BestOf

A Series of Sevens

7 Excellent Albums of 2013

  • Califone - Stitches (Dead Oceans)
  • My Bloody Valentine - m b v (S/R)
  • Peach Kelli Pop - S/T (Burger)
  • Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - UZU (Suicide Squeeze)
  • The Bevis Frond - White Numbers (Woronzow)
  • Glenn Jones - My Garden State (Thrill Jockey)
  • Yo La Tengo - Fade (Matador)

7 Epic Live Shows of 2013

  • Leonard Cohen - Paramount Theatre (Oakland), March 2
  • Sparks - The Chapel, April 10
  • Nick Turner’s Hawkwind - Amoeba SF, September 23
  • Peter Hook & The Light - The Mezzanine, September 27
  • Goblin - The Warfield, October 20
  • Neutral Milk Hotel, Circulatory System, Robert Schneider - 40 Watt Club, October 24
  • Comets On Fire - White Horse, November 26

7 Exceptional Records by Bay Area Artists

  • Terry Malts - Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere (Slumberland)
  • The Mantles - Long Enough To Leave (Slumberland)
  • Ben Goldberg - Unfold Ordinary Mind (BAG Productions)
  • Lenz - Ways to End a Day (1-2-3-4 Go!)
  • Hot Nun - S/T (S/R)
  • Warm Soda - Someone For You (Castle Face)
  • Mikal Cronin - MCII (Merge)

Anonymous

Best Albums Of 2013

  • William Parker - Wood Flute Songs: Anthology / Live 2006-2012 (AUM Fidelity)
  • M1, Brian Jackson & The New Midnight Band - Kentyah Presents Evolutionary Minded: Furthering the Legacy of Gil Scott-Heron (Motema)
  • The Thermals - Desperate Ground (Saddle Creek)
  • Ebony Bones - Behold, a Pale Hose (1984)
  • Dessa - Parts of Speech (Doomtree)
  • David Lynch - The Big Dream (Sacred Bones)
  • Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band - Take Me To the Land of Hell (Chimera)
  • MC Zulu - Outlaw Speakerbox (Anthology) (Perception)
  • Anna Von Hausswolff - Ceremony (Other)
  • Sam Amidon - Bright Sunny South (Nonesuch)

Bedford 12

Top 15 of 2013

  1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away (Bad Seeds LTD)
  2. Au Revior Simone - Move in Spectrums (Instant)
  3. Anna Von Hausswolff - Ceremony (Other)
  4. Little Fuller Band - Leftovers (S/R)
  5. Phosphorescent - Muchacho (Dead Oceans)
  6. Inside Llewyn Davis Soundtrack (Nonesuch)
  7. Clairy Browne and the Bangin’ Rackettes - Baby Caught the Bus (Vanguard)
  8. We Are Twin - S/T (A&M)
  9. Family Crest - The Headwinds EP (Tender Loving Empire)
  10. Devil Makes Three - I’m a Stranger Here (New West)
  11. Valerie June - Pushin’ Against a Stone (Concord)
  12. The Vernons - Volume 1
  13. Radical Face - The family Tree:Branches (Nettwerk)
  14. R&B Hipshakers Vol 3 (Vampi Soul)
  15. Polly Scattergood - Arrows (Mute)

Berkestir

Best Of 2013

  • Acid Temple & The Melting Paraiso UFO - In Search Of The Lost Divine Arc (Important)
  • Banque Allemande - Willst De Chinese Sein (S.S.)
  • Mike Beck - Tribute (S/R)
  • Black Bug - Reflecting The Light (HoZac)
  • Terence Blanchard - Magnetic (Blue Note)
  • The Casket Girls - Sleepwalking (Grave Face)
  • City Of Women - S/T (S/R)
  • Dave Douglas - Time Travel (Greenleaf)
  • Earthless - From The Ages (Tee Pee)
  • Elephant 9 With Reine Fiske - Atlantis (Rune Grammofon)
  • Emmylou Harris And Rodney Crowell - Yellow Moon (Nonesuch)
  • The Flaming Lips - Terror (Warner Brothers)
  • Fuzz - S/T (In The Red)
  • Hawklords - Dream (Shell Shock)
  • Robyn Hitchcock - Love From London (Yep Roc)
  • Hookworms - Pearl Mystic (Gringo)
  • Hot Lunch - S/T (Tee Pee)
  • Roy Harper - Man & Myth (Bella Union)
  • The Invisible Hand - S/T English And Arabic Limited Vinyl Editions (Abbduction)
  • Charles Lloyd And Jason Moran - Hagar’s Song (ECM)
  • The Lost Vegas - Crhyptnopsych (World Wide Ocean)
  • The Men - New Moon (Sacred Bones)
  • Metal Rougen - Soft Erase (Emerald Cocoon)
  • Pere Ubu - Lady From Shanghai (Fire)
  • Purling Hiss - Water On Mar (Drag City)
  • Todd Rundgren - State Limited Edition   (Esoteric Antenna)
  • Sea Sick Steve - Hupcap Music (Third Man)
  • The Wayne Shorter Quartet - Without A Net (Blue Note)
  • Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu (Domino)
  • The Spyrals - Out Of Sight (Goner)
  • Linda Thompson - Won’t Be Long Now (Pettifer)
  • Richard Thompson - Electric (New West)
  • Nik Turner - Space Gypsy Limited Edition (Purple Pyramid)
  • White Hills - So You Are…So You’ll Be (Thrill Jockey)
  • Wire - Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag)
  • Wood Brothers - The Muse (Southern Ground)

Reissues

  • Climax Blues Band - Tightly Knit (Esoteric)
  • Devo - Hardcore (Superior Viaduct)
  • Gods - Genesis (Esoteric)
  • Hawkind - Warriors On The Edge Of Time (Atomhenge)
  • Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis : Bold As Love Mono (Sony)
  • Juicy Lucy - Get A Whiff A This (Esoteric)
  • Harry Nelsson - RCA Albums Collection (RCA)
  • Twink - Think Pink (Sunbeam)
  • Townes Van Zandt - Sunshine Boy (Omnivore)

Singles

  • English Singles - Ordinary Girls (Slumberland)
  • Flesh Lights - Too Big To Fail (Super Secret)
  • Sector Zero - Attack/Hiding In My Car (Goner)
  • Verma - Ragnaraak (Hozac)
  • Zebra Hunt - Beaches(S/R)

Best Cat Song

  • Manatees - Cat Food (Goner)
     

Brother Grimm

Top Albums of 2013

            
  14.  Mean Lady - Love Now (Fat Possum)
  13.  Kevin Morby - Harlem River (Woodsist)
  12.  Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City (XL)
  11.  Free Time - S/T (Underwater Peoples)
  10.  Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold (What's Your Rupture?)
  9.  Courtney Barnett - The Double EP: A Split of Peas (House Anxiety)
  8.  Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar)
  7.  Cayucas - Bigfoot (Secretly Canadian)
  6.  Yo La Tengo - Fade (Matador)
  5.  Rhye - Woman (Republic)
  4.  Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr - The Speed of Things (Warner Bros)
  3.  Blake Hazard - The Eleanor Islands (S/R)
  2.  Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (Anti)
  1.  Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum (Wichita)

Carnacki

Top 20 in Alphabetical Order

  • Kristine Barrett - The Spirits In My Blood Sing To Me At Night (S/R)
  • Broadcast - Berberian Sound Studio soundtrack (Warp)
  • Chumbawamba - In Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher (S/R)
  • Date Palms - The Dusted Sessions (Thrill Jockey)
  • Die Propylgruppe - Produkt 01 (Petit Mal Music)
  • Goblin - 2013 Tour EP (Death Waltz)
  • Jim Haynes - The Wires Cracked (Editions Mego)
  • irr. app. (ext.) and At Jennie Richie - Night Wearing Feathers / Sunshine Bus Rider box set (Black Horizons)
  • Clint Mansell - Stoker soundtrack (Milan)
  • Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie "Prince" Billy - What The Brothers Sang (Drag City)
  • Sarah Neufeld - Hero Brother (Constellation)
  • Nurse With Wound - Xerography / Silver Bromide sister releases (S/R)
  • Nurse With Wound / Aranos - [SIC] (S/R)
  • Pale Reverse - Words of Ash, Walls of Smoke, Minds of Glass (Petit Mal Music)
  • The Parlour Trick - A Blessed Unrest (S/R)
  • Rabbit Rabbit Radio - Volume 1 (S/R)
  • Surplus 1980 - Arterial Ends Here (Dephine Knormal)
  • Tele Novella - Don't Be A Stranger 7" (S/R)
  • The Post-Romantic Empire Album (Our Sweetest Songs)
  • SMM: Opiate (Ghostly)

And a Few Honorable Mentions:

  • Iva Bittova - S/T (ECM)
  • Nadia Sirota - Baroque (New Amsterdam)
  • Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light (Constellation)

