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Best of 2013 Voting Thread
  • It’s that time again, people. As always, vote for as many as you want, but I’ll only count the first 20. If you number them, I’ll weight them accordingly. If you don’t, they’ll all be given the same weight. No hand-wringing involving EPs, comps, technical release dates, etc; if it gets enough votes to be on the list, it belongs on the list.

    Mine’s still very much a work in progress, since there’s a lot I need to still listen to. There’s a chance everything from 14 down might not end up on the final list.

    1. Young Thug - 1017 Thug
    2. Kevin Gates - The Luca Brasi Story
    3. Pusha T - My Name is My Name
    4. Tree - Sunday School II
    5. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
    6. Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
    7. Ghostface Killah - 12 Reasons to Die
    8. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
    9. Starlio and Don Tripp - Step Brothers 2
    10. Danny Brown - Old
    11. Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
    12. Cassie - RockaByeBaby
    13. ST 2 Lettaz - The G… Growth and Development
    14. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
    15. Main Attrakionz - Best Duo Ever: The Bricktape
    16. Ka - The Night’s Gambit
    17. Gucci Mane - World War 3: Lean
    18. Night Beds - Country Sleep
    19. Kilo Kish - K+
    20. Young Dro - Day Two
  • Also if you assholes vote Yeezus in the top 20, I’m putting “Bound 2” on the mix out of spite

  • My list is going to look REALLY WEIRD.

  • what’s the date for final edits?

    1. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
    2. Polvo - Siberia
    3. Deathfix - Deathfix
    4. No Joy - Wait to Pleasure
    5. Throwing Muses - Purgatory/Paradise
    6. Braids - Flourish/Perish
    7. Torres - Torres
    8. Lady Lamb the Beekeeper - Ripely Pine
    9. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
    10. My Bloody Valentine - m b v
    11. Merchandise - Totale Nite
    12. Julia Holter - Loud City Song
    13. Bill Callahan - Dream River
    14. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
    15. Wire - Change Becomes Us
    16. Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady
    17. Richard Thompson - Electric
    18. Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
    19. Tomahawk - Oddfellows
    20. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe

    21. Haim - Days Are Gone

    22. Iron & Wine - Ghost on Ghost
    23. Iceage - You’re Nothing
    24. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow’s Harvest
    25. Alela Diane - About Farewell
    26. Deerhunter - Monomania
    27. Sarah Jarosz - Build Me Up from Bones
    28. Mount Moriah - Miracle temple
    29. Majical Cloudz - Impersonator
    30. Deer Tick - Negativity

    I don’t know what’s up with that formatting. I’ll try to fix it later, but the list itself is unlikely to change.

  • Pants said: what’s the date for final edits?

    I’ll say January 6th for now. If people are clamoring for more time, there’s no reason we can’t extend it, though. I’ll be sure to bump the thread with warnings a couple days beforehand, and a few hours beforehand.

    As always, the more data points, the more fun/complete the final list is, so I’d encourage everyone to contribute, even if you don’t feel like your list is perfectly crafted or whatever.

  • I think mine is basically “everything Robert Pollard did this year, plus Vampire Weekend and Run the Jewels,” which should be about 20. But I will draw it up more formally during next procrastination binge. Meanwhile, I haven’t heard a single other album thus far mentioned except Neko Case. I don’t even think I knew Iron & Wine had a new one. I’m on the brink of becoming pollo.

    1. Sky Ferreira- Night Time, My Time
    2. Oneohtrix Point Never- R Plus Seven
    3. Burial- Rival Dealer
    4. Laurel Halo- Chance of Rain
    5. Body/Head- Coming Apart
    6. Kwaidan- Make all the hell of dark metal bright
    7. Arca- &&&&
    8. Felicia Atkinson- Visions Voices/Je suis le petit chevalier- those vermillion sands an album and a tape by the same person visions-voices
    9. 18+ MIXTAP3
    10. Lucrecia Dalt- Syzygy
    11. The Knife- Shaking the Habitual
    12. C. Spencer Yeh / Okkyung Lee / Lasse Marhaug- Wake up Awesome
    13. Jar Moff- Commercial Mouth
    14. The Dead C- Armed Courage
    15. Aki Onda- Cassette Memories 3
    16. Autre Ne Veut- Anxiety
    17. Raum- event of your leaving
    18. Marie Davidson- s/t
    19. Xiu Xiu- Nina
    20. Jandek- The Song Of Morgan

