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The Also Rans

December 31st, 2013

So after rising from the flames like a word spewing phoenix with yesterday’s albums of the year list, I thought it might be worth throwing a little context on the whole affair. So here for your viewing pleasure, is the full list of albums and EPs that I listened to last year. Well, the ones that were released in 2013 that is.

I’m posting them purely to get your take on those that didn’t make the final cut. Possibly also to make you mildly annoyed when you see that I included X, when quite frankly Y is far superior. Or to make you mouth foamingly apoplectic that I didn’t even bother listening to Z.

I’ll be honest and say that I don’t actually think there’s a bad album on there. Some have their faults but none are out and out dreadful. Well… maybe one. Still it’s more than previous years can claim. Like I said yesterday, I think 2013 was a corker of a year for music.

I think it’s also worth pointing out that Hookworms would probably have found its way onto the final ‘Favourite Albums of 2013’ list had I gotten it before Christmas. However, as I haven’t really had enough time to fully digest it, it didn’t feel right to include it.

So anyway, here it is, the full list of 2013 releases that I listened to, including the albums that did make the final cut.

Albert Hammond Jr – AHJ EP

Arcade Fire – Reflektor

Arctic Monkeys – AM

Atoms For Peace – Amok

Beady Eye – BE

Best Coast – Fade Away

Biffy Clyro – Opposites

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Spectors At The Feast

Bleached – Ride Your Heart

Bloc Party – The Nextwave Sessions EP

David Bowie – The Next Day

Cage The Elephant – Melophobia

Bill Callahan – Dream River

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Live From KCRW

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Push The Sky Away

Chelsea Light Moving – Chelsea Light Moving

Cold War Kids – Dear Miss Lonelyhearts

Daughter – If You Leave

Drenge – Drenge

Bob Dylan – Another Self Portrait

Editors – The Weight Of Your Love

Eels – Wonderful Glorious

Esben & The Witch – Wash The Sins Not Only the Face

The Flaming Lips – The Terror

Foals – Holy Fire

Franz Ferdinand – Right Thoughts, right Words, Right Action

Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse

Giant Drag – Waking Up Is Hard To Do

Hookworms – Pearl Mystic

Low – The Invisible Way

Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

Mazzy Star – Seasons Of Your Day

My Bloody Valentine – MBV

Kate Nash – Girl Talk

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Palma Violets – 180

Paramore – Paramore

PINS – Girls Like Us

Pixies – EP1

Placebo – Loud Like Love

Primal Scream – More Light

George Pringle – Golfo Dei Poeti

Pure Love – Anthems

Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork

Savages – Silence Yourself

Seasick Steve – Hubcap Music

Sigur Ros – Kveikur

Sleigh Bells – Bitter Rivals

Sound City Players – Sound City:Real To Reel

Stereophonics – Graffiti On The Train

The Strokes – Comedown Machine

Suede – Bloodsports

Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City

Veronica Falls – Waiting For Something To Happen

Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze

Villagers – {Awayland}

Matthew E White – Big Inner

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito

Yo La Tengo – Fade

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Pip posted the following on December 31, 2013 at 12:53 pm.

No place in the list for Johnny Marr’s “The Messenger”? It’s my pick of the year, and is recommended unreservedly.

Richard posted the following on December 31, 2013 at 2:03 pm.

Strangely enough, I do have the album. It’s currently in a pile of other albums I’ve not got round to listening to. I’ve thought about it several times but not mustered up the desire to hear it as yet. Your recommendation may just be the inspiration I needed.


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