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Midyear 2012: 88.1 KDHX DJ top 10 albums

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As we hit the halfway mark of 2012, the releases are piling up, but which ones will stand the test of time? In this feature, the DJs of 88.1 KDHX begin to answer that question by selecting their favorite albums so far this year.

If you love new music, and love discovering it on the radio, don't miss our midyear list of 88.1 KDHX top album spins covering January through June 2012.

And be sure to let us know what music you've been most loving this year by leaving a comment below!

Midyear 2012 88.1 KDHX DJ Top Ten Lists

 

 

Jeff Corbin
The Back Country


 

 

Carolina Chocolate Drops – Leaving Eden (Nonesuch)
JP Harris and the Tough Choices – I'll Keep Calling (Cow Island)
John Lilly – Cold Comfort (Javelina)
Lyle Lovett – Release Me (Lost Highway)
Chuck Mead & the Grassy Knoll Boys – Back at the Quonset Hut (Ramseur)
The Misfits Classic Country Band – Always Welcome at Home (Self-released)
Willie Nelson – Heroes (Sony Legacy)
Rough Shop – Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition)
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives – Nashville, Vol. 1: Tear the Woodpile Down (Sugar Hill)
Hank Williams III – Long Gone Daddy (Curb)

 

 

Allen Dahm
Bittersweet Melody


 

 

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls (ATO)
Allo Darlin' - Europe (Slumberland)
The District Attorneys - Slowburner (This Is American Music)
Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur (Zoe/Rounder)
Jay Farrar/Yim Yames/Will Johnson/Anders Parker - New Multitudes (Rounder)
Father John Misty - Fear Fun (Sub Pop)
Japandroids - Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again (Polydor)
The Lumineers - The Lumineers (Dualtone)
Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)

 

 

Nico
Coin-Operated Radio


 

 

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls (ATO)
Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself (Mom & Pop)
Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit (Rounder)
Dr. Dog - Be the Void (Anti-)
Emily Wells - Mama (Partisan)
Heartless Bastards - Arrow (Partisan)
Jack White - Blunderbuss (Third Man)
Lucero - Women and Work (ATO)
Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)
The Tallest Man on Earth - There's No Leaving Now (Dead Oceans)

 

 

Ryan
Coin-Operated Radio


 

 

Cloud Nothings – Attack on Memory (Carpark)
Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas (Columbia)
Dr. John – Locked Down (Nonesuch)
Imperial Teen – Feel the Sound (Merge)
Kishi Bashi – 151a (Joyful Noise)
The Men – Open Your Heart (Sacred Bones)
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp (Jagjaguwar)
Shearwater – Animal Joy (Sub Pop)
THEESatisfaction – awE NaturalE (Sub Pop)
Jack White – Blunderbuss (Columbia)

 

 

Christian Schaeffer
Collector's Edition


 

 

1. Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc)
2. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas (Columbia)
3. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp (Jagjaguwar)
4. Water Liars - Phantom Limb (Misra)
5. Lambchop - Mr. M (Merge)
6. Kelly Hogan - I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Anti-)
7. Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)
8. M. Ward - A Wasteland Companion (Merge)
9. Mynabirds - Generals (Saddle Creek)
10. Father John Misty - Fear Fun (Sub Pop)

 

 

Keith Dudding
Down Yonder


 

 

The Boxcars - All In (Mountain Home Music Company)
Mike Compton - Rotten Taters (Taterbug)
Bill Evans - In Good Company (Native and Fine)
Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein - Home From the Mills (Rebel)
The Grascals - Life Finds a Way (Mountain Home)
The Infamous Stringdusters - Silver Sky (High Country)
Del McCoury - Old Memories: The Songs of Bill Monroe (McCoury Music)
Special Consensus - Scratch Gravel Road (Compass)
Steep Canyon Rangers - Nobody Knows You (Rebel)
Various Artists - Foggy Mountain Special: A Bluegrass Tribute to Earl Scruggs (Rounder)