    21. Eagle Chalice- Black Eagle Chalice bandcamp

    22. Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement- Black Magic Cannot Cross Water
    23. Danny Brown- Old
    24. Dalglish- Niaiw Ot Vile

    but really this year was LOU REED, SUN RA, JANE BIRKIN and LIGHTNING BOLT B)

    In the slim chances of influencing other people’s votes, I made a youtube playlist here

  • ADF said: I think mine is basically “everything Robert Pollard did this year, plus Vampire Weekend and Run the Jewels,” which should be about 20. But I will draw it up more formally during next procrastination binge. Meanwhile, I haven’t heard a single other album thus far mentioned except Neko Case. I don’t even think I knew Iron & Wine had a new one. I’m on the brink of becoming pollo.

    This is pretty much where I’m at too. I’m like, “Yeah, that new Mantles album is pretty good, and… what else new did I even listen to this year?”

    I guess sooner or later we all become pollo.

  • You don’t have to become pollo! Good rekkids is way more important than family and kids!

    My list for today:

    1 - Katie Musgraves - Same Trailer, Different Park
    2 - Jason Isbell - Southeastern
    3 - Ashley Monroe - Like a Rose
    4 - Kevin Gates - The Luca Brasi Story
    5 - Daniel Romano - Come Cry With Me
    6 - Valerie June - Pushin’ a Stone
    7 - Brandy Clark - 12 Stories
    8 - Laura Mvula - Sing to the Moon
    9 - Elton John - The Diving Board
    10 - Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
    11 - Sarah Jarosz - Build Me Up From Bones
    12 - Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady
    13 - Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
    14 - Run the Jewels - Run The Jewels
    15 - Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight. The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
    16 - Charisma.com - アイ アイ シンドローム
    17 - Kitty Pryde - D.A.I.S.Y. Rage
    18- The 1975 - The 1975
    19 - Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum
    20 - Blood Ceremony - The Eldritch Dark

    Really good year for country/folk/Americana (8 or so albums, depending on where you draw the line), great year for the ladies (13 albums), not such a great year for rap (only 3) but good for the young’uns (probably about half on their first or second album), an excellent year for people named Laura (2 on the list + Laura Stevenson as a “maybe” for any rejiggering) and a surprising year for Elton John (more than zero).

  • 1 - Deafheaven - Sunbather (how is this not on any of your lists wtf guys)
    2 - Savages - Silence Yourself
    3 - Kitty - D.A.I.S.Y. Rage EP
    4 - Ghostface Killah - 12 Reasons to Die
    5 - Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
    6 - The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
    7 - Pissed Jeans - Honeys 8 - Earl Sweatshirt - Doris
    9 - Rio Turbo - KISS FM
    10 - Like Like The The The Death - Cave Jenny
    11 - Xiu Xiu - Nina
    12 - Bill Callahan - Dream River 13 - Northless - World Keeps Sinking
    14 - Sat. Nite Duets - Electric Manland
    15 - Failed Mutation - 2013 Demo

  • Crap, DAISY Rage, I gotta update my list now.

  • Pants said: 09. Jar Moff- Commercial Mouth

    I liked this, but only played it a couple of times. You have it pretty high here, so I think I’m going to review the situation. It reminded me a bit of that other Pan single-track epic plunderphonics type thing from a couple of years ago, Joseph Hammer’s ‘I Love You, Please Love Me Too’

  • STOP THE PRESSES!!

    I’ve just gotten word that there’s a new Jandek release

    and it’s

    a nine-disc set

    of

    solo piano!

    cover
    link

    chances are low that I’ll hear this before the end of the year but I think I’ll probably put it on my list because even just as on a conceptual level, well, it deserves it

  • (also yeah nick I wasn’t to into the jar moff when I heard it back in january, but then like 10 months later I put it on again and it clicked)

  • Arlo said: Crap, DAISY Rage, I gotta update my list now.

    Hey did you guys know you have a record in your top 10 where a white girl rapper rhymes “pixie dust” with “fixie rust”? Just checking

  • Oh does she? Shit nevermind I will take that album out then

    Whatever dogg I fuck with Kitty and I don’t even care

  • I thought I’d struggle to put together a list but apparently I listened to more new music this year than I first though. Starting list that I’ll cut down to 20 in the coming week or so.

