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The Albums We Missed This Year

Clockwise from upper left: Acid Pauli, Kendrick Lamar, Samuel Yirga, Kelan Philip Cohran, Waxahatchee, Pallbearer, Matthew Dear

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We're getting close to the end of the year, thinking about songs we loved and — inevitably — getting turned on to great music that escaped us. 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 asked Sami Yenigun, Otis Hart, Lars Gotrich, Frannie Kelley and Anastasia Tsioulcas of the NPR Music team 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.

Advisory: This episode of All Songs Considered contains profanity.

Songs Featured On The Show

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Matthew Dear

  • Album: Beams
  • Song: Ahead Of Myself
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  • "Ahead Of Myself"
  • Album: Beams
  • Artist: Matthew Dear
 
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Acid Pauli

  • Album: Mst
  • Song: La Voz Tan Tierna
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  • "La Voz Tan Tierna"
  • Album: Mst
  • Artist: Acid Pauli
 
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Kelan Philip Cohran/The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

  • Album: Kelan Philip Cohran & the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  • Song: Spin
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  • "Spin"
  • Album: Kelan Philip Cohran & the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  • Artist: Kelan Philip Cohran/The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
  • Label: Honest Jon's
  • Released: 2012
 
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Samuel Yirga

  • Album: Guzo
  • Song: Abet Abet [Punt Mix]
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  • "Abet Abet [Punt Mix]"
  • Album: Guzo
  • Artist: Samuel Yirga
  • Label: Real World Records
  • Released: 2012
 
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John Adams

  • Album: Harmonielehre; Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • Song: Short Ride in a Fast machine, fanfare for orchestra
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  • "Short Ride in a Fast machine, fanfare for orchestra"
  • Album: Harmonielehre; Short Ride in a Fast Machine
  • Artist: John Adams
 
Cover for Good Kid M.A.A.D. City

Kendrick Lamar

  • Album: Good Kid M.A.A.D. City
  • Song: Swimming Pools (Drank) [Extended Version] [Version]

Advisory: This song contains profanity.

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  • "Swimming Pools (Drank) [Extended Version] [Version]"
  • Album: Good Kid M.A.A.D. City
  • Artist: Kendrick Lamar
  • Label: Aftermath Records
  • Released: 2012
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Cover for American Weekend

Waxahatchee

  • Album: American Weekend
  • Song: Be Good
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  • "Be Good"
  • Album: American Weekend
  • Artist: Waxahatchee
  • Label: Don Giovanni
  • Released: 2012
 
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Pallbearer

  • Album: Sorrow and Extinction
  • Song: The Legend
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  • "The Legend"
  • Album: Sorrow and Extinction
  • Artist: Pallbearer
  • Label: Profound Lore
  • Released: 2012
 


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