Carolyn

Best Songs of 2013 According to Carolyn

New

  • Los Culitos - “Estoy aqui por error” EP (S/R)
  • Giorgio Murderer - “Theme From Star Trek” - split EP with Buck Biloxi and The Fucks on (Holotrash)
  • The Courtneys - “Delivery Boy” - S/T LP (Hockey Dad)
  • Red Hex - “Shoulda Known” - 7" (Negative Fun)
  • Kitten Forever - “Play Loud” - Pressure 2x7” (Guilt Ridden Pop)
  • Manateees - “Cat Food” - 7” (Goner)
  • Neighborhood Brats - “Ocean Beach Party” - No Sun No Tan LP (Deranged)
  • Las Rodilleras - “La La La La” - Tres LP
  • Los Pepes - “No SOS” - EP (Wanda)
  • Buck Biloxi and The Fucks - "I'm A Disaster" - split EP with Legendary Wings (Pelican Pow Wow)
  • The Demerits - "Shake It!" - 7" (Mooster)
  • Sex Crime - "Night Vision" - EP (Danger)

Reissued

  • Hugh Beaumont Experience - “Money Means So Much To Me” - Cone Johnson EP (Cheap Rewards Records)
  • Peer Pressure - “Sound of The ‘80s” - Sounds (AKA Music) 2x7" (Rerun Records)
  • Division Four - “Kamikarzi” - 1983 Demo Cassette LP (Smart Guy Records)
  • Soda Fraise - “La Baigne Dans L’Huile” - 7” (Sing Sing Records)
  • The Cartoons - “She’s A Rock and Roller” - 7” (Last Laugh Records)
  • The Brats - "Be A Man" - 7" (Hozac Records)
  • Stiv Bators & David Quintron - “Make Up Your Mind” - 7" (Ugly Pop)
  • Epicycle - "You're Not Gonna Get It" - You're Not Gonna Get It: 1978-81 LP (Hozac Records)
  • MX-80 Sound - "Crushed Ice" - Hard Attack LP (Superior Viaduct Records)
  • The Spies - "My Radio" - Radio Ready - Lost Power Pop Hits: Texas Volume 1 LP (Cheap Rewards Records)

Covers

  • Peter Buck - "You Must Fight To Live On The Planet Of The Apes" - 7" (Mississippi Records)
  • Oblivians - "Call The Police" - Desperation LP (In The Red Records)
  • Circles - "Photographs of Naked Ladies" - Are You Watching The Masters? Because The Masters are Watching You EP (S/R)
  • Dry Bonnet - "Do It Clean" - 7" (Replay Records)
  • The Chuckleberries - "No No Song" - KALX Live, November 23, 2013
     

Citizen Zain

Most enjoyed music in 2013

In Alphabetical Order

  • Afrolicious - California Dreaming (S/R)
  • Atoms For Peace - Amok (XL)
  • Atropolis - Transitions (Cumba Mela)
  • Austra - Olympia (Paper Bag)
  • Bomba EstéreoElegancia Tropical (Soundway)
  • Bonobo - The North Borders (Ninja Tune)
  • Darkside - Psychic (Matador)
  • DJ Frane - Hi Dusty Stranger (S/R)
  • Dub Gabriel - Raggabass Resistance (Destroy All Concepts)
  • Falty DL - Hard Courage (Ninja Tune)
  • John Wizards - S/T (Planet-Mu)
  • Julia Holter - Loud City Song (Domino)
  • La Mecanica Popular - S/T (Names You Can Trust)
  • Lord Echo - Curiosities (Bastard Jazz)
  • Machine Drum - Vapor City (Ninja Tune)
  • Mano Le Tough - Changing Days (Permanent Vacation)
  • Moresounds - Ghetto Dub Vol​.​1 (S/R)
  • Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica - Where Here Meets There (Tiki)
  • Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory - Spectral Split (Rough Trade)
  • Perera ElswhereEverlast (Friends of Friends)
  • Philip Glass - Rework (Orange Mountain Music)
  • Sorie KondiThogolobea (Dutty Artz)
  • The Clash - Hits Back -  (Sony)
  • Uproot Andy - Worldwide Ting Vol. 1 (Dutty Artz)
  • Red Hot + Fela (Knitting Factory)
  • Studio One Ironsides (Soul Jazz)

Deep Mission

Best New Release

  • Lisa LeBlanc - S/T (S/R)

Best New Local Artist

  • Mayya - Tea and Chocolate (S/R)
  • Mayya - on KALX Live 10/12/2013

Best Live Band Hosted

  • The Gravel Spreaders - on KALX Live 05/11/2013

Best New Jazz

  • Will Magid - Midnight High (Happy Rabbit)
  • Paris Combo - 5 (DRG)

Best New Americana/Folk

  • Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Black Religious Music (Dust to Digital)
  • Mairi Morrison & Alasdair Roberts - Urstan (Drag City)

Best New World/Alternate

  • Sweet Moments of Confusion - S/T (S/R)
  • Dom La Nena - Ela (Six Degrees)
  • Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba - Jama Ko (Out Here)

Best New Rock/Pop

  • Bobby Joe Ebola and The Children Macnuggits - Trainwreck to Narnia (Rooftop Comedy)
  • Heart Attack - Living in Hell (Voodoo Rhythm)
  • Jambalaya Brass Band - On the Funky Side (S/R)

Best Shows

  • Bobby Joe Ebola and The Children Macnuggits - Great American Music Hall 03/23/2013
  • Bobby Joe Ebola and The Children Macnuggits - recording session at Different Fur Studios 10/22/2013

DJ Aahh

Top 10 EDM Albums Z-A

  • Trentemøller - Lost (In My Room)
  • Múm - Smilewound (Morr Music)
  • Moderat - II (Monkeytown)
  • Machinedrum - Vapor City (Ninja Tune)
  • Lusine - The Waiting Room (Ghostly International)
  • Ian Pooley - What I Do (Plant)
  • Emika - DVA (Ninja Tune)
  • DJ Koze - Amygdala (Pampa)
  • Claude VonStroke - Urban Animal (Dirtybird)
  • Blue Foundation - In My Mind I Am Free Reconstructed (Dead Peoples’ Choice / Spindle Music)

E. Lit

Cheeyeck It

  1. Billy Woods - Dour Candy (Backwoodz Studioz)
  2. No Bird Sing - Definition Sickness (Strange Famous)
  3. Grayskul - Zenith (Fake Four Inc)
  4. Sapient - Slump (Camobear)
  5. Factor - Woke Up Alone (Fake Four Inc)
  6. Greenhouse - Bend But Don't Break (Weightless)
  7. J-Zone - Peter Pan Syndrome (Old Maid Ent.)
  8. Armand Hammer - Race Music (Backwoodz Studioz)
  9. Dessa - Parts of Speech (Doomtree)
  10. The Doppelgangaz - Hark (Groggy Pack)

Also dope

  • DJ Day - Land of 1000 Chances (Piecelock70)
  • Eric Lau - One of Many (Kilawatt)
  • Gajah & Mute Speaker - On & Offspring (Acid Lab)
  • Lapalux - Nostalchic (Brainfeeder)
  • Literati - Fait Accompli (Fill in the Breaks)
  • Mad Dukez & Fresh Kils - Gettin' Gatsby (Deep Thinka)
  • Prolyphic & Buddy Peace - Working Man (Strange Famous)
  • Thaione Davis - The Joys of Life & Pain (Jericho Lounge)
  • The Procussions - The Procussions (S/R)
  • Willie Green - We Live in the Future (Four Finger Distro)

echoplex

Best Of 2013

  • Deerhunter - Monomania (4AD)
  • Monster Rally - Return To Paradise (Gold Robot)
  • Shannon And The Clams - Welcome To The Rat House (Hardly Art)
  • Forest Swords - Engravings (Tri Angle)
  • Dirty Beaches - Drifters (Zoo Music)
  • Black Bug - Reflecting The Light (Hozac)
  • Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum (Wichita)
  • Bass Drum Of Death - (S/T) (Innovative Leisure)
  • Shigeto - No Better Time Than Now (Ghostly International)
  • Heavy Times - Fix It Alone (Hozac)
  • Kelley Stoltz - Double Exposure (Third Man)
  • Cayucas - Bigfoot (Secretly Canadian)
  • Trentemøller - Lost (In My Room)
  • Blondes - Swisher (RVNG INTL.)
  • Beach Fossils - Clash The Truth (Captured Tracks)
  • William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)
  • Violent Vickie - Monster Alley (S/R)
  • Raffertie - Sleep Of Reason (Ninja Tune)
  • Death Grips - Government Plates (Third Worlds)
  • Jon Hopkins - Immunity (Domino)
  • Kiln - Meadow:Watt (Ghostly International)
  • Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic (Jagjaguwar)
  • Gesaffelstein - Aleph (Bromance)
  • Jacco Gardner - Cabinet Of Curiosities (Trouble In Mind)
  • Crystal Stilts - Nature Noir (Sacred Bones)
  • Adult. - The Way Things Fall (Ghostly International)
  • The Blind Shake - Key To A False Door (Castle Face)
  • Cock & Swan - Secret Angles (Hush Hush)
  • Frankie Rose - Herein Wild (Fat Possum)
  • Kurt Vile - Walkin On Pretty Daze (Matador)

