Check out Anne Litt’s Top 10 list for 2012! And see the Top 10 list for all of our DJs here.

1. Gary Clark Jr – Blak and Blu (Warner Bros)
2. Heartless Bastards – Arrow – (Partisan)
3. Cate Le Bon – Cyrk – (The Control Group)
4. Hot Chip – In Our Heads (Domino)
5. Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls (ATO)
6. Poolside – Pacific Standard Time (Day and Night)
7. Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again (Interscope)
8. Quantic & Alice Russell – Look Around The Corner (Tru Thoughts)
9. Benjamin Gibbard – Former Lives (Barsuk)
10. Grizzly Bear – Shields (Warp)

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  • John Morgan (13457)

    Hi, Rach — Just stumbled on to a relatively new Folk/BG trio named "The Stray Birds," out of Pennsylvania. Looks likes they're touring the East and Mid-West now but haven't come West yet. They are startlingly good. Could KCRW break them out here? I found them when I opened up my NPR Music app and there they were, featured performers. Their Web site is &lt ;>. Not on McCabe's radar yet, near as I can tell. Been around music and with KCRW a long time, and I hear quality and freshness like this only once in a long while. Had to let the station know about it, in case you hadn't already. Enjoy.