The Albums We Missed This Year

With the year rapidly winding down, the NPR Music team has been haggling over which albums and songs to include on our various best-of lists. It turns out there was a lot of music released in 2012, and while we do our best to feature much of it on All Songs Considered, we're really able to share only the tiniest fraction of what's out there. So before it's too late, we thought we'd take a moment to pause and check out some of the albums we missed. To help us out, we've got Sami Yenigun, Otis Hart, Lars Gotrich, Frannie Kelley and Anastasia Tsioulcas of the NPR Music team on hand to share their own favorites that never made it on the show. It's a pretty broad mix, from classical composer John Adams and Ethiopian jazz pianist Samuel Yirga, to electronic artist Acid Pauli, the doom metal group Pallbearer, rapper Kendrick Lamar and more.

Songs Featured On The Show

Matthew Dear

Artist: Matthew Dear

Album: Beams

Song: Ahead Of Myself

Acid Pauli

Artist: Acid Pauli

Album: Mst

Song: La Voz Tan Tierna

Kelan Philip Cohran/The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Artist: Kelan Philip Cohran/The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Album: Kelan Philip Cohran & the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Song: Spin

Samuel Yirga

Artist: Samuel Yirga

Album: Guzo

Song: Abet Abet [Punt Mix]

John Adams

Artist: John Adams

Album: Harmonielehre; Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Song: Short Ride in a Fast machine, fanfare for orchestra

Kendrick Lamar

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Album: Good Kid M.A.A.D. City

Song: Swimming Pools (Drank) [Extended Version] [Version]

Advisory: This song contains profanity.


Artist: Waxahatchee

Album: American Weekend

Song: Be Good


Artist: Pallbearer

Album: Sorrow and Extinction

Song: The Legend

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