Archive for December, 2013

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Honorable Mentions

HONORABLE MENTIONS: ARCADE FIRE – REFLECTOR CHVRCHES – THE BONES OF WHAT YOU BELIEVE SIGUR ROS – KVEIKUR MY EPIC – BEHOLD PHOSPHORESCENT – MACHOCHO THE APPLESEED CAST – ILLUMINATION RITUAL TEGAN & SARA – HEARTTHROB THE SHOUTING MATCHES – […]






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Best Albums 2013 – #1

#1 JAMES BLAKE – OVERGROWN When this album came out in April I was pretty sure James Blake was going to be my number one. But it was a long year and a lot of great albums later, it still […]






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Best Albums 2013 – #2

#2 SON LUX – LANTERNS This was by far my most anticipated album of the year (pre-ordered the finger print vinyl, best vinyl purchase of the year). After his last album, “We Are Rising” I couldn’t wait to hear more. […]






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Best Albums 2013 – #4-#3

#4 IVAN & ALYOSHA – ALL THE TIMES WE HAD Name after two characters from the book The Brothers Karamazov, Ivan & Alyosha’s new record is just great. In the same way the book deals with themes of faith, doubt, […]






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Best Albums 2013 – #6-#5

#6 VAMPIRE WEEKEND – MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY When I first listened to this album I couldn’t stand it. So make sure you allow time for it to grow on you. I actually was at the record store and […]






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Best Albums 2013 – #8-#7

#8 PYYRAMIDS – BRIGHTEST DARKEST DAY Brightest Darkest Day is a great name for this record. At times it is dark and bright, even in the same songs. Tim Nordwind from OK Go and Drea Smith from He Say/She Say […]






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Best Albums 2013 – #10-#9

#10 LOCAL NATIVES – HUMMINGBIRD This album is like Volcano Choir for me; I am pretty sure I am underrating it. I know it is going to continue to grow on me and probably move up the chart over time. […]






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Best Albums 2013 – #12-#11

#12 ÓLAFUR ARNALDS – FOR NOW I AM WINTER This is by far my find of the year. I had no idea who Olafur Arnalds was, but I am so glad that I stumbled upon him at some point this […]






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Best Albums 2013 – #14-#13

#14 LORDE – PURE HEROINE Lorde is 14th for me, but I am pretty confident my daughter Magnolia would have her at 1st if she had a list. I think she knows all the words to “Royals” by now. That […]






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Best Albums 2013 – #16-#15

#16 THE LONE BELLOW – THE LONE BELLOW The Lone Bellow is the closest to country you will ever see me go. If you are a fan of The Civil Wars (who’s album was a dud, at least for me) […]






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