My 5 Favourite Albums NOT From 2013
One thing a lot of year end lists don't take into consideration is all the great music that one discovered in a particular year that did not get released that particular year. When you mix the impossible to keep up with flow of the internet with one's annoying 'life stuff' distractions, it's quite easy for a lot of great stuff to slip through the cracks. But as overcrowded as the internet is, eventually (and hopefully), the really good stuff will find it's way to your headphones. Whether it be via someone else's end of year list or some other fated bit of randomness, moments of “I can't believe this is the first time I'm hearing this” happen quite frequently.
And these 5 albums are the best of the bunch that I may have stumbled on a bit late, but my 2013 was so much better soundtracked because of them.
Field Report by Field Report / I'm not entirely sure how I completely missed out on this album until almost a year after it was released. Surely it must have landed on more than a few people's best of lists for 2012 —perhaps it's because their name is a bit easy to overlook or confuse with some other band that has 'field' in the name— but it wasn't until coming across a Hear Ya live session that I was finally clued in to how amazing this collection of tunes is. The song writing on this self-titled debut is of the highest quality and if you haven't already heard it, I highly recommend you go and correct that now. \
One Man Band by Abner Jay / I first came across Abner Jay in an excellent playlist that Shakey Graves put together for KUTX, and after hearing the track 'I'm So Depressed' I had to immediately go out and track down some more. And I was not disappointed. It's not just the fact that One Man Band is full of great bluesy songs, it's the amazing and kinda bat shit crazy joke intros that Abner does at the start of a lot of the songs that really makes this album so special. The jokes don't really have anything to do with the songs and they usually don't even have anything to do with the next joke, he just rattles off a bunch of random one-liners before breaking into a song. On paper, it shouldn't work. But it does. And it makes for one hell of an enjoyable album to play on a Sunday morning. \
Quiet at the Kitchen Door by Wolf Larsen / I got sent a lot of emails from musicians after having a blog post of mine included in a Bandcamp mail out… and a large majority of them were not my cup of tea. But one of those emails was from Wolf Larsen, and because of how excellent her album is, no matter how many emails I get now, I give everything a listen. Because even if every 1 out of 100 is only half as good as Quiet At The Kitchen Door, than it'll be worth the effort. This is one of those albums that just slows everything else around you down, so I recommend you take the whole thing in over a nice, warm cup of tea. \
Break Mirrors by Blake Mills / This is one of those albums that I should never of had to randomly stumble across almost 3 years after its release. People should have been ranting and raving about it enough in 2010 that it should have been impossible for it to stay off my radar. It's not that often that someone comes along with the sort of talent that Blake Mills has and hardly anybody makes a peep about it. Or maybe people did peep about back then. I can't really remember 2010 that well. Either way, it's found its way into my headphones now, and me and my headphones are very thankful for that. \
sailor by kissed her little sister / I still can't believe that an album as amazing and perfect as this one is can be had as a FREE download on Bandcamp. Not even 'pay what you want, no minimum', but just straight up free. It just seems like it is too good to be able to have it legally for free. I wish I could give Jeffrey some money for it. Not just because it is very deserving of some of my digital coin (especially considering how many times I've had it in my headphones this year), but also for the very selfish reasoning of wanting it in my Bandcamp collection. So, whatever your plans are for after reading this post, make sure, at the very least, they include getting this album. \
So there you have it, my 5 favourite albums from 2013 that were not from 2013. If you haven't already, go check out my favourite albums that did happen in 2013 and then combine that with my favourite EPs of 2013 and the combination of these 3 lists will give you a pretty good idea of what my headphones sounded like for a very large chunk of this year.