We've been compiling our own Best of 2013 lists for a while now, so why don't we ask some of our favorite local artists what they were spinning this year?
Gabe Fulvimar of Gap Dream
“I really, really really did like [Daft Punk’s] Random Access Memories. I’ve seen it make it on the lists this year, but it seems like it’s not really getting too high up there. People are being kind of shitty to that record. It’s like a Rocky soundtrack or something. When that record came out this year, I was so stoked, I didn’t even know a new Daft Punk record was coming out. I know the one that came out before this last one didn’t do too well, and I knew they were kind of moving into soundtrack territory. That’s usually a clue that they’ve found their way into the golden land of making cinema scores. I was like, good for them, they’re geniuses. But I was blown away. It’s such a great blending of like modern pop music, which isn’t really that great, with classic pop music. Overall it’s just a really good pop record.”
Gap Dream's latest album is Shine Your Light.
Read my interview with Fulvimar here.
Daft Punk's Random Access Memories
Jennifer Clavin of Bleached
Spencer Dunham of Allah-Las
7. The Abigails - Tundra (Burger)
Allah-Las' latest album is their self-titled debut album.
Read my interview with Allah-Las here.
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Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts
“Milk Music’s Cruise Your Illusion. That was a favorite of mine. That actually came out in 2012, but I feel a kind of kinship with them, and we’ve hung out a few times and they’re buddies of ours. They come from a similar place as us musically—I can hear some Crazy Horse in there, that’s definitely a Parquet Courts influence—definitely feel like there’s some mid-’80s SST. I guess I see where they’re coming from, and they’re good guys.”
Read my interview with Parquet Courts here.
Milk Music's Cruise Your Illusion
Jenn Prince of Upset
“For 2013 there were so many good records, but I’ve got Big Eyes’ Almost Famous playing on repeat. The guitar work is really cool, and it’s one of those records that makes you want to get up and move your body. Can’t wait to see what they do next.”
Upset's awesome debut album, She's Gone, was released this year.
Big Eyes' Almost Famous
“I would say my favorite record that came out this year would be I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990 by the incredible Light In The Attic Records reissue label. They did such a good job with the packaging (as always) and did an excellent job curating good music and compiling lots of interesting information into a book that comes in the package. I felt like they did a great job highlighting a genre that I knew very little about, and I felt like I really discovered a new treasure trove in music and learned a lot!”
Dream Boys' self-titled debut record came out this year and it is wonderful.
Read my interview with Dream Boys here.
I Am The Center: Private Issue New Age Music In America 1950-1990
Arp's latest album is More.
Dean Blunt's The Redeemer
“Our favorite album this year was The Polyphonic Spree’s Yes it’s True. We loved this album because the band made a solid album with heavy orchestral dance numbers and ’70s inspired tunes. A true gem following 2007’s The Fragile Army album. Highly recommended!”
Haunted Summer's Something in the Water EP is available at Amoeba.
Read my interview with the band here.
The Polyphonic Spree's Yes It's True
"The "GREAT 8"—top albums of 2013 (in no particular order) from all three members of VUM condensed into one list."
1. Only God Forgives [OST] (Cliff Martinez): Another masterful job of scoring by Cliff Martinez. Like his scores for Drive and the Solaris remake, Martinez truly captures the essence of the film, providing perfect sonic expression to compliment the cinematic gravitas. Bravo!
4. Tropic of Cancer - Restless Idylls: Trance-inducing/space-creating sounds from Camella Lobo. Good for driving off a cliff in your favorite car.
5. Hott MT - I Made This: Psychedelic smudge pop from L.A. locals provides the soundtrack to a neon vision quest through Chinatown. There is more to this than just music. A strong visual aesthetic and life force dedication is part of the deal.
6. Molly Nilsson - The Travels: If it were 1984, Molly's image would be the poster above every pubescent teen's bed. They would kick off their Reebok high-tops, set their zippered leather jacket on the bedpost and lay back to listen to her post-punk/deadpan vocals set into richly layered synth-popscapades.
7. Flaming Lips - The Terror: The Lips don't seem to slow down. They keep making great, progressive music. Continuing the art of the well-crafted psychedelic pop opus, this band has honed its ability to captivate and challenge its audience. True originals.
8. Ernest Gibson - Island Records: One half of the musical duo Net Shaker—a favorite band in the Lodge, E. Gibson weaves the tapestry of your most loved nightmare: recurring surf guitar riffs, primal but unpredictable drum machine loops, and an unending cavity of sound build the place; all you have to do is dream.
VUM's latest album is Psychotropic Jukebox.
Read my intervew with the band here.
Only God Forgives [OST]
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