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Chris Farren does vocals and guitar for Fake Problems. Chris says:
Below you will find my controversial list of ten albums I found myself enjoying the most this year. I've excluded records by friends of mine because it feels weird to pit them against each other for my entertainment (as I often do in real life).
UPDATE: Everything on this list is irrelevant now that the new Beyoncé record is out. Praise Beyoncé.
Strap on your machine gun because this is pop punk worth defending!
Break out your disco ball because this indie-pop duo just started a dance party!
Sky Ferreira: Night Time My Time
Hey keep that disco ball out because this one is also a dance party except sometimes it's very sad! Kleenex! Get kleenex and a disco ball!
Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You
Great, good, you've already got Kleenex because this record is very sad and depressing. The saddest most depressing record sung by someone with the voice of a thousand angels.
King Krule: 6 Feet Beneath The Moon
True Panther Sounds
I can't understand anything this British nut is saying but I like it, and in his music videos him and all of his 14-year-old friends are smoking weed and it looks very funny to me.
Volcano Choir: Repave
This is a very beautiful (beautiful!) record that employs sounds I can't even comprehend. Amazing production and awesome songwriting.
Woah what a curve ball!!!!!!!!!! Paramore? Yep! I like this record a lot! If you like Michael McDonald or Steve Winwood type stuff (you do) you should listen to this record. It's very good and I mean it!
Haim : Days Are Gone
Many of my dearest friends think this record is a huge W.O.T. (waste of time) but it has really grown on me. Haim's songs have everything I love so much about Fleetwood Mac. Very cool.
*Toot toot* here comes the sad train again! The National rocks. Best lyrics and drum beats in the biz (show business). Thank you.
Toby Jeg runs Red Scare. Toby says:
Here's what I think are the 10 best (non-Red Scare) releases of 2013. Also known as, "Every time I try listening to Death Grips it sounds like my computer is crashing. But it's not."
This stuff is better live, but Erica's powerhouse voice is undeniable. Cool art too.
Snoop Lion: Reincarnation
Berhane Sound System, Mad Decent, Vice, RCA
A pretty fun listen and it's diverse enough to keep ya interested all the way through.
This might be the best batch of songs Bill Stevenson has ever worked on.
Dirt Cult Records
Jake painted my apartment in exchange for plugging his record.
Swingin' Utters: Poorly Formed
It's dynamic and good; as though the band set out to make an Utters mixtape.
El-P & Killer Mike: Run The Jewels
Fool's Gold Records
Do dope, fuck hope.
The Copyrights: Shit's Fucked
Twenty-four songs of Copy's B-sides, 7-inch songs, covers, etc. Yes please.
I think "Caskets Full" and "Birds Of England" are the best punk songs of the year.
Criminal Damage: Call Of Death
If you're an oi!/streetpunk band in 2013 then your band better be AWESOME. They are.
|5||Immortal Technique and Brother Ali||Chicago, IL||Metro|
|4||Brendan Kelly and the Wandering Birds, Masked Intruder, Direct Hit!||Chicago, IL||Beat Kitchen|
|3||The Business and Brick Assassin||Chicago, IL||Beat Kitchen|
|2||Cobra Skulls||Gainesville, FL||The Florida Theater (The Fest)|
|1||Final show of the Red Scare Across America Tour||Milwaukee, WI||Cactus Club|
Top 10 movies that I've seen so far in 2013 (I'm still pissed that I forgot to list The Innkeepers on last year's list!).
09. Star Trek Into Darkness
08. The Place Beyond The Pines
07. 12 Years A Slave
06. Dallas Buyer's Club
05. Inequality For All
04. The Act Of Killing
03. We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks
02. The Book Thief
01. The Informant