A List of 26 Albums I Wanted To Get To But Didn’t:
Ancestors - In Dreams And Time
…And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Lost Songs
Ancient VVisdom - A Godlike Inferno
Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
Choir Of Young Believers - Rhine Gold
Conan - Monnos
Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
Conveyor - Conveyor
Evoken - Atra Mors
Eyvind Kang - The Narrow Garden
Hundred Waters - Hundred Waters
The Killers - Battle Born
Matthew E. White - Big Inner
Menomena - Moms
Mike Scheidt - In Your Light
Mirel Wagner - Mirel Wagner
Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
Old Man Gloom - NO
People Get Ready - People Get Ready
Poor Moon - Poor Moon
Ryan Monroe - A Painting Of A Painting On Fire
Swans - The Seer
The Sword - Apocryphon
Titus Andronicus - Local Business
Two Gallants - The Bloom And The Blight
West End Motel - Only Time Can Tell
According To last.fm, My Most Listened Artists Of 2012:
Frank Ocean
Regina Spektor
Baroness
Radiohead
Sufjan Stevens
Queen
The Beach Boys
Coheed And Cambria
Doug Benson
Delicate Steve
According To last.fm, My Most Listened Albums of 2012 (limiting only to 2012 albums):
Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
Baroness - Yellow & Green
Liberteer - Better To Live On Your Feet Than Die On Your Knees
Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
Punch Brothers - Who’s Feeling Young Now?
fun. - Some Nights
Coheed And Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension
Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel…
The Darkness - Hot Cakes
Field Music - Plumb
A List Of Feature Films I Watched Or Rewatched For My First Semester Of Grad School:
Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) 
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Baby Face (1933)
The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
Chinatown (1974)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
The Devil Is A Woman (1935)
The Exorcist (1973)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Force Of Evil (1948)
Frankenstein (1931) 
The General (1926)
The Godfather (1972)
The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
Hallelujah! (1929)
Halloween (1978)
I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
Imitation Of Life (1959)
It Happened One Night (1934)
It’s Alive (1974)
The Long Goodbye (1973) 
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Mean Streets (1973)
Midnight Cowboy (1969) 
Mississippi Burning (1988)
Morocco (1930)
The Naked City (1948)
The Omen (1976)
On The Waterfront (1954)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
Ordinary People (1980)
Rebel Without A Cause (1955) 
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Salt Of The Earth (1954)
Scarface (1932)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Shine (1996)
The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
Thelma And Louise (1991)
Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1964)
Within Our Gates (1920)
My Top10 Films of 2012:
The Cabin In The Woods
The Master
Django Unchained
Silver Linings Playbook
Beasts Of The Southern Wild
Safety Not Guaranteed
Looper
Smashed
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
The Avengers
A List of 2012 Films I Haven’t Seen Yet But Want To:
Amour
Anna Karenina
Argo
Cloud Atlas
Compliance
The Deep Blue Sea
Holy Motors
It’s Such A Beautiful Day
Killer Joe
Premium Rush
Save The Date
Wuthering Heights
V/H/S
My Top10 Television of 2012:
Breaking Bad
Girls
Community
Happy Endings
Fringe
Adventure Time
New Girl
Parks And Recreation
Louie
Game Of Thrones
A List Of Shows On Which I’m Still Not Caught Up (But In The Process):
Homeland
Justified
Mad Men
Parenthood
My Top10 Podcasts of 2012:
Doug Loves Movies
NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour
Mike And Tom Eat Snacks
NPR: All Songs Considered
Nerdist Writers Panel
The Nerdist
You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
TV On The Internet
Dining With Doug And Karen
WTF with Marc Maron

A List of 26 Albums I Wanted To Get To But Didn’t:

  • Ancestors - In Dreams And Time
  • …And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Lost Songs
  • Ancient VVisdom - A Godlike Inferno
  • Between The Buried And Me - The Parallax II: Future Sequence
  • Choir Of Young Believers - Rhine Gold
  • Conan - Monnos
  • Converge - All We Love We Leave Behind
  • Conveyor - Conveyor
  • Evoken - Atra Mors
  • Eyvind Kang - The Narrow Garden
  • Hundred Waters - Hundred Waters
  • The Killers - Battle Born
  • Matthew E. White - Big Inner
  • Menomena - Moms
  • Mike Scheidt - In Your Light
  • Mirel Wagner - Mirel Wagner
  • Neurosis - Honor Found In Decay
  • Old Man Gloom - NO
  • People Get Ready - People Get Ready
  • Poor Moon - Poor Moon
  • Ryan Monroe - A Painting Of A Painting On Fire
  • Swans - The Seer
  • The Sword - Apocryphon
  • Titus Andronicus - Local Business
  • Two Gallants - The Bloom And The Blight
  • West End Motel - Only Time Can Tell

