Top Ten of 2012

The Best Albums of the Year According to KHOL DJs

This is is it folks! The most anticipated end-of-year list this side of the Tetons. Our volunteer DJs have sifted through the masses of great music that came out this year. It wasn’t easy, but most of them came out with a top ten albums list. Others came up with their own rules. Either way these are the greatest hits of 2013 (and the most over-rated hits) according to us.

After tallying up favorites from all of our eclectic volunteers, a couple of albums stood out with many   mentions. Father John Misty, Alt- J, Jack White, Alabama Shakes, Grimes, Ty Seagull –all albums which made multiple lists, which means you won’t wanna leave 2012 without them.

Here’s to great music in 2013!


Bob Millsap, host of The Hole Enchilada
Saturday from Noon to 3 pm
“Top Ten of 2012-in no particular order”

Of Monsters & Men-My Head is an Animal
Bad Books – II
Silversun Pickups-Neck of the Woods
Oberhofer-Time Capsules II
The XX-Coexist
Passion Pit-Gossamer
Crystal Castles- III
Matt & Kim-Lightning
Jack White-Blunderbuss


Dylan Millsap, host of the Hole Enchilada 
Saturday from Noon-3pm
“Top ten albums–no particular order”

Passion Pit-Gossamer
Dirty Heads-Cabin By the Sea
Best Coast-The Only Place
Slightly Stoopid-Top of the World
SOJA-Strength to Survive
Rebelution-Peace of Mind
Crystal Castles- III
Matt & Kim-Lightning
Jack White-Blunderbuss


Michael Moeri host of What’s New at KHOL
Wednesday from 5-7pm
“Top Ten Albums of 2012″

Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Jack White – Blunderbuss
The Mountain Goats – Transcendental Youth
Of Monsters And Men – My Head is an Animal
First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar


Dan Nelson, host of The Placebo Effect
Wednesday from 2-4pm.
Top Ten of 2012″

10. Alabama Shakes, Boys and Girls  (Southern Rock)
9. Andrew Bird, Hands of Glory   (Folk Rock)
8. The Mountain Goats, Transcendental Youth  (Folk Rock)
7. Crystal Castles, III  (Experimental Electronica)
6. Gary Clark Jr., Blak and Blu  (Blues Rock)
5. Grimes, Visions  (Electronic Rock)
4. Purity Ring, Shrines (Synth-pop)
3. Alt-J, An Awesome Wave (Psychedelic Folk Rock)
2. Tame Impala, Lonerism  (neo-Psychedelic Rock)
1. Grizzly Bear, Shields (Art Rock)


Tyson of Mondays and Thursdays
Monday and Thursday from 8-10 am
“Top 12 albums of 2012 in alphabetical order!!!”

Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself
Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Grimes – Visions
Guided By Voices – The Bears For Lunch
Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
Nada Surf – The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
Ty Segall – Twins
The Walkmen – Heaven


B-Mo, host of OB w/ B- Mo
Mondays from 2 – 4 pm
“Top ten 2012”

Shovels And Rope: O’ Be Joyful
Apollo 440: The future’s what it used to be
Shawn Lee: Synthesizers In Space
Calibro 35: Any resemblance to actual persons ….
Spy from Cairo: Arabadub
Melody’s Echo Chamber: Melody’s Echo Chamber
Tomas Barford: Salton Sea
Birds of Chicago: Birds of Chicago
Cat Power: Sun
Ben Folds Five: The sound of the life of the mind


Dawn Rehill, host of Mondays
Mondays from Noon – 2 pm
“The List”

1-A Tribe Called Red- A Tribe Called Red
2- John Brown’s Body- JBB In Dub
3- Nneka- Soul Is Heavy
4- Matthew Dear- Beams
5- The Archives- The Archives
6- Garrison Hawk/ Sly and Robbie- Survive
7- Santigold- Master Of My Make Believe
8-Matthew Dear- Headcage
9- BSide Players- Revolutionize
10-Furture Sounds Of B. Aires


Johnny Dangerous, host of Rhythm and Groove
Thursdays from 2 – 4 pm
“Top Ten of ’12”

