Saturday, December 28, 2013

Best Songs of 2013

As for the best songs of 2013, far be it from me to try and pick them.  My favorites change day to day, mood to mood, and I'm psychologically and emotionally incapable of singling out the individual "best" songs of the year and saying, "Here, these songs are better than those songs."

So instead I'll leave it up to the KEXP Seattle DJs, who know a thing or two about music, to pick out the favorites.  Above is a podcast of DJ Kevin Cole's "Greatest F'ing Songs" of 2013. Cole's picks, and the tracklist to his podcast, are:
  1. John Grant - GMF 
  2. Phosphorescent - Song For Zula
  3. Sin Fang - Look At The Light
  4. Thee Oh Sees - I Come From The Mountain 
  5. Mind Spiders - Inside You 
  6. Parquet Courts - Borrowed Time 
  7. Lucius - Turn It Around 
  8. The Dirtbombs - Jump And Shout 
  9. Cloud Cult - Good Friend 
  10. Courtney Barnett - History Eraser 
  11. Foxygen - No Destruction 
  12. Volcano Choir - Byegone 
  13. Laura Marling - Where Can I Go?
  14. Julianna Barwick - One Half
I've got no quarrels with that list, but if your taste runs more to blues and traditional American roots rock, here's DJ Greg Vandy's "favorite things" from 2013, which includes some bona fide rockers, some blues, some folk, and even a few murder ballads:

  1. Preservation Hall Jazz Band - That's It!
  2. Courtney Barnett - Avant Gardener
  3. Case Studies - Driving East, and Through Her
  4. Parquet Courts - Stoned and Starving
  5. La Luz - Morning High
  6. Foxygen - No Destruction
  7. The Foghorns - Ain't I A Man
  8. Banditos - Lone Gone, Anyway
  9. The Crow Quill Night Owls - On The Road Again
  10. Deer Tick - In Our Time
  11. Los Colognes - My Doorway's Open
  12. Andrew Combs - Emily
  13. Cass McCombs - There Can Be Only One
  14. Laura Marling - Master Hunter
  15. Phosphorescent - Muchacho's Tune
  16. Valerie June - Twisted & Twined
  17. Luke Winslow King - Ella Speed
  18. Kacy & Clayton - Henry Martin
  19. The Deep Dark Woods - A Voice Is Calling
  20. The Moondoggies - One More Chance

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