According To last.fm, My Most Listened Artists Of 2012:

  1. Frank Ocean
  2. Regina Spektor
  3. Baroness
  4. Radiohead
  5. Sufjan Stevens
  6. Queen
  7. The Beach Boys
  8. Coheed And Cambria
  9. Doug Benson
  10. Delicate Steve

According To last.fm, My Most Listened Albums of 2012 (limiting only to 2012 albums):

  1. Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
  2. Baroness - Yellow & Green
  3. Liberteer - Better To Live On Your Feet Than Die On Your Knees
  4. Regina Spektor - What We Saw From The Cheap Seats
  5. Punch Brothers - Who’s Feeling Young Now?
  6. fun. - Some Nights
  7. Coheed And Cambria - The Afterman: Ascension
  8. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel…
  9. The Darkness - Hot Cakes
  10. Field Music - Plumb

A List Of Feature Films I Watched Or Rewatched For My First Semester Of Grad School:

  • Angels With Dirty Faces (1938) 
  • A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  • Baby Face (1933)
  • The Best Years Of Our Lives (1946)
  • The Cabin In The Woods (2012)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • Citizen Kane (1941)
  • Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  • The Devil Is A Woman (1935)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Five Easy Pieces (1970)
  • Force Of Evil (1948)
  • Frankenstein (1931) 
  • The General (1926)
  • The Godfather (1972)
  • The Grapes Of Wrath (1940)
  • Hallelujah! (1929)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • I Am A Fugitive From A Chain Gang (1932)
  • Imitation Of Life (1959)
  • It Happened One Night (1934)
  • It’s Alive (1974)
  • The Long Goodbye (1973) 
  • The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
  • Mean Streets (1973)
  • Midnight Cowboy (1969) 
  • Mississippi Burning (1988)
  • Morocco (1930)
  • The Naked City (1948)
  • The Omen (1976)
  • On The Waterfront (1954)
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
  • Ordinary People (1980)
  • Rebel Without A Cause (1955) 
  • The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
  • Salt Of The Earth (1954)
  • Scarface (1932)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • Shine (1996)
  • The Silence Of The Lambs (1991)
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
  • Thelma And Louise (1991)
  • Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1964)
  • Within Our Gates (1920)

My Top10 Films of 2012:

  1. The Cabin In The Woods
  2. The Master
  3. Django Unchained
  4. Silver Linings Playbook
  5. Beasts Of The Southern Wild
  6. Safety Not Guaranteed
  7. Looper
  8. Smashed
  9. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
  10. The Avengers

A List of 2012 Films I Haven’t Seen Yet But Want To:

  • Amour
  • Anna Karenina
  • Argo
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Compliance
  • The Deep Blue Sea
  • Holy Motors
  • It’s Such A Beautiful Day
  • Killer Joe
  • Premium Rush
  • Save The Date
  • Wuthering Heights
  • V/H/S

My Top10 Television of 2012:

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Girls
  3. Community
  4. Happy Endings
  5. Fringe
  6. Adventure Time
  7. New Girl
  8. Parks And Recreation
  9. Louie
  10. Game Of Thrones

A List Of Shows On Which I’m Still Not Caught Up (But In The Process):

  • Homeland
  • Justified
  • Mad Men
  • Parenthood

My Top10 Podcasts of 2012:

  1. Doug Loves Movies
  2. NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour
  3. Mike And Tom Eat Snacks
  4. NPR: All Songs Considered
  5. Nerdist Writers Panel
  6. The Nerdist
  7. You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes
  8. TV On The Internet
  9. Dining With Doug And Karen
  10. WTF with Marc Maron

BIH’s album list

Below you’ll find a list, in alphabetical order, of every album I listened to in 2012. Here, “listened to” means all the way through at least 3 times. I kept track all year so I could do this and because I thought it’d be interesting. I’m not as ambitious as (read: I’m more lazy than) TWG is, so my list isn’t ranked. I think I can honestly say none of these are complete duds. 

These lists are so much fun for us, and I hope you loyal ~~D//S~~ readers enjoy them.

