Paul & AJ’s Top 10 Albums of 2012

We’ve already discussed our favorite films, TV series, and comics of 2012. Now, to round things out before the impending season 4 premiere, we’ll “discuss” our favorite albums. “Discuss” is in quotation marks because, as we’ve frequently noted on the show, we are really, really bad at knowing how to talk about music. So we figured we’d let the music speak for itself.

Enjoy and check back on Sunday for the season premiere of GOBBLEDYGEEK!

PAUL: 10. SOME NIGHTS by fun.

Key track: “Some Nights”

AJ: 10. LONERISM by Tame Impala

Key track: “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

PAUL: 9. THE CARPENTER by The Avett Brothers

Key track: “February Seven”


Key track: “Fantastic Explosion of Time”

PAUL: 8. EVERY KINGDOM by Ben Howard

Key track: “Old Pine”

AJ: 8. BLUNDERBUSS by Jack White

Key track: “Sixteen Saltines”

PAUL: 7. CLOUD ATLAS by Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, and Reinhold Heil

Key track: “All Boundaries Are Conventions”


Key track: “Cube”

PAUL: 6. SWEET SOUR by Band of Skulls

Key track: “The Devil Takes Care of His Own”

AJ: 6. LOCKED DOWN by Dr. John

Key track: “Getaway”

PAUL: 5. BLUNDERBUSS by Jack White

Key track: “I’m Shakin'”

AJ: 5. OLD IDEAS by Leonard Cohen

Key track: “Going Home”

PAUL: 4. FEAR FUN by Father John Misty

Key track: “I’m Writing a Novel”

AJ: 4. SLAUGHTERHOUSE by Ty Segall Band

Key track: “Diddy Wah Diddy”

PAUL: 3. THE LUMINEERS by The Lumineers

Key track: “Stubborn Love”

AJ: 3. SWEET HEART SWEET LIGHT by Spiritualized

Key track: “So Long You Pretty Thing”

PAUL: 2. FORT ATLANTIC by Fort Atlantic

Key track: “I’m Wrong”

AJ: 2. ‘ALLELUJAH! DON’T BEND! ASCEND! by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Key track: “We Drift Like Worried Fire”

PAUL: 1. BORN AND RAISED by John Mayer

Key track: “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967”

AJ: 1. THE SEER by Swans

Key track: “Song for a Warrior”


Of course, there were more than ten albums in 2012 worth listening to. So, in the interest of spreading the love, here are some more albums we felt merited a mention…

PAUL would like to give shout-outs to Old Ideas by Leonard Cohen, Life of Pi by Mychael Danna, Born to Die by Lana Del Rey, Continued Silence by Imagine Dragons, Last Smoke Before the Storm by Benjamin Francis Leftwitch, My Head Is an Animal by Of Monsters and Men, The Lion the Beast the Beat by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and Island of Echoes by The Wilderness of Manitoba.

AJ requests a round of applause for Bloom by Beach House, America by Dan Deacon, Beams by Matthew Dear, Melody’s Echo Chamber by Melody’s Echo Chamber, Clear Moon by Mount Eerie, Twins by Ty Segall, Valtari by Sigur Rós, There’s No Leaving Now by The Tallest Man on Earth, TOY by TOY, and Bend Beyond by Woods.

(You might also enjoy “Insolent Musical Peasants,” the episode in which Paul and AJ attempt to talk about music.)

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