End of Year Review 2013

9 Abums 2013

Hello again,

This is now my 4th year making this list.  Sometimes I do it for fun and sometimes its therapy.  I think that this year it is a little bit of both. I don’t listen to everything so if there is something worth listening to that I didn’t list, let me know. I hope this list is worth looking through and listening to.

Your friend and colleague,

Bojan Jovanovic

Of what I heard, these are my lists…

Top 20 Albums:

  1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
  2. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  3. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels
  4. Phoenix – Bankrupt!
  5. She & Him – Vol. 3
  6. Wild Belle – Isles
  7. Danny Brown – Old
  8. Cayucas – Bigfoot
  9. Surfer Blood – Pythons
  10. The Uncluded – Hokey Fright
  11. Smith Westerns – Soft Will
  12. Haim – Days Are Gone
  13. Local Natives – Hummingbird
  14. Hellfyre Club – Dorner vs. Tookie
  15. King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
  16. Earl Sweatshirt – Doris
  17. Quasimoto – Yessir, Whatever
  18. A$AP Rocky – Long Live A$AP
  19. Pixies – EP1
  20. Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze

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Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City

My #1 album of the year comes from NYC-based Vampire Weekend. This is their third album, Modern Vampires of the City. It is their most complete, mature, and well-rounded album.  It has the hodge-podge nature of their self-titled debut album coupled with a more mature sound that defined parts of their sophomore album, Contra.  Vampire Weekend made my favorite album of the year where lots of great music came out, but nothing stood out overwhelmingly above the rest (see: Kendrick Lamar – GKMC).  I think that I am behind on listening to stuff this year so please tell me what you think.  Also, Yeezus sucked. Good day.

Top 55 Songs: (I have provided for the first 21 tracks. It took a long time. Please listen.)

1. Arcade Fire – “Reflektor”

2. Vampire Weekend – “Step”

3. A$AP Rocky ft. Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown, Yelawolf, Action Bronson, Big K.R.I.T. – “1 Train”

4. Arcade Fire – “Afterlife”

5. Danny Brown – “25 Bucks (ft. Purity Ring)”

6. Vampire Weekend – “Unbelievers”

7. Haim – “The Wire”

8. Run the Jewels – “Sea Legs”

9. The Uncluded – “Bats”

10. Cayucas – “High School Lover”

11. CHVRCHES– “The Mother We Share”

12. Phoenix – “Trying to Be Cool”

13. Local Natives – “Breakers”

14. She & Him – “ I’ve Got Your Number, Son”

15. Danny Brown – “Clean Up”

16. Cults – “High Road”

17. Earl Sweatshirt ft. Frank Ocean – “Sunday”

18. Chance the Rapper – “Juice”

19. James Blake ft. Chance the Rapper – “Life Round Here”

20. Cayucas –“Bigfoot”

21. Open Mike Eagle – “Qualifiers”

22. Busdriver, Open Mike Eagle & milo – “All Pastel Everything”

23. Kanye West – “Black Skinhead”

24. Netherfriends – “Uptown Boys”

25. The Uncluded – “Earthquake”

26. Surfer Blood – “ I Was Wrong”

27. Foxygen – “ Shuggie”

28. A$AP Rocky – “Long Live A$AP”

29. King Krule – “Easy Easy”

30. Danny Brown – “Dip”

31. Shad – “Stylin ft. Saukrates”

32. Kurt Vile – “Never Run Away”

33. Haim – “Forever”

34. Disclosure – “When a Fire Starts To Burn”

35. Beach Fossils – “Generational Synthetic”

36. Phoenix – “S.O.S. in Bel Air”

37. Arcade Fire – “Here Comes the Nighttime”

38. Daft Punk – “Get Lucky”

39. The National – “The Sea of Love”

40. Earl Sweatshirt – “Chum”

41. Portugal. The Man – “Purple Yellow Red and Blue”

42. Big Sean ft. Kendrick Lamar, Jay Electronica – “Control”

43. Surfer Blood – “Weird Shapes”

44. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Sacrilege”

45. Lorde – “Royals”

46. Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home”

47. Pixies – “Andro Queen”

48. Mikal Cronin – “Shout It Out”

49. Parquet Courts – “Stoned and Starving”

50. Pusha T ft. Kendrick Lamar– “Nostalgia”

51. TV on the Radio – “Mercy”

52. Albert Hammond Jr. – “St. Justice”

53. Cayucas -“Cayucos”

54. She & Him – “I Could of Been Your Girl”

55. Run the Jewels ft. Big Boi – “Banana Clipper”

Biggest Pleasant Surprises:

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels

Surfer Blood – Pythons

Haim – Days are Gone

Biggest Disappoint(s):

Local Natives – Hummingbird

Kanye West – Yeezus

Albums that didn’t come out in 2013 but I listened to a lot:

Mac Demarco – 2 (2012)

Lambchop – Mr. M (2012)

Overrated Albums:

Kanye West – Yeezus

Daft Punk – Random Access Memories

Albums to look forward to in 2014 with fingers crossed:

Broken Bells – After the Disco (1/14/14)

Death Cab for Cutie – TBA

Fleet Foxes – TBA

Modest Mouse – TBA

The Roots – TBA

Feist – TBA

Outkast – TBA (Possible)

Dr. Dre – Detox…Hahahahahahah

End of Year Lists:

Best of 2012

Best of 2011

Best of 2010

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