F*Bomb

F*Bomb's Best Of 2013

  1. Polvo - Siberia (Merge)
  2. Savages - Silence Yourself (Matador) & live at the Independent
  3. Kurt Vile - Walking on a Pretty Daze (Matador)
  4. Manatees - Cat Food 7" (Goner)
  5. Charles Bradley - Victim Of Love (Daptone)
  6. Neon Piss - Close The Door (Vinyl Rites) & last show live at Gilman
  7. Terry Malts - Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere (Slumberland)
  8. Veronica Falls - Waiting For Something to Happen (Slumberland)
  9. Bleeding Rainbow - Yeah Right (Kanine)
  10. Branes - Perfection Condition (Burger)
  11. Pere Ubu - Lady From Shanghai (Fire)
  12. Wire - Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag)
  13. Afrolicious - California Dreaming (S/R)
  14. Warm Soda - S/T (Castle Face)
  15. Buke and Gass - General Dome (Brassland)
  16. Shannon Wright - In Film Sound (Ernst Jenning)
  17. Glenn Jones - My Garden State (Thrill Jockey)
  18. Lust For Youth - Growing Seeds (Sacred Bones)
  19. Dead Ending - II (Alternative Tentacles)
  20. The Stranglers - Giants (Absolute)
  21. Wax Idols - Discipline and Desire (Slumberland)
  22. Merchandise - Totale Night (Night People)
  23. Hunx and His Punx - Street Punk (Hardly Art)
  24. Hard Skin - Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear? (JT Classics)
  25. Tunabunny - Genius Fatigue (HHBTM)
  26. His Electro Blue Voice - Ruthless Sperm (Sub Pop)
  27. Violent Vicky - Monster Alley (S/R)
  28. Free Time - S/T (Underwater Peoples)
  29. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus (ATP)
  30. Jackson and His Computerband - Glow (Warp)
  31. Black Bug - Reflecting the Light (Hozac)
  32. Kirilola - Kimigayo-hibiki (NuRi-eMaki)
  33. Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister (Slumberland)
  34. Blouse - Imperium (Captured Tracks)
  35. Cat Party - A Thousand Shades Of Gray 7" (Yellow Number 5)
  36. Neo Boys - Sooner or Later (K)

Fernando

Favorite LPs of 2013

  1. Veronica Falls - Waiting For Something To Happen (Slumberland)
  2. Joanna Gruesome - Weird Sister (Slumberland)
  3. Crabapple - Softly ( S/R)
  4. La Luz - It's Alive (Hardly Art)
  5. Chastity Belt - No Regerts (Help Yourself)
  6. Legs - Pass The Ringo (Loglady)
  7. Blanche Hudson Weekend - How Many Times Have You Let Me Die (Odd Box)
  8. My Bloody Valentine - MBV (S/R)
  9. The Pastels - Slow Summits (Domino)
  10. Golden Grrrls - S/T (Slumberland)
  11. Colleen Green - Sock It To Me (Hardly Art)
  12. The Secret History - Americans Singing In The Dark (Cloudberry)
  13. Blouse - Imperium (Captured Tracks)
  14. Boyish - Everything You Say (Dead Funny)
  15. Saturday Looks Good To Me - One Kiss Ends It All (Polyvinyl)
  16. The Mantles - Long Enough To Leave (Slumberland)
  17. Anna Calvi - One Breath (Domino)
  18. Bleeding Rainbow - Yeah Right (Kanine)
  19. Speedy Ortiz - Major Arcana (Carpark)
  20. Girls Names - The New Life (Slumberland)
  21. The Spook School - Dress Up (Fortuna Pop)
  22. Beach Fossils - Clash The Truth (Captured Tracks)
  23. Savages - Silence Yourself (Matador)
  24. Beach Day - Trip Trap Attack (Kanine)
  25. Georgiana Starlington - Hotel Es Vive Ibiza (HoZac)
  26. Ruby Pins - S/T (M'lady's)
  27. Bleached - Ride Your Heart (Dead Oceans)
  28. Bored Nothing - S/T (Cooperative Music/Spunk)
  29. No Joy - Wait To Pleasure (Mexican Summer)
  30. Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni)
  31. Pins - Girls Like Us (Bella Union)
  32. Potty Mouth - Hell Bent (Old Flame)
  33. Crystal Stilts - Nature Noir (Sacred Bones)
  34. The Memories - The Rainy Day Tape (Burger)
  35. Free Time - S/T (S/R)
  36. FIDLAR - S/T (Mom + Pop)
  37. The Ocean Blue - Ultramarine (Korda)
  38. Tullycraft - Lost In Light Rotation (Magic Marker)
  39. When Nalda Became Punk - A Farewell To Youth (Shelflife)
  40. The Felt Tips - Symbolic Violence (Firestation)

Favorite Singles/EPs of 2013

  1. The Manhattan Love Suicides - (Never Stop) Hating You (S/R)
  2. Love Cuts - +2 -1 (S/R)
  3. Flowers - Until You're Dead (Cloudberry)
  4. Standard Fare - Rumours (Kingfisher Bluez)
  5. Kids On A Crime Spree - Creep The Creeps (Slumberland)
  6. La Luz - Brainwash (Suicide Squeeze)
  7. Bam! Bam! - Golden Haze 2 (HHBTM)
  8. The Birthday Kiss - Can You Keep A Secret? (Death Party)
  9. Summer Twins - Forget Me (Burger)
  10. English Singles - Ordinary Girls (Slumberland)
  11. Teenage Burritos - Danya (Volar)
  12. Fear of Men - Early Fragments (Kanine)
  13. The Fireworks - S/T (Shelflife)
  14. Chorusgirl - Oh, To Be A Defector (S/R)
  15. September Girls - Heartbeats (Fortuna Pop)
  16. Moscow Olympics - Reprise 7" (Beko)
  17. Sisu - Light Eyes (Mono Prism)
  18. Pale Spectres - Helen of Troy (Little Treasure)
  19. The Coathangers / Nu Sensae - Derek's Song (Suicide Squeeze)
  20. Wild Nothing - Empty Estate (Captured Tracks)

Freddy Sneakers

Best Artists/Albums of 2013

  • Charles Bradley - Victim of Love (Daptone)
  • Detroit Rebellion - The Detroit Rebellion of '67 (S/R)
  • M1, Brian Jackson & The New Midnight Band - Evolutionary Minded (Motema)
  • Mark Knopfler - Privateering Sampler (Verve)
  • Meat Puppets - Rat Farm (Megaforce)
  • Mickey Hart Band - Superorganism (360 Productions)
  • Silver Machine - Night of The Living Dead (S/R)
  • The Source Family - Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Drag City) 
  • The Stranglers - Giants (Absolute)
  • Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story 1979-1987 (Celluloid)
  • Qat, Coffee & Qambus (Dust to Digital)
  • Voodoo Organist - Vampire Empire (S/R)
  • Wire - Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag)

Hailstorm

Top Albums of 2013

  • Atoms for Peace - Amok (XL)
  • Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City (XL)
  • The National - Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)
  • Arcade Fire - Reflektor (Merge)
  • Born Ruffians - Birthmarks (Yep Roc)
  • Rhye - Woman (Polydor)
  • Peach Kelli Pop - S/T (Burger)
  • Mikal Cronin - MCII (Merge)
  • James Blake - Overgrown (Polydor)
  • Baths - Obsidian (Anticon)
  • Ty Segall - Sleeper (Drag City)
  • Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law (Atlantic)
  • Starfucker - Miracle Mile (Polyvinyl)
  • Washed Out - Paracosm (Sub Pop)
  • Luke Rathborne - Soft (True Believer)

Top Songs of 2013

  • Potty Mouth - "Better End" - Hell Bent (Old Flame)
  • The Julie Ruin - "Run Fast" - Run Fast (TJR)
  • Savages - "Husbands" - Silence Yourself (Matador)
  • Haim - "The Wire" - Days Are Gone (Columbia)
  • Palma Violets - "Best of Friends" - 180 (Rough Trade)
  • Los Campesinos! - "Avocado, Baby" - No Blues (Wichita)
  • Volcano Choir - "Comrade" - Repave (Jagjaguwar)
  • The Preatures - "Is This How You Feel?" - Is This How You Feel (Universal)
  • TV on the Radio - "Million Miles" - Single (Federal Prison)
  • San Fermin - "Sonsick" - S/T (Downtown)
  • Torres - "Honey" - S/T (S/R)
  • Bleached - "Lovespells"- Ride Your Heart (Dead Oceans)
  • Joanna Gruesome - "Sugarcrush" - Weird Sister (Slumberland)
  • Deap Vally - "Lies" - Sistrionix (Interscope)
  • Marijuana Deathsquads - "Ewok Sadness" - Oh My Sexy Lord (Totally Gross National Product)
  • Saint Rich - "Officer" - Beyond the Drone (Merge)
  • Au Revoir Simone - "Crazy" - Move In Spectrums (Instant)
  • Gap Dream - "Chill Spot" - Shine Your Light (Burger)
  • Little Green Cars - "Harper Lee" - Absolute Zero (Glassnote)
  • Thee Oh Sees - "I Come From the Mountain" - Floating Coffin (Castleface)
     

