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(NPR)   NPR's 50 best albums of 2013, and you haven't heard of any of them. Well, you might have heard of a couple, but those ones aren't nearly as good   (npr.org) divider line 95
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2013-12-10 01:00:23 PM
Is it just me, or does this list of music make you feel out of touch, inadequate, and angry, and like you must respond to it negatively in order to quell your feelings of worthlessness? Anybody else feeling that?
 
2013-12-10 01:04:35 PM

sigdiamond2000: Is it just me, or does this list of music make you feel out of touch, inadequate, and angry, and like you must respond to it negatively in order to quell your feelings of worthlessness? Anybody else feeling that?


It makes me want to listen to some of these albums. Which might then, of course, make me feel out of touch and angry.
 
2013-12-10 01:16:59 PM
James Hunter 6. "Minute by Minute". Listen to it. You'll like it.
 
2013-12-10 01:32:59 PM

sigdiamond2000: Is it just me, or does this list of music make you feel out of touch, inadequate, and angry, and like you must respond to it negatively in order to quell your feelings of worthlessness? Anybody else feeling that?


Of all of the Best of 2013 lists I've seen, this is my favorite - it has a good balance of genres. As for the more obscure stuff they're touting, they're tone is more "Hey, you might enjoy this one, check it out." as opposed to say, Pitchfork's "What? You haven't heard this? Begone, slack jawed neanderthal! You are not worthy of the words of this page" vibe.
 
2013-12-10 01:33:21 PM

Pocket Ninja: sigdiamond2000: Is it just me, or does this list of music make you feel out of touch, inadequate, and angry, and like you must respond to it negatively in order to quell your feelings of worthlessness? Anybody else feeling that?

It makes me want to listen to some of these albums. Which might then, of course, make me feel out of touch and angry.


No, no, no... it's just for 2013.

So what if Heartless Bastards, Alabama Shakes, or somebody like Lucius isn't there... or your Deep Purple Live in Stockholm didn't make it.
 
2013-12-10 01:33:43 PM

Snapper Carr: they're their tone


I saw it but too late to fix it.
 
2013-12-10 01:35:17 PM

Snapper Carr: sigdiamond2000: Is it just me, or does this list of music make you feel out of touch, inadequate, and angry, and like you must respond to it negatively in order to quell your feelings of worthlessness? Anybody else feeling that?

Of all of the Best of 2013 lists I've seen, this is my favorite - it has a good balance of genres. As for the more obscure stuff they're touting, they're tone is more "Hey, you might enjoy this one, check it out." as opposed to say, Pitchfork's "What? You haven't heard this? Begone, slack jawed neanderthal! You are not worthy of the words of this page" vibe.


Honestly not a bad list, why Yeezus was included I'll never understand.
 
2013-12-10 01:35:47 PM
Huh. An NPR "best albums" list without Neko Case on it. That's one for the record books.

The dirty, shameful record books, but still...
 
2013-12-10 01:36:40 PM

Snapper Carr: sigdiamond2000: Is it just me, or does this list of music make you feel out of touch, inadequate, and angry, and like you must respond to it negatively in order to quell your feelings of worthlessness? Anybody else feeling that?

Of all of the Best of 2013 lists I've seen, this is my favorite - it has a good balance of genres. As for the more obscure stuff they're touting, they're tone is more "Hey, you might enjoy this one, check it out." as opposed to say, Pitchfork's "What? You haven't heard this? Begone, slack jawed neanderthal! You are not worthy of the words of this page" vibe.


3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-10 01:38:44 PM
I finally had to give up listening to the All Songs Considered Podcast, because they came across as such insufferable douches.     Particularly Bob Boilen.  The only thing more predictable and derivative than the cheap Velvet Underground knock-off band is the cheap Lester Bangs knock-off critic.

If you're under the age of 30,   knock yourself out with all these obscure irrelevant indie garage bands and enjoy your fleeting youth.     If you're over the age of 50, like Bob Boilen, and you're still concerned about being cool, and you're the "old dude" at the concert trying to rock with the twenty-somehtings, know that you've completely wasted your finite time on this planet.   Pass the torch, and move on with your sad life.
 
