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As the year draws to a close, I reflect upon the vast amount of music released this year.  While 2012 won’t go down as a landmark year by anyone’s standards, it did see a number of incredibly solid releases.  We saw heartbreaking hiatuses and joy inducing reunions.  Not much truly left an incredible impact on me, but the sheer volume of interesting and worthwhile releases was wonderful, to say the least.  Given only 25 albums to play with, choosing selections for this list was difficult.  Describing them was an even greater endeavor (chore).  So I decided to forgo the use of words, and project my feelings through an internet-folk’s most fluent language: cats.

25. Father John Misty-Fear Fun

Psychedelic folk:

24. Evening Hymns-Spectral Dusk

Indie/folk/country:

23. Lost in the Trees-A Church That Fits Our Needs

Indie:

22. Dweller on the Threshold-Dweller on the Threshold

Lo-fi/folk:

21. Gaza-No Absolutes In Human Suffering

Hardcore/Grind:

20. Abyssal-Denouenment

Death/Black Metal:

19. State Faults-Desolate Peaks

Hardcore/Emo:

18. Narrows- Painted

Hardcore/Metalcore:

17. OM-Advaitic Songs

Psychedelic/Metal:

16. Bosse-de-Nage-III

Black Metal:

15. 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

Indie-pop:

14. Converge-All We Love We Leave Behind

Hardcore/Metalcore:

13. Kayo Dot-Gamma Knife

Progressive Metal:

12. IDYLLS-Farewell All Joy

Hardcore/Grind:

11. mewithoutYou-Ten Stories

Alternative-rock:

10. BATS-The Sleep of Reason

Post-hardcore:

9. Mount Eerie-Ocean Roar

Indie/Experimental:

8. Pile-Dripping

Post-hardcore:

7. The Tallest Man on Earth-There’s No Leaving Now

Indie/Folk:

6. Leech-if we get there one day will you please open the gate

Post-rock:

5. Hop Along-Get Disowned

Indie-rock:

4. Godspeed You! Black Emperor-Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!

Post-rock:

3. Right Away, Great Captain!-Church of the Good Thief

Indie/Folk:

2. Mount Eerie-Clear Moon

Indie/Experimental:

1. Dirty Three-Toward the Low Sun

Instrumental/Post-rock:





Xenophanes
12.13.12
Wow this looks terrible damn I cannot make a good looking formatting to save my life.

NightmareCinema16
12.13.12
Love the cat concept, Xeno. I have a history of loving cats, so this list definately has my approval.

Hep Kat
12.13.12
list is saved by pile

Tyrael
12.13.12
Can't say I'm a fan of a lot of the albums on this list but fuck yeah cats

Also, we call 20 blackened death metal ;]

klap
12.13.12
cats are evil, evil creatures but very nice job aligning cats with their respective genres

Tyrael
12.13.12
Oh and 17 is stoner doom, not trying to be a pain in the ass here but yeah I want the genres to be right :]

Oh and props for including 6 it rules hard

johnnyblaze
12.13.12
aww cats XD 5/5

NightmareCinema16
12.13.12
XD 5/5 [2]

TheSpirit
12.13.12
nice to see idylls on someone elses list

Kris.
12.13.12
this is fantastic

Trebor.
12.13.12
I came for the albums, I stayed for the kitties


NightmareCinema16
12.13.12
Pretty much.

sixdegrees
12.13.12
:3

NightmareCinema16
12.13.12
:3 [2]

Omaha
12.13.12
Oh my god. Eli, this is one of the greatest things I've seen on Sputnik.

WeepingBanana
12.13.12
nice, Pile rule. have you heard Magic Isn't Real?

also good call on #1

NightmareCinema16
12.13.12
I agree with Omaha on this one.

ThyCrossAwaits
12.13.12
There was a split second where I looked for the "Well-Written" buttons.

Douglas
12.13.12
Only staff list I have read re: cats

Buzzkillr
12.13.12
Even your favorite albums of the year are only 4s? that's pretty strict, man. cool list tho, gonna check a few of these out

STOP SHOUTING!
12.13.12
i like fiona apple's cat the best.

AliW1993
12.13.12
This is genius. Surprised Loma Prieta didn't make the list...

ZilbelPing
12.13.12
Sweet list/concept

Aids
12.13.12
hahaha this is amazing, 3 and 21 for the win

wacknizzle
12.13.12
Sweet list. 2012 was definitely the year of cats!!!

johnnydeking29
12.13.12
Best year ever

Jom
12.13.12
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS KARMA HERE ON SPUTNIKMUSIC XENO

... but nice job with the list! :3

ILJ
12.13.12
awesome list dude. lots of cool stuff. i'll check out what i don't know.

Crysis
12.13.12
space kitteh does not belong with godspeed he belongs with krallice

alachlahol
12.13.12
yay :33333333

ShadowRemains
12.13.12
srightry would approve

sniper
12.13.12
this is awesome

Irving
12.14.12
OMG

PistolPete
12.14.12
looking at the cat pictures actually really helps to truly grasp the feeling you felt while listening to these

Eko
12.14.12
kind of awesome how well the cats parallel these albums

Ignimbrite
12.14.12
this is incredible

MichaelSnoxall
12.14.12
Funniest post in Sputnik history. I was laughing non-stop until I reached the bottom.

hesperus
12.14.12
This is genius. Surprised Loma Prieta didn't make the list... [2]

hesperus
12.14.12
My favorite is the BATS cat.

Yazz_Flute
12.14.12
hahaha the BATS one was perfect.

Aids
12.14.12
it's funny but woah dude have you even READ chan's plans?

Aids
12.14.12
do you even like coffee from a christain coffee shop?

sniper
12.14.12
yeah where is IV

Xenophanes
12.14.12
IV wore off me harder than I could have ever imagined. I genuinely forgot Riala now that I think of it....damn.

greg84
12.14.12
Pile is a great pick. It makes me wonder if you've heard Dope Body's Natural History. Well probably not. If you did, it'd be on here.

ProjectFreak
12.14.12
lol #10

Cygnatti
12.14.12
I LOVE these cats.

Wizard
12.15.12
Cats are seriously my favourite Xeno. Dogs are just downright dumb for the most part.

sniper
12.15.12
fuck that

Xenophanes
12.15.12
I love dogs. As in, they are quite literally my favorite thing in the world. And dogs have a higher intelligence than cats. That's inarguable.

sniper
12.15.12
agreed

Spec
12.15.12
Great list haha.

thumbcrusher
12.15.12
love all the cats, particularly the Gaza and Godspeed ones

NightmareCinema16
12.17.12
Found the best cats too.

JrmyPrks
12.18.12
fantastic list.

cats were good too.

Iluvatar
12.21.12
cats are used so awful in this.

jigsawman
12.22.12
Haha,this is an extremely good post.Thank you for making me smile

Poet
12.23.12
Needs more cats

Relinquished
12.23.12
cute post

but dogs rule

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