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Discussion: The Year In Music, 2012

December 5th, 2012

Episode 429 of 811 episodes

This has been a phenomenal year for music. Veterans Neil Young and Crazy Horse released not one but two ambitious and ingenious albums. New artists such as Kishi Bashi and Alt-J appeared with exciting and unusual records. Plenty of other surprises popped up along the way: Cat Power returned from a six-year hiatus with the best album she's ever made. Ty Segall, already a prolific artist, released three stellar garage-rock records in 2012 (three!), while the first-ever studio album from Macklemore, a rapper with little name recognition outside his native Seattle, made his debut at No. 1 on iTunes and No. 2 on Billboard. Meanwhile, R&B artists Miguel and Frank Ocean both released records that were unconventional but wildly popular.That's just some of the wonderful, unpredictable and endlessly fascinating music of 2012.On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton chat with NPR Music critic Ann Powers and editor Stephen Thompson about the music that mattered most to them in 2012, including their favorite songs, favorite albums, biggest surprises and favorite new artists.Kishi Bashi Album: 151A Song: Bright WhitesLianne La Havas Album: Is Your Love Big Enough? Song: Lost & FoundThe Dø Album: Both Ways Open Jaws Extended Song: The Wicked & the BlindKacey Musgraves Album: Merry Go 'Round Song: Merry Go 'RoundNeil Young & Crazy Horse Album: Psychedelic Pill Song: Walk Like a GiantMacklemore & Ryan Lewis Album: The Heist Song: Thrift ShopCloud Nothings Album: Attack on Memory Song: Stay UselessThe Sea and Cake Album: Runner Song: On And OnAlt-J Album: An Awesome Wave Song: TessellateCat Power Album: Sun Song: SunFrank Ocean Album: Channel Orange Song: LostJapandroids Album: Celebration Rock Song: The House That Heaven BuiltDirty Projectors Album: Swing Lo Magellan Song: Offspring Are BlankBest Coast Album: The Only Place Song: The Only PlaceMiguel Album: Kaleidoscope Dream Song: AdornTy Segall Album: Twins Song: Thank God For Sinners

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