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(To check out songs 30-16 on our list, click here)

15. Peaking Lights – “Beautiful Son”

Far out, man.  Far out.

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Making a Top 30 songs list is a lot trickier than making a Top 30 albums list. One’s opinion of a song is rarely static, changing with the mood, the time of day, the season.  Additionally, the shear volume of songs released in any given year ensure that any list will prove grossly incomplete.  Why even bother?

Well: because it’s fun, I suppose.  Because we get to have ridiculous debates about the quality of various 3-minute compositions.  Because we get to listen to all of our favorite songs over and over again in preparation.  And, most importantly, because we get to share them with you.  Here’s hoping that you find something you like below, and if you think we’ve left anything out, please let us know in the comments section.  Let the countdown begin.

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(All week we’re counting down our favorites of the year to date.  To check out albums 30 through 11 on our list, click here)

10. Andrew Bird – Break It Yourself

Birdman’s best disc since 2005’s Mysterious Production of EggsBreak It Yourself finds the string virtuoso giving equal attention to expanding and restraining his unique songwriting style. Perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon, Break It Yourself is as expertly produced as it is written, giving Bird fans a more rewarding listen than any of his interim discs. Extra points for the inclusion of Annie Clark. -PTL

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I listen to hundreds of new records each year, and so I feel that I am as qualified as anyone to say that 2011 kind of sucked.  Of course, like every year, there were a handful of outstanding releases, but there was a genuine lack of depth in the field.  When the time came to fill in our year-end lists, coming up with 25-50 records that really felt like they belonged proved challenging to say the least.

No such problem in 2012.  Already there have been more excellent releases than I care to count, so much so that our lists have undergone almost daily post-deadline revision.  Hip-hop and straight-up guitar-based rock in particular have seem rejuvenated this year, as is reflected in the list below.  While some of the year’s most lauded releases just didn’t strike a chord with our staff (Beach House, Grimes), and others have not been in the world long enough for us to digest (Fiona Apple), there is more than enough good music below to keep you satisfied through the hot summer months.  And so, without further ado, the first part of our Top 30 Albums of 2012 so far:

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And now, for your enjoyment, Side A of our February mixtape. If you missed our January tape, stream sides A & B or download the whole thing from our Tumblr.

1. Evian Christ – “MYD”

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Lana del Rey - Born To Die

Lana Del Rey – “Off To The Races”


I must admit that your critiques are valid: I certainly short-changed LDR’s vocal capabilities (unfairly so), and I am most certainly a cynic!  Allow me, then, an opportunity to re-evaluate and rephrase.  I suppose I was trying to say that, although Lizzie Grant is certainly a capable vocalist, her presence on the album didn’t dramatically affect my impression of the record.  Yes, I enjoyed her efforts on “Off to the Races,” but I would have enjoyed the song just as much had her singing been replaced by rhymes from Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q.  As a matter of fact, this song from Rick Ross’s Rich Forever mixtape would have fit in perfectly on Born To Die:

Rick Ross feat. Kelly Rowland – “Mine Games”

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Lana del Rey - Born To Die

(Today we introduce our new column, Dialogue.  Every month, editors Keith Meatto and L.V. Lopez will discuss an ongoing controversy in pop music.  This month, the editors take on Lana del Rey’s Born To Die. Click to read Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this discussion)

Lana del Rey – “Born To Die”

For those of you who don’t follow such things, Lana del Rey is the stage name of Lizzy Grant, the 25-year-old daughter of multi-millionaire/”domain legend” Rob Grant, and the most hyped newcomer to the pop-music scene in at least a decade.  She slithered onto the scene in June of last year with “Video Games,” a sepia-toned video that highlighted her sultry voice and aloof strain of beauty and seemed to justify her outlandish appropriation of the title “gangsta Nancy Sinatra.”  Grant subsequently dropped the video for follow-up “Blue Jeans” and, on the strength of nothing more than two YouTube videos, signed a reportedly massive deal with Interscope Records, home to other small-scale DIY pop acts like, um, Eminem and Lady Gaga.

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