The Zombies “This Will Be Our Year [Mono]” from Odessey & Oracle (CBS 1968) —A hopeful toast to the new year.Buy it!
Minor Alps “Waiting For You” from Get There (Barsuk Records www.barsuk.com 2013) —80. Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws and singer/songwriter and ex-Blake Baby Juliana Hatfield with a surprisingly consistent debut.Buy it!
Villagers “Nothing Arrived” from (Domino Recording Co Ltd 2013) —79. Second album from Dubliners Conor O'Brien, Tommy McLaughlin, Danny Snow, James Byrne and Cormac CurranBuy it!
Shannon Whitworth “You Are in Love” from High Tide (Redeye 2013) —78. Fans of Americana-tinged pop, ala Brandi Carlile, might find much to like in Ms. Whitworth, formerly of the quasi bluegrass Asheville, N.C. band the Biscuit Burners.Buy it!
Pretty Little Empire “Master Plan” from Pretty Little Empire (Extension Chord Records 2013) L —77. Recorded with David Beeman of Old Lights, this is a bigger, denser third album from one of St. Louis' finest rock bands.Buy it!
Shout out Louds “Sugar” from Optica (Merge 2013) —76. Stockholm band led by Adam Olenius that channels its inner Cure for its fourth album.Buy it!
The Head and the Heart “Another Story” from Let's Be Still (Sub Pop 2013) —75. I wouldn't call this a sophomore slump, as the band still has charisma and tunes, but it would have benefited from some editting.Buy it!
Brothers Lazaroff “Battle Hymn” from Hope, Fear, Youth (Brothers lazaroff 2013) L —74. Still one of my very favorite tracks from 2013.Buy it!
Guy Clark “Hell Bent On A Heartache” from My Favorite Picture Of You (Dualtone 2013) —73. The master at the age of 72.Buy it!
Shannon McNally “I Spent All My Money” from Small Town Talk (Sacred Sumac 2013) —72. A very worthy tribute to the great Bobby Charles.Buy it!
Nikki Hill & Deke Dickerson “Feelins” from Soul Meets Country! (Major Label 2013) —71. A great cover of the Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn classic. This EP came completely by surprise, and though its only four songs, it features the Bo-Keys (Howard Grimes!) and makes my Best of list easily.Buy it!
The Deep Dark Woods “East St. Louis” from Jubilee (Sugar Hill Records www.sugarhillrecords.com 2013) —70. An excellent followup to the excellent "Winter Hours" from the Saskatoon, Canada band.Buy it!
Ha Ha Tonka “Staring at the End of Our Lives” from Lessons (Bloodshot Records www.bloodshotrecords.com 2013) —69. Raised in the age of reason, It was a sepia season. Steinbeck sang an anthem and we knew what it meant.Buy it!
Kurt Vile “Never Run Away” from Wakin On A Pretty Daze (Matador 2013) —68. A fuzzy and foggy album with songs that are twice as long as they really should be, but a grower for me.Buy it!
Someone Still Loves You Boris “Harrison Ford” from Fly By Wire (Polyvinyl 2013) —67. The poppiest and dreamiest album from the Springfieldians.Buy it!
The Wilhelms “Company of Strangers” from Film at 11 (Perdition 2013) L —66. Andy Ploof and John Wendland are friends of mine. And two finer songwriters I've never known.Buy it!
Escondido “Chase The Moon” from The Ghost of Escondido (Kill Canyon 2013) —65. One of my regrets from this year was missing Jessica Maros and Tyler James at Off Broadway.Buy it!
Eleanor Friedberger “Echo Or Encore” from Personal Record (Merge 2013) —64. Not all of the songs on this album are keepers but the best are some of my favorite pop songs of 2013.Buy it!
Joseph Arthur “Famous Friends Along the Coast” from Ballad of Boogie Christ (Lonely Astronaut 2013) —63. I still haven't heard Ballad of Boogie Christ Vol. 2.Buy it!
Half Knots “Bridge” from Proof (self 2013) L —62. Led by the songwriting and singing of Danny Kathriner, this short and poignant record is one of the strongest and most underrated local releases of 2013.Buy it!
