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The Albums We Missed This Year

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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.

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Kelan Philip Cohran/The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

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

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John Adams

  • Song: Short Ride in a Fast machine, fanfare for orchestra
  • From: Harmonielehre; Short Ride in a Fast Machine
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Short Ride in a Fast machine, fanfare for orchestra
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Harmonielehre; Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Artist
John Adams

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Kendrick Lamar

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

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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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Pallbearer

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

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