- Kavansky, The Weeknd - Odd Look
- Daft Punk - Get Lucky
- Miley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
- In The Valley Below - Peaches
- Kendrick Lamar - Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
- Dan Sultan, Way Of The Eagle - Rattlesnake
- Eminem - Rap God
- Junip - Line of Fire
- A$AP Rocky - F*cking Problems
- Trinidad James - Female$ Welcomed
*Bonus - Lonely Island - Diaper Money
Link to Spotify playlist w/ more songs - Best Tracks of 2013
10. Drake - Nothing Was The Same
This album dominated the radio and clubs since it’s release. It’s popularity cannot be denied. And it’s actually a great album from start to finish.
9. Foals - Holy Fire
Just a great rock(-ish?) album, seemingly ready for radio domination in America. Even though it never really found it’s audience in the states, its still an album that will last.
8. Danny Brown - Old
My favorite hip-hip album of the year. Danny Brown is not afraid to try something new, yet still holds on to what makes him Danny Brown.
7 Har Mar Superstar - Bye Bye 17
6. JMSN - Pllajë
Smooth, soulful, 80’s style pop music that feels like it’s brand new. It’s also impossible to get out of your head.
5. Rhye - Women
"That’s a dude?! Holy shit!"
4. Night Beds - Country Sleep
The “blue ridge mountain” style of folk music that made bands like the Fleet Foxes so popular a few years back has since gone out of “style.” But to compare Night Beds to anyone like that would be a huge injustice. It’s a little bit dreamy. A little bit country. Awesome album.
3. FIDLAR - FIDLAR
The best party album to come out since the Beastie Boys “Licence to Ill”
”I love cheap beer. So what. Fuck you.”
2. Miley Cyrus - Bangerz
To deny just how huge (and good) this album is, is impossible. 10 years from now, 20-something year old hipsters are going to love this shit. Just as people “ironically” love The Spice Girls and Brittney Spears (or even Madanna) today. The songs on this album are insanely catchy. It’s cheesy pop music at its best.
1. Mikal Cronin - MCII
Every new indie/rock/hipster band sounds like this. But Mikal Cronin/Ty Segal does this style the best. And this is it. The pinnacle of the post-punk revival sound. (or whatever people are calling it) This album is flawless and can be listened to again and again. And in 10/20/30 years, people will still love this album.
Link to Spotify playlist w/ more albums - Best Albums of 2013
Albums That Just Missed The Cut
Radioactivity - Radioactivity
Yo La Tengo - Fade
Pelican - Forever Becoming
Alkaline Trio - My Shame is True
Tim Noyes - In Hands
The Most Frustrating Thing About Kanye West
His Lyrics - Kanye is a true renaissance man. I don’t think it’s wrong to call the man a genius. But his lyrics on “Yezus” are borderline terrible at times. The music is SO GOOD though. In an interview with Rick Rubin the week Yezus was released, Rubin sad that a week earlier Kanye had only 40% of the lyrics for the album finished. Yezus Christ Kanye. I can tell.
Best Stand-up Comedy Album
Mike Birbiglia - My Girlfriend’s Boyfriends
Huge album that come out too late in the year
Soundtrack - Inside Llewyn Davis
The Coen Brothers new movie is getting a lot of comparison to Oh Brother, Where art thou. The movie is based on Folk music, similar to the way Oh Brother was based around rootsy, Americana music.
Biggest Bad Ass of the Year
Mark Lanegan put out two albums in 2013, and they’re both awesome. “Imitations” is an album of classic songs including Mack the Knife and You Only Live Twice. And “Black Pudding” is a stellar collaboration album with Duke Garwood. He also had notable collaborations with Queens of the Stone Age, Moby, Massive Attack and Warpaint. Simply, Lanegan is a living legend. If his track record is any indication, in 2014 he could put out a rap album, reform the Screaming Trees, or anything in-between.