Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Daily Vinyl's Top 10 Albums of 2013

Well this was way harder to narrow down than I expected, but in the end this is my favorite 10 new records from 2013:
#10 - Polica Shulamith - This was never an album I expected to make the top 10, but I kept playing it over, and over, and over.  I can't put my finger on what it is but this album is just something that I constantly want to listen to.
#9 - Panic! At the Disco Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die. - This year both PatD and Fall Out Boy returned to the scene with great new albums with lots of help from their producer, Butch Walker.  Panic won the battle of these two though with just how catchy the key songs Girls/Girls/Boys , This Is Gospel and Miss Jackson were.
#8 - Hanni El Khatib Head in the Dirt - OK I won't lie I listened to maybe three of his songs before I went to see him live; it was one of those go see this band that will probably be good, or regret forever feeling, but that show made me an instant fan.
#7 - Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires in the City - Their last album Contra never really hooked me in so I was skeptical when this came out.  However, by the time I got to "Diane Young" I knew this record would be spinning all year.
#6 - Atoms of Peace AMOK - So Thom York + Flea & Co played these shows in 2010 and I was blown away.....but then we had to wait till 2013 to listen an album.  Yes, the results were worth the result.  This was the perfect follow up to Thom's Eraser I just hope we don't have to wait as long for their next work together.
#5 - Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience - No one get's me acting like a 15 year old fan girl like JT does, but then there may not be anyone else that is as multi-talented as he is. Would I love is SNL just became the JT show, sure...but I am much happier that he surprises us with new music every few years.  No one else can make an 8 minute long pop song like him and keep me drawn in the whole time.
#4 - Daft Punk RAM - Does anything else need to be said about Daft Punk?  They are great.  They changed their game, again.  End result (as always), greatness.
#3 - Dads Pretty Good - Yes I have a 14 minute long EP at number three on my list.  I hate labels on music because that label can mean so many different things to everyone, but this is EMO.  Two guys just laying it all out on the stage and if you can make it through listening to "No, We're Not Actually" without feeling it then you don't have a heart.
#2 - The Maine Forever Halloween - How did a band that started their carreer with super sugar pop song's like "The Way We Talk" make it to #2 on the list, by growing up and maturing.  I think the band's evolution over the last 5-6 years has kept them off a lot of critics radar, and they are missing out because of that.  This album is deeply layered; they took their pop tendacies, poored on some heartbreak, and polished it off with Brendan Benson's production to leave me with a great tasting album to listen to.
#1 - Kanye West Yeezus - How can you follow and improve on Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy?  You can't, you have to throw the game book out the window and start in a new direction.  Strip away all the soul samples and guests appearances and just give us just the beats and word (yes samples and guests are here, but not like before.)  If he hasn't won you over as life long fan by the time "Bound 2" finishes then he never will because this album should be number one on everyone's list.


  1. Have you sorted through the responses and chosen a winner yet?

  2. No Fallout Boy? Thought you loved that band