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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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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.

Omar al-Fil (writer & musician, Elepheel)
http://feelnotes.wordpress.com/

– Aesop Rock: Skelethon
– Kid Koala: 12 Bit Blues
– DJ Format: Statement Of Intent
– El Rass & Munma: Kachf el Mahjoub (Unveiling The Hidden)
– El-P: Cancer For Cure
– Jack White: Blunderbuss
– Quakers: Self-titled
– The Herbaliser: There Were Seven
– Two Fingers: Stunt Rythms
– The Gaslamp Killer: Breakthrough

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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.

Omar Dewachi (musician, Land Of Kush / City Of Salt)
https://soundcloud.com/omar-dewachi

1- The Kaleidoscope: A Beacon From Mars (Epic Records, 1968)
2- Alice Coltrane: Journey In Satchidananda (Impulse, 1970)
3- Cecil Taylor: Live In The Black Forest (MPS, 1978)
4- Rashid al-Qundarji: The Falsetto Of Baghdad (Al Sur, 1996)
5- Albert Ayler: Live In Greenwich Village (Impulse, 1966)
6- The XX: Coexist (Young Turks, 2012)
7- Munir Bashir: Raga Roots (Byblos, 2000)
8- The Band: The Last Waltz (Warner Bro/Rhino, 2002)
9- Various Artists: To Scratch your heart, Early Recordings From Istanbul (Honest Jon’s, 2010)
10- Land Of Kush: Monogamy (Constellation, 2010)

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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.

Joe Namy (interdisciplinary artist)
http://www.olivetones.com/

– Robert Hood: Motor, Nighttime World 3
Some of the most emotional, infectious sounds from Detroit future, reaching deep inside your head and gently massaging your neurons until they’re inside out.

– Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid, m.A.A.d city
Best hip hop album I’ve heard all year, so much heart and amazing delivery and storytelling skills.

– Sixto Rodriguez: Coming From Reality
This is a reissue, originally came out early 70s but has been brought back thanks to the documentary about him that came out this year (which I still want to see).  Even tho its from the 70s it still is just as fresh today.  Plus he’s from Detroit and so that only adds to my love of the music.

– Keith Jarrett: Sleeper (Tokyo, April 16, 1979)
Never before released, so its always exciting to hear new old Keith Jarrett, one of my favorite improvisors.

– Fiona Apple: 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
The lyrics on this album are insane, mainly the opening to “Anything We Want” which goes: My cheeks were, reflecting the longest wavelength… !!!

– Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

– THEESatisfaction : awE naturalE
Soullllllll, so much and so beautiful.

– Matthew Dear: Beams
Another infectious album, lots of good dancy synthy Deary goodness.

– Flying Lotus: Until The Quiet Comes
This album as pretty good, Khalil Joseph’s music video for the album title track was one of my favorite videos of all time.

– DJ RASHAD: Teklife Vol. 1: Welcome To The Chi
Ghettotech, Chicago juke, you just can’t help but want to dance. I just love the vibe he brings.

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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.

Anthony Khoury (musician, Adonis)

1- Rufus Wainwright: Out Of The Game
2- Regina Spektor: What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
3- The XX: Coexist
4- Lana Del Rey: Born To Die
5- 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
6- Grizzly Bear: Shields
7- Yasmine Hamdan: Self-titled
8- Majida el Roumi: Ghazal
9- Bloc Party: Four
10- Possy: Ah Ya Donia

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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.

Eileen Khatchadourian (musician)
http://www.eileenkhatchadourian.com/

– Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes
– Sofia Jannok: Áššogáttis (By the Embers)
– Rossini: La petite messe solennelle
– Rufus Wainwright: Self-titled
– Amy Winehouse: Back To Black
– Raffi Wartanian: Pushkin Street
– PJ Harvey: Let England Shake
– Gotye: Somebody That I Used To Know (single)
– Brigitte: Et vous tu m’aimes?
– Adele: Skyfall (single)

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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.

Charbel Haber (musician, Scrambled Eggs / Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra)
https://soundcloud.com/charbel-haber

– Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
– Eric Chenaux & Radwan Ghazi Moumneh: Sentimental Moves LP
– Rhodri Davies: Wound Response LP
– A-Trio: Music To Our Ears
– Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke & Oren Ambarchi: Imikuzushi
– Swans: The Seer
– Scott Walker: Bish Bosch
– Hot Chip: In Our Heads
– Grimes: Visions
– Fushitsusha: Mabushii Itazura Na Inori

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