Favorite albums and singles of 2013

It’s been a wonderful week of disconnection. After a ton of traveling, I’m back home in Pasadena staying at my parents’ house. My internal clock is totally whack due to overlapping jet lags so I’ve been sleeping at odd hours, floating about and re-balancing myself with cooking, reading, and going on long runs. My head has been shoved up the proverbial ass of TPP for so long I needed a bit of distance to put some perspective on the work I’ve been doing.

Anyway. I’m getting antsy and so I plan to spend my week getting back into the swing of things. Part of that involves posting on this blog~ First I’m gonna list of my favorite albums and singles of the year. Some of these songs/albums might not have been released from this year but I’d like to be able to look back at this and remember that these made up the soundtrack for my 2013. These aren’t in any particular order…and I was so damn busy that I probably missed a ton of amazing music but I’ll try to catch up. Maybe they’ll be in my list for next year.

Here we go!

Best Albums

Bonobo :: The North Borders

If there was such a thing as gourmet music, I’d say this album would be it. Bonobo never fails to put out strong work without relying on a predictable formula. There’s something about their music that’s energizing and soothing at the same time. So good for lone traveling or late night commutes from work.

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Jon Hopkins :: Immunity

I’ve been listening to this while working. The best song, which I almost just wanted to put in the singles list, is “Open Eye Signal.” The music video is pretty awesome too.

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Ponytail :: Do Whatever You Want All the Time

I’ve liked this album for a while, but I got really obsessed with it when I re-discovered it on my ipod that I only use for running. I don’t even know what you’d call it but it’s like avant-garde punk with female vocals screaming jibberish. It’s probably not for everyone. I think it’s amazing for running and so I still listen to it constantly. Sadly, they broke up over four years ago.

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Charles Bradley :: Victim of Love

Beautiful, heartbreaking R&B/blues love songs by a man who started off as a James Brown impersonator. When I’m bummed out about my love life this makes me feel somewhat better.

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King Krule :: 6 Feet Beneath the Moon

Genius 19-year old kid. I swear this guy is going to be the next Bob Dylan.

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Arcade Fire :: Reflektor

It’s all over the place, and some songs I’m not so crazy about but on the whole it’s a wonderful clusterfuck of gorgeous tunes.

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Mount Kimbie :: Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

Great music to chill out, do housework, or drive to. Also features King Krule!

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Best Singles

DARKSIDE – “Paper Trails”

I must’ve listened to this live session over 100 times.

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James Blake – “Retrograde”

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Major Lazer – “Get Free Feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors”

Not from this year but I was so damn obsessed with this song this year. Kinda still am.

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Slow Magic – “On Yr Side”

Hands-fucking-down the best show I’ve seen all year when he opened for Gold Panda. I’m keepin an eye on this guy.

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Julieta Venegas – “Te Vi”

I just love this song. It also makes me think of my amazing trips to South America this year and the great friends I’ve made on them. Yea yea…it’s probably just because this song is in Spanish. So what? 😛

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CHVRCHES – The Mother We Share

ALL my guy friends were obsessed with this song and with the lead singer Lauren Mayberry, who’s admittedly pretty damn cute. Probably heard this 348309832409823 times this year.

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YACHT – “Party at the NSA”

Cuz…come on. 🙂

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