So as I noted yesterday, there were a lot of good records in 2013…so much so that the “middle” section of my rankings (not quite the very best, but still very, very good) is quite bulging and difficult to put in any sort of order.
So here’s the next batch of stuff (roughly from 26 to 50), in alphabetical order:
- Atoms for Peace Amok
- The Dodos Carrier
- The Flaming Lips The Terror
- Guided by Voices English Little League
- The Joy Formidable Wolf’s Law
- Brad Laner Nearest Suns
- Cate Le Bon Mug Museum
- Leverage Models Leverage Models
- Laura Marling Once I Was an Eagle
- Johnny Marr The Messenger
- Paul McCartney New
- Medicine To the Happy Few
- MGMT MGMT
- The Moore Brothers California Sister
- Sean Nelson Make Good Choices
- Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark English Electric
- Sam Phillips Push Any Button
- Robert Pollard Blazing Gentlemen
- Scud Mountain Boys Do You Love the Sun
- Superchunk I Hate Music
- Suuns Images du future
- Richard Thompson Electric
- Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City
- Yo La Tengo Fade
- Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse
For fun, I made a rough mix from these albums: I just took each album’s first track (except where it clearly was more of an introductory soundscape) and put them in alphabetical order. The results can be heard here on Triskaidekaphonia: 2013 Annex.
Still more good stuff: All Tiny Creatures Dark Clock, Amor de Días The House at Sea, Brendan Benson You Were Right, Chris Stamey Lovesick Blues, Eleanor Friedberger Personal Record, Elvis Costello, the Roots Wise Up Ghost, Light Heat Light Heat, Local Natives Hummingbird, Low The Invisible Way, Mark Eitzel Glory, Mikal Cronin MCII, Minor Alps Get There, Momus-McClymont Momus McClymont, Of Montreal Lousy with Sylvianbriar, Pere Ubu Lady from Shanghai, Statuesque Pop Full Stop, Telekinesis Dormarion, The Prophet Hens Popular People Do Popular People, They Might Be Giants Nanobots.
And still worth listening to: Broadcast Berberian Sound Studio (soundtrack), Chelsea Light Moving Chelsea Light Moving, From a Fountain Milky Mile, Lisa Germano No Elephants, Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs Under the Covers, Vol. 4, Mazzy Star Seasons of Your Day, Momus Bambi, Oneohtrix Point Never R Plus Seven, Photo Ops How to Say Goodbye, Pink Frost Sundowning, Tegan and Sara Heartthrob, The Blank Tapes Vacation, The Fall Re-Mit, The Mantles Long Enough to Leave, The Strokes Comedown Machine, Tommy Keene Excitement at Your Feet: The Tommy Keene Covers Album, White Fence Cyclops Reap.
Cool EPs: David Byrne and St. Vincent Brass Tactics, Destroyer Five Spanish Songs, Girls Against Boys The Ghost List, Guided by Voices Down by the Racetrack, Pixies EP1 (is too), The Joy Formidable Silent Treatment.
Noteworthy stuff that I picked up too recently to have developed an informed opinion on: Arcade Fire Reflektor, Arrington de Dionyso’s Malaikat Dan Singa Open the Crown, Chevy Heston Let Us Be Clear, Henry Plotnick Fields, John Foxx and the Maths Evidence, Los Campesinos! No Blues, Queens of the Stone Age …Like Clockwork, Tal National Kaani, Throwing Muses Purgatory/Paradise (there ya go, Eddie…)
The Pollard Count: 7—two from Circus Devils (My Mind Has Seen the White Trick and When Machines Attack), two under his own name (the above-noted Blazing Gentlemen and Honey Locust Honky Tonk, one under the name “Teenage Guitar” (Force Fields at Home), and from Guided by Voices, one album (English Little League) and Down by the Racetrack, an EP. And some singles and such…
And then there’s all the stuff I haven’t heard at all yet…
(Still to come: Winter “songpile” mix, and second covers mix of 2013…)