2012 Staff Music Picks

In late 2012, Skokie Public Library staff were asked to select their favorite musical recordings listened to during the year. Here are the results!

Click on the call number to check the status of the recording in the Skokie Public Library catalog. And, in case you missed them, it's not too late to see our Annual Staff Picks for books, films, and music from 2002 to the present!


Cover of 1991  
Apple, Fiona. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. 2012.
Compact Disc MR APPL IWI A32
Banks, Azealia. 1991. 2012.
Compact Disc MP BANK-A NN B01
Marina and the Diamonds. Electra Heart. 2012.
Compact Disc MA MARI EH M29
Ocean, Frank. Channel Orange. 2012.
Compact Disc MB OCEA CO O88
The XX. Coexist. 2012.
Compact Disc MR XX COE X80

Best older album discovered this year...

Santogold. Santogold. 2008.
Compact Disc J SANTO SAN S34
               Selected by Amita L.
     
Cover of Welcome to Our House  
Slaughterhouse. Welcome to Our House. 2012.
Compact Disc MP SLAU WOH S38

Best older album discovered this year...

Bad Meets Evil. Hell: The Sequel. 2011.
Compact Disc MP BADM HS B33
Drake. Thank Me Later. 2010.
Compact Disc MP DRAK TML D26
               Selected by Athens M.
     
Cover of Playlist: The Very Best of Cyndi Lauper  
Best older album discovered this year...

Lauper, Cyndi. Playlist. The Very Best of Cyndi Lauper. 2009.
Compact Disc MR LAUP PVB L25
               Selected by Bill N.
     
Cover of Trespassing  
Clarkson, Kelly. Stronger. 2011.
Compact Disc MA CLAR STR C01
Lambert, Adam. Trespassing. 2012.
Compact Disc MA LAMB TRE L93
Minaj, Nicki. Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded. 2012.
Compact Disc MP MINA PFR M30
One Direction. Up All Night. 2012.
Compact Disc MA ONED UAN O42
P!nk. The Truth About Love. 2012.
Compact Disc MR PINK TAL P42

Best older album discovered this year...

Lovato, Demi. Unbroken. 2011.
Compact Disc MR LOVA UNB L92
               Selected by Bill O.
     
Cover of Bring It On Home  
Alabama Shakes. Boys & Girls. 2012.
Compact Disc MR ALAB BG A42
Osborne, Joan. Bring It On Home. 2012.
Compact Disc MR OSBO-J BIH O83
Raitt, Bonnie. Slipstream. 2012.
Compact Disc MA RAIT SLI R01
Walker, Joe Louis. Hellfire. 2012.
Compact Disc MB WALK-J HEL W45
               Selected by Bruce B.
     
Cover of Not All Who Wander are Lost  
Best older album discovered this year...

Thile, Chris. Not All Who Wonder Are Lost. 2001.
Compact Disc MC THIL NAW T31
               Selected by Cheryl S.
     
Cover of Accelerando  
Carolina Chocolate Drops. Leaving Eden. 2012.
Compact Disc MB CARO LE C09
Debo Band. Debo Band. 2012.
Compact Disc MW ETHI DEBO D32
Vijay Iyer Trio. Accelerando. 2012.
Compact Disc MJ VIJA ACC V24

Best older album discovered this year...

Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers. Chucho’s Steps. 2010.
Compact Disc MJ VALD CS V23
Various Artists. Next Stop Soweto... Township Sounds From the Golden Age of Mbaqanga. 2010.
Compact Disc MW SOUT-A NSS S54
               Selected by Esther V.
     
Cover of This is Happening  
Bat for Lashes. Haunted Man. 2012.
Compact Disc B1781084
Ocean, Frank. Channel Orange. 2012.
Compact Disc MB OCEA CO O88
Sleigh Bells. Reign of Terror. 2012.
Compact Disc MR SLEI RT S50
Purity Ring. Shrines. 2012.
Compact Disc J PURI SHR P18

Best older album discovered this year...

LCD Soundsystem. This Is Happening. 2010.
Compact Disc J LCDS TIH L01
               Selected by Jessi S.
     
Cover of Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall  
Gabriel, Peter. New Blood. 2012.
Compact Disc MR GABR-P NB G38
Jackson, Joe. Live at Rockpalast. 2012.
Compact Disc MR JACK-JO LR J42
Jackson, Joe. Time Machine 2011 Live in Cleveland. 2011.
Compact Disc MR RUSH TM-11 R55
Webber, Andrew Lloyd. Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall. 2012.
Compact Disc K PHAN PO B38

Best older album discovered this year...

Rundgren, Todd. The Definitive Rock Collection. 2006.
Compact Disc MR RUND DRC R86
               Selected by Julie M.
     
Cover of Love This Giant  
Byrne, David and St. Vincent. Love This Giant. 2012.
Compact Disc MR BYRN LG B31
Jepsen, Carly Rae. Curiosity EP. 2012.
Compact Disc MA JEPS CEP J14
The Raveonettes. Into the Night. 2012.
Compact Disc MR RAVO IN R02
               Selected by Kevin T.
     
Cover of Yesterday & Today  
Bell, Joshua. French Impressions. 2012.
Compact Disc GV BELL FI B62
Toots Thielemans. Yesterday & Today. 2012.
Compact Disc MJ THIE YT T52
Winslow-King, Luke. The Coming Tide. 2012.
Compact Disc MB WINS CT W64

Best older album discovered this year...

