To take a look back at the great year that was 2012, we polled some of our staff to see what was most memorable to them, music-wise. Below are a few Top 10s (and 12s) of 2012. Here’s to another fantastic year of music!

Steven Severin, Owner & Talent Buyer
Not in any order.
- Celebration Rock, Japandroids
- Boys & Girls, Alabama Shakes
- Live from the Underground, Big KRIT
- Blunderbuss, Jack White
- good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar
- Old Ideas, Leonard Cohen
- The Heist, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
- Muscle For The Wing, The Maldives
- Habits & Contradictions, Schoolboy Q
- Warp Riders, The Sword
- Blak and Blu, Gary Clark Jr.
- METZ, METZ

Dave Hughes, Security Manager
Top 12 performances on our stages for 2012
1. Macklemore’s secret show
2. Lumineers
3. Father John Misty (twice)
4. Russian Circles
5. Brother Ali
6. Willis Earl Beale (in Barboza)
7. Wanda Jackson
8. Grimes
9. Two Fresh (opened for Nit Grit)
10. Swans
11. Trial (during Rainfest)
12. Pharcyde (Bizarre Ride 2 The…)

Rachel Willner, Production Manager
Top 8 shows of 2012.
1. Justice @ The Paramount
2. Social Distortion @ The Paramount
3. Big Freedia @ Chop Suey
4. M83 @ Neumos
5. Revival Tour @ Corazon
6. Beach House @ Showbox Market
7. Charles Bradley @ Neumos
8. Against Me! @ Corazon

Gabe Kerbrat, Production
Top 10 Songs of 2012
1. “F**k You” Lily Allen
2. “Smile” Lily Allen
3. “Cheryl Tweedy” Lily Allen
4. “LDN” Lily Allen
5. “Oh My God” Lily Allen
6. “Chinese” Lily Allen
7. “Friday Night” Lily Allen
8. “Not Fair” Lily Allen
9. “22″ Lily Allen
10. “He Wasn’t There” Lily Allen

Eli Anderson, Talent Buyer
Top ten things of 2012.
1. Gay Marriages
2 Father John Misty – Fear Fun
3. Chromatics – Kill For Love
4. Ty Segall – All three records he made this year
5. Stephanie – One Glove
6. Andy Stott – Luxury Problems
7. TRUST – TRST
8. Daniel Rossen – Silent Hour / Golden Mile EP
9. Grimes’ Totoro Backpack
10. Chairlift – “I Belong In Your Arms”

Kayte Olsufka, Marketing Manager
Top twelve albums I listened to on repeat:
1. Beat Connection – Palace Garden
2. How To Dress Well – Total Loss
3. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
4. The xx – Coexist
5. Daughter – The Wild Youth
6. Lemonade – Diver
7. SOL - Yours Truly
8. Cat Power – Sun
9. The Helio Sequence – Negotiations
10. Patrick Watson – Adventures In Your Own Backyard
11. Fanfarlo – Rooms Filled With Light
12. Chad Valley – Young Hunger

Top twelve memorable live music moments.
1. Bombay Bicycle Club – The Crocodile, 2/18/12
2. Lee Fields & The Expressions – SXSW, 3/15/12
3. Sister Crayon – The Sunset, 3/20/12
4. Fanfarlo – The Crocodile, 4/10/12
5. Justice – Paramount Theatre, 4/25/12
6. Campfire Ok – The Crocodile, 7/13/12
7. Phantogram – Capitol Hill Block Party, 7/22/12
8. Tony Bennett, M83, LP & The Helio Sequence – Bumbershoot, 9/2-3/12
9. Animal Collective – Paramount Theatre, 9/18/12
10. Stars – Showbox Market, 11/8/12
11. Charles Bradley – Neumos, 12/6/12
12. Sufjan Stevens – The Neptune, 12/8/12

Megan Albert, Marketing Coordinator
My Top 12 musical moments of 2012, in no particular order.
1. Justice @ The Paramount (April 25th)
2. Luxury Problems, Andy Stott
3. Bloom, Beach House & their shows @ Showbox Market (October 3rd & 4th)
4. Fear Fun, Father John Misty
5. Sigur Rós @ The Paramount (August 8th)
6. The Heist, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis & their Secret Show @ Neumos (October 7th)
7. The Haunted Man, Bat for Lashes
8. The Lion’s Roar, First Aid Kit
9. Of Monsters And Men @ Showbox Sodo (March 26th)
10. The Palace Garden, Beat Connection
11. METZ, METZ
12. Crystal Castles @ Showbox Sodo (October 25th)

Zach Frimmel, Intern
Top 12 albums and shows of 2012, no particular order.
1. Scott Walker – Bish Bosch
2. Marko Casso – All Sex Goes To Heaven
3. Kiersten Holine – Candescent
4. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel…
5. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – The Heist
6. Mewithoutyou @ Bottom Lounge, Chicago
7. Ty Segall –  @ Neumos
8. Leonard Cohen – @ Key Arena
9. Henry Rolllins @ Capitol Theater, Olympia
10. Father John Misty –  Fear Fun
11. The Tallest Man on Earth – There’s No Leaving Now
12. The Evens – The Odds

Cassidy Gonzales, Bartender
List of things I loved this year that will not be limited to 10.
- Holy Other – Held
- Merchandise – Children of Desire
- Trust – TRST
- A Place to Bury Strangers – Worship
- Moonface w/Siinai – Heartbreaking Bravery
- Purity Ring – Shrines
- Black Marble – A Different Arrangement
- Swans – The Seer
- Father John Misty – Fear Fun
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
- Max Richter – Recomposed by Max Richter : Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
- Tim Hecker / Daniel Lopatin – Instrumental Tourist
- Symmetry – Themes For an Imaginary Film (the film score that should have accompanied the movie Drive this year from Johnny Jewel of Chromatics/Glass Candy)
- Death Waltz Records – UK label doing a bunch of horror & sci-fi reissues with original artwork and packaging.
-Mount Analog Records – Crazy awesome record store that opened up this last year in LA that specializes in being rad.

Bryan Krieger, Bartender
Top 10 of 2012.
10. Metronomy – English Riviera
9. Gaytheist – self titled
8. Anitibalas -Security
7. Thee Michelle Gun Elephant – Gear Blues (rerelease)
6. Danny Brown – XXX
5. Torche – Harmonicraft
4. Converge – All the Love We Leave Behind
3. Sandrider – self titled
2. Death Grips – The Money Store
1. Charles Bradley – There’s No Time for Dreaming

Greg Smith, Bartender
My top 10 favorite moments of 2012 in no particular order.
10. Drink: Bulleit Bourbon neat, Rainier back.
9. Song: “Graceland” Paul Simon, “Why Do Birds” OCnotes
8. Album: Until The Quiet Comes Flying Lotus
7. Show I bartended: Nick Waterhouse, Barboza
6. Meal: Happy hour brunch at Peso’s, only $6.50
5. Website: moustair.com
4. 45 find: Here Comes The Judge Pigmeat Markham
3. Design Project: Bait Shop
2. Clothing: Green Levi pants
1. Person: Mary Kalhor www.marykalhorblog.com

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