The Syndicate’s Top Picks of 2012

Another year, another batch of lists! 2012 was full of chart-topping successes, up & coming artists, new jams, old favorites, and releases so good that we’re still keeping them on repeat. Here’s a collection of The Syndicate staff’s picks of the best releases of 2012 – take a look:

Andrew Galvan  (Marketing Coordinator)

  1. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
  2. Amergio Gazaway, Bizarre Tribe: A Quest To The Pharcyde (Gummy Soul)
  3. Walk The Moon, Walk The Moon (RCA)
  4. St. Lucia, St Lucia (Neon Gold Records)
  5. Wiz Khalifa, O.N.I.F.C (Atlantic)
  6. Big Sean, Detroit (Def Jam)
  7. Kanye West Presents: Good Music, Cruel Summer (Def Jam)
  8. Icarus The Owl, Love Always, Leviathan (Self Released)
  9. Now, Now, Threads (Trans)
  10. Crystal Fighters, Star of Love (Atlantic)

Honorable Mentions:
Meek Mill, Dream Chasers II (MMG)
Hannibal Buress, Animal Furnace (Comedy Central)
The Moms, The Moms (Self Released)
Punchline, So Nice To Meet You (Modern Short Stories)
Lovelife, El Regreso (Self Released)
Elle Varner, Perfectly Imperfect (RCA)
Rick Ross, God Forgives, I Don’t (Def Jam)
The Game, Jesus Piece (Interscope)

Bram Teitelman  (Manager, Radio Marketing; Editor, MetalInsider.net)

  1.  Gojira, L’Enfant Sauvage (Roadrunner)
  2. Royal Thunder, CVI (Relapse)
  3. Converge, All We Love We Leave Behind (Epitaph)
  4. High on Fire (De Vermis Mysteriis (eOne)
  5. Devin Townsend Project, Epicloud (Heavy Devy/Inside Out)
  6. Torche, Harmonicraft (VolcomO)
  7. Orange Goblin, A Eulogy for the Damned (Candlelight)
  8. Baroness, Yellow and Green (Relapse)
  9. Deftones, Koi No Yokan (Reprise)
  10. Van Halen, A Different Kind of Truth (Interscope)

Honorable mentions/non metal/etc.
Neurosis, Honor Found in Decay
Night Flight Orchestra, Internal Affairs (import)
Jack White, Blunderbuss (Epic)
Passion Pit, Gossamer (Columbia)
The Sword, Apocryphon (Razor & Tie)
About a third of The Weeknd, Trilogy (Universal)

Brian Pacris (Director, Marketing & Sales)

  1. Hot Water Music, Exister (Rise)
  2. Milo Greene, Milo Greene (Chop Shop/Atlantic)
  3. Now, Now, Threads (Trans-)
  4. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
  5. Beach House, Bloom (Sub Pop)
  6. Crystal Fighters, Star of Love (Atlantic)
  7. Gaslight Anthem, Handwritten (Mercury)
  8. Nada Surf, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)
  9. The Jealous Sound, A Gentle Reminder (Subjective)
  10. Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory (Carpark)

Chris Elles (Partner/Operations & Business Development)

  1. White Rabbits, Milk Famous (Downtown)
  2. Spiritualized, Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Fat Possum)
  3. Toy, Toy (Co-Op)
  4. John Mulaney, New In Town (Comedy Central)
  5. Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge)
  6. Coldplay, Live 2012 (EMI)
  7. Beach House, Bloom (Sub Pop)
  8. Medicine, Shot Forth Self Living (Expanded Edition) (Captured Tracks)
  9. How to Destroy Angels, How To Destroy Angels (Columbia)
  10. Blur – 21: The Box (Virgin)

Claire Suellentrop (College Radio Marketing & Promotion)

  1. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of The Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Epic)
  2. Delicate Steve, Positive Force (Luaka Bop)
  3. Passion Pit, Gossamer (Columbia)
  4. Dry the River, Shallow Bed (RCA)
  5. The Cast of Cheers Family (Coop)
  6. Django Django, Django Django (Ribbon)
  7. Baroness, Yellow & Green (Relapse)
  8. Death Grips The Money Store (Epic)
  9. Milo Greene Milo Greene (Chop Shop/Atlantic)
  10. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis The Heist (Macklemore LLC)

Honorable Mentions:
1. Stepdad Wildlife Pop (Black Bell)
2. Howth Newkirk (s/r)
3. Robert Glasper Black Radio (Blue Note)

EPs:
1. Fashions Young Heart EP (s/r)
2. High Highs High Highs (Small Plates)
3. MMOTHS MMOTHS (SQE)

Graham Rothenberg (Senior Manager, Marketing & Sponsorships)

  1. Grizzly Bear, Shields (Warp)
  2. Beach House, Bloom (Sub Pop)
  3. Passion Pit, Gossamer (Columbia)
  4. Django Django, Django Django (Ribbon)
  5. Frank Ocean, Channel Orange (Def Jam)
  6. Tame Impala, Lonerism (Modular)
  7. Alt-J, ­An Awesome Wave (Canvasback/Atlantic)
  8. Cloud Nothings, Attack On Memory (Carpark)
  9. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
  10. Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge)

