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2014-01-11 09:45:23 AM
NIce try, conformistmitter, but the best bands don't record albums.

My favorite band doesn't even play music. You've definitely never heard of them.

/Neither have I, for that matter.
 
2014-01-11 09:55:42 AM
I have heard just a few of these, but that Chelsea Wolfe album is really good.
 
2014-01-11 09:59:52 AM
Beastwars really, REALLY want to be The Sword.
 
2014-01-11 10:10:48 AM
I thought Chelsea Wolfe's "Apokalypsis" album was good, but I thought her newest was kind of boring.
 
2014-01-11 10:11:58 AM
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One of my faves of 2013.
 
2014-01-11 10:15:19 AM

stoli n coke: NIce try, conformistmitter, but the best bands don't record albums.

My favorite band doesn't even play music. You've definitely never heard of them.

/Neither have I, for that matter.


Talkin' Seattle Grunge Rock Blues
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2014-01-11 10:22:58 AM
For your consideration
Tedeschi-Trucks Made Up Mind
Link

John Fullbright - Gawd Above (From The Ground Up)
Link
 
2014-01-11 10:56:00 AM
It's telling that most of these were on no one else's best of 2013 list. But I'll checking out that country geek dude.

Thank you, article, for using the phrase 'sound collage,' which sums up everything that is awful about the "best music" these days.
 
2014-01-11 11:07:16 AM

stoli n coke: NIce try, conformistmitter, but the best bands don't record albums.

My favorite band doesn't even play music. You've definitely never heard of them.

/Neither have I, for that matter.


B*tch, please. I listen to bands whose members aren't even born yet, like the The Fetuses. Their ultrasound recordings are so hot on Pitchfork right now...nevermind, I'm over them now. The Zygotes are the next big thing. I'm sure you probably never heard of them.
 
2014-01-11 11:27:33 AM
ChallengerForever is a great band.  Brooklyn hipsters, but still a good band.
 
2014-01-11 11:35:02 AM
I'll throw a shout out to  Wendy Colonna's album "Nectar", filled with luscious rock, folk rock, blues, and more.

userserve-ak.last.fm
 
2014-01-11 12:00:19 PM
www.highsnobiety.com
 
2014-01-11 01:27:37 PM

Dear Jerk: It's telling that most of these were on no one else's best of 2013 list. But I'll checking out that country geek dude.

Thank you, article, for using the phrase 'sound collage,' which sums up everything that is awful about the "best music" these days.


Daniel is quite interesting. His prior album was also good - a bit more laid back than the one mentioned here -  http://danielromano.bandcamp.com/

He plays most of the instruments, and pays a lot of attention to recreating the recording techniques of 60s country. And any album that contains a song about a transvestite chicken farmer is alright by me.
 
2014-01-11 03:02:22 PM
Anna Calvi is a truly gifted guitarist. She is definitely worth checking out.
 
2014-01-11 03:50:55 PM
I've heard about half of those. I love, the Pascal Pinon album - those girls have a very such a pretty sound.
 
2014-01-11 03:56:37 PM
 
2014-01-11 04:20:50 PM

saintwrathchild: [www.deathwishinc.com image 300x300]

Extreme metal/punk instrumentation (black/hardcore varieties), genre-transcending songwriting.


it's not a bad album, but I've still yet to understand its crossover appeal. The Shoegaze influence seems to be way over-stated as well.
 
2014-01-11 04:46:24 PM

FeedTheCollapse: it's not a bad album, but I've still yet to understand its crossover appeal. The Shoegaze influence seems to be way over-stated as well.


I agree. I'm not into hardcore at all (nor black metal for that matter), but I can see how that label would draw in the "target audience," as it were.
 
2014-01-11 05:33:49 PM

saintwrathchild: [www.deathwishinc.com image 300x300]

Extreme metal/punk instrumentation (black/hardcore varieties), genre-transcending songwriting.


Useless commentary, but Sunbather was my Album of the Year for 2013. Unbelievably good live show as well...
 
2014-01-11 07:29:01 PM
 
2014-01-11 07:59:42 PM
Richard Thompson, ftw
 
2014-01-11 08:14:26 PM
I hadn't heard of half of those, and my girlfriend is a hipster. Seems like she needs to turn in her hipster card...
 
2014-01-11 08:16:38 PM

saintwrathchild: Extreme metal/punk instrumentation (black/hardcore varieties), genre-transcending songwriting.


I really liked this. It's popping up on a shiat load of year end lists.
 
2014-01-11 08:27:36 PM
Nice try, subby, but I don't even OWN a set of ears
 
2014-01-11 09:39:10 PM

Primitive Screwhead: Beastwars really, REALLY want to be The Sword.


I agree, but not as dynamic.  And the Sword really isn't that dynamic.    I love a good sludgy metal tune, but bands that grew up listening to Sabbath and playing nothing but Sabbath as they learned their instruments and then decided they would play songs just like Sabbath end up being really dull and boring.  Sabbath was awesome because none of the members grew up listening to heavy metal, for obvious reasons.
 
2014-01-11 09:50:10 PM

Ugly Baby Judges You: Useless commentary, but Sunbather was my Album of the Year for 2013. Unbelievably good live show as well...


For me, it's competing with Protest the Hero and Clamfight for the top spot. Honorable mention: Kvelertak.

R Kelly's Doo Doo Butter: I really liked this. It's popping up on a shiat load of year end lists.


I didn't hear about Sunbather till October or November via word of mouth. Pretty sure it was from some random Farker too.

Buy it direct from the label for $6. You'll support the band AND an Internet-friendly label. For six bucks!
 
2014-01-12 12:09:13 AM

Dear Jerk: It's telling that most of these were on no one else's best of 2013 list.


Those lists are almost entirely composed of mainstream pop, country, hip-hop, indie rock, and dad rock.  If an album doesn't fit neatly into one of those genres, I don't assume anything about its quality based on its exclusion from best-of lists.  I just assume most of the reviewers never even heard it.

But if they really wanted to dig deep for this one, they could've looked past Sarah Jarosz and Valerie June (both of whom  have, deservedly, been on a number of best-of-2013 lists) to Aoife O'Donovan or Amanda Shires.  Their folk choices aren't that obscure, which I'm guessing means the rest of the list isn't, either.
 
2014-01-12 02:11:21 AM

SubBass49: [www.highsnobiety.com image 630x420]


Yup just so farking good.
/They're doing another album
 
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