The 50th Uncut Playlist Of 2012

As a knock-on effect of posting my Best Albums Of 2012 list every day this week, the office playlist is about double its normal length, as you’ll see.

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As a knock-on effect of posting my Best Albums Of 2012 list every day this week, the office playlist is about double its normal length, as you’ll see.

A few return visits to albums of the year notwithstanding, it’s another list that signals a really strong start to 2013. To rank alongside Endless Boogie, Matmos, Pantha Du Prince, Low and Splashgirl, a new one by Purling Hiss arrived this week, less fuzzy and lo-fi, and revealing them to be effective heirs to Dinosaur Jr, or at least deeply immersed in late ‘80s Boston area rock. It’s great.

A few more margin notes: Cyclopean are a quartet featuring Irmin Schmidt and Jaki Liebezeit, alongside Burnt Friedmann and Jono Podmore. The Sun Araw/Congos EP is free, live and massively recommended; “Reverse Shark Attack” is one of a couple of Ty reissues lined up by In The Red; Parquet Courts have got the Fall/Pavement/wired garage band thing down as well as Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and “Light Up Gold” would have easily made my 2012 list if I’d heard it a day or two earlier; and, if you haven’t dared to watch it yet, you may be surprised by the Macca/Nirvana jam…

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1 Endless Boogie – Long Island (No Quarter)

2 Voigt & Voigt – Die Zauberhafte Welt Der Anderen (Kompakt)

3 Iceage – You’re Nothing (Matador)

4 Speck Mountain – Badwater (Carrot Top)

5 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd)

6 Pissed Jeans – Honeys (Sub Pop)

7 Matmos – The Marriage Of True Minds (Thrill Jockey)

8 Chris Darrow – Artist Proof (Drag City)

9 Junior Kimborough – First Recordings (Fat Possum)

10 Mountains – Centralia (Thrill Jockey)

11 Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory – Elements Of Light (Rough Trade)

12 Allah-Las – Allah-Las (Innovative Leisure)

13 Cyclopean – EP (Mute)

14 Low – The Invisible Way (Sub Pop)

15 Splashgirl – Field Day Rituals (Hubro)

16 Four Tet – Pink (Text)

17 Various Artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (Rhino)

18 Eyvind Kang – The Narrow Garden (Kranky)

19 FJ McMahon – Spirit Of The Golden Juice (Rev-Ola)

20 Ravi Shankar – Chants Of India (Parlophone)

21 Koboku Senju – Joining The Queue To Become One Of Those Ordinary Ghosts (MIE Music)

22 Kraftwerk – Radioactivity (EMI)

23 Sun Araw, M. Geddes Gengras And The Raw Power Band Meet The Congos – Icon Give Life (

24 Purling Hiss – Water On Mars (Drag City)

25 Tame Impala – Lonerism (Modular)

26 Phosphorescent – Muchacho (Dead Oceans)

27 Paul McCartney & Nirvana – Cut Me Some Slack (Live)

28 Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin – Reverse Shark Attack (In The Red)

29 Miles Davis Quintet – Live In Europe 1969; The Bootleg Series Volume 2 (Legacy)

30 La Düsseldorf – Japandorf (Grönland)

31 Steve Mason – Fight Them Back (Double Six)

32 Joni Mitchell – The Hissing Of Summer Lawns (Asylum)

33 Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold (

34 Duane Pitre – Feel Free (Important)


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