Home Alone

Great Records, Reissues, and Compilations From 2013

  • Andrzej Korzynski - Secret Enigma (B-Music)
  • Brigitte Fontaine - Est… folle (Superior Viaduct)
  • Cock & Swan - Secret Angles (Hush Hush)
  • Dawn of MIDI - Dysnomia (Thirsty Ear)
  • Dom la Nena - Ela (Six Degrees)
  • Enjoy The Experience: Homemade Records 1958-1992 (Now & Again)
  • Heldon - Interface (Superior Viaduct)
  • Juana Molina - Wed 21 (Crammed Discs)
  • Julia Holter - Loud City Song (Domino)
  • Mammane Sani et son Orgue - La Musique Electronique du Niger (Sahel/Mississippi/Change)
  • Monitor - S/T (Superior Viaduct)
  • Mystical Weapons - S/T (Chimera)
  • The Necks - Open (Northern Spy)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven (Warp)
  • Powerdove - Do you Burn? (Circle into Square)
  • Salvia Plath - The Bardo Story (Domino)
  • Tim Hecker - Virgins (Kranky)
  • William Onyeabor - Who is WIlliam Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)

Hurricane Lorraine

2013's Brilliant Records

  • Neon Piss - S/T (Vinyl Rites)
  • Terry Malts - Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere (Slumberland)
  • Cold Beat - S/T (Crime On The Moon)
  • Big Eyes - Back From The Moon (Grave Mistake)
  • FIDLAR - S/T (Mom + Pop)
  • Lovely Bad Things - The Late Great Whatever (Volcolm)
  • Manatees - Cat Food (Goner)
  • Warm Soda - Someone For You (Castle Face)
  • Primitive Hearts - High & Tight (Resurrection)
  • Bad Sports - Bras (Dirtnap)
  • First Base - S/T (HoZac)
  • The #1s - Sharon (Sorry State)

Shows, Shows, Shows

  • 1-2-3-4 Go!'s Go! Go! Fest - New Parish
  • Foxboro Hot Tubs - Eli's Mile High Club
  • Neon Piss - 924 Gilman Street
  • Terry Malts, Cold Beat - Bottom of the Hill
  • Parquet Courts - 1-2-3-4 Go!
  • Nobunny, Cumstain - 924 Gilman Street
  • The Sonics - New Parish

Ion The Prize

100 Most Favorite Releases (Non-Singles) of 2013

  • Ahmad Jamal - Saturday Morning (JazzVillage)
  • Aivi & Surasshu - The Black Box (S/R)
  • Alice Russell - To Dust (Tru Thoughts)
  • Alizzz - Whoa! (Arkestra Discos)
  • AlunaGeorge - Body Music (Island)
  • Amin Payne - The George Benson Tribute (S/R)
  • Anthm - A Handful of Dust / The Fire Next Time (S/R)
  • ASAP Rocky - Long Live ASAP (Polo Grounds)
  • Atu - Pictures on Silence (Soulection)
  • Avicii - True (PRMD/Universal)
  • Bad Rabbits - American Love (S/R)
  • Baths - Obsidian (Anticon)
  • Bilal - A Love Surreal (eOne)
  • Black Milk - No Poison No Paradise (Fat Beats)
  • Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe (Domino)
  • Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest (Warp)
  • Bonobo - The North Borders (Ninja Tune)
  • Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap (S/R)
  • Charles Bradley - Victim of Love (Daptone)
  • Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe (Glassnote)
  • Classixx - Hanging Gardens (Innovative Leisure)
  • Daedelus - Drown Out (Anticon)
  • Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (Columbia)
  • Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla - 7 Days of Funk (Stones Throw)
  • Danny Brown - Old (Fool’s Gold)
  • Darkside - Psychic (Matador)
  • Disclosure - Settle (Cherrytree)
  • DJ Day - Land of 1000 Chances (Piecelock 70)
  • DJ Rashad - Double Cup (Hyperdub)
  • Earl Sweatshirt - Doris (Odd Future)
  • Emancipator - Dusk to Dawn (Loci)
  • Eric Lau - One of Many (Kilawatt)
  • Evil Needle - Qualia (HW&W)
  • Foreign Exchange - Love In Flying Colors (FEMusic)
  • Ghostek - No Way Out (Sub Squared)
  • Gold Panda - Half of Where You Live (Ghostly International)
  • Great Dane - Alpha Dog (Team Supreme)
  • Gregory Porter - Liquid Spirit (Blue Note)
  • Headnodic - Junk Drawer Vol. 1 (Piecelock 70)
  • Hiatus Kaiyote - Tawk Tomahawk (Flying Buddha)
  • Homeboy Sandman - Kool Herc Fertile Crescent (Stones Throw)    
  • Inc. - No World (4AD)
  • Insightful - Elsewhere (S/R)
  • The Internet - Feel Good (Odd Future)
  • Jacob 2-2 - Herbivore (King Deluxe)
  • James Blake - Overgrown (Republic)
  • Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady (Wondaland Arts Society)
  • Jel - Late Pass (Anticon)
  • Jensen Sportag - Stealth of Days (Cascine)
  • Joe Bagale - Yesterday Once Again (1beatproductions)
  • Jordan Rakei - Franklin's Room (S/R)
  • Jose James - No Beginning No End (Blue Note)
  • Ka - The Night's Gambit (Iron Works)
  • Kanye West - Yeezus (Def Jam)
  • Kastle - S/T (Symbols)
  • Kwala - Lakebed (S/R)
  • Lapalux - Nostalchic (Brainfeeder)
  • Letherette - S/T (Ninja Tune)
  • Lil Silva - Distance EP (Good Years)
  • Lindsay Lowend - Wind Fish (Symbols)
  • L’Orange & Stik Figa - The City Under the City (Mello Music Group)
  • Lorde - Pure Heroine (Universal)
  • Machinedrum - Vapor City (Ninja Tune)
  • Maya Jane Coles - Comfort (I/AM/ME)
  • Mr Carmack - Birth Control / Hopscotch (Mad Decent)
  • Myron & E - Broadway (Stones Throw)
  • Nightmares on Wax - Feelin' Good (Warp)
  • Obey City - Champagne Sounds (LuckyMe)
  • Oddisee - The Beauty Of It All / Tangible Dream (Mello Music Group)
  • Oliver - Mechanical (Fools Gold)
  • Om Unit - Threads (Civil Music)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven (Warp)
  • The Pilots - Traveling Through Thoughts (Ritmo Sportivo)
  • Pomrad - This Day (Earnest Endeavors)
  • The Procussions - S/T (S/R)
  • Quadron - Avalanche (Vested in Culture)
  • Qwel & Maker - Beautiful Raw (Galapagos4)
  • Rhye - Woman (Polydor)
  • RJD2 - More Is Than Isn't (RJ’s Electrical Connections)
  • Rodney Hunter - Hunter Express (Birdkids)
  • Run the Jewels - S/T (Fool’s Gold)
  • Russ Liquid - Foreign Frequency (1320)
  • Sampha - Dual EP (Young Turks)
  • Sango - North (Soulection)
  • Shad - Flying Colours (Black Box)
  • Shigeto - No Better Time Than Now (Ghostly International)
  • Shortcircles - Between Waves (Plug Research)
  • Sky Ferreira - Night Time, My Time (Capitol)
  • Son Lux - Lanterns (Joyful Noise)
  • Sons of the Morning - Speak Soon, Vol. 1 (Yellow Year)
  • Space Ghost - Patient Mind (S/R)
  • Synkro - Acceptance (Apollo)
  • Tall Black Guy - 8 Miles to Moenart (First Word)
  • Teeko & B. Bravo Present: Tempo Dreams Vol. 2 (Bastard Jazz)
  • Terrace Martin - 3ChordFold (Empire)
  • Thundercat - Apocalypse (Brainfeeder)
  • Toro y Moi - Anything in Return (Carpark)
  • Tropics - Home and Consonance (Five Easy Pieces)
  • UZ - Balltrap Muzic Vol. 1 (S/R)
  • Washed Out - Paracosm (Sub Pop)
     

Kennybear

Fave Tunes of 2013

  • Emiliana Torrini - "Speed of Dark" - Tookah (Rough Trade)
  • Brent Amaker and The Rodeo - "Tequila Cerveza" - Year of The Dragon (Fin)
  • Julia Holter - "Hello Stranger" - Loud City Song (Domino)
  • The Fratellis - "Whiskey Saga" - We Need Medicine (BMG)
  • FIDLAR - "White On White" - S/T (Mom & Pop)
  • Rachel Zeffira - "Letters From Tokyo (Sayonara)" - The Deserters (Paper Bag)
  • Pokey LaFarge - "The Devil Ain't Lazy" - S/T (Third Man)
  • Mikal Cronin - "Change" - MC II (Merge)
  • The Mavericks - "Ven Hacia Mi" - In Time (Valory)
  • Valerie June - "Pushin' Against a Stone" - Pushin' Against a Stone (Concord)

