2013 is within spitting distance, and while I plan on offering a couple of best-of lists for this years releases/reissues, (most likely to be shared on New Years Day) I thought I'd cherry-pick some of the juiciest morsels from the 100+ entries I made available in 2012. I'm not going to dedicate any time to critiquing and such here, as I already abundantly have in the original postings, all of which are linked via selecting the hyperlinked band names below. 2012 turned out to be an incredible year for retro finds, making it a challenge to put this compilation together. This mix is designed to be both a recap for those of you who frequent Wilfully Obscure, and a springboard for anyone who's just plain overwhelmed by the vast trove of material I share on a weekly, if not daily basis. In a nutshell, if you count yourself among the uninitiated and don't know where to start, start here (and of course, work your way backwards). Enjoy. BTW, I've included five songs that I haven't shared heretofore, and they've been denoted with an asterisk.