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Ashe Avenue’s Top 10 Albums of 2012

2012 was just the start. We launched four major sites in 30 days. We upgraded our Brooklyn office (twice!) and hired some fantastic, brilliant folks in both Chapel Hill and New York. We became great friends with the wonderful team at AOL. We expanded our relationship with VICE across the fields of music, technology, MMA and feline fashion. We established Grandparents.com as the go-to online destination for today’s active (and technologically-inclined) grandperson. We partnered with the most iconic and well-known brand in the rapidly-gaining-steam-for-widespread-legalization-of marijuana game, High Times Magazine. 2013 is looming with opportunity. 2012 was just the start.

With that pseudo year-in-review out of the way, we’ve assembled, in our usual fashion, the collective top albums of 2012 from (almost) each member of the Ashe Avenue team. The entire staff trembles in fear when December rolls around, knowing it’s only a matter of time until we start screaming and violently force them to cough up their favorite 10 records of the year. This year was considerably easier, as 2012 has been an unseasonably great 12 months for the art of sound. Several of us actively refused (again, violently) to be limited by “the man’s laws” of top 10 lists, so really this is more of a collection of top (n) lists. When you’re done with this, feel free to check out the other shitty lists we pinched off in 2011 and 2010. We’re probably biased, but we don’t think this year’s list is half bad. Comment, troll, Like, vent, Pocket, or simply read and enjoy. We wish everyone a wonderful holidays — see you in lucky 2013.

Dan

1. Wiz Khalifa – Rolling Papers
2. The Who – Who’s Next
3. Daft Punk – Homework
4. The Naked & Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You
5. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III
6. Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of Day
7. Rick Ross – God Forgives, I Don’t
8. Tiesto – Club Life Volume 1: Las Vegas
9. Van Halen – The Best of Both Worlds
10. Thomas Newman – Skyfall OST

Emily

1. Flight of the Conchords – I Told You I Was Freaky
2. Flight of the Conchords – Self-Titled
3. Twin Peaks – Season One TV Soundtrack
4. Beck – Midnite Vultures
5. Lana Del Rey – Born to Die
6. David Bowie – Station to Station
7. Paul Simon – Graceland
8. Joni Mitchell – Mingus
9. Paul McCartney – Ram
10. Patrick Wolf – Lycanthropy

Heath

1. Road Kill, Vol. 1
2. Death Grips – The Money Store
3. Black Breath – Sentenced to Life
4. Grimes – Visions
5. Black Moth Super Rainbow – Cobra Juicy
6. Shlohmo – Vacation (Remixes)
7. Tourist – Tourist
8. Porcelain Raft – Strange Weekend
9. Humans – Traps
10. Com Truise – In Decay

Joe

1. Lotion – Greenskeepers (From Pleetch)
2. Solid Gold Hits – The Beastie Boys
3. Now You’re Gone – Basshunter
4. Joco Looks Back – Jonathan Coulton
5. The Best of Faith No More
6. More Monsters and Nice Sprites – Skrilliex
7. A Brief History of Rhyme – MC Hawking
8. The Devil Makes Three (Self Titled)
9. Lungs – Florence & The Machine
10. 2nd Mini Album – 2NE1

John

1. Deftones – Koi No Yokan
2. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
3. Generation Of Vipers – Howl and Filth
4. Pig Destroyer – Book Burner
5. American Dollar – Ambient 3
6. Black Sheep Wall – No Matter Where It Ends
7. Sigur Ros – Valtari
8. Sun Kil Moon – Among the Leaves
9. Narrows – Painted
10. Damien Jurado – Mariqopa
11. Maserati – VII
12. The Shins – Port of Morrow
13. WHORES – Ruiner
14. Lights out Asia – hy brasil
15. Necro Deathmort – The Colonial Script
16. Khoma – All Erodes (B-Sides record)
17. My Dick – My Dick’s Double Full Length Release

Matt

1. Title Fight – Floral Green
2. Deftones – Koi No Yokan
3. Converge – All We Love We Leave Behind
4. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
5. And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Lost Songs
6. High on Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis
7. Purity Ring – Shrines
8. Gaza – No Absolutes in Human Suffering
9. The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past
10. Aeges – The Bridge
11. Pinback – Information Retrieved
12. Silver Snakes – Pictures of a Floating World
13. Pig Destroyer – Book Burner
14. Hot Water Music – Exister
15. The Shins – Port of Morrow

Nik

1. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
2. Minus the Bear – Infinity Overhead
3. The Decemberists – Long Live the King
4. Lydia – Paint it Golden
5. I am Robot and Proud – Uphill City Remixes & Collaborations
6. Paradise – Slow Club
7. Laura Marling – Alas, I Cannot Swim
8. Anchor & Braille – Felt
9. Brighten – I’ll Always Be Around
10. El Ten Eleven – El Ten Eleven

Rob

1. Junip – In Every Direction
2. Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
3. Mason Jennings – Minnesota
4. Frank Fairfield – Out On The Open West
5. Langhorne Slim – The Way We Move
6. Eddie Vedder – Into The Wild (Soundtrack)
7. Alexi Murdoch – Time Without Consequence
8. Jose Gonzalez – Veneer
9. Blackalicious – NIA
10. Ian Thomas – Live at Rockwood Music Hall

Tim

1. Sleeping At Last – Storyboards
2. Lost In The Trees – All Alone in an Empty House
3. The Format – Dog Problems
4. Jónsi – Go
5. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
6. The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
7. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
8. Jarabe De Palo – De Vuelta y Vuelta
9. Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album)
10. The National – High Violet

Todd

1. Protoje – 7 Year Itch
2. Groundation – Each One Teach One
3. Black Uhruhu – Sinsemilla
4. Evol Intent – Us Against the World
5. The Sword – Apocryphon
6. Red Fang – Murder the Mountains
7. Primordial – To the Nameless Dead
8. Marduk – Serpent Sermon
9. Merciful Fate – Dead Again
10. Gorgoroth – Ad Majorem Sathanas Gloriam

Also to appease Rob, here’s a lovely video of Jose Gonzalez performing “In Every Direction:”

Matt Murphy

Matt Murphy is Ashe Avenue’s Director of Client Services. @murphyjmatt

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