My favorite albums of 2013

January 1st, 2014  |  Published in better-than-you, music

THE YEAR HAS ENDED, MY FRIENDS, and given that I only seem to use my blog for one thing, year-end favorite-album lists, I may as well post a year-end favorite-album list.

Forthwith, then, the list (Do note that I can barely tolerate music or art any more, both being significantly less Honest than Violence or Dogs, so view these not so much as "favorite albums" as "albums correlated with minor changes to my blood chemistry or neuronal activity").

  • 35. Shearwater - Fellow Travelers
  • 34. Haim - Days are Gone
  • 33. ยต-Ziq - Chewed Corners
  • 32. Four Tet - Beautiful Rewind
  • 31. Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
  • 30. Junip - Junip
  • 29. Devendra Banhart - Mala
  • 28. Josh Ritter - The Beast in its Tracks
  • 27. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
  • 26. Russian Circles - Memorial
  • 25. Local Natives - Hummingbird
  • 24. Melt-Banana - fetch
  • 23. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down - We the Common
  • 22. Okkervil River - The Silver Gymnasium
  • 21. Man Man - On Oni Pond
  • 20. Washed Out - Paracosm
  • 19. Andrew Bird - I want to see Pulaski at Night
  • 18. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
  • 17. Tim Hecker - Virgins
  • 16. Mark Kozelek and Jimmy LaValle - Perils from the Sea
  • 15. Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe
  • 14. Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
  • 13. Chelsea Wolfe - Pain is Beauty
  • 12. Baths - Obsidian
  • 11. Youth Lagoon - Wondrous Bughouse

and cool the top ten hey cool

  • 10. Machinedrum - Vapor City

  • 9. Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven

  • 8. Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady

  • 7. Cass McCombs - Big Wheel and Others

  • 6. Kanye West - Yeezus

  • 5. Phosphorescent - Muchacho

  • 4. Son Lux - Lanterns

  • 3. Bill Callahan - Dream River

  • 2. The National - Trouble will Find Me

  • 1. Pusha T - My Name is my Name

Shortlist of albums that could have made it on a different day:

Mogwai - Les Revenants
A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord
A$AP Rocky - long live asap
The Dodos - Carrier
Lorde - Pure Heroin
Mark Kozelek - Like Rats
Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - Mark Koselek & Desertshore
Mount Eerie - Pre-human Ideas
My Bloody Valentine - mbv
Glasser - Interiors
The Range - Nonfiction
Midlake - Antiphon
Delorean - Apar
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
of Montreal - Lousy with Sylvanbriar

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