Top 11 Albums of 2013

Albums with blog posts from this year link straight to said post. Otherwise, the links go straight to an mp3 (song noted in brackets).

  1. John Vanderslice — “Dagger Beach”
  2. Smith Westerns — “Soft Will”
  3. The Dodos — “Carrier”
    {mp3: “Substance”}
  4. Okkervil River — “Silver Gymnasium”
    {mp3: “Stay Young”}
  5. Typhoon — “White Lighter”
    {mp3: “Young Fathers”}
  6. Foxygen — “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic”
  7. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. — “The Speed of Things”
    {mp3: “If You Didn’t See Me”}
  8. Shearwater — “Fellow Travelers”
    {mp3: “Natural One”}
  9. The Shout Out Louds — “Optica”
    {mp3: “Illusions”}
  10. The Generationals — “Heza”
  11. Haim — “Days Are Gone”
    {mp3: “Forever”}

See also: top albums from 2012 and 2010.

Top 10 New Albums of 2012

Links lead to posts on this blog unless otherwise noted.

  1. 1. Shearwater — “Animal Joy”
  2. 2. Sun Airway — “Soft Fall”
  3. 3. Wild Nothing — “Nocturne”
  4. 4. Beach House — “Bloom” {mp3: “lazuli”}
  5. 5. Cat Power —”Sun” {mp3: “ruin”}
  6. 6. Bad Books — “II”
  7. 7. Hospitality — “Hospitality”
  8. 8. Sea Wolf — “Old World Romance”
  9. 9. Divine Fits — “A Thing Called Divine Fits”
  10. 10. Now, Now — “Threads”

Runners up: Kishi Bashi, Father John Misty, Sun Kil Moon, The Shins, Tallest Man on Earth.

See also: My Top 10 New Albums of 2010. (Sorry, 2011.)

Top 10 New Albums of 2010

#1:Sufjan Stevens — “Too Much”
{Age of Adz}

#2: Joanna Newsom — “81”
{Have One On Me}

#3: Tallest Man On Earth — “Where Do My Bluebird Fly”
{Shallow Grave}

#4: Broken Bells — “The Ghost Inside”
{Broken Bells}

#5: The National — “Lemonworld”
{High Violet}

#6: Woods — “Suffering Season”
{At Echo Lake}

#7: John Vanderslice — “I’ll Never Live Up To You”
{Green Grow the Rushes — a free ep}

#8: Sharon Jones — “Better Things To Do”
{I Learned the Hard Way}

#9: Peter Wolf Crier — “Crutch & Cane”
{Inter-Be}

#10: No Kids — “I Want To Be Around”
{Judy at the Grove}

{See also: top 10 listens on last.fm; the all songs considered list}