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New Music Editor Lisa Thomas's Top 50 Albums of 2013

Metro's New Music Editor, Lisa Thomas has been busy working on a list of the Top 50 Albums for this year. The list is provocative and informative, and a great way to get current with the great new music being produced this year! Join us after the Jump for listicle mayhem! (and a lot of cool videos!)

Published August 19, 2013 in Culture      15 Comments    Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article


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Arranged in ascending order!


#50

Kylesa






#49

Austra -Olympia






#48

Disclosure -Settle






#47

Jim James -Regions Of Light And Sound Of God






#46

Charles Bradley -Victim Of Love






#45

Deerhunter -Monomania






#44

Shout Out Louds - Optica






#43

Daughter- If You Leave






#42

Widowspeak -Almanac






#41

Atlas Genius -When It Was Now






#40

David Bowie- The Next Day









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15 Comments

KenFSU

August 19, 2013, 03:43:21 PM
Great list, Lisa!

funwithteeth

August 19, 2013, 03:57:22 PM
Even when I cared about keeping up with new music, I couldn't have put together a list of 50 for a whole year much less half a year.

KenFSU

August 19, 2013, 04:22:13 PM
Even when I cared about keeping up with new music, I couldn't have put together a list of 50 for a whole year much less half a year.

I know how you feel. I used to have favorite albums. CDs that I could and would listen to over and over, liner notes in hand. Now, I doubt I've even sampled 50 albums this year, let alone spent enough time with them to rank them critically. It's a shame. I still connect with individual tracks, but the advent of podcasts, coupled with a la carte services like Spotify and iTunes/Google Play, have forever changed my relationship with music. It's no longer scarce. When you've got every song by every band at your fingertips and limited, fragmented spare time, you end up cherry picking your songs of the week, listening to them a few times, and then rinsing and repeating. Every once in a while a full album will creep up on me -- Frank Ocean, Watch the Throne, Explosions in the Sky, Frightened Rabbit, Taylor Swift -- but more often than not it's one or two listens and out. Just don't think many albums proper will ever have the cultural traction of those in the past.

I-10east

August 19, 2013, 04:44:27 PM
Seems like there are alot of underground/indie artists on this list. I can only name four artists on this list that I've heard of LOL

stephendare

August 19, 2013, 04:56:55 PM
Seems like there are alot of underground/indie artists on this list. I can only name four artists on this list that I've heard of LOL

New Music.  New Music Editor.

funwithteeth

August 19, 2013, 04:57:28 PM
The last page doesn't fully load for me. It stops at #3.

Albums from This Year I Really, Really Like

Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus
Kanye West - Yeezus
A$AP Rocky - Long. Live. ASAP
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away

uh...the Bowie and Yo La Tengo albums were decent. The Phoenix record is a good EP hiding in a bloated LP.

I-10east

August 19, 2013, 05:36:49 PM
New Music.  New Music Editor.

My bad Stephen!  ;)

CityLife

August 19, 2013, 07:18:18 PM
Great list Lisa! I'm too busy these days to keep up with music like I did in my twenties, but know enough of the bands on the list to know that you really know your stuff. I really like Foxygen, "No Destruction" is one of my favorite songs of the year. Also like Local Natives, but they're a better live band and have been killing the festival circuit this summer. Vampire Weekend just make great catchy music and have cemented themselves as one of the best bands of their generation. Lot of other good choices on the list and some of my old favorites that I haven't even listened to yet.

Arcade Fire are supposedly releasing an album later in the year, so barring something crazy, you can almost pencil that in at #1 for year. Another strong album and they can possibly compete with Radiohead as the best band of the past ______ years. Also interested to hear MGMT's new album. Congratulations is one of the most underrated albums of the past few years imo.

jcjohnpaint

August 19, 2013, 07:47:46 PM
Really enjoyed listening

avonjax

August 19, 2013, 11:32:40 PM
Great list Lisa! I'm too busy these days to keep up with music like I did in my twenties, but know enough of the bands on the list to know that you really know your stuff. I really like Foxygen, "No Destruction" is one of my favorite songs of the year. Also like Local Natives, but they're a better live band and have been killing the festival circuit this summer. Vampire Weekend just make great catchy music and have cemented themselves as one of the best bands of their generation. Lot of other good choices on the list and some of my old favorites that I haven't even listened to yet.

Arcade Fire are supposedly releasing an album later in the year, so barring something crazy, you can almost pencil that in at #1 for year. Another strong album and they can possibly compete with Radiohead as the best band of the past ______ years. Also interested to hear MGMT's new album. Congratulations is one of the most underrated albums of the past few years imo.


I used to feel old and out of touch but now not so much.
I have listened to a lot of the music here and actually bought some of the CD's.  I have to agree with you about Arcade Fire. Unless it's somehow terrible which I can't imagine it could be the best of the year. Radiohead is my favorite band of the last 15 years.
Love MGMT too. Right now though if I had to pick my favorite of the year so far the honor goes to Vampire Weekend. I can't seem to stop playing it. Really like the Washed Out album too.

jcjohnpaint

August 20, 2013, 08:12:14 PM
New Arcade Fire?

CityLife

August 20, 2013, 10:39:19 PM
^Later this year allegedly

JaxJersey-licious

August 20, 2013, 11:26:56 PM
What struck me about your list of modern music were some of your inclusions: David Bowie, Johnny Marr, Camera Obscura, Primal Scream, Yo La Tengo, that band with a lead singer that sounds like early-period Siouxsie Sioux. There was some excellent music coming out back in those days when those artists were at their peak. That's what I loved about your choices -you're obviously someone  well-entrenched in today's modern music scene with good solid roots in rock music history.

I beg of you to have an end of the year follow-up to this list because referring to it as the 50-best-albums-of-2013-that-probably-didn't-consider-the-new-self-titled-album-from-The-Civil-Wars countdown to my friends gets a little wordy and tiresome  ;)

stephendare

August 21, 2013, 03:35:33 PM
#1
The National -- Sea of Love
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/yIWmRbHDhGw" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/yIWmRbHDhGw</a>

sheclown

August 21, 2013, 07:36:48 PM
^I like it!
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