    //

  • jeb said: Oh does she? Shit nevermind I will take that album out then

    Whatever dogg I fuck with Kitty and I don’t even care

    You know I’m clownin’ dogg. I actually like Kitty a lot as both a performer and an internet person; I would probably be her biggest partisan if I felt like her rapping gave me anything to champion. I definitely understand her appeal. But every time I listen to her, I just run through the litany of other, better rappers I’d like to hear jump on those Lou beats.

  • Blucas said:

    Arlo said: Crap, DAISY Rage, I gotta update my list now.

    Hey did you guys know you have a record in your top 10 where a white girl rapper rhymes “pixie dust” with “fixie rust”? Just checking

    Yeah, but it also has my favourite rap song about incontinence of the whole year.

  • ElJosharino said:

    ADF said: I think mine is basically “everything Robert Pollard did this year, plus Vampire Weekend and Run the Jewels,” which should be about 20. But I will draw it up more formally during next procrastination binge. Meanwhile, I haven’t heard a single other album thus far mentioned except Neko Case. I don’t even think I knew Iron & Wine had a new one. I’m on the brink of becoming pollo.

    This is pretty much where I’m at too. I’m like, “Yeah, that new Mantles album is pretty good, and… what else new did I even listen to this year?”

    I guess sooner or later we all become pollo.

    You’ll be surprised how much time you have for audiobooks on capitalism and the Cold War once you stop caring about music

  • Killdozersnakeboy said:

    Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Plant With Many Faces/Folklore Venom

    Ah yeah, I forgot about them! I haven’t heard that one but I really liked Black Magic Cannot Cross Water

  • Rap-listening people, please get on I-20’s Amphetamine Manifesto 2 at some point before finalizing your ballots. That’s gonna be like #3 after Luca Brasi and 1017 Thug.

    Blucas said: But every time I listen to her, I just run through the litany of other, better rappers I’d like to hear jump on those Lou beats.

    Amen. Beautiful Lou is great. If he’s going to make beats for a rapper that I don’t really care about and don’t want to listen to it may as well be Drake or Rocky so he can at least get rich off it.

  • Pants said:

    Ah yeah, I forgot about them! I haven’t heard that one but I really liked Black Magic Cannot Cross Water

    Yep, all the Rainforest… stuff has been pretty top tier. I highly recommend Lussuria’s American Babylon if you’ve not heard it.

  • ALSO: I totally forgot that Alpoko Don’s tape was from 2013.

    You know, the impossibly good one.

    http://alpokodon.bandcamp.com/

  • Another year of probably <10% overlap with anybody else, woooo!

    1. Nightmares on Wax - Feelin’ Good
    2. Wild Belle - Isles
    3. Millionyoung - Variable
    4. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
    5. Solar Bears - Supermigration
    6. Young Galaxy - Ultramarine
    7. The Moondoggies - Adios, I’m a Ghost
    8. Mason Jennings - Always Been
    9. Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
    10. Deer Tick - Negativity
    11. Rhye - Woman
    12. Starfucker - Miracle Mile
    13. Cayucas- Bigfoot
    14. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
    15. Bill Ryder-Jones - A Bad Wind Blows in My Heart
    16. Shigeto - No Better Time Than Now
    17. Dr. Dog - B-Room
    18. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
    19. Duck Tails - The Flower Lane
    20. Washed Out - Paracosm
    21. Beach Fossils - Clash the Truth
    22. Iron & Wine - Ghost on Ghost
    23. Applescal - Dreaming in Key
    24. Local Natives - Hummingbird
    25. Krystian Shek - Pasadena
    26. High Highs - Open Season
    27. Edwyn Collins - Understated
    28. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - English Electric
    29. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - s/t
    30. Jon Kennedy - Corporeal

    And there are several more I hate to leave out. This might be the first year EVER that I’ve really really liked upwards of 50 new albums. An embarrassment of riches.

  • I must be unwittingly becoming pollo too, because I literally haven’t heard a single record in the last two lists that were posted. I’ll try to come up with a top ten soon.

  • edison said: I must be unwittingly becoming pollo too, because I literally haven’t heard a single record in the last two lists that were posted.

    I was hoping that that would give me ideas for a birthday present for you, but it turns out I haven’t heard a single one of them either! Which is less surprising, I guess, because I haven’t been very up to date on my music listening for several years already. This year is actually an improvement because at least I have heard 10 new releases!

    Mostly I just listened to a lot of Eleanor Friedberger, though. And the same couple of songs by Billy Bragg and Wesley Stace over and over again.

