These are my favorite albums of 2013. Not necessarily a “best of” list but records I played over and over. If your fav isn’t here maybe I missed it, maybe I forgot it, maybe it sucks. Find your nearest Sam Goody or bittorrent client and support these artists!
1. Arctic Monkeys
What a resurgence from this band. The video below isn’t a track from their album but a live video from Austin City Limits. It starts with Alex Turner playing a riff on a twelve string, nuff said.
2. Killer P & EL-P
Run the Jewels
Killer Mike’s ability to drop a verse laced with knowledge is known as is El-P’s production prowess but teamed together a new project was realized. I look forward to more music from ‘Run the Jewels’.’
Below is from a previous Killer Mike album and one of my favorite music videos. Straight knowledge on Reagan being a crap president. Share this work of art with your Tea Party friends.
3. Laura Marling
Once I was an Eagle
This is Laura Marling’s 3rd studio album which she wrote when only 23 years old. Her songwriting and guitar prowess at such a young age is a rare feat. Led Zep III open tuning vibes abound.
So good, it requires further viewing.
4. Vampire Weekend
Modern Vampires of the City
Three albums in with each one being wholly formed. All shine separately and together as distinct cannon of work.
Two young brothers dropping BEATS! UK Massive!
Remix!!! From TEED, producer of 2012′s best album.
I have nothing against Metal but not at all up on the scene either. Im still on TurboNegro (not even metal but if you’ve seen them live you know) and Mastodon. This album is metal but so much more. Listening to this takes effort and consideration but what was better in 2013?
7. Danny brown
Miley Cyrus stealing his tongue waggling move is not okay. Rep real hip-hop!
If thats too intense, this is an easier way to get with Danny Brown
If you slept on his last LP…
Yeah I imagine it got hammered on the death throes of FM radio (podcasts changed my life) and the singles pounded in TJ MAXXes across the land but except for a song or two the entire album is quality. Can’t hate on our Lorde.
Got the Bay on LOCK! Part of the West Coast resurgence, CALI rep dat game!
Another cut from the album.
10. Holy Ghost!
You like make party? You like Disco?
Days are Gone
I’d watch a supergroup cartoon about these girls with Fleetwood Mac playing good Hobbit wizards or Snarfs from Thundercats.
12. Valerie June
Pushin’ Against a Stone
Dan Auerbach on production and oh that voice!!!!
The Bones of What You Believe
The guy in this video dances funny.
Obligatory Whitney Houston REMIX!
14. The Knife
Shaking the Habitual
Make it through this vid. It’s long and people pee publicly. This album like Deafheaven’s is compelling and I took it in but doesn’t fit my guidelines as a something I listened to over and over. Still so good needed to be included.
15. Caitlin rose
There are other country albums (2 to 4ish) that I enjoyed this year but I kept coming back to this one.
16. Pusha T
My Name is My Name
Trill is back with real street stories. Reference classic Clipse albums like ‘Hell Hath No Fury’ if you need to catch up on a hop-hop legend.
If the inclusion of Chris Brown on last song offended you, here is another track with Kendrick Lamar.
Rounding out the Top 20:
17. Young Galaxy
18. Action Bronson
Blue Chips 2
19. Empire of the Sun
Ice on the Dune
20. Arcade Fire
My favorite music vid of 2013