See you in 2013,

—BIH

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The Top Two Kanye West Factual Errors of 2012:
Claim: “Let the suicide doors up.”Reality: Suicide doors open the same as standard car doors, but have the hinges on the opposite side. Kanye is thinking of scissor doors.
Claim: “I was in too deep like Mekhi Phife”Reality: Omar Epps, not Mekhi Phifer, was the star of In Too Deep. 
The Top Three Words That Appear In Every Katie Got Bandz Verse:
Kaatiiieeee
Bands
Hitta
The Top Three Ad-Libs That Appear In Every Big Sean Verse:
Booooyyyy
B-I-G
Oh god
Whoa

The Top Two Songs The National Performed From Television Shows
"The Rains of Castamere" - Game of Thrones
"Linda’s Thanksgiving Song" - Bob’s Burgers
2012’s Top Three YCs
Future
YC
Cash Out
The Top Ten Things I Read This Year (Long Form Division)
Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner
Wise Blood - Flannery O’Connor
Child of God - Cormac McCarthy
Oral History - Lee Smith
A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin
Storming Heaven - Denise Giardina
Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty
Noises Off - Michael Frayn
A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Top Ten Things I Read This Year (Short Form Division)
"Where Is The Voice Coming From?" - Eudora Welty
"The Burning" - Eudora Welty
"In Honor of That High and Mighty Princess Queen Elizabeth of Happy Memory" - Anne Bradstreet
"Eating Wife and Friends" - Barry Hannah
"The Hurricane" - Philip Freneau
"The Last Question" - Isaac Asimov
"Kentucke (for James Still)" - Frank X. Walker
"The Sot-Weed Factor" - Ebenezer Cooke
"My Papa’s Waltz" - Theodore Roethke
"Narcissus and Echo" - Fred Chappell
15 Great Songs That Might Have Made My Top Songs List If We Didn’t Have A “One Song Per Artist” Rule
Death Grips - “Hacker”
Dirty Projectors - “Gun Has No Trigger”
Dirty Projectors - “Impregnable Question”
El-P feat. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire and Danny Brown - “Oh Hail No”
Frank Ocean - “Bad Religion”
Frank Ocean - “Thinkin’ Bout You”
Japandroids - “Adrenaline Night Shift”
Japandroids - “The Nights of Wine and Roses”
Purity Ring feat. Danny Brown - “Belispeak II”
Sleigh Bells - “Never Say Die (Araabmuzik Remix)”
Sharon Van Etten - “Leonard”
Spiritualized - “Life Is A Problem”
Spritiualized - “Too Late”
Symmetry - “Eulogy”

Top 5 Album Covers
2 Chainz - Based on a T.R.U. Story 
Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man 
Death Grips - No Love Deep Web[Click Here For The Real (And Very NSFW) Cover]
Oh No - Ohnomite
Laurel Halo - Quarantine
The Top Two Kanye West Factual Errors of 2012:
  1. Claim: “Let the suicide doors up.”
    Reality: Suicide doors open the same as standard car doors, but have the hinges on the opposite side. Kanye is thinking of scissor doors.
  2. Claim: “I was in too deep like Mekhi Phife”
    Reality: Omar Epps, not Mekhi Phifer, was the star of In Too Deep

The Top Three Words That Appear In Every Katie Got Bandz Verse:

  1. Kaatiiieeee
  2. Bands
  3. Hitta
The Top Three Ad-Libs That Appear In Every Big Sean Verse:
  1. Booooyyyy
  2. B-I-G
  3. Oh god
  4. Whoa

The Top Two Songs The National Performed From Television Shows

  1. "The Rains of Castamere" - Game of Thrones
  2. "Linda’s Thanksgiving Song" - Bob’s Burgers
2012’s Top Three YCs
  1. Future
  2. YC
  3. Cash Out

The Top Ten Things I Read This Year (Long Form Division)

  1. Absalom, Absalom! - William Faulkner
  2. Wise Blood - Flannery O’Connor
  3. Child of God - Cormac McCarthy
  4. Oral History - Lee Smith
  5. A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin
  6. Storming Heaven - Denise Giardina
  7. Delta Wedding - Eudora Welty
  8. Noises Off - Michael Frayn
  9. A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
  10. Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Top Ten Things I Read This Year (Short Form Division)

  1. "Where Is The Voice Coming From?" - Eudora Welty
  2. "The Burning" - Eudora Welty
  3. "In Honor of That High and Mighty Princess Queen Elizabeth of Happy Memory" - Anne Bradstreet
  4. "Eating Wife and Friends" - Barry Hannah
  5. "The Hurricane" - Philip Freneau
  6. "The Last Question" - Isaac Asimov
  7. "Kentucke (for James Still)" - Frank X. Walker
  8. "The Sot-Weed Factor" - Ebenezer Cooke
  9. "My Papa’s Waltz" - Theodore Roethke
  10. "Narcissus and Echo" - Fred Chappell
15 Great Songs That Might Have Made My Top Songs List If We Didn’t Have A “One Song Per Artist” Rule
  1. Death Grips - “Hacker”
  2. Dirty Projectors - “Gun Has No Trigger”
  3. Dirty Projectors - “Impregnable Question”
  4. El-P feat. Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire and Danny Brown - “Oh Hail No”
  5. Frank Ocean - “Bad Religion”
  6. Frank Ocean - “Thinkin’ Bout You”
  7. Japandroids - “Adrenaline Night Shift”
  8. Japandroids - “The Nights of Wine and Roses”
  9. Purity Ring feat. Danny Brown - “Belispeak II”
  10. Sleigh Bells - “Never Say Die (Araabmuzik Remix)”
  11. Sharon Van Etten - “Leonard”
  12. Spiritualized - “Life Is A Problem”
  13. Spritiualized - “Too Late”
  14. Symmetry - “Eulogy”

