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Top 50

  1. Todd Terje – “It’s Album Time” [Olsen]
  2. Fka Twigs – “Lp1” [Young Turks]
  3. Chet Faker – “Built On Glass” [Downtown]
  4. Run The Jewels – “Run The Jewels 2” [Mass Appeal]
  5. The War On Drugs – “Lost In The Dream” [Secretly Canadian]
  6. Aphex Twin – “Syro” [Warp]
  7. Cymbals Eat Guitars – “Lose” [Barsuk]
  8. Cloud Nothings – “Here And Nowhere Else” [Carpark]
  9. Real Estate – “Atlas” [Domino]
  10. Caribou – “Our Love” [Merge]
  11. Hundred Waters – “The Moon Rang Like A Bell” [Owsla]
  12. Sun Kil Moon – “Benji” [Caldo Verde]
  13. White Lung – “Deep Fantasy” [Domino]
  14. Mac Demarco – “Salad Days” [Captured Tracks]
  15. Alvvays – “Alvvays” [Polyvinyl]
  16. Flying Lotus – “You’re Dead!” [Warp]
  17. Foxing – “The Albatross” [Triple Crown-Count Your Lucky Stars]
  18. Against Me – “Transgender Dysphoria Blues” [Total Treble]
  19. Thou – “Heathen” [Gilead Media]
  20. Grouper – “Ruins” [Kranky]
  21. Death From Above 1979 – “The Physical World” [Last Gang]
  22. Sylvan Esso – “Sylvan Esso” [Partisan]
  23. Swans – “To Be Kind” [Young God]
  24. Alt-J – “This Is All Yours” [Infectious]
  25. Shabazz Palaces – “Lese Majesty” [Sub Pop]
  26. Buffalo Buffalo – “Coping System” [Self-Released]
  27. Spoon – “They Want My Soul” [Loma Vista]
  28. Arca – “Xen” [Mute]
  29. Tobacco – “Ultima Ii Massage” [Ghostly International]
  30. Goat – “Commune” [Sub Pop]
  31. Ex-Breathers – “Exbx” [Texas Is Funny]
  32. Alex G – “Dsu” [Orchid Tapes]
  33. Ariel Pink – “Pom Pom” [4ad]
  34. Ben Varian – “Real Domestic Scene” [Patient Sounds]
  35. Future Islands – “Singles” [4ad]
  36. Ought – “More Than Any Other Day” [Constellation]
  37. The Coathangers – “Suck My Shirt” [Suicide Squeeze]
  38. Ex Hex – “Rips” [Merge]
  39. St. Vincent – “St. Vincent” [Loma Vista]
  40. Ty Segall – “Manipulator” [Drag City]
  41. Tv On The Radio – “Seeds” [Harvest]
  42. Gardens & Villa – “Dunes” [Secretly Canadian]
  43. Iceage – “Plowing Through The Field” [Matador]
  44. Melt Channel – “Magic Is Real” [Self-Released]
  45. Parquet Courts – “Sunbathing Animal” [What’s Your Rupture?]
  46. Merchandise – “After The End” [4ad]
  47. Teebs – “E S T A R A” [Brainfeeder]
  48. A Sunny Day In Glasgow – “Sea When Absent” [Lefse]
  49. Tune-Yards – “Nikki Nack” [4ad]
  50. Kishi Bashi – “Lighght” [Joyful Noise]


Best 7″ Release: Ex-Breathers – “Exbx” [Texas Is Funny]
Best Punk Release: White Lung – “Deep Fantasy” [Domino]
Best Electronic Release: Aphex Twin – “Syro” [Warp]
Best Local Release: Ex-Breathers – “Exbx” [Texas Is Funny]
Best Singer-Songwriter/Folk Release: [Tie] Sharon Van Etten – “Are We There” [Jagjaguwar]; Sun Kil Moon – “Benji” [Caldo Verde]
Best Metal Release: Thou – “Heathen” [Gilead Media]
Best Soul/Funk/R&B Release: Lee Fields – “Emma Jean” [Truth And Soul]
Best Latin Release: Rodrigo Y Gabriela – “9 Dead Alive” [Rubyworks]
Best Obscuro Release: Pink Martini And The Von Trapps – “Dream A Little Dream” [Heinz]
Best Experimental Release: Ricky Eat Acid – “Three Love Songs” [Orchid Tapes]
Best Jazz Release: Darius Jones And Matthew Shipp – “Cosmic Lieder: The Darkseid Recital” [Aum Fidelity]
Best Blues Release: Various Artists – “The Rise And Fall Of Paramount Records, Vol. 2” (Sampler) [Third Man]
Best Reissue: [Tie] Fugazi – “First Demo” [Dischord]; Songs: Ohia – “Magnolia Electric Co.” [Secretly Canadian]
Best Hip Hop Release: Run The Jewels – “Run The Jewels 2” [Mass Appeal]
Best Reggae Release: Natural Numbers – “Natural Numbers In Dub” [Stones Throw]
Best World Release: Tinariwen – “Emmaar” [Anti-/Wedge]
Best Compilation Release: Hyperdub 10.1-4 [Hyperdub]
Best Debut Release: Fka Twigs – “Lp1” [Young Turks]
Best Ep Release: [Tie] Ex-Breathers – “Exbx” [Texas Is Funny]; Sales – “Sales” [Self-Released]; Speedy Ortiz – “Real Hair” [Carpark]
Most Annoying Release: The Black Keys – “Turn Blue” [Nonesuch]
Most Disappointing Release: Wolves In The Throne Room – “Celestite” [Artemisia]
Best Album Art: Jake Tobin – “Torment” [Chill Mega Chill]
Worst Band Name: [Tie] Empire! Empire! (I Was A Lonely Estate); Oozing Wound
Best/Most Consisten Record Label: Orchid Tapes
Best Specialty Show: [Tie] The Undaground Railroad; Sonic Safari; Club Convergence
Best Region For Music: California
Best Local Show: Russian Circles, Inter Arma, Ken Mode And Ex-Breathers @ Rehab
Best Wvfs In-Studio: Thou
Best Dj: Kayla J.