Thursday, October 9, 2014

The Best of 2013 - Albums/Other recorded things!

Alright, this is well overdue, so let's just fucking get to it. I did originally post a top 20 on Facebook back in December last year, but since then there have been a few albums that have caught my ear, and I've had to revise the chart somewhat with three new entries - namely albums from Bastille, Violent Soho, and The Bennies. This meant that the original positions 20-18 have been bumped out. They were, from 20-18; Biffy Clyro - Opposites,  Bonobo - The North Borders and The Bronx - The Bronx IV. Sorry guys! But without further ado:

20. Deafheaven - Sunbather (USA) 
19. Sigur Ros - Kveikur (Iceland) 
18. High Tension - Death Beat (Australia) 
17. The Dillinger Escape Plan - One of Us is the Killer (USA) 
16. The Cat Empire - Steal the Light (Australia) 
15. Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused to Sing (and Other Stories) (UK)
14. Bastille - Bad Blood (UK) 
13. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away (Australia) 
12. Holden - The Inheritors (UK)
11. Violent Soho - Hungry Ghost (Australia)
10. The Bennies - Rainbows in Space (Australia) 
9. The Drones - I See Seaweed (Australia) 
8. Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork (USA) 
7. My Bloody Valentine - mbv (Ireland) 
6. Jon Hopkins - Immunity (UK) 
5. Clowns - I'm Not Right (Australia) 
4. Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks (USA) 
3. James Blake - Overgrown (UK) 
2. Fuck Buttons - Slow Focus (UK) 
1. Karnivool - Asymmetry (Australia)

So, that's that. We got there in the end! I think part of the reason it took so long is that last year, I found myself consuming a lot more new music than I usually do - which can only be a good thing. And you can certainly tell by the list of honourable mentions! Oh, and since I've made it a bit of a tradition each year to comment on how much of the chart was local content, I should say that eight out of the top 20 were Australian acts, which certainly isn't as much as previous years. And four of those were in the top 10. I dunno what it was about that year! Anyway, those honourable mentions: (perhaps a top THIRTY is in order next year!)

65daysofstatic - Wild Light
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Balance and Composure - The Things We Think We're Missing
Batpiss - Nuclear Winter
Biffy Clyro - Opposites
Bonobo - The North Borders
Boy & Bear - Harlequin Dream
Carcass - Surgical Steel
Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
Daniel Avery - Drone Logic
Dead Letter Circus - The Catalyst Fire
Dick Diver - Calendar Days
Factory Floor - Factory Floor
Fat Freddy's Drop - Blackbird
Future of the Left - How to Stop Your Brain in an Accident
How to Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion
I Am Duckeye - Husband
Kadavar - Abra Kadavar
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Eyes Like the Sky
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Float Along - Fill Your Lungs
Kurt Vile - Wakin' On a Pretty Daze
Lorde - Pure Heroine
Melbourne Ska Orchestra - Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group - Woman Gives Birth to Tomato!
Palms (US) - Palms
Pantha Du Prince & the Bell Laboratory - Elements of Light
Pearl Jam - Lightning Bolt
Pond - Hobo Rocket
Russian Circles - Memorial
Sepultura - The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart
Tesseract - Altered State
The Bronx - The Bronx (IV)
The National - Trouble Will Find Me
The Ocean - Pelagial
This Town Needs Guns -
Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
Wil Wagner - Laika

And the top five EPs! As usual, local content dominated this category!
5. The Bennies - Better Off Dread
4. On Sierra - Music to Crack Safes To
3. Sheriff - Roughhouse Hymns
2. Stockades - Stockades
1. The Smith Street Band - Don't Fuck With Our Dreams 

Top five songs of 2012:
5. Violent Soho - Covered in Chrome
4. Jon Hopkins - Open Eye Signal
3. Clowns - Eat a Gun
2. The Bennies - Party Smashers
1. Karnivool - We Are

Best live release: Dead Can Dance - In Concert