12.21.2013

Partisan Staff Favorites of 2013

IAN WHEELER

TOP 10 ALBUMS
Hiss Golden Messenger – ‘Haw’ (Paradise of Bachelors)
Kevin Morby – ‘Harlem River’ (Woodsist)
Golden Gunn – ‘S/T’ (Three Lobed)
Bombino – ‘Nomad’ (Nonesuch)
Phosphorescent – ‘Muchacho’ (Dead Oceans)
Superchunk – ‘I Hate Music’ (Merge)
Guy Clark – ‘My Favorite Picture of You’ (Dualtone)
Atoms for Peace – ‘Amok’ (XL)
Mikal Cronin – ‘MCII’ (Merge)
The National – ‘Trouble Will Find Me’ (4AD)
Daft Punk – ‘Random Access Memories’ (Columbia)
Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’ (Merge)
Kurt Vile – ‘Walkin On A Pretty Daze’ (Matador)
Low – ‘The Invisible Way’ (Sub Pop)

ZACH JAEGER

TOP 10 ALBUMS
1. Polvo – “Siberia”
2. R Kelly – “Black Panties”
3. Melt Banana – “Fetch”
4. NIN – “Hesitation Marks”
5. Justin Timberlake – “The 20/20 Experience”
6. QOTSA – “Like Clockwork”
7. Raspberry Bulbs – “Deformed Worship”
8. Daft Punk – “Random Access Memories”
9. Darkthrone – “The Underground Resistance”
10. Woe – “Withdrawal”

TOP MUSIC EXPERIENCES
1. The Sonics & Rye Coalition @ The Bell House
2. The Punk Singer: The Kathleen Hanna Documentary
3. Haunter by Sam Alden
4. Lilys @ The Bell House
5. Hellboy In Hell by Mike Mignola
6. Getting a new (used) 8-Track player so i can listen to Ace Frehely’s first solo record in 3 different formats at the same time
7. Playing in Rock Lottery with Black Purple
8. The Hoof Reaper Octave Fuzz by Earthquaker Devices
9. Merel reunion @ Grand Victory
10. Not getting stabbed…

CATIE GINSBURG

TOP 10 ALBUMS
Connan Mockasin | Caramel
Deerhunter | Monomania
Dirty Beaches | Drifters/Love is the Devil
Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
Jacco Gardner | Cabinet of Curiosities
Jackson Scott | Melbourne
King Krule | 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
Majical Cloudz | Impersonator
Mazzy Star | Season of Your Day
Mikal Cronin | MCII
Ty Segall | Sleeper

TOP MUSIC MOMENTS
Austin Psych Fest
Deervana at Brooklyn Bowl
Eagulls at CMJ
Ellery James Roberts – “Kerou’s Lament”
Kirin J Callinan live
Majical Cloudz at The Driskell in Austin
Mazzy Star at Terminal 5
Nick Cave at Beacon Theater
Red Hot + Fela Fallon after party at Converse Rubber Tracks
Snoop Dogg at Fun Fun Fest
Spiritualized at O+ in Beacon, NY and Webster Hall

TARA FRANK

TOP 10 ALBUMS
1. Ghost B.C. – Infestissumam
2. Anthrax – Anthems
3. Kadavar – Abra Kadavar
4. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
5. Clutch – Earth Rocker
6. Black Sabbath – 13
7. Volbeat – Outlaw Gentlemen & Shady Ladies
8. Harsh Toke – Light Up And Live
9. Kanye West – Yeezus
10. The Dillinger Escape Plan – One Of Us Is The Killer

SHIRA KNISHKOWY

TOP 10 ALBUMS
Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In
Phosphorescent – Muchacho
Mark Kozelek and Jimmy Lavalle – Perils From The Sea
Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
Mikal Cronin – MCII
Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw
John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts
The Men – New Moon
Darkside – Psychic
Majical Cloudz – Impersonator

TOP 10 MUSIC MOMENTS
Massive Attack at the Park Ave Armory
Lindi Ortega at Joe’s Pub
Sylvan Esso at Bowery Ballroom
Deer Tick at Webster Hall
Waxahatchee at 285 Kent
Lucero at Cannery Ballroom
Bill Callahan at Webster Hall
Spiritualized at Webster Hall
The Mountain Goats at Newport Folk Fest
Miracle of 86 at Full Cup

VERONICA LUIS

Speedy Ortiz – Fun
Flight Facilities – Stand Still
Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You
Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener
Jagwar Ma – Uncertainty
Speedy Ortiz – Casper
Sylvan Esso – Hey Mami
La Luz – Sure As Spring
Phosphorescent – Ride On / Right On
Streets of Laredo – Hey Rose
MGMT – Cool Song No. 2
Arcade Fire – Here Comes the Night Time
Speedy Ortiz – Plough
Sylvan Esso – Play it Right
Cayucas – A Summer Thing
The Blow – Invisible

Favourite song played in the office this year: Sinead O’connor – Nothing Compares

JEFF BELL

TOP 10 ALBUMS
phosphorescent – muchacho
mutual benefit – love’s crushing diamond
vampire weekend – mvotc
postiljonen – skyer
autre ne veut – anxiety
volcano choir – repave
shy girls – timeshare ep
kanye – yeezus
torres – TORRES
stolen violin – temperate touch tropical tears

TOP MUSIC MOMENTS
seeing paul mccartney at outsidelands
shy girls playing to 11 people at barboza in seattle back in june
cat power getting up to play some songs with willis earl beal at the knitting factory
phosphorescent at mhow (even though it’s not happening until tomorrow)
pouring sufjan stevens a guinness

ANNIE HORVATH

TOP 10 ALBUMS
majical cloudz – impersonator
jacco gardner – cabinet of curiosities
waxahatchee – cerulean salt
pity sex – feast of love
deerhunter – monomania
yo la tengo – fade
youth lagoon – wondrous bughouse
parquet courts – light up gold

TOP 10 SONGS
kevin morby – harlem river
golden gunn – the sun comes up a purple diamond
ty segall – crazy
chvrches – recover
kurt vile – wakin on a pretty day
rhye – open
jim james – a new life
marnie stern – noonan & nothing is easy – tie!

VLAD BAR

TOP 10 ALBUMS
Kanye West “Yeezus”
Sunbather “Deafheaven”
The Veils “Time Stays, We Go”
Midnight Juggernauts “Uncanny Valley”
Goldfrapp “Tales Of Us”
Woodkid “The Golden Age”
Beastmilk “Climax”
Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”
Arctic Monkeys “AM”
HAIM “Days Are Gone”
King Krule “6 Feet Beneath The Moon”
Matthew E. White “Big Inner”
Beyonce “BEYONCE”

TOP 10 SONGS
James Blake “Retrograde”
Courtney Barnett “Avant Gardener”
Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”
Phosphorescent “Song For Zula”
Majical Cloudz “I Do Sing For You”
Katy Perry “Roar”
QOTSA “I Appear Missing”
Jim James “A New Life”
Vampire Weekend “Step”
Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”
Twin Peaks “Stand In The Sand”
The Preatures “Is This How You Feel”
Ellery James Roberts “Kerou’s Lament”

DAN YOCOM

TOP 25 ALBUMS
01) Phosphorescent – Muchacho (Dead Oceans)
02) Deerhunter – Monomania (4AD)
03) Of Montreal – lousy with sylvianbriar (Polyvinyl)
04) Kanye West – Yeezus (Def Jam)
05) Merchandise – Totale Nite (Night People)
06) Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (Jagjaguwar)
07) Hookworms – Pearl Mystic (Weird World)
08) Bill Callahan – Dream River (Drag City)
09) Darkside – Psychic (Matador/Other People)
10) Mikal Cronin – MCII (Merge)
11) Wooden Wand & the World War IV – Wooden Wand & the World War IV (Three Lobed)
12) James Blake – Overgrown (Universal)
13) Jacco Gardner – Cabinet of Curiosities (Trouble In Mind)
14) Alela Diane – About Farewell (Rusted Blue)
15) Mountains – Centralia (Thrill Jockey)
16) Retribution Gospel Choir – 3 (Chaperone)
17) Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (Columbia)
18) Dungeonesse – Dungeonesse (Secretly Canadian)
19) Diane Coffee – My Friend Fish (Western Vinyl)
20) Wooden Wand – Blood Oaths of the New Blues (Fire)
21) Mazzy Star – Seasons of Your Day (Rhymes of an Hour)
22) Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe (Domino)
23) Pusha T – My Name Is My Name (Def Jam)
24) Fuzz – Fuzz (In The Red)
25) Pissed Jeans – Honeys (Sub Pop)

TOM YAPS

Unfortunately, I was let down by the record industry this year. My two favorite bands of all time both put out sub par records. These were The Strokes’ Comedown Machine, and Pearl Jam’s Lightning Bolt.

The Strokes’ clunker was somewhat more understandable, as they seemed to have no interest in being a band, playing live, promoting the record or making music with each other anymore. Let’s all just forget this one came out, and remember how awesome they made the last decade.

Pearl Jam’s was a bit more disheartening, as the band obviously loved this record, including the hard to listen to single Sirens. They promoted the hell out of it and you could tell they were proud of it. It’s ok by me though, as there were still a couple good rockers, and the band gave me my live highlight of 2013, with their incredible show at Barclays in October (night 2). Thanks Pearl Jam, you get a pass. Forever.

That said, here are my favorite records of 2013:
Albert Hammond Jr – AHJ
Phosphorecent – Muchacho
The National – Trouble Will Find Me
Pete Bauer – Unreleased
Bob Dylan – Another Self Portrait

ANDREW STOCKER

TOP 10 ALBUMS
10. Fuzz – S/T
9. Steve Gunn – Time Off
8. Laura Mvula – Sing To The Moon
7. White Denim – Corsicana Lemonade
6. Pure Bathing Culture – Moon Tides
5. Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
4. Wooden Wand – Blood Oaths Of The New Blues
3. Kurt Vile – Wakin’ On A Pretty Daze
2. Hiss Golden Messenger – Haw
1. Phosphorescent – Muchacho

Listen to our favorites on our Spotify playlist!

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