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2012 Year-End Review
grass grows, birds fly, sun shines,
and brother, i hurt people
I'm definitely sure that 2012 has ended by now, so here is a look back at which albums I thought were the best. BEST.
Mumps, etc. - Why?
What We Saw From The Cheap Seats - Regina Spektor
Strange Land - Yellow Ostrich
(trounces Keane's Strangeland for Strange Album of the Year)
good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar
Visions - Grimes
Wrecking Ball - Bruce Springsteen
I saw him play a three hour concert this summer and it was the BEST SHOW OF MY LIFE. The end.
Is actually a TIE between
Break It Yourself - Andrew Bird
Hands of Glory - Andrew Bird
Jeez guy, slow your roll. Save some material for next year.
Local Business - Titus Andronicus
It's not on the same level as 2010's ALBUM OF THE YEAR, THE MONITOR, but it's still damn good.
Sweet Heart Sweet Light - Spiritualized
J. Spaceman's best work in fifteen years.
The Heist - Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Despite a few spots where this album falls flat, it remains an absolute joy to listen to.
— various other things —
The North - Stars
I was all about this record when it first dropped, but it quickly was outpaced by better things as the year went on. It gets my #11 spot (tied with Shields, Bloom, Reign of Terror, America, and Babel for juuuust missing the cut)
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:
Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny
I like this lady, I wish I had found out about her sooner.
MASHUP OF THE YEAR:
Gangrimes Style - Dan Deacon
2012's 2011 ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Presented to the best album from 2011 that I listened to in 2012
Wildlife - La Dispute
OH MAN I could go on about this but I'm just gonna say, listen to this album. It's probably better than everything else on this list.
That Guy Who Does Stuff
You Know, There.
edited January 2013
Guess I will post. All and all I will say it was a so-so year.
-Took a year off school after deciding that the school I was going to was too expensive and with how my life is I couldn't give it an earnest effort. It left me 25k in debt but at least I feel I'm closer to figuring out what I want to do with my life.
-Decided that after years of dealing with depression and social anxiety with so-so results that maybe I should get outside help.
-Went to an anime convention and basically had the entire game room playing Rock Band. Got quite a few compliments on my singing voice.
-Ended up hurting my back and having to go on disability. Bunch of screw ups on my insurance couriers end ended up getting me no money for the time I was off, but that only really hurt my savings account. Also...a month off work doesn't hurt.
-Got back into reading big time, forgot how much I enjoyed it. Might get back into writing I don't know.
-Saw a lot of good movies this year too.
-Decided that I would give a more earnest attempt at trying to get a girlfriend but with my self-esteem issues I don't think that will happen any time soon. That said, I've started to notice that females do talk to me quite a bit so I think the problem is mainly on my end.
-After six years my brother and his girlfriend finally decided when they're getting married. My brother didn't pick me as the best man but he said he didn't want to pick one of his brothers(there are four of us) so I understood.
-My neprew and niece both turned 2. They continue to be pretty awesome kids.
-My dog ate one of my cat's kittens. She's an outside dog now.
-Family got together for Thanksgiving, which is always fun. I got to pick the movie. Chose The Raid:Redemption(Unrated)...my mom walked out after like the first 10 minutes.
-My family came down with a severe case of Christmas Spirit. Everyone bought everyone else gifts and it was pretty fun all around. But damn was it expensive.
For me, 2012 was a pretty good year.
I got a decent job, pay isn't great but the position is challenging and changes just enough within the confines of my role that it doesn't get boring.
Then I got a pay increase which made things more bearable, my role expanded into new and interesting territory.
Stayed married for 4 years, somehow : b
Turned 30 ... wait, is that a plus?
Got a new kitten, he's a bit troublesome but is all about the cuddles and playing with water.
There were some bads though, one of my grandmothers died and early in the year I had just lost a cat who was my baby, she had 3 legs and used to curl up on my lap while I was working or playing games or whenever and she would suck her toes. I miss that little furball a lot.
I've made some friends and lost some friends.
I've not been as active here as I promised myself I would be so haven't gained as many friends as i could've I guess.
Overall, good year, 2013 should be better.
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