Around 2005, I stumbled upon the New Pornographers via one of those ubiquitous sampler CDs stuck in the middle of every music magazine of the aughts. The song "Use It" lead me to seek out the rest of the band's third album "Twin Cinema." It was love at first listen.
The New Pornographers' sixth studio album is "Brill Bruisers," a fast, energetic record that showcases the band's numerous vocalists and musicians (Neko Case and Dan Bejar, to name a few). Heavy on synths, but also on guitars, it's a fresh take on rock 'n' roll, not afraid to explore new approaches and techniques.
For the past few years it seemed that things were beginning to slow down for the New Pornographers, as if they were beginning to fade. Their new album, "Brill Bruisers," is their revival. Frontman, A.C. Newman has said that after a dark period nothing is holding him down anymore. "Brill Bruisers" is a celebrates this new outlook.
Loving music means supporting those who make it, and there's no better way to do that than to pick up a brand new album at a brick and mortar record store near you.
Lists are never perfect. The idea is to remind myself what captivated me throughout the year, and to let others know what they might have missed. And then, I try to say a little more to contribute to thinking about the music of 2013. So, here is what I liked the most on the day that I wrote the list.
There were so many releases in 2013 and I know I only heard a small fraction of them. In my relatively small overall sampling of 2013 album releases, I found a whole lot to like, and it was difficult to narrow them down to a list of 10.
Throughout the year our volunteer photographers battle inclement weather, large crowds, long lines, over-zealous dancers and crazy lighting schemes in order to deliver some incredible concert photos for our readers and listeners.