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Tim Hecker's 2013 release, Virgins

Another year and it’s time for another snapshot of my music favorites. Lists seem such an evil to me at times – they feed into the hype cycles and can direct and redirect attention in a way that may be harmful to smaller artists. Awards are distributed in some bizarre frenzy of groupthink (look at the film industry), and who is to say that we shouldn’t frame our reference window seasonally, or monthly, or decennialy? But in the same breath, I think documenting personal preferences can be valuable to mark growth, guide future investigations, and reflect on what has been meaningful in my world.

There are never “final” lists or finalized versions of anything in life. We can spend hours in the studio perfecting music or years thinking that a marriage will finally work once it gets over a certain hump. Like photographs, life is a series of snapshots or moments. Making a list is like taking a polaroid picture of a specific year of music and what it meant to me as it was ending.

After that far too off-topic ramble, it’s time for the list where everything’s made up and the rankings don’t matter.

1 The Appleseed Cast Illumination Ritual Graveface Records
2 Wooden Wand Blood Oaths of the New Blues Fire Records
3 My Bloody Valentine M B V self
4 Tim Hecker Virgins Kranky
5 Lumerians The High Frontier Partisan Records
6 Disappears Era Kranky
7 Kurt Vile Wakin On A Pretty Daze Matador Records
8 Wooden Wand and the World War IV Wooden Wand and the World War IV Three Lobed Recordings
9 The National Trouble Will Find Me 4AD
10 Lucrecia Dalt Syzygy Human Ear Music
11 Jenks Miller Spirit Signal Northern-Spy Records
12 Esmerine Dalmak Constellation
13 Julianna Barwick Nepenthe Dead Oceans
14 Aidan Baker Already Drowning Gizeh Records
15 Mountains Centralia Thrill Jockey
16 Thee Oh Sees Floating Coffin Castle Face Records
17 Chelsea Light Moving Chelsea Light Moving Matador Records
18 Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse Fat Possum Records
19 Gnod Chaudelande Rocket Recordings
20
Gabriel Saloman Soldier’s Requiem Miasmah Recordings

What a wonderful year of music it was. See you in the new year,

Adam

It’s time for my end-of-year list. I really didn’t listen to as much new stuff this year as I did in 2011, so the list is cut to 20. Generally tried to limit to one album per label, but I didn’t really follow that rule (go 12k!?). Anyway, maybe I’ll add some comments at some point. Really beautiful stuff, and I look forward to diving into some other great albums based on other year-end recommendations soon.

Like I said last year, if you are struggling to find out more information about a specific release, let me know and I can possibly direct you in the correct direction. But for the most part, I would recommend searching for these fantastic labels and their online websites.

1 Swans The Seer Young God Records
2 Gareth Dickson Quite A Way Away 12k
3 Nuojuva Valot Kaukaa Preservation Records
4 Deep Listening Band Great Howl At Town Haul Important Records
5 En Already Gone Students of Decay
6 Fire! With Oren Ambarchi In The Mouth – A Hand Rune Grammofon
7 Steve Peters + Steve Roden Not A Leaf Remains As It Was 12k
8 Strategy Strategy Peak Oil
9 Hakobune The Cowboy Across the River Constellation Tatsu
10 From the Mouth of the Sun Woven Tide Experimedia
11 Gabriel Saloman Adhere Miasmah Recordings
12 Sujo + Sun Hammer Fistula Inam Records
13 Neptune msg rcvd Northern-Spy Records
14 Electric Bird Noise Live at the Basement Silber Records
15 Brian Eno Lux Warp Records
16 Mount Eerie Ocean Roar P. W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.
17 Sharon Van Etten Tramp Jagjaguwar
18 Thee Oh Sees Putrifiers II In The Red Records
19 Gultskra Artikler Abtu/Anet Miasmah Recordings
20 White Hills Frying On This Rock Thrill Jockey Records

It’s time for my end-of-year list of musical goodies that touched my ears. What a wonderful year of listening! If you are struggling to find out more information about a specific release, let me know and I can possibly direct you in the correct direction. But for the most part, google is everyone’s friend.

1 Josh T. Pearson Last of the Country Gentlemen Mute Records
2 Grouper A I A : Alien Observer / Dream Loss Mississippi Records
3 Lumerians Transmalinnia Knitting Factory Records
4 Rivulets We’re Fucked Important Records
5 I Am Oak Oasem Snowstar Records
6 Haunted House Blue Ghost Blues Northern Spy Records
7 A Winged Victory for the Sullen A Winged Victory for the Sullen Kranky Records
8 Demian Johnston & Mink Stole Trailed and Kept Debacle Records
9 Starving Weirdos Rolled in the Mist of Never Ceasing Currents Without a Rest Forever Onward Bo’Weavil Recordings
10 Tim Hecker Ravedeath, 1972 Kranky Records
11 Blue Angels Isidora Digitalis
12 Oren Ambarchi/Robbie Avenaim Dream Request Bo’Weavil Recordings
13 Sean McCann The Capital Aguirre Records
14 Colin Stetson New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges Constellation Records
15 Deaf Center Owl Splinters Type Records
16 Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier L’Enfant Sauvage Aguirre Records
17 Implodes Black Earth Kranky Records
18 Warm Ghost Uncut Diamond EP Partisan Records
19 Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin FRKWYS Vol. 7: Borden, Ferraro, Godin, Halo & Lopatin Rvng Intl
20 Daughters of the Sun Ghost With Chains Not Not Fun
21 Sundrips Just a Glimpse Debacle Records
22 Gnod InGnodWeTrust Rocket Recordings
23 Tidal / Motion Sickness of Time Travel Tidal / Motion Sickness of Time Travel Tranquility Tapes
24 Voder Deth Squad 1 Stunned Records
25 Thee Oh Sees Carrion Crawler / The Dream In The Red Records