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SCV’s Most Essential Albums of 2012 | Music News

There was no easy way to compile this list or explain why we selected the albums that we did in a short enough time frame outside of the following: this is the music that the staff and friends of SCV loved and remembered loving the most from 2012. We will be adding in many titles as our friends remind us about more phenomenal pieces of work from this great year. Happy New Year everyone!!! I have included my favorite cover from 2012 in the Project Mooncircle release from Long Arm The Branches. – Erik Otis

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*This list is not a numbered list and does not serve as any type of definitive list towards music as a whole outside of our own personal love towards music.

  • Hidden Orchestra “Archipelago” (Tru Thoughts)
  • The Greg Foat Group “Girl and Robot With Flowers” (Jazzman Records)
  • Long Arm “The Branches” (Project: Mooncircle)
  • The Ghetto Brothers “Power Fuerza: Deluxe Edition” (Truth & Soul Records)
  • Captain Murphy “Duality” (Self Released)
  • Olan Mill “Home” (Preservation)
  • EPROM “Metahuman” (Rwina Records)
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre “Aufheben” (A Records)
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor “‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!” (Constellation Records)
  • Win Win “Double Vision” (Vice Records)
  • Ras G “El-Aylien Part II_ C.razy A.lien” (Leaving Records)
  • Chelsea Wolfe “Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs” (Sargent House)
  • Flying Lotus “Until the Quiet Comes” (Warp Records)
  • J Dilla “Dillatroit” (Mahogani Music)
  • John Frusciante “PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone” (Record Collection)
  • Code Orange Kids “Love is Love (Deathwish Inc.)
  • The Gaslamp Killer “Breakthrough” (Brainfeeder)
  • Animal Collective “Centipede Hz” (Domino Records)
  • Chief “Shadows Collision” (Feelin’ Music)
  • Grizzly Bear “Shields” (Warp Records)
  • Lapalux “Some Other Time” (Brainfeeder)
  • Alfonso Lovo “La Gigantona” (Numero Group)
  • Andy Stott “Luxury Problems” (Liquid Geometry)
  • Death Grips “No Love Deep Web” (Third Worlds)
  • Nas “Life is Good” (Def Jam)
  • Mono “For My Parents” (Temporary Residence Limited)
  • The Beatles “The Beatles Stereo Box Set” (EMI)
  • Seabuckthorn “The Silence Woke Me” (Bookmaker Records)
  • William Basinski “The Disintegration Loops” (Temporary Residence Limited)
  • Raekwon the Chef “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Purple Tape Cassette Box Deluxe Reissue” (Get On Down)
  • Invisible Things “Home Is The Sun” (Porter Records)
  • The Cactus Channel “Haptics” (HopeStreetRecordings)
  • VA “Spritual Jazz 3: Europe” (Jazzman Records)
  • VA “The History of Colombian Cumbia & Porro As Told By The Phonograph 1948-79″(Soundway Records)
  • Patrick Watson “Adventures In Your Own Backyard” (Domino Records / Secret City Records)
  • Motion Sickness Of Time Travel “Motion Sickness Of Time Travel” (Spectrum Spools)
  • Wadada Leo Smith “Ten Freedom Summers” (Cuneiform Records)
  • Walter Gross “Coward” (Luana Records)
  • Clark “Fantasm Planes” (Warp Records)
  • Deerhoof “Breakup Song” | Polyvinyl Record Co. (ATP Recordings)
  • Evan Caminiti “Dreamless Sleep” (Thrill Jockey)
  • Sleeping People “NOTRUF” (Temporary Residence Limited)
  • Christian Fennesz “AUN: The Beginning and End of All Things” (OST) (Ash International)
  • Deantoni Parks “Touch But Don’t Look” (Rodriguez Lopez Productions / Sargent House)
  • “He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes 1926-28″ (Tompkins Square)
  • The Pharcyde “Bizzare Ride II The Pharcyde” (Deluxe Edition) (Delicious Vinyl)
  • Piano Overlord “Aninha Mission” (Chocolate Industries)
  • Doseone “G Is For Deep” (Anticon)
  • Jeremiah Jae “Raw Money Raps” (Brainfeeder)
