2012 has been and gone, and before we bury it with all that whizz-bangin' from 2013's keytars, we wanted to take stock of the year that was, and highlight the most popular bits and bobs that you were reading (or at least clicking on) for those of you who might have missed them.
Twenty-twelve was a big year for DiS. From Jan 1st through Dec 31st there were 32,786,312 pageviews on DiS, and our Google Analytics say that there were 8,508,628 visits to the site. There was an average of 490k unique users on the site each month, and every day the equivalent of a stadium crowd arrived on DiS to have a mooch around our reviews and discussions.
So what were you all reading in 2012...?
Most Read Reviews
1) My Bloody Valentine Loveless (remastered)
2) Death Grips The Money Store
3) The xx Coexist
4) The Shins Port of Morrow
5) Muse The 2nd Law
6) Chromatics Kill for Love
7) Burial Kindred
8) Swans The Seer
9) Deftones Koi No Yokan
10) Bloc Party Four
11) School of Seven Bells Ghostory
12) Liars WIXIW
13] The Enemy Streets in the Sky
14) Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes
15) Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
16) Blondes Blondes
17) The Cribs In the Belly of the Brazen Bull
18) Actress R.I.P.
19) Lana Del Rey Born to Die
20) Reverend And The Makers @Reverend Makers
Most Read Features
1) Drowned in Sound's Favourite Albums of 2012: 5-1
2) Paul McCartney discusses songwriting and RAM with Mansun's Paul Draper
3) Drowned in Sound's Favourite Albums of 2012: 25-6
4) Planet Gear: Gotye on the Lowrey Cotillion organ and Making Mirrors
5) DiS Staff: #1 Albums of 2012
6) Drowned in Sound's Favourite Albums of 2012: 100-51
7) No Surprises? 15 Classic Albums of 15 Years Ago
8) And Drowned in Sound's Album of 2012 is...
9) The DiS Communities... 101 Favourite Albums
10) "It actually feels like coming home again" - DiS meets Jonsi from Sigur Ros
Most Read Discussion Threads
1) Has ATP Gone Into Administration?
2) Bloc 2012
3) Recommended Albums 2012 Edition
4) Primavera Sound 2012
5) ATP The National Announcement
6) 2012 Rolling Hip Hop Thread
7) Excellent Indie
8) Who The Fuck Are You?
9) Songs That You Genuinely Think Are Perfect
10) Interesting (Or Uninteresting) Stories Of What Mid Level Band Members Did For Work After Their Bands Split Up/Got Dropped/Fell Out Of Favour.
Please note: We excluded threads which were started in previous years, as we didn't think you really needed to see the Dubstep songs, terrible joke or various other threads again which seem to be caught in some crazy traffic-loop on Google. Not that we're complaining, that nonsense is what paid for a few round of drinks for our staff this Christmas. I mean, you really gotta wonder what over 36,500 people are Googling for to end up on this "16 Year Old Boy Dies After Masturbating 42 Times" thread.
- 2012's Most Read: Threads, Reviews and More...
- Drowned in Sound's Favourite Albums of 2012: 5-1
- DiS Staff: #1 Albums of 2012
- Weekend Listening: M83, SVIIB, HTDA (Trent Reznor), Chvrches, Ed Harcourt, Melody's Echo Chamber +mo
- Weekend Listening: Ghosting Season, Sigur Ros, M83, Paul Banks + Spotify playlists
- "Sometimes a great record is temporary." - 90mins with Johnny Jewel (Part 2)
- Weekend Listening: Stay+, Patrick Wolf, Halls, Exitmusic, Stereophonics, Deftones
- 90 Minutes with Johnny Jewel - Part 1: Chromatics' live show, torture and EDM