(An Ongoing List of) The Best Music of 2013

2013 has been pretty amazing for music so far. Taking aside hugely-discussed releases like Daft Punk and My Bloody Valentine and Vampire Weekend and understanding that there are still tentpoles from Kanye and Boards of Canada and god knows who else coming out later this year, there’s still been an exceptionally huge bounty of excellent albums released so far. With Memorial Day weekend here right now and the slight possibility you may not be interested in binging on Arrested Development, maybe take some time to check out some of the superlative releases that have come out in just the first five months of the year. I cobbled together a quick alphabetical list of a few of the albums that have impressed me mightily so far in 2013, and that can be a great place for you start catching up on some of the year’s best music. Because there’s a lot more awesomeness to come (Deafheaven, Thundercat, and so many more.)

ADDENDUM: Good music just keeps on coming out! So, I seriously edited this post and am going to just update this list throughout the year instead of having it be a snapshot. I’m curious how long it will get. I’ll tweet out when I update it at @jason_ferguson and @notablenoise. I PROMISE NOT TO TAKE ANYTHING OFF. YOU PROMISE TO LISTEN TO EVERYTHING ON THIS LIST.

(Last updated June 19. Items marked with ** are the most recent additions.)

OK. Here we go.

  • Ellen Allien – LISm
  • Ashrae Fax – Static Crash reissue** (my review TK)
  • Austra – Olympia** (my review TK)
  • Bettie Serveert – Oh, Mayhem!
  • Bibio – Silver Wilkinson**
  • Mykki Blanco – Betty Rubble: The Initiation
  • Bleached – Ride Your Heart
  • Bosnian Rainbows – Bosnian Rainbows** (my review TK)
  • Charli XCX – True Romance (my review)
  • Coliseum – Sister Faith
  • Mikal Cronin – MCII
  • Dead Gaze – Dead Gaze 
  • Deafheaven – Sunbather**
  • Deap Vally – Get Deap! EP
  • Deathfix – Deathfix
  • Dirty Beaches – Drifters/Love is the Devil (my review)
  • Disclosure – Settle
  • Bárbara Eugênia – É o Que Temos
  • Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus**
  • Great ThunderStrange Kicks EP
  • Haxan Cloak – Excavation
  • IO Echo – Ministry of Love
  • The Joy Formidable – Wolf’s Law (why I love them)
  • Kylesa – Ultraviolet (my review)
  • David Lang – Death Speaks
  • Majical Cloudz – Impersonator
  • Laura MarlingOnce I Was An Eagle**
  • Ashley MonroeLike A Rose (Fuck all y’all ..)
  • Willy Moon – Here’s Willy Moon
  • Mount Kimbie – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
  • Kacey Musgraves – Same Trailer Different Park (… mainstream country music is pretty good right now)
  • My Bloody Valentine – mbv
  • Palms – Palms
  • Paramore – Paramore
  • Pissed JeansHoneys
  • El Remolón – Boxeo Constitución**
  • Dawn RichardGoldenheart
  • Rodan – 15 Quiet Years reissue** (my review TK)
  • Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In
  • Alice Russell – To Dust**
  • Emeli SandéiTunes Session
  • Savages – Silence Yourself
  • Sigur Rós – Kveikur
  • Nadia Sirota – Baroque
  • Still Corners – Strange Pleasures (my review)
  • Sun Glitters – Everything Could Be Fine**
  • Survival – Survival (my review)
  • SuunsImages du Futur 
  • Thundercat – Apocalypse (my review TK)
  • William Tyler – Impossible Truth
  • Julieta VenegasLos Momentos
  • Ventura – Ultima Necat
  • Jessie Ware – Devotion
  • Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt
  • Widowspeak – Almanac
  • Youth Lagoon – Wondrous Bughouse
  • ZombyWith Love** (my review TK)
  • Various Artists – Harafin So: Bollywood-Inspired Film Music from Hausa Nigeria
  • Various Artists – Sony Classical/ArkivMusic’s disc-on-demand “Prophets of the New” series of reissues of seminal 20th Century classical albums (Feldman, Carter, Stockhausen, Berio, etc)**
  • Various Artists – Sub Pop 1000 (my review)
  • Various Artists – Yellow Loveless

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