Talking Music: Reflections & Recommendations by Admohr

Favorite Albums 2013

Posted in 2013 by admohr on December 30, 2013

This will be the 9th year that I’ve done a year-end Albums list, the most recent 8 years’ lists are stored here on this site although the first list which I created in 2005 was stored on a University web-page I’d created for school projects and that site has been long since deleted (which is for the best). My lists have evolved over the years from blindly thinking I’d found the ten “best” albums (in 2005, I probably barely listened to 20 albums in total yet felt entitled to make a “top 10”) to becoming deeply overwhelmed in recent years by the breadth of music, art, and performance that exists in the world and becoming fully aware that I am only experiencing a small portion of the world’s culture. In the last two years I have become frustrated with my own complicity in the commodification of artistic performances, resorting to year-end rankings and lists. I believe that artistic performances are the antidote to some of the worst aspects of our zero-sum capitalist society, primarily those that reinforce in-equal merit or hierarchy. I don’t rank albums anymore because of this and this year I’ve hesitated to even further distinguish certain works from the 170+ that I have already recommended on twitter because I’m unsure of any constructive purpose further stratification ultimately serves.

The albums whose cover art is provided and listed below is representative of the albums that had the greatest impact on me personally in 2013. I provide this only as a snapshot of myself as a listener in 2013, these were the records that challenged me and that I kept continually coming back to, defining my own continuing evolution as a listener and consumer of the arts. For any readers who are curious to the full list of 170+ artists that I recommended on twitter this year but may have missed a tweet or simply tuned me out after a meaningless deluge of soccer tweets, I’ve provided that list of artists at the bottom. Most of all in 2013, I’m moved by the continuing expression of all artists, I’m grateful for the unprecedented availability we have in access to their hard work and I’m endlessly overwhelmed by the fact that the more I listen to, the more I uncover that I have yet to hear.

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134x4Dirty Beaches – Drifters / Love Is The Devil (Zoo Music)
Julianna Barwick – Nepenthe (Dead Oceans)
Weekend – Jinx (Slumberland)
Circuit Des Yeux – Overdue (Ba Da Bing!)
Willis Earl Beal – Nobody Knows (XL)
Saintes – Horizontal / Vertical (Crash Symbols)
Cough Cool – 29 (Bathetic)
Chicaloyoh – Folie Sacrée (Shelter Press)
Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety (Mexican Summer)
Las Kellies – Total Exposure (Fire)
White Poppy – White Poppy (Not Not Fun)
True Widow – Circumambulation (Relapse)
Gun Outfit – Hard Coming Down (Post Present Medium)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away (Bad Seeds Ltd.)
Wax Idols – Discipline + Desire (Slumberland)
Sapphire Slows – Allegoria (Not Not Fun)
Lotte Kestner – The Bluebird Of Happiness (Saint Marie)
The Proctors – Everlasting Light (Shelflife)
Grave Babies – Crusher (Hardly Art)
California X – California X (Don Giovanni)
Torres – Torres
The Prophet Hens – Popular People Do Popular People (Fishrider)
Potty Mouth – Hell Bent (Old Flame)
Destruction Unit – Deep Trip (Sacred Bones)
Ikebana – When You Arrive There (Flau)
Cuushe – Butterfly Case (Flau)
Grouper – The Man Who Died In His Boat (Kranky)
Body / Head – Coming Apart (Matador)
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Any Port In A Storm (Fire)

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Recommended in 2013:

Andrew Cedermark
Au Revoir Simone
Autre Ne Veut
Bailter Space
Beach Fossils
Beaches
Big Deal
Bleached
Bleeding Rainbow
Blixa Bargeld & Teho Teardo
Body/Head
Bored Nothing
Braids
broaddaylight
Brothers In Law
Califone
California X
Carmen Villain
Carta
Charli XCX
Chelsea Light Moving
Chelsea Wolfe
Chicaloyoh
Circuit Des Yeux
CoCoRosie
Connections
Cough Cool
Crystal Antlers
Cuushe
Daughn Gibson
David Bowie
David Lynch
Dead Gaze
Deerhunter
Depth And Current
Destruction Unit
Diamond Age
Dirty Beaches
Dogbite
Dream Boys
Drowner
Dub Noir
Eluvium
Ex Cops
Fear Of Men
Flaming Lips
Follakzoid
Forest Swords
Frankie Rose
Free Time
Fuck Buttons
Glasser
Golden Grrrls
Grave Babies
Grouper
Gun Outfit
Hausu
Heavenly Beat
Hebronix
Helado Negro
Heliotropes
Hookworms
HOUNDSds
iceage
Ikebana
Implodes
IO Echo
Is/Is
Italians Do It Better – After Dark Comp
Jason Isbell
Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier
Jenny Hval
Jetman Jet Team
Joanna Gruesome
Joy Formidable
Julian Lynch
Julianna Barwick
Julie’s Haircut
Keep Shelly in Athens
Kicking Spit
Las Kellies
Laura Stevenson
Legs
Local Natives
Los Campesinos
Lotte Kestner
Low
Lycia
Majical Cloudz
Malaikat Dan Singa
Mark Kozelek & Desertshore
Mark Kozelek & Jimmy LaValle
Marnie Stern
My Bloody Valentine
Medicine
Merchandise
Milk Music
Moondoggies
Motorama
Mount Moriah
Nadine Shah
Nick Cave
No Joy
Oliver Wilde
Orange Yellow Red
Panda Riot
Parquet Courts
Pauline en la Playa
Peach Kelli Pop
Pharmakon
Pia Fraus
Pinkish Black
Pity Sex
Plastic Flowers
Pop. 1280
Popstrangers
Potty Mouth
Raum
Saintes
Sapphire Slows
Savages
Scott & Charlene’s Wedding
Screen Vinyl Image
Sebadoh
Shannon and the Clams
Skeleton Hands
Splashh
Steve Earle
Super Wild Horses
The Courtneys
The Knife
The KVB
The Lovely Bad Things
The Manatee
The Mantles
The Men
The Proctors
The Prophet Hens
Thee Oh Sees
These New Puritans
Tim Hecker
Torres
Traams
Troller
Tropic of Cancer
True Widow
Tunabunny
Un.real
Unhappybirthday
Upset
Vaadat Charigim
Vacation
Valleys
Var
Veronica Falls
Vulgar Fashion
Wax Idols
Weekend
When Nalda Became Punk
Whirr
White Poppy
Willis Earl Beal
Winkie
Wire
Wooden Wand
Worriers
Wymond Miles
Yo La Tengo
You Me & Us

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