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John Gentile’s Top 5 Albums of 2013

Let’s put Alt-rock on the sidelines for a few minutes for the sake of another alternative discourse (Actually that’s not completely accurate as a few notable mentions will be on here too). Hi, I’m John Gentile, Director of Electronic and RPM at WCDB. It’s pretty cool actually, I get a corner office, free coffee, free candy, and a personal vegetarian cheetah who hangs out in my pink limo, but that’s beside the point. Many great albums have graced the airwaves of WCDB over the last 12 months, and I’m here to set the record straight (zing!).

Before I get into it, I’d like to point out how much of a great thing End Of The Year Lists are. Every DJ at WCDB joined for a few reasons: A love for music in various shapes and forms, a love for alternative culture and a passion for educating themselves and others in the greatest of cutting edge music. Upon becoming a WCDB DJ, your horizons are instantly broadened and you meet new exciting people who are either completely on your musical wavelengths or on the opposite end of the spectrum. Together our goal is to educate ourselves, spread the love of great music to others, and learn about great new music from our peers. We do this to spread this experience to you, the listeners and readers, while taking the opportunity to let our fellow DJs know what we loved best.

With all this being said, it’s completely subjective. What some others might find amazing and groundbreaking, others might find to be just “meh”. My endearing zingers expressed here are for your amusement, and never take anything I say too seriously with that in mind. And so without further adieu, I present to you my Top 5 albums of 2013, with minimized rock and a twist of electronic music for good measure. I wasn’t originally going to do this, but hey, my love for WCDB knows no bounds.

5) Cash Cash – Overtime EP

I‘ll just get my token EDM banger album out of the way before digging deeper. This release is heart-pounding fun, and will get any party that isn’t filled with a bunch of boring people on their feet. It’s catchy, well done, and not too much. I look forward to catching more from them and hearing a more evolved sound.

Recommended Tracks: “Overtime”, “Satellites”

4) Capital Cities – In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery

One smash hit doesn’t make an album any less notable. With thier first album, Capital Cities rocks your socks off with a mix of uplifting vocals, interesting tunes, and a great experience that a lot of albums seem to lack these days. If you’re not keen on sharing your music with friends look elsewhere, because this album is filled with sing along material. Beyond “Safe and Sound”, there’s so much more to this release.

Recommended Tracks: “Farrah Fawcett Hair”, “I Sold My Bed But Not My Stereo”, “Kangaroo Court”

3) The Neighborhood – I Love You

I tried to get The Neighbourhood’s first short EP I’m Sorry… to gain traction a year back at WCDB, but no one would listen to it outside of a select few. I felt like the band was so underrated and I was certainly excited for this album to hit the shelves. Since this release I’ve shared this album with many great people, some of my best friends back in Brooklyn, strangers at gatherings, former lovers, and even a man waiting outside a soup kitchen (seriously). While NBHD doesn’t bring something new to the table, they put together a robust album with great sound, solid vocals, and a unique take on electronic mixed with a lighter rock vibe. If you haven’t listened to it front to back yet, you need to. If you don’t care for it, I’m sorry but you’re just wrong.

Recommended Tracks: “Afraid”, “Female Robbery”, “Let It Go!”

2) Flume – Deluxe Edition

Immersive. Engaging. Amazing. Ingenious. Beautifully crafted. Flume, a newbie to the Chillwave electronica scene blew audiences away with his first major release. In coordination with Future Class Records this album had it’s world radio premiere on my show, with Flume himself calling in to say hello during it. If you love chill instrumental electronica, this is the “be all end all” of everything you’ve ever wanted. Check out disc two for a mixtape with rap dubs.

Recommended Tracks: “Stay Close”, “Space Cadet”, “Change”, “Insane”

1) The Chain Gang Of 1974 – Wayward Fire

Even though it didn’t come out this year, this was the year it was unburied. Every alternative kid at WCDB would love this hidden gem if they ever found it. Every track is a work of art, and you’ll wish this album would never end. A gorgeous mix of rock with strong hints of synth, you can really feel the inspiration to bring 80s rock into the digital age. This masterpiece should be in our Rock Rotation, played at least once every week on my show, and should be mixed into Electric Capitol on the regular. It’s incredible. The Chain Gang Of 1975 is something special, and if there’s anything you need to listen to out of this list, it’s this one.