2013-12-10 01:39:57 PM

Snapper Carr: sigdiamond2000: Is it just me, or does this list of music make you feel out of touch, inadequate, and angry, and like you must respond to it negatively in order to quell your feelings of worthlessness? Anybody else feeling that?

Of all of the Best of 2013 lists I've seen, this is my favorite - it has a good balance of genres. As for the more obscure stuff they're touting, they're tone is more "Hey, you might enjoy this one, check it out." as opposed to say, Pitchfork's "What? You haven't heard this? Begone, slack jawed neanderthal! You are not worthy of the words of this page" vibe.


I love NPR Music and the All Songs Considered podcast.  It's my favorite way of discovering new music.

They don't give me a snooty or hipsterish vibe at all.  It's always like "Here's some stuff we've heard and like.  Enjoy!"  I've often heard them say "I hope [artist] hits it big because they deserve it" which is pretty much the opposite of the hipster ethos.
 
2013-12-10 01:44:08 PM
Lost me at Yeezus. (And I like hip hop / rap, as well as a lot of Kanye's past work.)

Admittedly I haven't heard the whole of Yeezus, but what I did hear was like cats in heat, without the tunefulness and rhythm.
 
2013-12-10 01:49:10 PM

sigdiamond2000: Is it just me, or does this list of music make you feel out of touch, inadequate, and angry, and like you must respond to it negatively in order to quell your feelings of worthlessness? Anybody else feeling that?


Pretty much. And while I'm almost certain that NPR is trying very hard to be unique, I am sure that there are some gems on that list that I haven't listened to. In fact I was listening to Blood Orange earlier today on the way to work.
 
2013-12-10 01:49:22 PM
The Latvian Radio Choir?  Really?  That group sold out  years ago.  Anyone who know anything about anything switched over to the Estonian Radio Choir instead.

NPR, I thought better of you!
 
2013-12-10 01:51:27 PM

The Southern Logic Company: Snapper Carr: sigdiamond2000: Is it just me, or does this list of music make you feel out of touch, inadequate, and angry, and like you must respond to it negatively in order to quell your feelings of worthlessness? Anybody else feeling that?

Of all of the Best of 2013 lists I've seen, this is my favorite - it has a good balance of genres. As for the more obscure stuff they're touting, they're tone is more "Hey, you might enjoy this one, check it out." as opposed to say, Pitchfork's "What? You haven't heard this? Begone, slack jawed neanderthal! You are not worthy of the words of this page" vibe.

Honestly not a bad list, why Yeezus was included I'll never understand.


I think Yeezus is this year's version of "Metal Machine Music" - people (especially critics) like to praise it to yank your chain. Consider it an inside joke.
 
2013-12-10 01:52:34 PM
I've heard of four of those musicians.

/officially old
//does being a parent mitigate my lameness?
 
2013-12-10 01:54:04 PM
I will give many of these a listen. I discovered Melody Gardot on NPR several years ago. Hopefully, this list will lead me to a new artist I like as much.


/my heart is as black as night
//but she can comfort ne
///yes, I know she's a bit crazy; don't care
 
2013-12-10 01:54:39 PM
I grazed through the list and started to feel angry and unsettled.

Then I clicked on Buika, La Noche Mas Larga, and loved it.

Then I clicked on Bill Callahan and got angry again.
 
2013-12-10 01:55:06 PM
NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2013
December 10, 2013 8:07 AM

/"Own" Overgrown and Virgins
 
2013-12-10 01:55:26 PM

kevinatilusa: The Latvian Radio Choir?  Really?  That group sold out  years ago.  Anyone who know anything about anything switched over to the Estonian Radio Choir instead.

NPR, I thought better of you!


All derivative of the Swedish Radio Choir -
 
2013-12-10 01:57:01 PM
I haven't heard Southeastern yet, but jason Isbell is farking awesome!