    1. Deerhunter: Monomania
    2. Cate Le Bon: Mug Museum
    3. Mazzy Star: Seasons of Your Day
    4. The Stevens: The Stevens (EP)
    5. Joanna Gruesome: Weird Sister
    6. Courtney Barnett: Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas
    7. Low: The Invisible Way
    8. Ghostface Killah: Twelve Reasons to Die
    9. Terry Malts: Nobody Realizes This is Nowhere
    10. Anika: Anika EP
    11. Fat White Family: Champagne Holocaust
    12. Chelsea Wolfe: Pain is Beauty
    13. Gorguts: Colored Sands
    14. Thee Oh Sees: Floating Coffin
    15. Pine Barrens: Kingmaker
    16. Kurt Vile: Wakin’ On a Pretty Daze
    17. Boards of Canada: Tomorrow’s Harvest
    18. Heavy Deeds: Light Lunch
    19. Savages: Silence Yourself
    20. Fuzz: Fuzz —————————————————————
    21. My Bloody Valentine: MBV
    22. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away
    23. David Bowie: The Next Day

    —————————————————————

    Things not of 2013 but (mostly) new to me that I ended up listening to quite a bit:

    Cate Le Bon: Cyrk (2012, this would have been much higher in my 2012 list if I were to do it all over again)

    Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats: Blood Lust (2011, I didn’t like the record they put out this year all that much, but this one is a more perfect version of Kyuss with less soloing and a more fuzzy vintage production quality. It also has great vocal melodies and hooks which seem to be a rarity in rock music these days)

    Narrows: Painted (2012, Dave Verellen of Botch’s band. If we’re talking bands with ex-members of Botch, I prefer this to Russian Circles and I must be old because whenever I hear this I’m thinking “why don’t hardcore bands sound like this any more?”)

    Low: Trust (2002, I’ve been listening to this since 2002 but somewhere along the way I lost or sold my LP version. I found the CD at the library and discovered that this has some of my favorite Low songs of all time on it. Better rock songs than The Great Destroyer and ballads just as good as Things We Lost in the Fire. I’ve been on a heavy Low bender for the last few months because I miss a good snowy cold winter)

    X: Wild Gift (1981, has “white girl” on it and might be even better than Los Angeles)

    The Congos: Heart of the Congos (1977, an amazing record and a reggae classic)

    Danzig I, II: Lucifuge and III: How the Gods Kill (1988, 1990, 1992. I could listen to exclusively Danzig and I would be okay with that)

  • Alright. Subject to change and for once I actually weighted my list with 1 being the best.

    1. Wolfbait - self titled

    2. Demdike Stare - Testpressing series ep’s

    3. Powell – Untitled ep

    4. COH - Retro 2038

    5. Haxan Cloak - Excavation

    6. SK Kakraba Band - self titled

    7. Akkord - self titled

    8. Rabih Beaini – Albidaya

    9. Colleen - The Weighing of the Heart

    10. KMFH - Boat Party

    11. Lussuria - American Babylon

    12. Prostitutes - Crushed Interior

    13. Wolf Eyes - No Answer : Lower Floors

    14. Rashad Becker - Traditional Music Of Notional Species Vol. I

    15. Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Plant With Many Faces/Folklore Venom

    16. The Knife - Shaking The Habitual

    17. Dethscalator - Racial Golf Course No Bitches

    18. Blood Music - self titled EP

    19. Wold – Freemasonry

    20. Jar Moff - Commercial Mouth

    Other cool stuff and reissues to follow.

  • Man, I found that new Low record totally underwhelming. I kind of feel like I maybe didn’t give it enough of a chance.

  • I like it quite a bit more than C’mon (but probably less than almost of the rest of their records). I wish they would do something a bit more interesting like Drums and Guns, but at this point I’m comfortable with their Motorhead model of making similar records ad infinitum.

  • I liked C’mon a lot, actually

  • I liked the Low record a bit more than C’Mon, but that’s definitely a band I now see as clearly having their best years behind them.

  • Speaking of X, I’m wondering what I ever saw in Ain’t Love Grand. The 275 minute cover of Wild Thing was never welcome to begin with.

