Below is his list of favorites from 2012, though he doesn't tell us why. I guess you can just take his word for it.
Better late (and incomplete--sorry no individual record write ups) than never.
1. Joyce Manor- Of All Things I Will Soon Grow Tired
2. Kendrick Lamar- Good Kid: M.A.A.D. City
3. Big Boi- Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors
4. Gaslight Anthem- Handwritten
5. Elle Varner- Perfectly Imperfect
6. The Weeknd- Trilogy
7. Frank Ocean- Code Orange
8. Bob Mould- Silver Age
9. The xx- Coexist
10. Lambchop- Mr. M