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Best of 2013. . . So Far

Best Albums of 2013. . . so far

Yeah, I’m a bit early for a best of list, just like seeing xmas decorations before Halloween- it’s a bit obtuse. But I got the time and I been listening to these handful of albums a lot. And besides, so what? It’s a list. I also haven’t had much time in the last couple of months to really explore what’s been released recently (I work in a field that is dependent on sunshine, so I get real busy in the summertime). I’m hoping to catch up on all the good stuff that’s been coming out this fall.

Here’s my “subjectivity” disclaimer: I got some biased opinions about some albums that came out this year, like Marnie Stern’s “The Chronicles of Marnia.” I love it, but I know it’s not her best album. And there are other albums out this year that are better, but I still want to put hers near the top, but I realize I’m doing that for sentimental reasons. (my judgment is skewed) But my judgment is skewed on most things music anyhow. I’m not that smart about all things music. I like what I like. So now that I’ve filled the page with a few more words so it doesn’t look so anemic just to tell you that I’m choosing albums that I like (duh), let’s get onto the list.
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First off, there’s a whole slew of albums that I haven’t even listened to yet (i did already say that didn’t i) just so you know (but tell me what i should listen to anyway). This is what I have queued up: Ty Segall – Sleeper; Colleen Green – Sock it to Me; Jacuzzi Boys – Jacuzzi Boys; Happy Jawbone Family Band also S/T and there are more. . .

So I went over to last.fm and took a look at my scrobbles. Now this only includes the tracks that I listened to on Spotify and here is the top ten for the past 12 months:

Thee Oh Sees
The Growlers
Marnie Stern
Akron/Family
Yo La Tengo
OBNIII’s
The Mallard
Shannon and the Clams
Pterodactyl
Gap Dream

(in that order) Starting with 350 scrobbles for Thee Oh Sees and ending with 113 for Gap Dream. Of course, the scrobbles aren’t only for the 2013 releases, it includes all their music available. Only 2 of those bands didn’t put out an album this year- OBNIII’s and Pterodactyl. And while The Mallard did put out an album this year, I really haven’t listened to it much, mostly I’ve listened to their 2012 release “Yes on Blood”. So those three bands aside, there is only one band missing that breaks my top 5 albums of 2013, so far. Pissed Jeans “Honeys” is a truly phenomenal album. So with all that said, here it is- the best albums of 2013, so far:

and I can’t believe I’m putting Thee Oh Sees at 5, I can’t put any of these at 5 really, they’re all tied for 1st, everybody wins.

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End of Season 1

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It seems that somewhere around 15 songs makes for a pretty decent playlist. So I decided to recap the first 15 episodes with “the songs that could’ve been.”

Enjoy.

Season 1 – That’s a Wrap ~62 minutes

the list

Fugazi – Margin Walker

Mudhoney – Flat-Out Fucked

Deep Purple – Perfect Strangers

Tom Waits – Filipino Box Spring Hog

Pterodactyl – Esses

White Denim – I Start To Run

The Thermals – Now We Can See

Marnie Stern – For Ash

I Heart Hiroshima – Punks

High Tension Wires – Toyko Is Burning Down

Ty Segall – The Slider

Jay Reatard – Nightmares

Alice Donut – Mother Of Christ

The Jesus Lizard – Monkey Trick

Liars – The Overachievers

Pterodactyl – Polio

Episode 8 is Part 5 of the Best of 2011, featuring a multitude of tracks from noise-pop indie rock all-stars: Japanther; the Death Set; Parts & Labor; Marnie Stern; and of course, Pterodactyl. In the less than a week that it took me to record this episode I think I switched my favorite album at least 4 times, maybe 5.  In the end they are all very very strong albums, but I’d have to give the nod to Marnie Stern.  Pterodactyl – Polio (click to listen or download)~58 minutes

the players, the songs:

Pterodactyl – Polio; Hold Still; School Glue; Thorn; Allergy Shots

Japanther – Meet You Later; First of All

Parts & Labor – Skin & Bones; Rest; Outnumbered; Fake Names

Marnie Stern – Nothing Left; Her Confidence; Gimme

The Death Set – Slap Slap Slap Pound Up Down Snap; Chew It Like a Gun Gum

Random Song of the Show:

Ceremony – Into the Wayside Part I/Sick

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Noise Pop in the San Francisco Bay Area