  • Preliminary list, quickly compiled:

    1. The Handsome Family Wilderness
    2. Future of the Left How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident
    3. Wire Changes Becomes Us
    4. Eleanor Friedberger Personal Record
    5. David Grubbs The Place Where The Palace Stood
    6. Cass McCombs Big Wheel and Other Songs
    7. Bill Callahan Dream River
    8. The Ex & Brass Unbound Enormous Door
    9. The Necks Open
    10. The Kingsbury Manx Bronze Age
    11. John Vanderslice Dagger Beach
    12. Alasdair Roberts (& Friends) A Wonder Working Stone
    13. Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld Still Smiling
    14. Luke Haines Rock’n’Roll Animals
    15. Preservation Hall Jazz Band That’s It!
  • Striking how little overlap there is on people’s lists so far!

  • This won’t change the small overlap a lot, but I’ve got at least one or two in common with most lists so far.

    1. Bill Callahan - Dream River
    2. Songs - Malabar
    3. Mark Mulcahy - Dear Mark J. Mulcahy I Love You
    4. Jon Hopkins - Immunity
    5. Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork
    6. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
    7. Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
    8. Future of the Left - How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident
    9. Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum
    10. Atoms for Peace - Amok
    11. Devendra Banhart - Mala
    12. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
    13. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
    14. MIA - Matangi
    15. Mark Kozelek & Desertshore - Mark Kozelek & Desertshore
    16. King Khan and the Shrines - Idle No More
    17. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
    18. Akkord - Akkord
    19. The Gooch Palms - Novo’s
    20. The Julie Ruin - Run Fast

    Just got my hands on Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld’s Still Smiling and Nils Petter Molvaer & Moritz von Oswald’s 1/1 - I’ve not yet had enough time to listen to them properly.

  • I should really listen to that new Bill Callahan album.

  • I think the number of albums that overlap with my 30 is barely in double figures.

  • Killdozersnakeboy said: I should really listen to that new Bill Callahan album.

    Yeah, same.

  • Windows98 said: I think the number of albums that overlap with my 30 is barely in double figures.

    I share one album in my top 20 with one other list (Vampire Weekend, snore). If we expand that to your 30, I can add two more (Iron & Wine, Deer Tick).

    And the thing is, mine’s not even terribly obscure. That’s how it is most years, though.

  • Yeah, I remember you had The Shins and something else fairly popular in your top 10 last year and somehow it was the only top 10 that was completely unique. Daft Punk might not save you from the same fate this year.

  • Windows98 said: Speaking of X, I’m wondering what I ever saw in Ain’t Love Grand. The 275 minute cover of Wild Thing was never welcome to begin with.

    I can’t speak to post-“More Fun in the New World” X…but MFitNM had “The New World”, which was remains a pretty ripper song.

    Dan, what do you think of that new Devendra Banhart record? I haven’t listened to anything he’s done in the past few years but i did love the first three records a lot. And what is Songs all about? I’ve seen the name around…

    These lists need more metal records in them. I’m pretty stoked that Cate Le Bon is showing up on some lists though. She’s one of my favorite things I’ve heard in the past few years.

  • Pants said: STOP THE PRESSES!!

    I’ve just gotten word that there’s a new Jandek release

    and it’s

    a nine-disc set

    of

    solo piano!

     cover
    link

    chances are low that I’ll hear this before the end of the year but I think I’ll probably put it on my list because even just as on a conceptual level, well, it deserves it

    I saw this and am tempted to order it. Not really tempted to put it on my list on spec, though…

  • And to complicate things further, E-40 just dropped 3 albums again.

  • I still can’t believe that not one of y’all are behind that Deafheaven record because it’s far and away the best album of the year

  • I don’t have much of a response either way for Deafheaven, Liturgy, Yellow Eyes or any other modern American black metal band. It’s okay. Mostly I’d just rather listen to death metal. I’ve come to a time in my life whereupon I realize that I’m just not that into blast beats, long “epic” songs and lots of screaming.

    That Pine Barrens record that I listed is kind of black metal, but more of a metally crust record that’s more creatively written and has better production than most.

  • I liked the Deafheaven and listened to it a bunch in the summer, but metal kinda isn’t close enough to my bailiwick to get it on the list. Unfortunately it turns out that Nashville is bailiwicky for me these days, though - I just heard Brandy Clark’s album this week and am going to have to rejigger my list to fit her in.

    I think I’d like to push the Jason Isbell, though, if we’re picking horses.

  • Also, I think Dream River is probably pretty good in general, but it might be the Bill Callahan album that I’ve connected to the least out of anything of his I’ve heard. I don’t know why.

  • Blood Ceremony is metal though, isn’t it? Jethro Tull metal, but metal nonetheless.