 

 

Mark Perry
Drifter's Escape


 

 

Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (ATO)
Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas (Columbia
Fred Eaglesmith – 6 Volts (Self-released)
Ray Wylie Hubbard – Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello)
Rough Shop – Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition)
Sierra Leon Refugee All Stars – Radio Salon (Cumbancha)
Patti Smith – Banga (Columbia)
Neil Young with Crazy Horse – Americana (Reprise)

 

 

Wil Wander
Elevated Rhymestate


 

 

Akua Naru – Live & Aflame Sessions (Jakarta)
All Good Funk Alliance – Jack of All Trades (Fort Knox Five)
Brett Gretzky – Brett Grezky Mixtape (Indyground Entertainment)
C2C – Down the Road EP (Onandon)
Hilltop Hoods – Drinking From the Sun (Golden Era)
K.Flay – Eyes Shut EP (Self-released)
Lazerbeak – Lava Bangers (Doomtree)
Pep Love – The Rigmarole (Hieroglyphics Emporium)
Solillaquists of Sound – The 4th Wall (Part 1) (Self-released)
Speech Debelle – Freedom of Speech (Big Dada)

 

 

Roy Kasten
Feel Like Going Home


 

 

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls (ATO)
Dr. John – Locked Down (Nonesuch)
Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur (Zoe/Rounder)
Kevin Gordon - Gloryland (Crowville Collective)
Great Lake Swimmers - New Wild Everywhere (Nettwerk)
Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello)
Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc)
Ed Romanoff - Ed Romanoff (Self-released)
Rough Shop - Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition)
The Walkmen - Heaven (Fat Possum)

 

 

Fred Friction
Fishin' With Dynamite


 

 

1. Punch Brothers – Who's Feeling Young Now? (Nonesuch)
2. Rough Shop – Sault Ste. Marie Extended Single (Perdition)
3. Bruce Springsteen – Wrecking Ball (Columbia)
4. Justin Townes Earle – Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot)
5. The Hooten Hallers – Greetings From Welp City (Big Muddy)
6. Boze Baumberger, Swamp Weiss & the Banjohova Witness – Will There Be Wings (Studio B Criminal)
7. Old Capital Square Dance Club – Old Capital Square Dance Club (Self-released)
8. Grant Peeples – Prior Convictions (Gatorbone)
9. Paul Thorn – What the Hell Is Goin On? (Perpetual Obscurity)
10. Danny Freund – Life on the Coast (Self-released)

 

 

Lindsay
Get Up Get Down


 

 

Bear in Heaven - I Love You, It's Cool (Dead Oceans Records)
Brownout - Oozy (Nat Geo)
Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch)
The Funk Ark - High Noon (ESL)
Jesca Hoop - The House That Jack Built (Bella Union)
Howlin Rain - The Russian Wilds (American)
Lee Ranaldo - Between the Tides and the Times (Matador)
Patti Smith - Banga (Columbia)
The Sugarman 3 - What the World Needs Now (Daptone)
Vacationer - Gone (Downtown)

 

 

Chris Bay
Gold Soundz


 

 

Allo Darlin' - Europe (Slumberland)
Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory (Carpark)
Heartless Bastards - Arrow (Partisan)
Japandroids - Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl)
Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again (Polydor UK)
Maps & Atlases - Beware and Be Grateful (Barsuk)
Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)
Screaming Females - Ugly (Don Giovanni)
Yellow Ostrich - Strange Land (Barsuk)
Yukon Blonde - Tiger Talk (Dine Alone)

 

 

Matt Distelrath
Hindsight


 

 

2:54 - 2:54 (Fat Possum)
Azure Blue - Rule of Thirds (Matinee)
Burning Hearts - Extinctions (Shelflife)
Craft Spells - Gallery (Captured Tracks)
Evans the Death - Evans the Death (Slumberland)
The Holiday Crowd - Over the Bluffs (Shelflife)
Hospitality - Hospitality (Merge)
Sea Dweller - Signs of a Perfect Disaster (Upside Down)
Violens - True (Slumberland)
Young Prisms - In Between (Kanine)

