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Top 25 Albums Of 2013: Part 1

December 11, 2013

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Because I want to makes sure you know I listen to too much music, here’s another year-end list.  This time it covers the albums I couldn’t take off repeat when I wasn’t pouring over various singles.  The countdown will come to a conclusion on Friday!  Enjoy.

25) Chelsea Light Moving – Self Titled

Thurston Moore’s new band put out their self titled debut in the first part of 2013, and I’ve been listening to it fairly often ever since.  It’s a meaty, noisy indie rock effort that gets better the more time you spend with it.

:Chelsea Light Moving – Burroughs:

24) Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common

We The Common didn’t resonate with me as much as Thao’s previous two albums, but I still find it to be a really good effort.  She continues to be one of my favorite songwriters.

:Thao And The Get Down Stay Down – We The Common:

23) Marnie Stern – The Chronicles Of Marnia

Despite being a long-time fan of Marnie Stern, The Chronicles Of Marnia is the first album of hers that I’ve fully liked.  Probably because it’s easily her most focused effort to date.

Check out the album here.

22) The Men – New Moon

I know everyone prefers the Men’s heavier efforts, but I adore the almost folkish indie rock sound that makes up New Moon.  Don’t be afraid to toss on headphones for this one.

:The Men – The Seeds:

21) Grape St. – A Date With You

A good chunk of my 2013 was spent singing-a-long with Grape St’s A Date With You.  The Austin act sure knows how to put together a catchy garage rock tune.

:Grape St – A Date With You:

20) Terry Malts – Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere

Terry Malts’ Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere took a few listens for me to completely warm up to it, but once I did I never wanted to let go.  If you like fuzzed-out pop punk, then you need this album.

:Terry Malts – I Was Not There:

19) White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade

Even if you’re not a big fan of White Denim, you have to appreciate how hard they work to constantly expand their sound.  Corsicana Lemonade is really nice step forward for them.

:White Denim – At Night In Dreams:

18) Joanna Gruesome – Weird Sister

Weird Sister is one of the more scatterbrained, largely crazy indie pop efforts of 2013, but it works.  Here’s hoping Joanna Gruesome never change.

:Joanna Gruesome – Sugarcrush:

17) Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic

Foxygen’s poor/bizarre live showings seem to have soured most people’s opinion of the band, and that’s just too bad.  We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic is a really good album that proudly showcases the band’s various influences.

:Foxygen – On Blue Mountain:

16) Bosnian Rainbows – Self Titled

Omar Rodriquez-Lopez (The Mars Volta) and Teri Gender Bender (Le Butcherettes) are at the center of Bosnian Rainbows, and their self titled debut is full of well crafted alt-rock gems.  Still not sure how I feel about their name, though.

:Bosnian Rainbows – Morning Sickness:

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Quickdraw: Chelsea Light Moving, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Sondre Lerche, Sundress, The Mountain Goats

July 30, 2012

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Today’s music was found using Google Maps.  Enjoy.

:Chelsea Light Moving – Frank O’Hara Hit:  At some point this Thurston Moore-lead project is going to put out an official album, and I’ll be there to throw my money at them.  The three tracks released so far (this one arrived in celebration of Moore turning 54) have all been great pieces of indie rock.  If anything does come out, it’ll by way of Matador.

:Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Visions:  I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently this act is now largely based in Austin.  Why haven’t they called me to hang out?  Bummer.  Anyhow, this dreamy pop number has instantly become one of my favorite songs by LUDGF.  The band is all set to release Untogether on October 9 through their Bandcamp page.

:Sondre Lerche – Boxing Day:  This guy has always been a hit or miss kind of artist for me, but I think it’s pretty cool that he’s re-releasing his first four albums.  Naturally, the discs are now populated with bonus tracks and outtakes, and this gentle pop tune is one of them.   The LPs will be available on September 4, and he will be playing in Austin at Stubb’s on September 29.

:Sundress – California Dames:  About a year ago these guys put out a pretty solid EP, and now they’re back with a little two song effort.  I’ve only heard this one track, but it’s psych pop goodness, and I’m imagine the other tune is just as satisfactory.  The California Dames/Pilot Wings 7″ is currently available in exchange for sweet cash over at White Iris Records.

:The Mountain Goats – Cry For Judas:  The world loves the Mountain Goats, so I’m guessing you’ve probably already come across this song 100 times over the last few days.  Still, it’s a good one, and there’s always that “better late than never” thing to justify sharing it.  The band will release Transcendental Youth on October 2 via Merge Records.

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