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
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
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
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
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
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.
15. Holy Ghost! – Dynamics
Dynamics is the second album released by super awesome DFA band Holy Ghost! They attempt and succeed to revive the great era of disco. They released awesome, synth-filled songs like “Dumb Disco Ideas” and “Okay”, both songs that make you want to get up and dance or at least shake your head.
Take a break from reading and Dance!!
14. Atoms For Peace – AMOK
“Ingenue” has by far the best choreographed music video (I had to get that out there). This album is quiet and filled with ambient noises. Thom Yorke, Flea (of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame), Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker, and Mauro Refosco all come together to create this combination of art and music. Listen to “Ingenue” and “Judge, Jury, and Executioner”.
13. Classixx – Hanging Gardens
Another album that successfully recreates the disco era in 2013. The song “All You’re Waiting For” just makes me want to listen to it over and over and over again. It might because it has Nancy Whang featuring in it. The song “Holding On” just reminds of old Daft Punk days. Listen to this lovely electric album.
12. Dr. Dog – B-Room
Dr. Dog releases another album. Is this one any different? Yes. It is. They built a brand new studio and living area somewhere in a factory in a Philadelphia. It reinvokes the idea of folk-psychedelic rock in the 21st century. Songs like “Distant Light” and “Rock and Roll” are some of the must-listens on this album.
11. Cut Copy – Free Your Mind
The album cover accurately portrays how the songs will sound. Songs like “Let Me Show You Love” is just another successful attempt at reviving the disco era in the year 2013. The song “We Are Explorers” erupts into a lovely bass as the song starts then develops into a delicious synth as the chorus begins. What’s not to love about this 12 year old band bringing back the disco days?
10. Telekinesis – Dormarion
Something about this album just gets to me. It might be the way the first song, “Power Lines” just ERUPTS with a guitar riff about a minute in. This album is filled with short songs (only 2 of them are 4 minutes long with a majority in the 2-3 min category) that absolutely make the album great. Songs like “Wires”, “Ghosts and Creatures”, “Lean on Me”, “Laissez-Faire”, and just about every single song must be listened to at least once.
9. Of Montreal – Lousy With Sylvianbriar
Most people would say that ‘oh this is just another of Montreal album’ but I would disagree! This is up there in their discography with Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? Songs like “Triumph of Disintegration”, “Hegira Emigre”, “Belle Glade Missionaries”, and just about every other song on this album make it what might be their best since Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
8. Arctic Monkeys – AM
The Arctic Monkeys release their fifth album. It definitely is more upbeat then their third one and takes a couple of themes from the first two albums. It takes those themes, puts them in bottles, lets it age for 6 years and then puts it into this album. Songs like “R U Mine?” just invite you to put on a leather jacket and dark sunglasses to ride into the sinking sun. If you ever wanna feel ‘cool’, listen to this album.
7. Ski Lodge – Big Heart
Ski Lodge is one of those bands that attempts to bring back the same things that made The Smiths famous. It is past the time of The Smiths, but that doesn’t change how awesome this album is because this surf-rock album is one of the best albums I’ve heard all year. I could listen to it wherever, whenever. Songs like “Down On This Southern Tip”, “Boy”, “Does It Bring You Down”, and “Just To Be Like You” are great examples for why this album is amazing.
6. Wavves – Afraid of Heights
I loved the last album and this is just another thing by the Wavves to love. These Californian rockers made another good album. The album starts off with the song, “Sail To The Sun” and progresses into songs like “Afraid of Heights”. This album has upbeat guitars, rhythmic drums and the voice that the band is known for. This album is filled with lyrics that just scream sad, for example: “Split my teeth and tongue, Chew on my gums, To hunt is to carry, Lay my head to rest, Under a grave”, but it still continues to be one of the best albums regardless.
5. Kings of Leon – Mechanical Bull
Kings of Leon came out with an album in 2010 and three years later released this album. The first two songs suck you into this album, especially “Rock City”, I’ve listened to that song whenever I just wanna imagine driving down a long highway towards a unknown city in a convertible. It reminds me of the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas when it starts out, “I was running through the desert, I was looking for drugs”. This album is number 5 for a reason.
4. Local Natives – Hummingbird
Local Natives released their second album on January 29th, 2013. I remember distinctly driving to the record store in the rain just to buy this album. I’ve listened to this in every single mood. This might have been a sadder album then their last but that just adds to how amazing this album is. Play any song and you’ll understand why this album is great, but if you’re having trouble choosing a song, I suggest playing “Breakers”, “Three Months”, or “Wooly Mammoths”.
3. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
Phoenix is a french band that just blew up with their last album. The band had to live up to a lot in this album, and they did. The album starts up with “Entertainment” and takes off from there, with the songs “Trying to Be Cool” and “SOS in Bel-Air” proving that this band really understands how to make great music using synths, guitars, and drums.
Cool Fun Fact: They performed “Entertainment” at the Palace of Versailles. Check it out.
2. The Strokes – Comedown Machine
The Strokes last album came out in 2011. Everyone enjoyed it. This album came out in 2013 and I enjoyed it. The five guys that comprise The Strokes have really made another great album. Songs like “All The Time” remind me of their debut album, Is This It?, and just scream “we’re back!”. Check out “Welcome to Japan”, “Happy Ending”, and my personal favorite “80’s Comedown Machine”.
1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Arcade Fire. James Murphy. David Bowie. There are so many great names on this album, that you’d expect it to win a grammy like their last album. The album starts out with the song “Reflektor” reminding us of the days of LCD Soundsystem, and the fact that the ghost of James Murphy can definitely be found in the depths of the song. “Joan of Arc” reminds us that Arcade Fire can still rock out and play awesome guitar riffs. The second CD contains what might be my favorite song by Arcade Fire to date. “Afterlife” might just be the greatest song of 2013, “Because when love is gone, where does it go?” I suggest listening to this album, then listening to it once more.
That is the Top 20 Albums of 2013 according to me, dj bANANAS iN pAjAMAMAS. Leave a reply and tell me YOUR favorite albums of 2013.