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Napster Staff Top 10s of 2012

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Napster Staff Top 10s of 2012


About this playlist

Our editorial folks were not the only Napster workhorses brooding and obsessing over the year's best music (see our Top 50 Albums of 2012). We also polled the entire company, from programmers to producers to engineers, from NYC to Seattle to San Francisco, to see what our fellow music nerds dug in 2012. Let's just say we've got quite the diverse bunch here: indie fans, hip-hop heads, soul lovers, pop fiends, punk headbangers, rock diehards, electronic ragers and much more. Below, check out an assortment of top 10 lists from some of our employees, who are not only working hard to make Napster the best possible music service, but listening to its extensive music offerings with just as much passion. Enjoy.

Brad Kovacs, Sr. Technical Program Manager
1) Moonface, With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery
2) Field Report, Field Report
3) Sinkane, Mars
4) Neil Halstead, Palindrome Hunches
5) Sea Wolf, Old World Romance
6) Beach House, Bloom
7) Stars, The North
8) The xx, Coexist
9) Grizzly Bear, Shields
10) How to Dress Well, Total Loss

Dan Shumate, Director Label Relations & Business Development
1) OFF!, OFF!
3) Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls
4) Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again
5) Hot Chip, In Our Heads
6) Com Truise, In Decay
7) Cat Power, Sun
8) Matthew Dear, Beams
9) The xx, Coexist
10) Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city

Jim Santanella, Lead Program Manager
1) The Gaslight Anthem, Handwritten
2) Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball
3) Jack White, Blunderbuss
4) Van Halen, A Different Kind of Truth
5) Rush, Clockwork Angels
6) Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel …
7) Bob Dylan, Tempest
8) KISS, Monster
9) Killing Joke, MMXII
10) David Byrne & St. Vincent, Love This Giant

Seb Martel, Sr. Director Napster Direct
1) Heartless Bastards, Arrow
2) Santigold, Master of My Make-Believe
3) Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls
4) P!nk, The Truth About Love
5) Foxy Shazam, The Church of Rock and Roll
6) Alt-J, An Awesome Wave
7) Japandroids, Celebration Rock
8) Gary Clark Jr., Blak and Blu
9) Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE
10) Tame Impala, Lonerism

Jason Schneck, VP Label Relations
1) The Flaming Lips, The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends
3) Turbonegro, Sexual Harassment
4) King Tuff, King Tuff
5) FIDLAR, Don't Try EP
6) Hot Chip, In Our Heads
7) OFF!, OFF!
8) Dinosaur Jr., I Bet on Sky
9) Animal Collective, Centipede Hz
10) Cat Power, Sun

Jason Kim, Web SDE Intern
(In no particular order)
Kendrick Lamar, good kid, m.A.A.d city
Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE
Wu-Block, Wu-Block
Nas, Life Is Good
Bonobo, Black Sands Remixed
Yppah, Eighty One
Desolate, Celestial Light Beings
Deepchord, Sommer
Jason Lytle, Dept. of Disappearance
Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory

Seth Prelesnik, Label Relations & Integrated Marketing Manager
1) Alt-J, An Awesome Wave
2) Tame Impala, Lonerism
3) Hot Chip, In Our Heads
4) Wild Nothing, Nocturne
5) Grimes, Visions
6) Lotus Plaza, Spooky Action at a Distance
7) Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE
8) DIIV, Oshin
9) Purity Ring, Shrines
10) How to Dress Well, Total Loss

Brendan Walsh, Sr. Program Manager
1) Tame Impala, Lonerism
2) Frankie Rose, Interstellar
3) Father John Misty, Fear Fun
4) Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls
5) Daughn Gibson, All Hell
6) Frank Ocean, channel ORANGE
7) Lower Dens, Nootropics
8) King Tuff, King Tuff
9) Cloud Nothings, Attack on Memory
10) Japandroids, Celebration Rock

Shannon McClatchey, Sr. Partner Marketing Manager
1) DIIV, Oshin
2) Dead Can Dance, Anastasis
3) Here We Go Magic, A Different Ship
4) 2:54, 2:54
5) A Place to Bury Strangers, Worship
6) The Raveonettes, Observator
7) Stars, The North
8) Glen Hansard, Rhythm and Repose
9) Grimes, Visions
10) The xx, Coexist

Jonathan Gerber, SDE
1) Tame Impala, Lonerism
2) Alabama Shakes, Boys & Girls
3) Band of Horses, Mirage Rock
4) Japandroids, Celebration Rock
5) Grizzly Bear, Shields
6) The Lumineers, The Lumineers
7) Bob Dylan, Tempest
8) Jack White, Blunderbuss
9) The Avett Brothers, The Carpenter
10) Sigur Ros, Valtari

Kim Liggins, Production Coordinator
1) Andrew Bird, Break It Yourself
2) Miike Snow, Happy to You
3) Niki and the Dove, Instinct
4) Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan
5) fun., Some Nights
6) Santigold, Master of My Make-Believe
7) Sleigh Bells, Reign of Terror
8) Rusko, Songs
9) Seu Jorge, Musicas Para Churrasco, Vol. 1
10) Poliça, Give You the Ghost

Alyssa Jones, Producer
1) Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Heist
2) Twin Shadow, Confess
3) MS MR, Candy Bar Creep Show EP
4) Cat Power, Sun
5) Of Monsters and Men, My Head Is an Animal
6) Purity Ring, Shrines
7) Miguel, Kaleidoscope Dream
8) Passion Pit, Gossamer
9) Daphni, Jiaolong
10) AlunaGeorge, You Know You Like It

David Lang, Manager QA
1) Thee Oh Sees, Putrifiers II
2) Liars, WIXIW
3) The Orb, The Observer in the Star House
4) Dan Deacon, America
5) Knife Party, Rage Valley
6) Ultraista, Ultraista
7) Spiritualized, Sweet Heart, Sweet Light
9) Diplo, Express Yourself EP
10) Cat Power, Sun