1. pitchfork:

    Baths’ roiling single “Ocean Death” is a Best New Track.

    WOW

     
  2. Blues Control … Valley Tangents … Drag City 2012

    Intriguing unclassifiable post-rock, with hints of stadium, industrial, psych and prog (to name just a few). They wed exotic to the classical with a freedom the old masters couldn’t imagine. This album is brimming with life, careful recordings and compositions, and really are revolutionizing the experimental music scene today.

    GREAT MUSIC VIDEO! That performance artist was really great to watch.

     
     
  3. White Pulp … Vulgarity is Not a Felony … 2012

    Industrial rock, White Pulp’s 3rd album. The band is centered around Sonny Lanegan, an Italian, and is based in LA.

    RIYL Rammstein, NIN

    NSFW!

     
     
  4. Hong Kong Blood Opera … Not for the Faint of Heart … 2012

    Deranged five-piece punk-hardcore-posthardcore band from Mexico City. I’m angry with this, and I love it. Feels like the soundtrack to a night out smashing windows.

    RIYL Refused, Blood Brothers

    NSFW!

     
     
  5. Passion Pit … Gossamer … 2012

    If Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs focused more on melody than on percussion, she might sound a bit like Michael Angelakos of Passion Pit. Gorgeous pop with falsetto male vocals and intricate, sugary beats deals with subjects as heavy as immigration, alcoholism, economic disparity, suicide, mental illness, drugs, and domestic abuse. Best New Music on Pitchfork!