Guettel, Adam. Light in the Piazza. 2005.
Compact Disc K LIGH LP B29
               Selected by Lee L.
     
Cover of Born to Die  
Bird, Andrew. Break It Yourself. 2012.
Compact Disc MR BIRD BIY B48
Del Rey, Lana. Born to Die. 2012.
Compact Disc MA DELR BD D25
Fun. Some Nights. 2012.
Compact Disc MR FUN SN F4
One Direction. Up All Night. 2012.
Compact Disc MA ONED UAN O42
Wainwright, Rufus. Out of the Game. 2012.
Compact Disc MR WAIN-R OG W80

Best older album discovered this year...

The Black Kids. Partie Traumatic. 2008.
Compact Disc MR BLAC-KI PT B83
               Selected by Louise T.
     
Cover of Algiers  
Calexico. Algiers. 2012.
Compact Disc MR CALE ALG C08
The Lumineers. The Lumineers. 2012.
Compact Disc P LUMI LUM L82

Best older album discovered this year...

Pina. Dance, Dance Otherwise We Are Lost. 2011.
Compact Disc L PINA PIN W56
               Selected by Lukie M.
     
Cover of Punching Bag  
Bentley, Dierks. Home. 2012.
Compact Disc MC BENT HOM B14
Johnson, Jamey. Living For a Song: Tribute to Hank Cochran. 2012.
Compact Disc B1780545
Mumford & Sons. Babel. 2012.
Compact Disc Q BRIT MUMF M31
Turner, Josh. Punching Bag. 2012.
Compact Disc MC TURN PB T24
William, Don. And So It Goes. 2012.
Compact Disc MC WILL-D ASI W81

Best older album discovered this year...

The Civil Wars. Barton Hollow. 2011.
Compact Disc MC CIVI BH C78
               Selected by Lynnanne P.
     
Cover of Old Ideas  
Apple, Fiona. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw, and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. 2012.
Compact Disc MR APPL IWI A32
Brother Ali. Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color. 2012.
Compact Disc MP BROT MAD B52
Cat Power. Sun. 2012.
Compact Disc MR CATP SUN C73
Cohen, Leonard. Old Ideas. 2012.
Compact Disc MA COHE OI C12
Smith, Patti. Banga. 2012.
Compact Disc MR SMIT-P BAN S17

Best older album discovered this year...

La Roux. La Roux. 2009.
Compact Disc MR LARO LR L89
               Selected by Megan R.
     
Cover of Valtari  
Cohen, Leonard. Old Ideas. 2012.
Compact Disc MA COHE OI C12
Dylan, Bob. Tempest. 2012.
Compact Disc MR DYLA TEM D02
Ros, Sigur. Valtari. 2012.
Compact Disc MW ICEL SIGU S70

Best older album discovered this year...

Mumford & Sons. Sigh No More. 2012.
Compact Disc Q BRIT MUMF M09
               Selected by Mikael J.
     
Cover of My Head in an Animal  
Of Monsters and Men. My Head Is an Animal. 2012.
Compact Disc MR OFMO MHI O90

Best older album discovered this year...

Parachute. The Way It Was. 2011.
Compact Disc MR PARAC WIW P92
               Selected by Nancy H.
     
Cover of Arrow  
Alabama Shakes. Boys & Girls. 2012.
Compact Disc MR ALAB BG A42
Delta Rae. Carry the Fire. 2012.
Compact Disc MR DELT-R CF D91
Heartless Bastards. Arrow. 2012.
Compact Disc MR HEARTL ARR H01
The Killers. Battle Born. 2012.
Compact Disc MR KILL BB K94
Van Etten, Sharon. Tramp. 2012.
Compact Disc MR VANE TRA V12

Best older album discovered this year...

Dum Dum Girls. Only in Dreams. 2011.
Compact Disc MR DUMD OD D50
               Selected by Sharon W.
     
Cover of Gold Dust  
Amos, Tori. Gold Dust. 2012.
Compact Disc MR AMOS GD A53
Edwards, Kathleen. Voyageur. 2012.
Compact Disc MC EDWA-K VOY E45
Mann, Aimee. Charmer. 2012.
Compact Disc MR MANN CHA M30
Del Ray, Lana. Born to Die. 2012.
Compact Disc MA DELR BD D25
Sixpence None the Richer. Lost In Transition. 2012.
Compact Disc MG SIXP LT S01

Best older album discovered this year...

Mumford & Sons. Sigh No More. 2012.
Compact Disc Q BRIT MUMF M09
               Selected by Steven J.
     
Cover of Duets II  
Best older album discovered this year...

Tony Bennett and Various Performers. Duets II. 2011.
Compact Disc MA BENN DUE-2 B53
               Selected by Terry R.
     
Cover of Copper Blue  
Alabama Shakes. Boys & Girls. 2012.
Compact Disc MR ALAB BG A42
Screaming Females. Ugly. 2012.
Compact Disc B17816567
Van Etten, Sharon. Tramp. 2012.
Compact Disc MR VANE TRA V12

Best older album discovered this year...

Sugar. Copper Blue + Beaster. 1992.
Compact Disc MR SUGA CBB S51
               Selected by Toby G.