Friday, 27 December 2013

171 Albums/EPs you should have bought this year: Vol. 3

Once again, out I churn another easy list of the year's best albums rather than writing something of any substance. Still, if I get you to listen to at least one of these albums, I've succeeded. 2013 was interesting for the various scenes I dip my toes into. The same way I ended last year, I started this year still in Australia, and I have been introduced to a tonne of shit-hot bands that absolutely have to find their way into your ears some way or another (The Smith Street Band, Stockades, Nuclear Summer, El Alamein, Waiting Room). As far as record releases go, anything could happen. Deafheaven, for example seamlessly spliced together some unfeasibly unmatchable genres to blissful effect, whilst Gregg Ginn "reformed" Black Flag only to do his best to undo all the work they did in the 80s to change perceptions of what "punk" should be. That being said, here are all the releases you should have picked up this year, as always, in chronological order:

January
01/01 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Equinox (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
01/01 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group - Woman Gives Birth To Tomato! (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
02/01 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - Unicorn Skeleton Mask (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
04/01 Alarm Bells - Part One (Self-Released)
08/01 Touché Amoré / Pianos Become The Teeth - Split (Deathwish Inc. / Topshelf)
14/01 Everything Everything - Arc (Sony RCA)
15/01 CityCop / Les Doux - Family Ties / Labors Of Love (Flannel Gurl / Sea Of Tranquility)
19/01 Hesitation Wounds - Hesitation Wounds (Secret Voice)
21/01 Mr. Kamikaze - Something Beginning With 'I' (Self-Released)
22/01 Bad Religion - True North (Epitaph)
22/01 This Town Needs Guns - 13.0.0.0.0 (Sargent House)
23/01 Taking Meds - Demo (Self-Released)
25/01 Nuclear Summer / Stockades - Split (Monolith)
28/01 Biffy Clyro - Opposites (14th Floor)
29/01 Tomahawk - Oddfellows (Ipecac)


February
01/02 Bear Trade - Belief Is A Graveyard (Everything Sucks)
05/02 Broadway Calls - Comfort/Distraction (No Sleep)
05/02 The Bronx - The Bronx (ATO / White Drugs)
05/02 Coheed And Cambria - The Afterman: Descension (Hundred Handed / Everything Evil)
11/02 Foals - Holy Fire (Transgressive)
11/02 Humanfly - Awesome Science (Brew)
11/02 Sketches - Bastion (Self-Released)
14/02 Zeus - Opera (Three One G / Tannen / Offset / Santeria)
18/02 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd.)
25/02 Atoms For Peace - Amok (XL)
25/02 Joe Tilson - Embers (Fellside)
25/02 Steven Wilson - The Raven That Refused To Sing (And Other Stories) (Kscope)


March
05/03 Chelsea Light Moving - Chelsea Light Moving (Matador)
05/03 How To Destroy Angels - Welcome Oblivion (Columbia)
05/03 They Might Be Giants - Nanobots (Idlewild / Lojinx / Breakaway)
08/03 Omar Rodriguez-Lopez - ¿Sólo Extraño? (Rodriguez-Lopez Productions)
14/03 Stolas - Living Creatures (Blue Swan)
17/03 Wil Wagner - Laika (Poison City)
18/03 Tilian - Material Me (Vital)
19/03 Uncommonmenfrommars / Inside Riot - Split (Delete Your Favourite Records)
22/03 AC4 - Burn This World (Ny Våg / Deathwish Inc.)
26/03 The Story So Far - What You Don't See (Pure Noise)
26/03 The Strokes - Comedown Machine (RCA)


