The Best Albums Of 2012

 

 

The Best Music Of  2012

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CON SABOR

TOP PICKS OF 2012 (ALL KILLER, NO FILLER)

Luis Medina

 

ARTIST/TITLE/LABEL

 

EDDIE MONTALVO “DESDE NUEVA YORK A PUERTO RICO” - SENOR MARCHA

CHEO FELICIANO/RUBEN BLADES “EBA SAY AJA” - ARIEL RIVAS MUSIC

RALPH IRRIZARY Y LOS VIEJOS DE LA SALSA “VIEJOS PERO SABROSOS” - BKS

LA EXCELENCIA “ECOS DEL BARRIO” - HANDLE WITH CARE

SANTIAGO ALL STARS “JOYA Y RAREZA” - HASBUN PRODUCTIONS

MARLOW ROSADO Y LA RIQUENA “RETRO” - PINK CHAOS

CUBANA ALL STARS “A DREAM COME TRUE” - VCM

BAILATINO “ANIVERSARIO” - PRODUCE KORTA

SEPTETO SANTIAGUERO “VAMOS PA' LA FIESTA” - PICAP

PACIFIC MAMBO ORCHESTRA “PMO” - PACIFIC MAMBO

ALEXANDER ABREU/HAVANA D'PRIMERA “PASAPORTE” - BIS

PAPO VASQUEZ “OASIS” - PICARO

WILSON CHEMBO CORNIEL “AFRO BLUE MONK” - CHEMBORO

CHARANSALSA “PA'L MI PUEBLO” - CHARANSALSA

 

TOP RELEASES FROM LATE 2011 INTO 2012

VARIOUS SONO SONO TITE CURET - BANCO POPULAR

MICHAEL STUART “TRIBUTO A LOUIE RAMIREZ” - RLM

NG LA BANDA MIS 22 ANOS - BIS


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The Bonnie Simmons Show

Bonnie Simmons

 

1. This Ones For Him - Guy Clark Tribute - Various Artists - Icehouse

 2. Counting Crows - Underwater Sunshine - Collective Sound

 3. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas - Columbia

4. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream - Redwing

5. Bettye Lavette - Thankful and Thoughtful - Anti

6. The Trishas - High Wide and Handsome - Independent

7. Nick Lowe - The Old Magic - Yep Roc

8. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter - American

9. KSAN Live Jive - Various Artists - Live Jive

10. Justin Townes Earle - Nothin's Gonna Change the Way You Feel

About Me Now - Bloodshot

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Hear and Now

Betty Beasley's

 

Top 10 albums for 2012 Plus a few random Likes In no particular order:

Various Artists - This One's for Him: A Tribute ot Guy Clark

Darrell Scott - Long Drive Home

I Draw Slow - Redhills

Caroline Chocolate Drops - Leaving Eden

Iris DeMent - Sing the Delta

Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr  - KIN

Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale - Buddy and Jim

Tim O'Brien and Darrell Scott - We're Usually a Lot Better Than This

Lyle Lovett - Release Me

Rayna Gellert - Old Light

Misc non-album material

Scott Miller and Rayna Gellert (EP) - CoDependents 

Jerry Douglas/Mumford & Sons (with Paul Simon)  cover of "The Boxer"

Paul Thorn's cover of Ray Wylie Hubbard's "Snake Farm"

Willie and Lukas Nelson - "Just Breathe" from Heroes

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Music of the world

Kutay Kugay

 

1. Mariana Sadovska/Pactum/Wizmar

2. Mikail Aslan/Pelguzar/Kalan

3. Giorgis Xylouris/Si Je Salue Les Montagues/Accords Croises

4. Ibrahim Malouf/Diagnostic/Mi'ster

5. Hasen Zirek/Newroz/NA

6. Yemen Blues/Yemen Blues/GlobalLev

7. Keyvan Chemirani/Melos/Accords Croises

8. Sivan Perwer/Herne Pes/Sony-Pelrecords

9. Dakhabrakha/Na Mezhi/Dakhabrakha

10. Kardes Turkuler/Cocuk Hakli/Kalan

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The History of Funk

Rickey Vincent

 


Ronkat Spearman's Katdelic / "Dance on the Mothership (D.O.T.M.S.)"

