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The Current's music editor reluctantly chooses the best of 2012

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Let's be honest, here: any "best-of" list you find out there is a subjective, incomplete, inaccurate and, often times, just plain funny concoction that says more about the person who compiled it than the music itself. There is no way anyone can listen to every single album that's released in a year, especially those who — like me— enjoy a wide range of styles in several languages. Even those who brag about having listened to every release probably spent very little time with each album; not a recommended thing to do, since the power of an album grows or diminishes the more you get to know them. Still, those lists (even the bad ones) serve a valuable purpose: here and there, you are able to discover some wonderful albums you may have missed.

Different writers have different methods to elaborate the list. Some, as Current contributor J.D. Swerzenski shared in this same issue, choose their "best" album of the year based on how many times the album was played in the last 12 months. Myself? I keep a list on the wall and, whenever something hits me (hits me really hard), I write it down. At the end of the year, I choose my "best" in each category.

Here they are. Don't agree? Share yours with us in the comments section of this story, and help us discover what this, yet another stupid list, left out.

1 - Nicolette Good
Monarch
On a pure songwriting and vocal basis, nothing can touch Nico's masterpiece. Nothing.

2 - Third Root
Stand for Something
A politically charged black/brown collaboration between Mojoe's Easy Lee and Mexican Stepgrandfather's Marco Cervantes.

3 - Pop Pistol
Animal Prisms
The magnus opus by SA's electropop power trio.

4 - Los Texmaniacs
Texas Towns & Tex-Mex Sounds

5 - Mrs. Howl
Lovie & A Yellow Lamp

6 - Karloz
Tex-Bop Deluxe

7 - Phonolux
Nashville Fires

8 - The Panic Division
Eternalism

9 - Bad Breaks
Bad Breaks

10 - Last Nighters
Animal Room

11 - Langton Drive
Langton Drive

12 - Whiskey Ships
Soft Enterprise

TOP 4 EPs FROM WHEREVER

1 - Little Brave's Wild
The first of three EPs that will
become an album. Get it NOW.

2 - Pep Squad
Get Outrageous (SA)

3 - Tom Tom Club
Downtown Rockers

4 - Garrett T. Capp
Radical Sabbatical (SA)

BEST TOURING SHOW

England in 1819 at Limelight

BEST LOCAL SHOW

The Heroine at White Rabbit

TOP 3 LATIN ALBUMS

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