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Old 03.20.2014, 01:43 PM   #1
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Cuz... I did. Thinking back, I'm not sure why I went to the trouble, since it's just been sitting in my pages app, taking up space. After a year of personal score keeping, excessive trips to record stores, and a whole lot of wasted time that could have been spent on more important things, I completed my list.

So I'm fucking posting it here because if everyone is equally ambivalent about my opinions (not just anyone's, but MINE... ME! A bonafide really big music fan you've never met, who lives an oppressively ordinary life and is, essentially, nothing to you! Just trust that I'm an expert on something , or whatever.)

Best Albums of 2013:

1. Kanye West - Yeezus
2. Black Bug - Reflecting the Light
3. Flaming Lips - the Terror
4. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
5. Botany - Lava Diviner (Truestory)
6. Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge - 12 Reasons to Die
7. DJ Koze - Amygdala
8. Yo La Tengo - Fade
9. Thee Oh Sees - Floating Coffin
10. A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP
11. Tape Deck Mountain - Sway
12. Tera Melos - X'ed Out
13. Milk Music - Cruise Your Illusion
14. Deafheaven - Sunbather
15. His Electro Blue Voice - Ruthless Sperm
16. Deerhunter - Monomania
17. Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving
18. Eric Copeland - Jack in the Hole
19. No Age - An Object?!
20. Crystal Stilts - Nature Noir
21. Magik Markers - Surrender to the Fantasy
22. Nat Baldwin - Dome Branches
23. Pusha T - My Name is My Name
24. Body/Head - Coming Apart
25. Burial - Rival Dealer
26. Hookworms - Pearl Mystic
27. Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
28. True Widow - Circumambilation
29. Autechre - Exai
30. Black Milk - No Poison, No Paradise
31. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
32. Polvo - Siberia
33. Russian Circles - Memorial
34. Underachievers -Indigoism
35. Pure X - Crawling up the Stairs
36. Moderat - II
37. Killah Priest - The Psychic World of Walter Reed
38. Lee Ranaldo & the Dust - Last Night on Earth
39. Jesu - Everyday I Get Closer to the Light From Which I Came
40. Sebadoh - Defend Yrself
41. Boldy James - My 1st Chemistry Set
42. Touché Amore - Is Survived By
43. Low - The Invisible Way
44. The Drones - I See Seaweed
45. Nai Harvest - Whatever
46. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
47. My Bloody Valentine - mbv
48. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
49. Death Grips - Government Plates
50. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold

If nobody saw it, I'd feel much worse about all the time that went into this goddamn thing.

I stand by it well enough, so I guess it's a success in that regard.

Please, let me not me the only one who did something like this.

Post your lists and make me feel better.
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Old 03.20.2014, 01:48 PM   #2
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I think I only bought or listened to 3 albums that came out in 2013. No $$$$
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Old 03.20.2014, 02:33 PM   #3
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1. Esmerine - Dalmak
2. Bardo Pond - Peace On Venus
3. The Dead C - Armed Courage
4. Yo la Tengo - Fade
5. Polvo - Siberia
6. Fuck Buttons -Slow Focus
7. Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving
8. Deerhunter - Monomania
9. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away
10. Lee Ranaldo And The Dust - Last Night On Earth
11. Julia Holter - Loud City Song
12. Merzbow, Balazs Pandii & Mats Gustafsson - Cuts
13. Body/Head - Coming Apart
14. These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
15. Jim O'Rourke, Keiji Haino, Oren Ambarchi - Now While It's Still Warm Let Us Pour in All the Mystery
16. Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchiled
17. Meat Puppets - Rat Farm
18. Eliane Radigue - Psi 847
19. Magik Markers - Surrender to the Fantasy
20. Eleanor Fridberger -Personal Record
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Old 03.20.2014, 11:53 PM   #4
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In no particular order

Heliotropes "A Constant Sea"
Midnite "Lion Out of Zion"
Talib Kweli "Prisoner of Conscious"
Lee Ranaldo "Last Night on Earth"
Body/Head
Killah Priest "The Psychic World of Walter Reed"
Ghostface Killah "Twelve Reasons to Die"
Shannon Wright "In Film Sound"
MC Eiht "Still Hood"
Midnite "Be Strong"
Palms "Self/Titled"
Mazzy Star "Seasons of Your Day"
Cappadona "Earth, Wynd, and Fyre"
Atoms For Peace "AMOK" (only live though, record sucked)
Meat Puppets "Rat Farm"
Chance the Rapper "Acid Rap"
Hieroglyphics "The Kitchen"
Janelle Monae "The Electric Lady"
E-40 "The Block Brochure Vol IV,V,VI"


there are more and more but these were all I managed to get through last year... I still think that not just for hip-hop but music in general that 2013 was the best year since 1998..
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Old 03.25.2014, 07:19 PM   #5
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@SuchFriends: regarding your pm, Killah Priest put out an excellent album, and it was in my hip hop top ten. But because hip hop dominated the year for me, I had to consider that I had a rap bias while compiling this list. As you can see, I staggered my top hop hop albums (Yeezus, 12 reasons, LONG.LIVE.A$AP, Indigoism, Killah Priest, Boldy James, Black Milk's No Poison No Paradise, and MNIMN) throughout the list, rather than filling the top 29 with them.

I also left off the straight mixtape shit (like Doley Bernays, and Tree) because they're not albums. And I also had to consider how much of the album I listened to straight through. One thing about Psychic World is that it sounds better to me on shuffle, and I rarely listen to the whole thing. And as good as it was, it didn't receive more play from me than the albums above it.

Still a goddamn genius album, with (you're right) some of the most insightful and poetic songs released by a street-bred emcee in eons. I wish there were more Wu guest spots, but perhaps they aren't as involved with the work of their meet "affiliates."

I need some new hip hop this year. So far, aside from the obvious MADLIB and Freddie Gibbs, Schoolboy Q, Mastermind, etc. but I really need to know what Underachievers are up to, and stay vigilant about newer shit.
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Old 03.25.2014, 07:28 PM   #6
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In no particular order


E-40 "The Block Brochure Vol IV,V,VI"

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Cosign.

I only listened to V and VI but I enjoyed the hell out of both, especially the solo tracks. When the man has that much good material I don't understand why he surrounds himself with subpar guests for so much of the albums' run time
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