Top 5 Album Covers

  1. 2 Chainz - Based on a T.R.U. Story
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  2. Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
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  3. Death Grips - No Love Deep Web
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    [Click Here For The Real (And Very NSFW) Cover]
  4. Oh No - Ohnomite
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  5. Laurel Halo - Quarantine
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TWG’s Top 126 Albums of The Year

After the jump, you’ll find my full rankings of all of the 126 new albums that I listened to this year. (By “listened to” I mean that I listened to each of them at least three times.) Before you look at this and find your favorite album of the year in the 80’s, I’d like to say that the vast majority of these albums have something good to offer and are worth listening to. I would in fact say that most anything before the 110’s is worth giving a spin if you like the genre, artist, cover art, etc. 

Finally, on behalf of everyone here at Dolphin/Shark, I’d like to thank you all for sticking with us this year. It really means the world to us.

Thanks again,

TWG

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1. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
For years, the music made by Dave Longstreth and his long line of cohorts was all about the head. If the music wasn’t highly experimental, it was tangled up in great, overarching concepts about Don Henley fighting trucks, or brown finches, or trying to recreate a Black Flag album from memory. But, now a decade into his career, Longstreth has made an album with a human heart. That doesn’t mean, however, that he’s abandoned his previous ideals. This album is still full of intricate, twisty guitar parts, bittersweet vocal harmonies, and stuttering, unconventional rhythm parts. (And he still hasn’t met a word he can’t cram seven notes into as a lead vocalist.) Nor does this mean that he’s writing direct love songs, because there’s still plenty of obfuscation on this album. (The offspring are blank. The questions are all impregnable. And, the guns don’t have triggers.) Instead, what I mean is that he’s finally made an album that sounds completely human, without losing any of the complex, experimental hallmarks of his earlier work. It’s the album he’s be working towards his entire career. And it’s an absolute masterpiece.

1. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan

For years, the music made by Dave Longstreth and his long line of cohorts was all about the head. If the music wasn’t highly experimental, it was tangled up in great, overarching concepts about Don Henley fighting trucks, or brown finches, or trying to recreate a Black Flag album from memory. But, now a decade into his career, Longstreth has made an album with a human heart. That doesn’t mean, however, that he’s abandoned his previous ideals. This album is still full of intricate, twisty guitar parts, bittersweet vocal harmonies, and stuttering, unconventional rhythm parts. (And he still hasn’t met a word he can’t cram seven notes into as a lead vocalist.) Nor does this mean that he’s writing direct love songs, because there’s still plenty of obfuscation on this album. (The offspring are blank. The questions are all impregnable. And, the guns don’t have triggers.) Instead, what I mean is that he’s finally made an album that sounds completely human, without losing any of the complex, experimental hallmarks of his earlier work. It’s the album he’s be working towards his entire career. And it’s an absolute masterpiece.

1. Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE
It’s a masterpiece
Don’t care about its (few) flaws
One for the ages.

1. Frank Ocean - channel ORANGE

It’s a masterpiece

Don’t care about its (few) flaws

One for the ages.

2. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do
It was worth the wait
(The title, almost as long)
Bare, sparse brilliance.

2. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do

It was worth the wait

(The title, almost as long)

Bare, sparse brilliance.

3. Field Music - Plumb
This British art rock
Is my fave find of the year
Crafted and precise.

3. Field Music - Plumb

This British art rock

Is my fave find of the year

Crafted and precise.

4. Baroness - Yellow & Green
One half is the sea,
The other, mountains; July
Strikes again—second.

4. Baroness - Yellow & Green

One half is the sea,

The other, mountains; July

Strikes again—second.

5. Pallbearer - Sorrow And Extinction
Slow, churning debut
It’s absolutely crushing
Number one metal.

5. Pallbearer - Sorrow And Extinction

Slow, churning debut

It’s absolutely crushing

Number one metal.