2013: favorites

  1. Parquet Courts: Light Up Gold (Dull Tools/What's Your Rupture? [2012/2013])
  2. Eric Revis Trio feat. Kris Davis & Andrew Cyrille: City of Asylum (Clean Feed)
  3. The Julie Ruin: Run Fast (TJR / Dischord)
  4. Barry Altschul: The 3dom Factor (TUM Records)
  5. Superchunk: I Hate Music (Merge Records)
  6. Steve Coleman & Five Elements: Functional Arrhythmias (Pi Recordings)
  7. Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I FIght, The More I Love You (Anti-)
  8. Adam Lane Trio: Absolute Horizon (NoBusiness Rcords)
  9. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Slippery Rock (Hot Cup Records)
  10. Billy Martin's Wicked Knee: Heels Over Head (Amulet Records)
  11. Taylor Ho Bynum, John Hébert & Gerald Cleaver/Book of Three: Continuum (2012) (Relative Pitch)
  12. Ralph Alessi: Baida (ECM)
  13. Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City (XL Recordings)
  14. Ceramic Dog: Your Turn (Northern Spy) 
  15. Dismemberment Plan: Uncanney Valley (Partisan)
  16. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Jama Ko (Out Here Records) 
  17. Chance the Rapper: Acid Rap (self-released)
  18. Kacey Musgraves: Same Trailer Different Park (Mercury)
  19. M.I.A.: Matangi (N.E.E.T./Interscope)
  20. Nate Wooley Sextet: (Sit In the Throne) of Friendship (Clean Feed)
  21. Lydia Loveless: Boy Crazy EP (Bloodshot)
  22. Sleigh Bells: Bitter Rivals (Mom & Pop)
  23. Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter 2: Mississippi Moonchile (Constellation)
  24. Peter Evans Trio: Zebulon (More Is More)
  25. Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band: Hey Hey It's ... The Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel Band (Self released)
  26. Fear of Men: Early Fragments (Kanine Records)
  27. Rachid Taha: Zoom (Naive)
  28. Waxahatchee: Cerulean Salt (Don Giovanni Records)
  29. Polvo: Siberia (Merge)
  30. Atomic: There's a Hole in the Mountain (Jazzland)
  31. Yo La Tengo: Fade (Matador)
  32. Paramore: Paramore (Fueled by Ramen)
  33. Dr. Kay & His Interstellar Tone Scientists: Dr. Kay and the Search for True Happines (Bangles & Brass Records)
  34. Tarbaby: The Ballad of Sam Langford (Hipnotic Records)
  35. Max Johnson: Quartet (Not Two [2012])
  36. Scott Neuman Neu3 Trio: Blessed (Origin Records)
  37. No Age: An Object (Sub Pop)
  38. The Necks: Open (Northern Spy)
  39. Brandi Clark: 12 Stories (Slate Creek Records)
  40. Dawn of Midi: Dysnomia (Thirsty Ear)
  41. Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob (Warner Bros.)
  42. Rilo Kiley: RKives (Little Record Company)
  43. Digital Primitives: Lipsomuch & Soul Searchin' (HopScotch Records)
  44. Kris Davis: Capricorn Climber (Clean Feed) 
  45. The Cannanes: Small Batch EP (exro.fm & Lamingtone Music)
  46. Fat Tony: Smart Ass Black Boy (Young One Records)
  47. Michael Pride's From Bacteria to Men: Birthing Days (AUM Fidelity)
  48. Brian Settles Trio: Folk (Engine Studios)
  49. Mark Dresser Quintet: Nourishments (Clean Feed)
  50. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Red Hot (Hot Cup)
  51. Omar Souleyman: Wenu Wenu (Ribbon Music)
  52. Danny Brown: Old (Fool's Gold/Warner Bros.)
  53. Shopping: Consumer Complaints (MÏLK Records)
  54. They Might Be Giants: Nanobots (Idlewild)
  55. The Mavericks: In Time (Valory Music)
  56. Bombino: Nomad (Nonesuch) 
  57. Pet Shop Boys: Electric (x2)
  58. Barbara Morrison: A Sunday Kind of Love (Savant)
  59. My Bloody Valentine: m b v (self-released)
  60. Rudresh Mahanthappa: Gamak (ACT Recordings)
  61. Adam Lane: Oh Freedom (CIMP)
  62. Ashley Monroe: Like a Rose (Warner Bros.) 
  63. Ches Smith & These Arches: Hammered (Clean Feed)
  64. William Hooker Quintet: Channels of Consciousness (NoBusiness [2012])
  65. Eric Revis: Parallax (Clean Feed [2012])
  66. Dawn Richard: Goldenheart (Altavoz)


Note: While some of the tracks here appear on albums I do like (see the album list), truly great records usually have so many strong tracks that singling out one and adding it to this list seems redundant, if not also difficult.
  1. Paramore: "Still into You" (Fueled By Ramen)
  2. Sharaya J: "Smash Up the Place" (The Goldmine)
  3. Lydia Loveless: "Boy Crazy (Bloodshot)
  4. The Preatures: "Is This How You Feel"
  5. Haim: "Falling" (Polydor)
  6. Katy B ft. Geeneus & Jessie Ware: "Aaliyah" (mixtape [2012])
  7. Phoenix: "Entertainment" (Loyaute/Warner)
  8. Lightning Bolt: "Barbarian Boy" (Williams Street Records)
  9. Local H: "Another February"
  10. Assata Jones: "I Can Love You Better" (self-released)
  11. Earl Sweatshirt: "Whoa" (Columbia / Tan Cressida)


Note: Listed here are re-issues, compilations and, unlike the rules for Rhapsody's Jazz Critic's Poll, newly issued previously unreleased material of older vintage.
  1. Ornette Coleman: Friends and Neighbors: Ornette Live at Prince Street (Beat Goes Public [Flying Dutchman, 1970])
  2. The Group: Live (NoBusiness, 2012)
  3. Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1969 (Columbia Legacy)

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