Favorite Albums of 2013

Better late than never...

No. 10
In Solitude - Sister Cover
In Solitude
Sister
October 1, 2013
Metal Blade

 

Highlights: A Buried Sun, He Comes, Lavender

No. 9
Arcade Fire - Reflektor Cover
Arcade Fire
Reflektor
October 28, 2013
Merge

 

Highlights: Here Comes the Night Time, Porno, Supersymmetry

No. 8
David Bowie - The Next Day Cover
David Bowie
The Next Day
March 8, 2013
Columbia

 

Highlights: Where Are We Now?, The Stars (Are Out Tonight), So She

No. 7
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get... Cover
Neko Case
The Worse Things Get...
September 3, 2013
ANTI

 

Highlights: Local Girl, Ragtime, Wild Creatures

No. 6
Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest Cover
Boards of Canada
Tomorrow's Harvest
June 5, 2013
Warp

 

Highlights: Reach for the Dead, Cold Earth, Sundown

No. 5
The Ocean - Pelagial Cover
The Ocean
Pelagial
April 30, 2013
Metal Blade

 

Highlights: Bathyalpelagic I: Impasses, Demersal: Cognitive Dissonance, Abyssopelagic II: Signals of Anxiety

No. 4
Tim Hecker - Virgins Cover
Tim Hecker
Virgins
October 14, 2013
Kranky

 

Highlights: Virginal I, Black Refraction, Stigmata II

No. 3
Jon Hopkins - Immunity Cover
Jon Hopkins
Immunity
June 4, 2013
Domino

 

Highlights: Open Eye Signal, Collider, We Disappear

No. 2
Deafheaven - Sunbather Cover
Deafheaven
Sunbather
June 11, 2013
Deathwish

 

Highlights: Vertigo, Dreamhouse, Sunbather

No. 1
The National - Trouble Will Find Me Cover
The National
Trouble Will Find Me
May 17, 2013
4AD

Amazingly, I think this might be their best album...

Highlights: Don't Swallow the Cap, Humiliation, Pink Rabbits

Top Albums of 2012

Welcome back to the show that never ends (but pauses for year at a time). 2012 was an interesting year...new job means less time to devote to obsessive musical pursuits. The year struck me as deep (I had a tough time cutting the list down to 10 albums), but not incredibly deep at the top (no stiff competition for number one). Here's my single post for 2012...if nothing else it proves I'm still alive.

No. 10
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Cover
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
October 1, 2012
Constellation

 

Highlights: Mladic, We Drift Like Worried Fire

No. 9
The Smashing Pumpkins - Oceania Cover
The Smashing Pumpkins
Oceania
June 19, 2012
EMI/Martha's Music

 

Highlights: Panopticon, Pale Horse, Violet Rays

No. 8
David Byrne & St. Vincent - Love This Giant Cover
David Byrne & St. Vincent
Love This Giant
September 10, 2012
4AD

 

Highlights: Optimist, Lightning, The Forest Awakes

No. 7
Gojira - L'Enfant Sauvage Cover
Gojira
L'Enfant Sauvage
June 26, 2012
Roadrunner

 

Highlights: L'Enfant Sauvage, Explosia, Mouth of Kala

No. 6
Sharon Van Etten - Tramp Cover
Sharon Van Etten
Tramp
February 7, 2012
Jagjaguwar

 

Highlights: Serpents, Leonard, Magic Chords

No. 5
Purity Ring - Shrines Cover
Purity Ring
Shrines
July 24, 2012
4AD

 

Highlights: Belispeak, Fineshrine, Lofticries

No. 4
If These Trees Could Talk - Red Forest Cover
If These Trees Could Talk
Red Forest
March 20, 2012
Science of Silence

 

Highlights: The First Fire, They Speak With Knives, Red Forest

No. 3
Andy Stott - Luxury Problems Cover
Andy Stott
Luxury Problems
November 6, 2012
Modern Love

 

Highlights: Numb, Sleepless, Hatch the Plan

No. 2
Baroness - Yellow & Green Cover
Baroness
Yellow & Green
July 17, 2012
Relapse

 

Highlights: March to the Sea, Back Where I Belong, The Line Between

No. 1
Flying Lotus - Until the Quiet Comes Cover
Flying Lotus
Until the Quiet Comes
September 26, 2012
Warp

Hunger is my favorite musical moment in many many years.

Highlights: Hunger, DMT Song, See Thru to U

Top Albums of 2011

Yep, it's that time of year again...time for my annual site update, or my favorite albums of the year. Weird year for me musically in that I probably spent 80% of the year listening to music from the 70's (like lots of Bowie). That said, there was tons of good music released this year and I thoroughly enjoy each album on this list.

No. 10
Thurston Moore - Demolished Thoughts Cover
Thurston Moore
Demolished Thoughts
May 24, 2011
Matador

 

Highlights: Benediction, In Silver Rain with a Paper Key, Circulation

No. 9
Mastodon - The Hunter Cover
Mastodon
The Hunter
September 27, 2011
Reprise

 

Highlights: Spectrelight, The Sparrow, Stargasm

No. 8
Radiohead - The King of Limbs Cover
Radiohead
The King of Limbs
February 18, 2011
Self-released

 

Highlights: Morning Mr Magpie, Lotus Flower, Give Up the Ghost

No. 7
A Winged Victory for the Sullen Cover
A Winged Victory for the Sullen
S/T
September 12, 2011
Kranky

 

Highlights: Steep Hills of Vicodin Tears, Requiem for the Static King Part 2, All Farewells are Sudden

No. 6
Beirut - The Rip Tide Cover
Beirut
The Rip Tide
August 2, 2011
Pompeii Records

 

Highlights: East Harlem, Port of Call, Vagabond

No. 5
Destroyer - Kaputt Cover
Destroyer
Kaputt
January 25, 2011
Merge

 

Highlights: A Savage Night at the Opera, Chinatown, Bay of Pigs (detail)

No. 4
EMA - Past Life Martyred Saints Cover
EMA
Past Life Martyred Saints
May 10, 2011
Souterrain Transmissions

 

Highlights: The Grey Ship, Milkman, California

No. 3
Tim Hecker - Ravedeath, 1972 Cover
Tim Hecker
Ravedeath, 1972
February 14, 2011
Kranky

 

Highlights: Hatred of Music I, Hatred of Music II, In the Air I, In the Air, II, In the Air III

No. 2
St. Vincent - Strange Mercy Cover
St. Vincent
Strange Mercy
September 12, 2011
4AD

 

Highlights: Strange Mercy, Hysterical Strength, Year of the Tiger

No. 1
PJ Harvey - Let England Shake Cover
PJ Harvey
Let England Shake
February 11, 2011
Island/Vagrant

 

Highlights: In the Dark Places, All and Everyone, The Glorious Land