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2013 Year End Lists: Mike Caulo, Merge Publicity

Viet Cong's cassette

There is Water at the Bottom of the Ocean by Lindsay Zoladz

Majical Cloudz instructing everyone to pogo at the right points in "Mister" during their Pop Montreal showcase at La Sala Rossa

Big Star's Nothing Can Hurt Me doc

Porches.' Slow Dance in the Cosmos

Speedy Ortiz letting Lucky decide the setlist at The Beachcomber on Cape Cod during Labor Day weekend

Pretty & Nice's Golden Rules for Golden People

falling for Nina Simone

Múm at a church called Fríkirkjan in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves

Azde's sole release, despite breaking up before their first show
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2013 Year End Lists: Simon Wojan, King Khan & the Shrines

Top 10 Albums:
1. Danny Brown - Old
2. William Tyler - Impossible Truth
3. Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument
4. Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
5. Dirty Beaches - Drifters / Love Is The Devil
6. Wolf Eyes - No Answer: Lower Floors
7. Chuck Johnson - Crows In The Basilica
8. Earl Sweetshirt - Doris
9. The Haxan Cloak - Excavation
10. Cakes Da Killa - The Eulogy
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2013 Year End Lists: John Darnielle, The Mountain Goats

best of 2013 

alphabetical order only, all these are gems

Aeternus, …and the Seventh His Soul Detesteth (Karisma)

Baptist Generals, Jackleg Devotional to the Heart (Sub Pop)

Bottomless Pit, Shade Perennial (Comedy Minus One) 

John Carpenter & Alan Howarth, Prince of Darkness OST (Death Waltz)

Cocorosie, Tales of a Grass Widow (City Slang)

Molly Drake, self-titled (Squirrel Thing)

Gorguts, Colored Sands (Relapse)

Jandek, The Song of Morgan (Corwood Industries)

Laraaji, Celestial Music 1978-2011 (All Saints)

Obliteration, Black Death Horizon (Relapse)

Pinkish Black, Razed to the Ground (Century Media)

Stomach Earth, self-titled (Black Market Activities)

Matthew Shipp, Piano Sutras (Thirsty Ear)

Summoning, Old Mornings Dawn (Napalm)

V/A, Five Days Married & Other Laments: Song and Dance from Northern Greece 1928-1958 (Dust-to-Digital)

Wardruna, Yggdrasil (Indie Recordings)

White Wizzard, The Devil's Cut (Metal Blade)

2013 Year End Lists: Jason Narducy, Superchunk & Bob Mould

Adore Your Island - Wire
In The City - Caveman
Buried Plans - Minor Alps
Pure Pain - Kurt Vile
First Shot - The Love Language
Change - Mikal Cronin
Howl Of The Wind - The Thermals
Sail To The Sun - Wavves
She Hides In Black - Robert Pollard
I Miss Your Bones - Hospitality

2013 Year End Lists: Lauren Gil, Merge intern

Best of 2013:

Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 10 - Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)
Mandolin Orange – This Side of Jordan
Mount Moriah – Miracle Temple
The Head and the Heart – Let’s Be Still
Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
Wild Child – The Runaround
Mikal Cronin – MCII
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Bombadil – Metrics of Affection
William Tyler – Impossible Truth
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2013 Year End Lists: Roddy Bottum, Imperial Teen

 1.  Einstein on the Beach at the Dorothy Chandler Pavillion
 2.  Bon Jovi at the Isle of Wight
 3.  Invisible Cities, the headphone opera at Union Station
 4.  Basquiat show at Gagosian Gallery, NYC
 5.  Station to Station train ride from LA to Oakland
 6.  The Makeup at Coachella
 7.  Two Boys, the Nico Muhly opera at the Met
 8.  Screaming Females last week at the Echoplex
 9.  Dina Martina at the Crown & Anchor, Provincetown
10. Printed Matter NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1
11. Jack Pierson's End of the World show at Regen Projects, LA

2013 Year End Lists: Stuart McLamb, The Love Language

Favorite albums of 2013:

1. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
2. Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic
3. Toddlers - Toddlers
4. The Knife - Shaking The Habitual
5. Kanye West - Yeezus
6. Mikal Cronin - MCII
7. My Bloody Valentine - m b v
8. Death Grips - Government Plates
9. HAIM - Days Are Gone
10. The Rutabega- Brother The Lights Don't Work
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2013 Year End Lists: Be Hussey, Radar Brothers

Some Good Things Of 2013 w/ Explanations:
Robbie Basho - Visions Of The Country - LP Reissue : Favorite freak shire folk raga troubadour
GOAT- "Dreambuilding" Single : Put yer mask on, rock out yer psych
Angel Olsen - Live at The Bootleg LA 1/4/13 : Intimate solo set, the room quietly swore allegiance
Savages - Live at The Echo LA 4/11/13 : They burned brightly that evening
Flaming Lips - The Terror LP : Yoshimi's gone and "Halloween Bloodbath" show was intense and welcome
Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze LP : Kool
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2013 Year End Lists: Bri Aab, Merge intern

Albums of 2013!

1. Julia Holter Loud City Song
2. Neko Case The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You
3. Deerhunter Monomania
4. Kurt Vile Wakin on a Pretty Daze
5. Devendra Banhart Mala
6. Potty Mouth Hell Bent
7. Waxahatchee Cerulean Salt
8. Sky Ferreira Night Time, My Time
9. Sylvan Esso Hey Mami
10. Speedy Ortiz Major Arcana
10. Hunx and his Punx Street Punk
10. Mazzy Star Seasons of Your Day
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2013 Year End Lists: David Smith, Merge intern

David's Top 10 Records of 2k13

The Pastels - Slow Summits
Grouper - The Man Who Died In His Boat
My Bloody Valentine - MBV
Minks - Tides End
Marnie Stern - The Chronicles of Marnia
Pity Sex - Feast Of Love
The Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas (Reissue)
Saint Pepsi - Hit Vibes
Boards of Canada - Tommorow's Harvest
So So Glos - Blowout
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2013 Year End Lists: "Delicate" Steve Marion, Saint Rich

Top 5 Meals of Saint Rich 2013 Tour:
  • Fresh Alaskan salmon with homemade pesto, bread, and scalloped potatoes at Shane's mom's house in Seattle, WA
  • All-you-can-eat family style soul food from Monell's in Nashville, TN
  • Shrimp Pad Thai (level 3 spice) from Thai Tom in Seattle, WA
  • Kobe Basil from Nat's (Thai) in Lexington, KY
  • Beef Udon Noodle from Domo in Denver, CO
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2013 Year End Lists: Christian Peslak, Saint Rich

a few of my favorite jams of '13: (no particular order)
Cy Dune - Resentment
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
Devendra Banhart - Never Seen Such Good Things
Kurt Vile - Shame Chamber
Dr. Dog - Rock and Roll
Celestial Shore - Valerie
Eleanor Friedberger - My Own World
Star Rover - Western Winds Bitter Christians
Ariel Pink and Jorge Elbrecht -  Hang on to Life
Akron/Family - When I Was Young
Wet - No Lie
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Telekinesis play World Cafe

While touring North America with Rebecca Cole, Eric Elbogen, and Erik Walters, Michael Benjamin Lerner of Telekinesis sat down for a chat with David Dye of World Café.   More >