April
02/04 Alkaline Trio - My Shame Is True (Heart & Skull / Epitaph)
02/04 Authority Zero - The Tipping Point (Hardline Entertainment)
02/04 The Dear Hunter - Migrant (Equal Vision)
02/04 Jello Biafra & The Guantanamo School Of Medicine - White People And The Damage Done (Alternative Tentacles)
02/04 Mudhoney - Vanishing Point (Sub Pop)
02/04 Transit - Young New England (Rise)
02/04 Tyler, The Creator - Wolf (Odd Future / RED / Sony)
02/04 Zozobra - Savage Masters (Brutal Panda)
05/04 The Shake Appeal - Approach With Caution (EmuBands)
05/04 Waiting Room - Swan Songs (Monolith)
08/04 Great Cynics - Like I Belong (Bomber)
08/04 Rival Schools - Found (United By Fate)
12/04 Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito (Dress Up / Interscope)
16/04 Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons To Die (Soul Temple / RED)
16/04 Meat Puppets - Rat Farm (Megaforce)
20/04 Touché Amoré / Title Fight - Split (Sea Legs)
22/04 Frank Turner - Tape Deck Heart (Xtra Mile / Interscope)
22/04 Mike TV - Kelsey (Don't Rush Me)
29/04 The Computers - Love Triangles, Hate Squares (One Little Indian)
29/04 New Found Glory - Mania (Epitaph)
30/04 Koji - Crooked In My Mind (Run For Cover)
30/04 Melvins - Everybody Loves Sausages (Ipecac)
30/04 Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieve (Pentimento / Victory)

May
06/05 Arcane Roots - Blood & Chemistry (Play It Again Sam)
07/05 Joe Satriani - Unstoppable Momentum (Epic)
13/05 Andrew Cream - Adapts And Adjust (Aaahh!!! Real Records)
13/05 Shades - Demo (Self-Released)
14/05 The Dillinger Escape Plan - One Of Us Is The Killer (Sumerian / Party Smasher)
14/05 Mindless Self Indulgence - How I Learned To Stop Giving A Shit And Love Mindless Self Indulgence (Uppity Cracker)
14/05 Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City (XL)
14/05 The Wonder Years - The Greatest Generation (Hopeless / Universal)
17/05 Their / They're / There - Their / They're / Their (Polyvinyl)
21/05 Pet Symmetry - Two Songs About Cars. Two Songs With Long Titles. (Asian Man)
21/05 Weerd Science - Red Light Juliette (Self-Released)
24/05 Fucking Invincible - Downtown Is Dead (Atomic Action)
27/05 Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaind - Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaind (Self-Released)
28/05 Alice In Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (Capitol)
28/05 Man Overboard - Heart Attack (Rise)
28/05 Retox - YPLL (Epitaph / Three One G)


June
03/06 Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork (Matador / Rekords Rekords)
04/06 City And Colour - The Hurry And The Harm (Dine Alone)
04/06 Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends (Atlantic)
04/06 Real Friends - Put Yourself Back Together (Self-Released)
06/06 Robotosaurus / Totally Unicorn - Together Alone (Monolith)
07/06 The Lonely Island - The Wack Album (Universal Republic)
08/06 Dad Punchers - These Times Weren't Made For You (Secret Voice)
08/06 Hodgy Beats - Untitled EP 2 (Odd Future)
11/06 Deafheaven - Sunbather (Deathwish Inc.)
11/06 Jimmy Eat World - Damage (RCA / Dine Alone)
17/06 Dinosaur Pile-Up - Nature Nurture (SO Recordings)
17/06 Gnarwolves - Funemployed (Tangled Talk / Big Scary Monsters)
17/06 The JCQ - Mechanical Young (Hassle)
17/06 Stockades - Stockades (Monolith) 
18/06 Listener - Time Is A Machine (Self-Released)
18/06 Make Do And Mend / The Flatliners - Split (Rise)
18/06 Quasimoto - Yessir Whatever (Stones Throw)
18/06 The Story So Far / Stick To Your Guns - Split (Pure Noise)
18/06 The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die - Whenever, If Ever (Topshelf)
24/06 RX Bandits - The Covers EP (Uppercut / Primary Wave)
25/06 Palms - Palms (Ipecac)
26/06 Bosnian Rainbows - Bosnian Rainbows (Sargent House / Rodriguez-Lopez Productions / Clouds Hill)


July
01/07 Goldheart Assembly - Long Distance Song Effects (New Music Club)
02/07 A Great Big Pile Of Leaves - You're Always On My Mind (Topshelf)
09/07 letlive. - The Blackest Beautiful (Epitaph)
15/07 Against Me! - True Trans (Self-Released)
16/07 Defeater - Letters Home (Bridge Nine)
20/07 Travels - Death & Things Between (Self-Released)
24/07 El Alamein - No Bad Days (Monolith)


