Best Albums of 2012 – Patrick Kelly’s Picks


Another year of Best Albums of 2012 and now we’re rolling! Make sure to check out all of our Best of 2012 coverage. Without further adieu, Patrick’s picks.

 Here We Go Magic – A Different Ship

…because Nigel Goodrich and Here We Go Magic were destined to be together. Here’s to hoping they team up for a long time. Great top to bottom.

Here We Go Magic – “Over The Ocean

Here We Go Magic – “How Do I Know

Here We Go Magic – “Alone But Moving”


 Andrew Bird –Break It Yourself/Hands of Glory

…because the companion album (released later in the year) deserves a spot in the top 10 itself.

Andrew Bird – “Lusitania

Andrew Bird – “Eyeoneye


Plants and Animals – The End of That

…because this album is the music I’d want to make.

Plants and Animals – “Lightshow

Plants and Animals – “Before


Grizzly Bear – Shields

…because of moments like the outro of “Yet Again.”

Grizzly Bear – “A Simple Answer

Grizzly Bear – “Sleeping Ute

Grizzly Bear- “Yet Again”


 Mac Demarco – 2

…because of that sweet sweet guitar.

Mac Demarco – “Cooking Up Something Good

Mac Demarco – “Robson Girl


Right Away, Great Captain! – The Church of the Good Thief,

…because it’s a wonderfully sparse album and a concept album in the same breath.

Right Away, Great Captain! – “Blame

Right Away, Great Captain! – “When I Met Death

Right Away, Great Captain! – “I Am Aware”

 Liars – WIXIW

…because I’m not sure if I’ve heard a band do more with less.

Liars – “No.1 Against the Rush

Liars – “WIXIW

Liars – “Brats”


 The Walkmen – Heaven

…because I like to sing along.

The Walkmen – “Nightingales

The Walkmen – “Heartbreaker


Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory

…because of when you play it loud.

Cloud Nothings – “No Future No Past

Cloud Nothings – “Stay Useless

Cloud Nothings – “Wasted Days”


 Tame Impala – Lonerism

…because of the stretch from “Why Won’t They Talk To Me?” to “Elephant.”

Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards

Tame Impala – “Music to Walk Home By

Tame Impala – “Why Won’t They Talk To Me?”


 Japandroids – Celebration Rock

…because sometimes it’s more fun to yell along than sing along.

Japandroids – “Evil’s Sway

Japandroids – “Continuous Thunder

Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”


  Beach House – Bloom

…because there is no way to duplicate their dream pop magic.

Beach House – “Wild

Beach House – “New Year

Beach House – “On The Sea”


 Islands – A Sleep and A Forgetting

…because breakups are sad.

Islands – “In A Dream It Seemed Real

Islands – “Oh Maria

Islands – “Hallways”

 The Soft Pack – Strapped

…because it makes you want to brings speakers and a beer to the beach.

The Soft Pack – “Bobby Brown

The Soft Pack – “Everything I Know

The Soft Pack – “Ray’s Mistake”


 DIIV – Oshin

…because it’s a wonderful road trip album.

DIIV – “Past Lives

DIIV – “How Long Have You Known

DIIV – “Air Conditioning”