Albums of the Year

One thing I have made a point to do this year was to determine what I thought were the best records of 2013. Of course I can’t listen to everything, but I tried to give most things a shot, and feel like I have come up with a list of my 15 favorite records of the year. Its a pretty eclectic mix, with indie-rock, folk, jazz, hip-hop, and art music all making its way onto the list. Following the list is a second list, of records that I didn’t have time to fully explore this year.

My Top Albums of the Year:

  • 01. Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend
  • 02. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
  • 03. The Bones of What You Believe – CHVRCHES
  • 04. Shaking the Habitual – The Knife
  • 05. Bright Sunny South – Sam Amidon
  • 06. Doris – Earl Sweatshirt
  • 07. Silent Comedy – Bill Frisell
  • 08. Hummingbird – Local Natives
  • 09. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
  • 10. Psychic – DARKSIDE
  • 11. The Silver Gymnasium – Okkervil River
  • 12. Old – Danny Brown
  • 13. Big Sur – Bill Frisell
  • 14. Wake Up Awesome – C. Spencer Yeh, Okkyung Lee, Lasse Marhaug
  • 15. Mischief & Mayhem – Jenny Scheinman

Albums I Haven’t Fully Explored Yet (Because I’ve Been Listening to a LOT of Fleetwood Mac) But Will Likely Spend The Beginning of 2014 Listening To (And is Much Longer Than My Actual Selections for Best of The Year, but Truth Be Told I’ve Been Listening to That Vampire Weekend Record Non-stop Since It Dropped):

  • Night Time, My Time – Sky Ferreira
  • Settle – Disclosure
  • Event of Your Leaving – RAUM
  • Give Me All You Got – Carrie Rodriguez
  • Rival Dealer – Burial
  • The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You – Neko Case
  • Touch Five – Phil Niblock
  • Wondrous Bughouse – Youth Lagoon
  • Cerulean Salt – Waxahatchee
  • Muchacho – Phosphorescent
  • MBV – My Bloody Valentine
  • True Romance – Charli XCX
  • Event 2 – Deltron 3030
  • Days are Gone – Haim
  • Silence Yourself – Savages
  • Slow Focus – Fuck Buttons
  • My Name Is My Name – Pusha T
  • Light Up Gold – Parquet Courts
  • Tomorrow’s Harvest – Boards of Canada
  • Cupid Deluxe – Blood Orange

About thouldcroft

Electro-acoustic composer, guitarist, DJ, programmer, educator.
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