Kitty Empire

Best 10 Albums

  1. Guillaume Arsenault - Oasis Station-service (DEP)
  2. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More LIght (Constellation)
  3. Suuns - Images du Futur (Secretly Canadian)
  4. Deafheaven - Sunbather (Deathwish)
  5. Dawn of Midi - Dysnomia (Thirsty Ear)
  6. Yamantaka//Sonic Titan - Whalesong (Uzu)
  7. Valerie June - Pushin' Against a Stone (Concord)
  8. Simon Angell - A (S/R)
  9. JF Robitaille - Rival Hearts (S/R)
  10. Charnett Moffett - Spirit of Sound (Motema)

Best Live Performances

  1. Colin Stetson - The Chapel, June 26
  2. Suuns - Bottom of the Hill, May 28
  3. Tomahawk - Great American Music Hall, February 15

Know Your Conjurer

Best Albums

  • Dean Blunt - Stone Island (S/R)
  • Dean Blunt - The Redeemer (Hippos In Tanks)
  • Colleen Green - Sock It To Me (Hardly Art)
  • Darkside - Psychic (Other People/Matador)
  • Bleached - Ride Your Heart (Dead Oceans)
  • Action Bronson & Party Supplies - Blue Chips 2 (S/R)
  • Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge - Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple)
  • Cornelius - NHK AH (Warner Japan)
  • Musiccargo - Harmonie (Emotional Response)
  • Boris - Pr‰parat (Daymare Recordings)
  • Locrian - Return To Annihilation (Relapse)
  • The Haxan Cloak - Excavation (Tri Angle)
  • Date Palms - The Dusted Sessions (Thrill Jockey)
  • Palma Violets - 180 (Rough Trade)
  • Tonstartssbandht - God Speed, Mans! (Spacebridge Records)
  • William Winant - Five American Percussion Pieces (Poon Village)
  • Zola Jesus - Versions (Sacred Bones)
  • David Lynch - The Big Dream (Sunday Best Recordings)
  • White Fence - Cyclops Reap (Castle Face)
  • Juliana Barwick - Nepenthe (Dead Oceans)
  • Kikagaku Moyo - S/T - (Sound Effect Records)
  • Food Pyramid - Ecstasy & Refreshment (Holy Mountain)
  • Kurt Vile - Wakin' On A Pretty Daze (Matador)
  • Plankton Wat - Drifters Temple (Thrill Jockey)
  • Kevin Morby - Harlem River (Woodsist)
  • Zomes - Time Was (Thrill Jockey)
  • MV & EE with the Golden Road - Shade Grown (Blackest Rainbow)
  • John Zorn - In Lambeth, Visions from the Walled Garden of William Blake (Tzadik)
  • GNOD - Presents... Dwellings & Druss (Trensmat)

Best Re-Issues

  • King Tuff - Was Dead (Burger)
  • The Velvet Underground - White Light White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition (Verve)
  • The Breeders - LSXX Last Splash 20th Anniversary (4AD)

Best Retrospective

  • Rodion G.A. - The Lost Tapes (Strut/Ambassador's Reception)

Best EP

  • FKA Twigs - EP 2 (Young Turks)

Honorable Mentions

  • Pharmakon - Abandon (Sacred Bones)
  • Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory - S/T (Rough Trade)
  • Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin (Castle Face)
  • Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - Uzu (Paper Bag)
  • Julia Holter - Loud City Song (Domino)
  • Yo La Tengo - Fade (Matador)
  • Frankie Rose - Herein Wild (Fat Possum)
  • White Hills - So You AreÖ So You'll Be (Thrill Jockey)
  • Ty Segall - Sleeper (Drag City)
  • Wolf Eyes - No Answer Lower Floors (De Stijl)
  • No Joy - Wait To Pleasure (Mexican Summer)
  • Chelsea Wolfe - Pain Is Beauty (Sargent House)

Best Album Cover 2013

  • Bleached - Ride Your Heart (Dead Oceans)

Worst Album Cover(s) 2013 (a tie between the 2)

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito (Polydor)
  • Black Flag - What The... (SST)

Biggest Disappointment

  • Deerhunter - Monomania (4AD)

Leftfield Lance

7"

  • The #1s - Sharon Shouldn't (Sorry State)
  • Buck Biloxi and the Fucks - Holodeck Survivor (Total Punk)
  • English Singles - Ordinary Girls (Slumberland)
  • Good Throb - Culture Vulture (Muscle Horse)
  • Humousexual - Meaning to These Maps (Everard)
  • Nots - Dust Red (Goner)
  • Priests - Radiation (Sister Polygon)
  • Skinny Girl Diet / Ethical Debating Society - Split (Happy Happy Birthday to Me)
  • Teenage Burritos - Danya (Volar)
  • True Sons of Thunder - Black Astrologers (Goner)

12"

  • Alligator - Runners (Et Mon Cul C'est Du Tofu)
  • Connections - Private Airplane (Anyway)
  • Counter Intuits - Sheets of Hits (Pyramid Schemes)
  • Household - Elaines (Dull Knife)
  • Mordecai - College Rock (Richie)
  • Roachclip - Discovery Park (All Gone)
  • Purling Hiss - Water on Mars (Drag City)
  • The Sleaze - Tecktonik Girlz (Total Punk)
  • Wimps - Repeat (End of Times)
  • The Woolen Men - S/T (Woodsist)

Mack

Best Albums of 2013

  • Suzi Chunk - Girl From The Neck Down (State)
  • Palmyra Delran - You Are What You Absorb (Apex East)
  • Josy - To The Light (Josy)
  • King Salami and the Cumberland Three - Cookin' Up A Party (Dirty Water)
  • Lisa Mychols - Above, Beyond & in Between (Vandalay)
  • The Paley Brothers - The Complete Recordings (Real Gone Music)
  • Joel Paterson - Handful of Strings (Ventrella)
  • The Relatives - The Electric Word (Yep Roc)
  • The Rocktigers - Shut Up And Deal (Tiger)
  • Iggy & The Stooges - Etiqueta Negra De Lugo (Boca Del Rey)
  • The Strypes - Snapshot (Virgin)
  • Waves Of Fury - Thirst ((Alive)
  • Zukunasi - Sing (Zuku74)

Best Singles of 2013

  • The Barracudas - God Bless The 45 (Purepop)
  • The 45s - It Ain't Over (Heavy Soul)
  • The Riot Squad - The Toy Soldier EP (Acid Jazz)

Favorite Song of 2013

  • Hard Skin with Miki Berenyi - "You Still Here?" - Why Do Birds Suddenly Appear (JT Classics)

Madame X

Best Albums of 2013

  1. El Radio Fantastique - Waking the Dead (S/R)
  2. Emancipator - Dusk to Dawn (Lodi/Jakarta)
  3. The National - Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)
  4. Bonobo - The North Borders (Ninja Tune)
  5. Kronos Quartet - Aheym: Kronos Quartet Plays Music by Bryce Dessner (Anti-)
  6. Cloud Cult - Love (Earthology)
  7. Pillowfight - S/T (Bulk)
  8. Foals - Holy Fire (Warner Bros.)
  9. The Redwood Plan - Green Light Go (S/R)
  10. Neko Case - The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You (-Anti)

Best Songs of 2013 Not On My Best Albums of 2013

  1. Natalia Clavier - "Trouble" - Lumen (Nacional)
  2. Feist & Timber Timbre - "Homage" - Arts & Crafts X (Arts & Crafte)
  3. CocoRosie - "Villain" - Tales of a GrassWidow (Transistor Recordings)
  4. The Veils - "Dancing with a Tornado" - Time Stays, We Go (Pitch Beast)
  5. The Purrs - "The Promises We Made" - The Boy With the Astronaut Eyes (Fin)
  6. Pickwick - "Brother Roland" - Can't Talk Medicine (S/R)
  7. Bomba Estereo - "Bailar Conmigo" - Elegancia Tropical (Soundway)
  8. Tricky - "Chinese Interlude" - False Idols (False Idols)
  9. Bill Callahan - "Javelin Unlanding" - Dream River (Drag City)
  10. Shearwater's cover of Xiu Xiu's "I Luv the Valley OH!!" - Fellow Travelers (Sub Pop)
  11. Intended Immigration - "La Demoiselle Du Fonque"  - La Demoiselle Du Fonque (Wooden Hat)
  12. Dom La Nena - "Buenos Aires" - Ela (Six Degrees)
  13. Kaleidoscope Jukebox - "The Unpossible" - Infinite Reflection (Rhythm & Culture)
  14. Daughter - "Youth" - If You Leave (Glass Note)
  15. Fitz & the Tantrums - "Keepin Our Eyes Out" - More Than Just a Dream (Dangerbird)
  16. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - "Sacrilege" - Mosquito (Interscope)
  17. Throwing Muses - "Lazy Eye" - Purgatory/Paradise (Harper Collins/It Books)
  18. Mark Lanegan's cover of "Mac the Knife" - Imitations (Vagrant)
  19. Cut Copy - "Meet Me in a House of Love" - Free Your Mind (Modular Recordings)
  20. Arcade Fire - "Normal Person" - Reflektor (Merge)

