2K13

From epic Electronica to the heaviest Metal we’ve heard in a long time, along with some spectacular returns to form it’s been one of the best years for new music.  More than ever, consolidation is damn tricky but everyone loves a list right?  So with a little help from our friends, here are our picks for the best albums of 2013.

It’s all there, dive in and share the joy!

STEVE FLETCHER – Editorial Abuser


1. 65DAYSOFSTATIC – Wild Light
2. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – …Like Clockwork
3. THE ISOLATION PROCESS – The Isolation Process
4. NINE INCH NAILS – Hesitation Marks
5. SOUND CITY – Real To Reel
6. BRUCE SOORD & JONAS RENSKE – Wisdom Of Crowds
7. FOALS – Holy Fire
8. CLUTCH – Earth Rocker
9. LETLIVE – The Blackest Beautiful
10. MORE THAN CONQUERORS – Everything I’ve Learnt
11. IMPLODES – Recurring Dream
12. STEVEN WILSON – The Raven That Refused To Sing
13. ALICE IN CHAINS – The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
14. BEASTMILK – Climax
15. SOULSAVERS – The Light The Dead See
16. ATOMS FOR PEACE – Amok
17. TOMAHAWK – Oddfellows
18. MONSTER MAGNET – Th Last Patrol
19. THE BOXING LESSON – Big Hits!
20. PALMS – Palms

STAR PICKS: SEL BALAMIR – AMPLIFIER

Amplifier-2014  1/2) TAME IMPALA – “Lonerism” / POND – “Hobo Rocket”
“Ok, it was out last year but it’s new to me. Take Jellyfish, The Beatles and ELO and make them Australian and you get Tame Impala.  Then take Tame Impala and put them through a Big Muff pedal in mono and you get “Hobo Rocket” by Pond. Win/Win”.
3)HOODED FANG – Tosta Mista.  “I found this band on Bandcamp. They sound like they’re from 1966. Which as we all know was the greatest year in Human History”. http://hoodedfang.bandcamp.com/album/tosta-mista
4) MIDLAKE – Antiphon.  “Basically I’m going through my psychedelic throwback phase. It’s as close to midlife crisis as I’m allowed to have.  Now where did I put my leather trousers….?
5) MELVINS – Tres Cabrone! “The Melvins can take a shit in a boot and I would still make my friends listen to it and tell them that “that’s what a proper band sounds like”.
6) FUTURE OF THE LEFT – How To Stop Your Brain In An Accident. “If you can speak English and you can hear – you should probably listen to what Falco has to say. He’s like Zarathustra in that book – except much less Holy and much much more sarcastic”.

LAILAH O’DONNELL – Universal Music


1. MODERN LIFE IS WAR – Fever Hunting
2. NAILS – Abandon All Life
3. GOLDUST – Thirst
4. THORIR GEORG – I Will Die And You Will Die And It Will Be Alright
5. THE WONDER YEARS – The Greatest Generation
6. THE NATIONAL – Trouble Will Find Me
7. AFI – Burials
8. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal
9. TERRA TENEBROSA – The Purging
10. DEFEATER – Letters Home
11. FOSSIL COLLECTIVE – Tell Where I Lie
12. HAIM – Days are gone
13. DOOMRIDERS – Grand Blood
14. STATE CHAMPS – The Finer Things
15. MOVING MOUNTAINS – Moving Mountains
16. RUSSIAN CIRCLES – Memorial
17. YEAH YEAH YEAHs – Mosquito
18. DAUGHTER – If You Leave
19. DRUG CHURCH – Paul Walker
20. NIGHT VERSES – Lift Your Existence

NICK DeLIBERO – Contributor


1. MODERN LIFE IS WAR – Fever Hunting
2. BRETT DETAR- Too Free To Live
3. BOY SETS FIRE- While a Nation Sleeps…
4. THE BRONX – The Bronx IV
5. ALKALINE TRIO- My Shame is True
6. PEACE’D OUT- Peace’d Out
7. OWEN- ‘L’Ami du Peuple’
8. BEASTMILK- Climax
9. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE- The 20/20 Experience
10. SKY FERREIRA- Night Time, My Time

JAMIE COLETTA – SideOneDummyRecords


1. RESTORATIONS – LP2
2. THE WONDER YEARS – The Greatest Generation
3. BALANCE AND COMPOSURE – The Things We Think We’re Missing
4. HAVE MERCY – The Earth Pushed Back
5. THE BRACES – Two Years
6. THE FRONT BOTTOMS – Talon Of The Hawk
7. THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE…- Whenever, If Ever
8. DIARRHEA PLANET – I’m Rich Beyond Your Wildest Dreams
9. CAPTAIN WE’RE SINKING – The Future Is Cancelled
10. THE SWELLERS – The Light Under Closed Doors

STAR PICKS: CHRISTOFFER FRANZÈN – LIGHTS & MOTION


1. THE KNIFE – Shaking The Habitual
2. M83 – Oblivion (Original Filmscore)
3. SIGUR RÓS – Kveikur
4. LAURA MARLING – Once I was an Eagle
5. THE NATIONAL – Trouble Will Find Me

