2012 A-List

New Music

1. Loudon Wainwright III: Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound)
2. Steve Lehman Trio: Dialect Fluorescent (Pi)
3. Van Morrison: Born to Sing: No Plan B (Blue Note)
4. Todd Snider: Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables (Aimless/Thirty Tigers)
5. Chris Knight: Little Victories (Drifter's Church)
6. Chiddy Bang: Breakfast (Virgin)
7. The Coup: Sorry to Bother You (Anti-)
8. Iris DeMent: Sing the Delta (Flariella)
9. Houston Person: Naturally (High Note)
10. Tommy Womack: Now What! (Cedar Creek)
11. Frank Ocean: Channel Orange (Def Jam)
12. Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver: Living Jelly (Leo)
13. Air: Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon) (Astralwerks)
14. Nicki Minaj: Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (Universal Republic)
15. Jenny Scheinman: Mischief & Mayhem (self-released)
16. K'Naan: Country, God or the Girl (A&M/Octone)
17. The Ben Riley Quartet: Grown Folks Music (Sunnyside)
18. Joan Soriano: La Familia Soriano (IASO)
19. Fred Lonberg-Holm's Fast Citizens: Gather (Delmark)
20. Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Live (ECM, 2CD)
21. Burial: Street Halo/Kindred (2011-12, Hyperdub)
22. De La Soul's Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present . . . First Serve (Duck Down)
23. Staff Benda Bilili: Bouger Le Monde (Crammed Discs)
24. Arthur Kell Quartet: Jester (Bju'ecords)
25. Jacob Garchik: The Heavens: The Athetist Trombone Album (Yestereve)
26. Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas (Columbia)
27. Big K.R.I.T.: 4Eva N a Day (mixtape)
28. Himanshu: Nehru Jackets (Greedhead)
29. Killer Mike: R.A.P. Music (Williams Street)
30. Disappears: Pre Language (Kranky)
31. Ehud Asherie with Harry Allen: Upper West Side (Posi-Tone)
32. Vijay Iyer Trio: Accelerando (ACT)
33. Charles Gayle Trio: Streets (Northern Spy)
34. BBU!: Bell Hooks (Mishka)
35. Todd Terje: It's the Arps (Smalltown Supersound, EP)
36. Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City (Aftermath)
37. Ivo Perelman/Matt Shipp/Gerald Cleaver: The Foreign Legion (Leo)
38. The Mountain Goats: Transcendental Youth (Merge)
39. Serengeti: C.A.R. (Anticon)
40. 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 (Clean Slate/Epic)
41. Saigon: The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread and Circuses (Suburban Noize)
42. Juhani Aaltonen and Heikki Sarmanto: Conversations (TUM, 2CD)
43. Andrew Lamb: Rhapsody in Black (NoBusiness)
44. Ondatrópica (Soundway)
45. Kid Koala: 12 Bit Blues (Ninja Tune)
46. Patti Smith: Banga (Columbia)
47. Miles Okazaki: Figurations (Sunnyside)
48. Michael McNeill Trio: Passageways (self-released)
49. Madonna: MDNA (Interscope)
50. Andy Sheppard/Michael Benita/Sebastian Rochford: Trio Libero (ECM)
51. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Psychedelic Pill (Reprise, 2CD)
52. Angles 8: By Way of Deception: Live in Ljubljana (Clean Feed)
53. Ivo Perelman/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver: Family Ties (Leo)
54. Han Bennink: Bennink & Co. (ILK)
55. John Surman: Saltash Bells (ECM)
56. Mike Reed's People, Places & Things: Clean on the Corner (482 Music)
57. Jens Lekman: I Know What Love Isn't (Secretly Canadian)
58. Rusko: Songs (Mad Decent/Downtown)
59. Jerry Bergonzi: Shifting Gears (Savant)
60. Carolyn Mark: The Queen of Vancouver Island (Mint)
61. Louis Sclavis Atlas Trio: Sources (ECM)
62. Holus-Bolus: Pine Barren (Prom Night)
63. Amadou & Mariam: Folila (Nonesuch)
64. Danny!: Payback (Okayplayer)
65. Eivind Opsvik: Overseas IV (Loyal Label)
66. Tomas Fujiwara & the Hook Up: The Air Is Different (482 Music)
67. Medeski Martin & Wood: Free Magic (Indirecto)
68. Pet Shop Boys: Elysium (Astralwerks)
69. Bruce Springsteen: Wrecking Ball (Columbia)
70. Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey: The Clairvoyant (Leo)
71. Kyle Brenders Quartet: Offset (18th Note)
72. Weasel Walter/Mary Halvorson/Peter Evans: Mechanical Malfunction (Thirsty Ear)
73. Zani Diabaté & Les Héritiers: Tientalaw (Sterns Africa)
74. Cornershop: Urban Turban: The Singhles Club (Ample Play)
75. Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: No New Tunes (Hot Cup)
76. Branford Marsalis Quartet: Four MFs Playin' Tunes (Marsalis Music)
77. Ani DiFranco: Which Side Are You On? (Righteous Babe)
78. The Peggy Lee Band: Invitation (Drip Audio)
79. Andre Williams & the Sadies: Night & Day (Yep Roc)
80. Homeboy Sandman: First of a Living Breed (Stones Throw)
81. Dylan Hicks: Sings Bolling Greene (Two Deuces)
82. Janka Nabay & the Bubu Gang: En Yay Sah (Luaka Bop)
83. Carly Rae Jepsen: Kiss (604/Interscope/Schoolboy)
84. Diana Krall: Glad Rag Doll (Verve)
85. Ernest Dawkins: Afro Straight (Delmark)
86. Hairy Bones: Snakelust (to Kenji Nakagami) (Clean Feed)
87. Ted Nash: The Creep (Plastic Sax)
88. Dave Douglas Quintet: Be Still (Greenleaf Music)
89. Living by Lanterns: New Myth/Old Science (Cuneiform)
90. Neneh Cherry & the Thing: The Cherry Thing (Smalltown Supersound)
91. The Whammies: Play the Music of Steve Lacy (Driff)
92. Mika: The Origin of Love (Casablanca)
93. Koo Nimo: Highlife Roots Revival (Riverboat)
94. Ned Sublette: Kiss You Down South (Postmambo)
95. Peter Zak: Nordic Noon (Steeplechase)
96. Yosvany Terry: Today's Opinion (Criss Cross)
97. Eric Bibb: Deeper in the Well (Stony Plain)
98. Don Byron New Gospel Quintet: Love, Peace, and Soul (Savoy Jazz)
99. Wadada Leo Smith & Louis Moholo-Moholo: Ancestors (TUM)
100. Heems: Wild Water Kingdom (Greedhead)
101. Sonic Liberation Front: Jetway Confidential (High Two)
102. Eric Revis 11:11: Parallax (Clean Feed)
103. Old Time Musketry: Different Times (Steeplechase)
104. Elliott Sharp Trio: Aggregat (Clean Feed)
105. Ray Wylie Hubbard: The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello)
106. Occupy This Album (Razor & Tie, 4CD)
107. Mort Weiss: I'll Be Seeing You (SMS Jazz)
108. François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin: In Motion (Leo)
109. Antibalas (Daptone)
110. Gypsyphonic Disko Nola-Phonic Vol. 2 (DJ Quickie Mart)
111. Low Cut Connie: Call Me Sylvia (self-released)
112. Big K.R.I.T.: Live From the Underground (Def Jam)
113. Raoul Björkenheim/Anders Nilsson/Gerald Cleaver: Kalabalik (DMG/ARC)
114. Prinzhorn Dance School: Clay Class (DFA)