10. Alabama Shakes “boy & girls”
9. Santigold ‘Master of my make believe’
8. Little Barrie ‘king of the wavves’
7. Shovels & Rope ‘O be joyful’
6. Diamond Rugs ‘diamond rugs’
5. Band of Skulls ‘sweet sour’
4. Lana del rey ‘born to die’
3. Oddisee ‘people hear what they say’
2. The Heavy ‘the glorious dead’
1. Little Hurricane ‘homewrecker’


Marisa Schweber-Koren, host of Yea Wednesdays!
Wednesdays from 8 – 10 am
“My Top 10 Albums of the Year”

1. CHANNEL Orange by Frank Ocean
2. Celebration Rock by Japandriods
3. Sun by Cat Power
4. An Awesome Wave by Alt-J
5. Visions by Grimes
6. Heaven by The Walkmen
7. Devotion by Jessie Ware
8. Attack on Memory by Cloud Nothings
9. Exercises by CFCF
10. Ugly by Screaming Females


Blair Waller, retired host of The Magic Hours
Formerly Thursdays from Noon – 2 pm
“Top 10, in no particular order”

1. Lee Fields & The Expressions – Faithful Man
2. Dr. John – Locked Down
3. The Heavy – The Glorious Dead.
4. Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
5. Diamond Rugs – Diamond Rugs
6. King Tuff – King Tuff
7. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls
8. The Walkmen – Heaven
9. Django Django - Django Django
10. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Para Vista Social Club


Amory Haydn, host of Groovy Lines
Saturdays from 8 – 10 am
“Top Ten List”

govinda ॐ resonance
copperwire ॐ earthbound
dj krush ॐ monthly singles
pretty lights ॐ we must go on
chet faker ॐ thinking in textures
various artists ॐ sembeh ma fa fe
ganucheau ॐ elements
nickodemus ॐ moon people
papadosio ॐ to end the illusion of separation
kevin paris ॐ good people the land and sea


Talia Smith, host of Afternoon Delight
Thursdays from Noon-2pm
“Top Ten”

1. Macklemore – The Heist
2. John Frusciante – PBX Funicular Itnagliozone
3. Purity Ring – Shrines
4. M. Ward – A Wasteland Companion
5. Metric – Synthetica
6. Beach House – Bloom
7. Yeasayer – Fragrant World
8. Grizzly Bear – Shields
9. Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory
10. Miike Snow – Happy to You


Chad Grossenburg, host of Left of the Dial
Mondays from Noon – 2pm
“2012 top ten in order”

Alt J – An Awesome Wave
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
Ty Segal – Slaughterhouse
Sera Cahoone – Deer Creek Canyon
Jimmy Cliff – Rebirth
Tango in the Attic – Sellotape
Royal Headache – Royal Headache
Beachhouse – Bloom


Skippy Lingo, host of The Evening Edition & The Other Side
Tuesdays from 5-7 pm & Wednesdays from Noon- 2pm.
“Skippy’s top ten of 2012”

Beachwood Sparks – The Tarnished Gold
Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
Father John Misty – Fear Fun
The Maxines – Drugstore EP
Sharon Van Etten – Serpents / Mike McDermott 7″
Robin Pecknold, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Amen Dunes, Department of Eagles – The Unified Field, Issue 01, 10″
Screaming Females – Ugly
Margy Pepper – Golden Webs
Poor Moon – Poor Moon
Io Echo – Io Echo


Erika Nash, host of The Playlist
Saturdays from 7-10 pm
“TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2012”

Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday – Roman Reloaded
Santigold – Master of My Make-believe
Imagine Dragons – Night Visions
Fun – Some Nights
David Guetta – Nothing But the Beat
G.O.O.D Music – Cruel Summer (Kanye West and Various)
Muse – The Second Law
Alt J – An Awesome Wave
Jack White – Blunderbuss
Nas – Life is Good (Deluxe Version)
Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
Passion Pit – Gossamer
Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel
Bruno Mars – Unorthodox Jukebox
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
Aesop Rock – Skelethon
The Killers- Battle Born
Quakers – Quakers
Green Day – Dos!
The xx – Coexist


