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Here it is.  The obligatory end of year list.  As is the case with every year, I try to keep track of albums I love starting in January.  Then all of a sudden December rolls around and I feel confident I missed a ton, or glossed over some great ones.  I have lofty ambitions to revisit certain albums (Django Django, CHAPPO, Fiona Apple, etc.) and then it never happens.

Disclaimer now done, here is a list of 20 albums and 10 EPs (in no particular order) that I really enjoyed this year, and recommend checking out!

Tadpole Audio’s 20 Favorite Albums of 2012

Grace Potter and The Nocturnals The Lion The Beast The Beat
Of Monsters and Men My Head Is An Animal
Reptar Body Faucet
The Mowgli’s Sound The Drum
Quilt Quilt
Santigold Master Of My Make Believe
Tanlines Mixed Emotions
Garbage Not Your Kind Of People
Ladyhawke Anxiety
Elizaveta Beatrix Runs
Kishi Bashi 151A
Niki & The Dove Instinct
Lianne La Havas Is Your Love Big Enough?
Delilah From The Roots Up
King Charles Loveblood
Cat Power Sun
Lord Huron Lonesome Dreams
Stepdad Wildlife Pop
Dragonette Bodyparts
ZZ Ward Til The Casket Drops

Tadpole Audio’s 10 Favorite EPs of 2012

Kimbra Settle Down EP
LP Live from East West Studios EP
Elle King The Elle King EP
Youngblood Hawke Self-Titled EP
Icona Pop Iconic EP
Monsters Calling Home Self-Titled EP
Jhameel Waves EP
The Peach Kings Handsome Moves EP
Willy Moon Self Titled EP
Frightened Rabbit State Hospital EP

In cased you missed the rest of my year end celebrations…

You can check out some of my favorite tunes of the year (and why) here.

And a massive list of great tunes released this year as submitted by friends both in the music industry and outside streaming below.

Happy New Year!

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