Majority Whip

Favorite 2013 Albums

  1. Juana Molina -  Wed 21 (Crammed Discs)
  2. Daedelus -  Drown Out (Anticon)
  3. Bomba Estéreo - Tropical (Soundway)
  4. Alela Diane - About Farewell (Rusted Blue)
  5. Food Pyramid - Ecstasy and Refreshment (Holy Mountain)
  6. Black Hollies -  Somewhere Between Here and Nowhere (Ernest Jenning)
  7. Jace Clayton - The Julius Eastman Memory Depot (New Amsterdam)
  8. Jacco Gardner - Cabinet of Curiosities (1– 2– 3– 4– Go!)
  9. Aisha Burns - Life in the Midwater (Western Vinyl)
  10. Kobo Town - Jumbie in the Jukebox (Cumbancha)
  11. Orchestra of Spheres - Vibration Animal Sex Brain Music (Fire)
  12. Anna Von Hausswolff - Ceremony (Fat Possum)
  13. Cate Le Bon - Mug Museum (Wichita)
  14. The Defibulators - Debt’ll Get ‘Em (Pig Cow)
  15. Savages - Silence Yourself (Matador)
  16. Nadia Sirota - Baroque (New Amsterdam)
  17. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual (Mute)
  18. Boogat - El Dorado Sunset (Maisonnette)
  19. Frank Lenz - Water Tiger (Velvet Blue)
  20. Mikrokolektyw - Absent Minded (Delmark)

Mantis

Shows That I Went To This Year That I Really, Really Enjoyed (In No Particular Order)

  • E-40 & Too $hort - Shoreline Amphitheatre, September 14th
  • Ghost B.C. - The Regency Ballroom, April 25th
  • Black Lips, Bleached, Nick Waterhouse- The Observatory, March 22nd
  • Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, FIDLAR, Hunx & His Punx, Sam Flax, Natural Child - The Observatory, March 23rd
  • OFF!, Negative Approach - The Great American Music Hall, February 9th
  • Creative Adult - The Submission, February 15th
  • Pangea, Meat Market, Shannon and the Clams - Berkeley Art Museum, March 1st
  • Mazzy Star - The Warfield, November 6th
  • Deltron 3030 - Amoeba San Francisco, October 1st

Shows I Missed This Year That I Really, Really Wish I Had Gone To (In No Particular Order)

  • The Flaming Lips - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, October 31st
  • Cat Power - The Regency Ballroom, December 1st
  • The Breeders - The Fillmore, August 27th
  • The Melvins, No Age, The Orwells, Omar Souleyman, Solange - L.A. State Historic Park, August 25th
  • Wu Tang Clan - Shoreline Amphitheatre, September 15th

Meaty Paws

Best Songs 2013

  • Brent Amaker and the Rodeo – “Death Is Always Near” - Year Of The Dragon (Fin)
  • Bleached – “Guy Like You” - Ride Your Heart (Dead Oceans)
  • Brothers Comatose – “Pie For Breakfast” - Respect The Van (S/R)
  • Clairy Browne and Bangin’ Rockets – “Frankie” - Baby Caught the Bus (Vanguard)
  • Camera Obscura – “Break It to You Gently” - Desire Lines (4AD)
  • Camper Van Beethoven – “La Costa Perdida” - La Costa Perdida (429)
  • Manu Chao“Helno Est Mort” - Siberie M'etait Contee (Because)
  • Katherine Cole – “Hymn In E” - There Is No God (S/R)
  • Deborah Crooks“KALX Hesitation Blues” – KALX Live! (KALX)
  • Defibulators – “Pay For That Money” - Debt'll Get'Em (Pig Cow)
  • Devil Makes Three – “Worse Or Better” - I'm A Stranger Here (New West)
  • Steve Earle and the Dukes – “Love's Gonna Blow My Way” Low Highway (New West)
  • FIDLAR“Gimme Something” – S/T (Mom + Pop)
  • Four Bitchin' Babes – “The History Of Cheese” - Mid Life Vices (Hem And Haw)
  • Foxygen – “San Francisco” - Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (Jagjaguwar)
  • Johnny Fritz – “Shut Up” - Dad Country (ATO)
  • Max Gomez – “Never Say Never” - Rule the World (New West)
  • Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit – “The Very Best” - Old Excuses (Heckabad)
  • Joan Jett – “Make It Back” – Unvarnished (Blackheart)
  • Mark Knopfler – “Privateering” – Privateering (Verve)
  • Lisa Le Blanc – “Cerveau Ramolli” - S/T (Bonsound)
  • Little Fuller Band – “When the Devil Sings” – Leftovers (S/R)
  • Lost Luvs – “Double Shot” - S/T (S/R)
  • Mavericks – “Back In Your Arms Again” - In Time (Valory)
  • Mayya – “Morning Time” - Tea And Chocolate (S/R)
  • Mexican Dubwiser – “Trouble In My Soul” - Revolution Radio (Kool Arrow)
  • Kacey Musgraves – “Follow Your Arrow” - Same Trailer, Different Park (Mercury)
  • Of Montreal – “Fugitive Air” - Lousy With Sylvianbriar (Polyvinyl)
  • Orchestra Maneuvers In the Dark – “Metroland” - English Electric (BMG)
  • Josh Ritter – “Bonfire” - The Beast In Its Tracks (Pytheas)
  • Lia Rose – “Snake In The Water” - Bricks And Bones (S/R)
  • Brother John Rydgren – “Here Lies The Church” - Silhouette Segments (Omni)
  • She And Him – “I've Got Your Number Son” - Volume Three (Merge)
  • Shovels And Rope – “Birmingham” - O Be Joyful (Dualtone)
  • Laura Stevenson – “Runner” – Wheel (Don Giovanni)
  • Thao and the Get Down Stay Down – “The Feeling Kind” - We The Common (Ribbon)
  • The Creak – “I'm Johnny Lee” - Here Hold This (S/R)
  • Those Darlins – “Ain’t Afraid” - Blur The Lines (Oh Wow Dang)
  • Tim Timebomb – “She's Drunk All The Time” - Special Lunacy (Pirates Press)
  • Veronica Falls – “Waiting For Something To Happen” - Waiting for Something to Happen (Slumberland)
  • Violent Vickie – “Yr Plan” - Monster Alley (S/R)
  • Emily Yates – “A Northern California Love Song” - I've Got You Folk Songs Right Here (S/R)
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Mosquito” – Mosquito (Interscope)
  • Dwight Yoakum – “Close Up The Honky Tonks” - 21st Century South Bronx Rock Star (New West)

Special Thanks to those who appeared live on KALX with Meatypaws in 2013

  • Brent Amaker and the Rodeo – (all six appeared in black with cowboy hats)
  • Laura Benitez and Heartache – (the heartache was Michelle Kappel Stone)
  • Dum Spiro Spero
  • Female Trouble – (lotsa trouble)
  • Happy Clams
  • Lily Holbrook
  • Little Fuller Band – (from way up in the mountains)
  • Old Belle
  • Lia Rose – (sweetest voice west of the Caldecott)
  • Those Darlins
  • Tom Vanden Avond – (story and song writer from back east…. Oakdale)

Misnomer

Favorite Albums of 2013

  1. Foxygen - We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (Jagjaguwar)
  2. Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe (Domino)
  3. Darkside - Psychic (Matador)
  4. Phosphorescent - Muchacho (Dead Oceans)
  5. Arcade Fire - Reflektor (Merge)
  6. Mikal Cronin - MCII (Merge)
  7. The National - Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)
  8. Blue Hawaii - Untogether (Arbutus)
  9. White Poppy - S/T (S/R)

Mixtress 9

Super Best Lists

Albums

  • Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks (Columbia)
  • Perfume - Level 3 (Universal Japan)
  • How To Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion (Columbia)
  • Depeche Mode - Machine (Columbia/Mute)
  • !!! (Chk Chk Chk) - Thr!!!ler (Warp Records)
  • Namie Amuro - Feel (Avex)
  • The Bloody Beetroots - Hide (Ultra Records LLC)
  • Gesaffelstein - Aleph (Ghostly International)
  • Omar Souleyman - Wenu Wenu (Ribbon Music)
  • Bosq Of Whiskey Barons - Bosq Y Orquesta De Madera (Ubiquity)
  • Capsule - Caps Lock (Unborde/Warner Music Japan)
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs!!! - Mosquito (Interscope)
  • Maximum The Hormone - Yoshu Fukushu (VAP)
  • Ed Rec Vol. X (Ed Banger)
  • David Bowie -The Next Day (Columbia)
  • Asobitunes (Asobisystem)
  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Nanda Collection (WM Japan)
  • Disclosure - Settle (Cherrytree/Interscope)
  • My Bloody Valentine - MBV (S/R)
  • Daft Punk - Random Access Memories (Columbia)