August
02/08 Army Of Champions - Burning Alive (Self-Released)
06/08 Norma Jean - Wrongdoers (Razor & Tie)
09/08 Round In Circles - Round In Circles (Self-Released)
09/08 The Smith Street Band - Don't Fuck With Our Dreams (Poison City)
13/08 Dowsing - I Don't Even Care Anymore (Count Your Lucky Stars)
14/08 John Frusciante - Outsides (Record Collection)
19/08 Bloc Party - The Nextwave Sessions (Frenchkiss)
19/08 Earl Sweatshirt - Doris (Tan Cressida)
20/08 O'Brother - Disillusion (Triple Crown)
27/08 Self Defense Family - The Corrections Officer In Me (Family Drugs)

September
02/09 Landscapes - Life Gone Wrong (Pure Noise)
03/09 Modern Life Is War - Fever Hunting (Deathwish Inc.)
03/09 Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks (Polydor)
03/09 Pixies - EP-1 (Self-Released)
06/09 Little Scout - Are You Life (Self-Released)
09/09 Arctic Monkeys - AM (Domino)
09/09 Balance And Composure - The Things We Think Are Missing (No Sleep)
13/09 Sons Of Buddha - Didoudam (Dirty Witch)
17/09 The Flatliners - Dead Language (New Damage / Fat Wreck)
24/09 Into It. Over It. - Intersections (Triple Crown)
24/09 Jonny Craig - Find What You Love And Let It Kill You (Self-Released)
24/09 Touché Amoré - Is Survived By (Deathwish Inc.)
30/09 Rice Milk - Be A Mensch (asdfg)


October
05/10 White Veil - No Life/No Momentum / [Over] Reaction (Self-Released)
07/10 Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip - Repent Replenish Repeat (Sunday Best / Strange Famous)
07/10 New Found Glory - Kill It Live (Violently Happy / Bridge Nine)
08/10 Dance Gavin Dance - Acceptance Speech (Rise)
08/10 A Loss For Words - Before It Caves (Rise / Velocity)
08/10 theHELL - Southern Medicine (Self-Released)
08/10 Tim Kasher - Adult Swim (Saddle Creek)
14/10 Empire - Where The World Begins (Lightside Drive)
14/10 Nightlife - For The Record (Self-Released)
14/10 We Are Scientists - Business Casual (Masterswan)
15/10 Kevin Devine - Bubblegum (Big Scary Monsters)
15/10 Kevin Devine - Bulldozer (Big Scary Monsters)
15/10 Red Fang - Whales And Leeches (Relapse)
18/10 Bodyjar - Role Model (UNFD)
18/10 Dials - Dials EP (Self-Released)
20/10 Astpai - Crohnicles (Jump Start)
21/10 Bangers - Crazy Fucking Dreams (Beach Community / Specialist Subject / Waterslide)
22/10 AFI - Burials (Republic)
28/10 Arcade Fire - Reflektor (Self-Released)
29/10 Close Your Eyes - Line In The Sand (Victory)
29/10 Dad Punchers / The Exquisites - Split (Lauren) [Digital, physical releases due in January]
29/10 A Lot Like Birds - No Place (Equal Vision)
29/10 Protest The Hero - Volition (Razor & Tie)
29/10 The Swellers - The Light Under Closed Doors (No Sleep)
31/10 Mellowhigh - Mellowhigh (Odd Future)


November
04/11 M.I.A. - Matangi (Interscope)
05/11 Iron Chic - The Constant One (Bridge Nine)
05/11 Melvins - Tres Cabrones (Ipecac)
05/11 A Wilhelm Scream - Partycrasher (No Idea)
11/11 Jamie Lenman - Muscle Memory (Xtra Mile)
12/11 Anthony Green - Young Legs (Moshtradamus)
12/11 Koji - Matters (Self-Released)
12/11 Less Than Jake - See The Light (Fat Wreck)
12/11 Title Fight - Spring Songs (Revelation)
15/11 Endless Heights - New Bloom (Broken Hive)
19/11 Polar Bear Club - Death Chorus (Rise)
24/11 Nuclear Summer - Death To False Sunshine Metal (Monolith)
26/11 NOFX - Stoke Extinguisher (Fat Wreck)
29/11 Glowbug - Lights In The Snow (Self-Released)



December
02/12 BraidedVeins - Future/Forever (Save Your Generation)
10/12 Their / They're / There - Analog Weekend (Topshelf)
17/12 Bo Burnham - what. (Comedy Central)

That's it. Did I miss anything? Comment below! Bye!

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