Thursday, December 26, 2013

Jeff's Best of the Rest of 2013

As we look back at the end of this calendar year, it's important to note a lot of the other things that came out musically that don't make the standard top 10. Among the albums I really loved this year that didn't quite make the top ten, in no particular order:

* Valerie June - Pushing Against a Stone
* Fitz and the Tantrums - More Than Just a Dream
* !!! - Thr!!!er
* CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe
* St. Lucia - When the Night
* Deltron 3030 - Event II
* Matt Pond - The Lives Inside the Lines in Your Hand
* Sarah Jarosz - Build Me Up From Bones
* The Dismemberment Plan - Uncanney Valley
* Janelle Monae - The Electric Lady
* Ra Ra Riot - Beta Love
* Pillowfight - Pillowfight
* Volcano Choir - Repave
* Tristen - Caves
* Deap Vally - Sistronix
* Jay-Z - Magna Carta... Holy Grail
* How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion
* Icona Pop - This Is... Icona Pop
* Kanye West - Yeezus
* Rhye - Woman
* Caitlin Rose - The Stand-In
* MS MR - Secondhand Rapture
* AlunaGeorge - Body Music
* Savages - Silence Yourself

There were also a great number of solid songs that came out this year. Over at Fruitless Pursuits, a pop culture blog I contribute to, I did a year-end recap called "The Unheard 13," songs that you might not have had an opportunity to hear this year. Regular readers of this blog might already know some of these songs, but maybe not. As for this year, I have a Spotify playlist of my favorite songs of 2013 that I recommend, I have also embedded it below. It's probably the only playlist that has A$AP Rocky and Aoife O'Donovan on the same page.

Here's to another great year of music in 2013, and a new year that's even better!

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