Singles

  • AKB48 - “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” (King Records)
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs!!! - “Sacrilege” (Interscope)
  • Perfume - “Magic Of Love” (Universal Music Japan)
  • Perfume - “Sweet Refrain” (Universal Music Japan)
  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - “Ninjari Bang Bang” (WM Japan)
  • Nagi Yanagi - "Aqua Terrarium” (P. A. Works)
  • Sakanaction - "Music" (Victor Entertainment)

Best Concert

  • Rolling Stones (Oracle Arena)

Concerts I’m Still Kicking Myself For Not Seeing Live

  • Nine Inch Nails (Outside Lands)
  • How To Destroy Angels (Regency Theatre)

Best DJ Sets

  • Disclosure (essential Mix BBC Radio 1)
  • Ed Banger All Stars (Ed Banger 10th Anniversary, Paris)

Poindexter

Top 10 Albums

  1. Mikal Cronin - MCII (Merge)
  2. Mind Spiders - Inhumanistic (Dirtnap)
  3. Burnt Ones - You'll Never Walk Alone (Burger)
  4. Warm Soda - Someone For You (Castleface)
  5. Shannon and the Clams - Dreams In The Rat House (Hardly Art)
  6. Radiation City - Animals In The Median (Tender Loving Empire)
  7. Bare Mutants - The Affliction (In The Red)
  8. Deerhunter - Monomania (4AD)
  9. Hammered Satin - Glamorama (Diamond Fist/Burger)
  10. Golden Grrrls - S/T (Slumberland)

Top 20 Songs

  1. English Singles - "Ordinary Girls" - Ordinary Girls (Slumberland)
  2. Mikal Cronin - "Weight" - MCII (Merge)
  3. Deerhunter - "Pensacola" - Monomania (4AD)
  4. Burnt Ones - "I Care, I Don't Care" - You'll Never Walk Alone (Burger)
  5. FIDLAR - "No Waves" - S/T (Mom + Pop)
  6. Parquet Courts - "Borrowed Time" - Light Up Gold (What's Your Rupture?)
  7. Shannon and the Clams - "Rip Van Winkle" - Dreams In The Rat House (Hardly Art)
  8. Bass Drum Of Death - "Shattered Me" - S/T (Innovative Leisure)
  9. Bearhug - "Debris" - Over Easy (S/R)
  10. Alex Bleeker & The Freaks - "Step Right Up (Pour Yourself Some Wine" - How Far Away (Woodsist)
  11. Audacity - "Hole In The Sky" - Butter Knife (Suicide Squeeze)
  12. Legs - "Go Ask Your Mother" - Pass The Ringo (Loglady)
  13. Kurt Vile - "Waking On A Pretty Day" - Waking On A Pretty Daze (Matador)
  14. King Khan And The Shrines - "Luckiest Man" - Idle No More (Merge)
  15. Ty Segall - "The West" - Sleeper (Drag City)
  16. Colleen Green - "Number One" - Sock It To Me (Hardly Art)
  17. Joanna Gruesome - "Do You Really Wanna Know Why Yr Still In Love With Me?" - Weird Sister (Slumberland)
  18. Hammered Satin - "Quasar Queen" - Glamorama (Diamond Fist/Burger)
  19. Golden Grrrls - "Paul Simon" - S/T (Slumberland)
  20. Ski Lodge - "Just To Be Like You" - Big Heart (Dovecote)

Pop Goes The Weasel

Favorite Songs of 2013

  • Ezra Furman - "My Zero" - Day of the Dog (Bar/None)
  • Growlers - "Someday" - Hung at Heart (Everloving Inc.)
  • Jim James - "State of the Art" - Regions of Light and Sound of God (ATO)
  • Kingdom of Not - "The Girl With the Demon in Her Head" - Journey to the Far Side of the Room (S/R)
  • Living Sisters - "Can You Get to That?" - Run For Cover (Vanguard)
  • Lovely Bad Things - "Maybe I Know" - The Late Great Whatever (Volcom)
  • Of Montreal - "Hegira Emigre" - Lousy With Sylvianbriar (Polyvinyl)
  • Ron Sexsmith - "Snake Road" - Forever Endeavour (Cooking Vinyl)
  • Eddie Spaghetti - "Empty" - Value of Nothing (Bloodshot)
  • Spy Device - "Free Form Radio" - Miniaturized (S/R)
  • Sufis - "No Expression" - Inventions (Burger)
  • Warm Soda - "Stargazer" - Someone For You (Castleface)

...and one from a reissue

  • Electric Chairs - "So Many Ways" - Under the Influence Vol. 3 (Z Records)

Roscoe 2000

Top Ten Albums Alphabetically

  • Amy Blaschke - Desert Varnish (S/R)
  • The Go - Fiesta (Burger)
  • Anna Hillburg - S/T (California Clap)
  • Hot Lunch - S/T (Tee Pee)
  • Otis G. Johnson - Everything / God Is Love 78 (Numero Group)
  • Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystal - Aquarius (Delmark)
  • The Moore Brothers - California Sister (Unavailable)
  • Giorgio Moroder - Schlagermoroder Vol. 1: 1966-1975 (Repertoire)
  • Shoes - One In Versailles (Numero Group)
  • The Wrong Words - Everything Is Free (Trouble In Mind)

Rubberband Girl

Albums That Inspired In 2013

  • Beacon - The Ways We Separate (Ghostly International)
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Specter at the Feast (Abstract Dragon)
  • Blue Sky Black Death - Glaciers (Fake Four)
  • Louise Burns - The Midnight Mass (Light Organ)
  • Grey Reverend - A Hero's Lie (Ninja Tune)
  • Ikonika - Aerotropolis (Hyperdub)
  • Kaleidoscope Jukebox - Infinite Reflection (Rhythm & Culture)
  • Lotte Kestner - The Bluebird of Happiness (Saint Marie)
  • King Krule - 6 Feet Beneath the Moon (True Panther Sounds)
  • Lorde - Pure Heroine (Universal)
  • Myron & E - Broadway (Stones Throw)
  • The Ocean Blue - Ultramarine (Korda)
  • Raffertie - Sleep of Reason (Ninja Tune)
  • Rhye - Woman (Innovative Leisure)
  • Saskwatch - Leave It All Behind (Northside)
  • Robbie Williams - Swings Both Ways (Interscope)

Shani Thunders

Top Albums of 2013

  • Julia Holter - Loud City Song (Domino)
  • Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze (Matador)
  • These New Puritans - Field of Reeds (Infectious)
  • Tim Hecker - Virgins (Kranky)
  • Cock & Swan - Secret Angles (Hush Hush)
  • Raum - Event of Your Leaving (Glass, House)
  • Nils Frahm - Spaces (Erased Tapes)
  • Ed Askew - For the World (Tin Angel)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven (Warp)
  • Lucrecia Dalt - Syzygy (Human Ear Music)
  • Var - No One Dances Quite Like My Brothers- (Sacred Bones)

Shrey

Records I Liked In 2013

  • My Bloody Valentine - MBV (S/R)
  • Savages - Silence Yourself (Matador)
  • Devendra Banhart - Mala (Nonesuch)
  • Bleached - Ride Your Heart (Dead Oceans)
  • Kids On A Crime Spree - Creep the Creeps EP (Slumberland)
  • Legs - Pass the Ringo (Log Lady)
  • Lorde - Pure Heroine (Lava)
  • Daftside - Random Access Memories Memories (S/R)
  • Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City (XL)
  • Disclosure - Settle (Cherrytree)

