Perfume Volumes 1 and 2
  7. Dunes - Noctiluca
  8. Ty Segall - Twins
  9. Action Bronson / Party Supplies - Blue Chips
  10. Thee Oh Sees - Putrifiers II
  11. Sic Alps - Sic Alps
  12. DIIV - Oshin
  13. Lotus Plaza - Spooky Action at a Distance
  14. Ty Segall / White Fence - Hair
  15. Lower Dens - Nootropics
  16. Holograms - Holograms
  17. Tamaryn - Tender New Signs
  18. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, M.A.A.D. city
  19. The Men - Open Your Heart
  20. Schoolboy Q - Habits and Contradictions
  21. Grizzly Bear - Shields
  22. Naomi Punk - The Feeling
  23. Useless Eaters - C’est Bon!
  24. Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse
  25. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes


  1. keanureevesinpointbreak said: i only respect lists that have WF FP on their lists. hah
  2. lecollecteur said: hey thanks man, this was a great year for music, and i’ve listened to very few of these. i’ll try to check out as many as I can from this list.
  3. dismissivejerkoffmotion said: CRJ.
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