The Year Of The Glad
A selection of this year’s Bizarro musical favourites – not all necessarily ‘released in 2013’, but at the very least, music effecting a profound influence on how decisions, both personal and professional, were undertaken over the last 365 days – all based on various criteria, including:
*Sustained and pleasurable complementation for pasta preparation, dishwashing and other kitchen-related processes.
*Music least likely to embarrass if caught dancing by oneself late at night in the dark
*Minimum road rage influence.
*Many wasted hours watching earnest television dramas staffed by exceptionally hip and happening music supervisors
*Various other moments of extreme dismay and/or bliss.
Earl Sweatshirt – Hoarse
Laura Mvula – She
Pearl Jam – Sirens
Dutch Uncles – Flexxin
Nobody – Vivid Green
Boards Of Canada – New Seeds
65daysofstatic – Heat Death Infinity Splitter
Polica – Darkstar
Tera Melos – Until Lufthansa
Queens Of The Stone Age – Fair-Weather Friends
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – One At A Time
Thundercat – Message For Austin (Peralta)
Tomahawk – South Paw
Bad Rabbits – We Can Roll
Steve Martin / Edie Brickell – Love Has Come
Take Down The Hero – Otherside Of The World
Janelle Monáe – Sally Ride
“I’m packing my space suit / and I’m taking my shit and moving to the moon / where there are no rules”
Tears For Fears – Ready To Start
Panama – Always
Deaf Heaven – The Pecan Tree
TV On The Radio – DLZ (non-2013)
Haim – Forever
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes (non-2013)
Horns! Tom Morello! The Boss!
Megadrive – Dataline
Out Run electronica is the new Dubstep.
retroactive synthy soundscapes, that’s all the rage with geeks, John Carpenter fans and Ryan Gosling.
Dainumo – Black Mambo
Red Fang – Doen
Clutch – Cyborg Betty
Daft Punk – Giorgio By Moroder
four-seasons-in-one-day epic history lesson.
S. Carey – In The Dirt
Maximum Balloon – Groove Me
Flaming Lips – You Lust
Kanye West – Black Skinhead (Flying Lotus remix, featuring Thundercat)
Childish Gambino – Worldstar
Cute one from TV’s Community makes angsty hip-hop, still better than Kanye.
Buckethead – Ridge Roll
Marnie Stern – Year Of The Glad
…if Sheryl Crow went to MIT.
Fuck Buttons – The Stalker
Biffy Clyro – Black Chandelier
Forest Swords – Anneke’s Battle
Phosphorescent – Song For Zula
The Stepkids – Desert In The Dark
Matthew E White – Big Love
Besnard Lakes – People Of The Sticks
Watermark High – Evolve Already
Teeth Of The Sea – Reaper
spooky psych-proggers add a little extra electronica elements into their already weird and wonderful epic soundscaping. Closest relative to the kind of music I have been attempting in the last year or so.
their hybrid of post rock, electronica, a little bit of funk and other strange noodlings is, if I have to choose, my top band and album of 2013.
Intronaut – Sore Sight For Eyes
Pharrell Williams – Happy
My Bloody Valentine – Only Tomorrow (but rather ‘Soon’)
Glacial shoegaze icons take two decades to record album. World suitably impressed.
And So I Watch You From Afar – Eunoia/Big Thinks Do Remarkable
Monkey Business – Your Girl Looked Like Bill Ward On The Cover Of Paranoid
Autre Ne Veut – I Wanna Dance With Somebody