Staff Picks of 2012

December 20th, 2012

Andreas Zettlmeissl
Ben-David Fenwick
Charlotte von Kotze
Erik Schneider
Jay Yee
Jonesy
Maurice Bernstein
Nick Demeris
Seher Sikander
Tucker Hill

 

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Andreas Zettlmeissl

Best Albums/EPs
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
Alt-J (?) – An Awesome Wave
Kishi Bashi – 151a
Fritz Kalkbrenner – Sick Travellin`
Disclosure – The Face EP

Best Songs
Major Lazer – Get Free (f. Amber Coffman)
Wankelmut – One Day/Reckoning Song
Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
Beach House – Other People
Kendrick Lamar – Money Trees

Best New Artists
ALT J
YC The Cynic
Icona Pop
Disclosure
Angel Haze



Ben-David Fenwick

Top 5 Albums
Jessie Ware- Devotion
Frank Ocean- Channel Orange
Azealia Banks – 1991 EP + Fantasea Mixtape
Rumer – Seasons Of My Soul (US release)
Lana Del Rey- Born To Die (The Paradise Edition)

Top 5 TV Shows
The Walking Dead
American Horror Story
Doctor Who
Game of Thrones
Warehouse 13



Charlotte von Kotze

Favorite Albums
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Grimes – Visions
Wild Nothing – Nocturne
Brian Eno – Lux
Dan Deacon – America
Four Tet – Late Night Tales
Todd Terje – It’s The Arps
Antibalas – Antibalas
Belleruche – Rollerchain
Nneka – Soul Is Heavy
John Talabot – Fin



Erik Schneider

12 for ’12 (Albums)
Submotion Orchestra – Fragments
Rodriguez – Searching For Sugarman OST
Jessie Ware – Devotion
V/A – Tall Black Guy Presents: Tempo Dreams
Lee Fields & The Expressions – Faithful Man
Funkommunity – Chequered Thoughts
Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
Richie Phoe – Echo Outernational
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man in the Universe
Ondatrópica – Ondatrópica



Jay Yee

Some Favorites
Rustie – Essential Mix + set at 103 Harriet
TNGHT – TNGHT EP + show at Music Hall of Williamsburg
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
Jeremih – Late Nights With Jeremih
The Avalanches – Sleepy Bedtime Mix for Young Ones
Ryan Hemsworth – Visions Mix
DJ EZ – 45 Min Boiler Room X RBMA Mix
Emptyset – Collapsed
Lil Silva – 30 min Boiler Room DJ Set
Patrice & Friends – Cherry Sorbet



Jonesy

Top Five Album Picks
1. Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
2. Rebecca Ferguson – Heaven
3. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city
3. Paloma Faith – Fall to Grace
4. Warren Xclnce – The Xclnce EP

Top TV Show Performance
John Legend & The Roots live performance of “Dancing In The Dark” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon



Maurice Bernstein

Top 10 Albums
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange [IDJ]
Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city [Interscope]
Tame Impala – Lonerism [Modular]
Jessie Ware – Deviation [Island]
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again [Polydor]
Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes [Brainfeeder]
Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough [Warner]
Robert Glasper – Black Radio [Blue Note]
Grimes – Visions [4AD]
Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe [XL]



Nick Demeris

Albums
Alt-J – An Awesome Wave
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Kendrick Lamar- GOOD KID, M.A.A.D. CITY
Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes
Brooklyn Rider – Seven Steps
Leanne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough

Videos
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop
M.I.A – Bad Girls
Earl Sweatshirt – Chum
St. Vincent – Cheerleader
Dirty Projectors – Hi Custodian
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Every Part of You

Songs
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – That’s What’s Up
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Same Love
Andrew Bird – Sifters
Lianne La Havas – Age
Captain Murphy – The Killing Joke

Best Live Show
Andrew Bird at Riverside Church
Jonathan Batiste at Rockwood Music Hall
Bobby McFerrin with Wynton Marsalis & the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
Clairy Browne & The Bangin’ Rackettes at Webster Hall

Best Breakthrough Artist
Japandroids – Celebration Rock
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – the Heist
Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes

Best Title
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



Seher Sikandar

Top Albums
Marvin Gaye – Trouble Man 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition
Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
Teresa Jenee – Electric Yellow
Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk
Robert Glasper Experiment – Black Radio
Santigold – Master of My Make Believe



Tucker Hill

Top 5 Albums
Chromatics – Kill For Love
Tame Impala – Lonerism
Wild Nothing – Nocturne
Grimes – Visions
Jessie Ware – Devotion

Top 3 DJ’s
Disclosure
Bondax
Baauer