The Top 50 Albums of 2012

50. Teen: Electric
49. Sun Araw: The Inner Treaty
48. Cat Power: Sun
47. Tallest Man on Earth: There’s no Leaving Now
46. Matthew E. White: Big Inner
45. Port St. Willow: Holiday
44. Flying Lotus: Until The Quiet Comes
43 Eternal Summers: Correct Behavior
42. Wild Nothing: Nocturne
41. Actress: R.I.P.
40. Metz: Metz
39. Kendrick Lamar: Good Kid, M.a.a.d City
38. Andy Stott: Luxury Problems
37. Dum Dum Girls: End of Daze
36. Japandroids: Celebration Rock
35. Sufjan Stevens: Silver and Gold
34. Magic Trick: Ruler of the Night
33. Miguel: Kaleidoscope Dream
32. Jessie Ware: Devotion
31. Sonny and the Sunsets: Longtime Companion
30. Beachwood Sparks: The Tarnished Gold
29. The Babies: Our House on the Hill
28. Grizzly Bear: Shields
27. Iris DeMent: Sing the Delta
26. The Sea and Cake: Runner

25. King Tuff: King Tuff

24. Frank Ocean: Channel Orange

23. Jimmy Cliff: Rebirth

22. Lower Dens: Nootropics

21. Lambchop: Mr. M

20. Lotus Plaza: Spooky Action at a Distance

19. Woods: Bend Beyond

18. Allah-Las – Allah-Las

17. Weird Dreams: Choreography

16. The Shins: Port of Morrow

15. Wye Oak: Civilian

14. Spider Bags: Shake My Head

13. Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel…

12. Lone: Galaxy Garden

11. Action Bronson: Blue Chips

10. Frankie Rose: Interstellar

9. Spiritualized: Sweet Heart Sweet Light

8. Ty Segall: Slaughterhouse/Twins

7. Diiv: Oshin

6. Beach House: Bloom

5. Tame Impala: Lonerism

4. Mac DeMarco: 2

3. Dent May: Do Things

2. Grimes: Visions

1. Chromatics: Kill For Love

Best EPs:
Mac DeMarco: Rock and Roll Night Club

Daniel Rossen: Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP

The Antlers: Undersea

Where to Celebrate Halloween In New York 2012

Halloween in New York 2012

The Satanic Future Rave at Club Hell


Of course, you all want to go to The Satanic Future Rave at Club Hell on Saturday, but here are some other Halloween choices:

Rubulad frolic at The First Church of Satan: Disco of the Damned
Saturday, October 27

Your fiendish Rubulad producers invite the most craven characters of the underworld – and YOU! – to frolic at The First Church of Satan.

As always, there will be live – or should we say undead? – musical performances by 60’s French pop ensemble Les Sans Culottes, “vocal cartoonist” and “sound acrobat” Zeroboy, gypsy punk darlings Amour Obscur and a selection of Secret Scary Guests from New Orleans. The dance floor will be re-animated by your demonic DJs $mall ¢hange, Shakey and Voodoo Reagonomics.

Further heart-stopping shenanigans include G Scopitronic’s Non-Stop Monster Film Fest and Norm Francoeur’s Dark Circus of Woe, Horrible Art and Hellishly Hot F***ing Tamales, New York City’s most frightening cast of costumed patrons and additional awful surprises too numerous to enumerate. Need we tell you that you should dress damned to hell for having evil fun, you miserable sinners?! Seriously. Bring it. Because this, of all weekends, requires more than just a shocking pair of slacks.

The festivities take place at the First Church of Satan
626 Bushwick Ave.
Take the J, M, Z to the Myrtle Ave. stop and walk one block north to Bushwick Ave. on Jefferson St.

Doors at 9.
Shows begin at 9:30.
Party like a dead rock star till 4am.
10 brains before 10 or way late; otherwise 20 brains.

More information here.

Unicorn Meat NYC presents Illuminate – Halloween Festival of Light & Music
Saturday, October 27

In a secluded part of Brooklyn, detached from the rest of the world, there lies a hidden street you have never been down. You’ve never even noticed it. If you dare to venture down, you will find the cultural oasis of your dreams. As you walk through the dark, you wonder if you’re headed the right way. You stop to listen. You don’t hear anything. It’s eerily quiet. You walk a little further. You still can’t hear it but for some reason you can feel it. You’re participating in a sacred ritual that many before you have experienced, yet none in a place quite like this .

At the end of the road is a gate protecting an expansive land of sound and color from everyday grime and grit. Inside lies a door leading to a concrete forest of glowing marvels. For a special moment in time, separate yourself from the rest of the world, and walk directly into the light.

Music by: RJD2, FreQ Nasty, Random Rab and many more. 21 and over

Tickets and more information here.

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Our Picks for the 2012 Northside Festival

Jens Lekman

The Northside Festival kicks off this weekend taking over North Brooklyn.  The schedule looks pretty stellar.  Here are some highlights:

Thurs: Dragged Into Sunlight, MAKE, The Year is One at Saint Vitus
Thurs: Kool Keith at Brooklyn Bowl
Thurs: Chain and the Gang, Magik Markers, Dope Body at Public Assembly
Thurs: Niki & the Dove at Glasslands Gallery
Thurs: Ceremony, Citizens Arrest, Royal Headache at Warsaw

Fri: Jens Lekman, Of Montreal, The Thermals, Beach Fossils at McCarren Park
Fri: BrooklynVegan presents: Caveman, Frankie Rose, Fort Lean, Hume at Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Fri: Stone Cold Fox, Zachary Cale, Erik Gundel at Pete’s Candy Store

Sat: The L Magazine presents: “Bands You Need to Hear” with Ski Lodge, Ravens & Chimes, Field Mouse, Starlight Girls
Sat: Stereogum presents: Twin Sister, Physical Therapy, Guards, Caged Animals, Blonds, Phonetag at Cameo gallery
Sat: Olivia Tremor Control, Laura Stevenson & The Cans, Dinosaur Feathers at Music Hall Of Williamsburg

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Mike Tyson for President

Election day is now officially less than a year away and between Hermain, Michele, Rick, and Mit – the GOP is setting this election year up to be a real special one. Somehow Mike Tyson seems like too much of a normal to be playing Hermain Cain.