Good and Great Albums of 2013
Welcome to my Good and Great Albums of 2013 list! Please peruse the list and drop me a line on Twitter if you found anything that piqued your interest. And please share your lists as well if you’ve got them. I love finding and hearing new music.
Amber London - Tru 2 tha Phonk
Grimy, dirty, Southern phonk.
Bonobo - The North Borders
Strange and atmospheric rhythms.
Ceephax Acid Crew - World Dissolver EP
Random acid. Mad acidic bro. (Also, watch the amazing music video for Probey’s Poker)
Childish Gambino - Because the Internet
Most of the songs are good, but a few of them are great. Can’t wait to see what Gambino does next.
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
You know you love it.
Death Grips - Government Plates
Makes Yeezus look like adult contemporary R&B. Yeezy wishes he was this good.
DMX Krew - Broken SD140 Part II
DMX Krew - Cities in Flight
DMX Krew - Reith Trax
Atmospheric acid (acidspheric?)
Emptyset - Recur
I think the most surprising thing about this record is that I like it. More “sound” than actual music, but still rhythmic. Pulsing. Gyrating even. The sound is alive.
The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
Good: Completely not subtle production. Bad: Too many “noise” tracks, not enough music.
Mikal Cronin - MCII
Good, simple, pleasing, rock ‘n’ roll.
Paul Keeley - Fragmented
The soundtrack to that deep and dark 80s science fiction crime drama that you never saw and was never made.
Recondite - Hinterland
The frozen North in a record. Gobs of atmosphere.
Shigeto - No Better Time than Now
Organic jazzy grooves and keys, layered over semi-post-dubstep (sort of) rhythms / electronic bleeps and bloops. The antithesis of the previously mentioned Emptyset record. Also choice for “Best Album Cover of 2013”.
True Widow - Circumambulation
Gloomy, doomy, boomy, and slow.
Ty Segall - Sleeper
Not your average Ty Segall. Quiet, reserved. Also quite good at times. Each song sounds like the intro section to one of the more “standard” Ty Segall jams.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
Music made for AM radios. The 1970s are alive. They even artificially removed all the highs from the mix (about the only thing I don’t like about the record to be honest).
A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord
I can never decide while listening to this record if Ferg is an idiot backed by smart people, or a smart guy playing to a dumb crowd. Either way, this is psychedelia disguised as rap disguised as culture. And those beats tho!
A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP
You can hate him all you want, but you can’t deny Rocky’s got style. His flow is unique, the beats are exceptional, and the whole record just oozes A$AP.
- Listen: Songlink
- Highlight: Long Live A$AP (too many highlights to pick just one, so I just went with the title track)
Ariel Pink feat. Jorge Elbrecht - Hang on to Life / No Real Friend
I listened to these tracks while lonely and alone in another town in another state. Exceptionally sad and beautiful. Sometimes brings tears to my eyes.
Ceephax - Cro Magnox
This could be a soundtrack to a science fiction movie based off a video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System set on another planet where there is no sunlight. It could be, but it’s not. What it is is otherworldly and frequently brilliant.
Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving
Thurston Moore realizes the dream that we thought we’d lost when Sonic Youth broke up.
Dawes - Stories Don’t End
I really can’t say enough about this record. Beautiful and true songwriting. Pure. Harmonic. Dawes is consistently wonderful.
Frankie Teardrop - Tough Guy
Frankie Teardrop is a friend of mine. He is a friend to us all. Tough Guy is an ode to young midwestern frustration. I can’t wait to see what Frankie does in 2014.
Fuzz - Fuzz
This is what rock means in 2013. It’s as if Black Sabbath tripped into a time machine, emerged in 2013, hung out with a bunch of 20-somethings for a few months, and then made this record. (Don’t believe me? Listen to Raise.)
Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Calling this country would not be fair at all. Rock doesn’t work either. Indie: no. It is all of those, and yet none at the same time. I see this as a perfect counterpart to Fuzz’s record actually, what 2013 sounds like with guitars. Two sides of the same coin. If I had to choose one record on this list to listen to forever, it would probably be this one. There is a remarkable amount of depth here.