I recently took a look at my 10 favorite national albums of last year; here's my look at the best releases out of St. Louis in 2013.
To accompany my forthcoming St. Louis-centric list, here's a look at my favorite 10 albums on the national and regional scene, in no particular order.
2013 was a year of great comebacks, returns and follow-ups. Daft Punk. My Bloody Valentine. Boards of Canada. But it was also a year of new artists, and as I was compiling my list of my favorite albums of the year, I realized more than half of them were debuts.
A longtime KDHX listener and fan, Jenn DeRose hosts "Non-Alignment Pact" on Friday mornings 3-5 a.m. From the Clash and the Ramones to highlights of St. Louis' stellar local scene, Jenn packs her two-hour show full of hard-hitting punk music.
Lou Reed's body of work goes back to the underground of New York City in the mid '60s. While the West Coast was doing acid, NYC was using speed: sunshine and beaches vs. dark, cramped basements and alleyways; bubbly art vs. intellectualism. Reed's music reflected that environment and the way he experienced it.
The Velvet Underground only sold 30,000 copies of its first album during its initial release. Brian Eno once said that all 30,000 of the people who bought that original pressing started a band. That quote is often misapplied to Velvet Underground's primary songwriter Lou Reed. But Reed has proven the misapplication correct, influencing many an artist during his post-VU career.
"This song is about being broke," Conor Oberst began. He peered down at the audience, tuned his guitar and finished, "I'm rich as fffuuuccckkk, so it doesn't directly apply to me."