So I'm actually managing to get this list up a little earlier than anticipated, considering I was originally targeting next week. The list was both easy and difficult to compile, in that there were tons of incredible full-length albums released this year, so many in fact it was incredibly hard to pare them down to a Top 30 (which is incidentally the arbitrary number I decided to go with).
The Menzingers album is my definitive favorite with the rest in loose order of preference. As suggested all are must listen/have, and there are probably 30 more albums that in most years would've made the primary list. See the Top 30 and accompanying playlist (which a track from each) below.
DPDC Best of 2012
1. The Menzingers - On the Impossible Past
2. American Aquarium - Burn.Flicker.Die
3. Cloud Nothings - Attack on Memory
4. Red Collar - Welcome Home
5. Cory Branan - Mutt
6. Downtown Struts - Victoria!
7. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
8. Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
9. The District Attorneys - Slowburner
10. Wood Ear - Steeple Vultures
11. Arliss Nancy - Simple Machines (Song on PL from previous EP, Simple Machines not on Spotify)
12. Titus Andronicus - Local Business
13. Swearin' - Self Titled
14. Alone at 3am - Midwest Mess
15. Truckstop Darlin' - Hope and the Heart it Breaks
16. Luther - Let's Get You Somewhere Else
17. The Evening Rig - Nothin' to Hear Here
18. Arms Aloft - Sawdust City
19. Damien Jurado - Maraqopa
20. Lucero - Women & Work
21. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
22. Langhorne Slim - The Way We Move
23. Title Fight - Floral Green
24. Apologies I Have None - London
25. Fistful of Beard - Until We Know Better
26. Bedford Falls - Elegant Balloons
27. Sharon Van Etten - Tramp
28. Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet on Sky
29. Cheap Girls - Giant Orange
30. JKutchma & The Five Fifths - Pastorals
It was tough to leave off releases from Hop Along, Nude Beach, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Bob Mould, Paws, Teenage Bottlerocket, Hot Water Music, Lower Dens, Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil, Sam Russo, Waxahatchee, The Holy Mess and many more.
Check out the previous "Quarterly Reports" that cover some of the omitted albums.
DPDC 3Q2012 Quarterly Report
DPDC 2Q2012 Quarterly Report
DPDC 1Q2012 Quarterly Report