Recommended Tracks: “Sleepwalking” (Single/Only If You Like Electronic)
Otherwise if you love Rock: “Taste of Heaven”, “Matter Of Time”, “Devil Is A Lady”, “Milo”

Chain Gang Of 1975. #1. My blatant arrogance makes me a picky music critic. This is what I have for you, but here’s some notable mentions.

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CHARLI XCX – True Romance

Hello Taco Party Box, I can see your smile from here. CHARLI XCX’s first “real” album wasn’t exactly what I expected it to be. I honestly expected some EDM infused nonsense with female pop vocals slapped on top, like a cherry on a crappy diner sundae, but boy was I wrong. With some compelling passive aggressive vocals and catchy beats to complement them, this surprise underdog impressed me.

Recommended Tracks: “You (Hahaha)”, “Stay Away”

Autre Ne Veut – Anxiety

2012, so what. The album deserves a chance, it’s a trippy blend of bass, synth, and experimental drums, making it an experience that I kept gravitating to in 2013.

Happy New Year everyone, peace out and behave tonight. Have fun but please remember to not drink and drive, and if Tiesto comes on at the bar throw your drink at the DJ and demand some of these goodies I recommended. It’s sure to be a hit.

Comments, questions, shoot me a line. rpm@wcdbfm.com.

Connor’s Albums of the Year

22. Atoms for Peace- Amok

Thom Yorke and Flea jam out. Cool electronic vibes with a new Radiohead sound. Dank bass riffs. If you love Phish, this might be your #1, or #2 if Phish released an album this year.

21. Queens of the Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

7th grade me would’ve been a lot more pumped for this. It’s good experimental rock music. Nothing will beat Songs For the Deaf in my eyes, though this is an interesting take on the Queens’ sound. Rock on.

20. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris

I was hyped for this all summer, with “Whoa” and “Chum” having been out for a WHILE, it ended up being that those were two of the best songs on the album. Those are great songs that are hard to top, but I was hoping for more consistency. The song featuring Frank Ocean is sick though, and the “Centurion” beat is crazy. The rest is so-so in my opinion. The Earl Mixtape is better.
 

19. Yo La Tengo – Fade

This is really great and should probably be a lot higher on my list. It came out in the very beginning of the year. The vibe is mellow and melodic. This thing is endlessly listenable. I can’t see how anyone would dislike it. I’ve always enjoyed Yo La Tengo, but I’ve never been super passionate about them. That being said, I would recommend this to ALL

18. Owen – L’ami Du Peuple

Another solid release from Owen. My favorite song is “The Burial”, which is one of the few Owen songs not to feature an acoustic guitar. “Tonight, I’m a priest/ Shrouded in your quilt/ And you will see/ Truth in me/ So f***ing say something.” OOOohhhhh. “Who Cares” is great too.

17. The Story So Far – What You Don’t See

Pop/punk angsty songs about girls done right. I wish I was 15 again so I could get a girlfriend, get dumped, and listen to this all the time.
 

16. Nine Inch Nails – Hesitation Marks

I saw NIN with my dad last month. They were my favorite band as a youngling, and I still hold TR in a very high regard so this meant a whole lot to me. Hands down the best light show I’ve ever seen. You can check out footage here if you’d like. Unreal stuff. The music is leaning on electronica, but in a good way. Still \m/
 

15. Oneohtrix Point Never – R Plus Seven

This is weird stuff that sounds abrasive and terrible to most people I know. It’s all instrumental, experimental, synthy, electronic music. It can take you places though. I wish I could explain it better. This could easily be your nightmare. I think it’s incredibly interesting. Listen and let your thoughts wander.
 

