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.
The year 2013 brought so much wonderful new music, but, like every year, it brought so much sad music news. The loss of Jason Molina, leader of Magnolia Electric Co. and the voice and vision behind Songs: Ohia, was one of the toughest. "Just Be Simple," a demo from the Songs: Ohia release "Magnolia Electric Co.," is a poignant reminder of his astonishingly honest, unpretentious art.
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 year can only be what you make of it. In 2013 the artists behind these 10 albums chose to dig deep and offer up music that provides a map to navigate one's own emotional landscape.
New Year's Eve is tricky. Expectations are high, and more often than not, the evening never quite seems to live up to them. Seeing a couple of bands that you know will rock your socks off seems about the best you can do. The line outside the Old Rock House as the doors opened on Tuesday night proved that to be a popular idea.
2013 was a great year in music with both new and veteran artists putting out some quality stuff. Of course, music is subjective; and so are lists. No two music lovers' Top 10 is going to be the same, but it's fun to share nonetheless.
Bouncy and bassy, tipsy and twisted, "Duper" by Crooks on Tape -- a new project featuring John Schmersal (ENON, Brainiac), Rick Lee (ENON) and Joey Galvan -- trips the experimental fuzz fantastic.
Borrowing from Samuel Beckett and unfolding like a film noir set in some unknown Midwestern town on some unknown train line, "Left at the Side" by St. Louis band the Union Electric captures a sense of mystery and darkness in images of the underclass.
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.
Qiet is one vowel short of being a misnomer, as the shape-shifting, Huntington, W.Va.-based big band (as in one never knows how many members it will have at any musical moment) slams together everything from gypsy jazz to indie pop to wild rock to soul and funk. The latter gets fully amped-up on the new track "Get Found."