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Friday Five : |ˈfrīdā - fīv| : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button in iTunes and share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we'll have a guest, but most

Popdose presents "Legendary," a serial novel with art and music. Chapter 2: It's 1987. Meet Brian, just your average typical teenage boy who is torn between Allison, his best friend, and Kate, his girlfriend.

turntableWith my regular Parlour to Parlour series taking a little nap this year (don’t worry, it’s coming back), I’ve had quite a bit more head space to pay attention to new music. And again, as with each year, there’s more than enough good stuff to fill a single column. This is the great advantage to my Popdose colleagues and myself all publishing our own individual year-end ‘best of’ lists – what one of us misses, the others will certainly have those missing pieces covered.

For 2012, I’ve grouped my best-of assessments into six categories. You can use the links below to skip to the parts you think you’ll like best, or, if you’re like me, you’ll want to read the whole thing from beginning to end. Please feel free to leave comments below on your own favorite albums, singles, live shows, and rediscoveries or reissues. I’d be curious to see what else I’ve missed! And while you’re at it, check out the year-end posts and 2012 gift guides by fellow Popdosers Rob Smith, Ken Shane, Chris Holmes, Keith Creighton, and Editor in Chief Jeff Giles.

It is also worth noting that all images in this list are linked to Amazon (except where they’re not) in the event that, at this late date, you are inclined to buy some vinyl for that special someone (and if you and your friends still think that vinyl doesn’t exist anymore, just go on and buy one of these and follow the rest of us down the rabbit hole). Enjoy!