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MusicUnderFire | February 13, 2016

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The Best Albums of 2012

The Best Albums of 2012

At long last our best albums of 2012 have arrived.  2012 proved to be a magical music year for indie rockers and time-tested MUF favorites.  We’ve scoured our resources to see where we stood with groups, what groups stood above the rest and what groups ultimately fell off for one reason or another.

So who is on this list?  We target ‘indie’ groups – those that carry the indie spirit.  If you are still wondering where we are coming from, read our “What Does Indie Mean?” post.  The groups below epitomize what we love about this type of music, the culture and above everything else, the memorable albums that defined 2012.

Not surprisingly, many of our top tracks from 2012 also showed up on this list.  If an album you loved didn’t get on, please let us know in the comments below.

30. Tame Impala | Lonerism

Tame Impala Lonerism

29. The Rest | SEESAW


28. Vacationer | Gone

Vacationer Gone

27. Dana Buoy | Summer Bodies

Dana Buoy Summer Bodies

26. The Temper Trap | The Temper Trap

The Temper Trap The Temper Trap

25. Walk The Moon | Walk The Moon

Walk The Moon

24. Eight and a Half | Eight and a Half

Eight and a Half

23. Wildlife Control | Wildlife Control

Wildlife Control

22. Faded Paper Figures | The Matter

faded paper figures the matter

21. White Arrows | Dry Land Is Not A Myth


20. The Shins | Port of Morrow

The Shins Port Of Morrow

19. Civil Twilight | Holy Weather

Civil Twilight Holy Weather

18. The Chevin | Borderland

the chevin borderland

17. The Walkmen | Heaven

The Walkmen Heaven

16. Of Monsters and Men | My Head Is an Animal

Of Monsters and Men My Head Is an Animal

15. Cemeteries | The Wilderness


14. Wintersleep | Hello Hum

Wintersleep Hello Hum

13. Beach House | Bloom

Beach House Bloom

12. Greg Laswell | Landline

Greg Laswell Landline

11. The Helio Sequence | Negotiations

The Helio Sequence Negotiations

10. The Lumineers | The Lumineers

The Lumineers

9. Future of Forestry | Young Man Follow

Future of Forestry Young Man Follow

8. Exitmusic | Passage


7. Zulu Winter | Language

zulu winter language

6. The Maccabees | Given To The Wild

the maccabees given to the wild

5. The Blakes | Art of Losses

The Blakes Art of Losses

4. Paper Route | The Peace Of Wild Things

Paper Route The Peace Of Wild Things

3. The Tallest Man On Earth | There’s No Leaving Now

the tallest man on earth there's no leaving now

2. Ponderosa | Pool Party

Ponderosa Pool Party

1. Sea Wolf | Old World Romance

sea wolf old world romance


I would add these:

Damien Jurado - Maraqopa

Allo Darlin' - Europe

Milo Greene - s/t

Trailer Trash Tracys - Ester

Family Of The Year - Loma Vista

Moon Taxi - Cabaret

Chris Cohen - Overgrown Path

Masha Qrella - Analogies 

Conveyor - s/t

Lost Lander - DRRT

Kishi Bashi - 151a

Heartless Bastards - Arrow

Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky

Melody's Echo Chamber - s/t

Wymond Miles - Under The Pale Moon

Cymbals - Sideways, Sometimes

Gravenhurst - The Ghost In Daylight 

Mister Loveless - Grow Up

The Raveonettes - Observator

Lawrence Arabia - The Sparrow

My Jerusalem - Preachers

King Tuff - s/t

Bears - Greater Lakes

Dry The River - Shallow Bed

Jaill - Traps

The Babies - Our House On The Hill

Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill

Alberta Cross - Songs Of Patience

The Fresh & Onlys - Long Slow Dance

Lord Huron - Lonesome Dreams

Archie Powell & the Exports - Great Ideas In Action

Husky - Forever So

Gold Motel - s/t

So Many Wizards - Warm Nothing

The Bewitched Hands - Vampiric Way

Warm In The Wake - Night Wounds

DIIV - Oshin Grimes - Visions

Lightships - Electric Cables

Patrick Watson - Into Giants

Poor Moon - s/t

Gypsy & The Cat - The Late Blue

JBM - Stray Ashes

Magic Trick - Ruler Of The Night

Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend

M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion


New nickname! I don't speak english that well - I'm from Croatia, but if I hear just one song worth repeated listening, than that was a good album for me. But Jurado's was consistently great from start to finish so it's my number one. The rest mostly have one or several great songs which I listen often, but disregard the others. For instance, I will remember Family of the Year's album mostly for it's song Everytime.


 @Oxus Great feedback - I'll have to look into each one of those... I'm always interested in what people are tuned into.  Most of the time, the most unknown ones make the biggest impact for me.  Cheers!