Staff Picks: Favorite Albums of 2012

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You’ve read about our collective favorite albums and songs of 2012, now check out Team PMA’s individual lists below. Up next: the results of our one-question reader survey.

LUIS TOVAR
1. Tame Impala – Lonerism
3. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
2. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
4. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
5. Chromatics – Kill For Love
6. Grimes – Visions
7. Beach House – Bloom
MVPs 2012: Johnny Jewel (Chromatics) & Fiona Apple

PETER TABAKIS
1. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
2. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
3. Jack White – Blunderbuss
4. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
5. Bob Dylan – Tempest
6. Niki & The Dove – Instinct
7. Japandroids – Celebration Rock

DREW MALMUTH
1. Lower Dens – Nootropics
2. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
3. Tame Impala – Lonerism
4. Chromatics – Kill For Love
5. The Walkmen – Heaven
6. Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music
7. Dirty Three – Toward the Low Sun
Special Consideration: Burial – Kindred EP

GENEVIEVE OLIVER
1. Naomi Punk – The Feeling
2. Cold Pumas – Persistent Malaise
3. Lotus Plaza – Spooky Action at a Distance
4. Grimes – Visions
5. Memomena – Moms
6. Nu Sensae – Sundowning
7. Broken Water – Tempest

MATT CONOVER
1. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
2. Frank Ocean – channel ORANGE
3. Ab-Soul – Control System
4. Matthew Dear – Beams
5. Tame Impala – Lonerism
6. Tanlines – Mixed Emotions
7. Dan Deacon – America

PATRICK MCGINN
1. Father John Misty – Fear Fun
2. Tennis – Young & Old
3. Crocodiles – Endless Flowers
4. Hospitality – Hospitality
5. Grimes – Visions
6. Grizzly Bear – Shields
7. Dr. Dog – Be The Void
Special Consideration: Daniel Rossen – Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP

GINA CARGAS
1. Japandroids – Celebration Rock
2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
3. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
4. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure
5. Jessie Ware – Devotion
6. Tame Impala – Lonerism
7. David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant

DENISE LU
1. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
2. Pond – Beards, Wives, Denim
3. Zammuto – Zammuto
4. Brian Eno – LUX
5. Japandroids – Celebration Rock.
6. Dan Deacon – America
7. Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin – Instrumental Tourist

ADAM OFFITZER
1. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
2. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan
3. The Shins – Port of Morrow
4. Passion Pit – Gossamer
5. Alex Winston – King Con
6. Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled With Light
7. Reptar – Body Faucet

RAJ DAYAL
1. Grizzly Bear – Shields
2. Beach House – Bloom
3. Perfume Genius – Put Your Back N 2 It
4. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
5. Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
6. Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
7. How To Dress Well – Total Loss

We would like to thank three awesome dudes who made our world go 3D in 2012: Blas Yaselli, Topher Edwards and Orphan Elliott

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