With 2012 winding down, we decided to ask some of our favorite local acts for their favorite records of the year. We consulted artists that had earned Culture Fiend's Album of the Month distinction in 2012 and nearly all were happy to oblige. We didn’t want you to feel left out either, so we asked our readers to send in their choice for the best local record of 2012 and tallied the votes.

The winners are... (*indicates Seattle band):

Reader’s Choice: Favorite Seattle Record

1. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – The Heist (by a landslide, recieving over 60 percent of the vote)
T2. Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
T2. Seapony - Falling

 

Deep Sea Diver’s Jessica Dobson

Grizzly Bear - Shields
Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit
Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
Dr. Dog - Be the Void
Damien Jurado – Maraqopa*

Eighteen Individual Eyes

Erik Blood - Touch Screens*
The Way We Were In 1989 - Floating Islands EP*
Lower Dens - Nootropics
Father John Misty - Fear Fun
Grizzly Bear - Shields

Impossible Bird

Oliver Franklin - When the Moon*
Leonard Cohen - Old Ideas
Elbow - Dead in the Boot
Sigur Ros - Valtari
Sacred Earth - Breathing Space

Ali Marcus

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
Carole King - Legendary Demos
The Nields - The Full Catastrophe
Paul Simon - Live in New York City
Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream
Spoonshine – Song of the Sockeye*

Lemolo

Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
Beach House - Bloom
Deep Sea Diver - History Speaks*
Tame Impala - Lonerism
Emily Wells - Mama

Erik Blood

Beach House - Bloom
Blue Light Curtain - Clouds in Our Hair*
OC Notes – Pre Future Post Modern Love Songs: aka AlienBootyBass*
Dead Mellotron - Glitter
DIIV - Oshin

Seapony

Rufus Wainwright - Out of the Game
Damien Jurado – Maraqopa*
La Sera - Sees the Light
Wild Nothing - Nocturne


The Hoot Hoots

Sleeping in the Aviary - You and Me, Ghost
Deep Sea Diver - History Speaks*
Kithkin - Takers and Leavers*
Tea Cozies - Bang Up*
Ash Reiter – Hola