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Best of 2012: Jordan Lawrence

For the past couple years, I’ve been asked to vote in a year-end lists at a couple publications. One problem: All of those publications only want a ballot of your top-10 records, which means I spend a couple of weeks obsessing over some 30 or 40 LPs with a shot at making my final 10, leaving a solid assembly of deserving records sitting on my spreadsheet. This year, I’m trying to correct my problem. Below, you’ll find my “honorable mention” top 10, the records that just barely missed the cut on my year-end ballot. Enjoy.

11. Dirty Projectors — Swing Lo Magellan (Domino)
12. Mount Eerie — Ocean Roar (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
13. Dan Melchior — The Backward Path (Northern Spy)
14. Dan Deacon — America (Domino)
15. Thee Oh Sees — Putrifiers II (In the Red)
16. Death Grips — NO LOVE DEEP WEB (self-released)
17. Baroness — Yellow & Green (Relapse)
18. Tyvek — On Triple Beams (In the Red)
19. Titus Andronicus — Local Business (XL)
20. Hawks — Pushover  (Learning Curve)