Almost There (AOTY & Top List Preview)

Well, friends, October is almost upon us. We’re getting into the late autumn and early winter months and you know what that means…end of the year lists! Well, not quite yet. Those won’t be here until late December. However, it has come to my attention that this year in music has been absolutely spectacular. I was going through my 2013 playlist on iTunes and my “Need To Listen” list on my desktop, and I subsequently thought “Wow. How am I ever going to pick my Top 10 albums this year?” I decided a while ago that I’m going to be expanding my personal list to 25 albums, just so I don’t feel bad about leaving certain albums out. This post is merely a preview of what my list may (or may not) look like in a few months.

But mainly I’m posting this for discussion purposes. I love talking music with people and I want to hear what you all have been enjoying this year and what you’re still looking forward to as 2013 rolls along! I’ve broken up all of the albums concerned into a few categories, including a list of all the albums I haven’t gotten to yet (it’s quite expansive and I have some serious work I need to do to catch up), as well as some albums that are still to come that I could see potentially fitting on my list. So go ahead and peruse at your own will. Feel free to comment and say what you have and haven’t liked. And, by all means, add something that you think was awesome that you feel I should check out! If you introduce me to a new album or band that I love, we’ll be the best of friends (maybe not, but you’ll be a cool person for doing it). Enjoy! The albums listed are alphabetical and don’t reflect how they might finish by year’s end.


“Definitely Making It”:

Arcade Fire: Reflektor; Daft Punk: Random Access Memories; Earl Sweatshirt: Doris; James Blake: Overgrown; Justin Timberlake: The 20/20 Experience [Part 1]; Kanye West: Yeezus; The National: Trouble Will Find Me; Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You; Phosphorescent: Muchacho; Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City

“Good Stuff, But I’m Still Thinking”:

Atoms For Peace: Amok; Ben Rector: The Walking In Between; The Civil Wars: The Civil Wars; Drake: Nothing Was the Same; Judah & The Lion: Sweet Tennessee; The Lonely Island: The Wack Album; Phoenix: Bankrupt!; Relient K: Collapsible Lung; Unknown Mortal Orchestra: II; Youth Lagoon: Wonderous Bughouse

“Let Me Give It A Few More Listens”:

AlunaGeorge: Body Music; A$AP Rocky: LongLiveA$AP; The Avett Brothers: Magpie And The Dandelion; Boards of Canada: Tomorrow’s Harvest; Chance the Rapper: Acid Rap; Danny Brown: Old; David Bowie: The Next Day; The Flaming Lips: The Terror; Gregory Alan Isakov: The Weatherman; The Head and The Heart: Let’s Be Still; Iron & Wine: Ghost On Ghost; Josh Ritter: The Beast In Its Tracks; Local Natives: Hummingbird; Lorde: Pure Heroine; Mikal Cronin: MCII; of Montreal: lousy with sylvianbriar; Portugal. The Man: Evil Friends; Pure Bathing Culture: Moon Tide; Pusha T: My Name Is My Name; Sigur Ros: Kveikur; Tyler, the Creator: Wolf; Washed Out: Paracosm

“Haven’t Made It There Yet/YES, I KNOW I’M BEHIND”:

Autre Ne Veut: Anxiety; Baths: Obsidian; Bill Callahan: Dream River; Chvrches: The Bones of What You Believe; Darkside: Psychic; Deerhunter: Monomania; Dirty Beaches: Drifters / Love Is the Devil; Disclosure: Settle; The Dodos: Carrier; Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: Edward & The Magnetic Zeros; Elvis Costello & The Roots; Forest Swords: Engravings; Four Tet: Beautiful Rewind; Gungor: I Am Mountain; HAIM: Days Are Gone; J. Cole: Born Sinner; Janelle Monae: The Electric Lady; The Knife: Shaking the Habitual; Kurt Vile: Wakin On a Pretty Daze; MGMT: MGMT; Mount Kimbie: Cold Spring Fault Less Youth; Mount Moriah: Miracle Temple; My Bloody Valentine: mbv; Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Push the Sky Away; Queens of the Stone Age: Like Clockwork; Run the Jewels: Run the Jewels; Savages: Silence Yourself; Search the City: Flight; Speedy Ortiz: Major Arcana; STRFKR: Miracle Mile; Surfer Blood: Python; These New Puritans: Field of Reeds; Toro Y Moi: Anything In Return; Volcano Choir: Repave; Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mosquito; Yo La Tengo: Fade; Young Galaxy: Ultramarine

“Could Sneak In There”:

Childish Gambino: Because The Internet; Five Iron Frenzy: Engine of a Million Plots; Hopsin: Knock Madness; Lady GaGa: ARTPOP


That’s about it. If I left anything out, feel free to let me know! Cheers, y’all.


2 thoughts on “Almost There (AOTY & Top List Preview)

  1. [md] December 11, 2013 / 5:36 am

    check out the records “Immunity” by Jon Hopkins and “No Better Time Than Now” by Shigeto.

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