Year-End Critics' Polls 2013

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Rock-A-Rolla Top 50 Albums Of 2013

01. Jesu - Everyday I Get Closer To The Light
02. Deafheaven - Sunbather
03. Tomahawk - Oddfellow
04. Secret Chiefs 3 - Book Of Souls: Folio A
05. Corrections House - Last City Zero
06. Cult Of Luna - Vertikal
07. The Body - Christ, Redeemers
08. Carcass - Surgical Steel
09. The Ocean - Pelagial
10. Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
11. Altar Of Plagues - Teethed Glory & Injury
12. Tim Hecker - Virgins
13. Pelican - Forever Becoming
14. Gnaw - Horrible Chamber
15. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Mind Control
16. Nails - Abandon All Life
17. Palms - Palms
18. Ensemble Pearl - Ensemble Pearl
19. True Widow - Circumambulation
20. Russian Circles - Memorial
21. Mammifer & Circle - Enharmonic Intervals
22. Beastmilk - Climax
23. Survival - Survival
24. Melvins - Tres Cabrones
25. Black Sabbath - 13
26. Coliseum - Sister Faith
27. Vista Chino - Peace
28. Kylesa - Ultraviolet
29. Chelsea Wolfe - Pain Is Beauty
30. Clutch - Earth Rocker
31. Mutation - Error 500
32. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
33. Shining - One One One
34. Wooden Shjips - Back To Land
35. Ulcerate - Vermis
36. Teeth Of The Sea - Master
37. Castevet - Obsian
38. Autechre - Exai
39. Red Fang - Whales And Leeches
40. Kawabata Mokoto's Mainliner - Revelation Space
41. Man's Gin - Rebellion Hymns
42. Melt-Banana - Fetch
43. Fire! - (Without Noticing)
44. Vaura - The Missing
45. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
46. Cathedral - The Last Spire
47. Explosions In The Sky and David Wingo - Prince Avalanche OST
48. Celeste - Animale(s)
49. Arabrot - Arabrot
50. Bardo Pond - Peace On Venus

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Always an interesting list, there's a few things I gotta check out, like Secret Chiefs 3 and Ensemble Pearl. Not sure what they see in Tomahawk. They must really miss Jesus Lizard. Would have guessed they'd have SubRosa, Pinkish Black, Author & Punisher, Domovoyd, Deveykus, Kayo Dot, Oranssi Pazuzu, Kvelertak, Vhöl, oVo, Sungod, Darkside and/or Locrian. But good list overall.

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:50 (five years ago) Permalink

not my fave rock-a-rolla list :/

call all destroyer, Thursday, 19 December 2013 14:50 (five years ago) Permalink

That Deafheaven album is a scorcher.

a beef supreme (dog latin), Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:02 (five years ago) Permalink

The Tomahawk album was abysmal.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Or is. Whichever.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:35 (five years ago) Permalink

rock a rolla is always my favorite list

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:38 (five years ago) Permalink

one of these days I'm gonna move to England and do a hostile takeover of that mag

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Other than it's appearance on the Quietus list I was beginning to think I am the only person who rates Ensemble Pearl.

Damo Suzuki's Parrot, Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:44 (five years ago) Permalink

yeah, that album is awesome.

Whiney G. Weingarten, Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:45 (five years ago) Permalink

44. Vaura - The Missing

YES

jmm, Thursday, 19 December 2013 15:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeezus is #1 in the Guardian and the outrage below the line is beautiful.

prolego, Friday, 20 December 2013 11:13 (five years ago) Permalink

shaypeshyfter
20 December 2013 10:25am

This dribble from a guy with no black rap roots? An originator? Delusions of granduer, yes, paragon of rap? I need only point you back to it's roots in the form of The Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, Wu Tang Clan, NWA, et al. Don't get me started about Missy Elliott, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Dizzee Rascal, Tupac Shakur! All of whom existed before this cum stain declared there were "no black rappers before me".
For the record I middle aged (51) and white.

David C James shaypeshyfter
20 December 2013 10:42am

I don't think you had to tell us you were middle-aged and white. It was pretty obvs.

lol irl

prolego, Friday, 20 December 2013 11:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Akiba

20 December 2013 7:59am
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A rap album no.1? Oh dear oh dear.

I find it rather tragic that the best pop music was written long before I was even born, in the 1960s. The 70s was pretty good too. By the time we reached the 80s, the decline was already in evidence, with most music being incredibly lightweight. The 90s was pretty much the end of music and everything after that has been white noise. How people talking over a background rhythm is now considered music is totally beyond me.

I thought you were supposed to like the music you grew up with? Not I it seems, I like good music, which hasn't been made in many decades.

