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Best 7 Lebanese records of 2012:
– A-Trio: Music To Our Ears
– Charbel Haber: It Ended Up Being A Great Day Mr. Allende
– El Rass & Munma: Kachf el Mahjoub (Unveiling The Hidden)
– Fareeq el Atrash: ‘Al Mawjeh el Tarcha
– Infinite Moment Of Composure (Munma & Liliane Chlela): Turbulence
– The Incompetents: Of Minor Differences… And Narcissism
– Under The Carpet: Self-titled

Best 7 Folk/Pop/Rock records of 2012:
– Beach House: Bloom
– David Byrne & St. Vincent: Love This Giant
– Disappears: Pre-Language
– Eric Chenaux: Guitar & Voice
– 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
– Grizzly Bear: Shields
– Patrick Watson: Adventures In Your Own Backyard

Best 7 Electronica records of 2012:
– Acid Pauli: mst
– Andy Stott: Luxury Problems
– Burial: Street Halo/Kindred EP
– Demdike Stare: Elemental
– Monolake: Ghosts
– Moritz Von Oswald Trio: Horizontal Structures
– Tasjiil Moujahed: Self-titled

Best Post-Rock records of 2012:
– Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
– Godspeed You! Black Emperor: ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
– Swans: The Seer

Best ‘Out-There’ records of 2012:
– Hanetration: Tenth Oar EP
– Scott Walker: Bish Bosch
– Shalabi Effect: Feign To Delight Gaeity Of Gods

Best Free Jazz records of 2012:
– Fire! & Oren Ambarchi: In The Mouth – A Hand
– The Thing & Neneh Cherry: The Cherry Thing

Best French record of 2012:
– Dominique A: Vers les lueurs

Best Hip-Hop record of 2012:
– Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

Best ‘Comeback’ records of 2012:
– Bill Fay: Life Is People
– Bobby Womack: The Bravest Man In The Universe
– Dexys: One Day I’m Going To Soar
– Dr. John: Locked Down
– Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas

Best ‘Debut’ record of 2012:
– Half Moon Run: Dark Eyes

Best ‘2nd album’ of 2012:
– The XX: Coexist

Best ‘Soundtrack’ (or not) of 2012:
– Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury: Drokk (Music inspired by Mega-City One)

Best ‘Covers’ record of 2012:
– Iggy Pop: Après

Best Reissue of 2012:
– Gareth Williams & Marie Currie: Flaming Tunes (1985)

Best Compilation of 2012:
– To What Strange Place: The Music of the Ottoman-American Diaspora, 1916-1929

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… And by this, I mean a recap of this year’s favorite albums, as selected by the 50 artists and musicians who sent in their charts, between December 17 and January 4…

There are eight albums that rise noticeably above the lot, and they are:

Grizzly Bear: Shields > 11 nominations

Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel…  > 8 nominations

The XX: Coexist > 8 nominations

Actress: R.I.P > 7 nominations

Beach House: Bloom > 6 nominations

Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II > 6 nominations

Flying Lotus: Until The Quiet Comes > 6 nominations

Scott Walker: Bish Bosch > 6 nominations

Thank you all, and have a great year, musical and otherwise!
Ziad

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I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records (or tracks, in this case) they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Jade (DJ & producer)
http://ihatejade.me/

1- Luca C & Brigante ft. Roisin Murphy: Flash Of Light (Solomun Remix)
2- Kate Simko ft. Jem Cook: Go On Then
3- Adonis: Stouh Adonis (Jade’s Rainbows in NYC Remix ft. TM)
4- Storm Queen: Look Right Through (Art Department Remix)
5- Who Killed Bruce Lee: Pool Party (Jade’s Poolness Remix)
6- Catz’N Dogz ft. Monty Luke: They Frontin’
7- Shadow Child: So High (Hot Since 82 Remix)
8- Radiohead: Idioteque (Jade’s More Oomph Edit)
9- Florence & The Machine: Spectrum (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
10- Jade & The Forty Thieves: Yours vs Loving Arms
11- Claptone: Good To You
12- Julio Bashmore: Au Seve
13- Claude Von Stroke & Jaw: Le Fantome
14- Djuma Soundsystem: Come Together
15- Aldo Cadiz: Move (Soliman Remix)
16- The Doors: Roadhouse Blues (Jade’s More Oomph Edit)
17- M83: Midnight City
18- Rodriguez Jr. : Ocean Drive
19- Adam Port: Sally
20- Monty Luke: Yesterday & Today

