Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. End-of-year lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

Month: February, 2013

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2012

Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel

Pretty Much Amazing: 60 Best Albums of 2012

  1. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
  2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
  3. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
  4. Tame Impala – Lonerism
  5. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
  6. Grizzly Bear – Shields
  7. Chromatics – Kill for Love
  8. Grimes – Visions
  9. Purity Ring – Shrines
  10. Dan Deacon – America
  11. The Walkmen – Heaven
  12. Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
  13. Jack White – Blunderbuss
  14. Jessie Ware – Devotion
  15. Beach House – Bloom
  16. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
  17. Lower Dens – Nootropics
  18. Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light
  19. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
  20. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
  21. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
  22. Twin Shadow – Confess
  23. Death Grips – The Money Store
  24. Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
  25. The xx – Coexist
  26. THEESatisfaction – awE naturalE
  27. The Men – Open Your Heart
  28. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant
  29. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
  30. Bat for Lashes – The Haunted Man
  31. Miguel – Kaleidoscope Dream
  32. Bob Dylan – Tempest
  33. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
  34. Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action at a Distance
  35. DIIV – Oshin
  36. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
  37. Niki & The Dove – Instinct
  38. Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
  39. Animal Collective – Centipede Hz
  40. Naomi Punk – The Feeling
  41. Dr. Dog – Be the Void
  42. Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse
  43. ScHoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
  44. How to Dress Well – Total Loss
  45. Peaking Lights – Lucifer
  46. The Shins – Port of Morrow
  47. ∆ (alt-J) – An Awesome Wave
  48. Chairlift – Something
  49. Liars – WIXIW
  50. John Talabot – fIN
  51. Cat Power – Sun
  52. Swans – The Seer
  53. Poliça – Give You The Ghost
  54. iamamiwhoami – kin
  55. Metz – Metz
  56. Zammuto – Zammuto
  57. Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  58. Ab-Soul – Control System
  59. Porcelain Raft – Strange Weekend
  60. Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It

Dennis Cooper: 16 Favorite Poetry Books of 2012

The Malady of the Century

Dennis Cooper: 16 Favorite Poetry Books of 2012 (as numbered on Cooper’s site, but note that he precedes the list with “in no order”)

  1. The Malady of the Century – Jon Leon
  2. Victory – Ben Kopel
  3. Percussion Grenade – Joyelle McSweeney
  4. The Collected Writings of Joe Brainard – Joe Brainard
  5. Hider Roser – Ben Mirov
  6. Baby Babe – Ana Carrete
  7. Foamghast – Paul Cunningham
  8. The Invention of Glass – Emmanuel Hocquard (translated by Cole Swenson and Rod Smith)
  9. I am My Own Betrayal – Guillaume Morissette
  10. Meat Heart – Melissa Broder
  11. Mercury – Ariana Reines
  12. Crunk Juice – Steve Roggenbuck
  13. Snowflake / different streets – Eileen Myles
  14. Trill – Justin Carter
  15. Stealing Things – Keegan Crawford
  16. [tie] mysapce.com – Walter Mackey

Michael Andor Brodeur: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2012

Pink-Thunder

Michael Andor Brodeur: 8 Best Poetry Books of 2012 (as published by The Boston Globe)

  • Pink Thunder – Michael Zapruder
  • Mayakovsky’s Revolver – Matthew Dickman
  • Thunderbird – Dorothea Lasky
  • Quick Question – John Ashbery
  • Alien vs. Predator – Michael Robbins
  • As Long as Trees Last – Hoa Nguyen
  • Music for Porn – Rob Halpern
  • Place – Jorie Graham