Good and Great Albums of 2013
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Welcome to my Good and Great Albums of 2013 list! Please peruse the list and drop me a line on Twitter if you found anything that piqued your interest. And please share your lists as well if you’ve got them. I love finding and hearing new music.Note: I like to do these lists in alphabetical order by artist. All of these albums are great, and it’s hard to pick favorites.
[![Album art for Tru 2 tha Phonk by Amber London](./Amber London - Tru 2 tha Phonk.jpg)](./full/Amber London - Tru 2 tha Phonk.jpg) Amber London - Tru 2 tha Phonk
Grimy, dirty, Southern phonk.
[![Album art for The North Borders by Bonobo](./Bonobo - The North Borders.jpg)](./full/Bonobo - The North Borders.jpg) Bonobo - The North Borders
Strange and atmospheric rhythms.
[![Album art for World Dissolver EP by Ceephax Acid Crew](./Ceephax Acid Crew - World Dissolver EP.jpg)](./full/Ceephax Acid Crew - World Dissolver EP.jpg) Ceephax Acid Crew - World Dissolver EP
Random acid. Mad acidic bro. (Also, watch the amazing music video for Probey's Poker)
[![Album art for Because the Internet by Childish Gambino](./Childish Gambino - Because the Internet.jpg)](./full/Childish Gambino - Because the Internet.jpg) Childish Gambino - Because the Internet
Most of the songs are good, but a few of them are great. Can't wait to see what Gambino does next.
[![Album art for Random Access Memories by Daft Punk](./Daft Punk - Random Access Memories.jpg)](./full/Daft Punk - Random Access Memories.jpg) Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
You know you love it.
[![Album art for Government Plates by Death Grips](./Death Grips - Government Plates.jpg)](./full/Death Grips - Government Plates.jpg) Death Grips - Government Plates
Makes Yeezus look like adult contemporary R&B. Yeezy wishes he was this good.
[![Album art for Broken SD140 Part II by DMX Krew](./DMX Krew - Broken SD140 Part II.jpg)](./full/DMX Krew - Broken SD140 Part II.jpg) DMX Krew - Broken SD140 Part II
[![Album art for Cities in Flight by DMX Krew](./DMX Krew - Cities in Flight.jpg)](./full/DMX Krew - Cities in Flight.jpg) DMX Krew - Cities in Flight
[![Album art for Reith Trax by DMX Krew](./DMX Krew - Reith Trax.jpg)](./full/DMX Krew - Reith Trax.jpg) DMX Krew - Reith Trax
Atmospheric acid (acidspheric?)
[![Album art for Recur by Emptyset](./Emptyset - Recur.jpg)](./full/Emptyset - Recur.jpg) Emptyset - Recur
I think the most surprising thing about this record is that I like it. More “sound” than actual music, but still rhythmic. Pulsing. Gyrating even. The sound is alive.
[![Album art for Shaking the Habitual by The Knife](./The Knife - Shaking the Habitual.jpg)](./full/The Knife - Shaking the Habitual.jpg) The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
Good: Completely not subtle production. Bad: Too many “noise” tracks, not enough music.
[![Album art for MCII by Mikal Cronin](./Mikal Cronin - MCII.jpg)](./full/Mikal Cronin - MCII.jpg) Mikal Cronin - MCII
Good, simple, pleasing, rock 'n' roll.
[![Album art for Fragmented by Paul Keeley](./Paul Keeley - Fragmented.png)](./full/Paul Keeley - Fragmented.png) Paul Keeley - Fragmented
The soundtrack to that deep and dark 80s science fiction crime drama that you never saw and was never made.
[![Album art for Hinterland by Recondite](./Recondite - Hinterland.jpg)](./full/Recondite - Hinterland.jpg) Recondite - Hinterland
The frozen North in a record. Gobs of atmosphere.
[![Album art for No Better Time than Now by Shigeto](./Shigeto - No Better Time than Now.jpg)](./full/Shigeto - No Better Time than Now.jpg) Shigeto - No Better Time than Now
Organic jazzy grooves and keys, layered over semi-post-dubstep (sort of) rhythms / electronic bleeps and bloops. The antithesis of the previously mentioned Emptyset record. Also choice for “Best Album Cover of 2013”.
