Paul Pendley plays guitar and does vocals for Red City Radio. From Paul:
True story: I agonized over this list for hours, begged the bureaucrats at Punknews to let me do a list of 20 instead of 10 (thanks Kira!), and debated David Frenson as to whether EP's count (Fuck you, Dave, you sack of shit, my list, my rules) as a "record" or their own category. 2013 was such an amazing year that paring down a list of releases deserving of mention was extremely difficult. That said exclusion from this list does not denote sub quality music and the opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of Red City Radio, its members, its dozens of friends, fans and admirers or any subsidiary entities.
Death To False Hope
Habits: Train Wrecks
Death To False Hope
World's Scariest Police Chases: NOFX And Out Come The Wolves Dookie
Signals Midwest: Light on the Lake
Cannot say enough about this record. This is a young band sounding long in the tooth. This is a record that begs for replays. These are songs that paint beautiful pictures. Kudos.
[Choice Track] "St. Vincent's Charity"
And We Danced: Back To The Middle
This seven song EP is perfectly crafted, beautifully produced and flawlessly executed. Power/emo pop by ex-members of Cadillac Blindside and The Jealous Sound. I cannot wait to see what they do next.
[Choice Track] "Goodnight Toronto"
The Bootheel: Goat's Lodge
This came out in January. It still gets spins. Root rock. Bar punk. Call it what you will but this band is to be watched because one day they may be saving the rock and roll genre. Cannot recommend checking them out enough.
[Choice Track] "Kickin' Dust"
Broken English / Suburban Home
Save Ends: Warm Hearts, Cold Hands
Record of the year. This is what male and female dueling vocals should sound like, perfectly blended, complimentary and never overdosing on harmony. Reminiscent of early Get Up Kids without sounding like them while inserting a dose of pop punk that is neither of the new variety nor of the goofy glue sniffing variety. Every song is a winner. Every song could easily be stuck in your head for weeks. Nice people to boot.
[Choice Track] "Same Old Dice"
Dave Hause performs solo and in The Loved Ones. Dave's list is in no particular order, he says:
My favorites of what I've heard, "best" is for horse and dog shows...
Black Box Recordings
Jason Isbell: Southeastern
Relativity Records + Southeastern Records
Patty Griffin: American Kid
New West Records
Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
The White Buffalo: Shadows, Greys and Evil Ways
Unison Music Group
Arcade Fire: Reflektor
Mike Park performs solo and also runs Asian Man Records. His list is in no particular order.