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The Triangle's Top 32 Tracks of 2012

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We asked nearly a dozen area music writers to send us lists of their favorite Triangle-made songs in 2012. The results ranged from terse and telling (one critic listed just one song, signifying its personal import) to long and laudatory (another critic listed a few dozen great songs, evidencing the Triangle's continued productivity). The ballots have been distilled into the following 32 tracks, a broad representation of the region's best output this year. —Grayson Currin

American Aquarium, "Harmless Sparks"

Bevel Summers, "Sunday School Sayin'"

Black Skies, "Valley of the Kings"

Bowerbirds, "Tuck the Darkness In"

Boykiller, "Get Get"

Caltrop, "Birdsong"

Carlitta Durand, "100 Nudges of Love"

Carolina Chocolate Drops, "No Man's Mama"

Dan Melchior, "I Have Known the Emptiness"

The dB's, "That Time Is Gone"

Grohg, "Capital"

Gross Ghost, "Hands & Feet"

Hiss Golden Messenger, "Tell Everyone"

Horseback, "On the Eclipse"

J Kutchma & the Five Fifths, "There's a Light On"

Jo Gore & the Alternative, "Columbus County"

Justin Robinson & the Mary Annettes, "Bright Diamonds"

King Mez, "Fallen" (feat. Sarah Kaboom, Carlitta Durand and Damaris Joi)

Lost in the Trees, "Neither Here Nor There"

MAKE, "The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters"

Midtown Dickens, "Only Brother"

the Mountain Goats, "Lakeside View Apartments Suite"

The Old Ceremony, "Elsinore"

Organos, "Side Girl"

Robert Glasper, "Afro Blue" feat. Erykah Badu (9th Wonder's Blue Light Basement Remix feat. Phonte)

Shirlette Ammons, "Take a Chance"

Skylar Gudasz & the Ugly Girls, "Upstairs Apartment"

Spider Bags, "Friday Night"

Waumiss, "Traditional Squirrel"

Whatever Brains, "Can't Make Love"

Wood Ear, "Leave My Walls"

Wylie Hunter & the Cazadores, "Someone You Used To Know"

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