[![Album art for Circumambulation by True Widow](./True Widow - Circumambulation.jpg)](./full/True Widow - Circumambulation.jpg) True Widow - Circumambulation
Gloomy, doomy, boomy, and slow.
[![Album art for Sleeper by Ty Segall](./Ty Segall - Sleeper.jpg)](./full/Ty Segall - Sleeper) Ty Segall - Sleeper
Not your average Ty Segall. Quiet, reserved. Also quite good at times. Each song sounds like the intro section to one of the more "standard" Ty Segall jams.
[![Album art for II by Unknown Mortal Orchestra](./Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II.jpg)](./full/Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II.jpg) Unknown Mortal Orchestra - II
Music made for AM radios. The 1970s are alive. They even artificially removed all the highs from the mix (about the only thing I don't like about the record to be honest).
[![Album art for Trap Lord by A$AP Ferg](./A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord.jpg)](./full/A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord.jpg) A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord
I can never decide while listening to this record if Ferg is an idiot backed by smart people, or a smart guy playing to a dumb crowd. Either way, this is psychedelia disguised as rap disguised as culture. And those beats tho!
[![Album art for Long.Live.A$AP by A$AP Rocky](./A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP.jpg)](./full/A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP.jpg) A$AP Rocky - Long.Live.A$AP
You can hate him all you want, but you can't deny Rocky's got style. His flow is unique, the beats are exceptional, and the whole record just oozes A$AP.
- Listen: Songlink
- Highlight: Long Live A$AP (too many highlights to pick just one, so I just went with the title track)
[![Album art for Hang on to Life / No Real Friend by Ariel Pink feat. Jorge Elbrecht](./Ariel Pink feat. Jorge Elbrecht - Hang on to Life - No Real Friend.jpg)](./full/Ariel Pink feat. Jorge Elbrecht - Hang on to Life - No Real Friend.jpg) Ariel Pink feat. Jorge Elbrecht - Hang on to Life / No Real Friend
I listened to these tracks while lonely and alone in another town in another state. Exceptionally sad and beautiful. Sometimes brings tears to my eyes.
[![Album art for Cro Magnox by Ceephax](./Ceephax - Cro Magnox.jpg)](./full/Ceephax - Cro Magnox.jpg) Ceephax - Cro Magnox
This could be a soundtrack to a science fiction movie based off a video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System set on another planet where there is no sunlight. It could be, but it’s not. What it is is otherworldly and frequently brilliant.
[![Album art for Chelsea Light Moving by Chelsea Light Moving](./Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving.jpg)](./full/Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving.jpg) Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving
Thurston Moore realizes the dream that we thought we’d lost when Sonic Youth broke up.
[![Album art for Stories Don't End by Dawes](./Dawes - Stories Don't End.jpg)](./full/Dawes - Stories Don't End.jpg) Dawes - Stories Don’t End
I really can’t say enough about this record. Beautiful and true songwriting. Pure. Harmonic. Dawes is consistently wonderful.
[![Album art for Tough Guy by Frankie Teardrop](./Frankie Teardrop - Tough Guy.jpg)](./full/Frankie Teardrop - Tough Guy.jpg) Frankie Teardrop - Tough Guy
Frankie Teardrop is a friend of mine. He is a friend to us all. Tough Guy is an ode to young midwestern frustration. I can’t wait to see what Frankie does in 2014.
[![Album art for Fuzz by Fuzz](./Fuzz - Fuzz.jpg)](./full/Fuzz - Fuzz.jpg) Fuzz - Fuzz
This is what rock means in 2013. It's as if Black Sabbath tripped into a time machine, emerged in 2013, hung out with a bunch of 20-somethings for a few months, and then made this record. (Don’t believe me? Listen to Raise.)
[![Album art for Wakin on a Pretty Daze by Kurt Vile](./Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze.jpg)](./full/Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze.jpg) Kurt Vile - Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Calling this country would not be fair at all. Rock doesn’t work either. Indie: no. It is all of those, and yet none at the same time. I see this as a perfect counterpart to Fuzz’s record actually, what 2013 sounds like with guitars. Two sides of the same coin. If I had to choose one record on this list to listen to forever, it would probably be this one. There is a remarkable amount of depth here.