 

 

Chris Lawyer
Hip City


 

 

Brownout - Oozy (Nat Geo)
Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch)
Fanny Franklin - Get Wet (DuMay)
Galactic - Carnivale Electricos (Galactic Funk)
Lee Fields - Faithful Man (Truth & Soul)
Nick Waterhouse - Time's All Gone (Innovative Leisure)
Quantic & Alice Russell - Look Around the Corner with Combo Barbaro (Tru Thoughts)
Ray Lugo - We Walk Around Like This (Jazz & Milk)
Soul Rebels Brass Band - Unlock Your Mind (Rounder)
Sugarman 3 - What the World Needs Now (Daptone)

 

 

Pat Wolfe
Interstate


 

 

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur (Zoe/Rounder)
Jeremiah Johnson Band with the Sliders - Brand Spank 'n' Blue (Self-released)
Chuck Mead and The Grassy Knoll Boys - Back at the Quonset Hut (Ramseur)
Rough Shop - Beneath The Southside Bridge (Perdition)
Sons of Bill - Sirens (Bossier City/Thirty Tigers)
The Steel Wheels - Lay Down Lay Low (Self-released)
Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives - Nashville Volume 1: Tear the Woodpile Down (Sugar Hill)
Turnpike Troubadours - Goodbye Normal Street (Thirty Tigers)
Hank Williams III - Long Gone Daddy (Curb)
The Wood Brothers - Smoke Ring Halo (Southern Ground Artists)

 

 

Rob Levy
Juxtaposition


 

 

Beach House - Bloom (Sub Pop)
Best Coast - The Only Place (Mexican Summer)
Crocodiles - Endless Flowers (Frenchkiss)
Exitmusic - Passage (Secretly Canadian)
Frankie Rose - Interstellar (Slumberland)
Magic Wands - Aloha Moon (Bright Antenna)
Sigur Ros - Valtari (XL)
St. Etienne - Words & Music (Heavenly) (UK)
Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light (Double Six)
Sharon Von Etten - Tramp (Jagjaguwar)

 

 

John Wendland
Memphis to Manchester


 

 

Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls (ATO)
Allo Darlin' - Europe (Slumberland)
Alejandro Escovedo - Big Station (Fantasy)
Lee Fields & the Expressions - Faithful Man (Truth & Soul)
Kevin Gordon - Gloryland (Crowville Collective)
Kelly Hogan - I Like to Keep Myself in Pain (Anti-)
Ray Wylie Hubbard - The Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello)
Sinead O'Connor - How About I Be Me (And You Be You) (One Little Indian)
Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc)
The Sugarman 3 - What The World Needs Now (Daptone)

 

 

Jason Robinson
The Mixtape


 

 

Bruiser Queen - Swears (Self-released)
The dB's - Falling off the Sky (Bar/None)
EL-P - Cancer for the Cure (Fat Possum)
Father John Misty - Fear Fun (Sub Pop)
Fun. - Some Nights (Fueled by Ramen)
Gossip - A Joyful Noise (Columbia)
Guided by Voices - Let's Go Eat the Factory (Self-released)
Metric - Synthetica (Mom & Pop)
Pat Sajak Assassins - Thigh Master (Self-released)
Silversun Pickups - Neck of the Woods (Dangerbird)

 

 

Curt
Music at Work


 

 

Band of Skulls - Sweet Sour (Vagrant)
Lincoln Durham - The Shovel vs. the Howling Bones (Rayburn)
Heartless Bastards - Arrow (Partisan)
Ray Wylie Hubbard - Grifter's Hymnal (Bordello)
Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral (4AD)
Lucero - Women at Work (ATO)
The Mastersons - Birds Fly South (New West)
Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys - Back at the Quonset Hut (Ramseur)
Chelle Rose - Ghost of Browder Holler (Lil Damsel)
Waco Brothers & Paul Burch - Great Chicago Fire (Bloodshot)

