Although I took a year off in 2010, doing a year-end mix has been a habit of mine for roughly 15 years now (prior to doing reviews, they arrived to friends in the form of a CDR). Although I’m busier than ever, I still try to make time in my life to listen to as much new music as possible.
That said, 2013 was an outstanding year. Whereas past years have been dominated by one genre or another, this one was truly crazy in terms of the things that got the most play, and my mix reflects that. This isn’t a true “best of” mix in that it includes a song from every single one of my favorite albums, but these are a lot of my favorite cuts. Click on the artwork or download the mix here.
Deafheaven – The Pecan Tree
Iceage – Coalition
Danny Brown – Side A (Old)
Fuck Buttons – Sentients
The Asphodells – Late Flowering Lust
Vampire weekend – Finger Back
Born Ruffians – Rage Flows
Darkside – Paper Trails
Daniel Avery – New Energy
Holden – Renata
tm404 – 202/202/303/303/606
Machinedrum – Don’t 1 2 Lose You
Ben Lukas Boysen – Nocturne 1
Lubomyr Melnyk – A Warmer Place
Tim Hecker – Live Room
The Field – 20 Seconds of Affection
Sam Amidon – My Old Friend
As with other years, some songs run for their entirety, while others include the sweet spots. I couldn’t really cram 17 songs into just under 70 minutes otherwise. I’ll plan on doing a year-end list sometime in the next couple weeks or so, but hopefully you find something interesting and/or new in listening to this.
Bonus points for those who recognize the song sung by my 2-year old daughter that makes its way into the mix. 🙂