Silk Road Show

30 Silky Tracks of 2013

  • Omar Souleyman - "Wenu Wenu" - Wenu Wenu (Ribbon Music)
  • Charles Bradley - "Where Do We Go From Here" - Victim of Love (Daptone)
  • Terry Malts - "Life's a Dream" - Nobody Realizes This is Nowhere (Slumberland)
  • Trombone Shorty - "Vieux Carre" - Say That To Say This (Verve)
  • Fuck Buttons - "Prince's Prize" - Slow Focus (ATP Recordings)
  • King Krule - "Border Line" - 6 Feet Beneath The Moon (XL)
  • Joanna Gruesome - "Anti-Parent Cowboy Killers" - Weird Sister (Slumberland)
  • RJD2 - "Temperamental feat Phonte Coleman" - More Is Than Isn't (RJ's Electrical Connections)
  • Kaleidoscope Jukebox - "Flame Thrower" - Infinite Reflection (Rhythm & Culture)
  • M.I.A. - "Bad Girls" - Matangi (Interscope)
  • Blood Orange - "Uncle Ace" - Cupid Deluxe (Domino)
  • Clairy Browne & The Bangin' Rackettes - "Love Letter" - Baby Caught The Bus (Universal)
  • Emiliana Torrini - "Speed of Dark" - Tookah (Rough Trade)
  • Elvis Costello and the Roots - "CINCO Minutos Con Vos" - Wise Up Ghost (Blue Note)
  • AlunaGeorge - "Your Drums, Your Love" - Body Music (Vagrant)
  • Africando - "Deni Sabali" - Viva Africando (Forced Exposure)
  • Fat Freddy's Drop - "Bohannon" - Blackbird (The Drop)
  • Mavis Staples - "Far Celestial Shore" - One True Vine (Ada Us)
  • Carla Bruni - "Chez Keith et Anita" - Little French Songs (Universal)
  • The Mavericks - "Come Unto Me" - In Time (Decca)
  • Alice Russell - "Let Go (Breakdown)" - To Dust (Tru Thoughts)
  • Bombino - "Imuhar" - Nomad (Nonesuch)
  • Red Baraat, Chico Mann - "Azad Azad (Chico Mann Remix)" - Big Talk (Sinj Records)
  • Afrolicious - "Pleasure Time" - California Dreaming (S/R)
  • Debruit - "Sharara" - Aljawal (Soundway)
  • Rokia Traore - "Melancolie" - Beautiful Africa (Nonesuch)
  • Beats Antique - "Veil of Tears" - A Thousand Faces - Act I (Beats Antique Records)
  • Prince - "Breakfast Can Wait" - Breakfast Can Wait (NPG Records)
  • Black Sabbath - "Love Forever" - 13 (EMI)
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - "And No More Shall We Part" - Live from KCRW (Bad Seed Ltd)

Spanky

Releases

  • The Growlers - Hung at Heart (EverLoving)
  • Hunx & His Punx - Street Punk (Hardly Art)
  • Nobunny - Love Visions Box Set 7” reissue (Almost Ready Records)
  • Schlitzie - S/T (Burger Records)
  • Shannon and the Clams - Dreams in the Rat House (Hardly Art)
  • Terry Malts - Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere (Slumberland)
  • Wet Spots - S/T (Burger Records)
  • Wrong Words - Everything is Free (Trouble in Mind)
  • Wyatt Blair - Banana Cream Dream (Burger Records)

Videos

  • Burger TV!!!! (Burger Records)

Live Shows

  • Blatz, Special Forces - 924 Gilman Street, 12/27/13
  • Bananas, Audacity - Hotel Utah SF, 11/15/13
  • Nobunny - 924 Gilman Street, 9/6/13
  • King Tuff - Brick & Mortar SF, 8/10/13
  • The Growlers - Cal Academy of Sciences SF, 8/8/13
  • Burger Boogaloo - Mosswood Park, 7/6 and 7/7/13
  • Shannon and the Clams, Wet Spots, Courtney and the Crushers - Stork Club, 6/4/13
  • Hunx & His Punx, Shannon and the Clams, Fuzz, Peach Kelli Pop - New Parish, 5/18/13

Terra Incognita

2013 Favorites In No Particular Order

Best New Releases of 2013

  • My Bloody Valentine - Mbv (MBV)
  • Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band - Take Me To The Land Of Hell (Chimera)
  • Kurt Vile - Wakin' On A Pretty Daze (Matador)
  • William Onyeabor - World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop)
  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band - That’s It! (Sony Legacy)
  • Pere Ubu - Lady From Shanghai (Fire)
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd.)
  • Fela Kuti - The Best Of The Black President 2 (Knitting Factory)
  • Afrolicious - California Dreaming (Afrolicious Music)
  • Charles Bradley - Victim Of Love (Daptone)
  • The Black Angels - Indigo Meadow (Blue Horizon Ventures)
  • Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin (Castleface)
  • Delfonics - Adrian Younge Presents The Delfonics (Wax Poetics)
  • Ty Segall - Sleeper (1-2-3-4-GO!)
  • Fuzz - S/T (In The Red)
  • Melt-Banana - Fetch (A-Zap)
  • Erkin Koray - Arap Saci (Pharaway Sounds)
  • Man Or Astro-Man - Defcon...5...4...3...2...1 (Chunklet)
  • The Flaming Lips - The Terror (Warner Bros.)
  • Lumerians - The High Frontier (Red Distribution)
  • Nightmares On Wax - Feelin' Good (Warp Records)
  • Coachwhips - Hands On The Controls (Castleface)
  • King Khan & The Shrines - Idle No More (Merge)
  • Trombone Shorty - Say That To Say This (Verve)
  • Wau Y Los Arrrghs!!! - Todo Roto (Slovenly)
  • Nobunny - Secret Songs: Reflections from the Ear Mirror (Goner)
  • Elvis Costello and The Roots - Wise Up Ghost And Other Songs (Blue Note Records)
  • Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine - White People and the Damage Done (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Acid Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO - In Search of the Lost Divine Arc (Important Records)
  • Boris - PRAPARAT (ltd.) (DIW Records)

Best Compilations of 2013

  • Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself! 1 Underground Punk in Usa 1973 (Soul Jazz)
  • Chinese Rocks (Outhouse)
  • R&B Hipshakers Vol. 3: Just a Little Bit of the Jumpin' B (Vampisoul)
  • Feeling High: Psychedelic Sound Of Memphis (Big Beat UK)
  • Red Hot & Fela (Knitting Factory)
  • Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight to Ghana (Analog Africa)
  • Qat, Coffee and Qambus: Raw 45s from Yemen (Dust to Digital)
  • Kassidat: Raw 45s From Morocco (Dust to Digital)
  • Change The Beat: The Celluloid Records Story 1980 – 1987 (Celluloid)

Favorite Concerts of 2013

  • Dengue Fever - Independent SF
  • Cheap Suit Serenaders - Freight and Salvage
  • Dr. John - Yoshi’s
  • Kermit Ruffins - New Parish
  • Burger Boogaloo (with Red Kross, Jonathan Richman, etc.) - Mosswood Park
  • Death - New Parish
  • Gary Numan - Oakland Metro

THE ALMIGHTY KABALLA-BONGA

11 Best Albums

  • Bran(...)Pos - Den of Ordure and Iridescence (Recipiscent)
  • Mark Cetlia - (Impact + Aftermath) (Estuary)
  • Nick Drake - Nick Drake (Island)
  • exclusiveOr - Archeae (Carrier)
  • David Grubbs - The Plain Where the Palace Stood (Drag City)
  • Dorothy Hindman - Tapping the Furnace (Innova)
  • Israel Martinez - Two Espressos in Different Cups (Aagoo)
  • Philippe Petit - Extraordinary Tales of a Lemon Girl (Aagoo)
  • Santa's Barking Spider Band - Smelly Christmas (self released)
  • Sult - Harm (Bocian)
  • Viktor Timofeev - Give Health999 (Lo Bit Landscapes)

The Native Disinformant

Best Albums of 2013

  • Mountains - Centralia (Thrill Jockey)
  • Nadia Sirota - Baroque (New Amsterdam / Bedroom Community)
  • Colin Stetson - New History Warfare vol. 3: To See More Light (Constellation)
  • Kristine Barrett - The Spirits In My Blood Sing to Me at Night (S/R)
  • The Last Hurrah!! - The Beauty of Fake (Rune Grammofon)
  • Julianna Barwick - Nepenthe (Dead Oceans)
  • Trentemøller - Lost (In My Room)
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - R Plus Seven (Warp)
  • Juana Molina - Wed 21 (Crammed Discs)
  • Yamantaka // Sonic Titan - Uzu (Suicide Squeeze)

Best Show of 2013

  • Neutral Milk Hotel - The Legacy Taipei, November 28

Tumble Weed

Best of the Thrifts v.5 2013

Best Ofs are a tricky lot, as they are like ideas, coming and going, fulfilling but never quite lasting. So, I offer to you, dearest listener, an extremely whittled down version of the albums that I discovered and rescued last year - discarded, unwanted, and stranded in thrift stores that I offer to you as a lasting legacy of petroleum gone good (mileage may vary). Viva la vinylsaurs!

See my playlist from 1/24/14 for a complete listing

(My one best of release from 2013 is: Kingdom of Not, Journey to the Far Side of the Room, Migg Tweeny. And they performed the album live, with the Billy Bill Miller of the legendary Roky Erickson and the Aliens, on your Tumble Weed's show in 2013!)

Velvet Einstein

Best Of 2013

  • 385 - Human (Perfect Music)
  • Sam Amidon - Bright Sunny South (Nonesuch)
  • Austra - Olympia (Domino)
  • The Clash - Hits Back (Sony)
  • CocoRosie - Tales of Grasswidow (S/R)
  • Alela Diane - About Farewell (Rusted Blue)
  • Brian Eno - Lux (Warp)
  • Jon Hopkins - Immunity (Domino)
  • Dom La Nena - Ela (Six Degrees)
  • Yungchen Lhamo and Anton Batagov - Tayatha (Cantaloupe)
  • Múm - Smilewound (Morr Music)
  • Pantha Du Prince & The Bell Laboratory - S/T (Rough Trade)
  • Nadia Sirota - Baroque (New Amsterdam)
  • Shugo Tokumaru - In Focus? (Polyvinyl)
  • Wu Man - Elegant Pipa Classics (Wind)