Neko Case “That’s Who I Am” from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County COMP (Hear Music 2013) —61. A wildly uneven collection -- as you'd imagine -- but this is one of my songs/performances of the year.Buy it!
Ex Cops “James (Radio Edit)” from True Hallucinations (Other Music 2013) —60. Hoping Brian Harding and Amalie Bruun will be at SXSW this year.Buy it!
The Del Lords “When The Drugs Kick In” from Elvis Club (MRI www.gbmusic.com 2013) —59. Comeback album of the year, first for the band in 23 years in fact.Buy it!
Middle Class Fashion “Wanted” from Jungle (Blip Blap! 2013) L —58. The single most played album on KDHX this year -- and deservedly so.Buy it!
Low “Four Square” from The Invisble Way (Sub Pop 2013) —57. Alan Sparhawk, Mimi Parker, and John Nichols + Jeff TweedyBuy it!
Elephant Stone “Looking Through Baby Blue” from Elephant Stone (Hidden Pony 2013) —56. A truly accessible psych album -- and that's a very good thing.Buy it!
The Belle Sounds “Rockingham Lane” from The Belle Sounds (self released 2013) —55. I love it when album comes out of essentially nowhere, grabs me and refuses to let loose. That's the case with the first album from Noëlle Hampton and André Moran.Buy it!
The National “Pink Rabbits” from Trouble Will Find Me (4AD 2013) —54. "High Violet" was so good (my favorite National album) that the follow up was sure to leave me wanting more. In this case, however, it's not a pink rabbit, apparently a cocktail of Tequila, Nestle Quick Strawberry Milk and Kahlua.Buy it!
Ransom Note “Georgia” from Big Soul (Tower Groove Records 2013) L —53. Please someone outside of St. Louis. Please pay attention to this band. Hell, they'd probably settle for someone outside of South City.Buy it!
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones “Long Time Gone” from Foreverly (Reprise 2013) —52. A tribute to the Everlys' 1958 Cadence classic "Songs Our Daddy Taught Us." Poignant, even and understated. As more tribute albums ought to be.Buy it!
Mandolin Orange “Waltz About Whiskey” from This Side of Jordan (Yep Roc 2013) —51. Another fine North Carolina duo, this one featuring Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz.Buy it!
Glossary “Nothing Can Keep Me Away” from Long Live All Of Us (This is American Music www.thisisamericanmusic.om 2013) —50. A really fine, soul-shaped album by the ever-productive Glossary. This one came out at the very beginning of the year, and I think it was pretty much forgotten about by the known universe.Buy it!
Melody Den “Going Back” from Storylines (Perdition 2013) L —49. Career album from this St. Louis band. The horns. The vocals. The songwriting.Buy it!
Goldspot “The Border Line” from Aerogramme (Mt. Hoboken 2013) —48. I've said this before but it bears repeating: Siddhartha Khosla has the best name in rock music.Buy it!
Cave States “Find a Way” from The Great Divide (Undertow 2013) L —47. Danny Kathriner and Chris Grabau, blending their voices and songwriting beautifully on this first album under the name Cave States.Buy it!
Iron & Wine “Winter Prayers” from Ghost On Ghost (Nonesuch 2013) —46. Just another richly written, richly sung and deceptively daring album from Sam Beam.Buy it!
Dr. Dog “Rock and Roll” from B Room (Anti 2013) —45. Not the album I was hoping for from the good Dr. but I'll take it.Buy it!
Superchunk “Out of the Sun (Radio Edit)” from I Hate Music (Merge 2013) —44. Just another strong, late period Superchunk album.Buy it!
Richard Thompson “Where's Home?” from Electric (New West www.newwest.com 2013) —43. Buddy Miller let's Richard do his thing.Buy it!
John Paul Keith “There's a Heartache Going Round” from Memphis Circa 3AM (Big Legal Mess Records / Fat Possum / Hostess 2013) —42. In town Friday night with Amy LaVere (and Will Sexton!) as part of Motel Mirrors.Buy it!
Pokey LaFarge “What The Rain Will Bring” from Pokey LaFarge (Third Man www.thirdmanrecords.com 2013) L —41. Dig the woodwinds!Buy it!
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