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Best Music of 2012

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The area around Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office has become a favorite performance space for musicians traveling through Washington, D.C.

Bob Boilen of NPR's All Songs Considered joins us on Thursday to run down his list for the best music of the past year, the records he comes back to over and over again, the songs he loves to sing along with. There are some canonical artists on his list – Leonard Cohen and Neil Young – and some critically-acclaimed indie acts – Cat Power, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors – but the band that came out on top debuted their first album this year. Tune in to hear that band and a lot of other great tunes.


Bob Boilen is the creator and host of NPR's weekly music show, All Songs Considered.

Click on these words to check out Bob's top 10 albums of 2012.

Here's the music Bob mentions in his interview with Doug, in no particular order.

  • Grizzly Bear, "A Simple Answer," Shields
  • Neil Young and Crazy Horse, "Walk Like a Giant," Psychedelic Pill
  • Alt-J, "Tesselate," An Awesome Wave
  • Dirty Projectors, "Offspring Are Blank," Swing Lo Magellan
  • Sharon Van Etten, "Serpents," Tramp
  • Patrick Watson, "Into Giants," Adventures In Your Own Backyard
  • Jeff the Brotherhood, "Sixpack" and "Country Life," Hypnotic Nights
  • Frank Ocean, "Lost," Channel Orange
  • Jack White, "Freedom at 21," Blunderbuss
  • Exit Music, "White Noise," Passage
  • Cat Power, "Cherokee," Sun
  • fun. "We Are Young," Some Nights
  • Kishi Bashi, "Bright Lights," 151a
  • Leonard Cohen, "Going Home," Old Ideas
  • Alambama Shakes, " Hold On," Boys & Girls
  • Japandroids, "The House That Heaven Built," Celebration Rock
Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.