Louie’s Top Albums of 2013

by wechslerh66


Top Eleven Albums
1. Yeezus, Kanye West—arguably the album of the decade so far*
2. Indicud, Kid Cudi
3. False Idols, Tricky
4. Trouble Will Find Me, The National
5. AM, Arctic Monkeys
6. We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic, Foxygen
7. English Little League, Guided By Voices—better than any of the 17 albums they released last year
8. Matangi, M.I.A.
9. Golden Grrrls, Golden Grrrls—a Vaselines cover band, & not in a bad way
10. Born Sinner, J. Cole
11. Mosquito, Yeah Yeah Yeahs

* other contenders (2010- ): THE MONITOR, Titus Andronicus; FLAMINGO, Brandon Flowers; BLUES FUNERAL, Mark Lanegan; TRAMP, Sharon Van Etten; Kanye’s own MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY; ASTRO COAST, Surfer Blood; LOCAL BUSINESS, Titus Andronicus

Top Eleven Songs
1. “Bound 2,” Kanye West
2. “Royals,” Lorde—the fact that it’s about the Kansas City Royals makes it even more brilliant
3. “Demons,” The National
4. “Do I Wanna Know,” Arctic Monkeys
5. “Red Eye,” Kid Cudi (feat. Haim)—Days Are Gone is a fine album, but this is the best Haim song of the year
6. “Black Skinhead,” Kanye West—or “Send It Up” or “Hold My Liquor” or pretty much every other song off Yeezus, really
7. “Villuminati,” J. Cole
8. “Beez,” Kid Cudi (feat. RZA)
9. “No Destruction,” Foxygen
10. “Fear of My Identity,” Best Coast—The Worse Things Get… is a fine album, but this is the best Neko Case song of the year, I think
11. “In the Kingdom,” Mazzy Star


Also Worth Mentioning (in sort of descending order until I gave up)
Change Becomes Us, Wire
The Messenger, Johnny Marr
Howlin, Jagwar Ma
Holy Fire, Foals—the album title is probably not a Twilight Singers reference
Muchacho, Phosphorescent
Fade Away EP, Best Coast
Reflektor, Arcade Fire
Everybody Loves Sausages, Melvins
Silence Yourself, Savages
Night on Earth, Lee Ranaldo & the Dust
Emancipated Hearts, Dean Wareham
Love is the Devil/Drifters, Dirty Beaches—may actually be two different albums—I don’t really know
Kveikur, Sigur Ros
…Like Clockwork, Queens of the Stone Age
Bankrupt!, Phoenix—“Oblique City” will end up in a car commercial shortly, and I will still like it
True Romance, Charli XCX
Soft Will, Smith Westerns
Specter at the Feast, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Another Self Portrait: 1969-71, Bob Dylan Bootleg Volume 10, Bob Dylan, a.k.a. the kid who opened for Llewyn Davis
Coming Apart, Body/Head
Chelsea Light Moving, Chelsea Light Moving
Days Are Gone, Haim
II, Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Perpetual Surrender, Diana
The Invisible Way, Low
3, Retribution Gospel Choir
MBV, My Bloody Valentine
Imitiations, Mark Lanegan
Black Pudding, Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood—if this isn’t enough Mark Lanegan, he’s on a track off the Moby album too
Adam Ant is the BlueBlack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter, Adam Ant
English Electric, OMD—frighteningly 1980s-like
Delta Machine, Depeche Mode—frighteningly 1980s-like
Magic Hour, Luscious Jackson—frighteningly 1990s-like
Bloodsports, Suede—frighteningly 1990s-like
New Moon, The Men
Dark Eyes, Half Moon Run
The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Neko Case—what’s with the Fiona Apple titles, Neko?
Electricity By Candlelight, Alex Chilton—a throwaway live album with poor audio unless you are or were ever once obsessed with Alex Chilton, ergo, it’s ranked here
Amok, Atoms for Peace
Crimes of Passion, Crocodiles
The Bones of What You Believe, CHVRCHES– bonus points for the “name that comes up in Google searches” thing
Artpop, Lady Gaga
Partygoing, Future Bible Heroes
The Man Who Died in His Boat, Grouper
Seasons of Your Day, Mazzy Star
Forever Endeavor, Ron Sexsmith
Love From London, Robyn Hitchcock
Love Has Come For You, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell (or vice versa)
EP-1, The Pixies—a.k.a. “oh God, there are more?” but seriously not terrible
Can’t Talk Medicine, Pickwick—best Black Keys album of 2013
Me Moan, Daughn Gibson
The Terror, The Flaming Lips
Heartthrob, Tegan & Sara

“Waiting to be Processed” (have ‘em, haven’t listened enough)
Doris, Earl Sweatshirt
Static, Cults
I Hate Music, Superchunk
Melbourne, Jackson Scott
Head in the Dirt, Hanni El Khatib
Dromes, Younghusband—other than the title track, because I don’t live in the UK
Nomad, Bombino
Melophobia, Cage the Elephant
Fade, Yo La Tengo
Five Spanish Songs EP, Destroyer
Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze, Kurt Vile
My Name Is My Name, Pusha T
Shulamith, Poliça—worth listening to just for the title, plus “Dark Star” off Give You the Ghost (2012) was pretty good
Pure Heroine, Lorde
Light Up Gold, Parquet Courts
The Next Day, David Bowie
Big Wheel & Others, Cass McCombs
Home Life, Andrew Cedermark—sadly, the only new Titus Andronicus of the year
Push the Sky Away, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Innocents, Moby
Tres Cabrones, Melvins
Nightingale Floors, Rogue Waves
Honeys, Pissed Jeans
Defend Yourself, Sebadoh
Bitter Rivals, Sleigh Bells
Weapon, Skinny Puppy

Fulfilling Low Expectations
The Marshall Mathers LP2, Eminem
Pythons, Surfer Blood

Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action, Franz Ferdinand
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros—other than that I still think they’re missing an “e”

Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend—Rolling Stone’s album of the year? Seriously? It’s not a bad album, but there were 40 or 50 better ones—
Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails—maybe I just liked “Closer” that much

Top Quotes
“Yeezy season approaching,/fuck whatever y’all been hearing” –Kanye West
“Never kept me up before,/now I’ve been awake for days,/I can’t fight it
anymore,/I’m going through an awkward phase” –The National
“I don’t write songs grasshopper, I write sceneries” –RZA
“There’s no need to be an asshole, you’re not in Brooklyn anymore” –Foxygen
“She say, ‘Can you get my friends in the club?’/I say, ‘Can you get my Benz in the club?/If not, treat your friends like my Benz,/park they ass outside ‘til the evenin’ end.’” –Kanye West
“Darling I’m not giving in,/that happened miles ago,/I heard the north star say,/Kid you’re so lost even I can’t bring you home” –Magnolia Electric Co. (not 2013, but RIP Jason Molina, & Scott Miller, & Stompin’ Tom Connors, & Lou Reed)

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