 

 

Tim Rakel
Mystery Train


 

 

1. Lee Ranaldo - Between the Times and the Tides (Matador)
2. Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself (Mom & Pop)
3. Royal Thunder - CVI (Relapse)
4. Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas (Columbia)
5. Al Scorch - Tired Ghostly Cities (Plan-It-X South)
6. Middle Class Fashion - Girl Talk (Blip Blap!)
7. The Hive Dwellers - Hewn From the Wilderness (K)
8. Amy Ray - Lung of Love (Daemon)
9. Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch)
10. Torche - Harmonicraft (Volcom)

 

 

Mr. Roots
The Night Shift


 

 

Rod Anton and the Ligerians - Reasonin' (Musicast)
Matic Horns - Musical Storm (Gussie P Music)
Joshua Moses - Joshua to Jashwha: 30 Years in the Wilderness (Bristol Archive)
Midnite - Children of Jah (Rastar)
Grondation - Building An Ark (VP)
Nazareens - Meditation (U Grade)
Zvuloon Dub System - Freedom Time (Medtone)
Macka B - Change the World (Chinelo)
Bambu Station - Children of Exodus (Griotlife)
Various Artists - Crucial Reggae From Outside Jamaica, Vol. 4 (Skank Productions)

 

 

Anton
The Pop Life


 

 

Spoek Mathambo - Father Creeper (Sub Pop)
RJ Smith - The One: The Life and Music of James Brown (Gotham) (book)
Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables (Aimless/Thirty Tigers)
Loudon Wainwright III - Older Than My Old Man Now (2nd Story Sound)
Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Americana (Reprise)

 

 

Rich Reese
Pop! The Beat Bubble Burst


 

 

Best Coast - The Only Place (Mexican Summer)
The dB's - Falling off the Sky (Bar/None)
George Harrison - Early Takes Volume 1 (UMe)
Ben Kweller - Go Fly a Kite (The Noise Company)
Paul McCartney - Kisses on the Bottom (Hear Music)
Nada Surf - The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (Barsuk)
Rough Shop - Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition)
Smash Palace - .....Do It Again (ZiP)
The Squires of the Subterrain - Sandbox (Rocket Racket)
Various Artists - Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan (Amnesty International)

 

 

Professor Skank
Positive Vibrations


 

 

1. Zion - Different Denominations (Lion Roots)
2. Various Artists - Crucial Reggae From Outside Jamaica, Vol. 4 (Skank Productions)
3. Bambu Station - Children of Exodus (Griotlife)
4. Groundation - Building an Ark (Groundation)
5. Clinton Fearon - Heart and Soul (Kool Yu Foot)
6. Black Roots - All Day All Night, Deluxe Edition (British Archive)
7. SOJA - Strength to Survive (ATO)
8. Rebelution - Peace of Mind (Rebelution)
9. Macka B - Change the World (Chinelo Records)
10. Midnite - Children of Jah (Rastar)

 

 

Darren Snow
Rocket 88


 

 

Allo Darlin' - Europe (Slumberland)
Big Deal - Lights Out (Mute U.S.)
Lana Del Rey - Born to Die (Interscope)
Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes (Vagrant)
Friends - Manifest (Fat Possum)
Imperial Teen - Feel the Sound (Merge)
Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral (4AD)
John K. Samson - Provincial (Anti-)
Rae Spoon - I Can't Keep All of Our Secrets (Saved by Radio)
Winterpills - All My Lovely Goners (Signature Sounds)

 

 

Ed Becker
Songwriters Showcase


 

 

