Best Of 2012: Punk/Hardcore

Magnet’s Bryan Reed picks the best punk/hardcore releases of the year.

1 White Lung Sorry (Deranged)
2 K-Holes Dismania (Hardly Art)
3 Split Cranium Split Cranium (Hydra Head)
4 Stripmines Crimes Of Dispassion (Sorry State)
5 Wiccans Field II (Katorga Works)
6 Nü Sensae Sundowning (Suicide Squeeze)
7 Hank Wood & The Hammerheads Go Home (Toxic State)
8 DNF Hurt (High Anxiety/No Idea)
9 Pop. 1280 The Horror (Sacred Bones)
10 Crazy Spirit Crazy Spirit (Toxic State)

Best Of 2012: World Music

MAGNET’s j. poet picks the best world-music releases of the year.

1 TriBeCaStan New Deli (Evergreen)
2 Balkan Beat Box Give (National Geographic)
3 Taraf De Haïdouks & Kocani Orkestar Band Of Gypsies 2 (Crammed Discs)
4 Chicha Libre Canibalismo (Barbés/Crammed Discs)
5 Samite Trust (Musicians For World Harmony)
6 The Spy From Cairo Arabadub (Wonderwheel)
7 Wahid Road Poem (BMP Blouzo)
8 New York Gypsy All Stars Romantech (Traditional Crossroads)
9 Bang Data La Sopa (rOckOliTo)
10 Zdob Si Zdub Basta Mafia! (Asphalt Tango)

Best Of 2012: Noise

MAGNET’s Raymond Cummings picks the best noise releases of the year.

1 Penny Royale This Town (Sleepy Hollows Editions)
2 Grasshopper The Day America Forgot (SicSic)
3 Mike Shiflet Merciless (Type)
4 Pauline Oliveros Reverberations: Tape & Electronic Music 1961-1970 (Important)
5 Natural Snow Buildings Night Coercion Into The Company Of Witches (Ba Da Bing)
6 Pacific 231 Scuffle (Nostalgie De La Boue)
7 Various Artists Compilation For A Cat (no label)
8 Neptune msg rcvd (Northern Spy)
9 Marta Zapparoli Codex (Zeromoon)
10 Lightning Bolt Oblivion Hunters (Load)

Best Of 2012: Hip Hop

MAGNET’s Elliott Sharp picks the best hip-hop releases of the year.

1 Kendrick Lamar Good Kid, m.A.A.d City (Interscope/Aftermath/Top Dawg)
2 E-40 The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 1, 2 & 3 (Heavy On The Grind)
3 Future Pluto (Epic/A1/Free Bandz)
4 Ab-Soul Control System (Top Dawg)
5 Killer Mike R.A.P. Music (William Street)
6 IamSu! Kilt (Dat Piff DL)
7 Action Bronson Blue Chips (Fool’s Gold)
8 Aesop Rock Skelethon (Rhymesayers)
9 Main Attrakionz Bossalinis & Fooliyones (Young One)
10 Big K.R.I.T. Live From The Underground (Island Def Jam/Cinematic)