We have reached the mid-point of 2013, and I have consumed an absurd amount of music in the last six months. Too much, really. I don't have the time to do it all justice, so here are my top 15 rekkids of 2013 thus far, summed up in tweet-sized bites...
1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra II (Jagjaguwar)
Zappa leads, Beefheart and Brian Wilson harmonies, GbV lo-fi sensibility. Pure deliciousness!
2. Yo La Tengo Fade (Matador)
Their best album in over a decade. Maybe their most concise ever. A triumph from one of the best!
3. Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse (Fat Possum)
Immediately impactful like the Lips' The Soft Bulletin or Mercury Rev's Deserters' Songs.
4. Bibio Silver Wilkinson (Warp)
Pastoral folk-tronica of the highest order. "A Tout a l'Heure" is my song of the year.
5. Jacco Gardner Cabinet of Curiosities (Trouble in Mind)
If Waters had gone insane and left, and Syd had stayed, Pink Floyd may have sounded like this.
6. The Phoenix Foundation Fandango (Universal NZ)
Synth-laden Kiwi kitchen sink psych-pop. Candy for your ears.
7. Wire Change Becomes Us (Pink Flag)
A fabulous new art-punk salvo from perhaps the most underrated band ever.
8. Neon Neon Praxis Makes Perfect (Lex)
Crystalline conceptual synth-pop from Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip. Need I say more?
9. Queens of the Stone Age ...Like Clockwork (Matador)
Simply the best heavy rock band working today. Sooooo tasty!
10. Poni Hoax A State of War (Pan European)
French synth-pop masters of crooner-faced scrumptiousness.
11. The Besnard Lakes Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO (Jagjaguwar)
Dreamy, shoe-gazey Canadian psych-pop joy.
12. Still Corners Strange Pleasures (Sub Pop)
Sparse, minimalist British pop wonderment!
13. The Black Angels Indigo Meadow (Blue Horizon)
Austin TX garage-psych masters. Like Clinic and the 13th Floor Elevators had a baby.
14. Steve Mason Monkey Minds in the Devil's Time (Double Six)
Erstwhile Beta Band frontman makes delightful, pensive indie-pop.
15. Atoms for Peace Amok (XL)
Thom Yorke, Flea, Nigel Godrich et al. You can imagine what happens.
And a bunch of other 2013 rekkids I have purchased and enjoyed...
Adam Ant Adam Ant is the BlueBlack Hussar in Marrying the Gunner’s Daughter (BlueBlack Hussar)
Bass drum of Death s/t (Innovative Leisure)
Bettie Serveert Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion)
Billy Bragg Tooth & Nail (Cooking Vinyl)
BNLX LP (Susstones)
Charles Bradley Victim of Love (Daptone)
British Sea Power Machineries of Joy (Rough Trade)
Eric Burdon ‘Til Your River Runs Dry (ABKCO)
David Bowie The Next Day (Columbia)
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds Push the Sky Away (Bad Seed Ltd.)
Chelsea Light Moving s/t (Matador)
Mikal Cronin MCII (Merge)
Daughter If You Leave (4AD)
Deerhunter Monomania (4AD)
The Flaming Lips The Terror (WB)
Eleanor Friedberger Personal Record (Merge)
Guided by Voices English Little League (GbV)
Petra Haden Petra Goes to the Movies (Anti)
Hanni El Khatib Head in the Dirt (Innovative Leisure)
Robyn Hitchcock Love from London (Yep Roc)
Iggy & the Stooges Ready to Die (Fat Possum)
The Knife Shaking the Habitual (Rabid)
Mark Lanegan & Duke Garwood Black Pudding (Ipecac)
Majical Cloudz Impersonator (Matador)
Mudhoney Vanishing Point (Sub Pop)
My Bloody Valentine m b v (MBV)
The National Trouble Will Find Me (4AD)
Palma Violets 180 (Rough Trade_
Pere Ubu Lady from Shanghai (Fire)
Primal Scream More Light (Ignition)
Psychic Ills One Track Mind (Sacred Bones)
Sigur Ros Kveikur (XL)
The Strokes Comedown Machine (RCA)
Telekinesis Dormarion (Merge)
Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires (XL)
The Woggles The Big Beat (Wicked Cool)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito (Interscope)