14. Tim Hecker – Virgins

Very similar to Oneohtrix as far as genre and style are concerned, though the sound is very different. This was made with live instruments and manipulated later which makes for a very organic experimental sound. There are so many layers and things going on here. Enthralling. The first track sounds like the earth is ripping apart. Close your eyes and imagine%%*&!)@*&^^&^%%{}”{“}{}”}{}”}{“”{}”{}”}{}”}{}}{}”}}”:]
 

13. Volcano Choir – Repave

Justin Vernon does post-rock stuff. Same old cryptic lyrics that could be interpreted a bunch of different ways. Thumbs up. This is my favorite song from the album and the best music video of the year (besides “Wrecking Ball”)
 

12. Touche Amore – Is Survived By

You can feel the passion behind Jeremy Bolm’s voice as he screams every line. This album is about leaving something meaningful behind after you die. Congrats dude, cause you did.
 

11. The Dismemberment Plan – Uncanny Valley

The Dismemberment Plan will always have a special place in my heart. Emergency & I is one of my favorite albums ever. I was beyond psyched when they announced a new album and tour. Shoutout to Ted for seeing the show with me. They definitely have not lost any of their talent or songwriting ability, despite not having the same emotional overtones of depression, isolation etc. When bands reunite to make a new album, I’m always worried it’s going to suck based on countless examples. Not only did this not suck, it’s very good.

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Brian Beverly’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

I Love You

10.) The Neighbourhood- I Love You.

This dark pop rock album has the best of both worlds as the rock band sound is enhanced by the electronic sounds but not unbalanced at all. Their single “Sweater Weather” was played all over this past spring/summer, but every song on this album keeps those illuminati themed lyrics while having the dark garage like sound.

Favorite Song: “Afraid

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9.) Phoenix- Bankrupt!

Another album that was simply stellar from front to back. They stayed true to their sound and the deep bass and synth mixes perfectly with Mars’ vocals to create a sweet, energetic pop album.

Favorite Song: “Entertainment

Acid Rap

8.) Chance the Rapper- Acid Rap

If you can get past the whole ‘Sounding like Lil’ Wayne’ thing, you have a great rapper. Lyrically he’s amazing, and fun, and his beats are great. This is a new sound I can deal with.

Favorite Song: “Good Ass Intro

Beta Love

7.) Ra Ra Riot- Beta Love

This album throws you back into an 80’s/90’s synth pop dance party. Combining electric guitars and synths they created an all time favorite album of mine. Brownie points for being from Syracuse and opening for the Postal Service.

Favorite Song: “Angel, Please

Tidal Wave of Mystery

6.) Capital Cities- In a Tidal Wave of Mystery

The duo from California absolutely know how to make a hook. From “Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast” to “Safe and Sound” to “Farrah Fawcett Hair” the songs get stuck on replay in your mind for days. Throw in some flashy electronic beats and synths with a jazzy trumpet and you have yourself Capital Cities. I cannot recommend this album enough.

Favorite Song: “Farrah Fawcett Hair (feat. Andre 3000)

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5.) Fitz and the Tantrums- More than Just A Dream

Another album that had a great dance feel to it. I saw them live at the Upstate Concert Hall along with Capital Cities and I had a blast. They combined soul with pop and dance, and it’s a combination that makes me impatient for their next album.

Favorite Song: “Out of My League

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4.) Daft Punk- Random Access Memories

I love the disco dance type vibe that Daft Punk brought to the table in this release. Almost every song made me want to move and the collaborations throughout the whole album added a modern vibe to their disco sound. “Get Lucky” topped the charts in the early summer but its not a surprise that nearly every song on this album charted.

Favorite Song: “Doin’ It Right

Talon of the Hawk

3.) The Front Bottoms- Talon of the Hawk

This indie punk band from Bergen County, New Jersey made a gem in this album by combining catchy hooks and awesome riffs. After one listen through all the tracks I couldn’t get them out of my head and didn’t want to.

Favorite Song: “Twin-Size Mattress

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2.) Tegan and Sara- Heartthrob

This album was absolutely stellar. Although “Closer” became a giant hit, every single song here had the potential to be a hit. With influences from childhood idol Cindy Lauper, the Canadian indie folk duo completely changed their sound to make an extremely enjoyable dancey-pop album.

Favorite Song: “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend

The Bones of What You Believe

1.) Chvrches- The Bones of What You Believe

I really enjoyed the Recover EP when it came out and I was super excited for the full length album to come out. I was not disappointed as from start to finish this album was completely enjoyable and well thought out.

