Best of 2012

Music picks from Modulation host, Allison Graves.

By the time you read this I am almost guaranteed to be annoyed that a few fantastic albums will have snuck in between the making of this list and the end of 2012. In fact, it was around mid-December of 2011 that I was kicking myself for not having added the following to last year’s list:

POLICA – Give You The Ghost
The Black Keys – El Camino
Phantogram’s single, “Nightlife”

This year the same is bound to occur since I’m already hearing some amazing singles from what I can only assume will be list worthy albums. 2012 has been one wonderful year of eclectic listening. Enjoy.


Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Rufus Wainwright – Out of the Game
First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar
The Shins – Port of Morrow
Hospitality – Hospitality
Sharon Van Etten – Tramp
Divine Fits – A Thing Called Divine Fits
Poolside – Pacific Standard Time
Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts
Electric Guest – Mondo
Bahamas – Barchords
Alekesam – The Sound of Alekesam


“No Other Plans” – Sunny Levine
“Keep You” – Wild Belle
“Gypsy” – Gardens & Villa
“Keep It for Your Own” – POP ETC
“Right Down the Line” – Bonnie Raitt
“Colours” – Graffiti6
“Hollywood” – R.A.C.
“Sedated” – Choir Of Young Believers
“Live Your Life” – Yuna
“Amanaemonesia” – Chairlift
“Timezone” & “Make It Home” – thenewno2


Best of 2011

Music picks from Modulation host and JPR Rhythm & News Music Director, Allison Graves.

Like any year, 2011 has me delighted by newer acts and reinvigorated by older ones (Wilco made another awesome album). I’ve always been a singles gal, but this is shaping up to be an album year for me. Quite a few knocked me off my feet—particularly Thomas Dybdahl and Bon Iver.  When it comes to filling an entire LP with great songs, the folk and blues acoustic finger picking of Fink’s release Perfect Darkness takes a best-album lead.  In typical fashion, my list of singles is all over the place. That’s because I like music, all kinds of music, and I see no reason to compartmentalize my listening habits, people!  My “Today, I WILL listen to more than just this Kooks track…” mantra seems to be helping.   Cornershop, TV on the Radio, KD Lang, Wilco…..see what I mean?  Drumroll!


The Kooks                                           Junk of the Heart

Fink                                                     Perfect Darkness

Ernest Saint Laurent                            Rollercoaster

James Vincent McMorrow                  Early In The Morning

Raphael Saadiq                                   Stone Rollin’

Foster the People                                Torches

Bon Iver                                              Bon Iver

Thievery Corporation                          Culture of Fear

Thomas Dybdahl                                 Songs


Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.                          “Nothing But Our love”

Wilco                                                  “Black Moon”

St. Vincent                                           “Year of the Tiger”

Cornershop                                          “United Provinces ofIndia”

Jessica Lea Mayfield                         “Our Heart Are Wrong”

TV on the Radio                                  “Will Do”

Electric Guest                                     “Troubleman”

Beirut                                                  “Santa Fe”

Mr. Little Jeans                                   “The Suburbs” (Arcade Fire cover)

Dengue Fever                                      “Uku”

KD Lang                                              “Sugar Buzz”

The Janks                                            “Don’t Hide Your Eyes”

Dawes                                                             “If I Wanted Someone”

Gotye                                                   “Somebody That I Used To Know”

Gotye                                                   “Easy Way Out”

Chairlift                                               “Amanaemonesia”

Little Dragon                                       “Little Man”

Washed Out                                         “Far Away”

Vetiver                                                            “Can’t You Tell”