Jerry Graham (Director of Publicity) 

  1. Tame Impala, Lonerism (Modular)
  2. Action Bronson + The Alchemist, Rare Chandeliers (self-released)
  3. White Fang, Positive Feedback (Marriage Recs)
  4. Ringo Deathstarr, Mauve (Sonic Unyon)
  5. The Love Below, Every Tongue Shall Caress (A389)
  6. Dark Times Girl Hate 7” (Fyisk Format)
  7. Masta Ace, M.A. Doom (Fat Beats)
  8. Cloud Nothings, Live on KEXP
  9. Disappears, Pre Language (Kranky)

Joe McGinnis (College Radio Marketing & Promotion)

  1. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
  2. Passion Pit, Gossamer (Columbia)
  3. Polica, Give You The Ghost (Mom + Pop)
  4. Alt- J, An Awesome Wave (Canvasback/Atlantic)
  5. Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of The Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Epic)
  6. Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory (Carpark)
  7. The Weeknd, Trilogy (Republic)
  8. Royal Headache, Royal Headache (What’s Your Rupture)
  9. The Tallest Man on Earth, There’s No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans)
  10. Iamamiwhoami, kin. (Cooperative)

Jon Landman (Partner/Operations & Business Development)

  1. Father John Misty, Fear Fun (Sub Pop)
  2. Divine Fits, A Thing Called Divine Fits (Merge)
  3. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
  4. Jack White, Blunderbuss (Columbia)
  5. Kanye West Presents Good Music, Cruel Summer (Def Jam)
  6. Alt-J, An Awesome Wave (Canvasback)
  7. The Vaccines, Come of Age (Columbia)
  8. The White Buffalo, Once Upon A Time In The West (Unison)
  9.  Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory (Car Park)
  10. The Very Best, MTMTMK (Coop)

 kaity davie (College Radio Marketing & Promotion)

  1. Now, Now, Threads (Trans-)
  2. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist (Macklemore LLC)
  3. Pentimento, Pentimento (self released)
  4. Vacationer, Gone (Downtown Records)
  5. Passion Pit, Gossamer (Columbia)
  6. Jack White, Blunderbuss (Columbia/Third Man Records)
  7. Walk the Moon, Walk The Moon (RCA)
  8. Empires, Garage Hymns (History Records)
  9. Title Fight, Floral Green (SideOneDummy)
  10. Cloud Nothings, Attack On Memory (Carpark)

Honorable Mentions:
All Time Low, Don’t Panic (Hopeless)
Every Time I Die, Ex-Lives (Epitaph)
Hostage Calm, Please Remain Calm (Run For Cover)
Jenny Owen Youngs, An Unwavering Band of Light (self released)
Mumford & Sons, Babel (Glassnote)
Nada Surf, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy (Barsuk)
Royal Headache, Royal Headache (What’s Your Rupture?)
Taylor Swift, Red (Big Machine)
Tennis, Young & Old (Fat Possum)
The Early November, In Currents (Rise)

Kodi McKinney (Loud Rock Radio Marketing & Promotions)

  1. Gojira, L’Enfant Sauvage (Roadrunner)
  2. High on Fire, De Vermis Mysteriis (eOne)
  3. The Faceless, Autotheism (Sumerian)
  4. Converge, All We Love We Leave Behind (Epitaph)
  5. Periphery, Periphery II: This Time It’s Personal (Sumerian)
  6. Deftones, Koi No Yokan (Reprise)
  7. Ne Obliviscaris, Portal of I (Aural Music)
  8. Ihsahn, Eremita (Candlelight)
  9. The Sword, Apocryphon (Razor & Tie)
  10. Royal Thunder, CVI (Relapse)
  11. Torche, Harmonicraft (Volcom)
  12. Ty Segall, Twins (Drag City)
  13. Metz, Metz (Sub Pop)
  14. Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory (Carpark)
  15. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
  16. The Orwells, Remember When (Autumn Tone)
  17. Future of the Left, The Plot Against Common Sense (Xtra Mile)
  18. Hot Chip, In Our Heads (Domino)
  19. Menomena, Moms (Barsuk)
  20. The Men, Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)

Matt Kleinschmidt (Manager, Online Publicity; Editor, TheLaughButton.com)

  1. The Gaslight Anthem, Handwritten (Mercury)
  2. Fun., Some Nights (Fueled By Ramen)
  3. Muse, The 2nd Law (Warner Bros.)
  4. Future Of The Left, Plot Against Common Sense (Xtra Mile)
  5. Little Hurricane, Homewrecker (Unknown Breakthrough)
  6. Divine Fits, A Thing Called The Divine Fits (Merge)
  7. Avett Brothers, The Carpenter (Universal)
  8. Walk The Moon, Walk The Moon (RCA)
  9. Mumford And Sons, Babel (Glassnote)
  10. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)