Favorite Song: “The Mother We Share

Honorable Mentions: Haim- Days Are Gone, Charli XCX- True Romance, The 1975- The 1975

Fatty’s Greasiest Albums of 2013

1.  Hiatus Kaiyote – Tawk Tomahawk

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This Australian outfit’s short, neo-soul/R&B LP easily got the most plays in my music library this year.  With a 30-minute runtime, this album behaves like a mixtape, and is delicious from start to finish. Its dynamic soundscapes oscillate between spaced-out hip-hop and future soul grooves, showcasing the band’s compositional prowess and musicianship on each song.

2.  Jai Paul – Jai Paul

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UK producer Jai Paul’s album was released amid controversy, heightening the anticipation for his long – awaited debut. A ploy? No matter, this is a surefire banger that is bound to make you move! Whether he intended to or not, Jai Paul serves up this year’s finest offering of electro pop, chopped with weird glitches, silky interludes and eccentric vocal harmonies.


3.  Unknown Mortal Orchestra – II

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UMO’s sophomore release reveals a new direction for the group without abandoning its psychedelic roots. Singer/songwriter Ruban Nielson refines his song structures, even dabbling in some R&B along the way, as the band delivers a somewhat patient and more polished offering from their debut effort. Fans of their first will have their thirsts quenched by phased out guitar riffs, distorted horn lines, and psyche-funk breakdowns, as II intrigues listeners while luring them further down the rabbit hole.


4.  Thundercat – Apocalypse

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Stephen Bruner’s bass grooves have been in high demand for the past few years, notably lending them to Flying Lotus’ recordings while touring in Erykah Badu’s backing band. Apocalypse could be considered a concept album, exploring themes of friendship, love and loss, as Bruner responds to the death of long-time friend and keyboardist, Austin Peralta.  A fusion of pop, soul and R&B layered with tasty vocal harmonies, scorching bass lines and a few wacky time signatures, Apocalypse delivers catchy hooks amidst its complexity that ensure repeat listens.

5.  Matthew E. White – Outer Face

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Matthew E. White’s follow-up to last year’s Big Inner, Outer Face serves as an extension of his solo debut – rooted in Americana, and confident. White’s attention to detail is what makes this album shine; with prudent panning, dynamic swells, subtle touches and bass grooves to boot, Outer Face is simultaneously patient and bold.

6.  Bilal – A Love Surreal

A Love Surreal

A Love Surreal ventures toward the avant-garde side of neo-soul and R&B to accompany the Coltrane nod in its title. With unconventional melodies and harmony structures overtop smooth chord changes and back beats, Bilal explores his creativity on this release. The result is an album that engages listeners with multifaceted arrangements, dynamic swells and sexy spells, all without sacrificing accessibility.

7.  Danny Brown – Old

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The Detroit rapper’s follow up to his widely praised debut, XXX, features a slightdeparture from his established signature sounds, solidifying Old as this year’s gold standard for hip-hop. Functioning as a dual album, its A-side features more old school production, while the B-side nods to more contemporary, party-rap configurations. Now in his 30’s, Danny Brown explores stories of aging betwixt his inescapable past of poverty and drugs, carefully constructing this concept album as each song masterfully flows to the next.

8.  Ducktails – Wish Hotel EP

ducktails4Matt Mondanile was a busy man this year, releasing two albums for his solo recording project, Ducktails. On Wish Hotel, Mondanile records by his lonesome, diving deeper into the hazy soundscapes explored on his full-length release, The Flower Lane, from earlier this year.  While the LP meanders, Wish Hotel maintains focus, clouding its listeners with phased out pop melodies and distorted keyboard tones, capturing the mood of its fall-time release.

9.  Arcade Fire – Reflektor

ReflektorNo surprise here as Arcade Fire’s latest has made quite a bit of noise since its October release, finding itself atop myriad year-end lists. Clever marketing tricks aside, Reflektor is equipped with production from James Murphy, and showcases the pure craftsmanship of Arcade Fire. Perhaps in an attempt to capture their live sound, the album is lively and paranoid, switching seamlessly between carefully constructed choruses and limber electro-grooves, effectively keeping listeners on their toes.

