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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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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.

Hisham Awad (writer)

Albums
1- Actress: R.I.P (Honest Jon’s Records)

(in no particular order)
– Emptyset: Medium (Subtext)
– Ricardo Villalobos: Dependent And Happy (Perlon)
– Carter Tutti Void: Transverse (Mute)
– Shalabi Effect: Feign To Delight Gaiety Of Gods (Annihaya)
– Thomas Köner: Novaya Zemlya (Touch)
– Lee Gamble: Diversions 1994-1996 / Dutch Tvashar Plumes (PAN)
– Silent Servant: Negative Fascination (Hospital Productions)
– Jam City: Classical Curves (Night Slugs)
– Raime: Quarter Turns Over A Living Line (Blackest Ever Black)
– Bass Clef: Reeling Skullways (Punch Drunk)
– Heatsick: Déviation (PAN)
– Gohan: Peur (Peur Bleue Records)
– Terrence Dixon: From The Far Future Pt.2 (Tresor)
– Madteo: Noi No (Sähkö Recordings)
– Andy Stott: Luxury Problems (Modern Love)
– Powell: Body Music (Diagonal)
– Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II (Southern Lord Recordings)
– Dean Blunt: The Narcissist II (Hippos In Tanks)

Mixes/Podcasts
1- mnml ssgs mx fnl, by Morphosis (extended version)
2- Juno Plus Podcast 45, by Bill Kouligas
3- RA.327 Vessel
4- RA.318 Rrose
5- Peur Bleue mix #21/The Castle, by Gohan

Tracks (in no particular order)
– Theo Parrish: Any Other Styles (Sound Signature)
– Hieroglyphic Being: The Lost Transmission (Morphine Records)
– Actress: Marble Plexus (Honest Jon’s Records)
– Metasplice: Bohrium Slunk (Morphine Records)
– Terrence Dixon: Dark City Of Hope [Main Mix] (Tresor)
– Gohan: Radio Tripoli (Peur Bleue Records)
– Heatsick: Stars Down To Earth (PAN)
– Robert Hood: The Exodus (Music Man Records)
– Silent Servant: Invocation Of Lust (Hospital Productions)
– Raime: Your Cast Will Tire (Blackest Ever Black)
– Ricardo Villalobos: Mochnochich (Perlon)
– Andy Stott: Numb (Modern Love)
– Bass Clef: Electricity Comes From Other Planets (Punch Drunk)
– Oneohtrix Point Never: I Only Have Eyes For You (self-released)
– Laurel Halo: Airsick (Hyperdub)

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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.

Haig Papazian (musician, Mashrou’ Leila)

– iamamiwhoami: Kin
– Frank Ocean: Channel Orange
– Grimes: Visions
– Mykki Blanco: Cosmic Angel, The Illuminati Prince/ss
– Bat For Lashes: The Haunted Man
– Holy Other: Held
– Beach House: Bloom
– Actress: R.I.P
– DIIV: Oshin
– The XX: Coexist
– Tindersticks: The Something Rain
– Hot Chip: In Our Heads
– Chairlift: Something
– Cat Power: Sun
– Lana Del Rey: Born To Die

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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.

Liliane Chlela (musician)
http://www.lilianechlela.com/
https://soundcloud.com/queen-lil

– Mika Vainio, Kevin Drumm, Axel Dörner & Lucio Capece: Venexia
– Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin: Instrumental Tourist
– Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe: Timon Irnok Manta
– Lee Gamble: Diversions 1994-1996
– Bill Gould & Jared Blum: The Talking Book
– Jon Mueller & James Plotkin: Terminal Velocity
– Fennesz: AUN (OST)
– Lee Noble / Ensemble Economique: Motion Forever (Split LP)
– Actress: R.I.P
– Bersarin Quartett: II

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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.

Sae Lis’ (musician)
http://www.saelis.com/
https://soundcloud.com/saelis

– Ben Howard: Every Kingdom
– The XX: Coexist
– Delilah: From The Roots Up
– Marcus Miller: Renaissance
– Ellie Goulding: Lights
– Caravan Palace: Self-titled
– Ibrahim Maalouf: Diagnostic
– Charlie Winston: Running Still
– Brigitte: Et vous tu m’aimes?
– Andy Allo: Superconductor
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– Michael Kiwanuka: Home Again

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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.

Tony Elieh (musician, Scrambled Eggs / Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra)

1- Scott Walker: Bish Bosch
2- Tom Waits: Bad As Me
3- A Place To Bury Strangers: Worship
4- Avikko: Novo Atlantis
5- Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
6- Sonny Sharrock: Black Woman
7- The Necks: Mindset
8- Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact
9- Various Artists: Lost Highway (OST)
10- Pixies: Surfer Rosa

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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.

Hassib Dergham (musician, Who Killed Bruce Lee)
http://whokilledbrucelee.bandpage.com/

– Metronomy
– Rage Against The Machine: Burn
– Various Artists: This Is England (OST)
– Tunng: Comments Of The Inner Chorus
– The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour
– Django Django: Default (single)
– Neil Young: Dead Man (OST)
– Cody ChesnuTT: The Headphone Masterpiece
– Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert
– Sigur Rós: ( )

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