The Glide 20: Our Top Albums of 2012

2012 wasn't a very flashy year for new music, but what it did spawn were well-wrought, thoughtful and multi-layered releases that balanced introspection with muscle, unafraid to maybe make a few missteps but unabashed in their verve for making good, solid music.

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Glide’s Best Albums of 2012 (So Far)

It may be only the end of July, but 2012 has already seen the release of so many fantastic albums that we thought it would be helpful to put together 20 of the records from this year that have blown us away.

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Sasquatch! Music Festival – Monday, May 28, 2012

Photos from Day 4 (Monday, May 28) of the Sasquatch! Music Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre in Quincy, WA. All photos by Joan Bowlen.Bands Included: Ben Howard (@benhowardmusic), Cass McCombs Band (@cassmccombs), fun. (@ OurNameIsFun), Shearwater (@shearwaterband), John Reilly and Friends (@john_c_reilly), Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (@tedleo), Tenacious D (@realtenaciousd)

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Shearwater: Animal Joy

Recorded over the course of 2011 with local Austin luminary Danny Reisch in their Lone Star State hometown and mixed by indie veteran Peter Katis from his studio in Bridgeport, CT, this record relishes in its statement that “no strings or glockenspiels were touched during the making of this album", making it clear that Animal Joy is in no way an extension of Shearwater's celebrated "Island Arc" trilogy comprised of 2006's Palo Santo, 2008's Rook and 2010's The Golden Archipelago.

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Shearwater: Palo Santo

Vocal dramatics are the essence of Shearwater's forurth album, Palo Santo, with vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Meiburg consistently exposing a forever-fluctuating line between kitten purr and banshee wail.

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