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I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Osman Arabi (musician)
www.osmanarabi.com

1- Anaal Nathrakh: Vanitas
2- Demoncy: Enthroned Is The Night
3- God Seed: I Begin
4- Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
5- Marduk: Serpent Sermon
6- Kanibal Hymn: Corpse Dweller
7- Mgla: With Hearts Towards None
8- Goat: World Music
9- Neurosis: Honor Found In Decay
10- Thomas Köner: Novaya Zemlya

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I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Nader Mansour (musician, The Wanton Bishops)

– Various Artists: Negro Work Songs & Calls (compiled by Alan Lomax)
– Seasick Steve: You Can’t Teach An Old Dog New Tricks
– Skip James: Devil Got My Woman
– R.L. Burnside: A Ass Pocket Of Whiskey
– Brian Jonestown Massacre: Aufheben
– The Black Keys: El Camino
– Kid Koala: 12 Bit Blues
– Scott H. Biram: Bad Ingredients
– The Dead Weather: Live At Third Man Records West
– Ben Prestage: One Crow Murder

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I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Charlie Rayne (musician)

– Beach House: Bloom (2012)
– Youth Lagoon: Year Of Hibernation (2011)
– The Tallest Man On Earth: There’s No Leaving Now (2012)
– Bon Iver: Bon Iver, Bon Iver (2011)
– Bright Eyes: I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning (2005)
– The Incompetents: Of Minor Differences… And Narcissism (2012)
– The Felice Brothers: Self-titled (2008)
– Neutral Milk Hotel: In The Aeroplane Over The Sea (1998)
– Tom Waits: Closing Time (1973)
– Nico: Chelsea Girls (1967)

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I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Brian W. Rogers (filmmaker)

Twenty new records, twenty reissues and one radio broadcast from 2012 in no particular order– for R, J & P

[Radio Transmission: Vallens – Light Divide]

New:
– Jeri-Jeri with Mbene Diatta Seck: Mbeuguel Dafa Nekh
– Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe: Timon Irnok Manta
– Raime: Quarter Turns Over A Living Line
– Andy Stott: Luxury Problems
– Lee Gamble: Diversions 1994-1996
– Ghédalia Tazartès: Coda Lunga
– Actress: R.I.P
– Carter Tutti Void: Transverse
– Sir Richard Bishop: Intermezzo
– Robert Hampson: Repercussions
– KTL: V
– Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
– Thomas Köner: Novaya Zemlya
– Holly Herndon: Movement
– Terrence Dixon: Far From The Future Part 2
– Shackleton: Music For The Quiet Hour/The Drawbar Organ
– Wolfgang Voigt: Ruckverzauberung 6
– Cut Hands: Black Mamba
– Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang: The Face Of The Earth
– Burial: Kindred

Reissues:
– All Recollections GRM
– Lee Perry: Cloak And Dagger
– Dariush Dolat-Shahi: Electronic Music, Tar & Sehtar
– Laurie Spiegel: The Expanding Universe
– Porter Ricks: Biokinetics
– Don Cherry: Organic Music Society
– Edzayawa: Projection One
– William Basinski: The Disintegration Loops
– Francis Bebey: African Electronic Music 1975-1982
– The African Guitar Box
– Gareth Williams & Marie Currie: Flaming Tunes
– Suzanne Ciani: Voices Of Packaged Souls
– Mad Music Inc.: Mad Music
– Dickie Landry: Fifteen Saxophones
– T.R. Mahalingam: Portrait Of A Prodigy
– Mustapha Skandrani: Istikhbars And Improvisations
– Brenda Ray: D’ya Hear Me!
– Lonnie Holley: Just Before Music
– Maggi Payne: Ahh-Ahh Music For Ed
– Akos Rozmann: 12 Stationer VI

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