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Best Music Of 2012 (So Far)

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Pretend #lastfm asked you to tweet your top three songs so far in 2012, what would you select?  Something straight from Billboard, or maybe a tune playing under the radar?

Well, Up to Date has assembled a panel of music lovers and asked for their selections of the best music so far in 2012.

Joining Steve Kraske for the discussion is Laura Lorson of Kansas Public Radio, KCUR morning host Michael Byars who produces and cohosts the weekly podcast, "The Mailbox," and Chris Haghirian, organizer of the Middle of the Map Music Festival, and cohost of “The Mailbox.”

We invite you to listen to their selections then let us know if you agree or if you've downloaded different tunes this year.  Join the conversation: call 816.235.2888 during the show, email uptodate@kcur.org, Tweet us @KCURUptoDate, or join KCUR's Facebook discussion.

Michael Byars' list:

ARTIST - Title - Album

HIDDEN PICTURES – “Rainbow Records” – Rainbow Records

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA – “11:11” – Area 52

LEE FIELDS and THE EXPRESSIONS – “Faithful Man” – Faithful Man

SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS – “Lafaye” – Ghostory

SURROUNDHER – “Visiting Ming” – Surroundher

JIMMY CLIFF – “Children’s Bread” – Rebirth

BOWERBIRDS – “In The Yard” – The Clearing

Chris Haghirian’s list:

FATHER JOHN MISTY – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” – Fear Fun

PURITY RING – “Loftcries” – Ungirthed (single)

JAPANDROIDS – “The House That Heaven Built” – Celebration Rock

HEEMS – “Coca Cola Freestyle” – Nehru Jackets

SANTIGOLD – “This Isn’t Our Parade” – Master Of My Make-Believe

GRIMES – “Genesis” – Visions

POLICA – “Dark Star” – Give You The Ghost

Laura Lorson's list:

JD McPHERSON - “Scratchin' Circles”

ALLO DARLIN' - “Capricornia”

DONNIE & JOE EMERSON - “Give Me the Chance”

TY SEGALL BAND - “Tell Me What's Inside Your Heart”

ACTRESS - “Caves of Paradise”

SHARON VAN ETTEN - “Serpents”

MOUNT EERIE - “Lone Bell”

Laura Lorson is a native of Louisville, Ky., but came to Kansas in 1983. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas. After graduation, she left the area for more than a decade, attending graduate school and working for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, Ill. When an opportunity opened at KPR, she happily returned to Lawrence.  You can read more about Laura here. Chris Haghirian is an account executive with Ink Magazine, co-founder of Ink’s Middle of the Map Festival, organizer of various music promotions for Ink, and co-host of the weekly webcast “The Mailbox” on Midwest Music Found dot org

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.
Michael Byars is the morning announcer for KCUR 89.3.