Personal Best of 2013 Lists

Vampire Weekend best of 2013

We gave you are collective Top 30 songs and Top 20 albums of 2013 last week, but here are our separate lists. Because all our number #1 albums are Vampire Weekend’s wonderful third album, I have pictured each of our second favorite albums below.
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Best 30 Songs of 2013

best songs, best artists, music, of 2013

It is so hard too order songs in a coherent list.  For our list of the top thirty songs of the 2013, we took a little bit of a different tack than the last couple years.  We didn’t list 200-300 songs like previous years.  Instead, we all just submitted our individual lists of our favorite twenty songs of the year unordered.  Then we made sure we were all familiar with everyone’s lists, and started ordering from there.  This was a beautifully streamlined experience, taking a ton of precious time out of the way.

Even with this streamlined process, it is still difficult.  All three of us would likely rate each of these songs a perfect score, so often it is just an indescribable feeling causing us to rate one song ahead of another.  But as always, we do our best to incorporate the elements of composition, lyrics, and performance of each individual song into our ratings.  Let us know what some of your favorite songs of 2013 were, and thanks for reading.


30. “Byegone” – Volcano Choir

Volcano Choir didn’t reach the highs of Justin Vernon’s previous project with Bon Iver.  That doesn’t mean it was devoid of any value and “Byegone” continues to get us all excited for Vernon’s career, no matter who he is collaborating with.

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Weak List Wednesday: Best Songs of 2013 So Far

Best Songs of 2013 So Far

We have reached the halfway point of our 2013, so it’s time to bring out our mid-term lists for the season. With so many great options to choose from already in 2013 it was hard to narrow this list down. Acts like Foxygen, JT, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs may have all gotten snubbed, but here is what made our top 5:


5. Savages – “She Will”

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Are You Daft?!: The Quiz

daft punk, quiz

Do you think you know Daft Punk? You think you have what it takes to fit in with The Robots? … Bro, do you even Daft?! Let’s find out, shall we?

In honor of the brilliant new Daft Punk single, we bring you our first of many LxL quizzes. For those of you that think you know the band, let’s see how well you know them when the heat is on. Obviously we have no way to keep everyone honest due to the nature of the inter-webs, but let’s all play fair, and not look up any answers. Feel free to post your scores below. Robot posers will soon be exposed!

Daft Punk, quiz, Stormtroopers
These were not the androids they were looking for …

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Daft Punk Review Royale: “Get Lucky”

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams

“Get Lucky”

get lucky

I don’t know exactly who will get the lion’s share of the credit for “Get Lucky”, but I’m going to view it as a pure collaboration between Daft Punk, Pharrell, and Nile Rodgers.  I really don’t think this should be viewed as purely a Daft Punk song.  You immediately recognize some shades of Chic’s greatest hits in Nile Rodger’s guitar riff.  In addition, with Pharrell’s recent output (or lack thereof), its been easy to forget how much he can lend to a track vocally.  And obviously, the electronic/vocoder breakdown near the end of the track has Daft Punk’s production written all over it.  So yeah, this is a Daft Punk record, but there were a lot of gourmet chefs in the kitchen.
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