Erika Nash, host of The Playlist
Saturdays from 7-10 pm

Mumford and Sons – Babel
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Taylor Swift – Red
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Bob Dylan – Tempest
The Ting Tings – Sounds from Nowhere
Phenomenal Handclap Bank – Form and Control
The Temper Trap – The Temper Trap
Maroon 5 – Overexposed
Wiz Khalifa – O.N.I.F.C.
Rihanna – Unapologetic


Liability, co-host of the Heavy Metal Massacre
Tuesdays from 9 pm – midnight
“Big top ten”

1. Alcest – Les Voyages de L’ame
2. Witchcraft – Legend
3. In Mourning – The Weight of the Oceans
4. Enslaved – RIITIIR
5. Gojira – L’Enfant Sauvage
6. Ne Obliviscarus – The Portal of I
7. The Faceless – Autotheism
8. In the Silence – A Fair Dream Gone Mad
9. Royal Thunder – CVI
10. Wintersun – Time (this NEEDED to make the top 10 simply because it took 8 years to finally get finished and released!!! But shouldn’t have because it was only 5 songs! 2 of which were instrumental interludes.)
11. Be’lakor – Of Breath and Bone (should be number 10, better album than Wintersun)


Jess Wilcox, host of As of Late
Wednesday 10 am – Noon
“Top Ten Albums of 2012”

1. An Awesome Wave- Alt J
2. Heaven -The Walkmen
3. Shut Down the Streets – A.C. Newman
4. Sheilds – Grizzly Bear
5. My Head is an Animal – Of Monsters and Men
6. A Thing Called Divine Fits – Divine Fits
7. Mixed Emotions – Tanlines
8. Nocturne – Wild Nothing
9. O’ Be Joyful – Shovels and Rope
10. Love This Giant – David Byrne & St. Vincent


Stacey Breidenstein, host of Keepin it Fresh
Thursdays from 10 am – Noon
“Top Ten List”

1) Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
2) Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams
3) Tame Impala – Lonerism
4) Grizzly Bear – Shields
5) Ty Segall – Twins
6) The Lumineers – The Lumineers
7) The Heist – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
8) The Walkmen – Heaven
9) Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
10) Jack White – Blunderbuss


Capt’N Steve-Z, host of The Life Hypnotic
Saturdays from 6 – 9 pm
“Top 10 List”

10) Miike Snow – Happy To You
9) Dr. Dog – Be the Void
8) Sleigh Bells – Reign of Terror
7) G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel Summer
6) Deadmau5 – >Album Title Goes Here
5) Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City
4) Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
3) Deftones – Koi No Yokan
2) Zeds Dead & Omar Linx – Victor
1) Oddisee – People Hear What They See


Nona Yehia, host of Takes One to Know One
Fridays from 8-10 am
“Top Ten ladies that rocked it in 2012″

1: Chromatics-:Kill for Love
2: Screaming Females
3. Sharon Van Etten: Tramp
4. Crystal Castles: III
5. Purity Ring: Shrines
6. Fiona Apple: The idler Wheel
7. Beach House: Bloom
8. Dum Dum Girls: End of Daze
9: Grimes: Visions
10: Corin Tucker: End of Blues
Best single from a rocker lady: Savages: Husbands


Thomas Gaiennie, host of the Jelly Donut
Wednesdays from 8 – 10 pm
“My top ten. In no particular order”

Medeski Martin and Wood – Free Magic
Menahan Street Band – The Crossing
Antibalas – Antibalas
Marco Benevento – TigerFace
alt J – An Awesome Wave
The Dirty Projectors – About to Die
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Ed Sharpe – Here
Phish – Chicago ’94


Loren Hall, host of The Catalyst & Yea Wednesdays!
Wednesdays from 8-10 am & Fridays from 5 – 7 pm.
“Top 13 in no particular order, yeah, couldn’t even narrow it down to 10″

Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Alt J An Awesome Wave
Ty Segall Twins
Grimes Visions
Dinosaur Jr I Bet On Sky
The Orwells Remember When
Oposssum Electric Hawaii
Chairlift Something
Father John Misty Fear Fun
Diamond Rugs (self titled)
King Tuff (self titled)
Miike Snow Happy To You (one of the best album names of the year as well)

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