New:

1. Royal Headache – s/t

(I know came out in 2011, but I wasn’t aware of it till the reissue, and I listened to it more than anything else this year)

2. Ty Segall Band – Slaughterhouse

3. Swans – The Seer

4. Merchandise – Children of Desire

5. Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

6. Ty Segall – Twins

7. Tyvek – On Triple Beams

8. Sic Alps – s/t

9: Guided by Voices – Let’s Go Eat the Factory

(though scattered and flawed, hard for me not to love)

10: Spacin’ – Deep Thuds

Runners-up: Gap Dream – s/t, Lee Ranaldo – Between the Times and the Tides

Liked but hard to rank: Scott Walker – Bish Bosch

Didn’t hear but might have liked: Andy Stott – Luxury Problems,  Apache Dropout – Bubblegum Graveyard, the other two GBV albums

 

Reissues:

1. Donnie & Joe Emerson – Dreamin’ Wild

2. Public Nuisance – Gotta Survive

3. V/A – Personal Space: Electronic Soul

4. Wicked Lady – Axeman Cometh

5. Francis Bebey – African Electronic Music 1975 – 1982

 

Shows:

1. Pulp @ Radio City Music Hall

2. Royal Headache @ Cake Shop

3. Rhys Chatham @ Issue Project Room

4. Ty Segall @ The Well

5. Destroyer @ Brooklyn Masonic Template