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STAFF PICKS 2013 – TOP ALBUMS / SONGS / SHOWS

  Dec 13, 2013  

2013 was another amazing year for music and per usual, the staff have come up with our personal lists of what we’ve been digging this year. Thanks to everyone that celebrated our 20th Anniversary with us this year, we saw some very kind words all year long from our fans. 2014 is shaping up to be a really big year for the label and we can’t wait to tell you more about some of the new music on the horizon… so stay tuned and be sure you’re following along on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram. listen to some select tracks from our staff picks below either on Spotify or Rdio. Happy holidays, be safe.

 

 

Mark M

Top Albums
Postiljonen: Skyer
Sigur Rós: Kveikur
The National: Trouble Will Find Me
St. Lucia: When The Night
Barbarossa: Bloodlines
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City
Woodkid: The Golden Age
Daughn Gibson: Me Moan
Son Lux: Lanterns
Lanterns on the Lake: Until The Colours Run

Top Songs
Postiljonen: Supreme
Villagers: Nothing Arrived
Phoria: Red
Moby: Almost Home (feat Damien Jurado)
Jagwar Ma: The Throw

Top Concert
Sigur Rós @ Madison Square Garden

Julio S

Top Albums
Haim: Days Are Gone
Chvrches: The Bones of what you Believe
Banks: LONDON
Nicole: Panal
Sky Ferreira: Night Time, My Time
Aluna George: Body Music
Haerts: Hemiplegia
Lorde: Pure Heroine
Drake: Nothing Was The Same

Top Songs
ADHDS: City
Panama: Always
Drake: Hold On, We’re Going Home
Kanye West: Bound 2
Miriam Bryant: Push Play

Leslie H

Top Albums
Milk Carton Kids: Ash & Clay
Chvrches: The Bones Of What You Believe
Haim: Days Are Gone
Frank Lenz: Water Tiger
Susanne Sundfør: The Silicone Veil
Neko Case: The Worse Things Get The Harder I Fight…
Disclosure: Settle
The National: Trouble Will Find Me
Empire Of The Sun: Ice On The Dune
The Knife: Shaking The Habitual

Top Songs
Big Scary: Twin Rivers
Haim: Don’t Save Me
Chrvches: The Mother We Share
Claire: Games
Empire Of The Sun: Alive

Top Concert
Skaters @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Devin K

Top Albums
Queens of the Stone Age: Like Clockwork
The National: Trouble Will Find Me
Sigur Ros: Kveikur
Empire of the Sun: Ice on the Dune
Bastille: Bad Blood
Arcade Fire: Reflektor
Laura Marling: Once I was an Eagle
Kanye West: Yeezus
Dawn of Midi: Dysnomia
Arctic Monkeys: AM
Honorable Mention: Volcano Choir, Neko Case, Vampire Weekend, St Lucia, Kurt Vile, Sky Ferreira

Top Songs
Lorde: Royals
Arcade Fire: Reflektor
Empire of the Sun: Alive
Katy Perry: Roar
Capital Cities: Safe n Sound

Top Concerts
6/8/13: Paul McCartney
6/20/13: Empire of the Sun
10/14/13: Godpeed You Black Emperor / Nine Inch Nails
10/19/13: Pearl Jam
11/20: A Tribe Called Quest / Kanye West
Honorable Mention: 10/18/13 – The Reflektors

Ryan M

Top Albums
Disclosure: Settle
The Neighbourhood: I Love You
Avenged Sevenfold: Hail to the King
Pearl Jam: Lightning Bolt
Chvrches: The Bones of What You Believe
Tegan & Sara: Heartthrob
NIN: Hesitation Marks
Lorde: Pure Heroin
Jagwar Ma: Howlin
The 1975: The 1975

Top Songs
Lemaitre: Continuum
Lorde: Royals
Pearl Jam: Sirens
Mat Zo/Porter Robinson: Easy
NONONO: Pumping Blood

Top Concert
Kraftwerk: Oya Festival

Dave L

Top Albums
Ra Ra Riot: Beta Love
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires Of The City
Said the Whale: Hawaiii
Fitz And The Tantrums: More Than Just A Dream
Shout Out Louds: Optica
St. Lcia: When The Night
Cut Copy: Free Your Mind
Alice Russell: To Dust
Cage The Elephant: Melophobia
Atlas Genius: When It Was Now

Top Songs
Grouplove: Ways To Go
Franz Ferdinand: Right Action
Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines
Crystal Fighters: Bridge Of Bones
The Features: This Disorder

Best Show: Alice Russell Free At Noon concert for WXPN at World Café Live, Philly

Veronica S

Top Albums
Haim: Days Are Gone
Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob
Chvrches: The Bones of What You Believe
Lorde: Pure Heroine
The National: Trouble Will Find Me
JAY Z: Magna Carta
Arcade Fire: Reflektor
The 1975: The 1975
Gold Fields: Black Sun
Empire of the Sun: Ice on the Dune

Top Songs
Haerts: Wings
Haim: Don’t Save Me
JAY Z: Tom Ford
Daft Punk: Get Lucky
Miley Cyrus: Wrecking Ball (yup, I went there)

Top Concert
JAY Z and Justin Timberlake at Yankee Stadium 7/19/13

Lawrence L

Top Albums
DJ Koze: Amygdala
Daft Punk: Random Access Memories
Darkside: Psychic
My Bloody Valentine: MBV
Kanye West: Yeezus
Owiny Sigoma Band: Power Punch
Jim James: Regions Of Light And Sound Of God
Conrad Tao: Voyages
Savages: Silence Yourself
Tracques: Volume One

Top Songs
Claptone: No Eyes (Radio Edit)
Adhds: City
Joris Voorn: Ringo
Kanye West: I Am A God
Robin Thicke: Blurred Lines

Matt K

Top Albums
Caveman: Caveman
Ducktails: The Flower Lane
The National: Trouble Will Find Me
Kanye West: Yeezus
Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City
Daughn Gibson: Me Moan
Kurt Vile: Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze
Arcade Fire: Reflektor
Empire of the Sun: Ice on the Dune
Yo La Tengo: Fade

Top Songs
Cayucas: High School Lover
David Bowie: Where Are We Now?
Jagwar Ma: Come and Save Me
Sky Ferreira: You’re Not the One
Minks: Everything’s Fine

Top Concert
3/29 The Breeders: The Bell House

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