conradtao
Conrad Tao
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07.09.13 2013.5 11.22.12 Conrad's Top 50 Albums Of 2012
06.15.12 2012.5 03.23.12 2012 Q1: The Unsung (and The Less So)
03.19.12 Conrad Made An Album. 12.07.11 conrad presents 25 from 2011
06.11.11 The 2011 List You Probably Haven't Hear 05.01.11 Fuck Elitism.
01.19.11 Albums That Changed The Way I Listen 12.08.10 Conrad's 2010: Top 25 (with Description

2012.5

Jumping on the bandwagon. Check these babies out.
50Beach House
Bloom


Good, but just.
49Virtual Boy
Virtual Boy


Downtempo for the dubstep generation.
48Blondes
Blondes


What the fuck is microhouse. Can we just dance or something.
47Black Dice
Mr. Impossible


The most fun I've had with a noise album since OOIOO came out with their last release.
46Chromatics
Kill For Love


Almost as long as Fiona Apple's album title. But plow through and you'll find something remarkably cogent and personal.
45Miryo
MIRYO a.k.a JOHONEY


Miryo talks/raps/sings about earlobes, apparently. It sounds great.
44Porcelain Raft
Strange Weekend


Working with a familiar sonic palette, Mauro Remiddi creates unexpectedly good songs that are almost as beautiful as he is.
43Pepe Deluxe
Queen of the Wave


A bit too kitschy to really convince, but this album still blows minds.
42 oOoOO
Our Love Is Hurting Us


I'm still sad that "witch house" isn't really a thing anymore. Also sad that I can't put the RITUALZ album from last year on this list. Oh, well. This is close enough.
41Huoratron
Cryptocracy


Heavy stuff. See milquetoast white people mosh.
40Disasterpeace
FEZ


Unexpectedly lovely. One of the most important chiptune releases of recent years.
39EXO-K
Mama


The boy band tradition is alive and well. Bless.
38Hospitality
Hospitality


Man, what would it be like if Vampire Weekend wrote genuinely smart songs?
37Demdike Stare
Elemental


Sweep the dust off the floor (thump thump thump).
36Friends
Manifest!


Kickin' back.
35Hello Venus
Venus


The sort of maximalist bleacher pop Gwen Stefani wishes she could make.
34Jason Urick
I Love You


Do yoga to this shit.
33Lone
Galaxy Garden


In various settings: ecstatic, relaxing, hypnotic.
32Meysell Quintana
Miracle of the Sun


GTB represent! Bitcrushed waves that sound impossibly organic.
31Sigur Ros
Valtari


To paraphrase CMG, treading water in the clearest, most beautiful lake in the universe.
30Orcas
Orcas


Forget "amniotic pop" as a blog genre. This is real, submerged, dub-inflected pop, and it sounds gorgeous.
29Justin Bieber
Believe


He's all grown up, and he's putting out some of the best pop records on the radio right now.
28Fiona Apple
The Idler Wheel...


It's as if she never left us.
27Daughn Gibson
All Hell


Creepy-sultry. Intoxicating stuff.
26OST
Invisible Ink For Sketching Ghosts


Linklater is practically infallible to me, so this shit is a given. Damn good.
254minute
Volume Up


K-pop does the sax solo thing better than anybody here did.
24Zammuto
Zammuto


A tuneful abstraction that's as touchingly human as it is rough-hewn.
23ahnnu
couch


Homebrewed beats any Brainfeeder freak would love.
22The 2 Bears
Be Strong


Give the music all your lovin'.
21HEALTH
MAX PAYNE 3


Whoever was in charge of this collaboration is underpaid.
20The Trap's Jaw
An Awful Lot of Wires


GTB represent! Also, 16kbps MP3's produce extremely rewarding timbres.
19A Pink
Une Annee


The best pop chorus of 2012 ("Bubibu") and the most unabashedly happy pop you'll hear all year.
18of Montreal
Paralytic Stalks


Kevin Barnes shatters his psyche and the demented parade from Paprika comes shooting out.
17Lana Del Rey
Born To Die


She might be bougie, but damn if she isn't a creative genius.
16One Direction
Up All Night


Perfect pop, mercifully free of cynicism.
15Death Grips
The Money Store


I want this shit in my areaaaaadfkgjfdsjkgdfdslkgasdf. Also, see white people mosh again.
14Diplo
Express Yourself


A monstrous "sea of broquility".
13Tyme. x Tujiko
GYU


Gorgeous, sighing, transparent pop.
12Julia Holter
Ekstasis


"Boy In The Moon" is a song that exists in this world. That is all you need to know.
11Karantamba
Ndigal


Cosmopolitan aesthetes can't fetishize this. It's too vital.
10Peaking Lights
Lucifer


Enough good vibes to fill a whole summer.
9Actress
R.I.P


Heartbeats.
8Black Bananas
Rad Times Xpress IV


Herrema goes hard.
7 Leila
U&I


Circuitry frying.
6King Felix
Spring EP


Laurel Halo's second release on this list, a pitch-perfect melding of traditional orchestral color with hummingbird beats. Gorgeous.
5Gatekeeper
Exo


Goofy but brutal industrial techno, coming soon to a Gamestop near you. (I think.)
4Mouse on Mars
Parastrophics


Witty, glitchy, squelchy dance music. Also, Facebook's a cockblocker.
3Burial
Kindred


That bass is deep as fuck.
2Laurel Halo
Quarantine


Pulseless electronic pop fighting to have a heart.
1Grimes
Visions


DIY art-pop that's refreshingly hard to pin down.
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