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NPR Music 2022 Staff Picks: Lars Gotrich

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As a '90s kid who spent hours with a Walkman in the backseat of a car, an appreciation for the sonic narrative has stuck — that same patience, nuance and attention to detail can be found in my favorite albums of 2022. But songs? I needed immediate thrills, so that's why I've opted for 10 hardcore rippers that whipped my ass. Bonus shout out to @tacoplug's Turnstile/"Peanut Butter Jelly Time" mashup, the hardest mesh-shorts mosh-jam of 2022. No ranks, no masters. See y'all in the pit.

Top 10 Albums of 2022


• Björk, Fossora
• Straw Man Army, SOS
• Maggie Rogers, Surrender
• Linda Ayupuka, God Created Everything
• caroline, caroline
• Nancy Mounir, Nozhet El Nofous
• Bill Orcutt, Music for Four Guitars
• Editrix, Editrix II: Editrix Goes to Hell
• Hikaru Utada, BAD MODE
• SONJA, Loud Arriver

Top 10 Hardcore Songs of 2022


• Soul Glo, "Jump!! (Or Get Jumped!!!)((by the future))"
• daddy's boy, "brb fetching the guillotine"
• Rigorous Institution, "Tempt Fate... And Win!"
• Gates of Hopeless, "True Justice Never Die"
• Warthog, "Four Walls"
• GEL, "Predominant Mask"
• Devil Despize, "Alpha & Omega"
• Hammered Hulls, "Rights and Reproduction"
• Petrol Girls, "Preachers"
• Speed, "Not That Nice"

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