Ryan M: Top Albums of 2013

Philadelphia, PA

top ten albums

10Courtney Barnett: The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas

An amalgamation? Yup. Uneven? Check. A top ten spot warranted simply for ‘Avant Gardener?’ Most certainly. Well that, along with a very solid core of well written/crafted songs. Life is grand with zero expectations.

Standout Track(s): Avant Gardener

09Foxygen: We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

Detest the band name and album title, but adore their sound and wintergreen flavor.

Standout Track(s): No Destruction

08Arcade Fire: Reflektor

If an album can simultaneously be disappointing and strong enough to still make a year end top ten list, this is it.

Standout Track(s): Reflektor

07The Mantles: Long Enough to Leave

The suncatcher featured on the album cover frames this jangle pop nugget perfectly.

Standout Track(s): Raspberry Thighs

06Sonny and the Sunsets: Antenna to the Afterworld

Sonny & The Sunsets : San Francisco :: Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti : Los Angeles. Whatever the arrangement, they seem to have found the same vat of orange sunshine Kool-Aid.

Standout Track(s): Green Blood

05Yo La Tengo: Fade

Amazingly staring at an incredible 30 year run, while somehow outlasting Maxwell’s, Clear Pepsi and Robert DeNiro’s credibility. Their latest effort fits quite nicely in their canon.

Standout Track(s): Paddle Forward

04Parquet Courts: Light Up Gold

1977 called. They said they want their sound back. Lame jokes notwithstanding, at least they opted for an epic year to draw inspiration. And with 15 songs clocking in at a robust 33 minutes, it leaves one plenty of time to work on much cooler fart and dick jokes.

Standout Track(s): Donuts Only

03Kurt Vile: Wakin on a Pretty Daze

Too meandering to win or place, but evocative enough to claim show.

Standout Track(s): KV Crimes

02Phosphorescent: Muchacho

What I thought faded down the stretch, just needed time, like any album worth its salt. Note to Mr. Nom de Plume: fingers are crossed for a touch more snappiness next time out.

Standout Track(s): The Quotidian Beasts

01Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City

Kind of hit snooze on their sophomore album and came thisclose doing the same with ‘Modern Vampires…’ Semi due diligence brought me back for an honest listen and they baked a near perfect pizza. With mature lyrics, sharp song structure and sonically tight grooves there are no real gimmicks, nor any need to stuff cheese in their crust.

Standout Track(s): Hannah Hunt

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