Best Of 2012

Favorite Moments of 2012: Sunset In The Rearview

Ahh, 2012. We laughed, we cried, but we laughed a lot. And more often than not, those laughs came at the expense of more than a couple people in the music industry. Since we got all nostalgic for last year, we decided to grab a few of our favorite moments and tack on some commentary in an attempt to make you laugh. Let us know how we did.

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Best Albums of 2012: Sunset in the Rearview

Best Albums of 2012

Here we are again, standing at the end of the year, looking out, hoping we don’t all meet our end on December 21’s “apocalypse.” But in the event that does happen, at least we can look each other in the eyes at this point and say it’s been a fun ride. The music was pretty damn solid. I wouldn’t say it was the absolute best year in music, because frankly it just wasn’t. There was a lot of good music, but I had a tougher time this year pickin 20 albums for my top 20 than I did in 2011, mostly because I didn’t want to put any albums on there that I wouldn’t choose to come back to for years to come. So hopefully it turns out that way, but who knows. Only time will tell, and that’s one thing we’re unsure of. So, cheers, bishes, hope to see y’all come 12/22/12.

Oh and one more thing…and this will come every year. I have to proclaim that most of these opinions are mine and only mine. I did some crowdsourcing from my Sunset fam here, but in the end, my opinion trumped all. Pretty terrible, right? Hey, don’t hate on efficiency. But really, I can’t say I was able to listen to every album that came out in 2012. I think I’d have been fired from my day job long ago if that was case. But I did listen to a ton of albums, and some of the ones that you might expect to make the cut just didn’t do it for me. A bunch of music bloggers are likely going to say that Grimes, Sleigh Bells, and Death Grips’s  releases were hands down album of the year material.  But they didn’t do it for me. So I didn’t include them. That’s the nature of this blog, and I intend to keep it that way. Straight talk: these are my opinions, and with that, these are my jams.

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Top Songs of 2012: Sunset In The Rearview

One of my favorite mixes of 2011 was our “Top Songs of 2011” mix. Why? Because we rule. No, but it’s because it’s a bunch of different writers with different music tastes (some overlapping) sharing their top 5 releases from that year with the rest of the blogosphere. That’s why. The beauty of Sunset writers is the diversity in tastes we have, and collectively as a whole, you get a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. 2012 had its ups and downs, but this mix clearly highlights the ups.

Similar to last year, I asked each writer to send me their top 5 songs of 2012 with a brief paragraph describing their choices. The results? Gold. Enjoy it!

Download Best Songs of 2012 here 

^^Once on Sendspace, click “download file from Sendspace”

(Below contains most of the songs. Mixtape songs aren’t on Spotify, thus not on this player.)

Hit the jump to read all of our picks and sample MP3s from each.

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Best Artists of 2012

Best Artists of 2012

Hi, friends. Sorry for a bit of silence on my end. I’ve been away working on this secret project. And, well, I finished it today. So I guess it’s time I share it with yall, right?


A couple days ago, I asked each of the writers of Sunset (Arjun, Jordan, Andy, Dusty, Ann, Tom, D Prep, and…myself) to pick their 31 favorite artists of 2012. Each person had different answers, but there was a lot of really cool overlap. In the end, there were 31 artists we chose as the best artists of 2012. I put all of the answers together and built an advent calendar of sorts on the Sunset Facebook page. Each day in December, we’ll reveal a new pick of ours. Pretty simple, but pretty cool, if I may say so myself.


Check it out here. Is your favorite artist going to be chosen? Let us know who your favorite is on our wall!

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