 Melissa Meyers (Marketing Coordinator)

  1. Gojira, L’Enfant Savage (Roadrunner)
  2. Prong,  Carved Into Stone (SPV)
  3. Foxy Shazam, Church of Rock n Roll (EMI)
  4. Rush, Clockwork Angels (Roadrunner)
  5. Tenacious D,  Rize of the Fenix (Columbia)
  6. Aerosmith, Music From Another Dimension  (Columbia)
  7. The Devin Townsend Project, Epicloud (InsideOut)
  8. Kill Devil Hill, Kill Devil Hill (SPV)
  9. Dethklok, Dethalbum III (Williams Street Records)
  10. Deftones, Koi No Yokan (Reprise)

Honorable Mentions:
Van Halen,  A Different Kind of Truth (Interscope)
Motorhead, The World Is Ours Vol 2 (UDR)
High On Fire, De Vermis Mysteriis (eOne)
Songs of Anarchy: Music From Sons of Anarchy Vol 2 (Columbia)
The Sword, Apocryphon (Razor & Tie)

Top Singles:
Adele- “Skyfall” (Columbia)
Rammstein  – “Gib Mir Deine Augen” (Vagrant)

Rev. Moose (General Manager)

  1. Future of the Left, The Plot Against Common Sense (Xtra Mile)
  2. Soley, We Sink (Morr Music)
  3. Of Monsters and Men, My Head is an Animal (Universal Republic)
  4. Math the Band, Get Real (Anchor Brain)
  5. Sophie Madeleine, The Rhythm You Started (Xtra Mile)
  6. Carly Rae Jepsen, Kiss (Interscope)
  7. The Hounds Below, You Light Me Up in the Dark (Slimstyle)
  8. The White Buffalo, Once Upon a Time in the West (Unison)
  9. Gojira, L’Enfant Sauvage (Roadrunner)
  10. Teen Fortress, Tepid Vapid Callow (Self-Released)

Rob Wilcox (Alternative Radio Promotions)

  1. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
  2. Now, Now, Threads (Trans)
  3. Metz, Metz (Sub Pop)
  4. Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory (Carpark)
  5. Royal Headache, Royal Headache (What’s Your Rupture?)
  6. Everyone Everywhere, Everyone Everywhere 2012 (Self-Released)
  7. Torche, Harmonicraft (Volcom)
  8. Title Fight, Floral Green (SideOneDummy)
  9. Father John Misty, Fear Fun (Sub Pop)
  10. OFF!, OFF! (Vice)

Tim Hager (Marketing Coordinator)

  1. Pentimento, Pentimento (Self Released)
  2. Expire, Pendulum Swings (Bridge 9)
  3. Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)
  4. Hot Water Music, Exister (Rise Records)
  5. Single Mothers, Self-Titled EP (Secret Voice)
  6. Converge, All We Love We Leave Behind (Epitaph)
  7. The Chariot, One Wing (Good Fight Entertainment)
  8. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl Record Co.)
  9. Title Fight, Floral Green (SideOneDummy)
  10. Meek Mill, Dream Chasers II (MMG)

Honorable Mentions:
Animal Collective, Centipede Hz (Domino)
Cloud Nothings Attack on Memory (Car Park)
Hannibal Burress, Animal Furnace (Comedy Central)
Propaghandi, Failed States (Epitaph)
Teenage Bottlerocket, Freak Out! (Fat Wreck Chords)

Tracey Zucatti (Partner/Finance & Administration)

  1. Jack White, Blunderbuss (Columbia)
  2. Mumford & Sons, Babel (Glassnote)
  3. Delta Spirit, California (Rounder)
  4. Passion Pit, Gossamer (Columbia)
  5. Best Coast, The Only Place (Mexican Summer)
  6. Father John Misty, Fear Fun (Sub Pop)
  7. Bruno Mars, Unorthodox Jukebox (Atlantic)
  8. Old 97’s,  Too Far To Care 15 Year Anniversary show at Union Transfer/Philadelphia
  9. Japandroids, Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
  10. Gaslight Anthem,  Handwritten (Mercury)

 Zach Shaw (Junior Publicist; Asst. Editor, MetalInsider.net)

  1. The Devin Townsend Project, Epicloud (InsideOut)
  2. Gojira, Le’ Enfant Sauvage (Roadrunner)
  3. Lamb Of God, Resolution (Epic)
  4. Between The Buried And Me, The Parallax II: Future Sequence (Metal Blade)
  5. Testament, Dark Roots Of Earth (Nuclear Blast)
  6. Vision Of Disorder, The Cursed Remain Cursed (Candlelight)
  7. Prong, Carved Into Stone (Steamhammer / SPV)
  8. Shadows Fall, Fire From The Sky (Razor & Tie)
  9. God Forbid, Equilibrium (Victory)
  10. Foxy Shazam, The Church Of Rock And Roll (I.R.S.)

 

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