  • Jeremiah Cymerman “Purification/Dissolution” (5049 Records)
  • Masta Ace and MF DOOM “MA_DOOM: Son of Yvonne” (M3 Records / Fat Beats Records)
  • Void Pedal “Pair of L” (Fieldwerk Recordings)
  • Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra “Last Odyssey” (Ubiquity Records)
  • Omar Rodriguez Lopez “Saber, Querer, Osar y Callar” (Rodriguez Lopez Productions / Sargent House)
  • VA “Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side Of Stax 1968-1974″ (Light in the Attic)
  • Can “The Lost Tapes” (Spoon Records)
  • “Musique Fragile Volume 02″ (Constellation Records)
  • Baroness “Yellow & Green” (Relapse Records)
  • GZA “Liquid Swords” The Chessbox (Get On Down)
  • Liars “WIXIW” | Mute
  • Knx. “Buttrskotch” (Leaving Records)
  • Sonnymoon “Sonnymoon” (Plug Reseach)
  • Sigur Rós “Valtari” (XL Recordings / Parlophone / EMI Records)
  • Blockhead “Interludes After Midnight” (Ninja Tune)
  • Hollie Cook “Prince Fatty Presents Hollie Cook In Dub” (Mr Bongo)
  • The Bombay Royale “You Me Bullets Love” (HopeStreet Recordings)
  • Don Preston “Filters, Oscillators & Envelopes 1967-82″ (Sub Rosa)
  • Edzayawa “Projection One” (Soundway Records)
  • Kone “Legend Days” (Alpha Pup Records)
  • EL-P “Cancer For Cure” (Fat Possum Records)
  • Carlos Niño & Friends “Aquariusssssss” (Porter Records / Disques Corde)
  • Squarepusher “Ufabulum” (Warp Records)
  • Omar Rodriguez Lopez “Un Corazón De Nadie” (Rodriguez Lopez Productions / Sargent House)
  • Davy Graham “Anthology: 1961-2007 Lost Tapes” (Les Cousin Music)
  • Dr. John “Locked Down” (Nonesuch Records)
  • Stephen O’Malley & Steve Noble “St. Francis Duo” (Bo’Weavil Recordings)
  • VA “Sensacional Soul Vol. 3″ (Vampisoul)
  • Demon Slayer “Fears & Lovers” (Self Released)
  • Sweatson Klank “Elevate Me” (Project: Mooncircle)
  • Fela Kuti & Egypt ’80 “Live In Detroit 1986″ (Knitting Factory Records)
  • The Memorials “Delirium” (Bloodthirsty Unicorn Records)
  • Trayer “Afterlife An Abandoned Theme Park” (Porter Records)
  • Astronautica “Astronautica” (PH2 Records)
  • Battles “Dross Glop” (Warp Records)
  • Death Grips “The Money Store” (Epic Records)
  • Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band “Bat Chain Puller”
  • Jel “Greenball 3.5″ (Fieldwerk Recordings)
  • Robert Glasper Experiment “Black Radio” (Blue Note Records)
  • The Caretaker “Patience (After Sebald)”
  • Grouper & Ilyas Ahmed “Visitor”
  • Roll The Dice “In The Dust” (The Leaf Label Ltd)
  • ELOS “Scenes of Life / Electricity” (Alpha Pup Records)
  • Dustin Wong “Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads” (Thrill Jockey Records)
  • The Mars Volta “Noctourniquet” (Warner Bros. Records)
  • Astra “The Black Chord”
  • Wendy Rene “After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Volt & Stax Singles + Rarities 1964-65″
  • Big Sir “Before Gardens After Gardens” (Rodriguez Lopez Productions / Sargent House)
  • Gonjasufi “MU.ZZ.LE” (Warp Records)
  • T.R.A.M. “Lingua Franca” (Sumerian Records)
  • Ilyas Ahmed “With Endless Fire” Immune Recordings
  • “The Perfect Jewel: Sacred Chants of Tibet” (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • Erkin Koray “Meçhul (Singles and Rarities) 1970-77″ (Sublime Frequencies)
  • John Frusciante “Letur Lefr” (Record Collection)
  • Gothic Cholo “Plastic Tears” (Time Lapse / Architects + Heroes Records)
  • Kayo Dot “Gamma Knife”
  • Lee Noble “Darker Half” (Black Moss)
  • VA “Diablos Del Ritmo: The Colombian Meting Pot 1960-85″ (Analog Africa)
  • Amenra “Mass V” (Neurot Recordings)
  • Andrzej Korzynski “Secret Enigma” (Finders Keepers Records)
  • Thavius Beck “The Most Beautiful Ugly”
  • Blixt “Blixt” Cuneiform Records
  • Tame Impala “Lonerism” (Modular Recordings)
  • Burial “Truant”
  • Melodys Echo Chamber “Melodys Echo Chamber”
  • Dot “Calliope” (Alpha Pup)
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