Jan 10, 2014 Best of 2013 It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and while I'm frankly glad that it's over, I'm happy to have had so much great music to get me through 2013. You guys'll know some of it, other titles less so. If you know my tastes and my preferred recommendations, you'll know that I cannot praise each of these more highly. I know this list is long, but if you had any idea of just how much music we listen to each year, you'd be impressed than any of us can whittle it down to such small quantities of things that we actually repeatedly enjoyed! I hope that at least a few of you end up discovering some new treats after reading this. Happy New Year, everyone! NEW STUFF: inc. "No World" (4AD) -- Best damn album of 2013. No contest. Jean-Louis Murat "Toboggan" (PIAS) -- Second best damn album of 2013. It's really effing expensive, but worth every penny. Trust me, nerds. Shintaro Sakamoto "Don't Know What's Normal" (Zelone/OM Recording Co.) Chelsea Wolfe "Pain Is Beauty" (Sargent House) David Lynch "The Big Dream" (Sacred Bones) Vondelpark "Seabed" (R&S) Agnes Obel "Aventine" (PIAS) FKA Twigs "EP2" (Young Turks) Lucrecia Dalt "Syzygy" (Human Ear) Quadron "Avalanche" (Epic) Rhye "Woman" (Republic) London Grammar "If You Wait" (Metal & Dust) King Krule "6 Feet Beneath the Moon" (True Panther/XL) Tomoki Kanda "Interstellar Interlude" (Crue-L) Tricky "False Idols" (False Idols/K7) Jai Paul "Jai Paul" (Self-Released/leaked mixtape) Disclosure "Settle" (PMR/Island) Jon Brooks "Shapwick" LP (Clay Pipe) Tuff Sherm "Struggle Smell" tape (Reckno) // "Shrapnel Maestro" LP (Merok) Forever Forever/Prayer "Play Fights/The Two Halves" Split 12" (Cult Music) Factory Floor "s/t" (DFA) Van Dyke Parks "Songs Cycled" (Bella Union) Rashad Becker "Traditional Music of Notional Species Vol. I" (PAN) OLD STUFF: Saada Bonaire "s/t" (Fantasy Memory) Molly Drake "Molly Drake" (Squirrel Thing) Guy Skornik "Pour Pauwels" (Lion) Leslie Winer "Spider" (Self-Released Download) Deux Filles "Silence & Wisdom/Double Happiness" (LTM) Henri Guedon "Cosmozouk Percussion" (Superfly/Disques Dessinee) Marius Cultier "Ouelele Souskai" (Creole Stream) William Onyeabor "Who Is William Onyeabor?" (Luaka Bop) Ruff Sqwad "White Label Classics" (No Hats No Hoods) Various Artists "Purple Snow" box set (Numero Group) Shuggie Otis "Wings Of Love" Prophet "Right On Time" LP (Beat Electric/PPU) Jeff Keen "Noise Art" (Trunk) Death & Vanilla "EP" (Hands In The Dark) Light in the Attic's epic Lee Hazlewood reissue series: Well done, ladies & gents. Alain Bashung "L'Homme A Tete De Chou" (Mercury/Universal France) LIVE STUFF: inc. & Zomby at Le Poisson Rouge Chrysta Bell at Le Poisson Rouge My Bloody Valentine at Hammerstein Ballroom Death in June at Bell House The Field at 285 Kent LIFE STUFF: Meeting Christina Hendricks on a quiet street corner in SoHo. When she looked me in the eyes, smiled, and said hello, it felt like God herself had leaned in and whispered the meaning of life into my ear; if she hadn't been married, I probably would've flirted with her, too. I cashed in my big dumb starstruck fanboy card that evening. TOTALLY WORTH IT.