Wednesday, January 1, 2014

13 albums from 2013: Chad Radford's favorite picks of the year (in 140 characters or less)

Posted By on Wed, Jan 1, 2014 at 1:49 PM


13. Dennis Callaci & Simon Joyner, New Secrets: Callaci and Joyner yield a truly great collab for abstract storytelling and stunning melodies.


12. Laurel Halo, Chance of Rain: A techno dance floor album imbued with undeniably stylish flourishes and beats that just don't stop.


11. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy: Will Oldham's latest is a perfectly executed return to form circa Days In The Wake.


10. Legendary Pink Dots, The Gethsemane Option: LPDs deliver one of its most psychedelic and spiritually intriguing albums since the '90s.


9. Pharmakon, Abandon: Pharmakon's debut is a hellride of post-industrial noise and angst - beautiful, ominous, not for the faint of heart.


8. Deerhunter, Monomania: A noisy, propulsive collection of avant-garage songs that find Deerhunter in a dark, complex place.


7. Adrian Younge & Ghostface Killah, Twelve Reasons to Die: Giallo horror ambiance puts a riveting new twist on Ghostface's signature boom.


6. The Thing, Boot!: A political and artistic masterwork of muscular transcontinental skronk and grind led by sax man Mats Gustafsson.


5. My Bloody Valentine, mbv: The beautifully slurred melancholy that we've all craved since Loveless dominated our tape decks in 1991.


4. Blixa Bargeld/Teho Teardo, Still Smiling: A poetically unparalleled and somewhat salty album of eloquent experimentation. Gorgeous.


3. Lee Ranaldo & the Dust, Last Night On Earth: Nodding to both Marquee Moon and American Beauty, Ranaldo's songs reach a full-bodied high.


2. Run the Jewels, S/T: A killer album from the killer combo of El-P and Killer Mike - this one makes the list for "Banana Clipper" alone.


1. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away: A sparse and menacing masterpiece filled with haunting melody and vulnerability.

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