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Friday, 20 December 2013 11:34 (five years ago) Permalink


Akiba SouthgatesNose

20 December 2013 8:07am
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"ignorant"?

I don't regard talking over a beat to be music. Music needs a melody, a tune, it needs talent behind it.

That's my opinion. If you enjoy talking "music" then knock yourself out.

reminds me of something. Just cant think who

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Friday, 20 December 2013 11:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Isn't this thread long enough without C&Ping every fuckwit from the Guardian comments box?

Matt DC, Friday, 20 December 2013 11:37 (five years ago) Permalink

The David C James smackdown is beautiful though.

Matt DC, Friday, 20 December 2013 11:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Guardian comments box ain't nuthin' ta fuckwit

karajan up the khyber (NickB), Friday, 20 December 2013 11:38 (five years ago) Permalink

LWE tracks of the year:
http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/chart/lwes-top-25-tracks-of-2013-5-1/

top ten >>>

10. Huerco S., “Apheleia’s Theme”
09. Levon Vincent, “???”
08. Terekke, “Bank 3″
07. Marcel Fengler, “Jaz”
06. Elgato, “We Dream Electric”
05. KMFH, “Crushed”
04. Florian Kupfer, “Feelin”
03. DJ Fett Burger & DJ Speckgürtel, “Speckbass”
02. PJOTR, “True Spirit”
01. The Mole, “Lockdown Party” (Sprinkles’ Crossfaderama)

karajan up the khyber (NickB), Friday, 20 December 2013 11:47 (five years ago) Permalink

cool #1

Number None, Friday, 20 December 2013 11:47 (five years ago) Permalink

^^^ emil.y you need to read page 2 of that feature :) ^^^

karajan up the khyber (NickB), Friday, 20 December 2013 12:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Billboard best albums:
http://www.billboard.com/articles/list/5840321/15-best-albums-of-2013-critics-picks

15. Chance the Rapper - Acid Rap
14. Lady Gaga - ARTPOP
13. Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
12. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
11. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
10. Kacey Musgraves - Same Trailer Different Park
9. Arcade Fire - Reflektor
8. Rhye - Woman
7. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
6. Haim - Days Are Gone
5. Drake - Nothing Was the Same
4. Lorde - Pure Heroine
3. Disclosure - Settle
2. Kanye West - Yeezus
1. Beyonce - Beyonce

stellar toum sauce (NickB), Friday, 20 December 2013 13:17 (five years ago) Permalink

note the number one

stellar toum sauce (NickB), Friday, 20 December 2013 13:17 (five years ago) Permalink

haha its been out a week?

pfunkboy (Algerian Goalkeeper), Friday, 20 December 2013 13:17 (five years ago) Permalink

The Fact tracks list:
http://www.factmag.com/2013/12/16/the-100-best-tracks-of-2013/

stellar toum sauce (NickB), Friday, 20 December 2013 13:18 (five years ago) Permalink

nice to see "lay down in swimming pools" at #12

prolego, Friday, 20 December 2013 13:24 (five years ago) Permalink

John Grant at #2 in the Guardian. Really wanted that to beat Kanye to #1 because seriously who wants to read another Yeezus thinkpiece at this stage.

― Matt DC, Thursday, December 19, 2013 8:12 AM

the "no-more-yeezus-thinkpieces" part is otm, but yeezus has been no. 1 on far fewer lists than i would've figured. that modern vampire album (lol) seems to have topped more lists (lol).

sadly, this

17 Dirty Beaches - Drifters / Love is the Devil

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standout album, but probably will be largely overlooked in year-end polls.

― Daniel, Esq 2, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

turned out to be, otm, too. it only appeared on three lists cited here (all of whom are edgy/prominent record shops).

Daniel, Esq 2, Friday, 20 December 2013 13:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Reading that FACT list, I challenge anyone to find a less exciting 2013 musical trend than "minimal grime".

Matt DC, Friday, 20 December 2013 13:35 (five years ago) Permalink

they seem to be really into it

Number None, Friday, 20 December 2013 13:36 (five years ago) Permalink

slackk's stuff is really really great

lex pretend, Friday, 20 December 2013 13:37 (five years ago) Permalink

I like that Dirty Beaches album ok, but it's incredibly derivative of various other things. Dude needs to work harder at getting his own thing going.

Position Position, Friday, 20 December 2013 13:40 (five years ago) Permalink

i get that, but "incredibly derivative of other things" is an albatross you can hang around the neck of a lot of universally-loved acts. also, with the right sound, it tends to bother me less (e.g., the raveonettes, when they sounded more vital).

