Image In our third edition of guest Best of 2013, Frankie the Santa Cat, is happy to bring you Chris Farren of Fake Problems and Toby Jeg of Red Scare.

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Image 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.

10

Superchunk: I Hate Music

Merge Records

Strap on your machine gun because this is pop punk worth defending!

9

Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob

Warner Bros.

Break out your disco ball because this indie-pop duo just started a dance party!

8

Sky Ferreira: Night Time My Time

Capitol Records

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!

7

Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You

Anti-Records

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.

6

Kanye West: Yeezus

Def Jam

Oops I like it!!! Very scary music!!!

5

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.

4

Volcano Choir: Repave

Jagjaguwar

This is a very beautiful (beautiful!) record that employs sounds I can't even comprehend. Amazing production and awesome songwriting.

3

Paramore: Paramore

Fueled By Ramen

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!

2

Haim : Days Are Gone

Polydor Records

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.

1

The National: Trouble Will Find Me

4AD

*Toot toot* here comes the sad train again! The National rocks. Best lyrics and drum beats in the biz (show business). Thank you.





Image 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."

10

RVIVR: The Beauty Between

Rumbletowne

This stuff is better live, but Erica's powerhouse voice is undeniable. Cool art too.

9

Sundowner: Neon Fiction

Fat Wreck Chords

"Cemetery West" is one of the best jams of the year.

8

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.

7

Off With Their Heads: Home

Epitaph

This might be the best batch of songs Bill Stevenson has ever worked on.

6

Canadian Rifle: Deep Ends

Dirt Cult Records

Jake painted my apartment in exchange for plugging his record.

5

Swingin' Utters: Poorly Formed

Fat Wreck Chords

It's dynamic and good; as though the band set out to make an Utters mixtape.

4

El-P & Killer Mike: Run The Jewels

Fool's Gold Records

Do dope, fuck hope.

3

The Copyrights: Shit's Fucked

It's Alive Records

Twenty-four songs of Copy's B-sides, 7-inch songs, covers, etc. Yes please.

2

The Flatliners: Dead Language

Fat Wreck Chords

I think "Caskets Full" and "Birds Of England" are the best punk songs of the year.

1

Criminal Damage: Call Of Death

Feral Ward

If you're an oi!/streetpunk band in 2013 then your band better be AWESOME. They are.

Here's 5 awesome shows that I remember from 2013 :

# Artist(s) City Venue
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!).

10. Elysium
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