10.  Foxygen – We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

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Foxygen’s first full-length release feels as though its paying homage to their Sixties’ heroes while simultaneously poking fun at them right to their faces. Its playfulness is endearing and supports its lyrical prowess, alternating between folk tales and colorful anecdotes. We are the Ambassadors delves into psychedelic breakdowns amidst shifty time signatures and clever hooks; this album is more fun with each repeat listen.
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Patricia’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Savages

10. Silence Yourselves – Savages

Released May 6, 2013

Silence Yourself is Savages first full length LP.  I was first introduced to Savages this year and when I finally got to listening to the album, I really enjoyed it.  It’s loud but it also has it’s softer moments too. The track that I enjoy the most is Hit Me because it has all of this energy and craziness packed into a 1:41 song.

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9. Overgrown – James Blake

Released April 5, 2013

I first got into James Blake after he released his first album James Blake back in 2011. With this album, James Blake decided to go with less of an electronic sound than his previous releases and went with more of an R&B sound. This album is a nice listen and it has the ability to appeal to more people than his previous releases, with my favorites off this album being “Retrograde” and “Overgrown“.

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8. Trouble Will Find Me – The National

Released May 27, 2013

I wasn’t too familiar with The National’s previous work, but I really did enjoy this album. This is The National’s sixth full length album and it’s pretty sweet, I really enjoy the calmness of it.  Take a listen to “Pink Rabbits” & “Don’t Swallow The Cap“.

Wakin On A Pretty Daze

7. Walking On A Pretty Daze – Kurt Vile

Released April 9, 2013

I wish I had this album playing whenever I would take long drives in the summertime because it feels like that kind of album. It’s sweet and an easy album to listen to.  My picks are “Never Run Away” and “Was All Talk“.

Loud City Song

6. Loud City Song – Julia Holter

Released August 20, 2013

Loud City Song is the third album Julia Holter has released.  This is the first album where she recorded with a full band to add a more full sound that she was missing in her previous releases. The track “Horns Surrounding Me” is a clear representation of the full sound, and the album as a whole is really pretty and easy to listen to. My Favorites off this album are “This Is a True Heart” and “In the Green Wild“.

Reflektor

5. Reflektor – Arcade Fire

Released October 28, 2013

On Arcade Fire’s fourth album they decided to go for more of a disco feel.  This definitely was not my favorite Arcade Fire release, but I do believe that they accomplish what they wanted to do because they wanted to make an album with disco and dance elements in it. I do prefer Arcade Fire’s sound from their previous releases, but I still think that Reflektor is a solid album.

6 feet beneath the moon

4. 6 Feet Beneath The Moon – King Krule

Released August 24, 2013

King Krule does a really good job of mixing rock, hip hop and other genres into this album. I started listening to King Krule back when he released his EP King Krule and then listened to his EP U.F.O.W.A.V.E that he released back when he went by the name Zoo Kid.  Most of the songs from U.F.O.W.A.V.E made it to 6 Feet Beneath The Moon and have been cleaned up and updated.  This album has beautiful moments like in “Neptune Estate” and more upbeat moments like in “A Lizard State“.

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3. Hummingbird – Local Natives

Released January 29, 2013

It’s been four years since Local Natives released their first album Gorilla Manor, so as a fan of the band I was eagerly waiting for them to finally release some new music. This album is packed with meaningful songs that were written at the time of the passing of Kelcey Ayer’s mother.  In the song “Colombia”, Kelcey is praying to his mother and asking her if he is giving and loving enough, and moments like this are what show the beauty in this album. “Colombia” and “Ceilings” are two of my favorites.

Foxygen

2. We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace & Magic

Released January 22, 2013

I don’t remember how I heard about Foxygen, but I remember being obsessed with it as soon as I listened to the album. I went to the record store, bought the album, and played it all the time. Foxygen has a lot of elements from other bands, but they still manage to make their sound their own. My favorites off of this album are “Oh No 2” and “On Blue Mountain“.