Daniel, Esq 2, Friday, 20 December 2013 13:43 (five years ago) Permalink

2013: a great year for men in music http://thequietus.com/articles/14186-men-2013-robin-thicke

a beef supreme (dog latin), Friday, 20 December 2013 14:08 (five years ago) Permalink

Boomkat charts:
http://boomkat.com/collections/boomkat-charts-2013

stellar toum sauce (NickB), Friday, 20 December 2013 14:47 (five years ago) Permalink

^ i love these things for finding stuff i missed

stellar toum sauce (NickB), Friday, 20 December 2013 14:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Resident Advisor's top 50 tracks
http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?1973

10. Joy Orbison - Big Room Tech House DJ Tool - TIP!
09. Daft Punk - Get Lucky
08. Paul Woolford - Untitled
07. Galcher Lustwerk - Tape 22
06. The Mole - Lockdown Party (DJ Sprinkles' Crossfaderama)
05. Pev & Kowton - Raw Code
04. Ten Walls - Gotham
03. Florian Kupfer - Feelin
02. Tessela - Hackney Parrot
01. Matthew Herbert - It's Only (DJ Koze remix)

Number None, Friday, 20 December 2013 17:58 (five years ago) Permalink

The Quietus: R&B In 2013 - A Round Up By Alex Macpherson

ArchCarrier, Friday, 20 December 2013 19:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I really have to try Amel Larrieux.

Van Horn Street, Friday, 20 December 2013 23:53 (five years ago) Permalink

Afisha's top 25 Russian albums of the year:

http://volna.afisha.ru/sounds/25-luchshih-russkih-albomov-goda/

Ramnaresh Samhain (ShariVari), Saturday, 21 December 2013 00:04 (five years ago) Permalink

amel larrieux album is fantastic

balls, Saturday, 21 December 2013 01:26 (five years ago) Permalink

http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/9294-guest-list-best-of-2013/

― ArchCarrier, Friday, December 20, 2013 11:58 AM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^ emil.y you need to read page 2 of that feature :) ^^^

― karajan up the khyber (NickB), Friday, December 20, 2013 12:04 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

*squeeeeeeeeeeeeeee*

IlovethemIlovethemIlovethem

emil.y, Saturday, 21 December 2013 01:32 (five years ago) Permalink

(We also made EvTrue's "future songs of the week" list if any ilx0rs want to point and laugh at me some more)

emil.y, Saturday, 21 December 2013 01:33 (five years ago) Permalink

(drunk and excitable, sorry)

emil.y, Saturday, 21 December 2013 01:34 (five years ago) Permalink

the p4k individual writer and guest lists are much more interesting than the staff lists. lots of interesting stuff i hadn't heard before, like this rocker from retribution gospel choir. with nels cline!

Daniel, Esq 2, Saturday, 21 December 2013 01:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Poll of 136 jazz critics:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2013/2013/12/16/251761858/the-2013-npr-music-jazz-critics-poll

_Rudipherous_, Saturday, 21 December 2013 02:15 (five years ago) Permalink

http://www.splicetoday.com/music/the-2013-splice-today-music-poll

SPLICE TODAY poll

Beatrix Kiddo (Raymond Cummings), Saturday, 21 December 2013 18:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Filed my P&J ballot. I won't see anybody else's data until after voting closes, but I'm pretty sure this is going to be my own least obscurist year yet. Which isn't saying much, except that I didn't file the all-metal ballot I was contemplating at one point.

10 albums I loved desperately and yet didn't vote for:

1. Big Country: The Journey
2. Autre Ne Veut: Anxiety
3. Tonight Alive: The Other Side
4. Leprous: Coal
5. Kvelertak: Meir
6. Terra Tenebrosa: The Purging
7. Progenie Terrestre Pura: U.M.A.
8. Deafheaven: Sunbather
9. Anneke van Giersbergen: Drive
10. Mixtapes: Ordinary Silence

10 songs I could happily listen to on loop indefinitely, and yet didn't vote for:

1. Carina Dahl: NLTO
2. Keith Urban: Cop Car
3. Claire: Set Out With Me
4. Of Verona: Who Do You Love
5. The Colourist: Little Games
6. Marchenbilder: Follow the Trail of Fear
7. Paramore: Proof
8. Io: Mirrors
9. Neisha: Tandem
10. Laura Stevenson: Runner

glenn mcdonald, Sunday, 22 December 2013 03:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Daniel 2 that Retribution Gospel Choir is EZSnappin's album of the year, I haven't devoted much time for it yet but it sounds dope

pfunky boyster (Drugs A. Money), Sunday, 22 December 2013 10:19 (five years ago) Permalink


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