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Daddy Kool Records Picks Best Albums of 2012

The local music store located in the 600 block had its employees name their favorite albums of the year. What was the best new music you listened to in 2012?

Mumford & Sons, Big Boi, Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen all released critically acclaimed albums in 2012. While those artists have name recognition, many lesser-known aritst also made acclaimed albums this year.

The crew from Daddy Kool Records released theirfavorite records of the year. Top picks included music from various genres including electronic, metal, punk and hip-hop. The album that was mentioned most from Daddy Kool's list was Purity Ring's album, Shrines. 

Below is the list from the record store, which located on the 600 block of Central Avenue. 

Daddy Kool Best Albums of 2012

Benny

The Presets - Pacifica
Sleigh Bells - Reign Of Terror
Purity Ring – Shrines
Passion Pit - Gossamer
Grimes - Visions

Brad

Lampades - IX
Gormathon - Gormathon
Torche – Harmonicraft
Medico Peste - Tremendum et Fascinatio
Pallbearer - Sorrow And Extinction

Brian

Kendrick Lamar - good kidd, m.A.A.d city
El-P - Cancer 4 Cure
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Deftones - Koi no Yokan
Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence

Kristin

fun. - Some Nights
Metric - Synthetica
Stars - The North
The Shins - Port Of Morrow
Purity Ring – Shrines

Manny

Purity Ring – Shrines
Baroness – Yellow & Green
Debo Band – Debo Band
Amadou & Mariam – Folila
Neil Young – Psychedelic Pill

Robbie

Passion Pit – Gossamer
Between The Buried And Me – The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Coheed & Cambria – The Aftermath: Ascension
Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine 20th Anniversary Edition
The Shins – Port of Morrow

Sarah

Hot Water Music – Exister
Night Verses – Out Of The Sky EP
The Menzingers – On The Impossible Past
The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten
Frank Turner – Last Minutes & Lost Evenings

Vicki

Icky Blossoms - Self Titled
Purity Ring - Shrines
Lemonade – Diver
Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeroes - Here
Youngblood Hawke - Self Titled

*** Bonus: St. Pete Patch editor William Mansell's pointless picks. ***

Grizzly Bear - Shields
Beach House - Bloom
Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes
Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
Frank Ocean - Channel Orange 

SPEAK UP: What was your favorite album of 2012? Tell us in the comments

Doug Nelson December 30, 2012 at 02:23 PM
FYI-Purity Ring play the Orpheum on 1/19, i believe. should be a great show.

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