End of Year Review 2013

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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

End of Year Review – 2012

End of Year Review – 2012

Hello again,

As many many many people do around this time, I have compiled my favorite music for 2012.  This is now the 4th year in a row that I have done this.  I have recieved a varying degree of interest from friends, strangers, and robots.  I think that I have started to just do it for my sake. I enjoy it. I like to recap the year in music and figure out what I liked the most.  I also like to possibly inspire a few people to listen to something new and interesting.  As always, this is my list of artists and songs that I have listened to. Remember being a college or high school student with nothing to do for like 5 hours straight? That doesn’t happen anymore.  I try to listen to as much stuff as possible, but as you all know life gets in the way. Of what I heard, these are my lists.  If there is something missing that you think I should listen to, let me know. I am always looking for something new.

Enjoy.

 good kid maad city

Top 20 Albums of 2012:

1. Kendrick Lamar – good kid m.A.A.d. city

2. Beach House – Bloom 

3. Grizzly Bear – Shields

4. Killer Mike- R.A.P. Music

5. Aesop Rock – Skelethon

6. The xx – Coexist 

7. The Shins –Port of Morrow

8. Passion Pit – Gossemer

9. Joey BadA$$ –1999

10. El-P – Cancer 4 Cure

11. Captain Murphy – Duality

12. Yeasayer – Fragrant World

13. Action Bronson – Rare Chandeliers

14. Tame Impala – Lonerism

15. P.O.S. – We Don’t Even Live Here

16. Open Mike Eagle – 4NML HSPTL

17. Miike Snow – Happy To You

18. alt-J –An Awesome Wave

19. Ab-Soul – Control System

20. JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs

Kendrick Lamar -good kid m.A.A.d. city

My #1 album of the year comes from Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar. good kid m.A.A.d. city is a concept album that might have ruined concept albums for any other artist for the rest of time.  It is really that good. It is unfair to other rappers. He is an incredible wordsmith without sounding too wordy. Something about his music is effortlessly real.  This, unlike most things that come out in the 21st century, is an “album”.  Listening to these tracks on their own does not do the album justice, it has to be listened to in its entirety.  I am really impressed with Kendrick’s ability to put out the album that he wanted to make. I was a little worried when I saw the features and I had a feeling it was going to be a “first major” commercial sounding release.  It’s not. It is very good and if you like hip hop and think, “No one makes real hip hop anymore”. You are wrong. This is it. Enjoy.

 

Top 50 Songs of 2012: (Top 10 Audio/Video at the bottom of Post)

1. Danny Brown – “Grown Up”

2. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”

3. Kendrick Lamar – “Cartoons and Cereal”

4.  Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

5. Joey Bada$$ – “Waves”

6. Killer Mike – “Untitled”

7. Grimes – “Oblivion”

8. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

9. Beach House – “The Hours”

10. The Shins – “Simple Song”

11. Passion Pit – “Carried Away”

12. Tennis – “Petition”

13. alt-J – “Breezeblocks”

14. The xx – “Angels”

15. P.O.S. – “Bumper”

16. David Byrne and St. Vincent – “Who”

17. Yeasayer – “Henrietta”

18. A$AP Rocky – “Goldie”

19. Ab-Soul ft.Danny Brown and Jhene Aiko – “Terrorist Threats”

20. The Shins – “Bait and Switch”

21. Kendrick Lamar – “Backseat Freestyle”

22. G.O.O.D. Music – “Mercy”

23. Miike Snow – “Paddling Out”

24. El-P – “Drones over BKLYN”

25. Passion Pit – “Constant Conversations”

26. Joey Bada$$ ft. Capital STEEZ – “Survival Tactics”

27. Aesop Rock – “Zero Dark Thirty”

28. The Lumineers – “Ho Hey”

29. Action Bronson – “The Symbol”

30. Grizzly Bear – “Sleeping Ute”

31. Sleigh Bells – “Comeback Kid”

32. Open Mike Eagle ft. Has-Lo – “Your Back Pack Past”

33. Yeasayer – “Longevity”

34. Aesop Rock – “Crows 1”

35. JJ DOOM -”Guv’nor”

36. The xx – “Fiction”

37. P.O.S. – “How We Land”

38. Beach House – “Troublemaker”

39. Killer Mike ft. El-P -”Butane”

40. Tame Impala – “Why Won’t They Talk To Me?”

41. Death Grips – “Get Got”

42. Captain Murphy – “The Killing Joke”

43. Lumineers – “Ho Hey”

44. Action Bronson – “Mike Vick”

45. Of Monsters and Men – “Little Talks”

46. Kendrick Lamar – “The Art of Peer Pressure”

47. Two Door Cinema Club – “Handshake”

48. DIIV – “How Long Have You Known”

49. Dirty Projectors – “Gun Has No Trigger”

50. OFWGKTA – “Oldie”

Biggest Pleasant Surprises:

Tame Impala – Lonerism

Joey Bada$$ –1999 

alt-J – An Awesome Wave

Biggest Disappoint(s):

Sleigh Bells –Reign of Terror

Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor II

JJ DOOM – Key to the Kuffs

Albums that didn’t come out in 2012 but I listened to a lot:

Kendrick Lamar – Section .80 (2011)

Danny Brown – XXX (2011)

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago (2008)

Overrated Albums:

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Mature Themes

Schoolboy Q – Habits and Contradictions 

Death Grips – The Money Store

Albums to look forward to in 2013 with fingers crossed:

Smith Westerns – TBA

Local Natives – Hummingbird

Blackstar – ???

Dr. Dre.-Detox…3 year in a row this has been on my list. He did have a hand in making g.k.m.c. so I have to give him some credit.

 

Thank you for reading and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with prosperity and happiness.

Your friend and colleague,

Bojan Jovanovic

 

TOP 10 Songs for 2012

1. Danny Brown – “Grown Up”

2. Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again”

3. Kendrick Lamar – “Cartoons and Cereal”

4.  Kendrick Lamar – “Swimming Pools (Drank)”

5. Joey Bada$$ -“Waves”

6. Killer Mike – “Untitled”

7. Grimes – “Oblivion”

8. Tame Impala – “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”

9. Beach House – “The Hours”

10. The Shins – “Simple Song”

End of the Year Lists (Sorry for the typos)

End Of the Year 2011

End Of the Year 2010

Open Mike Eagle ft. Danny Brown – “Cobra Commander”

Open Mike Eagle and Danny Brown are two of my favorite emcees. I am extremely happy that these two have worked together.  Surprised? Yes.  But, very pleased. I do wish this song was 10 minutes longer.  They each have one verse which leaves everyone just wanting more.  Danny Brown delivers a herky- jerky, slightly tame verse compared to what he has been known to do.  Mike does what has made him one of my favorites, he’s clever, political, and cool.  “So all the free thinkers can all your hands up!”  It’s gloomy and sort of  “Doomsday-ish” The synth laced and heavily layered pounding beat is a suitable content of the track  and who these rappers are.  Again, just upset by the length of the song and hope this is a preview of future things with these 2.   4NML HSPTL LP will be out June 26th.  Pre-order here. Here is “Cobra Commander”.  Enjoy