MICHAEL ALBERTO – Contributor


1. KANYE WEST – Yeezus
2. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe
3. JAMES BLAKE – Overgrown
4. A$AP ROCKY – Long.Live.A$AP
5. ARCTIC MONKEYS – AM
6. DAUGHTER – If You Leave
7. SUB FOCUS – Torus
8. THE 1975 – The 1975
9. DISCLOSURE – Settle
10. PEACE – In Love

DAVID GAMAGE (Head Honcho) – Engineer Records


1. SIRENS & SHELTER – Through the war
2. THE WONDER YEARS – The greatest generation
3. DAMN THIS DESERT AIR – Pyramids
4. FRANK TURNER – Tape deck heart
5. JIMMY EAT WORLD – Damage
6. BIFFY CLYRO – Opposites
7. COHEED AND CAMBRIA – The Afterman: Descension
8. SLEEPING WITH SIRENS – Feel
9. THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS – Love, Lust, Faith & Dreams
10. PARAMORE – Paramore

STAR PICKS: DARREN JOHNS – CRAZY ARM


1. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – Push The Sky Away
2. MOUNT MORIAH – Miracle Temple
3. THE NIGHT MARCHERS – Allez Allez
4. RVIVR – The Beauty Between
5. DAFT PUNK – Random Access Memories
6. EMILY BARKER & THE RED CLAY HALO – Dear River
7. SAVAGES – Silence Yourself
8 LARRY & HIS FLASK – By The Lamplight
9. GRANT HART – The Argument
10. DANNY & THE CHAMPIONS OF THE WORLD –  Stay True

CHELSEA DEELEY – Contributor


1. BRING ME THE HORIZON – Sempiternal
2. DEAD LETTER CIRCUS – The Catalyst Fire
3. AMERICAN FANGS – American Fangs
4. STONEFIELD – Stonefield
5. PANIC! AT THE DISCO – Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Live
6. THE BENNIES – Rainbows In Space
7. KARNIVOOL – Asymmetry
8. KING GIZZARD AND THE WIZARD LIZARD – Float Along, Fill Your Lungs
9. CLUTCH – Earthrocker
10. THE BARONS OF TANG – Into The Mouths Of Hungry Giants

STAR PICKS: ALEX SEARS – DECADE


1. BALANCE AND COMPOSURE – The Things We Think We’re Missing
2. CITIZEN – Youth
3. YOUTH DIAMOND – Orange
4. DAYLIGHT – Jar
5. EARL SWEATSHIRT – Doris
6. SURFER BLOOD – Pythons
7. DRAKE – Nothing Was The Same
8. HAIM – Days Are Gone
9. MAC MILLER – Watching Movies With The Sound Off
10. TYLER, THE CREATOR – Wolf

KEN LI – Thrill Jockey


1. BLACK PUS – All My Relations
2. GOLD PANDA – Half of Where You Live
3. CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING – Chelsea Light Moving
4. WOODEN SHJIPS – Back to Land
5. YO LA TENGO – Fade
6. THEE OH SEES – Floating Coffin
7. FUCK BUTTONS – Slow Focus
8. FACTORY FLOOR – Factory Floor
9. DEAFHEAVEN – Sunbather
10. FUZZ – Fuzz

MATT CROOKER – Contributor


1. BLOOD ORANGE – Cupid Deluxe
1. DEAFHEAVEN – Sunbather
1. GROOMS – Infinity Caller
1. HAIM – Days Are Gone
1. JIM JAMES – Regions Of Light and Sound Of God
1. KURT VILE – Wakin on a Pretty Daze
1. MUTUAL BENEFIT – Love’s Crushing Diamond
1. THUNDERCAT – Apocalypse
1. VAMPIRE WEEKEND – Modern Vampires of the City
1. YO LA TENGO – Fade

NITA KEELER- Gold Star PR


1. PISSED JEANS – Honeys
1. MUDHONEY – Vanishing Point
1. UNCLE ACID – Mind Control
1. MIKAL CRONIN – MCII
1. KID CONGO & THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS – Haunted Head
1. OBLIVIANS – Desperation
1. ICARUS LINE – Slave Vows
1. CROCODILES – Crimes Of Passion
1. KELLEY STOLTZ – Double Exposure
1. PURPLE SNOW – Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound

STRINGFELLOWE HAWKE – Contributor


1. STEAK NUMBER EIGHT – The Hutch
2. SENSES FAIL – Renacer
3. ANNIHILATOR – Feast
4. METRIC – Synthetica
5. HIGH ON FIRE – (Live) Spitting Fire
6. SEVEN WITCHES – Rebirth
7. WINDHAND – Soma
8. HACRIDE – Back To Where You’ve Never Been
9. LORDE – Heroine
10. CULT OF LUNA – Vertikal

SARAH MINIHAN – Smalltown America


1. HUNTERS – Hunters
2. SEBADOH – Defend Yourself
3. BOARDS OF CANADA – Tomorrow’s Harvest
4. JOANNA GRUESOME – Weird Sister
5. SUPERCHUNK – I Hate Music
6. ROOMRUNNER – Ideal Cities
7. CHELSEA LIGHT MOVING – self titled
8. HOOKWORMS – Pearl Mystic
9. FOUR TET – Beautiful Rewind
10. PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING – Inform, Educate, Entertain

CHRIS BIDAD – Contributor!!


1. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – …Like Clockwork
2. TESSERACT – Altered States
3. KARNIVOOL – Asymmetry
4. SAVAGES – Silence Yourself
5. ULRICH SCHNAUSS – A Long Way to Fall
6. MY BLOODY VALENTINE – MBV
7. KURT VILE – Walking on a Pretty Daze
8. FOXYGEN – We are the 21st Century Ambassadors
9. FUCK BUTTONS – Slow Focus
10. SOULSAVERS – The Light the Dead See

JOE PARRY – Division PR


1. DEAFHEAVEN – Sunbather
2. KANYE WEST – Yeezus
3. CHELSEA WOLFE – Pain Is Beauty
4. JOANNA GRUESOME – Weird Sister
5. HOOKWORMS – Pearl Mystic
6. PISSED JEANS – Honeys
7. BALANCE AND COMPOSURE – The Things We Think We’re Missing
8. WEEKEND – Jinx
9. PITY SEX – Feast Of Love
10. TORRES – Torres

SEEMON PANSON – Contributor


1. THE STROKES – Comedown Machine
2. FOALS – Holy Fire
3. BIFFY CLYRO – Opposites
4. THE JOY FORMIDABLE – Wolf’s Law
5. TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – Beacon
6. ARCADE FIRE – Reflektor
7. WHITE LIES – Big TV
8. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – Like Clockwork
9. DAFT PUNK – Randon Access Memories
10. FRANK TURNER – Tape Deck Heart

MICHELLE KING – Noisy Ghost PR


1. CHVRCHES – The Bones of What You Believe
2. AUSTRA – Olympia
3. CLAIRE – Broken Promise Land
4. DELOREAN – Apar
5. DISCLOSURE – Settle
6. EL SPORTIVO AND THE BLOOZ – Nights & Weekends
7. FOL CHEN – The False Alarms
8. GLASSER – Interiors
9. HAIM – Days Are Gone
10. HANDS – Synesthesia
11. HOLY GHOST! – Dynamics
12. LIGHTNING DUST – Fantasy
13. LOCAL NATIVES – Hummingbird
14. MODERAT – II
15. MS MR – Secondhand Rapture
16. POLICA – Shulamith
17. SAVOIR ADORE – Our Nature
18. SIR SLY – Gold
19. SMALL BLACK – Limits of Desire
20. TEGAN & SERA – Heartthrob

SIMON BUNTER – Contributor


1. MAD SEASON – Above (re-released Deluxe edition)
2. MARTYN JOSEPH – Tires Rushing By In The Rain
3. JARS OF CLAY – Noisetrade Eastside Manor Sessions EP
4. EMILIANA TORRINI – Tookah
5. FLEETWOOD MAC – Extended Play
6. JARS OF CLAY – Inland
7. STONE TEMPLE PILOTS with Chester Bennington – High Rise
8. NIGHT VERSES – Lift Your Existence
9. COUNTING CROWS – Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow
10. ALTER BIRDGE – Fortress

MOODY ANDERS – Contributor


1. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – …Like Clockwork
2. ARCTIC MONKEYS – AM
3. BLACK ANGELS – Indigo Meadow
4. BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB – Specter At The Feast
5. AKRON FAMILY- Sub Verses
6. FOXYGEN – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic
7. COLD WAR KIDS – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts
8. DEERHUNTER – Monomania
9. PRIMAL SCREAM – More Light
10. PORTUGAL THE MAN – Evil Friends

RYAN GRAVEFACE – Noisy Ghost PR
“These all meant something to me this year”
SERENGETI – Karate
WNUF Halloween Special VHS
THE APPLESEED CAST – Live At the Fireside Bowl
The Haitain Sunrise Cocktail at GIN JOINT (Charleston, SC)
THE STARGAZER LILIES – How We Lost
Raven’s Grin Inn Haunted House
HOSPITAL SHIPS – Lost Folk Song
The Sword Burger at Kumas, Chicago
WHIRR – Sandy
Buying the Prom Photo of Bradley Scott Pauley at The Mission in Sav
YOUNG PRISMS – Four Hours
Buying My First Human Skull (Engraved Odd Fellows Skull from 1888)
PURITY RING – Lofticries
SWANS Live In Chicago
The Monster Cereals Coming back (FRUITY YUMMY MUMMY ETC)
THEE OH SEES – Toe Cutter
The Merchant In Madison, WI
NINA SIMONE – You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To

SIMON GLACKEN – I Like Press


1. NICE HOOVES – Nice Hooves

2. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE – …Like Clockwork
3. BROKEN ARM – Life is Short
4. VISION FORTUNE – Mas Fiestas con el Grupo Vision Fortune
5. FUCK BUTTONS – Slow Focus
6. PISSED JEANS – Honeys
7. TRUE WIDOW – Circumsmbulation
8. NOOTHGRUSH/COFFINS – split 12′
9. BARONESS – Live at Maida Vale
10. SATELLITI – Transister


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