Modern Vampires of the City

1. Modern Vampires Of The City – Vampire Weekend

Released May 14, 2013

I was so excited for this album. Soon after it released, I had go to the store to pick up a copy. Vampire Weekend’s third album follows up the band’s 2010 release Contra with a different sound, as on this album Vampire Weekend goes for a less upbeat sound like their previous albums and focus a lot more on their lyrics. One of my favorite lines from the album is “Wisdom’s a gift but you’d trade it for youth/ Age is an honor – it’s still not the truth” from the song “Step”.  The themes of youth and faith are explored throughout this album and Vampire Weekend does it in a way where it feels effortless. Listen to “Unbelievers” and “Step“.

WCDB Hip Hop Department’s Top 10 Albums of 2013

Acid Rap

1. Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap

Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper dominated the internet and hip hop scene with his highly anticipated Acid Rap project. With his experimental sound mixing with hip hop roots, Chance delivers one of the most original and successful projects of the year.  

Available for free download > (http://www.datpiff.com/Chance-The-Rapper-Acid-Rap-mixtape.483826.html)

Born Sinner

2. J. Cole- Born Sinner

J. Cole’s sophomore major label album combines insightful story telling with compelling instrumentals to provide a standout album. Born Sinner delivers what some (Nas) felt his debut was lacking.

Yeezus

3. Kanye West – Yeezus

The most controversial figure in music today unsurprisingly delivered one of the most interesting albums of 2013. With production help from the likes of Daft Punk and Rick Rubin, Kanye heads into uncharted territory.

My Name Is My Name

4. Pusha T -My Name is My Name

After much delay, one half of the Clipse released his major label debut as a solo artist. His debut is concise collection of some of the finest crafted verses 2013 with orchestrated beats by Kanye West, The Dream, and more.

Run the Jewels

5. Killer Mike and El-P – Run the Jewels

The continued pairing of  these hip hop veterans has lead to one of the finest works of their respective careers and of the year 2013. With production almost entirely by El-P, this project delivers for true fans of lyricism.

Nothing was the same

6. Drake – Nothing Was the Same

The native Canadian and best-selling artist released his 3rd major label album in 2013. Combining stellar production,  lyrical insight, and some of the catchiest melodies of the year. Drake proves why is he the only artist who pressures Kanye West’s position.

The Beauty In All

7. Oddisee- The Beauty in All/ Tangible Dream

Hailing from Washington D.C., Oddisee shows why he is truly a hip hop ARTIST. In 2013 he released The Beauty In All, which had the instrumental style behind it. While The Tangible Dream exhibited Oddisee’s lyrical prowess.

Almost Home

8. Masai – Almost Home

Metroland’s 2013 Best Rapper in the Capital Region released his the third album in his “Almost” series titled Almost Home. The album delivers an introspective look at his life with  fresh lyrical delivery. Check out the video for his single “Dear Masai” > (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bk3g78gLlZ4)

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9. Marco Polo- PA 2: The Director’s Cut

Hip Hop produce extraordinaire Marco Polo released the follow up to 2007s Port Authority this year. The project features some op the top lyricists in the game laying vocals over some of the finest boom bap of 2013. Features include Talib Kweli, Masta Ace, Styles P and The Doppelgangaz.

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10.Pete Rock & Camp Lo- 80 Blocks from Tiffany’s Pt.2

Hip Hop veterans Pete Rock and Camp Lo deliver another barrage of hip hop with features by Talib Kweli, M.O.P. and Ab-Soul

dj bANANAS iN pAjAMAS’ Top 20 Albums of 2013

The year 2013 was the first year I, dj bANANAS iN pAjAMAS, graced WCDB as a DJ. It was the best of years, It was a year filled with great music and plenty of hard choices. The top 20 albums according to me are officially out and the crowds have been quelled. Enjoy.

TOP 20 ALBUMS OF 2013

20. Los Campesinos! – No Blues

No Blues

This album came out on October 29. Many would call this indie rock-pop at it’s best, but I call it great music. That’s why its number 20. My favorite song, “Avocado, Baby”, strikes at my heart strings. The lyrics, “A heart of stone, rind so tough it’s crazy, That’s why they call me the avocado, baby” really shows you how this band can be a little goofy but sing about some of the more serious things in life. Do I recommend listening to this album? Of course!

19. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito

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I’ve listened to this album over and over again, and the music video for “Mosquito” continues to creep me out. This album has a song produced by the GOD James Murphy. The two songs that are to be listened are called “Sacrilege” and “Mosquito”.

18. James Blake – Overgrown

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Overgrown is one of those albums you can have playing while you do EVERYTHING. Driving? Overgrown. Sleeping? Overgrown. Shopping for groceries? Overgrown. The song “Retrograde” just resonates with your ever living soul. You probably hum, I know I do. His previous album is just a preview of what he can do. This album really shows a mature James Blake. Amazing.

17. The National – Trouble Will Find Me

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I started listening to this album by playing the song “Fireproof” through my speakers. It was like a wild fire and before I realized it I had listened to this album multiple times through. There are other songs to look forward to hearing, “Don’t Swallow The Cap”, “This Is The Last Time”, and “I Need My Girl” are just some of the few that need to be named.

16. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

Modern Vampires of the City

The pop that was seen on previous albums is again found in this album. The gang of four that call themselves Vampire Weekend have once again made a great album. Songs like “Step”, “Diane Young”, and “Unbelievers” really can be traced back to their first album. This album receives my 5 Diane Youngs out of 5 Diane Youngs.
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Kyle’s Best of 2013

2013 wasn’t an amazing year for music, but a lot of cool things did happen. There were artists who re-emerged on the scene in Daft Punk, My Bloody Valentine, Boards of Canada, and The Pixies, and then there was a movement headed by Daft Punk and Arcade Fire to try and revive disco in a modernized way. The reason for my semi-disappointment is that a lot of the artist’s efforts this year to set a new standard for their peers failed in my eyes to create something overly significant and lasting (with one exception). Motives aside, and favoritism thrown out the window, here are my top 25 albums to get released in 2013

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25. Of Montreal- Lousy With Sylvianbriar

Release Date: October 08, 2013

Grade: B

I’m really interested to know if this album’s stripped down and more accessible approach was a choice made by Barnes or his management. A part of me hates it because I view him as one of the most fascinating artists out there and really enjoy hearing what he creates when he tries to make electronic masterpieces, but Lousy With Sylvianbriar serves as a reminder to earlier Of Montreal days when he made his living off making pretty pop songs and displayed his thoughts in a less bizarre way.

Track Pick: “Triumph of Disintegration

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24. Thee Oh Sees- Floating Coffin

Release Date: April 16, 2013

Grade: B

One of the better noisy rock albums that came out this year, Thee Oh Sees is a band that must be an absolute blast to see live and tries to capture that energy on the album. When that does happen it’s an awesome thing to hear, but it happens inconsistently as interest tends to fade during the second half of the album, but there are some gems on it like the one suggested below in “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster”.

Track Pick: “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster

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Afraid of Heights

23. Wavves- Afraid of Heights

Release Date: March 16, 2013

Grade: B

I like listening to Wavves because their music is fun, and that’s why Afraid of Heights gets mentioned here despite it’s struggle to be substantial. They can do much better than this and have shown potential to write interesting songs, but they haven’t quite gotten to their peak yet in my opinion and I’m hopeful that they do soon.

Track Pick: “Cop

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22. The National- Trouble Will Find Me

Release Date: May 17, 2013
Grade: B

The product was still good on Trouble Will Find Me, but it’s a difficult one to get inspired by because it sounds uninspired in comparison to the previous three releases. I do enjoy Berninger’s delivery and cadence in their music a lot though, and it appears that even a sub-par record by The National is a quality album when you compare it to it’s peers.

Track Pick: “Don’t Swallow the Cap

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peace-in-love-album-leak21. Peace- In Love

Release Date: March 25, 2013

Grade: B+

This was the debut album for the group and it was a great success by a lot of standards. Their sound has evolved already from their first EP, and In Love is a more consistent album than most bands will achieve in their entire discography, let alone on their debut. This group has a ton of potential but I still have some questions about which genre they ultimately gravitate towards, because they’re stuck in between pop and rock right now and that’s not a good place for them to be because they’re completely different approaches.

Track Pick: “California Daze

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