Old Music

1. The Group: Live (1986, NoBusiness)
2. The Rough Guide to Highlife [2nd Edition] (World Music Network)
3. The Original Sound of Cumbia (1948-79, Soundway, 2CD)
4. Sam Rivers/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul: Reunion: Live in New York (2007, Pi, 2CD)
5. William Parker: Centering: Unreleased Early Recordings 1976-1987 (No Business, 6CD)
6. Laurie Spiegel: The Expanding Universe (1980, Unseen Worlds)
7. Dabke: Sounds of the Syrian Houran (1997-2010, Sham Palace)
8. Juma Sultan's Aboriginal Music Society: Whispers From the Archive (1970-78, Porter)
9. Plug: Back on Time (1996, Ninja Tune)
10. Sheila Jordan/Harvie S: Yesterdays (1990, High Note)
11. Pete Seeger: The Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960 (Smithsonian/Folkways, 2CD)
12. Francis Debey: African Electronic Music 1975-1982 (Born Bad)
13. Bill Evans: Live at Art D'Lugoff's Top of the Gate (1968, Resonance, 2CD)
14. Thomas Anderson: The Moon in Transit (Four Track Demos, 1996-2009) (Out There)
15. Karantamba: Ndigal (1984, Teranga Beat)
16. Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis & Johnny Griffin Quintet: Live at Minton's Playhouse in New York City: Complete Recordings (1961, Fresh Sound, 2CD)
17. Janis Joplin: The Pearl Sessions (1970, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD)
18. Mal Waldron: Quiet Temple (1964, Black Lion Vault)
19. Frank Wright Quartet: Blues for Albert Ayler (1974, ESP-Disk)
20. Louisiana Red: When My Mama Was Living (1975, Labor)
21. Can: The Lost Tapes (1968-77, Mute, 3CD)
22. Louis Armstrong and the All Stars: Satchmo at Symphony Hall [65th Anniversary]: The Complete Performances (1947, Hip-O Select, 2CD)
23. Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Vol. VII: Sankei Hall, Osaka, Japan (1980, Widow's Taste, 2CD)
24. Aretha Franklin: Knew You Were Waiting: The Best of Aretha Franklin 1980-1998 (Arista/Legacy)
25. Johnny Cash: Bootleg Vol. IV: The Soul of Truth (1975-83, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD)