A great year for music, tough to narrow down to a short list of favorites, and impossible for me to get down to 10. So here are my favorite 13 releases of 2013 (excluding all Merge releases), in alphabetical order:
Neko Case - The Worse Things Get...
Connections - Private Airplane
Deerhunter - Monomania
The Dentists - Some People Are on the Pitch They Think It's All Over It Is Now (Reissue)
Jacco Gardner - Cabinet of Curiosities
Fuzz - Fuzz
Holograms - Forever
Johnny Marr - The Messenger
Purling Hiss - Water on Mars
Ty Segall - Sleeper
John Vanderslice - Dagger Beach
Yo La Tengo - Fade
Tenement Halls - Knitting Needles and Bicycle Bells
Chris Lopez gave us this awesome solo debut in 2005, taking some of the edge off the demise of the beloved Rock*A*Teens. So many great songs, although personal favorites are "Up & Over Thee Turnstiles" and "Plenty Is Never Enough." Hopefully not the last we'll hear from Chris Lopez in whatever configuration.