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Ah, the end of the year. A time when music critics and publications far and wide argue, debate, and nitpick to whittle down all of the music they listened to during the year into a numbered list of “The Best.” This year, City Paper eschews the normal compilation of the “Best Recordings of the Year”—a fun, if arbitrary exercise—in lieu of something more personal: a breakdown, by genre, of our favorite releases, shows, and moments in local music. —Matt Cohen