My Year-End Lists Of 2013

Posted on December 28, 2013 |

2013 was a fine musical year.

Will I think back on it fondly 20 years down the line?

Probably not.

It’s definitely the year in which I found the beat.

This top 20 is littered with electro dance records, my number #1 being Disclosure and their critically raved-over debut album Settle.

You have your mix of Shoegaze, Hip Hop and straight ahead rock to fill in the rest.

Come back on New Year’s Day! for I will be posting my monstrous, year-end compilation so you, dear readers, can get a taste of everything that’s on here.

Top 20 Albums Of 2013

01. Disclosure Settle
02. Jagwar Ma Howlin
03. The Brother Kite Model Rocket
04. Joanna Gruesome Weird Sister
05. CHVRCHES The Bones Of What You Believe

06. Wavves Afraid Of Heights
07. Popstrangers Antipodes
08. Young Dreams Between Places
09. Danny Brown Old
10. How To Destroy Angels Welcome Oblivion

11. Kevin Devine And The Goddamn Band Bubblegum
12. Solids Blame Confusion
13. Doldrums Lesser Evil
14. St. Lucia When The Night
15. The Digital Noise Academy Synemy

16. Atoms For Peace Amok
17. Pity Sex Feast Of Love
18. Tricky False Idols
19. Julianna Barwick Nepenthe
20. True Widow Circumambulation

Honorable Mention:

Arcade Fire Reflektor
Biffy Clyro Opposites
Comanechi You Owe Me Nothing But Love
Daughter If You Leave
Dinosaur Pile-Up Nature Nurture
Division Of Laura Lee Tree
Gauntlet Hair Stills
London Grammar If You Wait
Mansions Doom Loop
Mazzy Star Seasons Of Your Day
My Bloody Valentine m b v
Sean Nelson Make Good Choices
Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks
The Naked And Famous In Rolling Waves
Quasimoto Yessir Whatever
Savages Silence Yourself
Sigur Rós Kveikur
Sky Larkin Motto
Speedy Ortiz Major Arcana
Telekinesis Dormarion

Shoegaze /Dream Pop:

Bleeding Rainbow Yeah Right
Cheatahs Extended Plays
Grooms Infinity Caller
IO Echo Ministry Of Love
Young Light Great White Arc [EP]
Yuck Glow & Behold

Hip Hop:

A$AP Rocky Long Live A$SAP
Joey Bada$$ Summer Knights [Mixtape]
Dyme-A-Duzin A Portrait Of Donnovan [Mixtape]
Earl Sweatshirt Doris
Koriass Rue Des Saules
L’Orange & Stik Figa The City Under The City
Shad + Skratch Bastid The Spring Up [EP]
Tanya Morgan Rubber Souls

EPs And Singles:

The Lees Of Memory We Are Siamese [Single]
FKA twigs EP2 [EP]
Kenna Land 2 Air Chronicles II - Imitation Is Suicide [EP]

Disappointments / Pure Suckage:

Chapel Club Good Together
Editors The Weight Of Your Love
Glasvegas Later … When The Tv Turn To Static
No Age An Object
Ours Ballet The Boxer 1
Porcelain Raft Open Signal

2012 Releases Discovered This Year And Enjoyed:

Emperors Stay Frosty
Kids Of 88 Modern Love
L’Orange The Mad Writer
Paws Cokefloat!
The Unwinding Hours Afterlives

Top 5 Shows Of 2013:

I’m all about quality over quantity at this stage of my life.

I saw very few shows this year but the ones I did attend I was truly pumped for.

Seeing Sarah Kirkland Snider, a modern classical composer with
Shara Warden a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond in NYC back in February
was a definite highlight.

So was seeing Ken Stringfellow (one half of The Posies) doing his
solo material @ Casa Del Popolo.

Joanna Gruesome tore up the Piano’s stage @ CMJ and hit me in the
right spot.

Finally seeing My Bloody Valentine live last month @ Metropolis
didn’t suck either.

However, I must give the #1 spot to Autolux (shocking I know).

seeing them play in California (their home turf) with new songs in
tow was just about the best live music experience I could ask

My Fav Films Of 2013:

Before Midnight
Only God Forgives
Spring Breakers
This Is The End

Before Midnight was THE movie I was waiting for in 2013.

I adore this trilogy, I blogged about it, I even coordinated a trip
to NYC around the weekend it opened.

Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater brought their A game to this and if (God forbid) it’s the final chapter, I am truly satisfied.

This Is The End was a close second. Funniest shit I’ve seen in
years. Seth Rogen directing his wealthy, funny friends as themselves in an apocalypse?

Could’ve been the worst kind of vanity project possible but it totally worked.

Gravity was just next level shit. Basically, why I still go to
the movies today i.e. To be blown away and this was quite the technical
to behold.

I still need to see The Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle and Her to complete the list.

Special mention goes out to the documentaries Adjust Your Tracking: The Untold Story Of The VHS Collector and Rewind This! about film collectors and their love of movies.

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