BIH’s 2012 Part One: Welcome To The Apocalypse (Preamble)*
Top 10 Albums:
The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do — Fiona Apple
What We Saw From The Cheap Seats — Regina Spektor
Sorrow And Extinction — Pallbearer
Into The Lair Of The Sun God — Dawnbringer
Who’s Feeling Young Now? — Punch Brothers
Positive Force — Delicate Steve
Better To Die On Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees — Liberteer
151a — Kishi Bashi
Beware And Be Grateful — Maps & Atlases
Some Nights — fun.
Honorable Mentions (alphabetical by artist):
Ice Level — Ava Luna
The Devil’s Resolve — Barren Earth
Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads — Dustin Wong
De Vermis Mysteriis — High On Fire
Half Blood — Horseback
Hospitality — Hospitality
Composed — Jherek Bischoff
Iron Balls Of Steel — Loincloth
To Solemn Ash — Rising
Harmonicraft — Torche
Top 20 Songs (alphabetical by song title, because I don’t want to rank them, and why not?)**:
"Be Good (Lion’s Song)" - Gregory Porter
"Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
"Comeback Kid" - Sleigh Bells
"Emmylou" - First Aid Kit
"GROT" - St. Vincent 
"Gun Has No Trigger" - Dirty Projectors
"I Love It" - Icona Pop
"Lots" - Dan Deacon
"March To The Sea" - Baroness
"Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us" - The Darkness
"Payphone" - Maroon5 f/Wiz Khalifa
"Please Forgive My Heart" - Bobby Womack
"Pyramids" - Frank Ocean
"Ruin" - Cat Power
"Sleeping Ute" - Grizzly Bear
"Tell Her" - Dent May
"The House That Heaven Built" - Japandroids
"Walk The Furrows" - Bowerbirds
"Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967" - John Mayer
"Whispering World" - Royal Thunder
Five Disappointments:
Sleigh Bells’s sophomore effort (except “Comeback Kid”)
Dan Harmon getting fired from Community
OKC Thunder losing in the NBA Finals
getting 6 rejections from various grad schools (but I did get 3 acceptances!)
the final chapter of A Visit From The Goon Squad (which I finally read in February)
Top 10 Albums To Which I Am Most Looking Forward***:
Major — Fang Island
Yellow & Green — Baroness
TBA — Coheed & Cambria****
TBA — Ben Folds Five
channel ORANGE — Frank Ocean
Swing Lo Magellan — Dirty Projectors
Love This Giant — David Byrne & St. Vincent
The Janus Mirror — Emanuel & The Fear
Sun — Cat Power
The 2nd Law — Muse
According To last.fm, My Most Listened Artists Over The Last 6 Months:
Regina Spektor
Queen
Radiohead
Delicate Steve
Punch Brothers
Liberteer
Genesis
John Mayer
Jethro Tull
Cat Stevens
*Bonus points to anyone who knows this reference.
**I subconsciously selected only songs that did not appear on any of my favorite albums. After realizing I did this, I was happy with that choice. Suffice it to say, many of my favorite songs do come from my favorite albums, but for the sake of non-repetition, I kept it the way it was.
***Yeah, gross, prepositions.
****I’m not even sure this album is coming out in 2012, but they are finished recording it, so I’m assuming.

BIH’s 2012 Part One: Welcome To The Apocalypse (Preamble)*

Top 10 Albums:

  1. The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do — Fiona Apple
  2. What We Saw From The Cheap Seats — Regina Spektor
  3. Sorrow And Extinction — Pallbearer
  4. Into The Lair Of The Sun God — Dawnbringer
  5. Who’s Feeling Young Now? — Punch Brothers
  6. Positive Force — Delicate Steve
  7. Better To Die On Your Feet Than Live On Your Knees — Liberteer
  8. 151a — Kishi Bashi
  9. Beware And Be Grateful — Maps & Atlases
  10. Some Nights — fun.

Honorable Mentions (alphabetical by artist):

  • Ice Level — Ava Luna
  • The Devil’s Resolve — Barren Earth
  • Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads — Dustin Wong
  • De Vermis Mysteriis — High On Fire
  • Half Blood — Horseback
  • Hospitality — Hospitality
  • Composed — Jherek Bischoff
  • Iron Balls Of Steel — Loincloth
  • To Solemn Ash — Rising
  • Harmonicraft — Torche

Top 20 Songs (alphabetical by song title, because I don’t want to rank them, and why not?)**:

  • "Be Good (Lion’s Song)" - Gregory Porter
  • "Call Me Maybe" - Carly Rae Jepsen
  • "Comeback Kid" - Sleigh Bells
  • "Emmylou" - First Aid Kit
  • "GROT" - St. Vincent 
  • "Gun Has No Trigger" - Dirty Projectors
  • "I Love It" - Icona Pop
  • "Lots" - Dan Deacon
  • "March To The Sea" - Baroness
  • "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us" - The Darkness
  • "Payphone" - Maroon5 f/Wiz Khalifa
  • "Please Forgive My Heart" - Bobby Womack
  • "Pyramids" - Frank Ocean
  • "Ruin" - Cat Power
  • "Sleeping Ute" - Grizzly Bear
  • "Tell Her" - Dent May
  • "The House That Heaven Built" - Japandroids
  • "Walk The Furrows" - Bowerbirds
  • "Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967" - John Mayer
  • "Whispering World" - Royal Thunder

Five Disappointments:

  • Sleigh Bells’s sophomore effort (except “Comeback Kid”)
  • Dan Harmon getting fired from Community
  • OKC Thunder losing in the NBA Finals
  • getting 6 rejections from various grad schools (but I did get 3 acceptances!)
  • the final chapter of A Visit From The Goon Squad (which I finally read in February)

Top 10 Albums To Which I Am Most Looking Forward***:

  1. Major — Fang Island
  2. Yellow & Green — Baroness
  3. TBA — Coheed & Cambria****
  4. TBA — Ben Folds Five
  5. channel ORANGE — Frank Ocean
  6. Swing Lo Magellan — Dirty Projectors
  7. Love This Giant — David Byrne & St. Vincent
  8. The Janus Mirror — Emanuel & The Fear
  9. Sun — Cat Power
  10. The 2nd Law — Muse

According To last.fm, My Most Listened Artists Over The Last 6 Months:

  1. Regina Spektor
  2. Queen
  3. Radiohead
  4. Delicate Steve
  5. Punch Brothers
  6. Liberteer
  7. Genesis
  8. John Mayer
  9. Jethro Tull
  10. Cat Stevens

*Bonus points to anyone who knows this reference.

**I subconsciously selected only songs that did not appear on any of my favorite albums. After realizing I did this, I was happy with that choice. Suffice it to say, many of my favorite songs do come from my favorite albums, but for the sake of non-repetition, I kept it the way it was.

***Yeah, gross, prepositions.

****I’m not even sure this album is coming out in 2012, but they are finished recording it, so I’m assuming.