2013 MUSIC LISTS

This was a great year for music.  Here are my lists (ordered by release date):

TOP 11 RECORDS

Tegan & Sara | Heartthrob
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Paramore | Paramore

Dawes | Stories Don’t End
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Phoenix | Bankrupt!
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Vampire Weekend | Modern Vampires Of The City
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The National | Trouble Will Find Me
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Daft Punk | Random Access Memories
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The 1975 | The 1975
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CHVRCHES | The Bones Of What You Believe
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Haim | Days Are Gone
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Arcade Fire | Reflektor
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HONORABLE MENTION:

Volcano Choir | Repave
Atoms For Peace | Amok
Andrew Belle | Black Bear
Lorde | Pure Heroine


TOP 11 SONGS

Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko | “Stay”

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Tegan & Sara | “Closer”

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Young  Summer | “Fever Dream”

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The Strokes | “Tap Out”

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Phoenix | “Trying To Be Cool”

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Daft Punk | “Instant Crush”

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The 1975 | “Settle Down”

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The Naked & Famous | “Hearts Like Ours”

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Haim | “Falling”

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Drake | “Hold On We’re Going Home”

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CHVRCHES | “Gun”

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Arcade Fire | “We Exist”

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NEWLY DISCOVERED ARTISTS

Andrew Belle
Small Black
Tycho
Young The Giant
Young Monday
Sleigh Bells

GUILTY PLEASURES

Chris Brown | “Fine China”
Miley Cyrus | “We Can’t Stop”
Katy Perry | “International Smile”
Anything by Dev
Robin Thicke | “Blurred Lines”
Anything by Lana Del Ray
Bruno Mars | “Locked Out Of Heaven” & “Treasure”

MOST DISLIKED

Jay-Z | Magna Carta… Holy Grail
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BEST LIVE SHOWS

Phoenix
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Colony House
Dawes

BEST SOUNDING RECORDS

Vampire Weekend | Modern Vampires Of The City
Daft Punk | Random Access Memories

NOT FROM 2013 BUT I DIDN’T GET INTO UNTIL 2013

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Chromatics | Kill For Love
Tame Impala | Lonerism

Michael Andrews on scoring Donnie Darko

I love this.  And it’s encouraging.

Andrews considers himself primarily a guitar player, but Kelly told him he didn’t want any guitar in the movie. So, Andrews taught himself to play piano. It’s part of the reason that the score is, as Andrews describes, so simple. “The film was pretty low budget so my portion of the money was pretty thin. I couldn’t hire anyone, it was just me. I played everything; piano, mellotron, mini marimba, xylophone, ukulele, organ. I also brought in two female vocalists Sam Shelton and Tori Haberman.” “In a way,” he says, “your faults become your trademark.”