Rodney Crowell & Friends - Kin: Songs by Mary Karr & Rodney Crowell (Vanguard)
Alan Doyle - Boy on Bridge (Skinner's Hill Music/Universal Music Canada)
Marvin Etzioni - Marvin Country (Nine Mile)
John Fullbright - From the Ground Up (Blue Dirt)
Good Pinsent & Keelor - Down and Out in Upalong (Telesoul/Warner Music Canada)
Hardin Burns - Lounge (Ithaca)
Matt Harlan & the Sentimentals - Bow and Be Simple (Berkalin)
Gretchen Peters - Hello Cruel World (Scarlet Letter)
Rough Shop - Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition)
Mick Thomas - The Last of the Tourists (Liberation Music Australia)

 

 

Steve Pick
Sound Salvation


 

 

The dB's - Falling off the Sky (Bar/None)
Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch)
Alejandro Escovedo - Big Station (Fantasy)
Kevin Gordon - Gloryland (Crowville Collective)
Janiva Magness - Stronger For It (Alligator)
Pat Metheny - Unity Band (Nonesuch)
Chuck Prophet - Temple Beautiful (Yep Roc)
Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Redwing)
Rough Shop - Beneath the South Side Bridge (Perdition)
Chris Smither - Hundred Dollar Valentine (Signature)

 

 

Nick Acquisto
The Space Parlour


 

 

1. Heartless Bastards - Arrow (Partisan)
2. Lee Ranaldo - Between the Times and the Tides (Matador)
3. Dr. Dog - Be the Void (Anti-)
4. Hospitality - Hospitality (Merge)
5. Pond - Beard, Wives, Denim (Modular)
6. Polica - Give You the Ghost (Totally Gross National Product)
7. First Aid Kit - The Lions Roar (Wichita)
8. Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch)
9. The Great Grandfathers - St. Anthony's Fire (Tate Music Group)
10. Secular Joy - Made for Better Things (Unhinged)

 

 

Nick Cowan
Train of Thought


 

 

Ben Kweller - Go Fly A Kite (Noise)
Bruiser Queen - Swears (Self-released)
Elvis Costello - Return of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook (Hip-O)
Ezra Furman - The Year of No Returning (Self-released)
Foxy Shazam - The Church of Rock And Roll (EMI)
Medicine - Shot Forth Self Living (reissue) (Captured Tracks)
Middle Class Fashion - Girl Talk (Blip Blap)
Santigold - Master of My Make-Believe (Atlantic)
Screaming Females - Ugly (Don Giovanni)
Various Artists - Tower Groove Records (Tower Groove)

 

 

valis
Trip Inside This House


 

 

Ancient Sky - T.R.I.P.S. (Robotic Empire)
Bad Liquor Pond - Blue Smoke Orange Sky (Self-released)
Jeff Beam - Be Your Own Mirrow (Flying Gasoline)
Creature With the Atom Brain - The Birds Fly Low (Waste My Records)
Kiki Pau - Pines (Self-released)
Luger - Concrete Light (Giradiscos)
Ty Segall & White Fence - Hair (Drag City)
The Spyrals - The Spyrals (Self-released)
Tales of Murder and Dust - Hallucination of Beauty (Self-released)
White Manna - White Manna (Holy Mountain)

 

 

Amy Caby
Velvet Punch


 

 

Bare Knuckle Conflict - Imperium (101 Distribution)
Devin - Romancing (Frenchkiss)
The Features - The Wilderness (12th Street) (reissue)
Foxy Shazam - Church of Rock and Roll (EMI)
Monsters and Men - My Head Is an Animal (Universal Republic)
The Nevermores - Now More Than Ever (TIRC)
Rush - Clockwork Angels (Roadrunner)
Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking Ball (Columbia)
The Used - Vulnerable (Hopeless)
Jack White - Blunderbuss (Columbia)

Methodological Note: These lists represent the favorite albums and EPs (released in 2012) as selected by 88.1 KDHX DJs as of June 2012. Lists are unranked unless otherwise indicated.

 

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