The Noise Pop Podcast
The Noise Pop Podcast is a monthly series showcasing new music discoveries and a diverse slate of guest artists from the independent music scene and beyond. Produced by Noise Pop, San Francisco’s go-to indie music, arts and film festival for over 25 years and hosted by music journalist Adrian Spinelli (Paste Magazine, SF Chronicle, etc..), we deliver engaging episodes that are always rooted in the music that we love and that we know you will too. Past guests have included: Khruangbin, Thao Nguyen, Quantic, Wye Oak, Helado Negro, Speedy Ortiz, Rexx Life Raj, Shigeto, Låpsley, Thievery Corporation and more.

Well, another year has flown by. And while December usually means scrambling for last minute gifts and wondering where the year went, it also means it's time for one of our favorite episodes, Best Songs of the Year! This year we're curating not only our own picks for 2012, but the top choices from our favorite blogs, as well as the songs you wrote and called in as your favorites. And while the choices varied, one thing is clear - 2012 was full great music. So listen, enjoy, reflect, and get ready for 2013

1. "Wildest Moments" -- Jessie Ware, Devotion (Dawson)

2. "Thinkin Bout You"-- Frank Ocean, Channel Orange (Consequence of Sound)

3. "Half Gate"-- Grizzly Bear, Shields (listener - Joshua Griffith)

4. "Climax"-- Usher, Looking 4 Myself (Gorilla VS Bear)

5. "Jasmine"(demo)-- Jai Paul, single (listener - Jamal)

6. "Five Seconds"-- Twin Shadow, Confess (Olivia)

7. "The House That Heaven Built"-- Japandroids, Celebration Rock (PASTE/listener - Josh Hornick)

8. "Oblivion"-- Grimes, Visions (listeners - Lucy/Ardie)

9. "Every Single Night"-- Fiona Apple, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Pretty Much Amazing)

10. "Breathing Under Water"-- Metric, Synthetica (listener - Isabelle)

11. "F.T.F"-- Trust, TRST (Jaime)

12. "I Love It"-- Icona Pop featuring Charli XCX, Iconic EP (The Line of Best Fit)

13. "Elephant"-- Tame Empala, single (listener - Thom Stead)

14. "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"-- Father John Misty, Fear Fun (Spinner)

Direct download: Song_of_the_Year_2012.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:13am PDT

In this latest episode, the Noise Pop team brings you the last playlist of new songs for 2012. From Nicolas Jaar to School of Seven Bells, these are ten tracks sure to carry you through the holidays and into the new year.

And on the next episode, the Noise Pop team will be playing the best listener-sourced tracks of 2012! Send us an email with your favorite song of 2012 at or call in and leave a message on our hotline 585-4NOISE5.


1. "The Ego" -- Nicolas Jaar and Theatre Roosevelt - single
2. "L.U.V." -- Brainstems, Stryofoam
3. “Light Up Gold” -- Parquet Courts, Light Up Gold   
4. "Snudge (Spaceship Aloha Remix)" -- Night Panther, single 
5. "Cherry" -- Chromatics, After Dark II
6. "Trust" -- Gambles, single
7. "Argonauts" -- The Little Ones, The Dawn Sang Along
8. "Bathroom Laughter" -- Pissed Jeans, Honeys
9. "Secret Days" -- School of Seven Bells, Put Your Sad Down
10. "Night Faces" -- Jessica Pratt, Jessica Pratt

Direct download: December_2012_2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:20am PDT