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No love for Wavves huh? That’s my #2 this year.
Also shocked by no appearance from QOTSA, and though I’m not at all surprised I would’ve liked to see The Joy Formidable’s record get some recognition.
And my best songs list: http://factsforwhatever.blogspot.com/2013/11/top-75-songs-of-2013.html
15. Daft Punk – “Random Access Memories”
14. Mikal Cronin – “MCII”
13. Local Natives – “Hummingbird”
12. Lorde – “Pure Heroine”
11. HAIM – “Days Are Gone”
10. My Bloody Valentine – “mbv”
9. The National – “Trouble Will Find Me”
8. Nine Inch Nails – “Hesitation Marks”
7. Deafheaven – “Sunbather”
6. The Joy Formidable – “Wolf’s Law”
5. Washed Out – “Paracosm”
4. QOTSA – “…Like Clockwork”
3. Vampire Weekend – “Modern Vampire of the City”
2. Wavves – “Afraid of Heights”
1. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”
Song: Arcade Fire – “Here Comes the Night Time”
Music Video: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”
New Act: HAIM
TV Show: “Parks & Recreation”
Some pop is very good (see: Sky Ferreira) but a lot of it is very bad as well.
Also top 40 radio isn’t mostly pop anymore anyways, half of it is David Guetta/Diplo/Avicii remixes, a good portion country (even up here in New England now) and the rest is Katy Perry/Lady Gaga/Sara Bareilles (the 3rd of which is actually pretty decent) style pop.
I feel like the difference here is that HAIM make excellent music, while The Jonas Brothers/Hanson/et. al do not.
Maybe 2014 will be just as big a year for music as 2013. (Wishful thinking?)
Ezra Koenig’s favorite OutKast song
If it turns out to be Radiohead as some optimists (including myself) hope it to be, and they drop a surprise record on us before the end of December, 2013 might be the new 1991. I’m gonna feel real sorry for 2014, either way.
What I have for top 10 songs as of now (pretty much based only on personal taste, however):
1. Here Comes the Night Time – Arcade Fire
2. Sail to the Sun – Wavves
3. Normal Person – Arcade Fire
4. Sea of Love – The National
5. Reflektor – Arcade Fire
6. Dream House – Deafheaven
7. Lunge Forward – Wavves
8. Diane Young – Vampire Weekend
9. All I Know – Washed Out
10. My God Is the Sun – QOTSA
With a bunch more AF, Wavves, QOTSA, Joy Formidable, & Washed Out tracks knocking on the door…
Is doing a Smashing Pumpkins list this week a very subtle way of acknowledging Halloween being tomorrow?
I hope I wasn’t the only one hopelessly confused by the backtracking between discs
Chris, you’ve really been cranking out great article after great article lately.
That “Here Comes the Nighttime” to “Normal Person” double sticks out on the first listen.
“Flashbulb Eyes” reminds me of “Under the Earth” by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Or maybe because their last album was a concept album about their childhoods…
I’m definitely in the Vs. camp, though I also love Vitalogy and enjoyed Ten a lot.
5. Glorified G
6. Not For You
7. Spin the Black Circle
Yay! I love Balance and Composure. Though I think “Quake” from their previous record is a better song. And I’m still waiting for my new Brand New album.
You might even call it… EXPLOSIVE
Longer songs have really dominated this year. Between this, “Dream House,” and “Wakin On a Pretty Day” you have three of the best tracks of 2013 (obviously just my opinion) and almost a half hour’s worth of music.
Anyone else see them as a modern Everclear (except better?)
And just to update the FIFA 14 soundtrack thing; “Copy of A” and “Worship You” both made the cut, along with Chvrches, Foals, Grouplove, Bloc Party, The Naked & Famous, Crystal Fighters, Empire of the Sun (“Alive!”), Disclosure, Portugal. the Man, and Guards.
That soundtrack is loaded
The opening one-two punches of Hail to the Thief (2+2=5, Sit Down. Stand Up), The Suburbs (The Suburbs, Ready to Start) (and also the numbered Half Light/Sprawl tracks on the The Suburbs), Paracosm (Entrance, It Feels All Right), and the whole OK Computer/In Rainbows double album legend.
Taking some liberties here with albums more likely for the winter:
Arcade Fire, MGMT, Pearl Jam, Cloud Nothings(?), Arctic Monkeys, Balance and Composure, Grouplove, Mark Lanegan, The Naked & Famous, Chvrches, Deer Tick, Kings of Leon (could be interesting, I liked “Supersoaker”), Yuck, Cage the Elephant, Cults, TLC (sue me), MIA.
Not to mention FIFA 14, that game always has great soundtracks.
I’ve never been a huge fan but “Colony of Birchmen” has always struck a chord with me, even when I first played it in one the Rock Band games.
I wouldn’t go that far. Vampire Weekend are certainly “happy” music and are relatively successful, especially for an indie band, and they were #1 on ‘gum’s mid-year list. Plus bands like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! amd Arctic Monkeys.