Larry Graham and Graham Central Station /  "Raise Up"

Danny Bedrosian's Secret Army  /  "Lost Froth"

Ida Nielsen / "Sometimes A Girl Needs Some Sugar Too"

Monophonics / "In Your Brain"

D'Angelo / "Live In Oslo"

Zootzilla / "To Lie With Wolves"

New Trinity Revolution / "9"

Lettuce / "Fly"

Various / "GoGo Get Down - Pure Ghetto Funk from Washington D.C."  Compiled By Joey Negro

Esperanza Spaulding / "Radio Music Society"

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Early Morning Music
(The Collective Experience)

Chuck Scurich

 

Artist: Cat Power

Track: Manhatten

 Album: Sun

Artist: Pussy Riot

Song: Punk Prayer: Mother of God Drive Putin Away


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Chocolate Beats Radio    

From Idris Hassan

 

1.  "My Man's Gone Now" by Nina Simone - Remixed & Reimagined

 2. "Letter To Hermione" (Robert Glasper And Jewels Remix) [Feat. Bilal & Black Milk]" by Robert Glasper - Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP

3. "You Already Knew" by Black Star (Yasiin Bey Aka Mos Def & Talib Kweli) (produced by OhNo)

4.  "Breathe" by Natalie Stewart/The Floacist - Floetic Soul

5. "Getting There (feat. Niki Randa)" by Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes

 6. "The Blessing Song" by Michael White - Pure Fire! a Gilles Peterson Impulse Collection

7. "The Light (Piano Mix)"  By Jill Scott - Hidden Beach Presents: The Original Jill Scott - From the Vault, Vol. 1

8. "Cherry Wine (Featuring Amy Winehouse)" by Nas - Life Is Good

9. "Sunset" by Georgia Anne Muldrow - Early

10. "Message In Our Music" by The O'Jays - Greatest Hits Collection

 

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Reggae Express Top Ten


Aura Meets Lee Perry At Black Ark "Full Experience" - Sunshot

Cutty Ranks "Full Blast" - IDC

Della Grant "Don't Make Sense" - Twinkle

Dub Nation "Rising Force For Change" -Nationrizn

Lee Scratch Perry "Nu Sound & Version" - On U Sound

Midnite "What Makes A King?" - African Roots Lab

Marty Dread "It Sometimes Rains In Paradise" - Five Corners Music

Ras Batch "Know Thyself" - I Grade

Rocker T "Alphabet City" - Stubborn

Twinkle Brothers "Gift Of Jah" - Twinkle

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Music of the World

Joanna Manqueros

 

Anoushka Shankar Traveller
3/12 release date
Deustche gramophone

Sizzling mix of North Indian classical and flamenco. A brilliant and risky endeavor for this 30 year old artist.

 

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Off the Beaten Path

Victoria Z

 

Ritmo Top Ten

1. A Tribe Called Red - Electric Pow Wow Drum - A Tribe Called Red - Independent/ Masalacism

2. Maga Bo - Almost any track - Quilombo Do Futuro - Post World Industries

3. Cornershop - Whose Gonna Lite It Up - Urban Turban - Ample Play Records

4. Ana Tijoux - Sacar La Voz - La Bala - Nacional

5. Filastine featuring Beats Antique & Nova - Colony Collapse (Beats Antique Remix) - Antique

6. Jamie Woon - Night Air - Mirrorwriting - Verve

7. Bebe - Me Pintare - Un Pokito De Rocanrol - EMI Latin

8. Sistema Bomb - El Cascabel - Electro Jarocho - Round Whirled Records

9.  Tomas Barfod - Ecstesizing - Salton Sea - FoF Music

10. La Santa Cecilia - Viento (Caifanes cover) - El Valor EP - Rebeleon Entertainment

Other 2012 notable songs:
Ani Di Franco - If Yr Not - Which Side Are You On - Righteous Babe

Boogat - Dos Cervezas - Pura Vida EP - Masalacism

Anthony Valadez - Asleep f. Anna Wise - Just Visiting - Plug Research

DJ Vadim - Leader f. Yarah Bravo - Don't be Scared - BBE

 

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Rock en Rebelión

(Latin Alternative)

Miguel Guerrero

 

Best Latin Alternative Albums (Revisited):

Hello Seahorse! - Arunima - NUM/EMI
Ases Falsos - Juventud Americana - ARCA
Protistas - Las Cruces - Cazador
Carla Morrison - Dejenme Llorar - Cosmica Records
Pegasvs - Pegasvs - Independent
Gepe - GP - Quemasucabeza
Astro - Astro - Discos Rio Bueno
Le Baron - Magnetismo Colectivo - Num/EMI
Politico - IMS - Nacional Records
Sistema Bomb - Electro Jarocho - Whirled Records


Best Tribute Album:

Natalia Lafourcade - Mujer Divina/Homenaje a Agustin Lara - Sony México

 

Best Free Download Single:

Derecho de Nacimiento - Natalia Lafourcade y Amigos - Independent

 

Best Album for a Social Cause:

Estación Wirikuta - AHO Colectivo - AHO Colectivo

 

Best Better Late Than Never:

The Mars Volta - Noctuorniquet - Rodriguez-Lopez Productions (Recorded in 2009)

 

Best New Band:

Bosnian Rainbows


Best Album Ever for the Mayan Apocalypse:

Toncho Pilatos - Toncho Pilatos/Rock Power - Polygram (1973)

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