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We’ve all been told not to judge a book by its cover, but what about albums? Imagine walking in to your local record store, pumped to flip through bins and let your eyes scan over the endless possibilities for a new find. How many times has an album jumped out at you, not because of the name of the band, but because of the image plastered on its cover? Covers communicate an album’s first impression upon its viewers, hoping that by catching your eye it will tempt your ears into listening to the artist’s work. This year, there has been a flood of great music entering our station at KZSC, and I can’t help but get excited when I see the freshly printed covers. It was hard to pick a few favorites, and I’d love to hear from you about the albums you find to be the prettiest albums of 2012. Comment away, this list is hardly exhaustive!

Jan 30 Django Django Django Django
Django Django, Self-Titled album Released January 30, 2012
Jan 31 Grimes Visions
Visions by Grimes, released January 31, 2012
April 3 Screamingfemalesugly
Ugly by Screaming Females, Released April 3, 2012
Apr 23Jackwhiteblunderbluss
Blunderbluss by Jack White, released April 23, 2012
Ap 24 Ka Grief Pedigree
Grief Pedigree by KA, Released April 24, 2012
Ap 30 Father John Misty Fear Fun
Father John Misty by Fear Fun, Released April 30, 2012
June 11 Hot Chip In Our Heads
In Our Heads by Hot Chip, released June 11, 2012
Jul 17 Alchemist Russian Roulette
Russian Roulette by Alchemist, released July 17, 2012
June 26 Ty Segall Band Slaughterhouse
Slaughterhouse by Ty Segall Band, released June 26, 2012
YOKOKIMTHURSTON by Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, & Thurston Moore. Released September 25, 2012
Nov 7 Crystal Castles Iii
III by Crystal Castles, released November 7, 2012
Bjork Bastards Packshot
Bastards by Bjork, released November 19, 2012