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Midyear 2012: 88.1 KDHX top album spins

Midyear 2012: 88.1 KDHX top album spins Kat Touschner
Written by Nick Acquisto

We're now halfway through another year, and you've heard thousands of great songs on KDHX. Here's a look at the top album spins for the first half of 2012.

These are the albums that have excited us enough to play them over and over again. And that says a lot about the strength of a good album, especially since KDHX DJs have the freedom to choose what we want to share with our listeners week after week. The year's not over yet, but here's the rundown of our collective favorites. So far.

Like the spin results at the end of 2011, there are a few expected list-toppers and more than a few surprises. If you'd like to follow along with our ever-changing weekly charts, bookmark or subscribe to our charts page.

Be sure to check out the 88.1 KDHX DJ top 10 favorite albums of midyear 2012 and become a fan of your favorite show to join in on the discussion of all these midyear lists.

Midyear 2012 Top 40 National and Local Spins

* Denotes local artist

Spins Artist Album Label
86 Rough Shop * Beneath the South Side Bridge Perdition Records
77 Middle Class Fashion * Girl Talk Blip Blap!
70 Chuck Prophet Temple Beautiful Yep Roc
66 Dr. Dog Be the Void ANTI-
61 Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker and Yim Yames New Multitudes Rounder
59 Various Artists Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Universal
56 Heartless Bastards Arrow Partisan Records
55 Hospitality Hospitality Merge
52 Tennis Young & Old Fat Possum Records
52 Dr. John Locked Down Nonesuch
51 Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball Columbia
51 Guided By Voices Let's Go Eat the Factory GBV
50 Craig Finn Clear Heart Full Eyes Vagrant
50 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Columbia
47 Imperial Teen Feel the Sound Merge Records
45 Kevin Gordon Gloryland Kevin Gordon
44 Andrew Bird Break it Yourself Mom + Pop
44 Jack White Blunderbuss Third Man/Columbia
44 Kathleen Edwards Voyageur Zoe
44 First Aid Kit The Lion's Roar Wichita
43 Carolina Chocolate Drops Leaving Eden Nonesuch
43 Nada Surf The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy Barsuk
42 Brothers Lazaroff * Science Won Self-Released
41 The Shins Port Of Morrow Columbia
39 The Little Willies For the Good Times Milking Bull
39 Best Coast The Only Place Mexican Summer
37 Alabama Shakes Boys & Girls Atlantic
37 Gotye Making Mirrors Universal Republic
36 Lee Ranaldo Between The Times & The Tides Matador / Hostess
35 Allo Darlin' Europe Slumberland
35 The Magnetic Fields Love At The Bottom Of The Sea Merge
33 Beach House Bloom Sub Pop
33 The Vondrukes * Runaway, Goodbye Love Self-released
32 Justin Townes Earle Nothing's Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now Bloodshot Records
32 Sleigh Bells Reign of Terror Mom + Pop
32 Kelly Hogan I Like to Keep Myself in Pain ANTI-
32 Sharon Van Etten Tramp Jagjaguwar
30 Ray Wylie Hubbard The Grifter's Hymnal Bordello
30 Lee Fields & The Expressions Faithful Man Truth & Soul Records
30 Polica Give You The Ghost Totally Gross National Product

Methodological note: Data is based on spins from January 1, 2012 to June 27, 2012. Only the top 40 national and local albums and EPs were included. Only 2012 releases (not reissues) were included.


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