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2013 End of the Year List

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What a great year!! There was a lot of stuff I barely got around to listening to (like every year) but these are my top ten:

  1. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
  2. Mansions - Doom Loop
  3. Paramore - Paramore
  4. The Dangerous Summer - Golden Record
  5. Balance and Composure - The Things We Think We’re Missing
  6. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
  7. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
  8. Phoenix - Bankrupt!
  9. Jimmy Eat World - Damage
  10. Into It. Over It. - Intersections

Honorable Mentions:

  • The Swellers - The Light Under Closed Doors
  • Hellogoodbye - Everything Is Debatable

EP’s:

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  1. Diamond Youth - Orange
  2. Young Statues - Age Isn’t Ours

Are there any albums you think I should have had on my list?

Let me know! I’ll check them out.


Mid-Year Favorites

I could probably choose 10 albums for this but that would probably end up being all that I listened to and there were a few I didn’t particularly enjoy very much (ahem, Transit, Fall Out Boy, etc.) so here’s my top 5!

Albums:

  1. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
  2. Paramore - Paramore
  3. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
  4. K Sera - Collisions & Near Misses
  5. Jimmy Eat World - Damage

EP’s:

I just want to include these because they are both great!

  1. Diamond Youth - Orange
  2. Young Statues - Age Isn’t Ours

Ahem, no one cares.

I will go back to posting my normal random things after this. I just want to say one more thing about The National. My favorite part in all of High Violet is in Conversation 16 when he sings “I was afraid I’d eat your brains… ‘CAUSE IIIIII’M EEEEVIL”. It’s brilliant. How can anyone make those lyrics sound so beautiful? And the music is stunning, just fantastic songwriting.

Ok, I’m done!


Top Ten: Updated Most Anticipated of 2013

When I made my end of the year list for 2012, I did not even realize all the good stuff potentially being released this year. OK, so here’s an updated list. 2013 is going to be a great year for music.

  • The Dangerous Summer
    I don’t think it’s possible that I won’t love their new album.
  • Eisley
    Shoot. I never even got The Valley but I probably will eventually. Regardless, I’m hoping for something good.
  • Hellogoodbye
    Would It Kill You? was such a leap forward for this band. I don’t think anyone saw that coming. I’m expecting good things.
  • Jimmy Eat World
    With 7 albums already under their belt, and most of them being awesome, there’s really no doubt this will be another solid release.
  • Mansions
    I’m excited to see where this band will go after Dig Up the Dead; I really loved that album.
  • The National
    First time I listened to this band I hated them then they eventually grew on me and I listened to High Violet on repeat for a while. I can now say I’m a fan and I’m looking forward to some new stuff.
  • Paramore
    The way I’ve seen it, this band has gotten better with each album so hopefully their new one will continue that streak.
  • Relient K
    This band has a knack for good, catchy pop-rock songs. I’m sure this will be some more of that.
  • Saves the Day
    I think this is another band with a solid discography but you either like them or you don’t. I like them.
  • Transit
    Possibly my favorite pop-punk band right now. Listen & Forgive took me a while to get into but once I did, I was hooked. Can’t imagine the new album not being great.

Honorable mentions: Balance & Composure, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Justin Timberlake, Kevin Devine, Moving Mountains

There’s also some stuff I’m not even sure is going to be released this year but I’m hoping:

  • Arcade Fire
  • Brand New (always hoping)
  • Into It. Over It.
  • Manchester Orchestra
  • Seahaven
  • Tigers Jaw

Music Recommendations

I’m sick, so I have plenty of time to listen to some new music. If you feel so inclined, please either reply to this post or send me an ask with whatever albums you think I should listen to! It can be new or old and from whatever genre. I’d really appreciate it!

Some stuff I’ve been listening to:

  • Young Statues' self-titled album is pretty great. I don't have it yet but I've listened to it a bit on Spotify. Pretty Girls Make Raves is my jam.
  • I finally bought High Violet by The National and holy smokes, I’m super into this band now. I actually hated them when I first listened to them too.
  • The new Gaslight Anthem single is getting a lot of listens. I swear, this band can do no wrong in my eyes. Handwritten is easily my most anticipated album this year.
  • Also, Kenny Vasoli (singer of The Starting Line)’s new project, Vacationer, is super good. I will probably love whatever music this guy makes anyway.