Obligatory Tediousness in Numerical Form,

Or “Best of 2013” lists. I’ve done an objective list of songs and albums, but I feel like my own blog deserves a more subjective (Kanye-less) list. I’ll save you from the normal “it’s been such an important year” intro and instead say that I am just one man, and I did not quite hit as many albums as I intended to this year. As I type I’m finally giving Pharmakon’s “Abandon” a proper listen. I never got to Eleanor Friedburger, A$ap Ferg, Kings of Leon, Fall Out Boy, or Chance the Rapper (etc). These lists are purely subjective, just the songs and albums I enjoyed the most this past year. Plus, I threw in some other stuff at the bottom.

Top 30 SONGS (album tracks included):

30. Phosphorescent – “Song For Zula”

29. Mwahaha – “Rivers and Their Teeth”

28. Pyyramids – “Don’t Go”

27. Roomrunner – “Wojtek”

26. Arcade Fire – “Normal Person”

25. Cold War Kids – “Lost That Easy”

24. Chippy Nonstop – “Bang Bang”

23. Deafheaven – “Dream House” (the most ferocious song of the year)

22. Lorde – “Team”

21. kitty – “R.R.E.A.M.” (the artist formerly known as Kitty Pryde)

20.  Grouplove – “Shark Attack”

19.  Queens of the Stone Age – “My God is the Sun”

18. A$ap Rocky (feat. Drake, Kendrick Lamar, 2 Chainz) – “Fuckin’ Problems”

17. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”

16. Nine Inch Nails – “Copy of a”

15. FIDLAR – “Wake Bake Skate”

14. The Naked and Famous – “Hearts Like Ours”

13. Chelsea Light Moving – “Alighted”

12. Lorde – “Royals”

11. Waxahatchee – “You’re Damaged” (the saddest song of the year???)

10. Savages – “I Am Here”

9. Foals – “Providence”

8. Janelle Monae – “Dance Apocalyptic”

7. James Blake – “Voyeur”

6. Lakutis – “Too Ill For the Law”

5. The National – “Sea of Love”

4. J Roddy Walston and the Business – “Heavy Bells”

3. Pissed Jeans – “Bathroom Laughter”

2. Parquet Courts – “Stoned and Starving”

1. Savages – “She Will”

For your convenience, I made a Spotify playlist of 28 of these tracks (“R.R.E.A.M.” and “Too Ill For the Law” are not up, Youtube them).

Top 30 ALBUMS:

30. Frightened Rabbit – “Pedestrian Verse”

29. Body/Head – “Coming Apart”

28. Sky Ferreira – “Night Time, My Time”

27. Franz Ferdinand – “Right Thoughts Right Words Right Actions”

26. Roomrunner – “Ideal Cities”

25. The Flaming Lips – “The Terror”

24. Future of the Left – “How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident”

23. Phoenix – “Bankrupt!”

22. Phosphorescent – “Muchacho”

21. Foals – “Holy Fire”

20. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor” (If I separated them by disc, disc 1 would be top 10, disc 2 wouldn’t crack the top 50)

19. Melt-Banana – “fetch”

18. Parquet Courts – “Light Up Gold + Tally Up All the Things That You Broke”

17. Danny Brown – “Old”

16. David Bowie – “The Next Day”

15. A$ap Rocky – “LONG.LIVE.A$AP”

14. Lorde – “Pure Heroine”

13. Deafheaven – “Sunbather”

12. The National – “Trouble Will Find Me”

11. The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die – “Whenever, If Ever”

10. Vampire Weekend – “Modern Vampires of the City”

9. Daft Punk – “Random Access Memories”

8. Waxahatchee – “Cerulean Salt”

7. Savages – “Silence Yourself”

6. Streetlight Manifesto – “The Hands That Thieve”

5. kitty – “D.A.I.S.Y. rage EP” (an EP, but I can’t resist including it)

4. Chelsea Light Moving – “Chelsea Light Moving”

3. Pissed Jeans – “Honeys”


1. Foxygen – “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic”


Best album cover – Deafheaven – “Sunbather”

Worst album cover – TIE – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Mosquito,” Black Flag – “What The…”

5 (or 6) Great Songs From Bad Albums-

5. “Twin Size Mattress” – the Front Bottoms

4. “I Wear Black” – Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin

3. “Mind Your Matters” – Pearl Jam

2. “Cut Me Some Slack” and “Your Wife Is Calling” from the Sound City – Real to Reel compilation

1. “Sacrilege”, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Best Album Titles:

5. Ty Segall – “Sleeper”

4. Alkaline Trio – “My Shame Is True”

3. Cold War Kids – “Dear Miss Lonelyhearts”

2. David Bowie – “The Next Day”

1. Marnie Stern – “The Chronicles of Marnia”

5 Most Disappointing Albums:

5. Laura Stevenson – “Wheel” (Her previous two albums were inviting, but I felt an unintentionally cold alienation from this release. Laura, if you see this, I love your music more than anything, keep on goin’ and ignore me)

4. Lady Gaga – “ARTPOP”

3. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Mosquito”

2. The Front Bottoms – “Talon of the Hawk” (Their previous is one of my top 10 all-time favorites; this was almost unlistenable)

1. Jay-Z – “Magna Carta Holy Grail” (Total shit. And Jay-Z has all of my personal information because I was dumb enough to download the app)

Best still-no-new-album-come-on-guys: Brand New

10 Great Debut LPs (or are, to the best of my knowledge, debut LPs):

10. I Kill Giants – “I Kill Giants”

9. CHVRCHES – “The Bones of What You Believe”

8. Mwahaha – “Mwahaha”

7. Parquet Courts – “Light Up Gold + Tally All the Things You Broke”

6. A$ap Rocky – “LONG.LIVE.A$AP”

5. Lorde – “Pure Heroine”

4. The World is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die – “Whenever, If Ever”

3. Chelsea Light Moving – “Chelsea Light Moving”

2. Savages – “Silence Yourself”


I messed up that last list. Whatever, I’m really tired. Here’s to a strong 2014 and so on, and so on.

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