My candidate for record of the year
John Fullbright - From The Ground Up
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AD0ZJ6VV7zk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1WYCSshf6s
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hl0bsnjjDIU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5teMqHsThI
 
2013-12-10 01:58:37 PM

justinguarini4ever: Pretty much. And while I'm almost certain that NPR is trying very hard to be unique, I am sure that there are some gems on that list that I haven't listened to. In fact I was listening to Blood Orange earlier today on the way to work.


From their list that I would recommend:

Jason Isbell Southeastern

Laura Marling Once I Was An Eagle

Valerie June Pushin' Against A Stone
 
2013-12-10 02:00:11 PM

gweilo8888: Lost me at Yeezus.


Yup, that's when I closed the tab too.
 
2013-12-10 02:01:58 PM
Local area man surprised to find Yeezus on Best Of 2013 list
 
2013-12-10 02:07:15 PM

punishmentforshoplifting: I've heard of four of those musicians.

/officially old
//does being a parent mitigate my lameness?



I've heard of five.  The onion on my belt is probably slightly fresher than yours.

/it's NPR
//it's their job to be pretentious, obscure, and eurocentric
 
2013-12-10 02:08:38 PM
I soldiered on through Yeezus, discovered Lucius and San Fermin and found the song selected from the Vampire Weekend album to be quite good.  Not a bad list.
 
2013-12-10 02:09:03 PM
They lost me at the picture of a hand holding a vinyl LP.

Vinyl?  Really?  Why do the hipsters like vinyl?
 
2013-12-10 02:09:21 PM
Best if Cartalk!?!
 
2013-12-10 02:09:58 PM
*of. Damn you auto correct
 
2013-12-10 02:12:38 PM

gweilo8888: Lost me at Yeezus. (And I like hip hop / rap, as well as a lot of Kanye's past work.)

Admittedly I haven't heard the whole of Yeezus, but what I did hear was like cats in heat, without the tunefulness and rhythm.


Yeezus, for some reason, makes me think that Kanye's next work will be rap covers of Wisconson polka music, and be titled, "Yumping Yimminy!"

/Yes, I know.
//I have issues.
 
2013-12-10 02:15:16 PM

mithras_angel: gweilo8888: Lost me at Yeezus. (And I like hip hop / rap, as well as a lot of Kanye's past work.)

Admittedly I haven't heard the whole of Yeezus, but what I did hear was like cats in heat, without the tunefulness and rhythm.

Yeezus, for some reason, makes me think that Kanye's next work will be rap covers of Wisconson polka music, and be titled, "Yumping Yimminy!"

/Yes, I know.
//I have issues.



I'm having a hard time putting "fark you like a Nubian, when those other Nubians let you down" into a 3/4 polka tempo.
 
2013-12-10 02:19:52 PM
Missing:

skullsnbones.com

and

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-10 02:21:45 PM
"those ones," huh?
 
2013-12-10 02:25:43 PM

fireclown: They lost me at the picture of a hand holding a vinyl LP.

Vinyl?  Really?  Why do the hipsters like vinyl?



I tried getting back into the local scene here in Los Angeles last year.  I went to a show at the Satellite and saw a band I really enjoyed.  I went to their merch table to buy their cd but only saw vinyl.  I asked if they had a CD as I didn't have a record player, and the guy looked at me incredulously and said, "You don't have a vinyl player?"
The next week I went back, but this time the band was only selling their music on cassette.  I stopped going back because I don't own an eight track player or reel-to-reel either.
 
2013-12-10 02:26:53 PM
How in the hell did Beard on the Moon not make that list?!
 
2013-12-10 02:30:00 PM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-12-10 02:31:18 PM
Most I hadn't heard of but the few that I have heard of are overrated. Especially that Jason Isbell album, which is complete garbage. American Songwriter named that their #1 album. /facepalm.

Oddly his wife and sometimes touring partner, Amanda Shires, put out a blistering good record this year and it has been totally ignored.
 
2013-12-10 02:32:27 PM
Listening to the clips of many I didn't know I have to agree this is a useful list. What does distress me is that many of the artists I did know seemed out of place in such good company. Vampire Weekend? Kanye?

Tim Hecker and Bill Callaghan were two nice finds, I thought. Kacey Musgrave sound interesting but I can think of a lot of other strong alt-country femal singers who could make such a list.
 
2013-12-10 02:36:26 PM

coolpapabell: fireclown: They lost me at the picture of a hand holding a vinyl LP.

Vinyl?  Really?  Why do the hipsters like vinyl?


I tried getting back into the local scene here in Los Angeles last year.  I went to a show at the Satellite and saw a band I really enjoyed.  I went to their merch table to buy their cd but only saw vinyl.  I asked if they had a CD as I didn't have a record player, and the guy looked at me incredulously and said, "You don't have a vinyl player?"
The next week I went back, but this time the band was only selling their music on cassette.  I stopped going back because I don't own an eight track player or reel-to-reel either.


CASSETTE?  The worst format ever?  This is really making me want to belt on my onion and shout at a cloud.
 
2013-12-10 02:39:01 PM

Snapper Carr: Of all of the Best of 2013 lists I've seen, this is my favorite - it has a good balance of genres.


Except for a complete lack of anything that might use a guitar to create the music. No rock & roll, no metal. This list is a bad joke.
 
2013-12-10 02:39:31 PM

fireclown: CASSETTE?  The worst format ever?


It's a big thing in the DIY music scene to reuse old tapes for your recordings.  The more obscure or ironic the artist on the original, the more street cred you get.
 
2013-12-10 02:42:25 PM
One of my favorite things about these lists for best album or artists is how farkers share their picks, which to me, usually end up being better then what is on the list. Some of the ones that have been added to my playlist from fark have been: Imelda May, Keb' Mo', Susan Tedeschi and Volbeat. Hopefully I'll add a few more before today is over.

\back to lurking
 
2013-12-10 02:42:55 PM

tricycleracer: fireclown: CASSETTE?  The worst format ever?

It's a big thing in the DIY music scene to reuse old tapes for your recordings.  The more obscure or ironic the artist on the original, the more street cred you get.


2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-12-10 02:45:19 PM

tricycleracer: fireclown: CASSETTE?  The worst format ever?

It's a big thing in the DIY music scene to reuse old tapes for your recordings.  The more obscure or ironic the artist on the original, the more street cred you get.


Can we just get one asteroid to hit the planet so we can collectively start civilization over?   Just one.   Is that too much to ask?
 
2013-12-10 02:52:02 PM

KinetiKiteniK: Snapper Carr: Of all of the Best of 2013 lists I've seen, this is my favorite - it has a good balance of genres.

Except for a complete lack of anything that might use a guitar to create the music. No rock & roll, no metal. This list is a bad joke.



Dude,

seriously?
 
2013-12-10 03:02:25 PM
Thanks. *copy* *paste into The Pirate Bay* errr... iTunes.
 
2013-12-10 03:05:14 PM
The one you should buy:

i.imgur.com

William Onyeabor - Who Is William Onyeabor?


God bless David Byrne for this compilation, as it's much easier to get your funk on with this compilation than trying to track down thirty year old African vinyl. If you have a singlerhythmic bone in your body you will groove, most def. Get it!
 
2013-12-10 03:06:08 PM

sigdiamond2000: Is it just me, or does this list of music make you feel out of touch, inadequate, and angry, and like you must respond to it negatively in order to quell your feelings of worthlessness? Anybody else feeling that?


"Out of touch" maybe, as a quick scroll-through indicates that I only recognize three of the artists by name (Kanye, Flaming Lips, Vampire Weekend) and don't like any of them (though, in fairness to Vampire Weekend, I don't think I've ever actually listened to any of their stuff).

Anyone see anything on the list they can actually recommend?

/or know of anything in the past few years that I should look into . . . I really am woefully out of touch
 
2013-12-10 03:08:00 PM
Needs more punk.
 
2013-12-10 03:12:42 PM
I bought both the John Luther Adams and Dawn Upshaw recordings. On actual CDs. From a store, even. Apparently I need to crack open a PBR and grow some weird configuration of facial hair to go with my hipster overalls and dinner jacket.
 
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